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    Caution;  Merge;  Workers Ahead! R.I.P. Knolly Endorphin | Vivat Knolly Chilcotin [Specs, Weights, Photos]






    Chapter One: End of Life


    My beloved Knolly Endorphin that faithfully served me for 3 seasons [2010-2013] was finally subjected to euthanasia ...



    Fortunately, modern transbikepartology allowed saving some organs and implanting them into the new body.
    This way a new bike being was created - Knolly Chilcotin.


    Below you'll find the specification and some photos of the deceased Knolly Endorphin.

    Frame:- Knolly Endorphin, Custom Powder Coating: Spectrum Powderworks
    Rear Shock:- Cane Creek Double Barrel
    Fork:- Fox 36 Talas RC2 [obecnie: BOS Deville 160]
    Head Set:- Cane Creek 110
    Stem:- FSA Gravity Light 50mm
    Bar:- FSA Gravity Carbon HiRise 31.8mm
    Bar Ends:- ODI
    Grips:- ODI Rogue + Custom Laser Etched Clamps
    Brakes:- Hope Mono 6 203mm / 183mm [obecnie: Avid Custom Brakes]
    Brake Pads :- Hope Sintered HH Compound
    Shifters:- SRAM X-0
    Seat Post:- Kind Shock i900-R 31.6mm [obecnie: Blacx Jewel AM+ AIR]
    Seat Post QR:- Mortop Ti 34.9mm
    Saddle:- WTB Laser V Team Black
    Crankset:- Middleburn + Blackspire 22/36
    Bottom Bracket:- SKF Double Roller
    Chainguide:- Heim Single Roller
    Bash Guard:- Dark Cycles
    Front Derailleur:- Shimano XT [obecnie: Shimano XTR FD-M970]
    Rear Derailleur:- SRAM X-9 Medium Cage [obecnie: SRAM XO]
    Cassette:- SRAM PG-990 11-34
    Chain:- SRAM PC991 [obecnie: KMC X9 SL Ti Gold]
    Pedals:- Shimano DX PD-M647
    Hubs:- Industry Nine Enduro - Custom Red/Silver Spokes and Hubs
    Rims:- DT Swiss EX 5.1 D
    Rear Skewer:- Hadley 10mm Thru Axle
    Front Tire:- Schwalbe Fat Albert 2.25 / Kenda Nevegal K1010 Tomac DTC 2.35
    Rear Tire:- Schwalbe Fat Albert 2.25 / Kenda Nevegal K1010 Tomac DTC 2.35



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    v. 4.0



    Tremalzo, Lago di Garda




    Chapter Two: A New Life Begins


    Here's my PDA [Public Displays of Affection] after the package with the frame and few parts finally arrived.

    Many thanks to guys at Knolly [especially Dusty Bottoms] for making this possible!!!
    Thank you tiSS'er for your words of wisdom and patience while answering my questions.






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    Smile Something for Weight Weenies

    Chapter Three: To Weigh or Not to Weigh



    Knolly Chilcotin size L + CCDB 200x57 + NukeProof 550x2.25 Ti spring





    Industry Nine Enduro Front Wheel





    Industry Nine Enduro Rear Wheel




    Rock Shox Lyrik 160 mm U-Turn 1.5" + Avalanche Cartridge




    BOS Deville TRC 160 mm 1 1/8"





