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One-off Bionicon Reed

Postby Cat With No Tail » Tue Mar 06, 2012 16:15 pm

Slight change of plan. I decided to give the Edison a good new home, and treat myself to a whole new bike.

Just picked this baby up for an absolute steal direct from Bionicon UK in one of a kind colourway.

Will be delivered at the end of this month and then I'll have to suffer the agony of staring at it until end of June until my surgeon clears me to return to the bike. GHEY!

Got a couple of upgrades planned in the mean time though, which are included in the spec below.

Frame: Bionicon Reed 140 air
Forks: Bionicon Double Agent 80-160mm
Bars: Bionicon Barfly 700mm
Stem: Bionicon Twin-lock
Headset: Bionicon F.I.T
Grips: Superstar Excel Blue with Red lockrings

Brakes: SRAM X9 Matchmaker
Shifters: SRAM X9 Matchmaker
Front Mech: SRAM X9
Rear Mech: SRAM X9
Chain Device: Bionicon C-guide V.02

Seat: Ragley Cheeky
Seat Post: 2012 Reverb MMX
Seat Post Clamp: Superstar Balance bolt - Red

Cranks: SRAM X9
Chain: SRAM X9
Cassette: SRAM X9
Pedals: Superstar Ultra-mag CNC with Ti Axle Upgrade (260g) - Black with Red Pins

Wheelset:
Front Hub: Superstar Switch Evo -Red - 15mm
Rear Hub: Superstar Trizoid DH Hub - Red - 142x12mm fitting
Spokes: CX Ray
Nipples: SAPIM Sils - Red
Hubs - Arch EX
Front Tyre - Nobby Nic Tubeless Ready
Rear Tyre - Nobby Nic double defence HD snakeskin Tubeless ready
(both being run tubeless)

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Re: One-off Bionicon Reed

Postby sanchez89 » Tue Mar 06, 2012 16:35 pm

now that looks like a very nice bike. if its a one off then even better.
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Re: One-off Bionicon Reed

Postby andyrm » Tue Mar 06, 2012 18:05 pm

That's such a lovely bike!! Bet you can't wait to get out on it! :D

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Re: One-off Bionicon Reed

Postby ste_t » Tue Mar 06, 2012 18:22 pm

Lovely that. Is the seatclamp 34.9? Got a superstar superfly in orange fitted but never used that you can have a for a fiver. I had the light blue excel grips with orange lockrings and the lockrings are a much deeper colour than the clamps, I did ask about it but superstar said they are slightly different due to the materials.

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Re: One-off Bionicon Reed

Postby jay12 » Tue Mar 06, 2012 22:26 pm

the frame on the reed is a lot nicer than the edison! great colour too

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Re: One-off Bionicon Reed

Postby ilovedirt » Wed Mar 07, 2012 03:25 am

Nice, you know the one thing that puts me off Bionicons is how fugly they are. That one looks pretty nice :) The Alva that's in this month's Dirt looks pretty nice as well.

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Re: One-off Bionicon Reed

Postby Cat With No Tail » Wed Mar 07, 2012 08:14 am

I have to say, I am in agreement about the looks. I was always quite clear on the fact I thought the Edison was a bit of a munter, but it's just so good at what it does you can forgive it for being a hideous bushpig.

This Reed features pretty much everything I thought would improve the Edison. Just little things like 15mm forks and a Syntace X12 rear end. Bigger seat-tube for a Reverb. About the only thing it's missing now is a carbon version.

I can't wait to test it out properly and see how the 4-bar compares with the single pivot on the Edison. I am expecting it to be a bit more XC oriented (which is what I'm looking for), but of course at this stage, that's just a guess.

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Re: One-off Bionicon Reed

Postby pastey_boy » Wed Mar 07, 2012 12:04 pm

i can vouch for the arch ex rims. just built a pair and given them a bit of abuse and they seem fine. i reckon this bike will look nice with lots of orange bits on it. ive also just inherited a full 3x10 X9 group with brakes and from a brief go on it i have to say it feels flawless.
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Re: One-off Bionicon Reed

Postby ilovedirt » Wed Mar 07, 2012 12:44 pm

Awesome. Mind if I ask what it weighs? Looks like a proper trail machine!
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Re: One-off Bionicon Reed

Postby Cat With No Tail » Wed Mar 07, 2012 12:51 pm

I'll update it with a weight once it turns up. It's currently at Bionicon UKs HQ in Bristol.

