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  • 07-16-2012
    Alias Pauly
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    New BMC Trailfox
    I finally got out for a ride on my new Trailfox. I built up the frame a while ago, but was delayed by the need for a longer brake line and a different front derailleur. But she's finally finished enough to ride and no longer a garage show queen! Still a couple of minor things to sort out, and a new wheelset is probably in order (the Havocs are just about done), but the first ride was good.

    The frame is a 2010 140mm travel model, which I got at cost price after I busted my second 2008 Trailfox frame. The broken frame was not covered by warranty, but they looked after me by getting me the new frame for $400. I also needed a longer fork to go with it, by some freak chance Rockshox were clearing out their old stock and I got a 2011 dual-air, black box 150mm revelation for $320!

    The new frame seems to climb as well as the older 120mm version, but eats rock gardens with ease on the way down. Luckily I kept my hardtail (which I was going to sell) as it as become my race bike since I broke the last frame. Now I've got the hardtail XTC for racing and xc riding, and the Trailfox for the You Yangs.

    The last pic is of my Kinesis Tripster cyclocross/commuter bike. The frame was $300 from CRC and I couldn't resist building myself a disc brake road bike. I built it up mostly with spare and second hand parts, the wheelset was the exception, which I built myself with white novatec hubs and EQ23 rims. Should be plenty sturdy for commuting and light xc duty.
  • 07-18-2012
    nuclear_powered
    That's wicked Pauly. Looks fantastic and it's great that you're happy with it.

    Are the Havocs really close to done? Bearings? Rims? I must admit I got the impression mine would outlast most of my bike.

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  • 07-18-2012
    Alias Pauly
    Hey NP, it's mainly the rear which is getting close to a write off. I cracked the rear rim whilst training for the Wombat 100, a replacement Havoc rim was at least $170 depending on where I got it from. So I just bought a Sun Ringle Black Flag rim for $50 and built that on there, the rim is a bit narrower and 50g lighter. There aren't many 24 hole MTB rims to choose from, so I was happy to find one with eyelets and the same ERD so I could re-use the old spokes and run high tension. The rim worked and got me through the race.

    But when I went for my next ride on the wheels there was a problem. The aluminium which supports the pawls in the freehub body has slowly over time been distorting, it reached the point where it had been pushed out so far as to be contacting the rachet teeth in the hub body. It made a sound very similar to a tyre rubbing the frame. So I pulled it apart and filed back the metal a tiny amount, it fixed it for a while but I'll new a new free hub body soon. While I was in the hub I found the bearings were very rough and hard to spin. So I punched them out and put in my old ones which spin better but were sloppy. I also had to make some shims for the axle end cap to space it further out so the freehub wouldn't jam against the hub body when I tighten the axle bolts all the way down.

    So I'll need a new freehub and new bearings, and even then the wheel is built with a lighter rim which I'm not sure will stand up to my weight and the You Yangs rock gardens very well. So rather than throwing good money after bad I think it's time for a new wheelset, I'll use the Havoc front on my xtc with my 20mm reba fork once I drop it to 100mm.
    I've been really happy with the Havocs, they've served me well for years, 3 x 100km races, hundreds of downhill runs at the You Yangs and barely a problem from all the abuse (until this year). The Havocs did outlast 2 frames! Time for some Flows on Hope Pro Evos!
  • 07-19-2012
    Ben_M
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by paulb View Post
    Mach 5.7c

    You always get the nice bikes :cool:

    BTW, bit mainstream for you isnt it?:p
  • 07-20-2012
    Hud
    Nice work Pauly. I'm also impressed with your DIY efforts on your hubs.

    Everyone, must be time for an MTBR reunion ride sometime soon. Blue Lake or somewhere?
  • 07-20-2012
    crank1979
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by paulb View Post
    Mach 5.7c

    Very nice. :)
  • 07-21-2012
    paulb
    The Pivot feels like cheating, almost as much travel as the Covert and lighter than the Anthem. It is tall though but it still handles very well. Last 3 rides have been on it, will take out the Transition tomorrow and see how it feels after getting used to the 5.7
  • 07-22-2012
    Alias Pauly
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Hud View Post
    Nice work Pauly. I'm also impressed with your DIY efforts on your hubs.

    Everyone, must be time for an MTBR reunion ride sometime soon. Blue Lake or somewhere?

    Thanks Hud. I'll be up for a ride anytime soon, I haven't done a group ride for ages.

    Oh and I went for a ride at the You Yangs on Saturday and the wheel worked fine. So I guess I'll just keep riding it until I can't repair it anymore and then go for a new wheelset.
  • 10-15-2012
    waldog
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    Could of new additions to the steed.

    Attachment 730787

    Giving flats and Five Tens are whirl, new Deity pedals, teamed up with a KS LEV.

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    Pedally

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    Seatpostalicious

    Tootaloo.
  • 10-15-2012
    lucifuge
    love the tartan!
  • 10-15-2012
    donny70
  • 11-30-2012
    Ben_M
    Finally got a new bike. 5 years after the last new one. Not the high end Liteville that I was hoping for but its all im going to need.

    http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8198/8...c71c09db_c.jpg

    I had forgotten what a real trail bike was like. All set for a road trip next weekend now :D
  • 12-02-2012
    I Like Dirt
    No Lefty?
  • 12-02-2012
    Ben_M
    Lol, your the second person to ask me that today!

    Pockets were not deep enough for that version. Too much money spent on that other hobby (not that it has been that much). I had to sell my 79 escort to pay for the new bike.
  • 12-02-2012
    kavika
  • 12-04-2012
    jason_recliner
    Great pics.
  • 12-07-2012
    mik_git
  • 12-11-2012
    kavika
  • 05-27-2013
    crank1979
    It'll look better when they send the decals and it gets built.

    http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y11...ps8ee874e1.jpg
  • 05-27-2013
    nuclear_powered
    Whenever I see a Nicolai frame, I hear Rammstein.
  • 05-27-2013
    waldog
    Show us your bike porn
    Duuu, du hast. Du hast...... Nicolai.....
  • 05-28-2013
    Hud
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by nuclear_powered View Post
    Whenever I see a Nicolai frame, I hear Rammstein.

    Was it all the dropout bolts that gave it away?

    Nice frame.
  • 07-04-2013
    crank1979
  • 07-04-2013
    Ragz22
    That is a sweet looking bike, how do those 18 gears go?
  • 07-04-2013
    crank1979
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Ragz22 View Post
    That is a sweet looking bike, how do those 18 gears go?

    So fa so good. A little more fine tuning on the cable tension needed though.