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    (xPost) MkIII / Speedhub build & How To articles...

    Back in March (shoot, a whole 6 months ago) I posted a whole bunch of photos of my new, bare naked Hollowpoint MkIII frame that I had prepped to build from the frame up.

    Weeks turned into months and I took all kinds of delays scraping together the right mix of parts, but I finally finished the deed: Rohloff Speedhub, White Brothers DT 1.2 fork, Hopey steering damper, stripped & polished rear triangel and a bunch of other treats.

    I've got a zillion photos plus a bunch of "How To" articles posted over at MTBR:

    Link to MkIII / Speedhub Build Pics (Main Post)



    Plus all this and then some:

    Hopey Steering Damper Installation

    Drilling Out Cable Stops (Full Length Cable Run)

    Stripping & Polishing an Aluminum Frame

    Homemade Headset Removal & Installation Tools

    Star Fangled Nut Removal (Drilling out the Star Nut)

    Cane Creek AD-12 Air Chamber Volume Adjustment

    Bottom Bracket Drain Hole Drilling & Installation

    Dremel Cut & Prep of Cable & Housing


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    It took me a day but read thru every post in that series... very ,very cool and informative... i admire your passion and photos...

    but for the life of me ,one question i have... why on earth did you make a hole in a perfectly good frame (bottom bracket series) ? Doesnt that let water in ?

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    Water collects at the bottom of the frame without a hole there, most likely entering through the seat post / seat tube interface (yet another reason to keep that interface lubricated, and reapply it on a regular basis).

    The thought of even a small amount of water influencing an interaction between the threads of an aluminum frame and a steel bottom bracket doesn't appeal to me, and the sludge that drips out of my undrilled frames is always appropriately rust colored, so I know it's up to no good.

    Whatever the case, whether or not to drill a bottom bracket continues to be a topic debated on many bike forums and is not a universally accepted practice, so dredge up the old posts, read the pros and cons, and form an opinion for yourself. I personally don't ford many rivers or ride in excessively wet climates, but I can assure you that when cracking the BB open, my undrilled frames always drain water and the drilled ones don't.

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