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 Post subject: Van Nicholas Zion Ti
PostPosted: Sat Dec 06, 2008 11:45 am 
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NEW PICS COMING SOON!

FRAME Van Nicholas Zion, 18" ´08 1540
FORK Marzocchi Marathon SL ´04 w/ starnut 1720
HEADSET Tune Bobo 79
STEM USE Race, 80mm 160
HANDLEBAR 3T Xida LTD 137
GRIPS PRO XCR 82
BRAKE LEVERS ExtraLite UltraLevers 64
BRAKE CALIPERS Avid BB7 w/ steel hardware 450
BRAKE DISCS Avid CleanSweep 185mm / 140mm w/ steel hardware 278
SHIFTER SRAM X.0 Redwin Trigger 116
BB RaceFace Taperlock Ti 162
CRANKARMS Middleburn RS7 482
CHAINRING Middleburn Solid DH 38t 100
CHAINBOLTS steel bolts / steel nuts 25
CRANKBOLTS Brand-X Self Extracting 25
PEDALS Shimano XTR M980 302
CHAINGUIDE Paul Chain Keeper 69
R. DERAILLEUR SRAM X.9 Shortcage 212
CHAIN Shimano Dura-Ace 7701 w/ SRAM Goldlink 282
CASSETTE Shimano XT, 11-32 262
SKEWERS Mavic BX 601 112
SEATPOST Thomson Elite Layback, 360mm 270
SEATPOST CLAMP M Parts Threadsaver 22
SADDLE Fi'zi:k Antares Carbon Braided 145
TOPCAP/BOLT M Parts Carbon w/ steel bolt 14
F. WHEEL Mavic XM819UST / DT Revolution / Hope Pro II 894
R. WHEEL Mavic XM819UST / DT Competition / Chris King ISO 1088
TUBES Random medium weight 260
F. TIRE Contintental X-King Racesport 2.4" 560
F. TIRE Contintental X-King Racesport 2.4" 560
CABLES Fibrax/Nokon 30
HOUSING BRAKES Goodridge 116
HOUSING GEARS Nokon 30
CHAINSTAY PROTECTOR Specialized cork bar tape 12

TOTAL 10 660

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 06, 2008 12:19 pm 
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very hot bike
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 06, 2008 1:23 pm 
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WHy do you run a long cage RD when you only have a double up front and 11-28 in the rear? I would have thought you would have been able to get by with a short or mid cage.

Don't see as many manitou forks anymore, all fox and and rock shox. How much travel does the Spyder R have?

What does it ride like? Looks to have very long chain stays. Looks like a very nice bike. Have fun continueing to WW it :wink:

When you add some new photos can you do a close up of the rear drop outs?


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phallenthoul, thanx mate!

Phill P, much of the parts were transferred from my previous "do it all" bike, hence the longcage X.7 ...so it's more of an economical choice than a practical one, and it will be swapped for shortcage dito - I've just been putting that expence off for a while, since I don't want to part with the X.0 gripshifts and I'm thinking/hoping that SRAM will soon come up with something to challenge Shimano's shadow-RD's, making the current X.0 RD old news...

Pics of the dropouts, and much more closeups (the frame's full of neat little features) will come as soon as I've sorted out my camera... The chainstays are 425mm.

The Manitou Spyder R TPC ´99 fork has a claimed 75mm of travel, more like 70mm i real life, has MCU elastomers and weights in at ~1520gr with cut steerer... It was cheap and light, but I'm dreaming of a blue SID wc to replace it 'til spring...

As for the ride, I haven't had a chance to test it enough yet, but so far it really feels smooth in a flowing, nimble sort of way...

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What the exact weight of your 11-28 cassette? I saw that 370g claimed, but it is peculiarly.


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If you ever break your legs deep into the forest this bike can be used to signal the helicopters. It's so shinny!

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Haysack, the exact weight of the cassette when brand new was 232gr including lock-ring, it's the cheap PG-950... But the build quality and shifting is a little so-so, but it's nice weight for the price and here in Sweden there's no point in running expensive drivetrains in the winter ;-)

TheBugMan, I believe in cleaning the bike properly after every ride - it's my sacred postride mediation :-)

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Added some new pics of my snowfilled driveway... oh yes, and the bike itself ofcourse with lot's of new parts... 8)

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PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2009 12:17 pm 
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Now we're in the ballpark, 8,88 kg with the latest updates

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 18, 2009 8:57 am 
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it is a update; 8,88 or 8,088 ?? :)
p.d. relly I made the photos of my bike arround and top of a mountin of green.

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Nice one! But with black housings and seatpost it will be perfect. If want to lower the weight, chance the wheels.


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Weightwise, there's surely alot that could be done... the seatpost is far from light, I prefer to use steel-QR's (tried Enigma Ti-skewers, too flexy) and the fork could easily have been a Token/Ritchey at half the weight, but I like a bit of sturdiness...

About the wheels, I'm hoping to build a set of light "raceday-only" wheels and run Schwalbe FF or Maxxis 285 on them, but as for everyday riding, the ~1750 gr CrossRide's are decent in my opinion...

EDIT(!),
Since one of my Tune bottlecages broke today, and I mounted my old trustworthy Blackburn Chicane stainless steel unit instead, I also decided to share the REAL, actual weight of the bike, as is when ready for riding... Including both the waterbottles, grease, cableties and what not... New pics will take 'til next week as ParcelForce is late delivering a package with new stuff...

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2009 10:30 am 
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FINALLY, some new pictures with all the new kit, i.e dura-ace cassette, kmx x9 sl gold chain, new front wheel and so on... Enjoy!

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A new horse has arrived in the stable. Seriously not that light, but very much fun to ride. See update in the first post.

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Awesome bikes. The more I see these Van Nicholas bikes the more I think I want one. :thumbup:

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