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Here's my new Paradox, which I had delivered this morning. Big thanks to all at Freeborn UK and Jay at Banshee for getting the frame to me 'special delivery' :thumbsup:

Decided to go 1x9 Middleburn (sq taper) 30T 11x32. Managed to build her up today and in time for a ride before the light went.

*Gush Alert ON* Wishes do come true. I wanted a super fun, slacked out, short chain stay comfortable frame. The Paradox ticks all those in spades and more.

This was the easiest bike I have built and it took very little time, with no issues. All I have to do is shorten the chain to stop it falling off which I didn't have time to do.

So, out I went to to my regular quick loop trail for a shakedown.

I was dieing to see how comfortable the Paradox was, being an alu frame. I still have the painful memory of a Giant alu XTC I once owned and how that used to shake me around.... However, as soon as I set off (up a hill) I noticed how light the front was - woooah! Sitting upright and giving it a pedal full the front popped up! Leaning back and pedaling I could wheelie real easy. The smile was getting very big at this stage.

After establishing the front balance and pop point, I didn't notice the lightness once for the rest of the ride, on climbs or otherwise. It just became normal. However, if the front needed to be lifted I just had to lean back and pedal a little. This is certainly a very easily loftable bike. I thought my Lenz Behemoth was but even that needs a preload, but not so with the Paradox which makes it easier on the trail with obstacles coming on you quickly.

Very soon I realised the rear is buttery smooth. Easily as smooth as my steel SIR 9. Very comfortable indeed. Long rides would be a sinch on this bike. The rear is also very firm laterally, and has a responsive snap under pedaling I have not experienced before. All pedal force is felt to transfer into movement - quite nice.

So, climbing was taken brilliantly well. Didn't try any real technical climbing, but I feel sure this would be handled well too.

Fast descending was tad on the sketchy side. This was on hardpack with a lose very dry covering. I needed to keep my wits about me. I put that down to either tyre choice (Nevegal front, ACX rear) or the fact I went for a medium sized frame which is a tad on the small side for me and I may have given up some stability, but I just prefer a small bike. Or it may be the short chain stays, I'll have to see.

Short and tall this bike is big fun. I could get all over it, move it about easily, negotiate switchbacks more easily than my Lenz, loft, push pull all over it. Great. I love it already. Gush over, for the time being :D

Edit: Changed front tyre to a 2.55 Wierwolf and all sketchiness has gone
 

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Nice set up- are you going to run any type of chainguide on it or at a minimum a N-Gear Jumpstop to prevent the chain from falling off towards the inside?
 

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No.

I've not ran any kind of anti-drop device on previous 1x9 set-ups and have never had a problem with the chain dropping off.

Just need to get the chain as short as possible and your good. As you can see from the cage position on the rear der, my chain at the moment is too long (and it did fall off)
 

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Glad to see you've finally got the frame. I see you win the prize for the first 'dropper seat post on a Paradox posted to MTBR award too. You must have bigger hills than I do.

I don't find the front sketchy at all on the loose stuff but then I don't run a Nev on the front. I love the grip and volume of the Mountain King and Ardent never got on with the Nev.

I had been thinking of running 1x6 and may still do. Be interesting to see how you get on with the 1x9.

That bike looks far to clean. Go and get it muddy at once. :)
 

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Glad to see you've finally got the frame. I see you win the prize for the first 'dropper seat post on a Paradox posted to MTBR award too. You must have bigger hills than I do.

I don't find the front sketchy at all on the loose stuff but then I don't run a Nev on the front. I love the grip and volume of the Mountain King and Ardent never got on with the Nev.

I had been thinking of running 1x6 and may still do. Be interesting to see how you get on with the 1x9.

That bike looks far to clean. Go and get it muddy at once. :)
After today's little blast there's a thin covering of brown dust, but I'll work on getting some mud on it ;) And I'll swap out the Nev
 

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pulsepro said:
Sweet set-up. I'm lovin' my Paradox.

Given the length of post exposed, I'd say you should've gone with a large frame. Just my 2cents.
You're probably right, but I guess I like ill fitting bikes, my sqisher is medium size too.
 

