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Santa Cruz's evolution

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by MTB_Rob_NC, Aug 30, 2012.

  1. MTB_Rob_NC

    MTB_Rob_NC What do I have to do to get you in this car TODAY?

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    I have been riding a single pivot Santa Cruz Heckler since 2003, and I am relatively cheap so to get me to part from my cash onto something new and shiny really took a lot of doing.

    Version 1.0 circa August 2003



    Version 2.0 Circa June 2008



    And now the beggining of a new era










    And while I was traveling a few more parts arrived.

















    And all together



    Now I just need to tear down the trusty Heckler, swap some parts mainly:
    Hope Evo hubs and DT Swiss wheelset
    Shimano STX cranks
    Hayes Stroker trail brakes
    Rockshox Reverb seat post
    2x9 X9 Drivetrain

    Then it will be time to giver a go. I would really like to thank Santa Cruz for blowing out their frames while Competitive cyclist was blowing out the 36. I mean I couldnt put my old fork on that new frame, besides the money was only earning me .45 basis points, who needs that when you can have a Carbon and Kashima goodness combo.
     

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  2. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    "Relatively cheap"... compared to whom? Leona Helmsley?? :p
     
  3. JohnE

    JohnE filthy rascist

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    I am the same way...want cool stuff, wait to find great deals. You can only spend a dollar once.

    Looks fun, enjoy!
     
  4. DirtMcGirk

    DirtMcGirk <b>WAY</b> Dumber than N8 (to the power of ten alm

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    What are you saving up to be, Jewish?
     
  5. jdcamb

    jdcamb Tool Time!

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    My take on Santa Cruz bikes is no matter the design they all ride nice. I had access to a friends bullit and rode it like it was my own.
     
  6. MTB_Rob_NC

    MTB_Rob_NC What do I have to do to get you in this car TODAY?

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    Already a part of that club, I save because I can. :thumb:
     
  7. kazlx

    kazlx Patches O'Houlihan

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    Nice looking bicycle.
     
  8. Ciaran

    Ciaran Fear my banana

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    If he's that cheap, he's already Jewish.

    Nice frame and fork, Rob!
     
  9. Austin Bike

    Austin Bike Turbo Monkey

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    Nice. I moved to a blur lt from a knolly and have never been happier.
     
  10. MTB_Rob_NC

    MTB_Rob_NC What do I have to do to get you in this car TODAY?

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    So it was either ride the Heckler today or start the tear down and build up. I chose option B.

    So I knew the hard part was going to be the headset & starnut install. I considered doing it myself with handtools, but then had a moment of clarity and headed over to my LBS Ultimate Bikes in Matthews, NC. They pressed in the headset, cut my steerer a little and installed the starnut. Having the right tools to do that made it look oh so easy. I can only imagine how long it would have taken me. Besides I needed to purchase some cables and housing anyway.

    Back from Ultimate





    It took me quite a bit of time to tear down the Heckler and clean some of the parts.



    Almost 3 hours later










    Now to just ride it a bit, check the stack height, and set up the shock and fork.