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I like my Mary so much I though it would be fun to start a strictly Mary SS/Mary XC forum. Here you can post your pictures, stories, comments, and questions on the Mary.

I'll start with my 2007 Mary SS Frame up with:
Reba SL 80mm
Panaracer Rampage front tire
Geax Saguaro rear tire
Bontrager Race Lite Crank with Truvativ BB(maybe will be changed)
Thomson seatpost
Specialized Rival Saddle, Wedge and computer
BB7 Mech's
SRAM 8-Speed Chain
ESI Chunky Grips


Possible Upgrades:
Shimano Crank
Thomson stem+Monkey Lite Bar

Definite upgrades:
light dimension pro anodized black pedals(will save .5-1lb)

Possible weight savings:
Thomson Stem Over Bontrager Select: 10 Grams
Monkey Light Handlebar over Bontrager Select: 100 Grams
XT Crank over Bontrager Race Lite: 50-200Grams
Dimension Pro Platform Pedals: 588-240=348Grams
Total= <658Grams
1.45lbs
28.5-1.45=27.05lbs:thumbsup:

Current Picture:



Some Outdated ones:



 

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EXORCIZE
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9 months on Mary

Had 2 bikes when I bought this one - only've got this one now. Rides like gold, but appears to be turning into titanium...

'07 20" Haro Mary SS
Fox F29 RLC @ 100mm
Kent Eriksen ti seatpost
WTB Rocket V Stealth ti-railed saddle
Xpedo Ti/Ti SPD-type pedals
Specialized Resolution Pro/front
Maxxis Crossmark/rear
ESI Chunky grips
On order: Black Sheep ti bar based on Mary bar, but 1" wider

Weight ?

Possible Upgrades:
Fizik Gobi ti saddle (one WTB rail looks slightly bent)
Converting the F29 to 80mm to sharpen the steering
Hydraulic brakes
Nice wheelset

Current Picture:
 

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I fell in love with Mary way back in September of 06. This bike by far has been my favorite bike to this day. My gearie is worth about 3 times as much and it just sits in the corner. I love the way this bike rides and handles, its a true joy to ride. Its been here before but I'll post again.

18 in Mary ss
ergons
thompson stem
easton carbon bars and seat post
king headset
pace carbon fork
right now its got Ignitors on it
Rotor ring

This pic shows it with an easton stem and some spacers, that was just for testing. Since then it has been replaced with the above mentioned Thompson and trimmed up nicely.
 

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here is mine

I have had this about 3 weeks and I love it. I changed the seat to my trusty old Koobi, added my clipless pedals and also a Stan's kit.
 

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I'm a huge fan of the Mary. Don't have any new photos yet though. I've since added 08 XT cranks to the SS, and returned to the stock steel fork. 08 avid mechs on the way, and 08 black avid levers because I crashed and bent one two weeks ago. Also adding a WTB weirwolf up front. XT/WTB Speeddisc wheelset also mounted since the front hub started making a sweaty fingers on a balloon sound when it was spinning and I had the spares lying around. New pic soon.
 

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Mary SS no more

Here's a couple of pictures of my Mary I put together April 2007.

Specs:
2007 20" Mary SS
Reba SL fork
Rohloff Speedhub
BB7's
Surly chainring
Upgraded platform pedals
Most everything else was standard on the Mary

I've rebuilt the rear wheel since the picture to get rid of the DTSwiss rim, and put back on the WTB rim that came with the Mary. I also now am riding with a Nevegal on the front instead of the Exiwolf.

mary_RHS2.jpg
mary_LHS2.jpg
 

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downhilljill said:
Nice rides everyone!!! Here's a funky Mary build I did:

Hey, Jill! She's a Beaut! I love the fenders! You'd never want to get them wet ;)

I'm "kinda" going in somewhat the same direction, at least with the Brooks B-17 saddle (not pictured). I really love the way the light brown leather complements the Humbolt Green. I have also added some green Crank Bothers Acid pedals and switched the tires to Kenda Small Blocks.

Anyhoo, here's mine on her maiden voyage--a pretty rocky and somewhat technical trail. <a href="https://photobucket.com" target="_blank"><img src="https://img.photobucket.com/albums/v617/crazy4blues/MarySS.jpg" border="0" alt="Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket"></a>
 

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crazy4blues said:
Hey, Jill! She's a Beaut! I love the fenders! You'd never want to get them wet ;)

I'm "kinda" going in somewhat the same direction, at least with the Brooks B-17 saddle (not pictured). I really love the way the light brown leather complements the Humbolt Green. I have also added some green Crank Bothers Acid pedals and switched the tires to Kenda Small Blocks.

Anyhoo, here's mine on her maiden voyage--a pretty rocky and somewhat technical trail. <a href="https://photobucket.com" target="_blank"><img src="https://img.photobucket.com/albums/v617/crazy4blues/MarySS.jpg" border="0" alt="Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket"></a>
Nice!

I'm really amazed at how comfortable Brooks saddles are. The saddle on this bike is the Flyer; the springs give it a little "travel".

