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    Distortion Stripped Down Rebuild

    Picked up a '13 GT Distortion 3.0 and rode it for a few months, before deciding I wanted to upgrade. Rather than keep the orange with blue ano parts (Denver Bronco's theme), I decided to strip it all down and start over with some new parts.

    I just got the front and rear triangle back from the 'metal cleaners' and started assembling last night.

    Definitely like how it's turning out so far and cannot wait for the 1st ride!

    Will post more as I get it all together.

    On to the pics!!!

    Distortion Stripped Down Rebuild-gt_1.jpg
    When I got it home

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    A little modification for 1x10 setup/cleanup

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    Detailed pivot shot

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    Looking like a bike

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    Before DYI strip

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    After strip

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    Well well, aint she purdy! Not too shabby... cant wait to see how she rides!
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    Do you already have the 142x12 drop-outs?
    Can you hear me now?

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    Not yet. Working out a deal for the dropouts and axle kit. Same guy is getting me a Canecreek 40 tapered headset.

    I'll call you when I'm ready.

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    That looks very cool in the raw I finished my build just need some down table cable clamps as my frame did not come with them.
    Got my first ride in , what an amazing climber and dh'er world of dif compared to my gt idrive5. Was a great ride until i lost my front pads on a dh section ( forgot pad retainer pin) . No crash just limped home with no front brakes.
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    hey if you have 135 drops and want tot rade for my 142s, lemme know.

    Great job on the bike, post more updates!
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    Distortion Stripped Down Rebuild

    I've got some 142 dropouts in the mail.

    Is there a reason you want to ditch your thru axle drops?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dryheat? View Post
    I've got some 142 dropouts in the mail.
    Wouldn't that be nice...get 'em set by Sat!!
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    Updates?

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    I want to get rid of my 142s so that I can swap wheels between bikes easier. Right now, its a bit of a pain.

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    I don't get 142's is that big a deal compared 135 12mm? Im still using 135qr but i have 135 12m dropouts soon to be used when I get better wheels

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    142 came about as an easier way to get the wheels slotted into the dropouts. Apparently people where having issues getting the axle through the holes properly. Hopefully those people will have trouble getting it into the hole in other areas, and won't have children.
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    Distortion Stripped Down Rebuild

    Ok that was funny
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    Distortion Stripped Down Rebuild

    I'll take your 142's if you want to trade for my 135 QR's. PM me.

    Got most of my build done last night.

    Pics up tomorrow!

    --Dave

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    So I went from this:

    Distortion Stripped Down Rebuild-gt_dis3_org_13_z1.jpg

    To this:

    Distortion Stripped Down Rebuild-distortion1cropped.jpg

    Almost done:

    Distortion Stripped Down Rebuild-distortion2cropped.jpg

    Can't wait to finally get this thing dirty.

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    That looks pretty cool. I do have reservations though. What about oxidation, are you going to polish and clear coat or something else. Aluminum oxide gray is tough to get off clothing etc.

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    Took it out for a shakedown ride yesterday. Had a few kinks to work out, but overall very satisfied.

    Those Conti tires grip like crazy, even in the kitty litter over hard pack trails we have here.

    Hope to have a shim soon, so I can install my KS Lev dropper post.

    As far as oxidation goes, i think I'll leave it raw and see what happens. It's dry out here 360 days a year, so I don't think it will be a problem, not too mention the bike is super simple to break down and have it sprayed or polished.


    Pre-Ride shot
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    LOVE IT.
    What fork is that ? I have mars rlo44 qr right now and I've got a line on a 2012 fox float 36 rlc fit kashima for 400$ minty. I would drop the travel to 150 maybe 140 not sure though.Too much fork for a disto?
    Sure looks nice and dry where you are.

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    White Brothers Loop 140

    It's capable of 120/150 travel and for a 32mm stanchioned fork, it tracks really well. It's also capable to run 27.5 wheels which is why I bought it. Looking hard at the Kona Process 134 frame after renting one in Sedona.

    I had on one my Lenz Behemoth 29er at 140mm and loved it.

    I've never owned a Fox fork, but have ridden them on rentals and other bikes, and was not impressed with the suppleness and small bump feel.

    In AZ you need that with all the rocks.

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    Same here Marz is plush I've never ridden a fox either but need to upgrade to 15 or 20 mm front and I found one on PB for sale. Qr is too flex. I did find an fusion slant for sale which I have been hearing good things about..

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    Got my dropper on and took a trip up to Sedona.

    Damn, I love this bike!

    Tad on the heavy side. Looking to upgrade the cranks and maybe go 1x9 or 10 soon.

    Distortion Stripped Down Rebuild-sedona2cropped.jpg

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    Distortion Stripped Down Rebuild

    Yup they is a little portly. Mine weighs 34 as we'll although that is with a dropper post , 2.5 tires and , 435 g pedals 400 gram seat.
    Still I find you don't notice the weight so much.
    That is a great pic btw.
    Right now I'm in Maui which would be great except I pulled something in back at the airport so I am laid out on muscle relaxants..
    I got a fox float 36 rlc fit fork 2nd hand for mine which is actually lighter by half pound than my marz 44 32.
    I got it lowered to 140, tuned and overhauled by the local suspension guy who set it up for my weight etc the fork was mint low hours and I got for it 400. Not bad.. Ooh and it's kashima too.
    Downside is don't a wheel set that fits it so am now looking for a new wheel set. Maybe some crossmax six or st's..
    Pills are kicking in now.
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    ok I am home now and got out for a ride with my fresh retuned rp23 per the thread on ride monkey.com.
    Awesome simply awesome, way better a=small bump sensitivity with less psi and a nice ramp up at end of stroke with no bottom out.
    They did a the usual service plus upped my boost valve to 225 and added the fox .4cu volume reducer.
    it was like riding velvet .

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