Hi all, I haven't posted on here for a while (although I have looked in now and again), so I thought that I'd reintroduce myself with a few shots of my current ride. Times have changed and what I present here today is a generic Taiwanese alloy frame and alloy forks with the parts I've cobbled together from past bikes that have long since gone.
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This is a work in progress. I'm slowly removing the redundant features from the frame with the eventual aim of getting it re painted either matt black or the bright blue colour that Cotic and Marin are using on their current frames. So far I've removed the cable boss from the seat tube as I don't run a front mech, and filled the bottle cage mounts as well. I've removed one of the V brake mounts from the seat stay and modified the other to act as a hose guide for the disk brakes. All of this hacksaw work has meant that I've had to remove all of the paint from the seat tube and the seat stays, and I have given them a brushed finish until I can get the frame painted.
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Having no front mech means I'm fully committed to running a 1x9 set up. Currently this is a hybrid SRAM / DuraAce/ XT 11-32 cassette driven with an XTR M960 rear mech, an FSA 9 spd chain, shifted by a DuraAce 10spd thumb shifter. I'll move up to a 10 spd cassette when the current one dies, maybe tweaking the gear range a little.
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Up front I have a Truvativ Stylo GXP triple chainset with a single Specialites TA 42 outer chain ring in the middle position. I had to modify the arms of the chain ring to get it to fit properly. It's held on there with FSA alloy chain ring bolts and some alloy washers. I've also removed the tabs for the inner granny ring with my trusty hacksaw. A Superstar Components guide keeps the chain in place.
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The brakes are Avid Juicy Fives with Hope 180 / 160 rotors, all tuned with ti bolts. The wheels are Specialized Roval XC Controle Race with an Eskar 2.3 up front and a Fast Trak LK 2.0 on the rear, both run tubeless. A Thomson Elite seat post holds a battered Specialized Toupe Team saddle. It doesn't look very comfortable but it is, surprisingly. And finally, a cheap stem holds Bontrager carbon bars with Titec Pork Rinds grips. Oh and an Extralite head set make the forks spin.
All in this lot weighs around 9.8kg, depending on how the scales are feeling at the time. Not very weight weenie I know, but I think there is potential to lose some weight here and there. The ride is pretty good even with the rigid fork. You get used to it. The big tyre up front helps. I don't really feel the need for suspension forks, even when I venture off road. And that's it for now. I'll post updates as and when they happen. Thank you for your attention.