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    Works Red Tracer and Chris King bottom bracket

    Ok, I just couldn't take it any longer, I hadn't built a complete bike in almost a week, was starting to get the shakes, and the works red one was just hanging there laughing at me. Not to mention the fact that the brown santa just dropped off 6 sets of these sweet new bottom brackets and a bunch more headsets. Don't ask for a ride report on the bb's yet, I have NO IDEA, really. They install easily and look good is all I can say.

    I just started grabbing random parts we had, heading out the door Friday afternoon, brought it all home for a build up. I know there are a lot of people who wanted to see a medium works red tracer frame, so here you go. Should be a fun bike, when the freaking snow and ICE go away!!!

    More pics as I work on getting her finished if any of you'd like.
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    I hate how this bike makes me feel like all my other bikes are inadequate.

    Sigh. Can't wait to see the finished build! Work faster. =)

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    my birthday was last week..... i'll pay shipping?

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    Lovely build, but is it me or does that CK BB look pretty scratched up already?

    I'd be royally pi55ed off if my brand new tracer turned up with a new BB in that state!
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    I thought that myself...

    Quote Originally Posted by Orange-Goblin
    Lovely build, but is it me or does that CK BB look pretty scratched up already?

    I'd be royally pi55ed off if my brand new tracer turned up with a new BB in that state!
    I actually had to go out and look again to see how scratched up it was, but it wasn't, really. I think there are a few normal scratches from the park tool that installs these bottom brackets, but I think the flash really accentuated that.

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    I see, fair enough, flashes aren't kind to bikes!!

    That H/Set / stem combo is what i used to run on my SS, awesome set up!
    But just switched to 1.5" Totems, so had to switch to Sunline stem (Thomson don't do a 1.5" stem any longer than 45mm! Damn them!! ;-) )
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    Esquire

    I bet that thing is going to be killer when all is said and done. The Red BB would've been a sweet match too- it almost matches the Works Red perfectly. Also really diggin the White Lyrik- I need that on my SS

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    Quote Originally Posted by E2@CC
    I bet that thing is going to be killer when all is said and done. The Red BB would've been a sweet match too- it almost matches the Works Red perfectly. Also really diggin the White Lyrik- I need that on my SS

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    Yeah you do! Just put a white Totem on my SS, looks the nuts!!!!
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    I have one...

    Quote Originally Posted by E2@CC
    I bet that thing is going to be killer when all is said and done. The Red BB would've been a sweet match too- it almost matches the Works Red perfectly. Also really diggin the White Lyrik- I need that on my SS

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    E, I have one, but I wanted a bit of contrast. Anyone who buys the bike certainly we can switch it (and headset to the same color too, if need be). I like the red/black combo though...

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    Really nice looking. Will a Lyrik crown clear the downtube with a flush mount headset?

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    I would say...

    I would say, yes, take a look at the picture. The project got derailed by other bike projects that just came up and I have to get completed by the weekend, so this is as far as I've gotten. Sorry guys, but she looks good so far...
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    Nice looking bike. I like the color. What size stem are you running? Looks like a med frame. The white fork looks great on the works red. Not running the 1.5 fork? Any reason why?
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    2 reasons...

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnyG 1970
    Nice looking bike. I like the color. What size stem are you running? Looks like a med frame. The white fork looks great on the works red. Not runing the 1.5 fork? Any reason why?
    Well, for 2 reasons. The first is that I typically prefer (if the bike doesn't have an owner yet), to go with 1 1/8", as they of course will still work in the smaller headtubes, but the 1.5", you have no choice but to put it in a 1.5"... From experience, when someone comes in to ride the bike, look at it, and people being SET on certain forks, there is a better than 50% chance I will end up changing the fork anyway, and then looking for a home for this lyrik. If it is a 1 1/8", I have a better chance at finding a home for it.

    The second and more practical reason is that this was a warranty replacement (no questions asked), for a previous years lyrik solo air that had bad bushings, in 1 1/8".

    I think that stem is 70mm, and it is a medium, crossmax sx wheels, Continental Gravity 2.3" UST tires, J7 brakes, etc.

