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PostPosted: Tue Sep 13, 2016 4:53 am 
Dirt Disciple

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am moving away from my XC oriented bikes. Never raced XC don't intend to and climbing isn't a joy of mine.

To my first All Mountain build; went for 26" due general bargains on quality second hand parts, ridden all three sizes preference is 27.5 or 26".

Advertised for a Specialized Enduro or Giant Trance Frame and this came up;

2013 Santa Cruz Nomad XL

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Came with the following goodies for a awesome deal;

Fox 34 Float CTD
Fox CTD
Rockshox Reverb
Raceface Bars

The paint was rough on the frame and will eventually have a powder coat done next year. For time being touch up paint and polish have worked wonders, VPP has also been serviced.

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Planned parts;

Hope Pro EVO II laced to Stans Flow
SLX M675 Brakes
XT M8000 1 x 11 Transmission
Red Raceface Turbine Cranket
RaceFace NW
Gravity 70mm Stem
New Saddle

Then it is time to ride.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2016 10:45 pm 
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Great bike


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 16, 2016 1:09 am 
Dirt Disciple

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Heard it is the do it all original All Mountain bike, that's why I got one.

Plus 26" bikes price tag in the second hand market have suffered dramatically.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 16, 2016 8:01 am 
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If you like 26" then yeah, lots of bargains. The last decent 26ers like yours have tapered headsets too so I don't imagine that you would notice any difference if you put a 650b front fork and wheel on it in the future as well, so pretty futureproof.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 16, 2016 8:46 am 
Dirt Disciple

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I am fan of 26er's myself.

Tired the other wheel sizes, had a Cannondale 29er and 27.5 Jamis Dragon but did like both as much as the 2010 Trek Top Fuel 8 I let go.

But will look to build a 29er XC bike after this, which will couple as a commuter as well.


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