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Posted: Sep 15, 2021 at 4:59 Quote
Mfro wrote:
Inclag wrote:
Mfro wrote:


Details please!

Last time I checked you were at ~190mm rear travel. Assume the fork is lowered?

How does it handle?

200mm for the Boxxer. I was previously at 180mm with a Yari. Axle to crown is only 10mm difference.

Right off the bat the entire front end is an order of magnitude stiffer which addressed the biggest issue I had which is that there is a lot of flex with single crowns and at the stem/steerer interface.

Handling seems fine. I plan to take it to some proper downhill next week. Only one ride at a local trail system. There are a couple drops that have some odd setups with corners leading into them. Overshot both very easily. Came into them going the same pace and proactively ensuring I had speed, but the front tire stayed planted and held the corner way better than with the single crown.

Do you still use it for general trail riding now?

I do. Definitely overbiked, but I grew up riding and still love DH and while bikes have improved there is just no comparison between an Enduro bike and a DH bike. My winter project is to pull together a lighter weight wheelset that I can swap between. The Michelin's are like 1500 grams, which I've adjusted to, but they definitely suck some major wattage out of you on the big mountain and huge climb days.

Posted: Sep 18, 2021 at 14:03 Quote
Inclag wrote:
Mfro wrote:
Inclag wrote:


200mm for the Boxxer. I was previously at 180mm with a Yari. Axle to crown is only 10mm difference.

Right off the bat the entire front end is an order of magnitude stiffer which addressed the biggest issue I had which is that there is a lot of flex with single crowns and at the stem/steerer interface.

Handling seems fine. I plan to take it to some proper downhill next week. Only one ride at a local trail system. There are a couple drops that have some odd setups with corners leading into them. Overshot both very easily. Came into them going the same pace and proactively ensuring I had speed, but the front tire stayed planted and held the corner way better than with the single crown.

Do you still use it for general trail riding now?

I do. Definitely overbiked, but I grew up riding and still love DH and while bikes have improved there is just no comparison between an Enduro bike and a DH bike. My winter project is to pull together a lighter weight wheelset that I can swap between. The Michelin's are like 1500 grams, which I've adjusted to, but they definitely suck some major wattage out of you on the big mountain and huge climb days.

LOL at "Overbiked". The same level as using a nuclear bomb to get rid of a fly in your house. I love it though. I would personally run a Manitou Dorado.

Posted: Sep 20, 2021 at 1:51 Quote
Has anyone ridden a 2021 Mega in both Carbon and Alloy form if so, how different are they in terms of feel? I demo rode a 290 Carbon Elite at the weekend and absolutely loved it, it's come on miles since my last Mega, a 2013 AM.

I'd be looking for a Frame only a build it mostly using the parts from my current bike. The carbon frame will simply be out of budget so it would have to be an alloy one for me

Posted: Sep 20, 2021 at 6:06 Quote
aly-14 wrote:
Has anyone ridden a 2021 Mega in both Carbon and Alloy form if so, how different are they in terms of feel? I demo rode a 290 Carbon Elite at the weekend and absolutely loved it, it's come on miles since my last Mega, a 2013 AM.

I'd be looking for a Frame only a build it mostly using the parts from my current bike. The carbon frame will simply be out of budget so it would have to be an alloy one for me

According to there website they weigh about the same so that’s shouldn’t effect things too much. I have a alloy frame and find it’s a great all rounder, did consider the carbon one at first but I’m happy now. Looks wise the carbon looks better, but I’m happy with mine. Presume the carbon one would be slightly stiffer.

You would get a super deluxe ultimate on the alloy frame, which is a great shock anyway and at least you can service it yourself. The x2 on the carbon may be slightly better performance wise but you’d have to send it off to be serviced every year, so if your trying to do things on a budget the alloy frame maybe be a lot cheaper in the long run.

Posted: Sep 20, 2021 at 8:08 Quote
Looking to get replacement bearings for my Reactor. CRC is out of stock or I'd just get the kit there so I'm looking elsewhere.
From the frame manual the part number for four of the bearings is: 6901-2RS ("B8")
This equates to an Enduro bearing in the CRC kit with part number: 6901 LLU MAX

I've been able to source 6901-2RS bearings easily, but can't find any with the ("B8") code. My curiosity is peaked.
(1) What is the ("B8") about? What does it mean?

Thanks.

*EDIT- I had to put parenthesis around "B8" or the form changes it to an emoji like this (BCool

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