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NSMB - 2013 - Enduro/Trail Bike Build thread

June 30, 2013, 6:33 a.m.
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Yeti SB66 has a long top tube. Around 25mm longer than most competitors for whatever size you're looking at.

(Which I expect to be awesome when I demo an xl with 25.9 inch top tube.)

The Yeti is also a big bike (I owned ones and it cracked apart on me in 3 places and I had major bearing problems). In the end it is only 10mm longer than the Range in reach. The ETT looks much longer than others because it has a slacker seat tube angle at 72.5 deg.

June 30, 2013, 11:41 a.m.
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Well crap.

July 1, 2013, 10:26 a.m.
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I wouldn't worry about the bearing issues and cracking on the Yeti, there have been a few issues with an early run of bearings but they've been sorted out for a while. I've been on an alu 66 and now a carbon for the last 2 years and loving them.

July 6, 2013, 5:05 p.m.
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I am rather liking my new Rune V2.

Side view

Front view


"If everything seems in control, you're not going fast enough."
-Mario Andretti-

July 6, 2013, 7:50 p.m.
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How well does that auto sag work? Do you find that's it's correct for your weight and style?

It is a great starting point, but for me it sets up too much sag, 35%. I think it is great for a starting point and to help people new to riding.

is going big on a bike the only way to get you stoked on the sport? what happened to riding with your bros, travelling, and riding unique places, to get people stoked on riding?

fines are useless. there needs to be more punches to the throat.

July 6, 2013, 11:09 p.m.
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I am rather liking my new Rune V2.

Side view

Front view


Nice ride Dean!

July 8, 2013, 9:40 p.m.
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I bought a custom frame bag for my Chilcotin for the Chilcotins.

July 9, 2013, 4:59 a.m.
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I like a dream bike being used as a means for fun AND transportation.
Will you do a rad epic ride in the big mountains?

July 9, 2013, 8:45 a.m.
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This excites me slightly.

July 9, 2013, 8:47 a.m.
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This excites me slightly.

Dear Kona here is your chance to build the first real XL 650b bike. You could be the first.

Kona and Norco are full of surprises these days!

There's nothing better than an Orangina after cheating death with Digger.

July 9, 2013, 11:45 a.m.
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Looks great!

July 9, 2013, 11:48 a.m.
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I bought a custom frame bag for my Chilcotin for the Chilcotins.

Cool frame bag.

Back when I got my first real mountain bike in 1986 a frame bag was the accessory I bought. I took my lunch to school in it. I always remembering the odd looks I'd get from classmates carrying it to class. Funny to see how all these years later frame bags are coming back in style.

July 9, 2013, 12:46 p.m.
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This excites me slightly.

I'm so stoked on this bike. I pedalled the 29er version while conducting a thorough parking lot test. In that stupidly useless test, it felt pretty great.

Goddammit though, now the new bike sheen has immediately worn off my current bike.

Ride, don't slide.

July 9, 2013, 3:36 p.m.
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I bought a custom frame bag for my Chilcotin for the Chilcotins.

who makes these?


July 9, 2013, 4:54 p.m.
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who makes these?

All custom made to order - I sent in a trace pattern of what I wanted. He's out touring Australia (on the craziest long WB fatbike!) for the next couple months though, so getting one before fall won't be so easy.

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