    Cane Creek Double Barrel 200x57 + NukeProof 550x2.25 Ti spring





    Cane Creek Double Barrel 200x57





    NukeProof 550x2.25 Ti spring





    Cane Creek Double Barrel Mounting Hardware





    Cane Creek 110 External Cup 1.5" EC49/38.1|EC49/40 Headset





    Thomson X4 1.5" 0 degrees 31.8mm 45mm Stem





    SKF BXC-600 ISIS Bottom Bracket





    Middleburn Crankset + Blackspire 22/36 Chainrings





    SRAM PG-990 11-34 Cassette





    Shimano Deore XT PD-M785 Pedals





    SRAM X0 Rear Derailleur





    Shimano XT FD-M770-E Front Derailleur





    KMC X9 SL Ti Gold Chain




    Hope Tech V2 - Front Brake




    Hope Tech V2 - Rear Brake




    Hope Moto 6 - Front Brake




    Hope Moto 6 - Rear Brake




    Hope V2 Rotor - 183mm




    Hope V2 Rotor - 203mm




    Hope Mono6 Rotor - 183mm




    Hope Mono6 Rotor - 203mm





    Avid HS1 Rotor 180mm Rotor





    Avid HS1 Rotor 200mm Rotor





    Avid Juicy Seven 2008 Lever





    SRAM Matchmaker





    Goodridge Brake Hose 900mm





    Goodridge Brake Hose 1650mm





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    Wink Knolly Chilcotin Porn

    Chapter Four: Final Emanation





    Frame:- Knolly Chilcotin
    Rear Shock:- Cane Creek Double Barrel
    Fork:- Rock Shox Lyric U-Turn + Avalanche Cartridge
    Head Set:- Cane Creek 110 External Cup 1.5" EC49/38.1|EC49/40
    Stem:- Thomson X4 Stem 1.5" 0 degrees 31.8mm 45mm
    Handlebar:- FSA Gravity Carbon HiRise 31.8mm
    Bar Ends:- ODI
    Grips:- ODI Rogue + Custom Laser Etched Clamps
    Brakes:- Avid Custom Brakes
    Shifters:- SRAM X0
    Seat Post:- Blacx Jewel AM+ AIR
    Seat Post QR:- Chromag
    Saddle:- WTB Laser V Team Black
    Crankset:- Middleburn + Blackspire 22/36
    Bottom Bracket:- SKF BXC-600 ISIS
    Chainguide:- mozartt Forte
    Bash Guard:- Dark Cycles
    Front Derailleur:- Shimano XT FD-M770
    Rear Derailleur:- SRAM X0
    Cassette:- SRAM PG-990 11-34
    Chain:- KMC X9 SL Ti Gold
    Pedals:- Shimano Deore XT PD-M785
    Hubs:- Industry Nine Enduro - Custom Red/Silver Spokes and Hubs
    Rims:- DT Swiss EX 5.1 D
    Front Tire:- Kenda Nevegal K1010 Tomac DTC 2.35
    Rear Tire:- Schwalbe Hans Dampf 2.35





































































































































































































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    Beautiful.

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    Beautiful bike - congrats on the build up - you clearly thought it out well.

    Any chance you happen to recall the BB size on the endorphin? Just picked up a 2010 endorphin and looking at cranks but don't know the BB size and can't find it here or on the knolly site.

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    Quote Originally Posted by atdfndr110 View Post
    Beautiful bike - congrats on the build up - you clearly thought it out well.

    Any chance you happen to recall the BB size on the endorphin? Just picked up a 2010 endorphin and looking at cranks but don't know the BB size and can't find it here or on the knolly site.

    Regards,
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    Thank you.

    The BB size on the Endorhin is the same as on Chilcotin:
    73mm shell width and 113 mm spindle length (External BB or ISIS).
    Hope it helps.
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    Excellent! Exactly what I needed on a second morning of rain in Phoenix... I did cringe when I saw the Juicy 7 brake lever assembly. The rest was drool causing and captured the joy of opening the box and assembling a new bike. The red zip ties are brilliant.

    The pics are good if one is interested in raw frames. I was but now maybe not. Paint covers up a lot of stuff.

    A Chili is too much bike for me, but this might be the best build post I have ever seen.

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    Amazing! You should post this on all the sites. Truly beautiful photography. Art at it's finest.
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    Great photography; amazing photo documentation; and a beautiful bike!!!
    "sounds like you need to find a better mechanic..." -- Calhoun

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    Well done Bert, and thanks again for leaving out any photos of you wearing a speedo .
    Nice KOM, sorry about your penis.

