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Just wondering what are some of the best mods or improvements other Mission owners have made to their bikes?
All I have done so far is add a Easton Monkey Lite bar to my '08 M2 but looking to do more soon...

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Well, my mission came as a frameset, but I demo'd a 2010 for a week in Moab and I brought my own set of wide bars (30") and short stem (70mm) so the cockpit would work better for me. Personal preferences, of course.

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That's hard. I'd say the best improvement was dialling in the fit with 711mm wide bars (Monkeylite DH) and a 50mm stem. Swapping out the fork (Lyrik coil) and shock (DHX) were also great upgrades. For that matter, I've changed everything on my bike by now except the seatpost (waiting on the RS Reverb), and I was happy with the improvement each time. That's not to say that my 2007 Mission 2 came with a bad parts spec. I just have a bad case of UGI (and a knack for finding good deals:)).
 

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on 09 mission:
Gravity light stem - FSA 685mm bars
Fox 36 Van RC2 fork
Chris King hubs
8" rotors
These all were huge mods to my mission and really like how things turned out.
 

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I went with a WTB Speed V saddle too. The Pure V didn't agree and it has taken me awhile to the cockpit set up for me. The Easton DH bar helps a ton but now I'm trying to figure out whether to have the bar 1 spacer down or not? Climbs easier for me like that but can tell a difference when going down.
What would changing the stem size do for me/cockpit or supposed to do in theory?
 

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I love running a shorter stem because it gives u a faster twitcher feel and gives overall a nicer quick maneuverability in techy stuff
 

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Much agreed

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I love running a shorter stem because it gives u a faster twitcher feel and gives overall a nicer quick maneuverability in techy stuff
I went from a 110mm stem on my last bike to a 90mm on my Mission, both bikes are 19" frames. The Mission does have a longer TT and the 90mm stem makes the two bikes about equal. But the shorter stem feels really dialed in.

An adjustable travel fork is great for climbing (at minimum travel) or dropped slightly for tight ST to give a slightly steeper, XC-like HTA.

One more change I'll report on soon (after bronchitis goes away) : WTB Silverado Team Saddle (love chainlove!).
 

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DavidNeiles said:
I love running a shorter stem because it gives u a faster twitcher feel and gives overall a nicer quick maneuverability in techy stuff
That, plus its easier to pull the front end up to jump and hop over stuff....
 

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2008 M3--changed to 160 lyrik solo air-- -Way smoooth!!
changed to 16 degree 90 stem and alloy Truvativ Team bar

would like to change to the linkage bushings to Endura needle bearing but cannot seem to get the bushings out.
 

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I've noticed since I've changed the handlebar to the Easton DH it tends to wander and the front end lifts up when I'm going uphill. It's like I have to muscle it up over things. I lowered it by one spacer and it tracks much easier uphill but doesn't feel as strong downhill. Changed it back to all spacers underneath the bar since. Gonna figure out stem real soon.
Wouldn't mind some new wheels
 

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When I got my Easton DHs I also noticed that the handling was a bit funny. It felt similar to running a too-long stem. I got a 20mm shorter stem (50mm), and it felt perfect. I also dropped the handlebars 5mm, but that was only to compensate for the extra rise in the new handlebars compared to my old ones.
 

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yogidave said:
I went from a 110mm stem on my last bike to a 90mm on my Mission, both bikes are 19" frames. The Mission does have a longer TT and the 90mm stem makes the two bikes about equal. But the shorter stem feels really dialed in.

An adjustable travel fork is great for climbing (at minimum travel) or dropped slightly for tight ST to give a slightly steeper, XC-like HTA.

One more change I'll report on soon (after bronchitis goes away) : WTB Silverado Team Saddle (love chainlove!).
New saddle fits my arse very well..... BTW.. it is silly light @ 198gr. Good comfort and shape to allow stability and easy sliding around and off the back as needed.
 

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Changes

I got a 2010, M2
and so far I have changed for:

2010 Van R 36 160mm
RF Atlas Cranks
X0 Shifters
Sunline V1 Pedals
Carbon Seatpost
Silverado Saddle
721 With Hope wheels
Sunline V1 handle bars 29" wide
Lock on Grips
70mm Thompson Stem

Thats it, dam, now that I think about it that is a lot
 

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The stock fork was decent, Mine came with the Float 32 150mm which weights 3.89 lbs
, Pretty ligt, it was a good climber with the lockout feature

The Van 36 160 mm its AWESOME going down, so buttery smooth, Specially going trough rockgardens is great.
Not so much of a climber, as it changes the geometry a bit to a slacker position. I can not climb as well, but I still do. The Van is about 1.5 lbs heavier and does not have a lockout, I guess the talas 36 would be great, but its not as smooth as coil.
I love the fork
 

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As leondelmonte said about the Talas. I switched from Float to Talas, and it doesn't exactly swallow up small bumps, its the bigger impacts where it does sorta feel smooth. And in the old 32 Float, I ran 120PSI and it felt alot smoother than my 36 Talas at 100PSI. Even though I swapped out the oil in both sides, The Talas just isn't one of the plushiest fork from Fox.
 
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