SHARON BADER REVIEWS THE BRODIE ZEALOT

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SOURCE: NSMB/SHARON BADER

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The Zealot frame
I ride an 18″ frame so I chose this same size for the Zealot, and at first glance, it seemed a bit big. The standover is tight for me at 5’9″, but that could be the 160mm RockShox Lyrik fork that set the front end pretty high. It also gave the bike a beefier look. The heavy gussets and nice welds also lent to the bike’s beefy demeanour. At 37 lbs., the Zealot can’t really be classified as svelte. It came with a 100mm 10° stem. Swapping this out with a 0° rise or shorter stem would easily shorten the cockpit. I would have liked a 90mm stem on this puppy, but I adapted to the 100mm.

About Sharon
I am 5’9″, weigh 150 lbs, and have been riding for 15 years. As mentioned above, I come from an XC hardtail background but have moved with technology and ride a Titus RacerX for XC, a Turner 6 pack for DH and Shore riding, and a Norco Team Ti set up for more freeriding/shore/technical XC riding.

…*For the full version of this bike review click here: http://www.nsmb.com/gear/zealot_review_08_07.php

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Classic Shore riding, on a medium sized bike

Detailed Specifications – Brodie Bikes

-Suggested retail for the Zealot is CDN $3,699.
-Frame Set – Frame 7005 Aluminum, 6″ Travel
-Fork – Rock Shox Lyrik Solo Air 160mm
-Shock – Rockshox Pearl 3.3
-Sizes – XS, S, M, L
-Color – Purple
-Wheelset – Syncros DS28 All Mountain
-Tires – Syncros BHT 2.6 Tires
-Stem – Syncros DH Race Stem – 100mm on 18inch frame
-Bar – Syncros Bulk 20mm Riser bar
-Post – Syncros Derived seatpost/ ‘flip-flop’ clamp
-Grips – Velo Dual Density DH style lock on grips
-Saddle – Syncros FRDH Race Leather with elliptical rails
-Headset – FSA No. 18 AHEADSET
-BrakeSet – AVID Juicy 5 with 8″ Rotor
-Crankset – Truvativ Stylo 2.2AM 24-36T
-Pedals – Shimano PD-M545 with cage ( I used flat pedals)
-Chain – SRAM PC 971 Powerchain
-Front Derailleur – SRAM X-7 Top Pull
-Rear Derailleur – SRAM X-9 Med. Cage
-Shifters – SRAM X-9 Trigger Shifters

Geometry for a medium Zealot is as follows:
-Seat Tube Length – 457mm/18″
-Head Tube Angle – 68.0°
-Seat Tube Angle – 73.0°
-Top Tube Length – 590mm
-Head Tube Length – 125mm
-Bottom Bracket Height – 20mm
-Chainstay – 440mm

MUDDBUNNIES NOTE: BRODIE BIKES has been providing MUDDBUNNIES RIDING CLUB and TEAM MUDDBUNNIES a grassroots sponsorship for the 2007 season!

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One of our baddest bunnies: Aimee Dunn

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