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    Smile speedo ride

    Quote Originally Posted by Mrwhlr View Post
    Well done Bert, and thanks again for leaving out any photos of you wearing a speedo .
    Now that you mentioned it... There you go, from yesterday's ride @ -15 °C [5 °F]

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    Quote Originally Posted by BikeBert View Post
    Now that you mentioned it... There you go, from yesterday's ride @ -15 °C [5 °F]

    Can't really tell, that could be a thong.......
    Nice KOM, sorry about your penis.

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    Bikebart, nice build man. I like the red and silver. Can I dare ask you what the cost of your services are as I have new build I would like to post in a week. I even have a new thong that would compliment the photo shoot.
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    Hey Bert, some great shots of a very cool bike. What camera are you using?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sleevem1 View Post
    Bikebart, nice build man. I like the red and silver. Can I dare ask you what the cost of your services are as I have new build I would like to post in a week. I even have a new thong that would compliment the photo shoot.
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    As for the cost of my photo services; you'll get me those thongs in XXL size and we'll be even



    Quote Originally Posted by loamranger View Post
    Hey Bert, some great shots of a very cool bike. What camera are you using?
    I use my old Nikon D80 at home and Olympus XZ-1 idiot camera on trail.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BikeBert View Post
    As for the cost of my photo services; you'll get me those thongs in XXL size and we'll be even





    I use my old Nikon D80 at home and Olympus XZ-1 idiot camera on trail.
    please use a camera with much poorer resolution in the future for speedo shots

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    Quote Originally Posted by BikeBert View Post
    Thank you.

    The BB size on the Endorhin is the same as on Chilcotin:
    73mm shell width and 113 mm spindle length (External BB or ISIS).
    Hope it helps.
    Great - Thx a lot!. Any chance you recall if the 2010 Endorphin frame has ISCG tabs on the BB? I assume not but wanted to check.

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    Quote Originally Posted by atdfndr110 View Post
    Great - Thx a lot!. Any chance you recall if the 2010 Endorphin frame has ISCG tabs on the BB? I assume not but wanted to check.
    don't think any endo had iscg tabs if i recall correctly

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    The new one has ISCG-05 tabs according to the Knolly site. So was wondering when they added them.

    from Knolly site: Chain Guide ISCG05 (replaceable)

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    Quote Originally Posted by atdfndr110 View Post
    The new one has ISCG-05 tabs according to the Knolly site. So was wondering when they added them.

    from Knolly site: Chain Guide ISCG05 (replaceable)
    believe it was on the redesign, not the older model

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    Smile Swamp monster





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    hi, im going to move also from Endo[MY2010] to Chilcotin...give me your feedback please???...pedaling position...traction...stifness...handling...thanks alot

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    Quote Originally Posted by pescecane View Post
    hi, im going to move also from Endo[MY2010] to Chilcotin...give me your feedback please???...pedaling position...traction...stifness...handling...thanks alot
    Everything, and I mean everything, is in plus with the Chilcotin compared to my old Endo.
    I like big butts, I mean big bikes long travel, spring shocks, tough and burly parts, so I couldn't be happier with Chili.
    Everyone is different though and looks for something different in a bike.
    So my opinion is very subjective since you could be looking in a light bike that is great uphill bike.
    Anyways, please read this thread. TiSS'er has a very nice write up comparing Endo and Chili.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BikeBert View Post

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    Vienna?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kark View Post
    Vienna?
    Nope! Sopot, Poland.
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    Caution;  Merge;  Workers Ahead! Knolly Chilcotin ver. 2.0



