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norbar

Turbo Monkey
Jun 7, 2007
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Warsaw :/
Been gone for a while, So the bike below is mine and has a standard lower headset cup and a lowered lyrik solo air (140mm) so it is a bit taller then a stock distortion. With that said its bb height is 13 inches exactly but It pedals so well and stays high in its travel so I don't have to worry about clipping pedals.



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the medium distortion fits my two friends perfect and they are 5'6 and 5'8. I would say if you are 5'10 or higher then go with the Large. I am just under 6 feet tall and use a 50mm stem on a large and i love the fit. a bit compact but the setback seatpost helps keep it stretched out on the ups and the smaller cockpit feels great on the DH

The thing is setback post is problematic on the limbs. I know it's not a typical climber bike and I'm a hair under 5'11'' but I use my trailbike also for fitness training (or at least I used to) so feeling cramped scares me a bit.
 

Squirrel

Chimp
Oct 18, 2005
17
0
Was just about to post this....

It's been a fun bike so far, and I'm just getting more comfortable on it.

For those wondering about size, I'm about 5'11" and am testing a size large Distortion. The size feels good for XC/trail and all-mountain use. That said, I think I could also fit on a medium and might have gone with if I were to use this bike as more of a freeride/jumping bike.
 
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forresth

Chimp
Apr 26, 2012
1
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Distortion - Copy.JPG

Here is my M 2012 Distortion 3.0 with a Fox 32 150MM, E13 chain guide and single 34T up front and some Straightline pedals. Bought it from a local buddy here in Oregon. Sweet bike and is a blast on the trails it is very fast!
 

climbingbubba

Monkey
May 24, 2007
354
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The thing is setback post is problematic on the limbs. I know it's not a typical climber bike and I'm a hair under 5'11'' but I use my trailbike also for fitness training (or at least I used to) so feeling cramped scares me a bit.
At your height it should fit you great. It actually climbs better then any bike I have owned which includes a Nomad 2, Blur lt2, banshee spitfire, and various other longer travel bikes. It sprints like a hardtail while standing.
 

Picowatt

Chimp
Jan 23, 2012
31
0
Just saw an auction on EBay selling a brand new Distortion. In the details it says that they weighed in at 35 lbs. Is this correct? Can you distortion owners hit the scales and post weights and what mods from stock to compare mod weight?
 

Squirrel

Chimp
Oct 18, 2005
17
0
Just saw an auction on EBay selling a brand new Distortion. In the details it says that they weighed in at 35 lbs. Is this correct? Can you distortion owners hit the scales and post weights and what mods from stock to compare mod weight?
The stock, size large, 2.0 that I'm riding is 34 pounds with mud and pedals on it. It does not ride like it weights that much.
 

sbabuser

Turbo Monkey
Dec 22, 2004
1,080
32
Golden, CO
I have a friend with a SPED SX, and he smashes everything on the trail. too low that thing, at least for trailriding.
Not sure about the other iterations of the sx, but the 2nd gen ones came with 2 different shock shuttles. I'm running the steeper/ higher bb one on mine, and I love it as a trail bike. The slacker/ lower one was too low for pedalling uphill tho, IMO.
 

Skeered1

Chimp
May 16, 2012
1
0
hey fellas, whats the actual stand-over for the medium distortion? I just got a small Sanction and measured the standover at 30'' as opposed to 28'' on the GT site. I can clear the top tube but no room under the jewels. Also, for those that own a Sanction as well, how does the ride compare? TIA
 
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ApolloCreed

Chimp
Feb 3, 2009
86
0
Hanover, PA
Trying to decide between a sanction or distortion ...stepped away from riding mtb 3 years ago for bmx. Expert class in gravity east series and i consider myself to be pretty smooth. Game plan is rail trail and light singletrack riding with the GF (beginner)
Other than that some tech AM and parks like mtn creek, wisp and seven springs.

I just dont want "too much" travel or "too little"
 

Picowatt

Chimp
Jan 23, 2012
31
0
Distortion hands down. If you were a Bmx guy and a smooth rider the distortion will feel like plenty of travel. Especially since it sounds like most of your riding won't even use it. The geometry of the distortion will allow you to get as gnarly as you want
 

simontac

Chimp
Jul 29, 2010
96
0
Hey DropMachine.

Several 2011 Distortion 2.0's in Sportcheks right now... Newmarket for sure. $1899. They had a medium and a large. REALLY liked the large - might not be there much longer if I pull the trigger!!

Bad about Sportchek like you mentioned - but also good. Big Company wants to keep you happy, so issues will be looked after!! At least my experience.
 

simontac

Chimp
Jul 29, 2010
96
0
Sorry Dropmachine.

