Thank you all for the compliments
The Zerts inserts are bloody hard to get out by hand. If you look carefully on the inside of the seat stay there is a slit in them small enough to insert a Michelin tire lever.
They are slid into place at the factory using some sort of silicone grease, so find the spot where there is a little bit extra and insert the tire lever there, then wiggle it to make an air gap between the inset an seat stay ,keep going until the insert is not stuck too much. Only then can you try to push them out starting at the loose sport using the tire lever from the inside.
They do seem to come out a bit easier pushing out from the bottom pointy end.
thanks for the compliments on my bike. Its nothing too exotic but the way its setup now it rides fantastic. I think the biggest improvement was from the fork. The stock one was less stiff. I'm thinking of repainting the frame this winter too.
I tried taking off the inserts today and it worked. I pushed the inserts from the inside with the pointy bit of my scissors and they came off quite easily. Once some of the zertz came out on the outside I proceded by hand to pull them off. I find it looks much better now since the zertz were kinda getting yellowish in color. I weighed the zerts on my electronic scale and came out to 19 grams so thats cool. thanks for the tips.