I actually rode that bike around my neighborhood with a friend yesterday...went to breakfast and tooled around a bit. It was funny to see the looks I got from the hardcore roadies. It's the perfect little "fun" bike.
 

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downhilljill said:
I actually rode that bike around my neighborhood with a friend yesterday...went to breakfast and tooled around a bit. It was funny to see the looks I got from the hardcore roadies. It's the perfect little "fun" bike.
True, but it's also a very serious trail bike that'll get you around all but the most technical terrain. I think you guys hit a homerun with the Mary, especially the SS. Its spec and price really do add up to kind of a gestalt-like formula. Hey, if it can attract a die-hard Santa Cruz guy, you guys have to be doing something right. So far, I've ridden my SS on the same trails as my Blur LT, and the GPS results are the same--at 1/3 of the price. In fact, I just put some Kenda Small Blocks on and had my best climb ever. I think the Mary SS will be a cult classic.

Keep up the good work!
 

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Update

I have changed many of the components on my Mary, and here is the updated parts list
American Classic SS wheels
Kenda Small Block Eight's
Bontrager Switchblade
Dimension Pedals
Bontrager Race Lite Stem
WTB Devo Sweep
Bontager Big Sweep 12 Degree
New Rotors
no more computer
Old Weight- 28.1lbs
New Weight- 23.06lbs
 

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dbo43867 said:
I have changed many of the components on my Mary, and here is the updated parts list
American Classic SS wheels
Kenda Small Block Eight's
Bontrager Switchblade
Dimension Pedals
Bontrager Race Lite Stem
WTB Devo Sweep
Bontager Big Sweep 12 Degree
New Rotors
no more computer
Old Weight- 28.1lbs
New Weight- 23.06lbs
Wow! That's quite a weight savings! I've got a Switchblade on my Mary; I might have to get me a set of the AC wheels and mount small blocks to them so my bike will be as light as yours.
 

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dbo43867 said:
I have changed many of the components on my Mary, and here is the updated parts list
American Classic SS wheels
Kenda Small Block Eight's
Bontrager Switchblade
Dimension Pedals
Bontrager Race Lite Stem
WTB Devo Sweep
Bontager Big Sweep 12 Degree
New Rotors
no more computer
Old Weight- 28.1lbs
New Weight- 23.06lbs
Very nice! I have small blocks on mine right now, and while there's significant weight savings, they really require pretty mellow trails. On the American Classics, I have them on my 26er, and they are so good, I'm sure I'll end up with a set for the Mary sooner or later.

So how did the fork affect the geo?
 

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Mary SS. No, I'm not a Catholic or a Nazi.

Since post #2 above, I had '08 XT hydraulic levers/calipers installed and retained the stock rotors.

Plus my Black Sheep faux-Mary ti bar finally arrived - I ordered it back when I was convinced I'd stay fully rigid :madman:

Also to note - the 27.2 Eriksen post is secured by a 31.6/27.2 post shim inside the stock shim. Works perfectly - thanks for the tip downhilljill!

Mine's a Frankenstein that hasn't dropped any weight despite a lot of money dropped, but the ride is real sweet.

More current picture (yesterday), leaning against my recliner I bought used on CraigsList 5 years for $50:
 

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The Mary was bought as a friends bike but is growing on me more and more and has replaced my Karate Monkey as the ride of choice. Absolutely rock steady handling. I get comments about the look of the wheels with the bike every time I ride

Magura Marta SL brakes
Rock Shox Reba fork
Cane Creek S2 headset
Cane Creek Thudbuster LT
Bontrager CRZ+ Sport saddle
Industry Nine Wheels using DT Swiss Rims and orange spokes
Panaracer Rampage tires
Chris King stainless cog
ODI Rogue Lockon Grips
Dangerboy endcaps
Odyssey Cielencki copper platform pedals
Weight 28.22
 

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I just picked up a Mary SS last night! First ride is today. It's a blue one, and stock for now except for the pedals so I won't bore you with the pictures. I have a set of silver/blue I9's that are going on the bike though which should be awesome. I also have new 18t and 20t cogs on order as well as a Surly spacer kit.

After riding my friends Mary and then spending some more time on one in Vegas I knew that this was a great bike have around. I'm also looking forward to trying the 180mm cranks because it's something I probably never would have purchased on its own.

I already have a Sultan but the Mary may steal a lot of my local trail time. My friends are already trying to talk me into doing the next 12hr race I have planned on this thing!
 

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waltj said:
I get comments about the look of the wheels with the bike every time I ride
Excellent! I normally don't care for spokes that aren't silver or black (that's putting it nicely), but these are outstanding!!! Nice job. :thumbsup:
 

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my mary needed to get fixed

20" ss
fizik aliante
bb7
ouray grips
38t ring, 18-22t cogs
weirwolf rear, saguro front
l&m vega
serfas tl2100

After reading http://63xc.com/jasom/milldisc.htm for turning a disk hub into a fixed gear, I spayed mary. I've had my fix for about a week. I'm getting to know her new personality via commuting and riding plowed or trampled cement trails. Nearby singletrack is still unrideable with snow.
 

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