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I've been meaning to post this for a while, but I built it up and never slowed down to take some pics. The frame is perfect, and I've never had a bike that shoots out from underneath me like this one. I built, designed, and refined this geometry for Super D racing and Ashland/Downiville type courses and this bike takes me to my happy place.:cool:

Sorry for the dirty pics that don't show the sparkle in the paint.

Frame: '10 Semi custom El Ciclon 18/24, 68*/74* 13.1" BB, A2C designed for 140mm fork
Color: Corvette Yellow w/Superdust
Options: 5/6" Rockers(set at 5"), quad bearings, ISCG tabs
Shock: CCDB 7.87X2.25, 400# DSP Ti spring
Fork: '10 Marzocchi 44 RC3 Ti, 140mm
Wheelset: Hope Pro II Black 32 Hole/Mavic 819/DT Swiss Competition 14/15 DB Black spokes, Silver Brass Nipples, Bolt on rear hub.
Seatpost Clamp: DKG
Front Der: XT
Rear Der: XT
Shifters: XT
Chain: SRAM PC-99
Cassette: Shimano XTR 11-34
Brakes: "06 NOS Magura Louise FR, 7" Rotors
Cranks/BB: Truvativ Stylo OCT 175mm 44/32/22
Pedals: NOS Shimano 737
Headset: Chris King, no label
Handlebar: Easton Monkey Lite XC
Seat Post: Gravity Dropper, 2" drop
Stem: Shimano Pro, 70mm
Saddle: WTB SST.K Ti (NOS, and 5 bucks out of the parts bin at the LBS!)
Grips: ODI Lock-on Ruffians

Every single bolt is Ti except the R der hanger bolts and pulley bolts, and the chainring bolts. Oh, and the GD lever bolts.

Weight: low 27 and change depending on tires

My only change to the bike will be the 5.5" rockers.
 

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wow. Very nice. But...

how did you get it so dirty without pedals?
 

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CharacterZero said:
Look around for a Path Edition El Ciclon.

Granted, Vader here nailed the geo with his old Curtlo...:thumbsup:
Thanks everyone. My original BB height was different, but close enough to the Path's version that Sherwood suggested I go with it to avoid a custom upcharge:thumbsup: Luckily, my ST angle and TT length were the same as the Path's and therefore "stock.". Too cool. I rode The Path's version at the Ashland Super D, but it was only in the parking lot and the bike was a size smaller. When I first saw the Path's version online, I thought the HT angle was way to slack at 66*, but the parking lot test proved otherwise. Right before I ordered this bike, I found a M/L Path Version on ebay with a buy it now for a grand in near new condition. I checked the bank account, went back to the ad, and it was gone. If it had been there, I'd be showing you a black Path version.

The pedals were on my road bike when I took the pics:rolleyes:
 

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Any of you guys rode a std El Ciclon and a Path El Ciclon?

and what are the major differences.

Reason for asking is it's time to change my X5 ;)

66 deg does seem a bit slack to me, the 68deg seems spot on for most of my riding.

fantastic frame BTW
 

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Hey Vader,
How do you like that fork? I just mounted one on the front of my X5. Trying to dial in the compression and rebound settings and trying to get someone else's opinion (very few people seem to be running one).
 

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Long and low, eh? Been there, done that. Actually in 2006 (man has it been THAT long ago already?), I ordered a semi custom 21"/19" Ciclon, the TT of a 21" and, due to my ape-ish proportions, the stand over height of a 19". Other than the "can't-put-my-finger-on-it" design of the frame, most people only recognize the custom-ey-ness of the bike by its short head tube.

Me? I've ridden Downieville, Tahoe, NorthStar, Crankworx, Asheville, Keystone, Moab, heck this bikes been everywhere. Its my go-to bike for it all. I will admit, for DVille and and, especially N-Star, an El Cuervo or V10 would have been more appreciated BUT I would not have been able to ride the Flume trail(s) the following day without out much suffering OR ride Toads sans-shuttle.
 

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will8250 said:
Hey Vader,
How do you like that fork? I just mounted one on the front of my X5. Trying to dial in the compression and rebound settings and trying to get someone else's opinion (very few people seem to be running one).
I love the fork and have it dialed in perfectly and it feels great, just like every other Z1 I've owned. However, I'm not getting full travel, and I'm sure the factory oil level is too high. It's just about broken in so I'll address the oil level when I do some maintenance. In a perfect world, the bushings could be tighter too.
 

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P-townDave said:
Why the rocker change? Just the obvious- "I want more travel"?
I want the rear to match the front, and even though the rear shock has a 2.25 stroke, the five inch setting just isn't plush enough for me. These rockers also have a six inch travel setting which feels nice, but with my low BB, that setting would be pushing things a bit. The 5.5 rockers will split the diff perfectly.

Turns out, Stripes had a set of 5.5 rockers laying around, and they should be here next week. :thumbsup:
 

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I think I agree with you on the oil level thing and the bushings. I haven't been getting anywhere near full travel during my rides. At least we know they don't come with too little oil huh? May I ask how many clicks of rebound and compression you are running?
 
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