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  • dantsw13
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    This is my Alpbike for this year!! @010

    Frame second hand from the states for Β£330
    Marzocchi 55 160’s from a fellow STW’er
    Everything else from my C456.

    What has everyone else got?

    campfreddie
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    i’m going with a yeti asr5 with 140mm forks on the front and a stubby stem… not 100% ideal, but i ride like a girly, so it should get me where i want to go.

    glasgowdan
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    A full chain device/single ring would be useful

    Milkie
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    Everyone knows you need at least 200mm travel, otherwise you will die. πŸ˜†

    Depending on what you are riding in the Alps a chain device/tensioner and a Reverb would be perfik. Dual ply for the rear too. πŸ˜‰

    180mm up front and 185mm on the rear for me (Genius LT). So much easier than the year before on a 100mm hardtail.

    ae212060
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    I’m heading out to NZ with a 23mth visa. I don’t mind a pedal, but I prefer to descend. I decided to sell the DH rig and go down the overbuilt enduro bike route so I could explore all the trails I come across.. A bit of a compromise, but hasn’t held me back so far!


    Yeti SB-66

    Premier Icon Tracey
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    Mine

    Abigales

    Katies

    Kevins undecided

    Gotama
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    Those Yeti’s do look bloody lovely.

    scruff
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    Blackspire Stingers work really well on Hecklers and Works Components do a 1deg slacker headset which fits niceley.

    Premier Icon DoctorRad
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    Cotic Hemlock build in progress…

    Premier Icon Tracey
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    Kevins is between these

    Premier Icon Northwind
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    I just take my bike πŸ˜† Swap the tyres and that’s all it needs. Might take the dropper post off this year, it was always down last time and I ended up breaking the lever in a crash so it’d be easier just to have a standard post…

    dantsw13
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    Nice bikes everybody!

    My Heckler has offset shock bushings fitted which give it an extra degree of slackness. I am toying with the idea of a chain device, and may swap the dropper post from my main bike onto it.
    Tyres wise, I have a O-O Chunky monkey, and a X King Protection Black chilli combo to go on tubeless, but its still got its mud tyres on at the moment.

    tymbian
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    OP – the second hand frame was that an eBay purchase and did you have to pay import duties. VAT etc?

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    OP, non oversize head tube and no dropper, you realise you might die?

    jesting apart, looks great!

    dantsw13
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    RD πŸ™‚

    Tymbian – I bought it through Pinkbike USA, had it delivered to a US hotel I was going to be staying at, and bought it back through myself, under the customs allowance, so nothing to pay!!!

    dantsw13
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    Also, thats nearly 2 hours, and no comments on my garden/decking! Is this a record??

    tymbian
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    Dan…about your decking…. πŸ˜€

    mrmonkfinger
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    If I could actually afford a trip to the alps, I’d be taking this.

    Could use me tracking down a 1 1/8 steerer + a slackset.

    passtherizla
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    Can’t wait! 2 weeks of riding, Skating and climbing… Bliss.

    glasgowdan
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    I’m taking my trek remedy to an alps trip in July, with standard rp2 and some nice marzocchi 55 tst forks, probably going dual ply high rollers, 200mm rotors and deore brakes, usual wide bars/short stem, chain device etc.

    I know it’s going to be on the short travel side for the braking bumps, but I don’t want to get or ride a full DH bike so this will have to do.

    dan45a
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    Here’s my alpine160 in mega action….

    @ae212060 – loving your sb66!! How does it ride on full on dh tracks?


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    Hob Nob
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    I’ll be racing this one over the summer πŸ™‚

    dantsw13
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    GlasgowDan – I had Deores in the Alps last year with 203/180 rotors and they were great!!

    I do love the look of that Cotic Rocket! The log bike stand has given me an idea too!!

    I even cut my grass for that photo today!!

    chvck
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    Last year I went on this:

    All I can really say is holy braking bumps batman. My arms just died at the bottom of every run. I acquired something bigger so next time I’ll take:

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    Sidesaddle!

    gordonb
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    My patriot in Alps set up…. 3 trips to Les Gets / PDS.

    dantsw13
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    I’m seeing plenty of Marz55 forks – mine will be in good company!

    chvck
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    Pik wrote:

    Sidesaddle!

    All the cool kids are doing it.

    ae212060
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    Dan: Pretty well tbh, I’ve thrown on flats for DH days and felt pretty comfortable. It feels more stable than my old Orange 222 descending, shows how suspension platforms have moved forward.

    I did switch out the RP23 shock though,it was just blowing through the travel, even with spacers fitted.

    flats all the way.

    My ride in les arcs last year

    Premier Icon Northwind
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    Alps bike:


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    Thicker tyres, and extra leaky fork seals, ready!

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    This is the most expensive thread this year. πŸ™‚

    Passtherizzla…was that taken at Cannock…?

    maxtorque
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    takisawa2
    This is the most expensive thread this year.

    Not to mention the most number of pictures of girls posted without a following “pppffwwwahhhhhh crickey, she’s hot” letch post

    So consider this that post………. πŸ˜‰

    PGreen
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    Not as pimp as some of the stuff on here, but here’s whats coming to the alps with me this year.(saddle will change however)

    Ti Coil and Van 36’s are super plush!

    snaps
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    Alp D’huez bike

    dantsw13
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    Following on from the recommendation to go for single ring/chain device, how easy would it be to convert my SLX Double/Bash to a single ring?

    sv
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    Following on from the recommendation to go for single ring/chain device, how easy would it be to convert my SLX Double/Bash to a single ring?

    I used a Blackspire Stinger with my SLX double/bash, didn’t drop a chain in 4 days of Alps riding.

    godzilla
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    My Alpine weapon, the Patriot is shown with an RP23 but i have a CCDB too πŸ˜€ the last couple of years I’ve been on my trail bike (Heckler & Five) when i came back last year i wanted something bigger.
    OP, i have a one ride old Van RC for sale that is perfect for the Heckler.

    Last years bike.

    The year before’s.

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    My Alps bike in the Alps (it’s my bike for everything…)

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