Hi all....I just purchased an 05 Switchblade which i think is the shizzle. I stripped every component off of it except the RP3, the Fox Vanilla, Thomson post, san Marco Baracuda saddle and the Chris King headset. Otherwise, everything else has been replaced. too bad it has been raining here in New jersey for the past 2 weeks...no time to ride this stallion. Oh, the bike weighs around 28 lbs....not too bad for a full sus....Here are the specs...
-Easton Monkeylite carbon bars
-FSA K-force carbon cranks
-XO rear derailler
-x7 shifters (i might switch to xo gripshift)
-Chris king hubs
-Mavic 819 Rims
-all new cables
-Sram pg990 cassette
-(Thomson stem soon to come)
thanks guys....I have not had a chance to really test out the Vanilla...I took the day off from work today but i was only able to ride around my house on paved streets today. I live in New Jersey and today was the first day without rain in 2 weeks....The bike feels REALLY light. My Rush 1000 supposedly weighs 29 lbs, but my blade feels way lighter for some reason. The Switchblade is an absolute bullet. the rear is so stiff, it feels like something is pushing the bike from the back. Chris King hubs make the most beautiful sound when in motion. I cannot explain the hum. Its like birds on a spring day....its just awesome. I think undoubtedly i will switch to xo gripshifts. X7 is a nice system, but rather sloppy at times, not overly but just enough for me to notice. Anyway thank you for the nice comments, i will be posting as a regular here, so get used to me!!!!
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