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I'd say that sizing looks juuuust right. I am jealous.

If only they could be run SS easily, I would be in. I am not above running an ENO though.
 

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bonesetter2004 - Good looking build. Glad it finally showed up. Keep us in the loop as you get more rides under your belt.

I need to take a few pics of my muddy Paradox :thumbsup: .

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Nigel, that is really pretty. I think I need a hardtail as well as a new full suspension.

I really like the simplicity of the 1X9 for a hardtail.

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Ya baby!!

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bonesetter2004 - Good looking build. Glad it finally showed up. Keep us in the loop as you get more rides under your belt.

I need to take a few pics of my muddy Paradox :thumbsup: .

Sane Fred
That a boy bonesetter I'm so happy for you. And does she ever look great..So I take it this means I can put mine back together as there is no need for me to ship her out your way? :D Congrats brother great write-up and O so true.........CF.
 

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Enel said:
I'd say that sizing looks juuuust right. I am jealous.

If only they could be run SS easily, I would be in. I am not above running an ENO though.
i'm considering getting the forward components eccentric bottom bracket so that I can have a clean SS setup on a frame like this paradox...and also fine-tune the BB height, especially if in the future i end up running a 130 mm travel / fat stanchion fork.

re: 1X9 -- I'm running a 1X6 on a single speed hadley rear hub, with an 11-32 cogset i put together, and really liking it. like the OP sez, no issues with chain dropping on the front; just size the chain short (Big/Big + 2 links) and use a medium or short cage X9.
 

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Enel said:
I'd say that sizing looks juuuust right. I am jealous.

If only they could be run SS easily, I would be in. I am not above running an ENO though.
Enel - sounds like the new upcoming batch of Sinister Simon Bars would be right up your alley then......they'll have FTW enhanced sliding dropouts. :thumbsup:
 

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2nd ride

The impression I have after ride No.2 is this is a bike you could give to anyone and they would immediately start throwing it around, stomping, lofting, jumping, wheelie dropping and saying in a Cheech & Chong voice 'I want to buy your bike - how much?!'

Really, I can see where Crazy & Sane Fred are coming from now with wanting to share the stoke and saying to folk - 'Ride this!'

Hopping onto this bike you just want to rag it. It's so nimble and exploitable. I got past a tight turn around a tree tonight which is 85% of the time a dabber. The combination of snap acceleration, nimble handling, 'small' feeling under me, it breezed it.

As you can see, I'm super stoked about this bike. It's.....

Fill in the above space with any gush you can imagine
 

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I hope you don't mind my co-using this thread but the title simply fits. And since I'm from Germany this thread might as well become the Paradox-in-Europe virtual showroom :D

Well, I build the frame yesterday. Everything went easy except for the low-clamp front derailleur I had. Instead I had to find a high-clamp which now works fine. I just yet have had one quick spin around the park on the new bike but I'm extremly proud on how it turned out, so I would at least like to provide some initial thoughts that in their depth might also qualify as a Fo-style PRO REVIEW ;)

This bike is FUN!!!! It is soooo flickable that I can sort of dance with it. I feel the urge to go over any obstacle in my way! It is also an extremly efficient pedaler. This I account to the stiffness of the frame and the geo that feels just perfect to me. I love to rail corners on this bike!!! And it is beautiful to look at!

On a side note: The Rampages on Gordos leave very little tire clearance and the all new Ragley Carnegie's handlebar, though it provides great handling and pleasant hand position, doesn't leave much room in the cockpit.

After all I'm stoked!!!!! The Paradox replaces my 2008 Niner RIP that I never really came to like. I will report back when I have more miles on it!

A short set-up list: XL frame, Shimano Hone cranks with 22-32 Blackspire Rings and aluminum Bashguard, Gordos on Hope Pro2 Hubs, Reba Team with Maxle Light, 90mm Stem, High Clamp front deraileur (low clamps won't work!!), Ragley Carnegie's handlebar, Gore Ride-On Cables, Formula Oro K24 stoppers (180mm rotors front and back).

Now I'm off to the trails.....





 
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