Replied to a earlier post before finishing reading and seeing you got one. And after reading all this, and a little 'parking lot test' earlier today, think I am going to get it!
 

dropmachine

Turbo Monkey
Sep 7, 2001
2,923
10
Your face.
GET IT.

I am just waiting on a good photo day to finish my write up, but jebus **** on toast what a bike! Its a retarded little thing that doesn't know what its supposed to do, so it just does it all with a smile! Hands down one of the best bikes I've ridden in a long time.

GET IT NOW.
 

Katz

Monkey
Jun 8, 2012
216
362
Arizona
Hi guys,

I scored a Distortion 1.0 on ebay a while ago. I got a couple of questions.

Question #1:
I weigh about 190, and I get 25% (roughly 3/8") sag with roughly 210 psi. The bike has Fox RP23 Float. At this shock pressure, it seems to use up all of travel even after landing a small (15~20" high) bunnyhop by looking at the o-ring. I haven't felt harsh bottom out yet.

Is this normal? Or should I...(a) run more pressure/less sag, (b) send the shock to Fox for service?
I apologize for a dumb question, but I've never owned a FS bike.

Question #2:
The bike has what appears to be a variation of ISCG mount. It only has 2 threaded holes instead of regular 3. What kind of chain guide am I supposed to use on this?

Thanks for your help!
 

aenema

Monkey
Sep 5, 2008
262
62
So poll of Distortion owners, what forks have you guys settled on. Recently got a large 2011 2.0 and am not a fan of the stock sektor tk. Thinking of going Lyrik air with flush mount bottom cup in headset and lowering as needed. Wondering what others have found best.
 

StyledAirtime

Monkey
May 24, 2006
245
1
NewZealand
Hi guys,

I scored a Distortion 1.0 on ebay a while ago. I got a couple of questions.

Question #1:
I weigh about 190, and I get 25% (roughly 3/8") sag with roughly 210 psi. The bike has Fox RP23 Float. At this shock pressure, it seems to use up all of travel even after landing a small (15~20" high) bunnyhop by looking at the o-ring. I haven't felt harsh bottom out yet.

Is this normal? Or should I...(a) run more pressure/less sag, (b) send the shock to Fox for service?
I apologize for a dumb question, but I've never owned a FS bike.

Question #2:
The bike has what appears to be a variation of ISCG mount. It only has 2 threaded holes instead of regular 3. What kind of chain guide am I supposed to use on this?

Thanks for your help!
I run my distortion at just Above quarter sag. Doesn't seem to bottom.
Have run it softer but sometimes it was harsh.

Isgc 05 for chain guide. The third hole is on the pivot cap.
I have a 11 1.0.
 

Katz

Monkey
Jun 8, 2012
216
362
Arizona
I run my distortion at just Above quarter sag. Doesn't seem to bottom.
Have run it softer but sometimes it was harsh.

Isgc 05 for chain guide. The third hole is on the pivot cap.
I have a 11 1.0.
Thanks for the info.

I think I'll reduce sag a little bit and see what happens. I'm mainly concerned about the stress on frame/swing arm shock mounts from harsh bottoming out. If it still bottoms out on regular basis, I'll send the shock to Fox and ask them to increase compression damping.

I'd like to keep 2 chain rings for the time being (I'm really out of shape so I need low gear), and it doesn't look like there's enough room between the small ring and the ISCG mounts to fit a chainguide. I'll make a simple roller guide like Blackspire Stinger that would fit in place somehow.
 

marshalolson

Turbo Monkey
May 25, 2006
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Thanks for the info.

I think I'll reduce sag a little bit and see what happens. I'm mainly concerned about the stress on frame/swing arm shock mounts from harsh bottoming out. If it still bottoms out on regular basis, I'll send the shock to Fox and ask them to increase compression damping.
compression dampening won't help that much.

you need to make the shock more progressive (ie make it ramp firmer at the end of the stroke). you can do this by taking up volume in the shock. fox makes a kit for this.
 

aenema

Monkey
Sep 5, 2008
262
62
I just threw a lyrik on my distortion and did some measurements. I currently have the lower external headset cup for a tapered fork as the stock sektor was. I put in a lyrik with a tapered and running that stock headset setup and took some measurements. It has just shy of a 66 head angle, seat angle is 73 and bb is just shy of 13 inches. Lyrik is air set at 160. My next plan is to get a zero stack lower headset for 1 1/8 steerer and swap the upper on my lyrik with a non tapered. Thinking to lose a cm up front from that and will likely throw in another travel spacer and drop it down to 150 after a little ride time to get comparison feel. That sektor TK did not do the bike any favors or justice.
 

Katz

Monkey
Jun 8, 2012
216
362
Arizona
I found some pics of Fox spacer kit. It seemed simple enough to machine, and I had some Delrin (hard plastic) round rod laying around, so I decided to make it myself.

