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NSMB - 2012 Light AM Hard Tail build off 4-7"

June 12, 2012, 10:33 a.m.
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makes me wonder (beyond being a 26" hardtail), is the samurai obsolete

ok so apparently not. just noticed on the chromag website that the samurai has received an update: same weight and (intended) travel; but it now takes a 31.6mm seatpost, tapered forks and sports a steeper seat tube angle. i might just heckle ian on that last detail next time i see him. changes aren't drastic but keep it a lightly heavier-hitting frame than the kamui

"Nobody really gives a shit that you don't like the thing that you have no firsthand experience with." Dave

June 12, 2012, 6:01 p.m.
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Time for my annual post on NSMB. This time it's been so long my account disappeared…

Back in 2007 I asked Chromag to make me a Samurai with a 73 degree seat angle and consequently slightly shortened top-tube and slightly longer wheelbase. Ian agreed to humor me and I've been happily riding the thing around ever since in various incarnations with 120-150mm forks. The mid-weight idea really works for me as an all-round bike for riding in BC. It's the one bike I've kept and always ridden regularly the past 5 years while others come and go.

The updates to the Samurai look perfect and I'm happy the Samurai lives on. One frame to rule them all (so long as you like hardtails).

June 12, 2012, 8:48 p.m.
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Time for my annual post on NSMB. This time it's been so long my account disappeared…

Back in 2007 I asked Chromag to make me a Samurai with a 73 degree seat angle and consequently slightly shortened top-tube and slightly longer wheelbase. Ian agreed to humor me and I've been happily riding the thing around ever since in various incarnations with 120-150mm forks. The mid-weight idea really works for me as an all-round bike for riding in BC. It's the one bike I've kept and always ridden regularly the past 5 years while others come and go.

The updates to the Samurai look perfect and I'm happy the Samurai lives on. One frame to rule them all (so long as you like hardtails).

Agreed - if I was limted to having 1-2 bikes vs. three, I may have stuck with a slightly burlier intended frame like the Samurai (or just kept the TransAM) in the end. A couple rides in now, and am very happy with the bike.

Kamui, Trance-X, Reign-X works well for me. Honestly, the Kamui is about perfect as a daily driver ride for my local trails, particularly the ones I can pedal to, and when solo, or just faster paced pedaly group rides, when wanting to get my trials on, etc It means I'm less tempted to do stupid stuff when solo, when not having a bunch of rear travel and a larger fork to soak up my mistakes.

June 13, 2012, 9:23 a.m.
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Can I have a close up of your "I gained 20 lbs-ask me how" bumper sticker? I larfed.
:cool:

Your Kamui is sweet.

Wrong. Always.

June 13, 2012, 9:26 a.m.
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It means I'm less tempted to do stupid stuff when solo, when not having a bunch of rear travel and a larger fork to soak up my mistakes.

Never looked at it that way, but yeah, makes perfect sense to me too. Now all I have to do is to get rid of my armchair on wheels and switch back to a well sorted HT.

June 13, 2012, 10:02 a.m.
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Never looked at it that way, but yeah, makes perfect sense to me too. Now all I have to do is to get rid of my armchair on wheels and switch back to a well sorted HT.

Ha ha. I think about that sometimes too. I ask myself will my crashes be less frequent yet more severe when I go full suspension?

Wrong. Always.

June 13, 2012, 10:05 a.m.
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Good to see Chromag getting with the steeper seat tube program. I remember being told when buying my Stylus that the angle was pretty normal, despite being at least 2 degrees slacker than Dialled, On One, Cotic, Ragley, Curtis, Sanderson, Charge etc etc. It used to bug me having the seat most of the way forward on the rails but for some reason isn't such an issue on my Aperture. Probably because I walk uphill :D

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June 13, 2012, 6:57 p.m.
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Good to see Chromag getting with the steeper seat tube program. I remember being told when buying my Stylus that the angle was pretty normal, despite being at least 2 degrees slacker than Dialled, On One, Cotic, Ragley, Curtis, Sanderson, Charge etc etc. It used to bug me having the seat most of the way forward on the rails but for some reason isn't such an issue on my Aperture. Probably because I walk uphill :D

I'd like another 1-2* steeper than this, on the Chromag and my other bikes. Even with my short TT lengths and 50-60mm stems, I still end up having my seats slammed way forward to get comfy and not feel too stretched out. Looks goofy, but works for my body. Longer TT or reach bikes make it even worse.

Shorter stems than those and I just end up feeling too far back on the bike, and have to work harder to keep the front end weighted.

BB: no close up shot right now. It's actually a magnet. Fifties style pic of the guy about to dig into a huge ice cream sundae.

Love the bike, but when heading to someplace or riding with people where I know more dropping and chunkier, fast descending is happening, the Trance-X goes. That said, the hardtail tends to get more ride time than the other bikes. Most of the descending around here is pretty short, so it works fine for me most days, when not feeling like a wuss.

June 22, 2012, 5:31 p.m.
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June 25, 2012, 3:27 p.m.
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There's a great Chromag Surface thread at mtbr in the 29er forum. Some beautiful pictures. The dark green makes me feel kind of…squishy on the inside.

Wrong. Always.

June 29, 2012, 12:56 p.m.
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32.36pounds
dual ply tires, dh tubes

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June 29, 2012, 1:47 p.m.
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Is that a GT?

Shed head!

June 29, 2012, 2:44 p.m.
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Is that a GT?

fuck ya it is!
2003 or 2004 gt chucker brought back from the dead booyakasha

Parking lot punter with a beer belly

June 29, 2012, 9:31 p.m.
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fuck ya it is!
2003 or 2004 gt chucker brought back from the dead booyakasha

that's got nothing on the guy we saw riding up Burke on a carbon LTS the otherday, f-ing rad.

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June 29, 2012, 9:35 p.m.
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that's got nothing on the guy we saw riding up Burke on a carbon LTS the otherday, f-ing rad.

Ahum thermoplastic ahum.

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