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I pretty much tackled the fedex guy on my driveway as he was pulling out boxes with my red 6.6. yesterday.

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About 45 minutes later of installing the wheel, fork, bars.. I was ready to roll.
First off, this thing ROCKS on the downhills. I pretty much let go of the brakes, and it soaked up everything. I still haven't completely dialed in the dhx, but it felt great from an fs-newb's point of view.

Climbing was great, but the weight(unknown) did take a toll on me as I overestimated my climbing stamina and had to concede to a few dry heaves at the top of the first hill. I took it real slow the next hill and I was fine. The dhx didn't feel as supple as I hoped, but it just needs some tlc to get it just right… as I said earlier, didn't take enough time to dial it in. As for the eta, I used it plenty today. The bike really flew up the switch backs without wandering with the ETA flipped… I was surprisingly impressed. But even without the eta, the front didn't wander as much as I thought.
I caught up with some guy on an NRS today on a long climb, and tailed him until my chain dropped. .. Nevertheless this shows this 6.6's all around prowess.

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All in all, great great great bike. I spent 3 hrs on her yesterday and 1.5 hrs today. She just kept going… and going… The bike is really quiet too, not much chainslap. A lizard skin super jumbo was too big, so I put some old grips as protection.

The Hadleys sounded like a real mean rattlesnake chasing me.

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gotta love the beautiful california weather: 66 degrees in late November!

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as for my build.. things that aren't apparent in the pictures:
dangerboy endcaps w/ ruffians, RF next carbon bar, juicy 5, azonic a-frame pedals,
canecreek flush headset, thomson all around.
 

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ndinh said:
Just wondering, what trail in SoCal are you riding? Let me know how the DHX air works for you after a few rides. I'm thinking about putting one on my VPX.
these trails are in the san francisco bay area.. the rock garden is at Skeggs, the second is Arastradero.
 

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Berry nice!

I would build it pretty much the same... How is the Zocchi on the 6.6?
the marz is real nice. I'm still messing around with the rebound and compression, and i think it is JUST beginning to break in. I just flew down the rockgardens nearly straight down without being picky with the lines, and the front never really deflected... tracks really well. It's amazing to see a see big rocks just disappear under the front wheel and u don't get bounced off the bike. and I gotta say again that the z1 with the 6.6 doesn't wander all that much on climbs.. and this includes the steep switchbacks which my hardtail with 130mm fork had trouble with.
 

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peachy-B said:
i never liked the red on a VPX but on the 6.6 it's looking really nice. sweet bike!
I noticed the pic of Unfluid's bike shows up as a rose tint. That is the same way my UZZI looks in photos, but my bike is really fire engine red in person.

Unfluid; kind of uncanny the way the bike feels light and climbs like an XC bike but rides like a DH bike on the descents, huh? Love my VPX.
 

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i'm gonna have to piggy back on some group rides around here so I can get some action pix in... hard to take pix of myself with one hand while steering with the other while maneuvering around horse sht and the oak trees. ;)

took her out for her 3rd ride this morning.. the first 2 rides I had the dhx at 200psi, i lowered it down to 160-170ish to get about 33% sag (I'm about 170lbs on a fat day). and slowed down the rebound on the z1 to about 8 clicks from the slowest. wow the ride got really squishy. It definitely improved the downhills runs. Jumping got harder.. had to really preload in advance. I did case a few landings since i kinda rolled over the lip instead of airing it out, but the z1 was kind enough not to buck me over the bars. The best thing today was how it just rails around the switchbacks.. both up and down. And that I see a buncha Santa Cruz superlight and hecklers on the trails, but not one Intense. It sure turns heads.. even with the roadies.

and yes.. the bike is a deep red. I'd say it's as deep as a real bad bloody nose.
If it's hard to imagine, go to your significant other and say "wow you are lookin rather large today honey". After he/she slams you in the face with the hardcover version of The Fountainhead, check out ur bloody nose. That's the color :)
 

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unfluid one said:
and yes.. the bike is a deep red. I'd say it's as deep as a real bad bloody nose.
If it's hard to imagine, go to your significant other and say "wow you are lookin rather large today honey". After he/she slams you in the face with the hardcover version of The Fountainhead, check out ur bloody nose. That's the color :)
*spills milk all over the keybord*

Funny! :D
 

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unfluid one said:
I pretty much tackled the fedex guy on my driveway as he was pulling out boxes with my red 6.6. yesterday.

