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Thread: OMG.... (Dino FINALLY pulled the trigger)!!!

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    Default OMG.... (Dino FINALLY pulled the trigger)!!!

    As many of you are painfully aware, I have been without a bike for quite some time. For those who are new to the site, I broke my beloved Iron Horse frame two weeks AFTER I sold my much-loved Intense Uzzi! I was OK with selling the Uzzi (the plan was to replace it with a dedicated downhill bike). I have not taken the loss of my Iron Horse nearly as well.

    For well over a year, I borrowed / demoed every bike I could get my hands on. Of all the bikes I demoed, only four were worthy of consideration. A) Turner 5 Spot. Visually, it was a replica of my MKiii. I loved the way it rode. Local company. Geometry was even better than my previous bike. The one thing it had going against it was that although it "looked" like my Iron Horse, it wasn't- and I knew that! B) Giant Trance X29. Before riding this bike, I would have never considered purchasing a 29er. Walked away VERY impressed with the way the bike handled- felt nothing like other 29'ers I have ridden. C) Santa Cruz TRc. Fun. Fun. Fun. I absolutely LOVED the way the TRc handled. The only thing it had going against it is the fact I much-prefer the way dw-link bikes climb technical terrain.

    Ibis HD!
    I chose the Ibis for three reasons: 1) It's a dw-link 2) I like the way it looks 3) It is ridiculously versatile. How versatile? Rear travel can be converted from 140mm to 160mm. Recommended fork lengths range from 140mm to 180mm. Almost forgot one thing: The HD is 650b compatible!

    27.5 / 650b
    It's no secret, I have been intrigued by this tire size since I first set eyes on the KHS SixFifty (Interbike 2010?). I have chosen to steer clear of all "tire-size" debates due to the simple fact the only opinion that matters is... mine.

    I chose the 27.5 option for one reason: The experiment will cost me nothing! If I don't like the newly purchased fork / wheels combo, I can sell both and break even. (Note: I have a 26er fork and two spare 26er wheelsets).

    Sorry for the low quality images (I was pressured into posting this thread by my ride buddies)

    Turnbull Canyon


    A slightly classier shot


    Easton Haven Carbon Handlebars, Shimano XT Brakes, SRAM 10 Speed Twisters
    *I'm a HUGE fan of TEVA grips (too bad they are not available in stores)


    Fox Float 34 Fork / Novatec Diablo Wheels




    I took a chance on the Novatec wheels...
    Great value. Red Ano always looks good. Relatively lightweight. Strong.
    Insane number of engagement points.
    These hubs are... LOUD (I generally prefer quieter hubs)


    I'll bet nobody was expecting to see this one!
    (I am very much opposed to Specialized business practices).

    I chose the Sp*******ed Henge saddle for a few reasons: 1) It's comfortable 2) I had it lying around 3) Covering the "S" with my "behind" brings a smile to my face 4) Whenever I read the name on the saddle, it will act as a reminder (how to treat and how not to treat people).


    The #1 reason I chose to post this thread...
    I guess it is to put STR members on notice... I'm back!

    Time to start posting rides again!




    To be continued...
    L.A. KINGS ... dw-link.com/reasons
    SheDevil- I was on George's crotch for hours
    TrailJesus- How many kids do you have that you DON'T know about

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    Congrats Bud! Looks good!
    ​Three Shades of Black.

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    dude.. congrats...

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    Damn! I have to say, that is a nice looking bike, though I am surprised you went with Fox.

    I guess CX wasn't for you, then? What are you going to do with all that lycra?
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    Nice Bike!!!

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    Damn. You rich. Homie.
    2010 Salsa Vaya
    2009 Salsa El Mariachi
    2008 Surly Cross Check (going to need to find a new home)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magna_Graecia View Post
    Damn! I have to say, that is a nice looking bike, though I am surprised you went with Fox.
    -I decided to give Fox one last chance!

    -If the Fox experiment is not a success, the classified ad will read, "FOX / KASHIMA fork for sale." (mountain bikers loooove Kashima)

    -X-Fusion Slant and Rock Shox Pike were unavailable.
    L.A. KINGS ... dw-link.com/reasons
    SheDevil- I was on George's crotch for hours
    TrailJesus- How many kids do you have that you DON'T know about

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    If I had a bike like that I would take off right in front of people on the trail. Oh wait wrong thread. lol Great looking bike and the set up is the kind. Congrats on your new bike.

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    Sick bike..... enjoy!!!!
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    Great choice!!
    I have nothing bad to say about that bike, and too many good things about the way it looks, Im jealous!

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    Three things.

    1. I never liked white, now I do.
    2. Your going to need to fab a holder for your work stand.
    3. (The only opinion that matters is mine) I will plagiarize that one.

    OK four.
    Good on you, try not to hurt it.

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    Huge congrats on an excellent choice, Dino! I've played around in a parking lot on a very similar Mojo HD build, and it was one of those bikes where the instant I first moved the pedals it made me want to ride and ride. My girlfriend also did a 650B build on her new Mojo SL; it's not only a gorgeous bike, but it's also really been a joy to see how well the bike rides and how well she rides it. You're gonna be really stoked on this rig!
    ....riding sweep, whether I mean to or not.

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    Gorgeous and Classy bike. Dig the white color for the mojo. Congrats Bro !

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    That's a Beauty !!

    enjoy

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    dudebro, congrats! i'm gonna have to come out to fully just to see this thing in action or what?

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    Love the colors! Awesome rig!!
    Originally Posted by blindman_22 :
    "i'll have to double check when i get home. i'm 99% sure i have more than 5" exposed."

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    Nice ride Homie!!!
    But, I thought it was gonna be a Walmart Fatty...
    Winner!
    Dang! You got shocks, pegs... lucky! You ever take it off any sweet jumps? Napoleon Dynamite

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    nicest sweeper bike ever.

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    Beautiful build Mayor! New bikes rule.
    What they teach you to fix, needs to be broke
    Buy my Pantera (it'll fit a 650B): http://www.socaltrailriders.org/clas...-pantera&cat=6

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    Bike looks sweet!!! Congrats on finally breaking down and opening the wallet!

    Whose gonna clean Suggie's house on the weekends now?

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