I suspect it's around 29lbs in current form. Should be able to get that down to 28lbs without too much trouble I reckon.

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Re: One-off Bionicon Reed

Postby ilovedirt » Wed Mar 07, 2012 13:01 pm

That's a pretty good weight for something with a dual crown fork!
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Re: One-off Bionicon Reed

Postby Thewaylander » Wed Mar 07, 2012 13:27 pm

Let us know how it rides,

Alot on the bionicon owners are die hard, and with that travel adjuestment i can see why. alot people sayt hey ride great, but the only thing thats would stop me.. damn there ugly :( Still i bet its a nice bike, and you can't look at it while your hammering it down :)

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Re: One-off Bionicon Reed

Postby ilovedirt » Wed Mar 07, 2012 13:42 pm

To be fair, the last time I had a fork with travel adjust, I never used it. Each to their own though.
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Re: One-off Bionicon Reed

Postby Cat With No Tail » Wed Mar 07, 2012 14:28 pm

I know what you eman about the travel adjust, I had some u-turn pikes and very rarely used the U-turn thing whilst moving.

I know this is going to sound like one of those "my bike is bestest coz ov..." but...

I find I use the travel adjust on the Edison a lot more than any other system because it's not just the travel that changes, it's the whole setup of the bike. And because the air from the fork is forced back into the slave chamber then you drop the travel, the compression rate stays the same too.

PLUS, because it's all done with the press of a bar-mounted button, it's far more intuitive to use on the fly than U-turn, Talas or even the Genius systems.

That's all my opinion of course. :D

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Re: One-off Bionicon Reed

Postby DCR00 » Wed Mar 07, 2012 20:53 pm

how do the Bionicon forks stand up to the equivalent RS or Fox forks ?

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Re: One-off Bionicon Reed

Postby The Northern Monkey » Wed Mar 07, 2012 21:45 pm

to be honest, i've always thought the bionicons were a bit.... gopping.

But that is bloody lovely, well played sir.

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Re: One-off Bionicon Reed

Postby ilovedirt » Wed Mar 07, 2012 21:55 pm

Yeah, I think if it was just a bar mounted button like on your Bionicon I might have used it more. The U-turn on my old Pike was just a pain to use though in the middle of a ride, just left it at 140mm. I don't really miss having any kind of travel adjust/lockout on my Lyrik either.
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Re: One-off Bionicon Reed

Postby Cat With No Tail » Fri Mar 09, 2012 16:46 pm

Has anyone tried the new XTR M988 wheels by any chance?

They can be had off Merlin for £450, are as light as a light thing, supposedly very strong, come in the configuration I want (15mm front, X12 rear) as standard. Oh, and they look awesome and have some tasty orange bits on them too.

I'm honestly struggling to see a reason why not.

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Re: One-off Bionicon Reed

Postby lawman » Fri Mar 09, 2012 17:33 pm

Cat With No Tail wrote:Has anyone tried the new XTR M988 wheels by any chance?

They can be had off Merlin for £450, are as light as a light thing, supposedly very strong, come in the configuration I want (15mm front, X12 rear) as standard. Oh, and they look awesome and have some tasty orange bits on them too.

I'm honestly struggling to see a reason why not.


They look great, but the fact they have cup and cone hubs puts me off massively. a mate had an set of last generation xtr hubs, he looks after his bikes to an almost degree, but even he had problems with them. Good price, but I wouldnt have them.

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Re: One-off Bionicon Reed

Postby pastey_boy » Fri Mar 09, 2012 18:27 pm

them xtr's look an amazing deal, i myself have no problems with cup and cone bearings and the xtr bearings and bearing surfaces are almost jewel like. if properly adjusted and maintained they easily outlive their cartridge counterparts plus you can get loose ceramic balls very cheaply. shimano wheelsets are also very easy to use with tubeless tyre too.
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