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So I've been riding this contraption for almost a year now, some parts have changed, improvements made so it's about time for that update.
One of the big mods is the fork, which is now a repainted Kinesis dc37 disc. The standard fork was okay but was modified (by coldsetting a dent in the tube) to clear the disc and obviously a tab welded on to accept disc brakes. It was also a heavy beast and welding on it (not mine though) was terrible, this in contrast to the welds on the frame itself, which are good by all means. I had some problems with brake chatter, which are now resolved, partly due to the forks but also due to the Chris King headset. Overall it transformed the ride quality but surprisingly the ride charactaristics aren't that different, despite an axle to crown increase of about 17mm. The nippy and agile handling has been muted somewhat, but I experience it as a different flavour, but it's still delicious.
One of the the other changes you might notice is the Challenge Grifo's. It seemed to have clearance enough front and rear and I thought: what the hell, it will be fun during winter (that never came) to commute and have some fun in light terrain. Plus the "scrambler" look it has now is just badass, it might just stay that way
Some smaller changes include black Ti thomson bolts and front skewer. Still searching for some nice black steel
track nuts as aluminium is clearly not suited.
This weekend I serviced the Alfine igh for the first time (after initial oil change after 1000km). Instead of the recommended oil change which drains the oil through the port on the hub, I took out the gear cluster entirely and flushed it. It really is a half hour job and not messy at all.
Instructions on how to do that found here: http://www.mbr.co.uk/forums/showthread. ... 1-hub-gear
Some pictures for reference: http://www.hubstripping.com/shimano-alf ... index.html
I recommend taking of the the plastic driveside lock ring (picture 7) with an oil filter wrench.
Still have to get that headtube logo printed, and I intend to do some more bold tinkering shortly.