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I was originally planning on going with a chinese carbon frame, but since I got such a good deal on the Trek frame I decided to splurge on a few of the other components (namely the carbon rims and planet-x brakes)
Purple highlighting means I have purchased the part. Weights highlighted in gold have been verified by me. I will verify all weights before the build occurs (which may take a while, stripping the carbon is a pain).
I'm not too worried about spinning out the 1x8 since I'm not planning on racing this bike and I just love the simplicity the 1x adds. If I spin out, I'll just coast.
I've also got a very trick solution to mount the SRAM TT shifter on my DT. Stay tuned.
Please tell me what you think of the build!
I'm considering blowing the budget out of the water and picking up a lighter fork. I could save near 200 grams with an all-carbon fork.
Progress has been slow on the frame, but I'm nearing the end. I just need to finish scraping the rear triangle and then sand, sand, sand... I'm thinking I'll just use 303 on the nude carbon.
Here's some scale shots:
Basic eggbeater pedals before ti spindles
After ti spindles
Dia Compe lever before tuning
After tuning (hollowed out the plastic housing with dremel)
SLR Evolution Saddle (kind of disappointing that the carbon weave is just a vinyl overlay, I think I'll end up stripping it since it's not in the best shape)
Many more to come!
Please let me know what you think of the build! Any suggestions?
I can't wait to ride this thing. Just need to finish stripping the frame and wait for the fork to come in. Should I strip it as well?
Spreadsheet is reading 13.63lbs
I'm 95% done stripping the frame and I laced up my wheels last night. 20h Radial front, 28h 2x/3x rear.
Build pics should be coming very soon!
Stripping the frame was a ton of work, but well worth it! The quality of the carbon layup is fantastic and I'm happy to show it off to the world.
How about some critiques? What would WW do differently? Should I strip the seatpost and fork to match the frame? I do wish that all the carbon parts had matching weave.
1x10 is perfect for me. I live in the mountains of Utah and can still climb anything I've come across with 42x28 gearing. Top speed is fine too. I can still bomb canyons at 40+mph. Would drop the chain every once in a while before adding the Chain Guide, now it's perfect.
Luckily, light-bicycle will honor their warranty so I'm having them replace them with a set of 20mm tubs. Meanwhile I'll be building up a set of kinlin xr270s.
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