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    Better on paper:)!!!

    Many times things seem so much better on paper and then once you start down the rabbit hole - you quickly start thinking - yikes turn back turn back Life is a learning experience so go for it

    I am starting a new thread as the last thread went to male nakediness way too quickly.

    I am re-painting my frame and servicing the bearings. I have had the Delirium for 2 years and has many of you know I love this bike. I am heading out of town for 1 month for work and there will be not biking , but it will be fun - working in the field collecting data observations. Anyway - it is a perfect opportunity to detach myself from the Delirium!

    First taking the frame apart - you recognize all of the little attention to details and quickly become amazed by the design, which I have overlooked to this degree. It is so cool and fascinating! It is a jigsaw puzzle - I hate jigsaw puzzles so I took lots of pictures!!!

    I have it all apart - but of course I can't get one of the bearing collars out. I poured some telfon hoping that it will break free. Noel - please come to my rescue - tricks of the trade to get this out?

    Hours later - hmmm may be white wasn't so bad after all
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    Remind me to never let you work on any of my bikes.

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    Its all good except the one bearing collar....I just tried a piece of wire slipped in behind it but no luck. I am baffled of how to get this out without damaging it.

    It is the top of the seatstay pivot. One side comes out easily, the other side spins. My gut says that it has corrode with the bearings - yikes!

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    And the colour will be?
    I just want to ride.

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    $20000 in bikes. $0 dollars in bike stand. #firstworldproblems

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    There is actually a leg of a Park stand in the last pic, but putting all those high dollar parts right on the concrete? YIKES!

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    Quote Originally Posted by meeeeep View Post
    $20000 in bikes. $0 dollars in bike stand. #firstworldproblems
    I actually have a bike stand

    However, it is much easier to remove aspects of the bike while upside-down with a bit more leverage, less fight against gravity, and much easier access to both sides of the bike. It is easier to remove wheels, cranks, bottom bracket, primary pivot bolt, rear triangle. Once you get pass this, place it in the bike stand, as I did

    It should be mentioned the number of tools needed to do this including installation. Standard tools - allens, torque wrenches, bike stand, park headset remover and installer, bearing puller, bearing installer, camera, small pieces of PVC pipe, misc parts. I found that the bearing puller was too rough on the smaller bearings not on the main triangle. I used aspects of the bearing installer and some PVC pipe to push the bearings out, as oppose to pulling the bearings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by craigstr View Post
    There is actually a leg of a Park stand in the last pic, but putting all those high dollar parts right on the concrete? YIKES!
    Huh? - if these parts cannot placed on concrete then they don't belong on my bike

    It's mountain bike, not piece of art - oh wait you dedicated 4 pages of a bike build that has never touched dirt

    Project: El Guapo "Lite"

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    It was seven pages. It has touched a lot of dirt in the past week!

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    I get a kick out of the banter.

    @Craigstr-- 2 questions:

    1) You going to trade in your El Guapo for a Chili or Endo?

    2) People keep talking about how the Chili and the Delirium are too close in geo/specs to buy both. Your El Guapo/Delirium quiver are comparable to a Chili/Delirium quiver. What's your opinion, are they too close together to buy both?


    @Dude!-- sorry for jacking your thread.

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    Dude and I are part time riding buddies.

    I have to give him a hard time. I have my el guapo built up super light and my delirium built up mini dh style so the separtion is ideal for the stuff I ride. Not sure which way I will go, Titus has hinted that a 180mm fr bike is in the works although thats all I know. My EG is 9 lbs lighter then my Delirium.

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    Update - I was able to remove it from the frame......by slamming it against the concrete - joking!!!

    I had to dissemble farther. The collar is stuck in the bearing - this is my next mechanical engineering question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dude! View Post
    Update - I was able to remove it from the frame......by slamming it against the concrete - joking!!!

    I had to dissemble farther. The collar is stuck in the bearing - this is my next mechanical engineering question.
    I am all good - got everything out. The bearing collar was stuck a little bit. With little additional leverage (rubber hammer) it popped out. It is all good.

    I will check back in 1 month with a new "brighter" Delirium!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dude! View Post
    I will check back in 1 month with a new "brighter" Delirium!
    Looking forward to the pics!

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    Do that big "D" justice Dude!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich from CT View Post
    Do that big "D" justice Dude!
    haha - Will do

    It is out of my hands now - it has been shipped to the painters!

    It is funny, we talk a lot about frame weight, etc. However, when you take a frame apart to its bare bones - there really isn't much to the frame material. If anything you want more and heavier. I remain amazed as to what these bikes survive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dude! View Post

    It is funny, we talk a lot about frame weight, etc. However, when you take a frame apart to its bare bones - there really isn't much to the frame material. If anything you want more and heavier. I remain amazed as to what these bikes survive.
    It's the magical sprinkling of dirt from a secret North Shore trail that Noel blesses each frame with that gives it the strength to handle all the JRA incidents.
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    This color would be sick

    AND match your bars.
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