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  1. profro

    profro Turbo Monkey

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    Picked up my Mbuzi this past weekend. I built it up as a mini-DH bike. Initial ride impressions are that it rides very much like my Izimu but only with 6" of travel. Haven't weighed it yet, but here is the build

    Morewood Mbuzi (M)
    Rock Shox Lyrik 2-step
    Cane Creek Double Barrel
    Cane Creek XC Double Flush headset
    Cane Creek grips
    Thomson 50mm X4 stem
    Thomson seatpost
    SDG seat
    Funn Fatboy 31.8, 710mm bar
    Formula k24 brakes w/ 7" rotors
    X9 drive train
    Truvativ Stylo 175mm cranks
    36t E13 chainring
    E13 LG1
    Hadley 135mm, 12mm thru-axle on Mavic 819
    Dimension 20mm on Mavic 819
    Crank Brother 5050x pedals

    The guy holding the bike is a superfan of sorts and had to have his picture taken. :rolleyes:

     
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    That guy looks like that dude on the Unit.
     
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    Those bikes are awesome. Maybe it's just the picture, but the lyrik really seems to rake it out quite a bit. What's the head angle and bb height supposed to be on those things?
     
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    Sweet lookin rig! Can't seem to find the geo on the web page?
     
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    download the catalog, i think they're in there.
     
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    Looks awesome Profro! I bet it's sweet with that CCDB.
     
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    Found it in the catalog. 67* HA, and the BB height is only listed as +19mm... don't get what that means.
    Bike looks kinda funny in the pic tho, what size is it? (Maybe I'm just used to what my super long large cannondale looks like w/ a lyrik on it)
     
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    That's about 14.25".
     
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    ... how the heck did you figure that out? What makes 343 mm the magic number?
     
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    Very nice build, clean, simple and high end, just the way I like it!!
     
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    19mm ~ 3/4":disgust:
     
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    BB Drop is not the same as BB height... Morewood lists the BB drop in their catalog.
     
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    looks sweet, got back into the shop today after being off for a week to find one of those hanging up. Tempted to build it into a demo bike just so i can borrow it. Its seriously sweet and isn't that much heavier than the shova st frame which can be built around the 30lbs mark without too much bother.
     
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    Didn't know that as bdamshen stated "BB height"


    Makes more sense. What's the BB drop relative to? Rear axle?
     
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    yeah, the morewood catalog listed bb height as "+19mm", so I figured there was some weird math involved. 19mm above the axle makes sense I guess.
     
  17. profro

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    Richard was up pretty close when he took the picture. There might be some edge distortion that makes the fork look larger than it really is.

    But the fork is very, very smooth. Plus with the 2-step, I can run it down at 115 for a snappy response. But the Misson Control damping is every bit as good as the Motion Control, but with all that you wish it had extra.

    The CCDB makes that thing track so well. I wish it was pouring the rain right now. I want to ride it again.
     
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    You looked like you were having a blast on it this last weekend. Definitely looks like a fun build.
     
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    The mbuzi looks pretty good. I think if i were to go with a "short" travel bike thats what i would get. I've got the 888 sl ata on my shova lt so i can wind it down to about 6 inches so i doubt i will need a shorter travel bike any time soon unless i just decide to get one thats lighter weight. I'm assuming you still have your izimu?
     
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    Would it not be a pain to adjust the double barrel with those two screws facing the top tube like that? I guess thats the sacrifice you might possibly have to make for a stellar shock.
     
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    Yep its in relation to the axle height.
     
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    that thing looks like a bunch of fun to ride. i wonder what that thing would be like on a high speed course tho. that build up would kick ass at diablo. no need for a full 8-10 inches there really. id really like to throw my leg over one of them and try it out.

    nice build!! lets see some action pics
     
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    Whose unit was he on?:disgust:

    I've seen that bike up close and it's a neat looking ride too. 6 inches of DH travel, to think I thought I was riding a couch when I took a 6 inch Uzzi DH down Mt. Snow and now I'd probably wet my satchel if I tried that.
     
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    Sweet looking bike for sure
     
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    Bump, for bad A$$ bike!!!!
     
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    Cool bike indeed.........!
     
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    Looks nice. Real nice....

    But... I realize you have it set up more for gravity, but I am going back and forth between a mbuzi and a shova st and I am curious how it pedals? If I can get an extra inch of suspension with a beefier build, not much extra weight, and the clincher for me, a higher bottom bracket with the same pedalibilty..... it might be way the go?

    I am not much of a big hit huckster, but I do like going fast and will sacrifice a little weight for durability overall, but I am looking for a "do it all bike" - which includes semi-epics and whatnot :)

    Oh yeah, and sizing.... what size is that and how tall are you?

    Thanks!
     
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    I'm 6'1" and I go the medium because I have it set up more for gravity. I will probably put a slightly longer stem on it to get the setup perfect. I weighed mine with a coil Lyrik since the 2-step took a dump and with the DB coil it weighed 33.7 lbs. I think Richard got the demo bike down to 31 with lighter wheels, air shock and a few other bits. I swapped the bike on some runs with my buddy's Shova ST and they feel IDENTICAL in performance as far a geometry and ability. So unless you are going to be abusive and more gravity biased on her get the ST. Tough choice though because the ST can handle some abuse as well.

    Here is a shot of me at the race yesterday on her...

     
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    That guy in the photo is sporting some sweet man-prees.......:monkeydance:
     
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    Thanks, great answer. I didn't expect to actually find someone that rode both.... So its looking to be the ST for me then - I am sure it will find its way to diablo or whatever here and there, but this is meant to be mostly an all mountain do it all (but not too big) type deal for me.

    As far as size, is it safe to say if you weren't downhilling on it you would go for a large?

    Thank you though, this was very helpful for me.
     
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    Yes, I would get the large for all-mountain stuff. Hope you enjoy. Richard had a new 08 built up at a local race yesterday and it was so sweet.
     
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    The one he had built up at 31 lbs is going to be in the next issue of MB USA according to Richard. Looked amazing on the rack hopefully the pics in the mag will be similar.
     
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    Would it be a terrible thing (er... would i be disappointed) if, in defiance of everyones advice, I still went with a lightly built mbuzi strictly based on the fact that I really like it in that green? :crazy: It couldn't be any worse pedaling than a bullit?

    Plus, part of it is that I am also a little afraid that I am sort of buying another heckler, which I already had (well, have, its for sale). Though I have been told that they are nothing like it....

    Stupid vanity.
     
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    Not at all!!!!!

    I think you will find the geometry much better for pedaling than the bullit.

    I say get the Mbuzi.
     
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    Hahaha, oh man, this is such an emotional rollercoaster for me.

    Thanks again for all your help.
     
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    how does the mbuzi compair to a heckler?
     
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    hahaha!
    nothing's the same in PS.
     
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    Lean it, Live it, Morewood Bikes!!

    Sick bike, bet your lovin it