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Old 11-10-2007, 08:06 PM
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That's beautiful, PGT - Cannondale is right here in Wilton, Connecticut.. not sure if they are still there.. but that's where they used to be...
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Old 11-11-2007, 10:22 PM
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they still have their manufacturing in western PA....Bedford I think.
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Old 11-12-2007, 04:52 AM
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Hasn't been easy to find the wood frame as you mentioned.. I would love that bike too.. I'm noticing the price is a bit steep too.. I'm not sure I could justify a $2000 bike for the amount I would use it - start out slow in the better weather once I get back into it.. which I'd like to, but I might be getting too old for wanting to start..
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Old 11-16-2007, 10:02 PM
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Picked up my new bike today

squeezed it in the mini no probs

thought id take some pics before it gets covered in durt tomorrow!

Doubt it will look as clean as it is now for a long time lol

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for whats its worth - setup is a makeshift studio in the garage, kinda like the 2nd one looks quite serious and cold, the other two are bit samey (never photographed bikes before where the hell do u start haha!)
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Old 11-17-2007, 05:34 AM
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Looks like you found a great place to start! Good shots - like the B&W.
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Old 11-19-2007, 06:17 PM
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Sweet pics... Now, go ride it
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Old 03-01-2008, 01:11 AM
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Lookin' at some forks recently. Considering these two, although I don't have this kind'a money at the moment:

Manitou Minute MRD Absolute:
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Fox Talas RLC:
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Old 03-01-2008, 01:27 AM
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I would go with the Fox. Even though Manitou always has cool features on their new forks those same forks often require maintenance within 1-2 years which is just too soon... Fox on the other hand, very reliable long-term. I've had the same Talas on 2 bikes for 4+ years and the thing just keeps on working...
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Old 03-01-2008, 02:05 PM
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I agree with cooldaddy - Fox is the best. This is coming from an owner of two Manitous
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Old 03-02-2008, 01:21 AM
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Interesting about the Fox shocks.

I am contemplating a new shock for my "vintage" Klein.

I liked Manitou in the past but am wayyyyyyy behind on what's good these days so I'm open to just about anything.

So if a brother wanted to keep his V-brakes (still lighter than a disc setup, lower maintenance, and work decent for me) and wanted to spend not a lot o' dough on a new shock, what recommendations would folks toss out?

Non-current model year shocks are dipping into the low $300 range.... So I am hopeful I can find something affordable.
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Old 03-02-2008, 02:22 AM
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Yeah, I definitely agree with you guys on the Fox. The 3 Manitou "OEM" forks I've had have never been the most reliable. Probably why I'm looking to replace the current Manitou after a little over a year, haha. If the Manitou was a lot cheaper, I might consider it, but the Fox is the better choice being they are the same price.

I'm also looking at the Float RP23 rear shock... Although at this point I'm wondering if it's worth upgrading my current bike, or better to just start a new build. I like my frame though, and ultimately it is cheaper to upgrade my suspension.

Drew, look into the Float RP23... You can find them on ebay for pretty reasonable, and it really is the best shock you can buy right now IMO for trail, XC, or light free ride stuff.
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Old 03-02-2008, 03:08 AM
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Drew if you're talking about a suspension fork, most of the pre-2007/2008 forks from Fox do still come with the posts for v-brakes. Unfortunately even "new" Fox forks that are close-out are still expensive I think... If you want something less expensive check out Rock-Shox or Manitou, some of their older models can be had for good deals... shop around on the web...

The Fox RP23 is a rear shock, one of the most popular ones for higher end bikes..
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Old 03-02-2008, 03:23 AM
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Woops, sorry Drew... I automatically assumed you were talking about the rear shock. What bike you puttin' the fork on?
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Look at my cute bike. It's a Go Girl bike. Our good friends own Go Girl and they gave it to me.
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Oops, sorry - I shoulda' put the details in that post... D'Oh!

The bike is a circa 1997 Klein Pulse Pro - still has the waaayyyyyyy wimpy OEM Manitou XC elastomer fork on it right now. Currently the shock has what appears to be about 20-30mm of travel. Old elastomers gave up me thinks...

Go figure, the bike is eleven years old this year...

In theory I could experiment with new elastomer inserts but that means a lot of time & pain turning down the new inserts from raw material (assuming I can find some suitable material).

I know there was a company that used to make spring conversion kits for the shock but I've not had any luck locating any of the kits.

Anyway, the RockShox RECON and the Answer/Manitou R7 Elite Absolute apparently come with mounts for V-Brakes still. But I have no idea about the good/bad of either shock.

I could throw a disc setup on it but for the coin I'd probably be better served by getting a new hardtail rig. I do love the ride of the Klein frame though and it has served me well over the years so I want to squeeze a bit more life out of it. Call me nostalgic.

The guys at the local shop go nuts over it when I stop by, they have this weird affinity for old Klein stuff I guess. It's weird...
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