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I have finally gotten around to posting these pictures of the new goodies that I have put on my bike....enjoy a little of my bike porn.

Before everything I installed my bike weighed in at 35lbs. Now it comes in at 30lbs. Not bad. rides like a dream. The Vanilla RLC replaces a Marzocchi MZ 3. It's like night and day. I plan to (some time in April) get the same hub/rim combination as the front for the back. Riding pics will come as soon as the weather is a bit more tame. Winter has actually came to Southern Ontario :sad:

The wheel is a Sun MTX rim built with a Shimano M756 hub. I also grabbed some Sette Ti skewers. The fork is a 2007 Fox 32 Vanilla RLC. Sorry about the crappy pic of the whole bike, it was cold outside so I didn't want to go out and take a pic of it, I promise a better one in time.:)
 

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Holy weight reduction Batman!

You shaved 5 lbs off that bike? Nice job. What else besides the fork, wheel and skewers brought it down so much?

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Call_me_Clyde said:
You shaved 5 lbs off that bike? Nice job. What else besides the fork, wheel and skewers brought it down so much?

Bob
Avid BB7's, Sram X-7 rear der., Shiamno SPD clipless pedals, 9sp. cassette from an 8sp. but that would be adding metal, I took off my composite bash guard and added a large chain ring (44t) again adding more metal. the large chain ring is steel too haha. Avid speed dial 7 levers and X-7 shifters. Thats all.
 

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[CrazyRick_11] said:
Avid BB7's, Sram X-7 rear der., Shiamno SPD clipless pedals, 9sp. cassette from an 8sp. but that would be adding metal, I took off my composite bash guard and added a large chain ring (44t) again adding more metal. the large chain ring is steel too haha. Avid speed dial 7 levers and X-7 shifters. Thats all.
OH and i also dropped to a 2.1 tire from a 2.35....that also helps.
 

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Looks like a nice solid bike. That was a great move going to bb7's. I wouldn't ever go to hydros as long as they are around. Bet its a fun all around bike.
 

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tibug said:
Looks like a nice solid bike. That was a great move going to bb7's. I wouldn't ever go to hydros as long as they are around. Bet its a fun all around bike.
I like to consider my style of riding all mountain, althought one could argue(and i have read many threads on this subject) that it is not really a style at all. its a great bike. not this summer but possibly the one after that i would like to look into a FS frame, but for now its great. what do you ride, and i want to know more about why you dislike hydros so much?:thumbsup:
 

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[CrazyRick_11] said:
I like to consider my style of riding all mountain, althought one could argue(and i have read many threads on this subject) that it is not really a style at all. its a great bike. not this summer but possibly the one after that i would like to look into a FS frame, but for now its great. what do you ride, and i want to know more about why you dislike hydros so much?:thumbsup:
Sorry for being unclear. I don't dislike hydros. Say if they came on a bike I bought; I wouldn't trade them out right away. I would wait and see how I like them, and if I really hate them I would trade for BB7's. But I wouldn't purchase hydros specifically unless I got into downhill or Extreme freeride because 1)They're expensive, 2) They're annoying to bleed (I've done that before), 3) I have cut cables before while riding, even though it is rare (All weird mechanical things happen to me) , and I wouldn't want the brakes to become completely useless. All You got to do with the bb7's is purchase a good, very low friction cable set and they'll be as strong or stronger that lots of hydros and definitely more reliable.

I ride an '03 Fisher Tassajara with numerous upgrades, and I am in the process of building a Sette Reken. Soon I will be purchasing a Banshee Morphine, a Banshee Scirocco, a Transition Vagrant, or a Duncon Pitbull.:D What do you think of those frames? My first choice is the Scirocco. I think all-mountain is really a style. There is XC and Downhill, and all mountain bridges the gap.
 

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I've been waiting for you to post up some pics of your reinvented ride. You did a great job transforming that bike. Thank goodness for online deals. You're gunna have some fun when summer rolls around. Just try not to break your wrist again :p
 

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I've been waiting for you to post up some pics of your reinvented ride. You did a great job transforming that bike. You're gunna have some fun when summer rolls around. Just try not to break your wrist again :p
hahaha the summer plan is definatly not to break it. :p This summer should be great for riding, I shiold have lots of down time if I get the job as a border officer. I really want to ride Hardwood this year, we'll try to make a genuine stab at it and stop all this talk, put our money where our mouth is.

