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    2014 Motobecane 550HT Build

    I purchased the new 550HT from bikes direct and awaiting its arrival to my door sometime after the 20th of this month.

    Without even having the bike on hand I have already purchased a large amount of upgrades for it for fun.

    Im replacing everything but the seat, headset and frame as of now.


    Part of the fun is the build on paper so here it goes..All items listed I have already purchased and have or are still awaiting arrival to my door.

    Hope you enjoy.

    SR Suntour Epicon X2 fork with remote lock out.
    Ritchey Pro 4 axis Stem
    Titanium Stem and head bolts
    Ritchey Pro seat post
    Ritchey Rizer XC handlebars
    Omni Seat post clamp
    WTB speed V saddle (stock seat)
    WTB All Mountain Speed Disc wheels
    WTB Velociraptor Tires (26x2.10)
    Titanium Skewers
    Sram PG850 Cassette
    Ashima Ai2 180mm front brake rotor
    Ashima Ai2 160mm rear brake rotor
    Titanium rotor bolts
    Avid Elixir 1 Hydraulic Disc brake set (front and rear)
    Avid 160 to 180mm disc brake caliper adapter
    WTB Tech Trail Clamp on grips
    Shimano Deore XT Shifters
    Jagwire Ripcord Shifter cable set
    Shimano Deore XT front derailleur
    Shimano Deore XT shadow rear derailleur (Medium Cage)
    Shimano Deore Crank set with BB51 Bottom bracket
    KMC X8.99 chain
    Wellgo M20 Pedals
    Elite Carbon water bottle cage
    Titanium water bottle cage bolts
    Cheap 28oz water bottle
    Cheap bike computer
    Mini bike pump
    mini seat bag

    I think I covered everything but the riding gear I bought also..lol

    Everything was purchased new with the exception of the XT shifters.

    Ill post up pics of the parts later and pics of the bike once I receive it.
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    Not my actual bike but its the bike I ordered..Shipping is between the 20th and 27th of this month. Still no shipping confirmation from BikesDirect.com
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    Parts ive ordered and have in possession for the build.

    Epicon X2 Fork w/ remote lock out (100mm)
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    WTB All mountain speed disc with WTB velociraptor tires
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    Titanium wheel skewers
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    Ashima Ai2 Rotors (180mm front/160mm rear)
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    Avid Elixir 1 Hydraulic disc brake system (2013 model)
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    Sram PG850 cassette (11/32)
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    KMC X8.99 chain (116link)
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    Shimano Deore crankset w/Hollowtec BB51 bottom braket (44/32/22) 175mm
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    Wellgo M20 Pedals
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    Shimano Deore XT front derailleur
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    Shimano Deore XT Shadow rear derailleur (Medium cage)
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    Shimano Deore XT Shifters (Purchased used)
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    Jagwire Ripcord Shifter cable kit
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    Ritchey Pro Seat post (10 degree off-set)
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    Omni Seat post clamp
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    Ritchey Pro 4 axis stem (31.8mm/90mm)
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    WTB Trail tech clamp on grips
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    Elite Sior water bottle cage
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    Titanium rotor bolts, stem bolts and head set bolt
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    Titanium water bottle cage bolts
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    The handle bars I don't have yet and a few other odds and ends..will add when I get them.

    Giro helmet and gloves
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    Sweet... lots of toys you got there.

    I guess its a bit late now, but just curious if you ever considered just buying a frame only and building up with all your parts?... Seeing as how you're going to rip off all the existing parts off the bike immediately anyway.

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    The take off parts are going on another project bike...so killing 2 birds with one stone.

    Doing a project on a 2013 model Mongoose XR200 as well...like the one MTBR did a review on.

    Everything off the motobecane including the Tektro hydraulics and adding a Manitou rear air shock as well...I wont be doing the build on MTBR though.

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    I have to say I was skeptical as to manufacturer claims on weight on components.

    Much to my surprise most were dead on claims..some slightly higher..some slightly lower but very very close to the claims..I weighed all the parts I have listed and have a total of 10,000grams even so far...the frame and headset assembly and the saddle I have not weighed as of yet..but im at 22lbs right now..My guess is the frame is 4.3 to 4.5lbs and maybe just under 1 pound for the saddle... guessing ill end up with something in the low to mid 27lb range when its completed...Ill post the weights once I fill in the blanks on claimed weights for the parts...Should be a fun trail bike/commuter that can take alittle abuse.

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    I ordered a new saddle off ebay..Its about 85g less weight than the WTB Speed V saddle coming with the bike...Not weight weenie but figured for $9.00 why not...lol
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    Well I received my ritchey bars..they will work but a little disappointed at the claimed weight versus actual weight..claimed 306g but I weighed it at 365g.. a bit heavier than I was expecting.
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    Any shipping confirmation yet? I'm getting impatient for mine!!!

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    no..not yet..It said on the site when I ordered it would ship between the 20th and the 27th..So guess I have till Tuesday to see if I get confirmation or not...If not; guess I need to call them and see whats going on...Ive been waiting awhile..Put mine on order the first week of August.

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    I got my confirmation today..im guessing a week to get it..It says shipping weight is 30lbs..Lighter than I thought it would be..box and packaging and ties wraps etc..has to be at least 1 pound or more...So maybe I end up with a 25-26lb build..time will tell.

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    Really!? That's great for you. I haven't received mine yet. Going to email them tomorrow. I'm looking forward to the pics of the completed build!

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    Received the bike yesterday finally..shipped a day late then had to wait longer for actual delivery to the house due to labor day..All went together smoothly as stock...Going out of town till next Thursday so the build wont start till I get back..Looking forward to changing everything out and getting this rolling..I must say im very impressed with the weld quality on this frame..no pin holes and very nice even overlaps..the frame is very heavy duty on the back side and has a replaceable derailleur hanger.

    Will post up a few pics shortly

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    100% stock assembly

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    Any new progress on the build?

    I just took delivery of a 550 in black on Monday. Put it together, still needs a few adjustments to the front and rear derailleurs.

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    I'd love to hear more about your initial thoughts as well as your upgrade progress as well. I'm expecting delivery of my 550ht on wednesday and cant wait to dig in. Looks like you have a lot of really nice components lines up.

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