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    Refreshed: 2005 Trance 3

    So I really liked the geometry and feel of my old Trance, so I decided to update it a little...
    Only things not shown are a KindShock i900r dropper post and I switched the 9spd for a 10spd rear derailleur.

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    Fox F-120 FIT RLC Taper, 15mm fork
    Enduro Fork Seals
    Enduro Bearings
    Fox Float R Shock
    Hope Pro2 EVO hubs
    DT Swiss Comp double-butted spokes
    Mavic XM819 rims
    Maxxis High Roller 26x2.35 front
    Maxxis Ignitor 26x2.35 rear
    Kind Shock i900r dropper post
    Race Face Diabolus 175mm 24/36 Crankset
    Hope Ceramic BB
    X0 shifters
    X0 rear derailleur
    X0 front AM derailleur
    Billet Rear Derailleur Hanger
    DT Swiss rear 10mm RWS thru axle
    Chris King i7 headset
    Easton EX 70 Monkey Bars
    Easton EC90 10* 100mm Stem
    KCNC headset spacers
    Renthal Grips
    North Shore Billet brake adapters
    Hope M4 Special Edition Calipers
    Alligator Windcutter 180mm TiN Rotors
    Salsa Seatpost Clamp
    Easton EC50 seatpost
    WTB Rocket V saddle
    Jagwire Ripcord shifter cables


    Patrick

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    sweet!

    how did you go about frame coloring and decals?

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    nicely done, great looking rig.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Black4esT View Post
    sweet!

    how did you go about frame coloring and decals?
    I took everything off with aircraft remover and sandpaper then got some automotive spray paint and rattle canned it. I topped it with a semi-gloss clear instead of gloss too. For the graphics I measured the old ones and drew them up on the computer and got a local vinyl guy to cut them out for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pat656 View Post
    I took everything off with aircraft remover and sandpaper then got some automotive spray paint and rattle canned it. I topped it with a semi-gloss clear instead of gloss too. For the graphics I measured the old ones and drew them up on the computer and got a local vinyl guy to cut them out for me.
    Well done. Can only see one small run around your headtube. And thats a close up.

    I'm still riding my '06 Trance with modern ammenities too. Such a nice ride

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    right on. did you clear coat over the decals?
    i've been thinking about trying this.
    thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Black4esT View Post
    right on. did you clear coat over the decals?
    i've been thinking about trying this.
    thanks
    I did, but just semi-gloss clear instead of gloss. And I put about 3 cans on and you can still feel the graphics. Oh well, powdercoat next time.

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    Paint looks great in the photos, much better color than stock, how do you like those windcutters?

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    Looks good, great job! I especially like how you were able to replicate the original decals

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    Did you remove the rear triangle during the painting process?

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    well done!

    there were pictures right here on MTBR a few years ago of a reign frame that had been powdercoated, needless to say it didn't end well. it failed in more than one place.

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    The wind cutters are awesome...and cheap to replace. I disassembled the whole bike and painted every piece. Then replaced all bearings.

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    Also just got back from Moab and the paint is fragile to say the least. There are a few good scrapes that could have been prevented with powder coat or thicker paint.

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    man looks nice

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    Really nice!

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    Wow, looks new!
    Last edited by LifeIsGoodInColorado; 04-17-2012 at 09:22 AM.

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    Bravo!
    14 S-Works Epic WC
    14 Yeti ARC
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    15 Echo Big Deal

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    Well done sir!!

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    Love it!

    I recently got this same bike ('05 Trance 3), and just finished adding a complete SRAM XX groupset to it. I feel lazy though after seeing what you've done to yours. I love the color!

    I see you mentioned in your specs that your FOX fork is a tapered model. Is it a 1-1/2" crown tapered to 1-1/8? I'm thinking of adding the SID XX World Cup fork to round out the group and am having a hard time determining if this frame will accept the 120MM tapered model. I don't want to tear my fork off to determine if this is possible, and my LBS knows nothing about this frame. Bikepedia is vague, and Giant's site only goes back to 07 it seems. Can you confirm that it will take a tapered fork?

    Beautiful setup!

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    Yes it will take a tapered steerer with a Chris King i7 headset (I think that is the right one)

    Patrick

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    all i have to say is wow, awesome ride bro. What pads are you running with the wincutters?

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    Thanks! And standard Hope organic.

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    awesome, any noises with your setup

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    nope, SUPER quiet

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    Very Nice!!

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