One more thing thinking about using my old parts for danielle's bike, for now just to improve her ride a bit. Swap out the fork, wheels, levers, shifters, think its possible? It would be a quick fix for her bike and she would dread riding as much, maybe come out even more. Let me know.
 

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Sorry for being unclear. I don't dislike hydros. Say if they came on a bike I bought; I wouldn't trade them out right away. I would wait and see how I like them, and if I really hate them I would trade for BB7's. But I wouldn't purchase hydros specifically unless I got into downhill or Extreme freeride because 1)They're expensive, 2) They're annoying to bleed (I've done that before), 3) I have cut cables before while riding, even though it is rare (All weird mechanical things happen to me) , and I wouldn't want the brakes to become completely useless. All You got to do with the bb7's is purchase a good, very low friction cable set and they'll be as strong or stronger that lots of hydros and definitely more reliable.

I ride an '03 Fisher Tassajara with numerous upgrades, and I am in the process of building a Sette Reken. Soon I will be purchasing a Banshee Morphine, a Banshee Scirocco, a Transition Vagrant, or a Duncon Pitbull.:D What do you think of those frames? My first choice is the Scirocco. I think all-mountain is really a style. There is XC and Downhill, and all mountain bridges the gap.
That makes sense about the hydros, I have never used them before so thus I would never be able to for see the problems u mentioned. I love my BB7's, they are not going anywhere anytime soon. All the frames look great, i would assume you have been checking out the specs on all, the are all freeride HT. I like transition bikes, I think what they have to offer it great, but if you think you might really beat the sh_t out of it with some real crazy stuff then go with a beefier frame like the Banshee Morphine. Oh, and have you heard alot about the Sette line-up of frames from pricepoint, they look good, but I'm having alittle trouble finding anything great to base opinions on. If you have time post a pic of your GF Tassajara, I like looking at other peoples bike porn too.:thumbsup:
 

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mb3designs said:
That's a good lookin' ride Crazy Rick. Those new Fox forks are pretty burly lookin', once the weather cooperates in your neck of the woods give us a review on that RLC, possibly interested in purchasing one for my Vagrant I am starting to build.
Will do, I really cant wait to really put it through its paces. I took it for a ride in the snow it felt great, but it was way to cold to take my time and play with all the adjustments. I do that as soon as the weather warms
 

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[CrazyRick_11] said:
That makes sense about the hydros, I have never used them before so thus I would never be able to for see the problems u mentioned. I love my BB7's, they are not going anywhere anytime soon. All the frames look great, i would assume you have been checking out the specs on all, the are all freeride HT. I like transition bikes, I think what they have to offer it great, but if you think you might really beat the sh_t out of it with some real crazy stuff then go with a beefier frame like the Banshee Morphine. Oh, and have you heard alot about the Sette line-up of frames from pricepoint, they look good, but I'm having alittle trouble finding anything great to base opinions on. If you have time post a pic of your GF Tassajara, I like looking at other peoples bike porn too.:thumbsup:
I'll try to post a pic. The bike is in pieces now; I'm overhauling the bearings, but I'll get it together as fast as possible and take pics. The only things on it that are stock is the cranks, fork, and some of the rear derailleur. The Sette frames are extremely good for the price. I got my Reken for 70$, but the price is back up to 100$ now. Yea, I like the transtition too, but their distributors are hard to find. I'm not gonna do crazy stuff, lots of 3foot jumps and sometimes I might go for an 8 footer. Nothing real big. Here's some pics of the Reken's welds...



 

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I'll try to post a pic. The bike is in pieces now; I'm overhauling the bearings, but I'll get it together as fast as possible and take pics. The only things on it that are stock is the cranks, fork, and some of the rear derailleur. The Sette frames are extremely good for the price. I got my Reken for 70$, but the price is back up to 100$ now. Yea, I like the transtition too, but their distributors are hard to find. I'm not gonna do crazy stuff, lots of 3foot jumps and sometimes I might go for an 8 footer. Nothing real big. Here's some pics of the Reken's welds...



The welds look great. i was considering the riddick for a FS frame, but i decided to save my money and get look into that further next season, plus pricepoint doesn't ship frames to canada :sad: . Thanks for the pics.:thumbsup:
 

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The welds look great. i was considering the riddick for a FS frame, but i decided to save my money and get look into that further next season, plus pricepoint doesn't ship frames to canada :sad: . Thanks for the pics.:thumbsup:
The Riddick is also a very nice frame. Also check out the leader 626S especially if you want a lighter frame with more travel. Read these reviews...http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=181735.:cornut:
 

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