New Bike Day!

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by littlewave, Jul 5, 2017.



  1. UPSed

    UPSed iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Simi Valley
    Name:
    Ed Bottorff
    Current Bike:
    Niner Jet 9 RDO
    Your iPhone can suck it! I was out all day delivering the new iPhone 8. BTW nice bike!
     
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  2. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Intense Tracer 275c DVOish
    Super stoked for you with your new GG Smash.

    "I'm not a trendy *******... I do what I want, I do what I feel like..."

     
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  3. kioti

    kioti iMTB Rockstah

    Name:
    Jim Jennings
    Current Bike:
    ibis ripley
    Please don't pulverize all the rocks, @mike.
     
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  4. mike

    mike iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    GG Smash
    First ride, Sisters/Dedisse circuit.

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    I already raved about the Smash demo I rode 2x, so anything I say about the bike would be mostly redundant. It’s as advertised – a smasher that can be pedaled all over. Crazy fun on rough terrain, minimal penalty on climbs.

    I tweaked the cockpit from the demo setup, and it felt pretty nice. I might try the stem in the highest position and see if it adversely affects climbing. The demo dropper had offset; this one doesn't, remedied by adjusting the SDG saddle rearward.

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    The coil shock felt planted and supple while climbing, which I’d hoped would be the case. Traction on rough climbs is impressive. It neutralized everything from small bumps to drops and square-edge hits going down. It did not feel particularly like it wants to pop features, but like my former VPP trail bike, it feels serious about going fast and smashing. I’d call the .9 lbs for the coil over air worth it. It just makes sense for this bike. I ran everything open all over, 30% shock sag, and rarely felt energy suck. All this in the Plush linkage setting – I will try the Crush setting next ride.

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    How can you not appreciate that design and craft? @Voodoo Tom, I think you might more than some.

    The drive performed nicely, with familiar soft shifting of other SRAM systems I’ve owned. I didn’t look up the hub engagement, but can tell it's 72 from my previous two DTS sets. The wheels are good enough to not ever think of upgrading them, short of a lottery win. KS Lev 150mm dropper has really nice action, and a paddle trigger that works fantastically. XT brakes/180s F/R as expected, adequate. Minions are Minions...DHR 2.3 and DHF 2.5WT, 3C EXO.

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    31 lbs without pedals, and as much fun as you can believe, if not more. Gets through tight spots, feels super confident and comfortable in slow, trials-like stuff and of course at any speed. Man, I cannot wait to get it back to SoCal and rip some UHJ, Joplin, Chiquito and anything not smooth. Reasonable local substitutes until then...


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    Steve, Dave, Tom, Jason, David, Ed, Chris, Jim and all you helpless bikeheads: Thanks for the bike stoke! Ride em, pardners. :thumbsup:
     
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  5. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Intense Tracer 275c DVOish
    BEAST!!! :thumbsup: :cool:
     
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  6. Voodoo Tom

    Voodoo Tom MTB Addict

    Location:
    Castaic
    Name:
    Tom Kokkinakis
    Current Bike:
    Mango one, blue one, black one
    Those curves, those welds, that damn thing is sexy. Great pics @mike...
     
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  7. Grassblade23

    Grassblade23 Member

    Location:
    Fullerton
    Name:
    Dan
    Current Bike:
    Iron Horse Quantum/Chumba XCL
    The finish on that aluminum, and the sweet welds are a sight to behold.
     
  8. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Tallboy Upgrade
    I get to post here!!! Last night Brown Santa dropped this off (upside down may I add) on the porch!
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  9. LLPoolJ

    LLPoolJ iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Moreno Valley
    Name:
    James Johnson
    Current Bike:
    Specy Epic, Stumpu and Enduro
    Oh boy! Can I be the 1st to ride It? After you build it of course.
     
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  10. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J M
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS, SC Hightower

    Could have used that yesterday. huh?
     
  11. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Stef
    Current Bike:
    3 SC is now 2 SC.
    You are going to love that bike! :thumbsup:
     
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  12. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Tallboy Upgrade
    Hmmm, let me get back to you on that one...

