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    Listen! Knolly Delirium T: Build Information, Photos and Set-up Thread

    Knolly Delirium T Build Information and Set-up thread... Post 'em up !~!

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    Well, I'll guess I'll be the first in the water

    As of Jan 13, 2008, the do everything ride sits as...

    Build:

    Large - Black Anodized
    FSA Orbit Xtreme Pro 1.5-1/18 Headset
    Chris King Red Anodized Headset Spacer
    Cane Creek Double Barrel Shock
    Magura Wotan Fork - White
    Thompson X4 90 (& 70mm) Stem
    Sunline V1 Handlebar 1.5" rise
    Dangerboy Red Anodized Maple-Leaf Bar End Caps
    ODI Rogue Lock-on Grips with Red Anodized locks
    WTB Pure V Saddle
    AMP Remote Adjustable Seatpost 1"&4" drop
    Hope Red Anodized Seatpost Collar
    Shimano Hone 2 Ring (22,32) Crankset and BB
    E13 DRS guide and bash
    Shimano Hone Front E-Type Deraileur
    SRAM PC 971 Chain
    SRAM PC 980 Rear Cassette - 11-34
    SRAM X9 Medium Cage Rear Deraileur
    SRAM X9 Trigger Shifers
    Dark Cycles Arachnid Black Anodized Pedals
    DT Swiss 340 Hubs - 135 QR Rear, 20mm Front
    DT Swiss 5.1d Rims
    DT Swiss spokes
    Continental Tubes
    Kenda Nevgal 2.35 DTC tires
    Magura Louise Alloy BAT Brakes. 203mm Rotor F&R


    38 lbs

    Setup:

    Rider: 6'2" & 210+ gear
    Stem: 28mm spacers
    Shock: 500 lb spring - probably end up with 450lb Ti.
    min preload
    HSC - 1 7/8 turns
    HSR - 2 turns
    LSC - 7 clicks
    LSR - 11 clicks
    Fork: 85 psi
    12 clicks Albert Select Platform Compression
    4 clicks rebound compression
    Tires: 35 psi

    Note:
    Shock not dialed in - only 1 short test ride.
    I'm still deciding between 70 and 90 mm stem. Keep changing my mind depending upon what I'm riding.
    Also have some 203mm Venti-Disk Rotors with the Red Anodized Spider I'm thinking of tossing on. Combined with the other Red Ano bits it adds just a bit of bling to set off the Black.

    Pics to follow when I get some decent shots.


    michael

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    Quote Originally Posted by mykel
    Well, I'll guess I'll be the first in the water

    As of Jan 13, 2008, the do everything ride sits as...

    Build:

    Large - Black Anodized
    FSA Orbit Xtreme Pro 1.5-1/18 Headset
    Chris King Red Anodized Headset Spacer
    Cane Creek Double Barrel Shock
    Magura Wotan Fork - White
    Thompson X4 90 (& 70mm) Stem
    Sunline V1 Handlebar 1.5" rise
    Dangerboy Red Anodized Maple-Leaf Bar End Caps
    ODI Rogue Lock-on Grips with Red Anodized locks
    WTB Pure V Saddle
    AMP Remote Adjustable Seatpost 1"&4" drop
    Hope Red Anodized Seatpost Collar
    Shimano Hone 2 Ring (22,32) Crankset and BB
    E13 DRS guide and bash
    Shimano Hone Front E-Type Deraileur
    SRAM PC 971 Chain
    SRAM PC 980 Rear Cassette - 11-34
    SRAM X9 Medium Cage Rear Deraileur
    SRAM X9 Trigger Shifers
    Dark Cycles Arachnid Black Anodized Pedals
    DT Swiss 340 Hubs - 135 QR Rear, 20mm Front
    DT Swiss 5.1d Rims
    DT Swiss spokes
    Continental Tubes
    Kenda Nevgal 2.35 DTC tires
    Magura Louise Alloy BAT Brakes. 203mm Rotor F&R


    38 lbs

    Setup:

    Rider: 6'2" & 210+ gear
    Stem: 28mm spacers
    Shock: 500 lb spring - probably end up with 450lb Ti.
    min preload
    HSC - 1 7/8 turns
    HSR - 2 turns
    LSC - 7 clicks
    LSR - 11 clicks
    Fork: 85 psi
    12 clicks Albert Select Platform Compression
    4 clicks rebound compression
    Tires: 35 psi

    Note:
    Shock not dialed in - only 1 short test ride.
    I'm still deciding between 70 and 90 mm stem. Keep changing my mind depending upon what I'm riding.
    Also have some 203mm Venti-Disk Rotors with the Red Anodized Spider I'm thinking of tossing on. Combined with the other Red Ano bits it adds just a bit of bling to set off the Black.

    Pics to follow when I get some decent shots.


    michael
    How about some pictures. We all love to see the bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mykel
    Well, I'll guess I'll be the first in the water

    As of Jan 13, 2008, the do everything ride sits as...