    Frame:- Knolly Chilcotin
    Rear Shock:- Cane Creek Double Barrel
    Fork:- Rock Shox Lyric U-Turn + Avalanche Cartridge
    Head Set:- Cane Creek 110 External Cup 1.5" EC49/38.1|EC49/40
    Stem:- Thomson X4 Stem 1.5" 0 degrees 31.8mm 45mm
    Handlebar:- FSA Gravity Carbon HiRise 31.8mm
    Bar Ends:- ODI
    Grips:- ODI Rogue + Custom Laser Etched Clamps
    Brake Levers:- Shimano XTR Race [BL-M985]
    Brake Calipers:- Shimano Saint [BR-M820]‏
    Brake Lines :- Goodridge Hose Kit #107
    Shifters:- SRAM X0
    Seat Post:- Blacx Jewel AM+ AIR
    Seat Post QR:- Chromag
    Saddle:- WTB Laser V Team Black
    Crankset:- Race Face Atlas, Raw, 170mm + Blackspire 22/36
    Bottom Bracket:- Race Face Team EXI
    Chainguide:- mozartt Forte
    Bash Guard:- Dark Cycles
    Front Derailleur:- Shimano XT FD-M770
    Rear Derailleur:- SRAM X0
    Cassette:- SRAM PG-990 11-34
    Chain:- KMC X9 SL Ti Gold
    Pedals:- Shimano Deore XT PD-M785
    Hubs:- Industry Nine Enduro - Custom Red/Silver Spokes and Hubs
    Rims:- DT Swiss EX 5.1 D
    Front Tire:- Schwalbe Hans Dampf 2.35 Evo, TrailStar
    Rear Tire:- Schwalbe Hans Dampf 2.35 Evo, PaceStar

    Few extras:

    - mudguards - self made
    - frame, fork and shock carbon fiber protector - self made
    - GPS protection



































































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    Cool build, but that Livestrong bracelet has lost its impact, unless it's there for irony. It now stands for deceit. I realize it brought in a ton of money for cancer research, and I contributed my share, but it feels kinda slimy now. Hopefully all of the money contributed to this cause actually went there.

    Great bike - serious build for serious fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Herzalot View Post
    Cool build, but that Livestrong bracelet has lost its impact, unless it's there for irony. It now stands for deceit. I realize it brought in a ton of money for cancer research, and I contributed my share, but it feels kinda slimy now. Hopefully all of the money contributed to this cause actually went there.

    Great bike - serious build for serious fun!
    Yeah, I know. Livestrong bracelet is kind of lame after all this scandal.
    Even though, I'm not into road racing it's obvious that all of these guys run on steroids.
    It's superhuman what they do... but it's their choice. They don't hurt anyone but themselves.
    So at the end of the day it's our roided guy vs. their roided guy
    Lance turned up to be the best in this steroid race.
    I'd rather chase those sponsors who made tons of money knowing all about it and now they're playing innocent
    EOT
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    Wow, lots of thought and effort in that build. nice job.

    needs a set of these:

    R.I.P. Knolly Endorphin ~~ | ~~ Vivat Knolly Chilcotin  [Specs, Weights, Photos]-mismatch-450x600.jpg

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    @ Calhoun - thank you! This is exactly what I was looking for!
    There's definitely too many clamps on my bar
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    Bike Bert

    Good looking build. What's the rise/width/sweep on those Gravity carbons?

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    holy Wow.. That is really really nicely put together.

    my endo is coming together with a similar (monochrome) aesthetic but with less bling.. though you may have inspired me to knock it up a notch.

    Sopot looks like a classic old world city. I'll have to put that one on the must-visit-and-find-awesome-local-beer list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by loamranger View Post
    Bike Bert

    Good looking build. What's the rise/width/sweep on those Gravity carbons?
    Thx

    FSA Gravity Carbon 31.8 x 40mm x 710mm x 8° x 3°
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    In the evening when relaxing, and viewing bike porn, i prefer pictures of really dirty bikes

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    Quote Originally Posted by frenchcr View Post
    In the evening when relaxing, and viewing bike porn, i prefer pictures of really dirty bikes
    Yeah, what's up BikeBert? You've had that thing for a while and it looks like you just unwrapped it. Are you riding carriage roads?

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    It is worthy as a piece of art, the attention to detail is superb. Well done buddy.

