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PostPosted: Sun Sep 08, 2013 3:54 am 
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Completed a 40km mtb race yesterday on the bike below. No problems with the bike but body was knackered and beaten black and blue from the lack of front forks. By 30km I was struggling to avoid or lift of obstacles. Legs were okay but wrists, Aams and shoulders.

Bike weighs in at 9.5kg at this stage. I call it my French Mistress. Nice to look at but leaves me in a wreck after riding her.

As for forks. Was thinking maybe a set of AMP forks with disks? Have got my hands on a set of Pace RC36 however kinda heavy.

Thoughts?

Also thinking of changing the brakes as the old hopes require too much forearm effort which does not help with my biological suspension.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 08, 2013 6:39 am 
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Where are you located?


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 08, 2013 7:31 am 
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Living in Perth, Australia.

Just picked up a pair of Pace RC36 forks. 1 inch steerer and disc mounts.

FREE.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 08, 2013 8:56 am 
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hello!
for a period I used my merlin 93 with a Roch Shox SID, downhill was fantastic, but very steep climbs tended to get up

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 08, 2013 10:38 am 
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great bikes
you rode 40km with only one gear, thumbs up to you feller pace forks are great even better when u get them free,,,,


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 08, 2013 11:20 am 
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sparkiegaz wrote:
great bikes
you rode 40km with only one gear, thumbs up to you feller pace forks are great even better when u get them free,,,,


The one gear was fine. The lack of front suspension took its toll.

Exhausted that nite.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 08, 2013 2:30 pm 
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SIDs.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 08, 2013 3:20 pm 
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Rock Shox Rebas. Only half a pound heavier than SIDs, but a bit tougher. Adjustable lockout threshold allows you to honk up hills with no bobbing yet still staying supple on the rocks and roots


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 09, 2013 1:00 pm 
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Alternatively - swap those exotics for a pair of RC31 type C's. You might find they have enough "give". Disclaimer not ridden the exotics but have the Type C's on my Vit T and the ride they give compliments the Ti frame.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 09, 2013 3:20 pm 
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nice bike and good legs :wink:

I have two merlin,
a Mountain with a SID team(100mm) and a XLM with a 80mm Manitou SKAREB,and I am very happy with both. :D


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