    Build:

    Large - Black Anodized
    FSA Orbit Xtreme Pro 1.5-1/18 Headset
    Chris King Red Anodized Headset Spacer
    Cane Creek Double Barrel Shock
    Magura Wotan Fork - White
    Thompson X4 90 (& 70mm) Stem
    Sunline V1 Handlebar 1.5" rise
    Dangerboy Red Anodized Maple-Leaf Bar End Caps
    ODI Rogue Lock-on Grips with Red Anodized locks
    WTB Pure V Saddle
    AMP Remote Adjustable Seatpost 1"&4" drop
    Hope Red Anodized Seatpost Collar
    Shimano Hone 2 Ring (22,32) Crankset and BB
    E13 DRS guide and bash
    Shimano Hone Front E-Type Deraileur
    SRAM PC 971 Chain
    SRAM PC 980 Rear Cassette - 11-34
    SRAM X9 Medium Cage Rear Deraileur
    SRAM X9 Trigger Shifers
    Dark Cycles Arachnid Black Anodized Pedals
    DT Swiss 340 Hubs - 135 QR Rear, 20mm Front
    DT Swiss 5.1d Rims
    DT Swiss spokes
    Continental Tubes
    Kenda Nevgal 2.35 DTC tires
    Magura Louise Alloy BAT Brakes. 203mm Rotor F&R


    38 lbs

    Setup:

    Rider: 6'2" & 210+ gear
    Stem: 28mm spacers
    Shock: 500 lb spring - probably end up with 450lb Ti.
    min preload
    HSC - 1 7/8 turns
    HSR - 2 turns
    LSC - 7 clicks
    LSR - 11 clicks
    Fork: 85 psi
    12 clicks Albert Select Platform Compression
    4 clicks rebound compression
    Tires: 35 psi

    Note:
    Shock not dialed in - only 1 short test ride.
    I'm still deciding between 70 and 90 mm stem. Keep changing my mind depending upon what I'm riding.
    Also have some 203mm Venti-Disk Rotors with the Red Anodized Spider I'm thinking of tossing on. Combined with the other Red Ano bits it adds just a bit of bling to set off the Black.

    Pics to follow when I get some decent shots.


    michael
    where would one lighten this build? when the planets align i'll be going for the same in a small, and the ccdb w/ ti spring is pretty much mandatory. other than that...i'm open. i'm 165-175 yr round + gear. around here you climb 6 or 7 miles (usu fire roads) to be able to bomb down the same distances (s-track), so lighter weight w/o compromising the integrity of the del-t's intended use would be the goal.
    ride fast...take chances...

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    Knolly in Dali

    Got my DT built up about 5 months back, been out about 120 times or so(I have a year round riding sesaon) and st literally less than 3 minutes from my front door going up to 4200m from 2000m. This bike has been thru hell ridden by one of the most unskilled riders on the planet. All the mistakes commited on this bike are due to 'user error'. Man, I love my Knolly, it's just hard to express it via this primitive form of physical communication. The ride has to be FELT. It'll take a crap rider like me and turn him into a gooder rider like I'm now. My wife who never rode, cleared a tech line, yeah, it was pretty flat, but rocky, her first time trying it on my DT(which is one size too big for her) and that was the third time she's thrown her leg over it!!! And now she NEEDS an Endorphin and I need to sell my other kidney.

    Ok, on to the build. In no particular order.
    Knolly Delirium T. Small, black ano. Serial # K323. Bought June 2007.
    66RC2X
    Fox DHX 5.0
    Wheelset came off my RM Slayer(don't know what they are)
    RF handlebar, seatpost, bb/crankset.
    Hussefelt 40mm stem
    SDG saddle(comfy).
    Truativ cg. I had an e13 drs but I only need one chainring to climb everything.
    ODI lockon grips.
    A bell with a floating ball compass on it.
    Cheap pedals with really dull pins.
    X0 rear der. X9 shifter.
    Saint brakes, from 03, but still great but the pin that holds the left lever is falling out, so I turned to the best tech for fixing stuff known to man, ducttape.
    Currently running 2.5 MinionDHF front and 2.35DHF rear. In the summer wet season, I do the Swampthings.
    Mud and dirt and sticks, I never clean nor service my bike. I know it's bad, but hey, I'm busy. That's why I got a Knolly, you can ride it hard, come home at the end of the day, lean it on the wall, go do your things, come back the next day to your bike and just go out and do it all over again. Ok, I lube the chain and check if the bolts are tight, but that's it.
    Complete weight: 40lbs give or take.
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    i'm building my DT now, should have list and pics in a week or so.

    iridetitus's build above is pretty sweet so not too many ways to lighten a DT with that build, a few possibilities:

    - lose the adjustable seatpost (and of course the benefit of on the fly seat height adjustment)
    - swap 340 hubs
    - xtr cassette
    - smaller rear rotor
    - magnesium pedals
    - lighter FD
    - hollowpin chain and shorty RD (works fine with those ratios)
    - tune rings, bolts, etc.

    that'll get u about 2 lbs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gratiflying
    i'm building my DT now, should have list and pics in a week or so.

    iridetitus's build above is pretty sweet so not too many ways to lighten a DT with that build, a few possibilities:

    - lose the adjustable seatpost (and of course the benefit of on the fly seat height adjustment)
    - swap 340 hubs
    - xtr cassette
    - smaller rear rotor
    - magnesium pedals
    - lighter FD
    - hollowpin chain and shorty RD (works fine with those ratios)
    - tune rings, bolts, etc.

    that'll get u about 2 lbs.
    haha...not my build, but thanks for the info. i'm taking notes...

    ride fast...take chances...

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    2-3 lbs..

    2-3 lbs off will not effect the Delirium as much as it will other bikes IMO. They ride so well at the 38 - 40 lbs range. It is pretty easy to gett the bike there too. Just about any middle row build will get you there. Mine is around 38. I could maybe get 2 lbs off, but it will ride the same. S o build em up tough and ride them the way they are intended.

