A few months ago, my beloved Delirium T was consumed along with my house by the Black Forest Fire. I originally ordered it back in April '06 after falling in love with Noel's prototype of the DT, and I've been loving mine ever since. I enjoyed countless shuttle runs, numerous resort days, and even 40,000 feet of descending at the Red Bull Final Descent on it.
It was set up with the heaviest components, but they were also super durable. The Hammerschmidt, Code brakes, and hub mounted Saint derailluer never let me down despite a total weight of ~43 pounds.
I found this little bit of the DT while sifting.
The Code brakes, Saint Derailluer, and RF Diabolous handlebars all survived the blaze, but most of the Delirium T melted into a pool of aluminum.
The loss of our house has been tragic, but my wife and I are focusing on the silver linings to help move forward. One of the best ones is insurance replacement. One of the many calls I made during those first few days was to Noel to see if there was any way I could get one of the remaining orange Chilcotins. He and Kevin were able to put one aside for me and send it to Salvagetti Bikes in Denver so they could build it up for me. Thanks guys!!!
Here is the most beautiful orange bike I've ever seen:
RS Lyrik Solo Air 170mm RC2 DH
Avid XO Trail brakes
Chris King Mango hubs laced to ENVE AM rims (not pictured)
Thomson post and stem
RaceFace Atlas bars
Shimano XT shifting bits
SRAM X9 38x24 crankset
Kona Wah-Wah pedals
Continental Trail King 2.4 rear tire
Maxxis Minion 2.5" front tire
WTB Rocket saddle
ODI Rouge grips
Salvagetti ordered all the parts for me, but the rims proved very difficult to obtain (are companies starting to drop 26" rims???). Since things were taking so long, they graciously built up my hubs with some Velocity Blunt rims, and that added up to a 33.6 pound build. Building up a set of wheels on loaner rims, and then tearing those down again and lacing them up with ENVEs is serious customer service!!! Once they were able to build up the ENVEs, the weight dropped to 33.0 pounds--10 pounds lighter than my Delirium T!
I was able to get in 5 solid rides with the Velocity Blunt rims which was enough to make me really appreciate the difference that the ENVEs make. All I can say is that the hype about them is very real. They made a very noticable difference when cornering, and I really feel able to control the bike when I throw it around. All in all, I am totally stoked how the bike turned out!!! Thanks to everyone at Knolly, RockShox/Avid, and Salvagetti!!!
Here are some riding shots from last weekend at Keystone. The Chilcotin totally encourages my line choices in the rock gardens!
It really likes to carve too!
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