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I've taken my BLT out on a few rides now and what a great job you've done, it's a fantastic bike. The only problem i've found is the crap that collects around the bottom pivots, which is gonna shorten their life for sure. I've managed to fit some innertube to protect them, secured with zip-ties, but i hate bodging fixes, so how about making a guard available to us VPP owners- i'm sure there's a market for them.

With all the new models that have been released recently you must be sat around with your feet up on the desk now, right?!
 

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You know that they're just going to send you a piece of innertube and some zip ties, right? They're going to charge every one else $12.95. :D
 

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While we're at it, add more clearance between the brace on the seat stays and the rear tire!

I test rode a BLT with a 2.35" tire on the rear, and there was about 3mm of clearance for the tire. So much for my dream of running 2.5's
 

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Boogie Man said:
While we're at it, add more clearance between the brace on the seat stays and the rear tire!

I test rode a BLT with a 2.35" tire on the rear, and there was about 3mm of clearance for the tire. So much for my dream of running 2.5's
That is my only disapointment with my BLT. A 1.95 Maxxis Ignitor fits and looks right in there on a Crossmax XL, but that is not a large enough volume tire for a 5.3" travel trail bike. I've since swaped out rear tires with a Kenda Nevegal 2.1, and I wouldn't want any rear tire any closer to my frame than this one, and I'd like to run a 2.35 back there. My road bike literaly has a lot more frame/tire clearance than this.

And the low location of the welded-on cable stop for the front deraillure makes it impossible to use a bottom swing FD like the SRAM X-Gen which otherwise fits on this medium Blur LT just fine, but it's not possible to route a cable to it. The Clasic Blur had this stop welded on a lot higher.

Otherwise, love this bike though.

Cheers,

Dave
 

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Here are some pics. for you Boogie man. The rear tyre is a Continental Vertical Pro. 2.3 UST on a Mavic crossmax XL. They are a bit small for a 2.3.

There's not loads of clearance, but i won't be running a bigger tyre and i'm happy with what's there.

A couple of the photo's show how close the crossbrace gets to the seat tube when the shock bottoms out- looks like they could have moved it a couple of mm closer but there's not much left to play with.

Maybe SC think that the BLT is a trail bike and if people wanted larger tyres then they would go for the Nomad, or they just couldn't make more room.

Does the clearance look the same as the demo you rode? What tyres would you want to fit? Hope this has been of some use to you.
 

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Does the clearance look the same as the demo you rode? What tyres would you want to fit? Hope this has been of some use to you.
Awesome! Thanks for the photos, definitely useful. The bike I test rode had a 2.35" Kenda Nevegal tire on it, and it actually appeared to have much less clearance than what your photos show, and I was thinking of a tubeless setup with the 2.3" Continental Vertical Pros. I didn't try to fully compress the rear shock to check the seat tube clearance, but now I see why it's as tight as it is back there. I guess there's not much they can do without tweaking the bike's geometry, and I preferred the tighter geometry of the BLT to that of the Nomad... the longer chainstays on the Nomad made it feel a little cumbersome in tight turns.
 

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Its funny how these companies come eith these awesome working suspension design but can't factor in enough space for a fender for those of us who don't ride strictly in dry arid weather. I jimmied something together for my bullit so the front derailleur wouldn't be all caked with mud. Then I looked at my father in law's Demo and Enduro and they are both horrible for mud getting ground into the bearing areas. The V10 seems to have it covered pretty, so why do the rest of us have to cross our fingers that all that mud isn't going to royally mess up the frame integrity? Any entrepreneurs out there listening?
 
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