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    I also never understood the need to lighten up a DT.
    I never felt it was heavy while pedalling, and I came from an ss ht.
    I've climbed longer without stopping since I got my DT, this thing is a joy to climb. Like somebody else on here mentioned before, it's got that nice rocking action soaking up the bumps when you climb. Plus climbing with a heavier bike has made me fitter. I'll probably go back to tubeless to save rotating weight more than anything.
    Losing the front derailleur(unless you really need it) also helps.

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    Kootenay Knolly

    Build is pretty well finished. Small DT, Marzocchi suspension, All Shimano XT drive, wheels and brakes. Syncros stem, Cromag bars, Kenda 2.5 kevlar nevegals, Thomson seatpost, WTB ti saddle, Odi grips, Slime tire sealant, E13 drs chain guide. Weight approx.37lbs.
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    Want to hear how you like those wheels?

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    Will let you know, it'll be another month before we can ride up here. Wheels feel great, hold air and look well built. I have used a few different Mavics over the years with great results so I hope these are as good. The rear hub feels different than past XT hubs, i think the ratchet mechanicals are smoother engaging.

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    One more DT

    I already have a more detailed thread , but thought I would throw the specs and a few pics here.

    New Delirium T - The good (everything Knolly), the bad (Marz fork), and the ugly
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    Quote Originally Posted by string
    I already have a more detailed thread , but thought I would throw the specs and a few pics here.

    New Delirium T - The good (everything Knolly), the bad (Marz fork), and the ugly

    I think I drooled a little bit on myself. Damn bike porn!

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    Could be a couple o' pounds lighter, but then I'd have to go with crappy single wall tires and an air r. shock, and I'm not about to do either. It's got a RockShox Vivid on the back end now too. It's def. a more freeride setup than most.



    <table style="border-collapse: collapse; width: 341px; height: 427px;" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr style="height: 15pt;" height="20"><td style="height: 15pt; width: 48pt;" height="20" width="64">Frame</td> <td style="width: 92pt;" width="123">Knolly Delerium T</td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15pt;" height="20"> <td style="height: 15pt;" height="20">Fork</td> <td>Totem</td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15pt;" height="20"> <td style="height: 15pt;" height="20">
    </td> <td>
    </td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15pt;" height="20"> <td style="height: 15pt;" height="20">HS</td> <td>FSA</td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15pt;" height="20"> <td style="height: 15pt;" height="20">Stem</td> <td>Chromag</td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15pt;" height="20"> <td style="height: 15pt;" height="20">bar</td> <td>Chromag</td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15pt;" height="20"> <td style="height: 15pt;" height="20">grips</td> <td>Oury</td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15pt;" height="20"> <td style="height: 15pt;" height="20">
    </td> <td>
    </td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15pt;" height="20"> <td style="height: 15pt;" height="20">saddle</td> <td>Chromag</td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15pt;" height="20"> <td style="height: 15pt;" height="20">post</td> <td>Roox</td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15pt;" height="20"> <td style="height: 15pt;" height="20">qr</td> <td>Chromag</td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15pt;" height="20"> <td style="height: 15pt;" height="20">
    </td> <td>
    </td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15pt;" height="20"> <td style="height: 15pt;" height="20">cranks</td> <td>XT 170mm 36/24</td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15pt;" height="20"> <td style="height: 15pt;" height="20">bb</td> <td>XT </td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15pt;" height="20"> <td style="height: 15pt;" height="20">pedals</td> <td>NRG paperbag</td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15pt;" height="20"> <td style="height: 15pt;" height="20">
    </td> <td>
    </td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15pt;" height="20"> <td style="height: 15pt;" height="20">brakes</td> <td>Avid Juicy Carbon</td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15pt;" height="20"> <td style="height: 15pt;" height="20">shifters</td> <td>XO</td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15pt;" height="20"> <td style="height: 15pt;" height="20">fr der</td> <td>LX</td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15pt;" height="20"> <td style="height: 15pt;" height="20">r der</td> <td>XO</td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15pt;" height="20"> <td style="height: 15pt;" height="20">chain</td> <td>SRAM</td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15pt;" height="20"> <td style="height: 15pt;" height="20">cassette</td> <td>SRAM 11-34</td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15pt;" height="20"> <td style="height: 15pt;" height="20">
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    </td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15pt;" height="20"> <td style="height: 15pt;" height="20">wheels</td> <td>Crossmax SX</td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15pt;" height="20"> <td style="height: 15pt;" height="20">tires</td> <td>Maxxis Hi-Roller 2.5 UST</td></tr></tbody></table>

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    I posted this elsewhere but I figure I'd throw it up here on the official thread.

    After much himming and hawing I decided to go DT over the Endo. It's built up as an "All Mountain" bike that I don't think compromises too much.

    Small Green Delirium T Frame
    CCDB shock w/Progressive TI coil
    07 Van36RC2 Fork
    DT5.1 wheels with Hadley rear/Hope upfront
    Hope Reducer headset
    Big Betty 2.4 tires
    XT Cranks & drivetrain
    Avid 5 Brakes - 8" upfront 7" on back
    AMP Seatpost
    Easton Monkeylite Bars
    RaceFace Stem
    WTB Saddle
    Time Z pedals
    Weight - about 38lbs according to the bathroom scale
    Rider Weight - 150lbs
    Rider Height 5'5"

    She's really an amazing ride. I never thought a 38lb. bike could climb so well. It's like the bike is a momentum machine on the trails.
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    3 fairly challenging trail rides on it in the slackest head angle setting, so far really good.
    Knolly007.JPG

    Since this photo, I've cut the steerer tube to fit.

