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This ElFuego landed Downunder about a month ago:thumbsup:
Frame; 18inch with 3.5inches of travel
Forks; Manitou R7 Platinum SPV
Shock; Manitou Stype SPV
Brakes; Formula Oro K24
Driveline; SRAM X9
Wheels; DTSwiss 4.1 with 240 hubs.
Tyres; Maxxis Crossmark
The bike is owned by a friend of mine but I managed to take it for an extended ride yesterday around my favourite trails, I'd say aggresive XC, Gap Creek, Brisbane.
Well what can I say, it's one hell of a bike. My usual ride is a XC hardtail with the same front fork, R7 Platinum.
Obviously I found it better at decending rough trails, dual suspension and hydro brakes help there, it was it's ability in twisty single track and pinch climbing where it most impressed. I've never had a bike cranked over so much or get in and out of corners so fast.Crank the pedals on pinch climbs in or out of the saddle was just so solid and it's ability to get me out of trouble was amazing. Keeping the power down over rough terrain and powering out of corners compared to a hardtail was fantastic.
Only one complaint, rear grip under brakes, but that may have been me not used to Hydros'.
I can diffinately recommend one of these to a XC club racer who's got a few dollar to spend, and go with the Manitou SPV system if you don't want to mess around with handle bar lockouts every time you want to accellerate. Me, I'm just going to have to wait until next years tax rebate, I'm not sure if I can borrow this one too often.
 

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Is that meg's new ride. Saw it saturday and it looked verrrry nice.

I have got a ventana on order too so i will be joining the club soon too.
 

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I can almost hear Foshizzle's wheels turning. Or are those my wheels?
 

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Looks like another bling bike build from Shannon there.
Now we just need to get Meg off that other bike of hers and out onto theVentana.
 

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When I was talking to Meg at last weeks Daisy chase ride she seemed none to fussed with the R7 on the front. I had a feel of the fork and I certainly didn't rate the on off action of the SPV valve or what ever it's current name is. I reckon she would be much happier with a Fox float.
 

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SingleSpeedScott said:
When I was talking to Meg at last weeks Daisy chase ride she seemed none to fussed with the R7 on the front. I had a feel of the fork and I certainly didn't rate the on off action of the SPV valve or what ever it's current name is. I reckon she would be much happier with a Fox float.
Hey Scott, I'm sure the Float would be a really nice trail fork for cruising around on, but for climbing and accelerating the R7 has an excellent platform and it soaks up the bump well too. The Manitou S-type SPV rear shock is just the business:thumbsup:
And Scott, I reckon if I had been on the El Fuego last Saturday I would have been able to give you a run for your money in the singletrack it's so fast:eekster:
I'm racing it at Adare this weekend, I'll let you know how it went.
 

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And Scott, I reckon if I had been on the El Fuego last Saturday I would have been able to give you a run for your money in the singletrack it's so fast:eekster:
I'm racing it at Adare this weekend, I'll let you know how it went.
Get rid of those bar ends if they are using the singletrack through the trees. :eek:
 

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Just think how good this rig would be with a decent pair of forks on the front of it? :madman:
Might help with some sore shoulders too.:thumbsup:

Come on Meg, get on there and learn to hammer it.:thumbsup:
 
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