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NSMB 2020 - Full Suspension Bike Thread

Feb. 19, 2020, 9:14 a.m.
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2020 Pivot Firebird 29 with a few custom touches.


 Last edited by: GladePlayboy on Feb. 21, 2020, 1 p.m., edited 2 times in total.
Feb. 19, 2020, 10:06 a.m.
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Do you have much time on the Ohlins squishy bits yet? Curious how they ride.

Feb. 19, 2020, 10:12 a.m.
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they sell the Mudhuggers at Lynn Valley Bikes.

Feb. 19, 2020, 6:37 p.m.
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Joined: May 17, 2013

Finally took out my Carbonda FM936 (Chinese XC frame) for it's first laps today. This is the manufacturer of the new NS Synonym that was on Pinkbike last week. Really fun bike... 120mm, 66 HA, 76 STA, 475mm reach on Medium, and came in at 25lbs. Raced another Chinese frame last year and really liked it (ProMance M7007-II) but wanted something with more modern geometry. Will try to get a better pic next time.

Feb. 19, 2020, 8:26 p.m.
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Joined: Aug. 27, 2007

New build for me over the winter. Tried to keep it pretty local with Transition, Chromag, OneUp, NSB and PNW. Very stoked on her

Patrol Carbon large with DHX2 475lb coil, Wolftooth headset and full RideWrap

Fox 36 GRIP2 170mm with Push ACS3 green coil, NSB hose guide

Chromag bars, stem, spacers/topcap, saddle, clamp, rims (Hope Pro4 hubs)

OneUp 210 post, composite pedals, chainguide, oval ring, shark cage, pump/edc tool, fork axle

PNW loam grips

Saint calipers, XT levers, 203/180 rotors, NSB adapter

XTR shifter, derailleur, cranks

Sunrace 11-50 cassette, XT chain

Maxxis Assegai/DHR2 EXO+ with Huck Norris inserts


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Feb. 19, 2020, 11:22 p.m.
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Sweet build on that patrol. What does a shark cage look like btw?

Feb. 20, 2020, 5:27 a.m.
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They don’t make them anymore but it allows a regular derailleur to be run with a 50t cassette. It’s too bad they’re no longer available because they work very well on 1x11 drivetrains; I have one on my hardtail as well. 

Feb. 20, 2020, 8:25 p.m.
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I have a 2018 mega trail, it has 2 rear shock mounting positions to switch travel between 165 and 150 mm along with a slight Geo change.

I got a second, shorter stroke shock with same eye to eye so Geo is the same but travel is reduced to 145 or 135 mm. This is basically the same as a shred Dogg but with my same longer travel fork. Although I air up the fork so effective travel matches the reduced rear.

I think the 29" smash could do the same thing but recommend just contacting guerrilla gravity they are super helpful folks.


 Last edited by: Skeen on Feb. 25, 2020, 3:49 p.m., edited 1 time in total.
Reason: typed shock instead of fork once. gotta keep the details on point.
March 7, 2020, 4:46 p.m.
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I have high hopes for this Trance 29 to finally get me off my hardtail as primary bike this year. Been off the bike 3 months due to injury, I blame the hardtail lol.

Basically moved the build over from my Chromag: DVO Diamond now at 140mm, 1x10 11-46 XTR/XT drivetrain with 28t oval ring, old XTR master cylinders paired to Deore MT520 4 pot calipers, 1up 180mm dropper

March 7, 2020, 4:48 p.m.
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and internet fail again

March 8, 2020, 1:45 p.m.
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Nice! That 180mm post especially was a good move. 29ers are inherently tall I'm learning, getting as low as possible on descents helps. 

I'm looking at getting that same post to replace the stock 150mm.

March 8, 2020, 10:20 p.m.
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When I had my Range 29, butt buzz was the bigger issue with 150mm travel, not a game breaker mind you. That bike was faster than I needed it to be, and I found it to monster truck over anything I would ride

The 1up's low internal length is key, the rocker pivot does limit how far down you can stick the post. I had to get the v2.1 actuator because the v2.0 wouldn't let me slam the post far enough and still allow the outer cable to move the needed amount. The Trance's ugly 2 bolt seat clamp is also key, I've found over torquing the clamp even by a bit does affect the return on the post, the 2 bolt spreads the clamping force out some.

March 8, 2020, 11 p.m.
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Yeah, that 2 bolt collar is a great feature. I'm 5 months in on my Trance 29, really liking this bike.

Can I ask is this a large frame? Is that 180 slammed, or is there more insertion room?

March 8, 2020, 11:17 p.m.
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Posted by: UFO

The Trance's ugly 2 bolt seat clamp is also key, I've found over torquing the clamp even by a bit does affect the return on the post, the 2 bolt spreads the clamping force out some.

Another thing that can help is putting the bolt or quick release cam on the opposite side of the split in the seat tube. This tends to not put extra force on that single point and create uneven clamping pressure.

March 9, 2020, 7:03 a.m.
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Joined: Jan. 7, 2007

Posted by: Hepcat

Yeah, that 2 bolt collar is a great feature. I'm 5 months in on my Trance 29, really liking this bike.

Can I ask is this a large frame? Is that 180 slammed, or is there more insertion room?

I'm also 5 months in on my Trance Avdvanced Pro 29 2, great bike and hard to believe it only has 115mm of rear travel. Rear end feels bottomless and its a blast to ride.

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