    Small DT frame with DHX 5 Air shock
    Totem 1.5 Solo Air forks
    Crossmax SX wheels
    Maxxis 2.5 UST tires (Minion & High Roller)
    Half cup of Stans in each tire
    Chromag bars, saddle, seatpost QR
    Thomson X4 45mm stem
    FSA Pig 1.5 headset
    Raceface Atlas post
    XT front and rear mechs & shifters
    Hone crankset & E13 bash guard
    Hope M4 rear brake
    AVID Juicy 7 front brake
    Easton Flatboy pedals

    Weight guestimate - 37'ish lbs

    Old D521 / 721 wheels with Atomlab hubs for shuttling and the Park

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    Quote Originally Posted by ayup
    3 fairly challenging trail rides on it in the slackest head angle setting, so far really good.
    Knolly007.JPG

    Since this photo, I've cut the steerer tube to fit.

    Small DT frame with DHX 5 Air shock
    Totem 1.5 Solo Air forks
    Crossmax SX wheels
    Maxxis 2.5 UST tires (Minion & High Roller)
    Half cup of Stans in each tire
    Chromag bars, saddle, seatpost QR
    Thomson X4 45mm stem
    FSA Pig 1.5 headset
    Raceface Atlas post
    XT front and rear mechs & shifters
    Hone crankset & E13 bash guard
    Hope M4 rear brake
    AVID Juicy 7 front brake
    Easton Flatboy pedals

    Weight guestimate - 37'ish lbs

    Old D521 / 721 wheels with Atomlab hubs for shuttling and the Park
    Very nice build. I've never set mine up in full slack. With that Totem that thing is choppered out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnySmoke




    I like the looks of the yellow DT and pink V-tach in the background

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsoates
    Build is pretty well finished. Small DT, Marzocchi suspension, All Shimano XT drive, wheels and brakes. Syncros stem, Cromag bars, Kenda 2.5 kevlar nevegals, Thomson seatpost, WTB ti saddle, Odi grips, Slime tire sealant, E13 drs chain guide. Weight approx.37lbs.




    Man...I need a cigarette after viewing those pics (and I don't even smoke!).








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    Quote Originally Posted by 2ndgen

    Man...I need a cigarette after viewing those pics (and I don't even smoke!).








    LOL...........to say your hooked is an understatement !

    Seriously though..........while I stated I do some light urban with my Endorphin ( excellent tough trailbike ) .......... IMO the Delirium T would be a waaay better choice for urban stunts , jumping , etc. and of course FR with the bonus of still having a mtb that can pedal well for trail riding ! TIG.

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    Hey Tig,

    Yeah, I got that sense from the Knolly site as well.

    Today, I put 22+ miles on my Opie riding over 2 bridges (one of them being The George Washington Bridge), through 3 counties and 4 cities.

    It's turning out to be a good little bike,

    But damn...Knollies are what I'm dreaming about the way I used to dream about PK Rippers when I was 11.

    I don't know. You see something and you just know it's you and you won't be satisfied until you have it. That's the way I am.

    You know something, if the geometry wasn't right for my body type, I'd have surgery to make my limbs fit the bike!

    Here's something else I've noticed from my lurking here...Knolly Owners continue to love their bikes. I haven't seen one like their bike any less. I've only seen them glowing when they talk about their bikes.

    I'll have one in a few months. I'll build it up over the autumn and then break her in at my home in Puerto Rico over the winter months (Jan-Mar).

    Then, I'll porn it up on MTBR!


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    new delirium-t. thanks noel and roaring mouse cycles in SF


    I'm 5' 8" 170 (185 with water and gear) and ride mostly in the SF Bay Area (Skeggs, China Camp, Tamarancho, Soquel Demo), and a little in the Sierra Nevada (Tahoe & Mammoth). I did the Beginner XC at this year's Sea Otter which raised the level of mtb stoke several notches, to the point where mtb has nearly displaced skiing as my first love and other gear obsession. I've got an '06 Specialized Stumpjumper Comp FSR (which I love) but began itching for a bigger bike as my downhill confidence and skills have grown. Rides like Soquel Demo Forest and Missing Link in Tahoe have fueled the fire. My buddy Erik is a Turner guy and I got real curious about the RFX (esp after riding his 5-spot, which rules), but due in large part to the growing cult of Knolly on this very message board, decided sight-unseen that the Delirium-T was the bike for me. So, armed with a bunch of unused PTO from a job I just left, I went all-in and converted it into a sick bike.

    Roaring Mouse Cycles is the only Knolly dealer in SF. Lucky for me -- they are super solid folks with a great reputation. Charlie (the "big bike" guy there) and Chris (the proprietor) were patient, helpful, reasonable, and good communicators the whole way through. I recommend them highly. The only nit I encountered in an otherwise smooth transaction (not attributable to Roaring Mouse) was an annoying lack of reliable information on the whereabouts of my frame as it got shipped from BC to SF. Apparently an issue with the freight-forwarder Knolly uses to keep shipping costs down. Not a huge deal, but once you've dropped the coin on such a lovely thing and you're struggling with a boiling-over level of stoke, it's a little crazy-making.