Took the shock apart, and I was greeted by what used to be an O-ring.


Home-made spacer. I made an error (or two) measuring, and I ended up shaving the thickness a little more later.


Installed in the shock.


Quick 4-foot drop test.

Still got some travel left. This was with 30% sag.


A pic of the bike.
 

Freeridin'

Monkey
Oct 23, 2006
319
1
Colorado
Used GT Distortion frame or a new Santa Cruz Nickel....same price. Any thoughts?

Already have a dirtjumper and a DH bike. This would replace an MKiii. Unfortunately, I'll have to climb on it (hate climbing) but only to go down. My thoughts are that the Nickel will much easier to pedal. However, the distortion would be a blast at Winter Park.
 
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dropmachine

Turbo Monkey
Sep 7, 2001
2,923
10
Your face.
The Nickel will NOT be better to pedal. If anything, I'd take the GT for pedalling over the Nickel because the GT is far more neutral in every gear. The only place I notice any bob at all is on flat stuff when pedalling at medium speed. Shock moves maybe 5mm. Its a 110mm travel bike. That little bob, don't care.

The GT hammers out of the saddle too. I have no idea how it works, but it sure as balls does.
 

dropmachine

Turbo Monkey
Sep 7, 2001
2,923
10
Your face.
Well, to be honest, no. Not if you're used to stretched out bikes. But Im 6'3, with a long torso, and have found that I can more than make it work. It'll never quite be as good as a full on XC bike, but it can work. Im also going to experiment with a slightly longer stem, 70-80 mm, and a travel adjust fork. A 2010 36 Talas would be ideal here, since you can slam it down to 100mm for climbs, 130 for standard riding about, and 160 for stupiditys sake.
 

fred.r

Dwangus Bogans
May 9, 2006
843
0
Backing up dropmachine.com's advice here. 6'1 and I feel a bit cramped when climbing. Currently running a 50mm stem which I'm going to swap out for a 70mm when I get the chance. Running a 120-140mm 32 Float, the geo is fine for climbing and a blast at 140mm for DH, you can seriously FLY on this bike down some pretty gnarly stuff. Perfect downhiller's trail bike IMO. Unfortunately, I believe GT only offers the Distortion in a M or L.
On a side note:
Anyone have any issues with their X-Fusion dropper?
 

SupraShin

Chimp
Jul 23, 2012
5
0
Toyohashi
I found some pics of Fox spacer kit. It seemed simple enough to machine, and I had some Delrin (hard plastic) round rod laying around, so I decided to make it myself.

Home-made spacer. I made an error (or two) measuring, and I ended up shaving the thickness a little more later.


Installed in the shock.


Still got some travel left. This was with 30% sag.



Thank you for your tips.
I have similar problem, easy to bottom out, but I have no machines to make though I have a skill.
Then I tried to fill amount of 7ml fork oil in the air sleeve to reduce air volume according to this article.
http://service.foxracingshox.com/consumers/Content/Service/QuickTech/FloatAirSpringSpacerProc.htm
and
http://service.foxracingshox.com/consumers/Content/Resources/tabledata/2012FLOATAirSpringTable.htm

Finally I've got a feel of something like progressive.
But still struggling when I push my bike to do manuals.
Tried 100PSI to 150PSI but nothing happened to have fun.
I'm running FLOAT R with Mid PROPEDAL(Factory set).
Does PROPEDAL do something bad on that?
 
Dec 29, 2011
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man, after reading this entire thread, it's hard not to want a distortion! I'm riding a pitch pro right now and I absolutely love it, zero complaints. But now you've all got my head spinning. Trying to decide between a distortion, sanction, or the new force LE(out of my price range). I've got a 20" BMX race bike, USB Molly DJ, and my pitch pro. The pitch rocks for xc/am/light trail riding. I can jump small stuff with it since I'm light and I don't thrash it too hard. But I'd love something to throw some flat pedals on and really rally the downhills, jumps, flowy trails.

I'd love to take one out on the trail and see how it feels under my legs.

Climbingbubba, you're in SLC, right? Any chance you'd let me throw a leg over your bike? I know BJ and the guys at laketown well, but they can't get me anything 'till late september.
 
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SupraShin

Chimp
Jul 23, 2012
5
0
Toyohashi
I would like to know about the custom tuned "FOX FLOAT RP23 Boost Valve" shock on 2012 Distortion.
If you own that, tell me the tuning signs shown below.

Boost Valve Tune :
Rebound Tune :
Velocity Tune :

Thanks,
 

Freeridin'

Monkey
Oct 23, 2006
319
1
Colorado


First real ride on my Distortion this weekend. Fun geometry, pedals well, stiff frame, but I need to toy around with the suspension a bit more.
 
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