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About 45 minutes later of installing the wheel, fork, bars.. I was ready to roll.
First off, this thing ROCKS on the downhills. I pretty much let go of the brakes, and it soaked up everything. I still haven't completely dialed in the dhx, but it felt great from an fs-newb's point of view.

Climbing was great, but the weight(unknown) did take a toll on me as I overestimated my climbing stamina and had to concede to a few dry heaves at the top of the first hill. I took it real slow the next hill and I was fine. The dhx didn't feel as supple as I hoped, but it just needs some tlc to get it just right… as I said earlier, didn't take enough time to dial it in. As for the eta, I used it plenty today. The bike really flew up the switch backs without wandering with the ETA flipped… I was surprisingly impressed. But even without the eta, the front didn't wander as much as I thought.
I caught up with some guy on an NRS today on a long climb, and tailed him until my chain dropped. .. Nevertheless this shows this 6.6's all around prowess.

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All in all, great great great bike. I spent 3 hrs on her yesterday and 1.5 hrs today. She just kept going… and going… The bike is really quiet too, not much chainslap. A lizard skin super jumbo was too big, so I put some old grips as protection.

The Hadleys sounded like a real mean rattlesnake chasing me.

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gotta love the beautiful california weather: 66 degrees in late November!

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as for my build.. things that aren't apparent in the pictures:
dangerboy endcaps w/ ruffians, RF next carbon bar, juicy 5, azonic a-frame pedals,
canecreek flush headset, thomson all around.
Hey man, I love your build. I am about to buy one from Boutique. I can't decide between medium and large. What did you get. I have the exact same fork for mine. I have an Uzzi now, and will build this one up as a little lighter trail bike. Can't wait to get mine. Not sure of color that red looks good with the white fork I'm sure it looks better in person. Give me the 411 on it. I cancelled an order on a Nomad for this so hoping I made the right decision.
 

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Hey man, I love your build. I am about to buy one from Boutique. I can't decide between medium and large. What did you get. I have the exact same fork for mine. I have an Uzzi now, and will build this one up as a little lighter trail bike. Can't wait to get mine. Not sure of color that red looks good with the white fork I'm sure it looks better in person. Give me the 411 on it. I cancelled an order on a Nomad for this so hoping I made the right decision.
Funny find you here too! :D Most likely I will be added to the list of "6 Pack owners sold to buy a Nomad only to cancell to buy a 6.6"! Well being that you already have a VPX you dont need any selling on how well the frame handles and climbs, and thats a 10 pound plus frame with heavy parts most likely. I dont think you can go wrong with the 6.6, I had my heart on a Nomad only for the slacker geometry but now it sounds to slack for the forks that I will be running, should have listened to uncle Brian at Boutique from the first place! :D
My problem is that the smalls are not ready yet, so its still the waiting game. What size of Uzzi are you on now and how do you like the fit? You may want the same size frame and just run longer stems.
 

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aappling72 said:
Hey man, I love your build. I am about to buy one from Boutique. I can't decide between medium and large. What did you get. I have the exact same fork for mine. I have an Uzzi now, and will build this one up as a little lighter trail bike. Can't wait to get mine. Not sure of color that red looks good with the white fork I'm sure it looks better in person. Give me the 411 on it. I cancelled an order on a Nomad for this so hoping I made the right decision.
she's a medium. personally i think the red and white looks cool.. other wise it would be a red and black.. or red and brown (poop). everyone has a black fork... i think the white makes it stand out a bit more :) .
plus it has red marz stickers on the front and side.. so it isn't TOO mismatched.
i've never had a bling bling frame, so I kind of jumped off the deep end of the pool going straight with the 6.6, but it sure is hot. i get off once in a while on the trail just to look at it... jk. i get off and look at it only when i'm taking my breather at the top of the hill.
oh yeah the juicy 5s are great too... no squeaks or fade from them yet. And Brian at Boutique Bikes took very good care of me.
I'm back in school (3 weeks til I graduate!) so had to leave the puppy at home. But here are a few parting pictures until xmas.