    After a week of limbo, last Friday Chris pinged me to say the frame had arrived and it was being built up. I couldn't sleep that night. (The hilarious anxiety dream I had on "Delirium eve" is a topic for another post.) Yesterday I picked it up and omfg. It's ridiculous. So sick. I was not disappointed. I had my first brief ride this morning up a super-steep urban hill with short single track on top so I could burn in the brakes, and it's just amazing. 10lbs heavier than my stumpy but pedals as-light and with more momentum.

    Alright -- enough jibber-jabber. Here's the build.

    Frame: Small Delerium-T Frame with DHX 5 Air shock
    Fork: Fox Talus 36 RC2 1 1/8"
    Drivetrain: SRAM X9 cassette, shifters, rear derailleur. XT cranks and front derailleur, E13 DRS chainguide and bashguard 104 32
    Pedals: Time ATAC Alium Black pedals
    Brakes: Magura Louise BAT with Marta SL rotors (180 and 160)
    Wheels: Chris King ISO Hubs, Mavic XM 819 Disc Rims, DT Swiss 2.0/1.8 spokes
    Tires: Michelin Mountain Extreme 26x2.5, 2.35 rear (both UST with No Tubes fluid)
    Handlebars: Raceface Diabolous 28", 1.5" rise
    Stem: Raceface Evolve DH 85 10
    Headset: Cane Creek Double XC flush
    Seatpost: Raceface Evolve DH
    Saddle: WTB Power V DH

    Weight guestimate - 38'ish lbs

    Note: CK sent the wrong front hub initially so the front wheel in the photo is a placeholder. Also, the E13 bashguard is out of stock at the moment, so I have a big ring for now.

    Thanks to all the mtbr forum peeps for posting such great stuff, and inspiring me to make the jump to the Delirium! Keep the photos coming.

    -Will

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    Welcome t' da family...

    Your not alone. I too bought my DT without a ride or even seeing a Knolly in person. Best blind purchase I have ever made.

    Now go get it dirty.

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    I finally took it out on its first somewhat proper ride (aside from brake burn-in runs up and down bernal hill) last night at skeggs. it is a remarkable machine. super plush without being goopy. stout/composed/unflappable in DH situations that get hectic/tactical on my stumpy. surprisingly manageable up super steep climbs, very grippy. smoother than I imagined around steep uphill hairpin switchbacks. (its added heft over the stumpy helps it stay focused on the line). it was also a bit more aerobically challenging (inspiring? compared to the stumpy too, but that's good conditioning for next year's Sea Otter.

    A few notes on the build:
    I love the TALAS. The reduced travel/better climbing position settings made a difference.

    I had considered a Joplin seatpost but decided against it to keep the cost of this glorious machine from forcing me to sell my house . I may have to go ahead and sell the house after all. A remote-adjusting seatpost would be helpful.

    Next stop, Pacifica or Soquel Demo to extract the benefits of the plushery.

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    You don't really need a remote post if you do some extra finishing work on the seat tube. Some time spent with a hone polishing the interior of the seat tube will make the post slide silky smooth in the bore. With minimal practice you can adjust seat height on the fly.

    Been doing it for years. You get full height adjustment, no excess weight or complexity, and it's a lot cheaper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnySmoke
    You don't really need a remote post if you do some extra finishing work on the seat tube. Some time spent with a hone polishing the interior of the seat tube will make the post slide silky smooth in the bore. With minimal practice you can adjust seat height on the fly.

    Been doing it for years. You get full height adjustment, no excess weight or complexity, and it's a lot cheaper.
    Really? You can do this w/o stopping? I just ditched my AMP post because I didn't like dealing with the extra cables and I wanted to simplifiy my cockpit. Since then I only drop the post on larger drops and stunts. It'd be cool to be able to move it around by hand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by waldrich
    Hey Will,

    I think I've just obligated myself to buy your bike dinner.


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    Quote Originally Posted by woodyak
    Really? You can do this w/o stopping? I just ditched my AMP post because I didn't like dealing with the extra cables and I wanted to simplifiy my cockpit. Since then I only drop the post on larger drops and stunts. It'd be cool to be able to move it around by hand.
    Yup. It just takes a little practice and you can "shift on the fly".

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    Whenever I look @ a D-T, I see a Praying Mantis.
    Granted, a Grasshopper might have more substantial rear legs,
    but the D-T has the "stance" of the Mantis.


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    Look at that...the way the Mantis is always in that poised to strike position!

    Just like the DT!

    Knollies are just so (expletive) wicked looking!


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    Smile another one...

    only two days ride and I love it...

    the build :

    DT gray ano, med size, rocco wc and 135x12 dropouts,
    marz' 66 RC3 1.5,
    syncros rims + hadley hubs, maxxis minion and highroller 2.5,
    RF diabolus crankset 32/22, blackspire C4 dewlie chainguide, straitline pedals,
    chromag OS bars and RF D2 stem 1.5 50mm,
    XO med rear der, shim XT front, X9 shifters, XT 11/34 cogset,
    magura louise 203mm F&R,
    chromag trailmaster saddle and RF deus seatpost ( I want a chromag minimalist seatpost and chromag seat QR, but I didn't found this items in france or UE, if a canadian reader of this forum can help me...).

