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Nov 24, 2015 at 13:10Nov 24, 2015
Nov 24, 2015 at 13:06Nov 24, 2015
It is with a heavy heart that I am selling my backup DH bike. I bought this bike a few years ago to buildup an identical replica to my main DH bike (which is in FARRRR worse shape). I hate having downtime on my resort trips and this solved that problem. However fewer resort trips, more moto trips, and declining garage space have forced my hand. My loss your gain. The front triangle and drivetrain have the equivalanet of 1/2 of a season of riding on it. Overall the bike is in amazing condition as you can tell from the well lit, high resolution photos. Easily one of the best bikes available for sale on this website. Almost no gouges, zero dents, etc. Frank makes some of the nicest MTB's in the world. With the raw frame you can sit and marvel at the beautiful, made in the US welds on this bike. It's better than porn, better than sex. The FTW is the ultimate race machine. It is super light, INSANELY stiff and very robust design (ony my other FTW, which has at least 1 million feet of vert on it, I've replaced the main pivot bearing once, and it didn't really need it). The geo is literally perfect. Low, slack, and fast. It's the perfect bike for the beginner, or the experienced hardcore racer. It has nothing but high end parts on it. The fork has 2 weeks of total usage, and zero hours since it's last rebuild. Swingarm has 1 week of rididng (had a custom burlier, 1/2 shorter one made recently) Brakes are in great shape, pads are nearly new. Rock hard bleed. Handlebars are brand new Tires still have ~50% life left Frame: FTW FB-10, XL frame, ideal for someone 6'2"-6'4", but still fits 6'1" to 6'6" well. Rear shock: manitou revox. Custom tuned for larger (190-210 lbs) riders. Fork: 2015 Manitou Dorado with drop crown Stem: Truvativ Holzfeller 60mm Handlebars: Kore Torsion, 800mm, 2" rise, 31.8 Brakes: Avid Code Cranks: Saint Gen 2, 83mm Pedals: Not included Front wheel: Sun Ringle MTX with True precision hub Rear Wheel: DT Swiss 440 With Sun Ringle rim Chainguide: E-13 SRS (not that shitty lg-1 taco stuff, this thing is bullet proof) R. Derail: Shimano saint 9spd Post/Saddle: SDG Ibeam. I love beam, ultimate seat/post setup. Super light and indestrutible and wide adjustability Willing to part out bike, but must sell frame first!
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Nov 24, 2015 at 12:54Nov 24, 2015
Nov 24, 2015 at 12:49Nov 24, 2015
I have an amazing condition Ventana El Capitan. It is the ULTIMATE trail bike for tall guys over 6'4". This bike is perfect for someone 6'5" to 6'9". I have searched all over the world far and wide. NOBODY and I mean NOBODY but Ventana makes an appropriate sized bike for someone over 6'3". Sure sure, Santa Cruz, Specialized, Trek and whoever make an "XL" or even a "XXL". But the truth is those bikes are for somoene who is max 6'3" or 6'4" (and even that's pushing it). Look at the numbers. The difference between their L and XL is typically 1-1.5" max on reach and stack dimensions. They're saying someone 6'5" should ride a bike that is 1.5" longer than a person who's 5'11". Yet someone who's 5'11" is supposed to ride a bike 3" longer than someone who's 5'6"? It doesn't make any sense! And it shows. Once you try this bike you'll be kicking yourself for not getting it sooner, I know I was. I went from being in horribly uncomfortable riding positions, feeling sore after 1-2 hours or riding, to being able to push it on 4-5 hours rides without feeling like I had been compressed into a ball all day. It completely changed the way I ride mountain bikes. Seriously. My back used to KILL after a short ride, and my legs and knees just didn't feel right. Now riding on this bike feels completely natural. It's perfectly sized for tall guys! If you live in the Bay area, you can come ride it with me at Demo or UCSC and see for yourself!! I'm only selling this because I had a custom frame made finally and I don't need 2 trail bikes. I purcahsed it new in Novemeber of 2014 for ~$5300. It has all the stock components with the exception of the suspension. I didn't like the stock fox suspension and I put an x-fusion shock and Marzocchi fork on it. HUGE upgrades. Night and Day on the shock, and a solid improvement with the fork. Don't buy the hype, Fox stuff is average quaity. According to my Strava this thing has ~400 miles on it, probably 250 of those miles are going up or down a fireroad/pavement. You can tell from the high quality, well lit pictures that this bike is in great shape. NEVER crashed. Carbon bars are in perfect shape. Very few scratches. No dings in the rims, and they are straight. Chain was lubed before every ride. Setup tubeless right now and seals perfectly. BB doesn't creek, headset doesn't creek, and no weird noises anywhere on the bike. Tires have plenty of life left on them. Does not come with pedals. Comes with water bottle cage but not bottle. Fork: Marzocchi 44 micro STA, lockout and travel adjust. Shock: Xfusion Vector Air Headset: Cane Creek ZS 40 Crankset: Shimano XT 38/26 (180mm length, they way it should be) Brakes, Derailleurs, Shifters, Cassette, Chain: Shimano XT Handlebars: Thomson carbon (absolutely amazing how much this improves feel!!) Wheelset: Stans Flow, super light, amazingly durable!! http://www.ventanausa.com/bikes/el-capitan/
smgishot13 Mdcbiking's article
Nov 3, 2015 at 7:57Nov 3, 2015
Video: Sending it in the Sierras
Except almost no one actually calls it The Sierra except pedantic people. Also, that bike looks 2 sizes to small for him.
smgishot13 spokeapparel's article
Oct 4, 2015 at 7:55Oct 4, 2015
Race Recap and Video: Maxxis Gravity East - Wisp DH and DS
Looks like a mid travel enduro bike would be the best choice for that DH course. Super pedaly.
smgishot13 brule's article
Sep 18, 2015 at 9:12Sep 18, 2015
What Tyler Found: Van Life Edition - Interbike 2015
Sep 15, 2015 at 7:25Sep 15, 2015
DT Swiss 440 150mmx12 wheel with dual duty rim and HR super tacky tire, 7 inch rotor. Bearings are perfect, great engagement, minimal freehub body scoring. Amazing deal. $180 (used)
smgishot13 mikelevy's article
Sep 13, 2015 at 18:15Sep 13, 2015
Behind Trek's Click-And-Collect Sales
This is the business plan of a dinosaur.