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    My first ground-up build

    UPDATE: It's all here! Pics below, more pics coming.

    Updated Parts list:

    Kona Honzo 20L
    Rockshox Revelation RCT3 140mm
    Headset: Cane Creek Forty top cup, Hope bottom cup
    Rockshox Reverb 125mm seatpost
    Bontrager Evoke RXL Carbon saddle
    Hope bolted seatpost collar
    Stans Flows on Hope Pro 2 Evo SS with Supercomps
    Rocket Ron 2.25 Fr & Ikon 2.2 Rr tubeless
    Hope Tech M4 Special Ed w/ 183mm/203mm floaters
    North Shore Billet brake mounts
    Sram XO Cranks w/ 28T HBC Ring
    Time Roc Atac Carbon pedals
    Surly 17T cog
    Sram PC-890 chain
    Easton Haven Carbon bar
    Easton Haven 70mm stem
    Bontrager Rhythm grips
    All titanium bolts except dropouts.

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    Looks to be a solid build and I feel we're going to have similar builds too.

    I have everything ready to go on my Kona Honzo 20L build as well, just need to find the time to get the frame rust treated and start building.

    As for the CC EC44 lower cup, I got mine here, no backorder lol. Universal Cycles -- Cane Creek 40 EC44 1.5" Lower Assembly

    And let me know how the bottom cup fits with the Revelation fork. I too am using the Revelation RLT 140 and some said the clearance with the CC40 is minimal. I have a Hope lower cup here, but I'd rather use the upper and lower CC40 cups.

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    I couldn't find the Hope part number for the bottom cup... What is it?

    Edit: nevermind, it's model H.

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    Finally got it done. Thanks to eurospek for selling me the bottom headset cup!

    I'm planning on getting some better shots soon, these were taken unloading for the inaugural ride. Unfortunately it's now very dirty, and the ride was pretty iffy as there's still 3in+ of snow on most of my trails.







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    That's nice... i loved building my Paragon (twice)---but first time I learned evrything (with some help from family) and with Zinn's book...

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    Sick build! Nice choice of parts...
    "I like skinny jeans. Sometimes I wear them to the mall to get an Orange Julius." -Chim Chim

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    Nice!

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    Well done, looks like a fun bicycle.

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    Cool bike and Jeep!

    On a side note, is it not better to run the front brake line on the inside of the fork leg just in case you crash. Same with the rear line, tuck it in be hide the chain stay.

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    That bike looks awesome! Nice Build! Congrats of your first frame up!

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    brake levers look too far in. unless ya got super long fingers?
    so my afro now sticks out of my helmet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BikeShopMonkey View Post
    brake levers look too far in. unless ya got super long fingers?
    Well done. You gave fit advice online without even needing to view the cyclist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BikeShopMonkey View Post
    brake levers look too far in. unless ya got super long fingers?
    Fairly long fingers, and 1 finger braking. I move them in enough so my hands are lined up on the grips, and my index finger lines up properly!

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    sweet build!!

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    Official weight (including mud):

    Drumroll please....

    26lbs 5oz

    edit: with pedals

    Last edited by noot; 03-28-2012 at 06:52 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noot View Post
    Official weight (including mud):

    Drumroll please....

    26lbs 4oz

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    That's an awesome weight for a 20L frame. I'm aiming for 28-29 lbs. My Transition TransAM was 33.5 lbs.

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    Nice bike man!

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    Can anyone tell me the rear dropout spacing? is it 135mm or the new 12 x 142mm?

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    Quote Originally Posted by eworth781 View Post
    Can anyone tell me the rear dropout spacing? is it 135mm or the new 12 x 142mm?
    135x10 QR sliders, but Kona is coming out with 142x12 dropouts for this too I read.

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    Nice build and very respectable weight as that frame is a tad heavier. Post some drive train side shots too and dirty looks better anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SS Hack View Post
    Nice build and very respectable weight as that frame is a tad heavier. Post some drive train side shots too and dirty looks better anyway.
    I have some, but I'm embarrassed that I'm still using the stock derailleur dropout hanger on a SS

    Just kidding, I'll grab some shots tonight (ride #2!)

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    Got the tires today, had a reasonable ride.

    Some observations:

    The rockshox fork has significantly less stiction than any of my previous fox forks (haven't tried kashima), and its only 2 rides old.

    The hans dampfs are stupid soft. You can twist the side lugs at least 90degrees with no effort, it's insane. They're also very noticeably heavy and slow compared to my previous tires, but traction is excellent so far. Once conditions improve I'm sure I'll be even more impressed.

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    good job, its nice being your own mechanic !

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    So I was all ready to go for a ride tonight, and I woke up to this!

    My buddy took this pic on his morning commute.

    DAMMIT CANADA


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    Nice bike and very interesting improvements..

    Good luck

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