    I dont have many possibilities of comparisons with other frames, but the DT work very well. Rocky sections and drops , technicals trails with many roots swallowed with ease. Its climbing capacities are not lies. I post action shots later, maybe this week-end...
    static shots for the moment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fredok
    only two days ride and I love it...

    the build :

    DT gray ano, med size, rocco wc and 135x12 dropouts,
    marz' 66 RC3 1.5,
    syncros rims + hadley hubs, maxxis minion and highroller 2.5,
    RF diabolus crankset 32/22, blackspire C4 dewlie chainguide, straitline pedals,
    chromag OS bars and RF D2 stem 1.5 50mm,
    XO med rear der, shim XT front, X9 shifters, XT 11/34 cogset,
    magura louise 203mm F&R,
    chromag trailmaster saddle and RF deus seatpost ( I want a chromag minimalist seatpost and chromag seat QR, but I didn't found this items in france or UE, if a canadian reader of this forum can help me...).

    I dont have many possibilities of comparisons with other frames, but the DT work very well. Rocky sections and drops , technicals trails with many roots swallowed with ease. Its climbing capacities are not lies. I post action shots later, maybe this week-end...
    static shots for the moment.

    Hello fredok!

    We have the Chromag seat post QRs in stock - who did you purchase your frame through? We can arrange to get one of the QRs out to your dealer.

    Cheers!
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    Quote Originally Posted by knollybikes.com
    Hello fredok!

    We have the Chromag seat post QRs in stock - who did you purchase your frame through? We can arrange to get one of the QRs out to your dealer.

    Cheers!




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    DT in SD

    Purpose: SoCal, only bike
    Rider: 230lbs of clumsy
    Terrain: rocky, sandy, loose, loose over hardpack

    Frame: '08 XL Delirium T (Anodized Gray)
    Shock: '08 Fox DHXc
    Fork: '09 Fox Talas RC2 1.5 steerer
    Wheels: Chris King 20mm / HD with Funbolts laced to EX 823s
    Tires: Specialized Chunders 2.3
    Brakes: Magura Louise 203f / 185r
    Shifters: SRAM X7 triggers
    Pedals: Atomlab Trailking
    Cranks: Shimano Hone
    Chain: SRAM PC971
    Cassette: Shimano XT
    Rear Derailleur: SRAM X9
    Front Derailleur: Shimano XT etype
    Chainguide: e13 DRS
    Seatpost: Thomson
    Seatpost Collar: Chromag
    Stem: Sunline V1 65mm
    Handlebars: Syncros Bulk 20mm rise
    Headset: Chris King 1.5
    Grips: Oury lock-on
    Seat: WTB Pure V

    Settings:
    DHXc: [ 550 lbs/in spring, min preload, 150 psi boost, propedal and bottom out full off]
    TALAS: [ 65 psi, rebound 2 clicks from fully open, compression 4-5 clicks from full open]
    Head Angle: steepest setting
    Chain Stays: about 3-4mm from all the way out

    Coming off more long-travel cross country and 29er bikes, this is quite a change, but the increased weight hasn't really bummed me out, while the plush travel and lateral stiffness is AWESOME.

    For me the highlights have been:
    Knolly customer service - quick and thorough answers to my emails
    Active suspension during braking - didn't think I'd notice. But I do.
    TALAS fork - I find myself using the travel adjust
    Chunder tires - love the way these things hook up in the loose corners, high rolling resistance though.
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    so, now I'm a few more rides in. Soquel Demo 3 weeks ago, Pacifica 2 weeks ago, and Tamarancho today.

    Demo was astounding on this bike. On the 2500 ft of ascending I felt its heft a little bit, but it was surprisingly not an issue overall. On the one really steep mini-uphill on Ridge Trail I did not clean it, but that was more due to stupid bike handling on my part than the DT's girth.

    On the downhill of Braille it was utter sickness. The log ramps, balance beams, drops, and teeter-totters I have passed by in the past (on the stumpy) felt almost trivial. This bike is so damp and bomber feeling -- and such a momentum machine -- that you feel much more confident to try anything tricky.

    The following week I hit Pacifica with truckee_e on his new Highline and we were like giddy schoolgirls. We rode the Crack (cleaned it for the first time) and then I got cocky on the Mile and went over the bars, hard (pretty sure I broke my pinky, and jacked the visor on my full-face helmet a bit). It was still an incredible day, and the adrenaline from the Crack has kept me going since.

    Today, I got out with Kent and Eliot to hit Tamarancho for some XC goodness in Marin. By now I've gotten used to the DT's heft and it's as much a positive feature as anything. When you get it into a rock garden, it's like "what? you call these rocks?"

    I can't imagine what it's like riding the trails that inspired Noel to build this beautiful, burly thing. And this is the lighter-duty version of the V-Tach? That thing must be insane. I can't imagine ever needing something more bomber than the amazing Delirium-T.

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    great ride Fredok, good to know there are a few Knollys riding in France and soon quite some more as we're going to have a French importer, finally!

    If you want to discuss it some more there will be a thread on velo vert (which is currently down) but then again may be you're in France but not French.

    http://forum.velovert.com/index.php?...&#entry2830038

    great ride anyhow
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    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/19516547@N04/2908611465/" title="Ibike 2008 and Moab 134 by kentsaundra, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3216/2908611465_193db7e5d1_o.jpg" width="858" height="551" alt="Ibike 2008 and Moab 134" /></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/19516547@N04/2899573329/" title="Ibike 2008 and Moab 089 by kentsaundra, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3194/2899573329_55a32e1efe_o.jpg" width="900" height="675" alt="Ibike 2008 and Moab 089" /></a>

    'Nuther Knolly D-T.

    So I went to Interbike with no intentions of buying a bike but after riding this Delirium T, I had to have it. Soooo sweet on the chunk. Noel gave me a great deal on this demo.... so I bought it.