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    Great looking bike. I'm going to clean one of mine now.

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    I think I had an accident just watching all this porn... droooooooooooooooooooooooling
    Enjoy that baby!
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    Way too clean for my eyes , reminds me of the car show days .. You have the cars fully done up that are not rideable and the ones fully done up rideable . Just sayin , haha nice build up tho . Ive seen those CF overlays before but decided against them .

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    Guys, I know that the bike looks almost too clean but this is the symptom of my OCD [Obsessive–compulsive disorder].
    I clean the bike thoroughly after each ride and restore it to LNC [Like New Condition]...

    Anyways, I love the bike!
    There is one downside though: I can't feel the terrain under me, the suspension smoothens all the obstacles.
    Usually downhill sections get boring. So sometimes I come back on my hardtail to feel the difference.
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    Dirty Bike

    For all those who think my ride is too clean



    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails R.I.P. Knolly Endorphin ~~ | ~~ Vivat Knolly Chilcotin  [Specs, Weights, Photos]-chilcotin%25u00252520002.jpg  

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    Quote Originally Posted by BikeBert View Post
    For all those who think my ride is too clean



    HAHA! Did you just take a handful of pine needles and huck it at your bike?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mayha View Post
    HAHA! Did you just take a handful of pine needles and huck it at your bike?!
    Yeah, pretty much It looked like an anthill when I was done riding.

    Nevertheless, after 2 hrs of cleaning it's back to LNC [Like New Condition]
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    Quote Originally Posted by BikeBert View Post
    Yeah, pretty much It looked like an anthill when I was done riding.

    Nevertheless, after 2 hrs of cleaning it's back to LNC [Like New Condition]
    Nice...my post-ride or pre-ride ritual always includes cleaning the stanctions and shock with a paint brush and lubing with canola oil or stanction lube from RWC if I have any...Always super plush until the next oil change is needed.

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    Smile Knolly Chilcotin ver. 3.0















    BTW, I mowed that lawn myself
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    how have you found the ava bert?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cfrench View Post
    how have you found the ava bert?
    AVA is awesome! I can only compare it to BOS forks.
    The build quality is first class, all beautifully CNCed and hard anodized.
    All other brands don't come even close with its plastic parts.
    Plus you can service it yourself unlike other complicated closed cartridges charged with nitrogen and what not, e.g. Fox FIT.
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    Action pics

    Here are a few photos from Polish Enduro Series + some vacation pics taken in Czech Mountains.

























































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    Great action shots. The urban section of the Enduro looks like a riot. It also looks like Poland and the Czech Mountains have some awesome riding. Love the chunk.
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    Nice pics man. I can relate to the fifth pic down. Nothings worse than having to pull over to try and find a contact that's popped out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sleevem1 View Post
    Nice pics man. [...] Nothings worse than having to pull over to try and find a contact that's popped out.
    Unfortunately, I couldn't find my contacts. I found some truffles though
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    Nice one Bert, great pics!

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    Caution;  Merge;  Workers Ahead! Enduro Trophy MudGuard

    Yesterday I installed new mudguard designed by my friend Luke from HCC Components [you can download the PDF file HERE]. It replaced my previous self-made summer-edition micro-guard. Before installing I heated it over kitchen gas-stove in order to give it a proper shape. After this procedure the mudguard fit like the proverbial glove. In addition, I covered all the contact points with the protection film. It effectively protects the fork from scratches but also prevents the zip ties from moving as they bite into the soft plastic and remain in one place. Should we remove the mudguard in the summer our fork will be free of scratches and rubbing marks. After all, it is easier to sell a fork that looks like new











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    wow, that's super clean and tidy! looks great! any way we can obtain that PDF file without registering for the Enduro Trophy forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RyeBokeh View Post
    wow, that's super clean and tidy! looks great! any way we can obtain that PDF file without registering for the Enduro Trophy forum.
    There, I fixed it
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    Quote Originally Posted by BikeBert View Post
    There, I fixed it
    Thanks! What material did you uses for the MudGuard?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RyeBokeh View Post
    Thanks! What material did you uses for the MudGuard?
    Black polypropylene sheet 1mm thick.
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    hey Bert where did you get your i9's, your in Poland right? ive been looking for someone in Europe to get me a set of i9 torch's as their is no UK distributor anymore..

