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PostPosted: Thu Nov 04, 2010 9:30 am 
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utahdog2003 wrote:

Another MTBR'er made the comment that the fork looked short, which I don't see as accurate, but I want to give this thing the fair shake it deserves so I thought I'd ask, before I shoot an email to Mr. Potts himself. The frame is suspension corrected, and I have a 410mm a-to-c fork on the thing. Anyone know off-hand what the fork length should be for a 1997 Phoenix? I can't imagine a 440 on the thing, as I think that would make it handle like a bus, but then again, I'm used to EWR geometry which others would consider twitchy. Previous owner ran a yellow Judy SL.

The 410 feels very natural, and I didn't need any time at all to really dial up some speed and put it through its paces in NC two weeks ago. I guess either way, the 410 stays, but it would be nice to know that I'm running the thing as designed.

Anyone?


From the first picture you posted of the build it looks about right. If you measure the bottom bracket height and compare it to the stock height which off hand I think is 11.5" or 11 5/8" that would give you a good idea how much the front of the bike is/isnt raised from stock.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 22, 2010 4:36 pm 
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WTB benefited from the weekend's wheel building marathon also, 7 wheels in two days! M910 XTR hubs and Sunsets, all NOS. The M950s were just too *yawn*. Silver M910s are beautiful hubs, prettiest Shimano ever made IMHO. 8)


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cyclesoflife wrote:
utahdog2003 wrote:

Another MTBR'er made the comment that the fork looked short, which I don't see as accurate, but I want to give this thing the fair shake it deserves so I thought I'd ask, before I shoot an email to Mr. Potts himself. The frame is suspension corrected, and I have a 410mm a-to-c fork on the thing. Anyone know off-hand what the fork length should be for a 1997 Phoenix? I can't imagine a 440 on the thing, as I think that would make it handle like a bus, but then again, I'm used to EWR geometry which others would consider twitchy. Previous owner ran a yellow Judy SL.

The 410 feels very natural, and I didn't need any time at all to really dial up some speed and put it through its paces in NC two weeks ago. I guess either way, the 410 stays, but it would be nice to know that I'm running the thing as designed.

Anyone?


From the first picture you posted of the build it looks about right. If you measure the bottom bracket height and compare it to the stock height which off hand I think is 11.5" or 11 5/8" that would give you a good idea how much the front of the bike is/isnt raised from stock.


Right you are. The bottom bracket is right where it should be, so I'm good. 8)


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Local trails... Yes I live in the tropics. :shock:


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UPDATE.

Going strong. I added a purple salsa clamp for a bit of humor. I'm not a fan of purple, and my less retro riding mates alwasy tease me on my taste in bikes. So here a big purple fork in your eye, fellas! :lol:


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PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2012 7:16 pm 
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this bike is so cool. love those wheels- very slick :)


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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2012 10:51 pm 
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nice bike!

Nice to see Altek brakes, the levers are more common (also rare) but the brakes: not seen a lot!

Bytheway: XTR 950 hubs are essential the 910 hubs in a new color. I agree, the 910's are much nicer than the 950's...!


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Looking good :D and good to see you back too!


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PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2012 8:22 pm 
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Nice build. I just picked up a Phoenix SE and will start getting it sorted soon. Might turn here for some inspiration.


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PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2012 10:23 pm 
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mkozaczek wrote:
Nice build. I just picked up a Phoenix SE and will start getting it sorted soon. Might turn here for some inspiration.


if you've got another set of black arms to match the ones on the back we should talk

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