    You don't know how many times I thought that! @UPSed really liked having his + shoes on!

    Your positive feedback was part of what moved me in this direction. SC should give you a commission!

    Unboxed it this morning, going to slowly build it up to make sure I don't eff anything up (Plus need to refurb my Gunnar after yesterday. Pads are shot, shifts bad, and a real bad creak from somewhere... Hell Ride is tough on bikes as well as people!).

    Here's me this morning:

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  13. UPSed

    UPSed iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Simi Valley
    Name:
    Ed Bottorff
    Current Bike:
    Niner Jet 9 RDO
    Awesome! Good thing we deliver on Saturdays now. :thumbsup:
     
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  14. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Tallboy Upgrade
    I didn't know that, and was surprised to get the delivery notice that it was coming in!!!
     
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  15. pperrelle

    pperrelle Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Carlsbad
    Name:
    Paul
    Current Bike:
    Ibis Ripmo, Ripley & Tranny
    That's a good thing, because I'm sure most of us are just like this......
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  16. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Tallboy Upgrade
    Any help with these? They were in the bag w/ headset parts, and I have no idea where they go. Maybe with the dropper???

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  17. pperrelle

    pperrelle Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Carlsbad
    Name:
    Paul
    Current Bike:
    Ibis Ripmo, Ripley & Tranny
    I can't see what brakes you have, but I bet they are for shortening your brake lines.
     
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  18. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Tallboy Upgrade
    Thanks! I consulted The Google, and that's exactly what they are... hoping I don't need to mess with them!!!
     
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  19. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Stef
    Current Bike:
    3 SC is now 2 SC.
    Double check the tire rotation and the crank tightness!

    My tires came backwards, and the crank was hand tight! o_O
     
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  20. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    They were supposed to be in the Florida shipment...:whistling:
     
  21. mike

    mike iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    GG Smash
    Congrats on an exciting new tool, David! :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:
     
  22. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Tallboy Upgrade
    10-4, will do! Taking a break from it right now. Going together pretty well, minus the tires seating. Fighting me a little, so I put off to last!

    I was thinking this box was 65lbs. too light!!!

    Thanks... more bike than my skill level dictates!!!
     
  23. mike

    mike iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    GG Smash
    You gotta have headroom! :geek::thumbsup:
     
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  24. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    I want one of those days too...:Roflmao
     
  25. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Hightower/Yeti 5C
    Ohhhhh man! You ARE gonna love that bike! Major congrats!
     
  26. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Hightower/Yeti 5C
    Unfortunately you will probably need those. Santa Cruz does not trim prior to ship so they will be way to long like the spaghetti on the front of my Santa Cruz now.

    Another new member of the Cruz Brothers. Nice!
     
  27. Danmtchl

    Danmtchl Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Bakersfield
    Name:
    Dan
    Current Bike:
    2015 Devinci Troy Carbon 27.5
    All of the Santa Cruz bikes I built had the line already cut. That was a few years ago though.
     
  28. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Snake"
    Current Bike:
    Vassago/Trek
    @Cyclotourist,

    WOW, how cool is that that the wheels come set up for tubeless?! :thumbsup:

    What hubs are included in that wheel set and it that a boost fork? Looks wider at the axle.
     
  29. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Stef
    Current Bike:
    3 SC is now 2 SC.

    Ooh ooh... I can answer that. The hubs are Novatec, and the fork and dropouts are both boost.

    And I can say that I’m pretty sure he’ll love the fork. :inlove:
     
  30. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Tallboy Upgrade
    Thanks to the both of you!!!
    Yes, pretty much everything there, ready to go!

    Mikie's spot on... front is okay, but rear is really long. Do I really need the special SRAM cutting tool to shorten them???

    Current state, with brakes and rear derailer set up (brake cable runs too long still). Needs a chain, pedals, and most importantly, I need to set up the dropper. Hopefully tomorrow if that pesky employment thing doesn't interfere!!!
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