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    Hey cfrench, try here:

    http://www.facebook.com/BeastieBikesPL
    Beastie Bikes

    Peter at BeastieBikes is the Knolly, Ibis, Niner, Joystick and i9 distributor in Poland and Germany.
    I'm sure he can come up with some sweet deal for you
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    Quote Originally Posted by BikeBert View Post
    Hey cfrench, try here:

    http://www.facebook.com/BeastieBikesPL
    Beastie Bikes

    Peter at BeastieBikes is the Knolly, Ibis, Niner, Joystick and i9 distributor in Poland and Germany.
    I'm sure he can come up with some sweet deal for you
    thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BikeBert View Post
    Hey cfrench, try here:

    http://www.facebook.com/BeastieBikesPL
    Beastie Bikes

    Peter at BeastieBikes is the Knolly, Ibis, Niner, Joystick and i9 distributor in Poland and Germany.
    I'm sure he can come up with some sweet deal for you
    Hey BikeBert check out todays FB post on Beastie bikes. ;-)

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    how well does that rear mud guard work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by finch6013 View Post
    how well does that rear mud guard work?
    It protects only suspension links and helps reduce the amount of crap landing on that little shelf where the front dérailleur's cable stop is mounted. Just enough for the kind of mud my bike experences
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    Idea! Enve DH Bar [31.8 x 23mm x 800mm x 9° x 5°]

    My previous handlebar FSA Gravity Carbon [31.8 x 40mm x 710mm x 8 ° x 3 °] was a little short by today's standards. Hence, I decided to embrace modern trends and stick something long and black into my... bicycle.

    I was looking for something carbon-made but at the same time with minimalist and muted graphics which, as it turns out, is not that easy in times of patterns [Race Face], neon colors [Deity] or a million letters [Easton]. Initially I ordered Syntace Vector Carbon High20‏ but a local dealer [Cult-Bikes] blew the delivery time-wise. Eventually I ended up getting the bar of DH double world champion


    Enve DH Bar with its toned, matte surface and minimalist graphics gently caresses my senses and effectively satisfies the aesthetic desires... I leave the practical and technical side to professionals, I won't be able to utilize its potential anyways.

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    Idea! Knolly Chilcotin ver 4.0




    Few updates:
    - wheels: Syntace W35 MX [26" x 1700g x 35mm x 29mm] (Photo Gallery)
    - handlebar: Enve DH Bar [31.8 x 23mm x 800mm x 9° x 5°] (Photo gallery)
    - grips: Ergon GA1 Evo
    - seatpost collar: Syntace SuperLock2
    + few small custom mods


    Specification:

    Frame:- Knolly Chilcotin
    Rear Shock:- Cane Creek Double Barrel
    Fork:- Rock Shox Lyric U-Turn + Avalanche Cartridge
    Head Set:- Cane Creek 110 External Cup 1.5" EC49/38.1|EC49/40
    Stem:- Thomson X4 Stem 1.5" 0 degrees 31.8mm 45mm
    Handlebar:- Enve DH Bar [31.8 x 23mm x 800mm x 9° x 5°]
    Bar Ends:- Hope Grip Doctor
    Grips:- Ergon GA1 Evo
    Brake Levers:- Shimano XTR Race [BL-M985]
    Brake Calipers:- Shimano Saint [BR-M820]‏
    Brake Lines :- Goodridge Hose Kit #107
    Shifters:- SRAM X0
    Seat Post:- Blacx Jewel AM+ AIR
    Seat Post QR:- Syntace SuperLock2
    Saddle:- Chromag Trailmaster
    Crankset:- Race Face Atlas, Raw, 170mm + Blackspire 22/36
    Bottom Bracket:- Race Face Team EXI
    Chainguide:- mozartt Forte
    Bash Guard:- Gusset Saw Ring 32
    Front Derailleur:- Shimano XT FD-M770
    Rear Derailleur:- SRAM X0
    Cassette:- SRAM PG-990 11-34
    Chain:- KMC X9 SL Ti Gold
    Pedals:- Shimano Deore XT PD-M785
    Hubs:- Syntace HiTorque MX
    Rims:- Syntace W35 26", 32
    Front Tire:- Schwalbe Hans Dampf 2.35 Evo, TrailStar
    Rear Tire:- Schwalbe Hans Dampf 2.35 Evo, PaceStar