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the chain rubs a section of the e13 bash when i'm on the 32T (bigger of the 2 rings) and the outer-most cog. Seems like the bash is either too big, I need spacers, or replace the 32t with a 36t. The setup I have is pretty common from what I've seen.. anyone encounter this?
 

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she's a medium. personally i think the red and white looks cool.. other wise it would be a red and black.. or red and brown (poop). everyone has a black fork... i think the white makes it stand out a bit more :) .
plus it has red marz stickers on the front and side.. so it isn't TOO mismatched.
i've never had a bling bling frame, so I kind of jumped off the deep end of the pool going straight with the 6.6, but it sure is hot. i get off once in a while on the trail just to look at it... jk. i get off and look at it only when i'm taking my breather at the top of the hill.
oh yeah the juicy 5s are great too... no squeaks or fade from them yet. And Brian at Boutique Bikes took very good care of me.
I'm back in school (3 weeks til I graduate!) so had to leave the puppy at home. But here are a few parting pictures until xmas.

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the chain rubs a section of the e13 bash when i'm on the 32T (bigger of the 2 rings) and the outer-most cog. Seems like the bash is either too big, I need spacers, or replace the 32t with a 36t. The setup I have is pretty common from what I've seen.. anyone encounter this?
I've seen this sometimes, and didn't notice it when tested. Try taking the bottom bracket spacer off the drive side shell. I know they recommend one there (Shimano), but when this happens, its really a chainline issue more than anything. Give that a shot, see how your chainline comes out, readjust your front D and get back to us here.
 

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Funny find you here too! :D Most likely I will be added to the list of "6 Pack owners sold to buy a Nomad only to cancell to buy a 6.6"! Well being that you already have a VPX you dont need any selling on how well the frame handles and climbs, and thats a 10 pound plus frame with heavy parts most likely. I dont think you can go wrong with the 6.6, I had my heart on a Nomad only for the slacker geometry but now it sounds to slack for the forks that I will be running, should have listened to uncle Brian at Boutique from the first place! :D
My problem is that the smalls are not ready yet, so its still the waiting game. What size of Uzzi are you on now and how do you like the fit? You may want the same size frame and just run longer stems.
That is funny. I don't think there is ever gonna ba cure for UGI. There is always something newer and better. I just got a Cane Creek Double Barrel for my Uzzi, and let me say now. Call Santa and tell him to add it to your Christmas list. It is absolutely amazing. I had an Avy on my 6pack and it felt great, but the adjustability on this thing is quite unbelievable. I'll post a greater review with pics soon. Anyway, I have a medium Uzzi and I put the 70mm stem on it and have the seat slid back in the rails. Esquire mentioned getting a setback post, not a laidback. To see if that would give me a little more room. I am fine on the VPX. I like a smaller bike for handling and the agility it gives. I am not sure if I should go medium or large on this bike though. I am leaning towards large after comparing geometry charts. I will let you know, you do the same
 

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Very interested in your ride report of the CC Double Barrel, please post it in the shock forum as well. I think you'll be the first to talk about it aside from a few comments in bike magazines.

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That is funny. I don't think there is ever gonna ba cure for UGI. There is always something newer and better. I just got a Cane Creek Double Barrel for my Uzzi, and let me say now. Call Santa and tell him to add it to your Christmas list. It is absolutely amazing. I had an Avy on my 6pack and it felt great, but the adjustability on this thing is quite unbelievable. I'll post a greater review with pics soon. Anyway, I have a medium Uzzi and I put the 70mm stem on it and have the seat slid back in the rails. Esquire mentioned getting a setback post, not a laidback. To see if that would give me a little more room. I am fine on the VPX. I like a smaller bike for handling and the agility it gives. I am not sure if I should go medium or large on this bike though. I am leaning towards large after comparing geometry charts. I will let you know, you do the same
 

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I agree with Esquire.. definitely a chainline issue. That is a pretty large bashguard requiring a liuttle finesse on the chainline. I guess to me though, it sounds as though you need to ADD a spacer.. maybe my perspective is a little skewed though.
Yup, you'd have to add, see what happens before caffeine kids?
 
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