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NSMB - 2018 - Full Suspension Bike Thread

June 5, 2018, 10:44 a.m.
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Posted by: JBV

holy crap how hard can it be to post an image. do you guys all have computer science degrees or teenage kids or something??

https://imgur.com/5scCMEH

https://i.imgur.com/5scCMEH.jpg

June 5, 2018, 10:08 p.m.
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Joined: Nov. 21, 2002

This is my fully for the foreseeable future. Pictured here in bike park mode with 2.5" dh tires on 26" wheels. Also have day to day 27.5 wheels for her. And it's a very fluorescent orange, very.

June 5, 2018, 10:13 p.m.
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Joined: Feb. 24, 2017

in regards to the black Patrol a post ago....

was overcome with an egregious case of upgradeitis on my 2016 Patrol this season. it all started with replacing the otherwise fine old style Turbine cranks with a new cinch set at 170 to mitigate pedal strikes. i think it's a bit easier on the knees too. then the dominos started to fall.... rear wheel was not looking great on a shitty hub so i went to town. DT Swiss 521 fat boys laced to Hope hubs with Sapim race spokes, brass nips all silver. stunning. i wanted the option for truly fat rubber so i threw caution to the wind and found a veritable deal on an unused 2018 Fox 36 RC2 factory fork. i mean it's only money right? MM 2.6 and a huge SE4 2.6 with scant millimetres clearance in the back.

went from 10 speed to 11 with xt shifter and der, and went right mad with an X01 11-42 cassette (in for a penny, in for a few pounds eh?). over the winter i had the rear shock Vorsprung traction tuned. at this point, having lost my marbles entire and spent a small fortune in the process, i'd have to say the bike is completely customized diaded in and fairly spectacular.


 Last edited by: JBV on June 5, 2018, 10:14 p.m., edited 1 time in total.
June 6, 2018, 11:16 a.m.
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Joined: July 11, 2014

Posted by: JBV

in regards to the black Patrol a post ago....

was overcome with an egregious case of upgradeitis on my 2016 Patrol this season. it all started with replacing the otherwise fine old style Turbine cranks with a new cinch set at 170 to mitigate pedal strikes. i think it's a bit easier on the knees too. then the dominos started to fall.... rear wheel was not looking great on a shitty hub so i went to town. DT Swiss 521 fat boys laced to Hope hubs with Sapim race spokes, brass nips all silver. stunning. i wanted the option for truly fat rubber so i threw caution to the wind and found a veritable deal on an unused 2018 Fox 36 RC2 factory fork. i mean it's only money right? MM 2.6 and a huge SE4 2.6 with scant millimetres clearance in the back.

went from 10 speed to 11 with xt shifter and der, and went right mad with an X01 11-42 cassette (in for a penny, in for a few pounds eh?). over the winter i had the rear shock Vorsprung traction tuned. at this point, having lost my marbles entire and spent a small fortune in the process, i'd have to say the bike is completely customized diaded in and fairly spectacular.

Hah, that's a lot of new kit. How did you find the Tractive tune on the shock? I have a Luftkappe in my Pike and it transformed the fork so I think highly of Vorsprung. Have wondered what the custom tuning would be like.

June 6, 2018, 12:45 p.m.
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I just did my 36 and my rear shock with the Corset. Bike is glued too the ground now . Vorsprung has their game right very happy with the parts.

June 6, 2018, 8:08 p.m.
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Joined: May 23, 2006

"too"

"to"

pedal strikes

It's the Transition way. I used offset bushings.


 Last edited by: tungsten on June 6, 2018, 8:10 p.m., edited 1 time in total.
June 6, 2018, 8:49 p.m.
Posts: 593
Joined: Feb. 24, 2017

it's hard to quantify but i'm happy with the Tractive tuning on the rear shock. it's simply 'better'. less wallowing, more support and less bob under power. i often now ride moderate trails in the middle setting because its so good with a bit more firmness to pump against but still uses travel as required. anything fast and down, full open of course. the overall package is excellent, i love the bike. i spent way more time on my 29er the last 3 years and in the last 6 months it's reversed. the harder i ride on any trail, the more i prefer the Patrol.

June 7, 2018, 9:35 p.m.
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Joined: May 11, 2018

Just got this one last month. Came with all black everything - wayyyyyy to intense (and boring). I had these turbine cranks kicking around and threw them on but they stuck out in a bad way so I upgraded the rotors to 203's and went blue hope. Figured I would add a few other blue accents. Arrggg, the blues don't match. What do y'all think? Swap out the cranks for the original black ones? I was thinking about getting some blue decals for the fork...

How does it ride? So smooth...Super supple over all the chatter but feels bottomless on the big stuff. The more you drop the bars into a corner the more it bites, the suspension just eats up everything and keeps the wheels planted. It actually climbs pretty well as well. It is always a good sign when you don't like using the climb switch. 

All I can say is God Damn Race Face for making a blue crank that clashes with everything else on the market!

June 7, 2018, 10:19 p.m.
Posts: 593
Joined: Feb. 24, 2017

matching colours is over rated and a bit faff. high quality cool parts that have superior performance and look great are what makes real style in a bike.

