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So here are some pictures (excuse me for being a lousy photographer) of my wife on her new Spot. We had some adventures with the seat tube but we (more important she) forgot all about after only 3 short rides.

She said the bike def is the confidence builder she hoped it to be and that there is lots of truth in the raving here on mbr. On her 3 ride she already cleared a section that has been a no way before Spot. She says she does has to get used to the higher bb and she claims the rear suspension feels harsh under continues braking (we are still setting things up so maybe someone has some set up tips to counter this).

Thanks everyone for the useful info, especially the Zilla for the bike comparator (proofed really useful).

Cheers,
 

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Oh and this is her up close........

Picture of Spotty after she got rid of a cheap seat post that got stuck…….
 

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I have not ridden the AVA (I am assuming it is the custom Turner valved version?), but while braking on steep descents her weight definitely gets shifted forward, and with little weight in back to compress the suspension Fox's Propedal may well feel harsh. I would suspect it is a matter of your wife beeing too light for the non-adjustable propedal valving and not so much suspension design.

A beautiful build. Have you thrown it on a scale?

Chicks that ride, rule.

Oh, and don't let Pete see the couch.
 

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Very nice, how does the fox air shock compare with the Romic? I am very concerned about compromising the rear end performance especially being relatively light (145 pounds), but the air does save one pound offf the bike.

Any comparisons? I am particularly concerned about rolling bumps and the air shock exacerbating the tendency of the horst to rise over an obstacle before activating the shock.

Very nice photos!
 

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Great Shots! Nice bike and congrats on having a happy riding SO! BTW those trails look fast.

Now if you really want to impress Pete, get a shot of that couch on one of those trails!
 

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whoa

Uzzi!
dude you are the man! I am envious that you have a chick to ride with...I try to get my girl to ride with me but she's never really up to it. One time I had to tell her there was an Old Navy store and a starbucks "just over that hill and through the woods!" .....I have never seen her ride so fast!
 

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tscheezy said:
I have not ridden the AVA (I am assuming it is the custom Turner valved version?), but while braking on steep descents her weight definitely gets shifted forward, and with little weight in back to compress the suspension Fox's Propedal may well feel harsh. I would suspect it is a matter of your wife beeing too light for the non-adjustable propedal valving and not so much suspension design.

A beautiful build. Have you thrown it on a scale?

Chicks that ride, rule.

Oh, and don't let Pete see the couch.
When ordered the Small we got the choice between air and coil. My wife chose the air because it's lighter and it should be easier to adjust (and al here other bikes have air shocks so she felt more comfortable with air). The AVA came with the frame but I'm not sure it is the custom valved, we are in Europe and the frames might very well been shipped without shock.
Any way we do suspect the propedal to be part of the problem. We are thinking about pushing the shock so it gets valved on her weight (when the snow starts falling). Maybe you guys have some good thoughts on that.

It just had the bike on a not so accurate scale and it comes in at about 12.2 kgs (26.9 pounds). That is with using some parts I would not dare use on a bike like that myself……but she only weighs like 52 kgs (114 pounds).

Thanks for your input.

Cheers,
 

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Davide said:
Very nice, how does the fox air shock compare with the Romic? I am very concerned about compromising the rear end performance especially being relatively light (145 pounds), but the air does save one pound offf the bike.

Any comparisons? I am particularly concerned about rolling bumps and the air shock exacerbating the tendency of the horst to rise over an obstacle before activating the shock.

Very nice photos!
They gave us the choice between air or coil and my wife choose for the air so we cannot compare air against coil (all her other bikes have air shocks as well). She weighs only 114 pounds and she is able to use full travel. She feels the AVA works very well over rolling bumps etc. She does say that the shock feels harsh riding of higher obstacles, unless she wheely drops them (weight more in the back). We are thinking about pushing the shock (having it valved at her weight should make a big difference, we suspect the non adjustable ppd to be part of the harsh feeling) when the snow starts falling.

She has only ridden three times on the Spot so there is still a lot of adjusting to do that also might make some difference. It might also get better after some good riding on the Spot and wearing all components in, as I can remember from her Element TO…..

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Sweet ride..........

Uzzi said:
So here are some pictures (excuse me for being a lousy photographer) of my wife on her new Spot.

Very sweet 5 Spot, love the color. With the Spot, a beautiful bride, and wonderful area to play..........Life Is GOOOOOOD! :D Thanks for the pics and enjoy.

Kevin
 

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Final score:

2 demerits for a bike leaning against a couch photo.
3 demerits for giving a bike a name, let alone a cutesy one like "Spotty."
6 credits for posting pictures of someone actually riding a bike in the woods, on the dirt, and for not posting an exhaustive list of compnents, including their respective weights.

6-5= 1 which is a positive score!

Congrats!
 

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Final score:

2 demerits for a bike leaning against a couch photo.
3 demerits for giving a bike a name, let alone a cutesy one like "Spotty."
6 credits for posting pictures of someone actually riding a bike in the woods, on the dirt, and for not posting an exhaustive list of compnents, including their respective weights.

6-5= 1 which is a positive score!

Congrats!
Did I write Spotty…………..oouch that is bad………I hate cute names like that. Forgive me and here is a picture of where I work it might explain things………
 

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