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Alright Folks,

We all know the V-tach, then there is a whole lotta love in this forum for the DT, and tucked away in here also is a fair bit of Endo stoke but it seems to have fizzled down to set up threads. I read through the forum and constantly see new DT threads saying how great a machine it is (and I have no doubt of this fact!)

As someone who is awaiting their Endo I can't help but read through the forum and start to be swayed towards the DT by all the constant praise it gets! : I'm calling all you endo owners to renew your praise for this machine. Think of it as giving comfort & support to prospective Endo owners, least we all be riding DT's.

Either way I suppose its all good so long as we're all part of a great big
happy Knolly family :thumbsup
 

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Going on my 2nd season with the Endorphin and couldn't be happier with it. Originally bought frame only and swapped everything over from my old Yeti. Have been slowly upgrading bits and pieces over the past year and I think it will be getting its RP23 Pushed soon and hopefully one of the new 150mm Revelations. Can't say enough good things about the bike, does everything really well which is great since it is my one and only ride for everything. A couple quick photos from a recent day of riding with about 4000' climbing and another 6000' or so coming down:
 

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Great to hear it Catch 22 :thumbsup:

Your bike set up looks exactly what I'm expecting. I've ordered the large white frame and will be throwing my PIKE 454 air on front, well at least until the 09 lyric (white!!!) gets here.:D
 

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I've got a Pike on my Endo and although it is a great match for the bike and probably more appropriate for all the climbing required in CO, I found that within a month of riding this spectacular frame I'm cleaning knar/sketch sections I used to walk and riding the singletrack at much higher speeds. I'm starting to save up for a Lyric or 36 since the bike is pushing my ability past my comfort level with the Pike.

I couldn't be happier with the Endo. My opinion is that you have to be going reasonably big to need something more than an Endo built up on the AM/FR end of things (and I weigh 230).
 

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My wife's Endo, now about 5 months old, on our spring trip to UT / CO. Her other ride, a Santa Cruz Superlight, doesn't get much play anymore! A DT would be too much bike for my wife, but the Endo suits her well. Able to climb, light enough, able to to descend and confidence inspiring, great looking, and built to last. And, while my wife may not be as extreme as some, she can still ride it as hard or harder than many of our other male riding friends. She calls it her White Stallion, she just gets on, points it up or down the trial, and it goes!

Being the wrench, I appreciate the frame and components as much as the rider.
 

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kctash said:
Great to hear it Catch 22 :thumbsup:

Your bike set up looks exactly what I'm expecting. I've ordered the large white frame and will be throwing my PIKE 454 air on front, well at least until the 09 lyric (white!!!) gets here.:D
Yeah, mine is a large in white with the 454 air U-Turn. It's a great fork for the bike, I'd probably keep it on there but recently won a Giant STP frame that I think I'm going to put the Pike on to use as a DJ/pumptrack/trail bike. I was looking at the U-Turn Lyrik but at 1.5lbs less the new Revelation is looking like the way to go for me, especially given how much I like the feel of the air Pike. Are they making a white Lyrik U-Turn for 2010?
 

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Yeah, mine is a large in white with the 454 air U-Turn. It's a great fork for the bike, I'd probably keep it on there but recently won a Giant STP frame that I think I'm going to put the Pike on to use as a DJ/pumptrack/trail bike. I was looking at the U-Turn Lyrik but at 1.5lbs less the new Revelation is looking like the way to go for me, especially given how much I like the feel of the air Pike. Are they making a white Lyrik U-Turn for 2010?
I was perfectly happy to keep the 454 on it as I have nothing but good things to say about this fork but then I saw a killer deal on flea bay which I couldn't pass up. So soon I'll be the owner of a 09 lyric 2 step air in matching white. :D I'm not too stressed about an additional Ib or two if its a good fork. I'm also not too small at 200 with gear so shouldn't really complain about 1 pound extra on some good compenents!

Don't think they're doing a white lyric in 2010 it seems to be all grey & blacks.

I was also thinking similar to you in the direction of the relevation (in the distant future) prior to catching the deal on the lyric
 

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If I lived in an area with lots of downhill, I would consider a DT. But at 140 lbs with constant short steep up down up down for 3+ hours, the Endorphin suits me very well.
The 5.5 " of travel on the Endorphin is misleading as to the bikes capabilities as compared to other 5.5 bikes (check out the action shots thread). After over 1-1/2 years of pounding 4 times a week, I haven't replaced anything including shock bushings/spacers.
The rear end is so stiff, there must be very little or no side loading of the shock interface. I used to replace shock bushings every 6 months on my old bike. This bike begs for a 20mm TA fork IMO. I'm @ ~31 lbs coil front and rear (VAN 36 & ROCO ti coil).
 

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I have had the Endorphin for an year and a bit now. Absolutely perfect all around bike. Really solid, could not be happier with it.
 

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I've been riding my Endo for a couple of weeks now. I'm testing it with a variety of rear shocks, but overall I've set the bike up a bit more FR capable than usual. Coils front and rear, dh tires, flat pedals, short stem.

So far, it's awesome. Not the same confidence coming into the bigger stuff, but that's more likely new daddy syndrome than anything on the equipement end. I sure like it better on the climb than my DT, and there was nothing really wrong with that bike to begin with.

Biggest surprise so far has been the Lyrik. It's a lot more fork than I expected. It's pretty damn close to the Totem in most conditions.

This week is the big test. I'm guiding a trio of downhillers from back east around the Okanagan, so I should get a good handle on what the bike is capable of.
 

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Hey Johnny Smoke,

Noticed your set up thread in another section of the forum. I'd be very interested to hear what you opinion is following your trip. please drop a line onto to the forum to let us know. thanks
 

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really love mine, only been riding mine for only slightly over 3mths, lovin every min of it, clearing almost all the tech stuff up, and down is just SO MUCH FUN!!!

:D :D :D

here's her all cleaned up.



 

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JohnnySmoke said:
I've been riding my Endo for a couple of weeks now. I'm testing it with a variety of rear shocks, but overall I've set the bike up a bit more FR capable than usual. Coils front and rear, dh tires, flat pedals, short stem.
Smoke....you going to use the Endo as your sole bike this year? No big(ger) bike for the big stuff you usually ride on?

EB
 

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I think the best comment I can give about my Endorphin is actually from my brother who came to visit and rode it on a four day bike trip while I rode my Turner 29er.....he simply said " Damn that's a nice bike " ! I asked him many times if he wanted to switch bikes for awhile and he replied " Naw.........I'm doing just fine " and proceeded to kick my arse ! :D

He rides all over NW Washington , Oregon , and even the BC.....hope to get out there this fall ! TIG.
 

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OK, so in a week of shredding freeride on the Endo, I managed to ride:

Big Ed
McDougall Rim
Builders Only
Powers Creek (twice)
The Peat Bog (full vert to the lake)
A full Beer Run from the top (twice)
A half height beer run
Drops-a-Lot (twice)
Kobau
TKO
Four runs at Gillard
14 (!!!!) runs at Silverstar.

Something like 75 000 vertical feet in a week. Not bad for an 'XC' bike.
 

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Hey Zephyr11 nice lookin' ride. How do you like those Rubber Queens? (man, that would sound strange in any other context)
 
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