    For the photo shoot I took the bike on the historical bridge in my home town: Tczew, Poland. The bridge was constructed between 1851 and 1857. At the time, with its 837 meters length, it was one of the longest bridges in the world. According to some sources this was the location of the start of World War II when German bombers attacked Polish sapper installations to prevent the bridge from been blown up at 04:34. Eventually the bridges [road and railway] were destroyed by Polish sappers in order to prevent the German Army from accessing the city from the other side of the Vistula River.





























































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    Wink Bike of the Day

    Here, my efforts are recognized and rewarded...
    My Knolly Chilcotin voted "Bike of the Day" by Vital MTB!

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    Great shots as always Bert, nice updates to your steed.

    Quick question regarding your SYNTACE rear hub engagement - How fast is it? (number of degrees between engagement)

    My Hope Evos are awful around 7.5 degrees, my Kings and Hadleys are fast (dont recall numbers) ... Would you say the Syntace are in between?

    EDIT:

    I found this on their website but am confused, perhaps someone can help explain the difference between the 2 numbers - engagement freeplay and total engagement angle:

    Spur geared freewheel with 10° pitch (36 tooth), with reduced 1.5° engagement freeplay. Total engagement angle approx. 11.5°

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    Syntace HiTorque MX Hub

    Quote Originally Posted by Chromagftw View Post
    Great shots as always Bert, nice updates to your steed.

    Quick question regarding your SYNTACE rear hub engagement - How fast is it? (number of degrees between engagement)

    My Hope Evos are awful around 7.5 degrees, my Kings and Hadleys are fast (dont recall numbers) ... Would you say the Syntace are in between?
    Thank you!

    As for the rear hub, it is Syntace HiTorque MX
    You can find some information on their website.

    I came from i9 hub with crazy fast engagement every 3°. Syntace is rated at 10°.
    To be honest, I thought the difference would be more noticeable.
    Sure, during the parking lot test you can feel and hear the difference but frankly, on the trail I do not feel it at all.
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    Holy cow that build is out of this world! Nice job!
    2013 Kona Process

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    Holy cow for sure! Great timeline, congratulations on your well deserved Vital recognition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BikeBert View Post
    Here, my efforts are recognized and rewarded...
    My Knolly Chilcotin voted "Bike of the Day" by Vital MTB!

    Well deserved with a pic like that!

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    Wider is better!

    The weather in Poland suck so I decided to take some measurements. I installed the same tire [Schwalbe Rock Razor 2.35] on two different rims with 21mm I.D. [DT Swiss EX 5.1 D] and 29mm I.D. [Syntace W35 MX]. In both cases I inflated the tire to 2 bars. This is what I found.




