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HELLO!!


I have 2 SC Dilemmas that I seek advice, input, guidance, SC bias...


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#1: I am strongly considering a VPF, not sure how my 'stable' is going to grow
- anyone 6'7" or taller riding an L? how do you feel about that?
- I need an XL, and per SC, they have some left, but expect to run out ~ around March: Do I get one risking winding up not using it and have ahell of a time unloading an XL older model at a loss somewhere down the line?


#2: I have a 2003 Chameleon. The only thing I dont like is the silly disc adapter hanging from the chainstgay (WTH - why did that ever exist) - I did think it LOOKED cool once - but not anymore. I am interested in replacing the frame because:
- Disc/Caliper location.
- I have a couple of nasty crashes on the frame - 1 time I ate a tree at ~20 and Im not sure exactly how it went down, but The stem was pressed into a tree and I ripped the seat off its rails, bent them and my thomson post forward when it punched me in the stomach/bladder/pelvis. I have a 2 other notable crashes (1 cased a 6hx15l stepdown and got personaly destroyed), Cased a diesel 8' gap double - sounded like my frame snapped BANG!

Should I be worried about this frame? It has no overt signs - no nick/dent/paint flake/bulge/etc... has never been pile drived, and generally is ridden very smooth although it sees TONS of 4-8'ers with sometimes decent gaps - but again - smooth; hi speed 'DHLite' runs.

Also - It had 2004 and part of 2005 off due to a back injury, I didnt ride from Feb 04 until May 05


AND if it DOES fail - whats the history of catastrophic failures on theese guys. I saw a Blur failure thread where this guy was ruined on an XC ride when the TT and DT snapped - bike in 2 -- alot of pain. Im probably obsessing too much, but I am not sure - my only trusted local advisor is a contrarian, so no help there!
 

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Added Q -

How tough is a Nomad? I hear them compared to a Bullit in toughness -- Bullits have hit the biggest drops, Ivee been using mine for DH for years and while it could be loads stiffer, Im not worried about durability - its tough, and Im smooth to boot.


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On the Nomad/Bullit comparison, I have a couple of Bullits and a Nomad. I've had one of those Bullits since '99 and the Nomad for a year. There are others on the forum who've also had/have both, so hopefully they'll toss in too.

Yeah, you're right on the Bullit's durability. It was some time before hard ridden Bullits started to surface with breaks or cracks...a good, tough bike. It's been over a year on the Nomad, and so far, I don't think we've had one report on mtbr about frame failure. It's gotta happen sometime, but I think it speaks well that after a ton of Nomads have been sold and used for about 18 months, no notable failures have come up. It appears the Nomad isn't a glass slipper. Huck, not sure if you're aware, but the Bullit frame and Nomad frame are almost identical in weight. And yes, the Nomad doesn't have the tail wiggle of the Bullit in certain conditions.
 

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Huck:

Get the Free. You know you want it! Amazing bike that can take anything you throw at it. If they stopped making XL you might actually have better luck selling it than you think. I've heard a few guys complaining about the loss of that size.
Good luck man!

Kat
 

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You'd be crazy to get a large at 6'7". You're also thinking backwards in regards to re-sale. Your XL will become a hot commodity once they are all gone. It will likely retain resale value BETTER than any other size, due to scarcity. Economics 101: supply and demand.

If you don't see any fatigue on the frame, just ride it. Keep watch at the welds for hairline cracks in the paint.
 

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Huck, there's a specialist aerosol spray you can buy from good engineering suppliers that penetrates and shows up hairline cracks in metal. I think it's called Reveal.
 
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