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    I see. Q What do you like better the Lyrik or the Fox 36 Talas RC2 1.5. Nice bike.Someone will scoop that up.In your opinion is the C/K BB better than the Shimano XT bottom BB.Also for my Uzzi build in your opinion who makes the best headset?

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    King Homer

    I'm a King homer, so I'd say go with a Chris King on the Uzzi, I absolutely love them, and with the new "no star nut" system, they are quite handy to install.

    As for the bottom bracket, I'd say they probably will be more durable, but to be honest, I can't see dropping $100 or more on a bottom bracket, especially when you can buy 3-4 of the Shimano ones for the same amount of money. At the same time, the bling factor cannot be overlooked for an extra $70 or so... I may see things differently when I try them out next spring, pull the first one apart and they are still pristine, but at this point, I'm skeptical.

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    Lovely looking bike, can't believe you used Continental Gravity tires though....... i can only guess its seriously dry out there???

    They are without doubt THE worst tires i've ever ridden in damp conditions, they came on my UK Spec Orange 5, and were the worst spec choice i've ever come across on a pre-built bike!!!

    Anyway, great spec and lovely looking apart from that saddle (IMO) ghastly!

    Good work Esquire!
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    Really?

    Quote Originally Posted by Orange-Goblin
    Lovely looking bike, can't believe you used Continental Gravity tires though....... i can only guess its seriously dry out there???

    They are without doubt THE worst tires i've ever ridden in damp conditions, they came on my UK Spec Orange 5, and were the worst spec choice i've ever come across on a pre-built bike!!!

    Anyway, great spec and lovely looking apart from that saddle (IMO) ghastly!

    Good work Esquire!
    Sh it, really? Someone ordered them and they were one of 2 sets of UST tires we had, the others were DH and they seriously wouldn't have worked for this bike. Maybe someone on the west coast might want them then. I'll leave them for now, just for show, and usually people pick their own favorite brand of tire anyway, but bikes look stupid on the rack without tires...

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    oh don't let me pi55 on your bonfire, they might work great for dust/dirt tracks etc, but in mud, or damp ground, they seemed to slide to the left or right, as if its being forced one way of the other by the triangular centre tread, was a weird and very short experience!

    I agree, the bike would look weird without tires!
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    esquire, sorry to hijack your thread...but what kind of Park Tool did you use? I have my CK BB waiting to be installed and I have this socket type Park Tool. I'm just afraid I might end up with that kind of installation.

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    The original...

    Quote Originally Posted by schumi
    esquire, sorry to hijack your thread...but what kind of Park Tool did you use? I have my CK BB waiting to be installed and I have this socket type Park Tool. I'm just afraid I might end up with that kind of installation.
    I have the original, looks like a big "O" attached to a blue handle. The socket type is at the shop and doesn't do this... and come on guys, its not that bad, believe me...

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    i do believe you!!! so, i rather use the socket type than my other BB tool with the handle.

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    send me the scratched up BB and I'll slum around with it.
    Nothing to see here.

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    I thought CK came with its own installation tool to prevent scratches like that?
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    True dat

    "I thought CK came with its own installation tool to prevent scratches like that?"

    It's not available yet.
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    That is looking awesome esquire, be sure to post up some ride pics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by esquire
    I have the original, looks like a big "O" attached to a blue handle. The socket type is at the shop and doesn't do this... and come on guys, its not that bad, believe me...
    If you ask me the whole bike is ruined.... send it to me for proper disposal. I'll forward the BB to SS.

    Dude, that red is absolutely screaming! Damm that's a hawt looking slider.

    I have the Park BB wrench tool and the socket as well. I like the hand wrench better. It seems to engage the shimano and FSA BBs better than the shallow socket does. Less prone to slipping.

    Other than the one BB I spray painted, the shimano BB's I've installed resisted marks pretty well as long as I didn't slip...which is why I stopped using the socket.

