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Pulled the trigger this morning. I have been on the fence on this for a couple of months now. I have collected all the parts over that time. Been going a bit batty on frame choices over the last couple of weeks. Figured I just need to put myself out of my mysery. Kind of anticlimactic in a sense. The build spec is becoming rather standard issue around here :rolleyes:

Build spec:
XL Paradox
2009 Reba Team Maxle
CC S3 headset
LX 2pc cranks, 22-32-saint bash guard(small and light)
LX shifters
Saint rear, SLX front derailleurs
Wheelset: Saint rear hub, WTB front hub, WTB Speeddisc AM hoops, tubeless conversion
Tires: Ardent 2.25 F, Michelin XC AT 2.1 R
XT M760 brakes, 7in/6in rotors
Easton bars/stem
Whatever seat I can get out the junk bin (I am now officially broke :D )

By my calculations the build cost was just over $1600
Could have done it cheaper, but I really didn't want to compromise strength or function.

Now I just have to wait for the frame to get here :skep:
pictures when it arrives :thumbsup:
 

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geolover said:
Why this over the Canfield?
A few reasons...
Geometry. I just can't wrap my head around the short top tube on the Canfield. 3 out of my last 4 bikes have had 25in+ top tubes and 90-110mm stems. I want to build this bike as an AM rig using a 70-90mm stem. I can't see giving up 3/4-1in of top tube at the same time as running 20-40mm shorter stem. That and the pictures of 6'1" Canfield on his large looked like he was on a size too small. Of course I am 2in taller and more torso. I just decided it wasn't going to be a good match for what I wanted to do and my physiology :)

I know from my heckler that in order for the 24.5in ett to feel right I needed a setback post and a 100-110mm stem. Here are some of my other bikes for reference.

Frame specs
I wanted the ISCG tabs.
I didn't necessarily want sliding dropouts. At my weight they are a liability.

Availability
The Paradox is available to order. The Canfield may or may not show up closer to the end of March. With a pile of parts sitting in wait I chose to go with something that I can hang parts on sooner than later.

Curiousity
I have lusted after a few Banshee frames over the years. Figured it was time to put down money and try one out.
I also have to see why CrazyFred is so fired up :D
 

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geolover said:
Why this over the Canfield?
ditto

Can I ask where you got the frame. I cannot find them anywhere!!:madman:
 

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AL29er said:
I also have to see why CrazyFred is so fired up :D
Probably the best reason right there. :thumbsup:

I don't have any time on a 29er and can't wrap my head around the long top tubes. I tend to like smaller top tubes (I'm 6'2 and my bikes are 23.75" or less). I don't understand why M 29ers seem to be the same size as L 26ers. :skep:
 

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jjcools said:
Can I ask where you got the frame. I cannot find them anywhere!!:madman:
Sorry, didn't answer that one. I ordered at BikeBling. Rbikes.com is another online dealer. But BikeBling has a standing 10% mtbr discount.
 

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Some parts preview.

LX Cranks with Saint Bash. 70g for the bash plus 10g for spacers and chainring bolts. Pretty f'in light and better clearance than the 36t bash guards. 150mm OD.


Bucket 'O Parts waiting for a home


Wheels...
hubs

thru and thru

Treads, where the rubber meets the ground
 

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SLX M667 arrived today

Cut off the dual pull lever arm with a jab saw, and filed it a bit to clean it up. I suppose you could flush it out with a dremel, but I saw no advantage for the additional time. Black sharpie ti the rescue on touchup :D







No word on the frame yet, vendor ordered it but it has to get to them first. No drop shipping :( Hopefully will get shipping info in a day or two.
 

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MaddSquirrel said:
Nice hands. Just joking, can't wait to see the full build. Is the heckler starting to get jealous?
I was giving thought to becoming a hand model, but the burn scar and calouses are apparently a career ender ;)

No jealousy in my stable. I spread the love. Heckler has been getting a steady influx of new parts over the last 6 months, so it has no complaints.
 

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AL29er said:
I was giving thought to becoming a hand model, but the burn scar and calouses are apparently a career ender ;)

No jealousy in my stable. I spread the love. Heckler has been getting a steady influx of new parts over the last 6 months, so it has no complaints.
:thumbsup:
 

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update:
Now we are getting somewhere. Frame finally bounced through BB and is in route to me. Guess with the whole Canadian bit and the weather out west this took a couple of extra days. Oh, and there was a Federal holiday mixed in. Either way, at the least there is progress in the forward direction. Looks like a D-day of Feb 1st :thumbsup: Fingers crossed UPS doesn't kick it all the way from CA to AL :D
 

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AL29er said:
A few reasons...
Geometry. I just can't wrap my head around the short top tube on the Canfield. 3 out of my last 4 bikes have had 25in+ top tubes and 90-110mm stems. I want to build this bike as an AM rig using a 70-90mm stem. I can't see giving up 3/4-1in of top tube at the same time as running 20-40mm shorter stem. That and the pictures of 6'1" Canfield on his large looked like he was on a size too small. Of course I am 2in taller and more torso. I just decided it wasn't going to be a good match for what I wanted to do and my physiology :)

I know from my heckler that in order for the 24.5in ett to feel right I needed a setback post and a 100-110mm stem. Here are some of my other bikes for reference.

Frame specs
I wanted the ISCG tabs.
I didn't necessarily want sliding dropouts. At my weight they are a liability.

Availability
The Paradox is available to order. The Canfield may or may not show up closer to the end of March. With a pile of parts sitting in wait I chose to go with something that I can hang parts on sooner than later.

Curiousity
I have lusted after a few Banshee frames over the years. Figured it was time to put down money and try one out.
I also have to see why CrazyFred is so fired up :D
All very good reasons. I am going with the Canfield simply because it allows me to run SS without a tensioner. If I wanted gears, I would be all over the Banshee.

Also I love short top tubes:)
 

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Enel said:
Also I love short top tubes:)
Yep, I have looked at Lenz bikes more than a few times and the short TT / long ST geometry doesn't suit me. Many people love it though. I may just be a freak of nature, but I can't ride short top tubes. Once I got used to riding mountain bikes I couldn't even function on a bmx bike any more. Now I feel like that when I get on mountain bikes with shorter top tubes.
 

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AL29er said:
Yep, I have looked at Lenz bikes more than a few times and the short TT / long ST geometry doesn't suit me. Many people love it though. I may just be a freak of nature, but I can't ride short top tubes. Once I got used to riding mountain bikes I couldn't even function on a bmx bike any more. Now I feel like that when I get on mountain bikes with shorter top tubes.
I am starting to feel the same way about top tubes also.
 
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