    Large Britannia Blue Frame ( I love this color)
    DHX Air 5.0 shock
    Marz 55RC3 fork
    DT Swiss EX 5.1D rims
    DT Swiss 340 hubs 20mm TA front and 10mm DT Swiss RTW rear
    Tires: Maxxis Ardent dual ply 2.6 front and 2.4 rear
    Cromag Ranger stem 65mm (?)
    RF Atlas low rise bars
    Cane Creek 1.5R Zero stack Headset
    Knolly/ Lizard Skins lock on grips
    Mavick Speedball R adjustable seat post (transferred over from my 6.6)
    Chromag QR seat collar
    WTB PureV team Ti Saddle
    X9 rear derailleur and shifters
    XT front derailleur
    Magura Louise brakes 203mm discs front and back
    e13 DRS chain guide and RF bashguard
    RF AtlasAM crank 32/22 rings
    CB Acid 1 pedals

    Weight..... heavy. I'm guessing 38-39 lbs.

    I'm 5' 11.5" and weigh 160lbs...175# fully loaded.
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    Welcome to the fold. She's a bute!

    I read your review on that Zoke, Is that an 08 or 09? Still smitten? I recently switched from an 07 Van36 to an 08 Float36 1.5. I'm still dialing it in. Kind of waiting for the right fork to be invented.

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    That wouldn't happen to be taken at the old Kissing Rock at Thunder Mtn? Great pic!

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodyak
    Welcome to the fold. She's a bute!

    I read your review on that Zoke, Is that an 08 or 09? Still smitten? I recently switched from an 07 Van36 to an 08 Float36 1.5. I'm still dialing it in. Kind of waiting for the right fork to be invented.
    Thanks.
    It's an '09 and I'm still really liking it. I found when I sped up the rebound damping for faster choppy stuff it was even better than the first few rides. I don't know if it's worlds better than my Van36 RC2 when it was new and it is definitely heavier (6.1lbs stated weight), but so far I really like it. It's more plush and better on small bumps and high speed chop. With the awesome capability of this frame I'm kinda wishing I had a 66RC3 now.... but for all-around riding the 160mm 55 is plenty of fork.

    If the 66ATA feels as good as this coil and weren't having so many reliability issues I think that might be the ultimate fork for this bike.

    How do you like the Float? The 08 Float36's I rode last year at I-bike felt really good and I was debating switching my Van36 for one also... but almost all the '09 Floats I rode this year felt poopy. Maybe it was a break in thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KRob
    Thanks.

    If the 66ATA feels as good as this coil and weren't having so many reliabilty issues I think that might be the ultimate fork for this bike.

    How do you like the Float? The 08 Float36's I rode last year at I-bike felt really good and I was debating switching my Van36 for one also... but almost all the '09 Floats I rode this year felt poopy. Maybe it was a break in thing.
    I was real close to pulling the trigger on a recently rebuilt 66ATA but I was warned away by many so I went with the Float. It does sound like a working 66ATA would be a great fit for the DT. I hear the TA is a pain in the arse though. Too many clicks to get from 7" to 6". With the glut of new 6" bikes that can take a 7" fork you'd think the companies would build a fork that could go from 7 to 6 really quickly. Heck, how about a Talas38 that could do 7", 6', & 5". Add a BO adjustment and you'd have a killer fork.

    I'm pretty impressed with the Float36. It feels more plush than my 07 Van36 and has better midstroke support. I had an issue with not getting the last inch of travel so I redid the oil levels and that fixed the issue. I also like the 1.5 steerer. The fork is noticably stiffer than my old Van. I haven't tried any of the 09's but I was glad to get a deal on an 08 because I really don't like white forks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lev
    That wouldn't happen to be taken at the old Kissing Rock at Thunder Mtn? Great pic!
    Yes. Thunder Mountain. Is that what that rock is called? Amazing trail. The DT was total overkill but I giggled out loud just the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodyak
    Heck, how about a Talas38 that could do 7", 6', & 5". Add a BO adjustment and you'd have a killer fork.
    Now you're talkin'. That would be cool. Or a 66ATA with a three step adjustment and without the "issues".

    Quote Originally Posted by woodyak
    I'm pretty impressed with the Float36. It feels more plush than my 07 Van36 and has better midstroke support.
    Really? I'd agree that the '08s I rode were pretty plush (best air forks I'd ever felt) but I didn't think they were quite as plush as my '07 Van. I still like the feel of the coil a bit better.
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    I'm almost done with this rig...

    DHX Air
    Totem Coil 1.125" w/ Cane Creek HS
    I9 Enduros with DT Swiss 10mm thru-axle
    SLX Cranks
    SRAM PG990
    X9 shifters
    X9 Rear D
    E-type XT front D
    Avid Codes
    Oury Lock ons
    DMR 45mm stem
    DMR riser bar
    Joplin Lever
    Kenda Neve Stickee 2.5 single plys

    Weight is probably closer to 40 than 35. I'm going to go with the hammerschmidt AM and move the SLX to a back up crankset or a future build. Also think I'm going to switch the stem to a Chromag Ranger, the 45mm just doesn't feel right for the tech.

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    Update

    As of Oct 15, 2008, the do everything ride sits as...