    Casing width:



    rim DT Swiss EX 5.1D [I.D. 21mm] - 55.80mm | rim Syntace W35 MX [I.D. 29mm] - 58.40mm

    difference: 2.6mm



    Thread width:



    rim DT Swiss EX 5.1D [I.D. 21mm] - 57.55mm | rim Syntace W35 MX [I.D. 29mm] - 57.60mm

    difference: 0.05mm
    practically none



    Findings: with the rim 8mm wider, casing expanded by 2.6mm while the thread width remained virtually the same. Moreover, the modified profile of a tire - a more gradual arch with more of the tread facing the crown of the tire - makes the transition to the tire's edging tread seamlessand is responsible for a better grip as "more" tire contacts the ground.
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    Yep Uptimizer dropper post

    Here's my bike after last update: new Uptimizer seatpost from Yep Components. You can see my extensive review of the seatpost on the Polish Enduro forum:
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    Cool-blue Rhythm Saluti da Livigno‏


    Many thanks to Anthony Steiner for this awesome shot!
    [click on the picture to enlarge]

    Few pictures from my trip to Livigno. What a wonderful place to ride. The views are breathtaking. The trails are so nice and diverse. If you have a chance to visit Livigno, do not hesitate. It's a bike paradise, for every biker!




    Veni, vidi, vici?




    A picture is worth a thousand words.




    All clean and ready to ride...




    Flow at its best!




    La vita è bella!




    So many lines...




    Mottolino Fun Mountain Bike Park




    Sunbath @ 2400m above see level




    Short prayer for strength for a descent


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    Noticed your post...

    Quote Originally Posted by BikeBert View Post
    Yeah, I know. Livestrong bracelet is kind of lame after all this scandal.
    Even though, I'm not into road racing it's obvious that all of these guys run on steroids.
    It's superhuman what they do... but it's their choice. They don't hurt anyone but themselves.
    So at the end of the day it's our roided guy vs. their roided guy
    Lance turned up to be the best in this steroid race.
    I'd rather chase those sponsors who made tons of money knowing all about it and now they're playing innocent
    EOT
    Came across your post while looking for Knolly build-ups.

    You're exactly right. Every-single-rider, with no exception, [not a single exception is certain] made use of ALL manner of substances in order to be in the race, not 'win' the race, but just to 'be' there---in-competition-as-a-racer. This whole business of people attempting to use a single rider as the focus of some 'dearth' and 'stain' upon otherwise 'noble / innocent / clean' competition was---and even now is---a complete sham of hypocrisy.

    ALL of the key sponsors knew exactly what was going on, and is STILL going on, and will ALWAYS be going on. This is the 'reality' of top tier competition regardless of whatever sport you want to bring up. The heights of competition in ANY sport are the peace-time equivalent of WAR, and these very same people often times make 'thee best' Warriors and Officers on the battle field. There are books written on this topic. ...And is it considered 'cheating' when you do-whatever-it-takes to WIN at War? The answer is No. To boot, ON TOP of the herculean discipline of the particular man 'Lance Armstrong', he STILL found time to lend his intensity to helping the worlds cancer victims. If 'Lance' was prosecuted, then so also should have been the ENTIRE ORGANIZATION....INCLUDING ALL SPONSORS. Since all of this occurred, 'I' and none of my friends watch cycling any more....and I mean nothing.

    Destroying the era and achievements of Lance Armstrong actively and for evermore HURT the entire industry of Cycling FAR more than it helped solve or resolve anything. The time to have done this type of thing would have been to do it AT THE TIME of the races, NOT years afterward. This was all about a vendetta that one or two people had for a single human being whose devotion to WINNING far outweighed the discipline of ALL OTHER competitors...by a LONG shot. I, personally, also believe that the whole witch hunt for Armstrong was done on purpose to despoil the 'image' of the United States in Cycling.

    In 'my' view, and I also speak for everyone I personally know who 'used' to be interested in the tour, Lance is STILL the victor of every single race he won. He is not diminished in our view. And none of these people 'suing' Armstrong still, to this day, have ANY care whatever about what substance he did or didn't use, NOR that he was supposedly a 'fraud', ha, what a joke. No. The ONLY thing these bastards care about in suing him is making money TWO FOLD, 1st, by having attained a heck of a lot of spoil from Lance's hard work and selling capacity, and now 2ndly, by getting paid YET AGAIN by and through these suits. How disgusting. I'd gladly take a world full of Lance Armstrongs....than any of these scumbag / two-faced parasites.

    Long---Live---Armstrong!

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