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Another new Bike :D sort of...

David LundDavid Lund Posts: 602
edited June 2008 in MTB general
Iv finaly managed to build up my new Santa Cruz Bullit frame which i bought a few months ago. all the kit is swapped from my old Dawg so some of it is not intirely suitible as you can see but im pretty happy with it :D
She rides beautifuly although i havnt taken it out for a proper ride e.g. Dalby yet but might be able to get up there on sunday.
Yes i am 6 ft 5 and probably too tall for it (its still a large frame) but i love it.....
so.. What do you lot think? and what shall be the first upgrades? i have money and i need to spend it haha





  • BlackSpurBlackSpur Posts: 4,228
    New shock would be on my upgrade list.
    "Melancholy is incompatible with bicycling." ~James E. Starrs
  • David LundDavid Lund Posts: 602
    Yea i was thinking about that, what would you recomend? i was thinking maybe Fox DHX but iv never ridden a coil before so i might see how it goes for a while.
  • clarksonclarkson Posts: 1,641
    or a fox rp23
    I said hit the brakes not the tree!!

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  • David LundDavid Lund Posts: 602
    Possibly the rp3s but maybe possibly too lightweight if i start to get a bit more brave on the downhills. Does anyone have thoughts on the fox vanilla shock too? as the DHX maybe out of my price range no matter how nice they look :D
    Also due to the bullit not having a replaicible gear hanger i was thinking about getting a shimano shadow rear mech to reduce the chance of anything major happening. :?
  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 79,667
    David Lund wrote:
    Also due to the bullit not having a replaicible gear hanger
    What? :shock: I hope you're kidding. that's an expensive crash waiting to happen.

    Buy the flimsiest rear mech you can find, so that it goes before your frame does.

    In all seriousness, I wouldn't touch an ally frame without a replaceable hanger with a 10 foot barge pole.
  • lachomanlachoman Posts: 371
    I would hacksaw 80% of the way through a cheap mech and sacrafice that in a crash because if it doesn't have a replaceable hanger, a new swingarm will cost a f###load.
    <hr noshade size="1">You bend it, you mend it.
  • David LundDavid Lund Posts: 602
    The shock i have at the moment is a fox vanilla but it is obviously an older version (no idea how old) and the red, rebound i think, adjustment is missing. not ridden a shock before iv no idea if its running well or not..
    any suggestions?
  • ProwlusProwlus Posts: 539
    Try a rp23 as everyone says . Its a proven shock despite being costy , I'd take it over rocos or monarchs any day
  • David LundDavid Lund Posts: 602
    Yea i know about the RPs but as i said its a 7inch bike and as i get more confident on the downhills and jumps i wouldnt be too sure about its strength and abilities and think i might be a bit more happier with a bigger shock purely for piece of mind as i (hopefully) get better
  • BlackSpurBlackSpur Posts: 4,228
    DHX coil?
    "Melancholy is incompatible with bicycling." ~James E. Starrs
  • David LundDavid Lund Posts: 602
    Yea unfortinalty the DHX coil is a little out of my money range at the minute so the obvious thing to go for would be the Vanilla coil which is what iv got at them moment realy so im unsure weather its worth it.
  • BlackSpurBlackSpur Posts: 4,228
    By all means ride with what you have at the moment, I was just suggesting what couls be done in the future, however far ahead that may be.
    Forks are something I'd possibly look into in the future, as I think the Bullit is designed for longer travel forks.
    "Melancholy is incompatible with bicycling." ~James E. Starrs
  • god1406god1406 Posts: 554
    change the kona grips!

    I used to have them, before switching to lovely lock-ons :)

    get some BFL levers for the (Hayes 9?) brakes...
  • trail jackertrail jacker Posts: 844
    get some bigger rotors if you want to burn cash, that always looks good on a full suss bike, depending on the riding you do that is
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