    Build:

    Large - Black Anodized
    FSA Orbit Xtreme Pro 1.5-1/18 Headset
    Chris King Red Anodized Headset Spacer
    Cane Creek Double Barrel Shock
    Magura Wotan Fork - White
    Thompson X4 70mm Stem
    Sunline V1 Handlebar 1.5" rise
    Dangerboy Red Anodized Maple-Leaf Bar End Caps
    ODI Rogue Lock-on Grips with Red Anodized locks
    WTB Pure V Saddle
    AMP Remote Adjustable Seatpost 1"&4" drop
    Hope Red Anodized Seatpost Collar
    Shimano Hone 2 Ring Crankset and BB
    Raceface 24 & 34 teeth rings.
    E13 DRS backplate and chain-guide
    Gamut Bash
    Shimano Hone Front E-Type Deraileur
    SRAM PC 971 Chain
    SRAM PC 980 Rear Cassette - 11-34
    SRAM X9 Medium Cage Rear Deraileur
    SRAM X9 Trigger Shifers
    Dark Cycles Arachnid Black Anodized Pedals
    DT Swiss 340 Hubs - 135 QR Rear w 10mm DT Swiss RWS, 20mm Front (maxle)
    DT Swiss 5.1d Rims
    DT Swiss spokes
    Continental Lite Tubes
    Schwalbe Big Betty 2.4 front tire
    Schwalbe Fat Albert 2.35 rear tire
    Magura Louise Alloy BAT Brakes. 203mm Rotor F&R


    38 lbs

    Setup:

    Rider: 6'2" & 200+ gear
    Stem: 28mm spacers
    Shock: 450 lb Titanium spring - ( + 500lb steel )
    min preload
    HSC - 1 7/8 turns
    HSR - 2 turns
    LSC - 7 clicks
    LSR - 11 clicks
    ( have made some changes to the compression and rebound to open things up a bit more, but don't have my tuning notes handy )
    Fork: 85 psi
    4 clicks Albert Select Platform Compression
    4 clicks rebound compression
    Tires: Rear 35 psi
    Front 30 psi

    Note:
    Also have some 203mm Venti-Disk Rotors with the Red Anodized Spider I'm still thinking of tossing on. Combined with the other Red Ano bits it adds just a bit of bling to set off the Black.

    However lately i catch myself thinking of going to a smaller rotor out back. Still tending to over-brake in the rear...


    Was able to get a couple of pics this last weekend whilst riding at Kelso. My (inexperienced) son and I went up for the day and mostly stayed on the intermediate trails. He had an absolute blast and made some huge improvements over 5 hours or so. Amazing what having a few small but decent downhill trails to ride will do for the confidence. That and a $3.00 11am to 5pm lift ticket and 7 bucks to get in for a total of 10.00 each? STEAL!! It is a conservation area so hiking / biking in summer, ski and board in winter. A Canadian Thanksgiving Long Weekend thing were they fire up the lifts and invite everybody out for the long weekend. Nice BBQ at the bottom of the hill. The trees are in full colour change and the view from the lift was stunning. ( of course camera buried in pack) Shared trails, except for the DH stuff - for that there is lots of warning signs indicating very fast downhill mayham to keep the leather boot crowd off.

    Unfortunately crap camera and inexperienced photog. Hopefully get something better before the snow flies.

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    Good lookin' build mykel. That handlebar "user interface" doesn't look as busy as I was expecting..... except for the blue and green flags. Is that so you know which cable is which. LOL.
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    Flags of Kelso

    Thanks for the props, and for the bust in the chops...

    Blue for trail access, green for the ski-lift.
    Looks goofy, and they do catch your eye annoyingly on occasion whilst riding, but hey for 10.00 total for the day, I'll deal.

    ya, the cable things sounds worse than it looks, but it is still a bit busy. I do find it quite functional, nice to not need to remove your hands from the bars for anything other than scratching an itch. Spoiled and whingy - you bet

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    I thought I'd already posted this build here, but evidently not. Not to worry, the build's changed slightly since then, anyway.



    Note that the tyres, pedals, and bar have changed since I took this photo.

    <table><tbody><tr><td>Frame:</td><td>Knolly Delirium-T (Large); Fox DHX5 Coil</td></tr><tr><td>Forks:</td><td>Rockshox Totem (1.5" steerer)</td></tr><tr><td>Headset: </td><td>Chris King 1.5"</td></tr><tr><td>Stem: </td><td>FSA DH300</td></tr><tr><td>Bars: </td><td>Raceface Evolve AM Lo Rise</td></tr><tr><td>Front brake: </td><td>Shimano XT M775 203mm on Hope floating rotor</td></tr><tr><td>Rear brake: </td><td>Shimano XT M775 203mm on Hope Rohloff-specific rotor</td></tr><tr><td>Seatpost:</td><td>Thomson Elite</td></tr><tr><td>Seat QR:</td><td>Hope QR</td></tr><tr><td>Saddle</td><td>SDG Bel Air RL Ti</td></tr><tr><td>Cranks: </td><td>Shimano XTR M960; Chainring Middleburn Slickshift Hardcoat 44t</td></tr><tr><td>Chain guide: </td><td>Rohloff guide plates on home-made mount plate</td></tr><tr><td>Pedals: </td><td>Shimano M647</td></tr><tr><td>Front Wheel: </td><td>Hope BULB/Mavic D321</td></tr><tr><td>Rear Wheel: </td><td>Rohloff Speedhub (16t sprocket)/Mavic EX321</td></tr></tr><tr><td>Tyres: </td><td>Maxxis ADvantage 2.4" F&R</td></tr></tbody></table><br>

    Oh, and I'm about 6'1"/220lbs.
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