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Hello awaiting the arrival of a large firebird frame and was looking for some inspiration so pictures would be great, recomendations on builds with weights, plus recommendations should i go 1 x 10 or 2 x 10 or stick 3 x 9? What headset? What front mech? Will 160 Fox talas 09 be a good start or should i go for an alternative given the deals on 1.5/tapered forks??

All help, advice and inspriation welcome:thumbsup:
 

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2x10 is my preference with a bash guard. A wide ass bar (sixc race face), a giant fat front tire and tubeless. A talas might be nice. I don't have one, and it climbs everywhere for me here in CO. Sounds like you are pumped
 

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Hey HICK,
You should look through the pictures in the Pivot thread that is sticky'ed at the top. There's some great builds up there. I would go 2x10 with a bash. I'd also go with the Firebird frameset that now comes with a Float 180 shimmed down to 170. I personally don't think the 160 forks are enough travel/axle to crown to ride balanced.

I'm running mine with a Float 180, 1.125 steer and a 3.2mm stack headset. Loving it!
 

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I also think 2x10 with a dual ring system is the best. I got a stock 2011 XT kit size large with float 170, replaced the wheels with King hubs laced to Flows and it was just shy of 32 pounds. I've since added a Rockshox Reverb, bash, and guide. The float is fine, geometrically. I hate travel adjust forks, personally. Mine came with 3cm worth of spacers underneath the stem. I flipped one to the top, now the fork only pulls up on the steepest of walls.
 

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Very excited on arrival of the frame, thanks looked through the thread but the weights intrested me, i am not lookg for a 26 lb lightweight ride but soemthing in the region of 29 to 30.
RFP how are the deville forks?
 

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IMO building a Firebird at 29 or 30lbs is a pretty lightweight build. You won't get there using coil anything. My build is pretty darn light with Float front and back, pretty light wheels, tires, carbon post, bars, etc and it's several lbs over 30... 32+ or so.
 

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Deville seems to be made for Firebird. Front end grip is rely good and deville works well in small bumps and eats big ones also. The hydraulic oil inside the fork doesn't like temperatures below - 12 C. That is the only complain so far.
 

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31 pounds even...

Just got mine built up and hit Kiwanis and Holbert trails this past Sunday.. Perfect bike for Phoenix's South Mountain tech trails:thumbsup:
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Frame: Med. with RP23 and boost valve
Fork: RS Lyrik Solo Air DH Tapered Steerer
Brakes: Hayes Stroker Trail 8" rotor up front and 7" in back
Drivetrain: Combo XT and XTR 9 speed
Wheels: CK hubs on Mavic 819's with single ply Kenda sticky rubber (2.5" Nevegal up front and 2.6" Kinetic in back) tubeless of course
Saddle: WTB Rocket V SLT
Thomson post, FSA stem, Protaper bars,Oury grips
 

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Firebird custom build

Just finished building up my Firebird, first ride is tomorow and i cant wait to give it some stick! Breif rundown on spec; Large frame with rp23 shock (soon to be DHX Air) Fox Vanilla 36's 160mm, SLX cranks 2x9 with e-13 dual chain guide. Prototype reynolds Carbon All Mountain Wheels, XO Shifers + mech, Avid Elixer Carbon brakes with dual piston code calipers, DMR Vault pedals and some kinda droppy post thing too. Weighs in at just over 33lbs with the dual ply wetscreams which are 1.2kgs each, should be able to hit 30lbs further down the line with out too much trouble.

 

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AZmtncycler said:
Just got mine built up and hit Kiwanis and Holbert trails this past Sunday.. Perfect bike for Phoenix's South Mountain tech trails:thumbsup:
Build:
Frame: Med. with RP23 and boost valve
Fork: RS Lyrik Solo Air DH Tapered Steerer
Brakes: Hayes Stroker Trail 8" rotor up front and 7" in back
Drivetrain: Combo XT and XTR 9 speed
Wheels: CK hubs on Mavic 819's with single ply Kenda sticky rubber (2.5" Nevegal up front and 2.6" Kinetic in back) tubeless of course
Saddle: WTB Rocket V SLT
Thomson post, FSA stem, Protaper bars,Oury grips
I sure like how this bike looks. Are those the 1" rise bars?
 

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Answer Protapers...

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I sure like how this bike looks. Are those the 1" rise bars?
No, these are the two inch rise bars using the older 25.4 clamp and 27' wide. I'll probably end up with some Sunline V1 OS bars and a different stem but for now, these have worked well for me over the years.
 

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AZmtncycler said:
No, these are the two inch rise bars using the older 25.4 clamp and 27' wide. I'll probably end up with some Sunline V1 OS bars and a different stem but for now, these have worked well for me over the years.
I like the old school high rise. I went with the mid rise 720mm AM carbon ones they have now (they are fantastic bars, BTW). Sorta wish I had gone high rise with less spacers under the stem. I guess I could re-purchase them but DOH!

http://www.answerproducts.com/components/protaper-carbon-720-am/#
 

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Discussion Starter · #20 ·
got the firebird frame BUT been sent a XL not a large........................nightmare!

However a quick line up against my other bike and it looks similiar in size, so

current frame eff top tube 24 inches seat tube 19.

At 6 ft but shrinking s XL too large? Am i just grasping at straws??!!!
 
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