June 7, 2018, 11:16 p.m.
Posts: 754
Joined: June 29, 2006

Posted by: RAHrider

Just got this one last month. Came with all black everything - wayyyyyy to intense (and boring). I had these turbine cranks kicking around and threw them on but they stuck out in a bad way so I upgraded the rotors to 203's and went blue hope. Figured I would add a few other blue accents. Arrggg, the blues don't match. What do y'all think? Swap out the cranks for the original black ones? I was thinking about getting some blue decals for the fork...

How does it ride? So smooth...Super supple over all the chatter but feels bottomless on the big stuff. The more you drop the bars into a corner the more it bites, the suspension just eats up everything and keeps the wheels planted. It actually climbs pretty well as well. It is always a good sign when you don't like using the climb switch. 

All I can say is God Damn Race Face for making a blue crank that clashes with everything else on the market!

At least the blue color of your grips DOES match the blue in your jersey/shirt in the window =)

June 10, 2018, 8:31 p.m.
Posts: 1316
Joined: Feb. 17, 2009

New bike. 2015 intense spider 29c. NOS from OGC.

Build: Pike RCT3, Saint brakes, Reverb Stealth, Race Face cockpit, XTR crank, Eagle GX Drive, Easton ARC30 rims to Hope Pro4 SP hubs and big chunky high volume Minion tires


 Last edited by: rnayel on June 14, 2018, 10 a.m., edited 3 times in total.
June 13, 2018, 5:06 p.m.
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Joined: Aug. 4, 2008

Here's something unusual....2005 Turner 4X. Built as a pumptrack/flow trail weapon. Total weight 21.4 pounds / 9.7kg

Frame: 2005 Turner 4X, w/ Fox RP3 S4 tuned

Fork: Rockshox SID WC Blackbox Dual Air

Headset: Chris King Steelset

Stem: Truvativ Descendent 35

Bar: Raceface Next R

Grip: Renthal Kevlar

Seat: Selle Italia SLR

Seatpost: Thomson Elite

Cranks: XTR M980 + 36t Ebay narrow-wide w/ KCNC hardware

Chain: Shimano HG901-11

Shifter: Shimano Saint 10 speed

Housing: Nokon

Derailleur: Shimano XTR M9000 w/ Zee cage

Cassette: Shimano XTR M9000 reduced to 5 gears, 11-19

Pedals: HT ME03T

Brake: Shimano XTR Race / XT, NSB adapter, Ashima Ai2 rotor, ti bolts throughout

Front wheel: Spank Oozy260 Trail/DT Comp/Atomlab Pimplite DJ, Maxxis Crossmark 2.1", Schwalbe alu valve

Rear Wheel: Spank Oozy260 Trail/DT Comp/Hadley SS, Schwalbe Thunder Burt 2.1", Schwalbe alu valve

If only there was an XTR DH group...

carbon fork, aluminum frame, steel headset.

Aug. 5, 2018, 9:10 p.m.
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Joined: Aug. 5, 2018

I went from a 2002 Santa Cruz Bullit to a 2018 Commencal Meta TR Race in brushed aluminum. The forum software forgot about me when it had that hiccup a while back so I can't post pictures yet. Mods help me out? (I used to be TracerTong, or was it Tracer_Tong? Doesn't matter)

It's the TR model with slightly less travel. So far so good. Miles ahead of my Bullit in every way, dropper post is a revelation, don't have to stop or ride short bits with my seat up. I wasn't prepared for the pedal strikes, but it handles better, turns better, jumps better.  Tempted to put a taller bar on cause I'm 6' 5". From my point of view it was also a good value at $3688 US shipped. Came in less than a week and the person I spoke to at Commencal USA was on the ball, no issues so far.  I'll be happy to post pictures of the old and new rides once the forum software lets me.

Aug. 7, 2018, 12:19 p.m.
Posts: 112
Joined: June 17, 2016

Posted by: 7racer_tong

The forum software forgot about me when it had that hiccup a while back so I can't post pictures yet. Mods help me out? (I used to be TracerTong, or was it Tracer_Tong? Doesn't matter)

You can post images 24h after creating an account, so you should be good now.

Shoot me a message if you want to revive your old account (Tracer-Tong), it's still there (needs a password reset but may be linked to email you no longer have).

Aug. 7, 2018, 1:55 p.m.
Posts: 593
Joined: Feb. 24, 2017

Posted by: 7racer_tong

I went from a 2002 Santa Cruz Bullit to a 2018 Commencal Meta TR Race in brushed aluminum. The forum software forgot about me when it had that hiccup a while back so I can't post pictures yet. Mods help me out? (I used to be TracerTong, or was it Tracer_Tong? Doesn't matter)

It's the TR model with slightly less travel. So far so good. Miles ahead of my Bullit in every way, dropper post is a revelation, don't have to stop or ride short bits with my seat up. I wasn't prepared for the pedal strikes, but it handles better, turns better, jumps better.  Tempted to put a taller bar on cause I'm 6' 5". From my point of view it was also a good value at $3688 US shipped. Came in less than a week and the person I spoke to at Commencal USA was on the ball, no issues so far.  I'll be happy to post pictures of the old and new rides once the forum software lets me.

we want to see it so take pics. Commencal was never on my radar but they've made some stunning bikes the last couple years. i was at the BC enduro race in Kamloops 3 yrs ago and the black n pink Commencal's were there, big trailer and display. almost no lookers or interest from the crowd. i bet it was reversed the next year. i highly recommend the Chromag FU40 as a riser bar. 780 is perfect and less spacers = less cutting into your reach. great bars fair price.

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