    That said, a close-up photo like the one above really exaggerates flaws. (especially flash illuminated pix) Most of the chit I see in my own shots are hardly noticeable standing next to the bike. On the second shot you can hardly see toolmarks.

    Edit: Please tell me those aren't Continental tires on that beautiful bike... what happened, you ran out of slicks?

    Quote Originally Posted by Esq
    I'm a King homer, so I'd say go with a Chris King
    I love their bling, but some of us want...no...NEED a low stack headset. Time for CK to step it up again.
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    One followed me home

    So I stopped by my local shop today just to "look around". Well after a test ride on a Large works red tracer this came home with me. Sooooo nice looking in person. I'm not into red frames but it looks great.

    Another bonus, once all the parts were stripped off my 6.6 the frame (with DHX coil) weighed 8.5 lbs. New Tracer weighed in at 6.85 lbs so a nice chunk of weight savings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikezilla
    If you ask me the whole bike is ruined.... send it to me for proper disposal. I'll forward the BB to SS.

    Dude, that red is absolutely screaming! Damm that's a hawt looking slider.

    I have the Park BB wrench tool and the socket as well. I like the hand wrench better. It seems to engage the shimano and FSA BBs better than the shallow socket does. Less prone to slipping.

    Other than the one BB I spray painted, the shimano BB's I've installed resisted marks pretty well as long as I didn't slip...which is why I stopped using the socket.

    That said, a close-up photo like the one above really exaggerates flaws. (especially flash illuminated pix) Most of the chit I see in my own shots are hardly noticeable standing next to the bike. On the second shot you can hardly see toolmarks.

    Edit: Please tell me those aren't Continental tires on that beautiful bike... what happened, you ran out of slicks?

    - like i said -"Lovely looking bike, can't believe you used Continental Gravity tires though....... i can only guess its seriously dry out there???

    They are without doubt THE worst tires i've ever ridden in damp conditions, they came on my UK Spec Orange 5, and were the worst spec choice i've ever come across on a pre-built bike!!!"
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    Ok, OK!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Orange-Goblin
    - like i said -"Lovely looking bike, can't believe you used Continental Gravity tires though....... i can only guess its seriously dry out there???

    They are without doubt THE worst tires i've ever ridden in damp conditions, they came on my UK Spec Orange 5, and were the worst spec choice i've ever come across on a pre-built bike!!!"
    ENOUGH, ENOUGH, I'm shopping on QBP for UST tires right now! I'll get back to you ASAP on the DL of which tires I selected... Seriously though, they literally were all we had in UST tires, so they went on there. I have a ton of non-UST's, but figured what to hell? I didn't realize they were that bad, and perhaps invented by satan himself...

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    Quote Originally Posted by esquire
    ENOUGH, ENOUGH, I'm shopping on QBP for UST tires right now! I'll get back to you ASAP on the DL of which tires I selected... Seriously though, they literally were all we had in UST tires, so they went on there. I have a ton of non-UST's, but figured what to hell? I didn't realize they were that bad, and perhaps invented by satan himself...
    Ha ha ha!!! I'm glad its not just me!!!
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    that is probably the most beautiful frame i have ever seen...even sexier because you just know there's almost nothing that will ride quite like it!

    damn my champagne taste and beer budget!

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    Well,I ride in the UK and am a big fan of Continental tyres! Used the Gravity in the sloppy winter months.Not too bad,the punctures were more worrying.Using Mountain Kings now which i find great as an allround tyre.One of my mates was on Gravitys the other week on one of the sloppiest rides ever and he didn't complain either!
    Thanx Max

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAX LLOYD
    Well,I ride in the UK and am a big fan of Continental tyres! Used the Gravity in the sloppy winter months.Not too bad,the punctures were more worrying.Using Mountain Kings now which i find great as an allround tyre.One of my mates was on Gravitys the other week on one of the sloppiest rides ever and he didn't complain either!
    Thanx Max
    Like i said, could be just me (!) but i have 2 friends who also had them and immediately got rid of them because they slide around so much. If they're working for you, good stuff, they just didn't for me.
    They are not even close to swamp things for muddy grip IMO!
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