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    Throw the stick!!!! LowCel's Avatar
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    Well I ordered my new hardtail frame a few days ago. I already have a lot of the parts but need to order the rest of the build later this week. Thought I would get some opinions before I finalize the build. This bike is basicly going to be built for smoother races only. I already have my Ellsworth Truth for the more technical courses and 24 hour races. I don't want to dump a lot of money into this bike since it is not going to be my primary bike.

    Anyway, here it is:

    18" Ellsworth Enlightenment frame
    Rock Shocks SID Team fork with remote lockout
    FSA XC-300 disc wheelset
    Magura Marta SL disc brakes - already have
    Thomson stem - already ordered
    Thomson seatpost - already have
    FSA K-Force cabon flat bar
    Single Track solutions bar ends
    Fizik Aliante Saddle - already have
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    Crank Bros eggbeaters sl - already have
    Shimano XT front derailleur - already have
    Shimano XT cassette - already have
    SRAM X.9 shifters
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    SRAM PC 970 chain
    Salsa Juegos de Fuegos grips
    FSA Orbit X headset
    Stan's no tubes rim strips

    Haven't decided on tires yet, probably going with Continental Escape / Explorer. That combination just really seems to work well around here.

    Anyway, any thoughts or suggestions?
    Last edited by LowCel; 06-28-05 at 11:16 AM.
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    Nice nice nice. HOWEVER! Why not venture outside the Ellsworth brand? Eh? Maybe go adventurous with a custom frame eh? Maybe even titanium or some other such space age material? Eh?

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    I considered having an IF built but after I got the price from Ellsworth on the Enlightenment frame I couldn't turn it down. Seeing as how this is not my primary bike price was / is a concern.
    Last edited by LowCel; 06-28-05 at 11:13 AM.
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    Nice build. I don't know the frame, but I assume it is standard ellsworth quality. Can't wait to see a pic

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    From what I can tell the frame is basicly a Sub 22 with a couple of small tweaks.
    I may be fat but I'm slow enough to make up for it.

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    Just placed the order for all the parts. Here is how it will be built.

    18" Ellsworth Enlightenment frame
    Rock Shox SID Team fork
    Magura Marta SL disc brakes
    FSA Orbit XL II headset
    Thomson Stem
    AlphaQ carbon flat bar
    Single Track Solutions bar ends
    Johar foam grips
    SRAM X9 trigger shifters
    SRAM X9 rear derailleur
    Shimano XT front derailleur
    Shimano XT 11-34 cassette
    SRAM PC970 chain
    American Classic ISIS bottom bracket
    FSA Carbon Pro crankset
    Crank Brothers Egg Beater SL's
    Thomson seat post
    Fizik Aliante Saddle
    Hugi 240 hubs
    Mavic 317 rims
    Stans no tubes
    Continental Escape / Explorer tires

    Hopefully it will make a pretty nice race bike when all is said and done. I'm hoping for right around 21 pounds for the total weight.
    I may be fat but I'm slow enough to make up for it.

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    I think your definition of 'a lot of money' is different to mine

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    LOL , well it's not exactly cheap I guess. Retail for the build is between $3,500 and $4,000. Good thing I went cheap on a couple of parts heh.
    I may be fat but I'm slow enough to make up for it.

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    Well I just took the frame out of the box and it is beautiful! Well, as beautiful as an aluminum hardtail can be anyway. The 18" frame weighs in at 1480 grams. I was hoping for around 3 pounds but I guess that is close enough.
    I may be fat but I'm slow enough to make up for it.

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    Well, I started the build last night. Unfortunately I had some things come up so I couldn't finish it. It's close though, just have to put the saddle on, chain, run the cables and put the tires and stan's no tube kit in. Other than that I just need to face the brake tabs, unfortunately that is going to be necessary on this bike.
    I may be fat but I'm slow enough to make up for it.

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    Niiice! Love the colours! And im not normally i liker of black.
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    Well here is the complete bike right after it's first 20 miles of single track.

    Initial impressions - This bike is FAST! Don't really know how else to describe it. I have never been on a bike that steers as quick as this one. It climbs great as well, I actually have a new best time up the 1.4 mile fire road climb that starts my ride out. Last year my best time was 11:05, earlier this year I did it in 10:37. Yesterday I did the climb in 10:18. I'm hoping to do it in under 10 minutes in a few weeks. This bike just likes to climb.

    The downside is that the bike is definately harsh. I believe I may have lost a couple of feelings on this ride but the speed is worth it. My back did hurt a little but not too bad. I just need to learn how to ride a hardtail again.

    Overall, I really like the bike. Once I get used to it I'm sure my race times will improve slightly.
    I may be fat but I'm slow enough to make up for it.

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    Nice bike. Now if those bike magazines just started doing centerfolds....

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    LOL, sounds like a good suggestion to me. I think the closest we have to that right now is Mountain Bike Action has a feature on a different pro's bike every issue. It's pretty cool to see how they have their bikes set up and how much they weigh in at.
    I may be fat but I'm slow enough to make up for it.

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