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Joker XC, still like it?

I finally pulled my Joker XC frame out of the box to build.
Those who ride a Joker XC, are you still happy with it?

Being that I don't have climbs to deal with would there be any advantage with an
Iron Horse MKIII (DW-Link suspension) or a Giant Trance over the Joker XC single pivot?

Thanks.
 

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This is what I did

Rabid said:
I finally pulled my Joker XC frame out of the box to build.
Those who ride a Joker XC, are you still happy with it?

Being that I don't have climbs to deal with would there be any advantage with an
Iron Horse MKIII (DW-Link suspension) or a Giant Trance over the Joker XC single pivot?

Thanks.
http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=80923

I like my Joker XC, it weighs in at 29 pounds and is very nimble. there is a certain amount of bob, but is is very understated, only noticable compared to my hardtail or rigid :)

And it is a climber, I like that a lot. I did not go the weight weenie route and am happy so far. If I put it on a diet, i have lots of stuff to play with.

Rick
 

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applegreenheckler said:
it is a fine bike they now sell the joker xc as the distance
The review in MBA December 2004 on the Distance should be about what to expect from the Joker XC?

Here is the planned build. Feel free to suggest other options. Help me decide between the 2 items when listed. I am trying to spend as little as possible for a good, not great build. Thanks.

Joker XC frame with Manitou Qr shock (upgrade shock down the road)
Marathon S 120mm (purchased)
Shimano FD-M510 XT front der
Sram 9.0 RD
Sram PG-990 11-32 9 speed cassette
Truvative Husselfelt Crankset or RaceFace Evolve XC
FSA Orbit XL II headset
Race Face Evolve XC 90mm Stem or IRD F4 Mountain 90mm Stem (Forged)
Truvative Gigapipe Team DH ISIS bb
Avid BB5s (2004)
Avid Speed Dial SL or Avid FR-5 Brake Levers
Titec XC or Race Face Evolve seatpost
Sram X.7 thumb shifters
Shimano Deore Disc/Rhyno Lite Wheelset or Shimano XT/M221 Wheelset
IRC Trailbear 2.25 or MAXXIS High Roller 2.35 up front
Panaracer Fire XC Pro Tire 2.1 rear
Oury Lockon Grips
Titec Hellbent XC 1 or Easton EC70 MonkeyLite XC Carbon Handlebar (worth extra$?)
Crank Bros Mallet C
WTB Rocket V Race saddle
Sram PC-69 or Shimano HG93
Avid Full Metal Jacket
 

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Rabid said:
The review in MBA December 2004 on the Distance should be about what to expect from the Joker XC?

Here is the planned build. Feel free to suggest other options. Help me decide between the 2 items when listed. I am trying to spend as little as possible for a good, not great build. Thanks.

Joker XC frame with Manitou Qr shock (upgrade shock down the road)
Marathon S 120mm (purchased)
Shimano FD-M510 XT front der
Sram 9.0 RD
Sram PG-990 11-32 9 speed cassette
Truvative Husselfelt Crankset or RaceFace Evolve XC
FSA Orbit XL II headset
Race Face Evolve XC 90mm Stem or IRD F4 Mountain 90mm Stem (Forged)
Truvative Gigapipe Team DH ISIS bb
Avid BB5s (2004)
Avid Speed Dial SL or Avid FR-5 Brake Levers
Titec XC or Race Face Evolve seatpost
Sram X.7 thumb shifters
Shimano Deore Disc/Rhyno Lite Wheelset or Shimano XT/M221 Wheelset
IRC Trailbear 2.25 or MAXXIS High Roller 2.35 up front
Panaracer Fire XC Pro Tire 2.1 rear
Oury Lockon Grips
Titec Hellbent XC 1 or Easton EC70 MonkeyLite XC Carbon Handlebar (worth extra$?)
Crank Bros Mallet C
WTB Rocket V Race saddle
Sram PC-69 or Shimano HG93
Avid Full Metal Jacket
Even tho I have an ISIS bb, I would opt for a newer crankset. If you like Race Face (I do, just put a Evolve DH X-type on another bike), go with the Evolve XC crank. While I am not absolutely sure, I think my truative BB is making noise already. Still investigating, but it has under 1000 miles on it. I believe that the industry is working away from ISIS. BTW, the Evolve stuff from RaceFace seems to be awesome components. I just built up a hardtail with them and am pleased. For me, off-road seatposts have to be Thomson.

I have full sram x9 shifters on two mountain bikes now and like them - easy to install and adjust. I use the x.9 and x.10 rear der and they are very precise. I recommend the sram chains - 3 out of 6 of my bikes have sram chains and no problems. The others will have sram when it comes time to replace the chains.

Rick
 

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Rabid said:
Does this bike take 25.4mm stem & handlebar or 31.8? In process of ordering and need to know asap. thanks.
You need to choose. The stems fit the steerer (the top part of the fork assembly) the same. The difference is on the handlebar end. The stem size refers to the part the fits the handlebar. A (currently standard) 25.4mm handlebar needs a 25.4mm stem, and a 31.8mm bar needs a 31.8mm stem. I've heard some complaints about the 31.8's not quite matching up yet. I'd probably recommend the standard size until the oversized stuff gets more standardized.
 

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You need to choose. The stems fit the steerer (the top part of the fork assembly) the same. The difference is on the handlebar end. The stem size refers to the part the fits the handlebar. A (currently standard) 25.4mm handlebar needs a 25.4mm stem, and a 31.8mm bar needs a 31.8mm stem. I've heard some complaints about the 31.8's not quite matching up yet. I'd probably recommend the standard size until the oversized stuff gets more standardized.
Thank you for the prompt answer. Now I may complete my order.
 
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