My Element 950 mods

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  • 08-12-2012
    ccaddy
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    My Element 950 mods
    Just got done the first round of changes on my newly aquired 950 .

    Easton EA 90's set up tubeless
    Rockshok Reba RL
    Alligator i Link shift cables
    Carbon stem cap
    Assorted red detailing
    Presently comes in at 27.2 pounds .
    By comparisson , my Cannondale Rush(alloy) with carbon Lefty and carbon and
    Ti bits was 26.7 pounds .

    Not done yet ......
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  • 08-12-2012
    glorth2
    Soooo hot!
  • 08-13-2012
    jrastories
    I really like all the red ano bolts, where did you pick them up.
  • 08-13-2012
    ccaddy
    I use to use anodized bolts on my other bikes but it got
    too expensive.
    Now I use nail polish or modeling paint ;)
  • 08-13-2012
    rockyuphill
  • 08-13-2012
    ccaddy
    Yep ....sent a lot of money his way :p
    He has Ti spindles for Eggbeaters and other pedals
    at great prices .
    They are on my next round of mods :thumbsup:
  • 08-13-2012
    rockyuphill
    I just bought Ti Eggbeater spindles from Ward Industries. Very nice, 40gms lighter than the SL spindles for the pair for $50
  • 08-13-2012
    r1Gel
    Awesome.
    I love white bikes :D
    And the red-black-white colour scheme is my favorite :thumbsup::thumbsup:
  • 08-15-2012
    zonoskar
    Agree, very nice build. Great idea to paint the bolts in stead of using anodized ones. Saves a lot of money and also I wouldn't want to run alu bolts in my stem.
  • 08-15-2012
    ccaddy
    I had the Ward spindles on my last bike.
    After a couple seasons the threads went "soft" and
    I couldnt use them in other bikes although I think thats
    more of a Ti issue not Wards.
  • 08-15-2012
    Flatline52
    Nice build! Any particular reason you went from the revelation to the reba?
  • 08-15-2012
    ccaddy
    The thru axle on the Revelation was too wide for the Easton hub .
    Easton wasnt about to make dif sized hub caps till 2013 :eekster: .
    So my shop swapped forks from another RM he had in stock (as it fit) .
    I saved a pound with the swap also :thumbsup:
    I think the white fork looks better on it then the black one too :thumbsup::thumbsup:
  • 08-15-2012
    Blake8418
    very nice!
  • 08-15-2012
    ccaddy
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    The fork swap necessitated a different stem .
    The spacer stack with the Revelation was aprx 1"
    high (see pic with Easton stem) .
    The Easton stem was straight with zero rise .
    The stack with the Reba is way shorter ( see new pic....red spacer ) .

    It felt to low for me so I put a dif stem on it with a slight rise and now
    it feels pretty much as it did before :thumbsup:
  • 08-16-2012
    Flatline52
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by ccaddy View Post
    The thru axle on the Revelation was too wide for the Easton hub .
    Easton wasnt about to make dif sized hub caps till 2013 :eekster: .
    So my shop swapped forks from another RM he had in stock (as it fit) .
    I saved a pound with the swap also :thumbsup:
    I think the white fork looks better on it then the black one too :thumbsup::thumbsup:

    Definitely looks stellar. I'm sure it will ride just as nice as it looks!
  • 09-08-2012
    ccaddy
    Now down to 26.14 pounds with more mods planned.
  • 09-08-2012
    ccaddy
    Now down to 26.14 pounds with more mods planned.
  • 09-08-2012
    njnets23
    Ditto, very nice indeed. I got my 970 down to 26.75 (with pedals, tubeless, but bigger tires)... but then put a dropper post on so I've gone the other direction!
  • 09-09-2012
    zonoskar
    Hmm, my 970 is down to 24.9 lbs. You've got a long way to go :)
  • 09-09-2012
    ccaddy
    What was the 970's stock weight before your mods ?
  • 09-09-2012
    njnets23
    24.9 is great - nice job.

    I believe the stock weight w/o pedals for a medium (either 17 or 18.5) is 26.6.

    I've gotten a custom built, 1500 gram wheel set (wtb i19, dt swiss comp spokes, chris King iso), but then put on WTB TCS 2.2 Bronson and 2.2 Wolverine tires and the FOX D.O.S.S. Mine is now just a hair over 28 pounds.

    I'll tell you this, I don't race, but I participated in a 46 mile, 7,000 ft elevation gain/climbing ride today and I wouldn't trade the tires or the dropper for the weight! Of course, I wish I could have both!
  • 10-20-2012
    sunvalleylaw
    Cool! what size is the frame?
  • 10-20-2012
    BJF
    970 18.5
    Weight 26.69 with pedals.

    Changes
    Ec70 wide bar
    Foam grips
    Xtr trail brakes with 180 rotors
    Ikon tire front and rear
    Tubeless
    Time ti carbon pedals
    Enve setback post
    Specialized carbon phenom seat
  • 11-02-2012
    Phatass
    I see that ccaddy is using an old tube as a chainstay protector . . . . is that the best option? Advice would be appreciated.
  • 11-02-2012
    ccaddy
    I put the tube on from day one because of no immediate alternative and Im
    looking .
    Top section is just electrical tape .
    I may try something else soon .
    Ive seen half sectioned plastic hose used but am
    unsure of its weight .
    Stay tuned .
  • 11-03-2012
    ccaddy
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    Now at 26.12 .
    Just added a carbon cage , Ti rotor screws , Crank Brothers
    foam grips and a different seatpost clamp .
    Ive also come to the conclusion that I hate the Matchmaker
    mounts for the shifters and brakes .
    When I move the brake levers where I like them , the shifter
    arm pokes my thumbs so Im going to use independent mounts
    for them so I can get everything positioned where I like them .
  • 11-03-2012
    rockyuphill
    Fuzzy half of self adhesive Velcro. Very quiet, light and sticks quite well.

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by ccaddy View Post
    I put the tube on from day one because of no immediate alternative and Im
    looking .
    Top section is just electrical tape .
    I may try something else soon .
    Ive seen half sectioned plastic hose used but am
    unsure of its weight .
    Stay tuned .

  • 11-03-2012
    ccaddy
    Ahhhhhhhh...... :-)
  • 11-04-2012
    EGF168
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by ccaddy View Post
    Ive also come to the conclusion that I hate the Matchmaker
    mounts for the shifters and brakes .
    When I move the brake levers where I like them , the shifter
    arm pokes my thumbs so Im going to use independent mounts
    for them so I can get everything positioned where I like them .

    In that photo you’re using the left bolt hole on the shifter, using the right one would move the shifter away from your thumb while maintaining the brake lever position.
  • 11-04-2012
    Dr.Zoidberg
    Is there a SRAM bashguard for the OEM cranks and rings, being the S1400 with 24/38? I want to keep the stock cranks and rings, just add a bashguard and preferably a full circle guard rather than a BB attachment.
  • 11-04-2012
    rockyuphill
    These are designed to fit on the outside of a 120mm BCD 2x10 crank. Might need a bit of futzing about to match the exact crank shape on the outside of the arms.

    Blackspire - Defender 120BCD 2X | Blackspire
  • 11-16-2012
    ccaddy
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    Just remove all my inner tube chain stay protectors and went with the female velcro as
    suggested by Rockyuphill .
    I got a yard of 1" and a yard of 1.5" for less then $3 .
    Weight went from 26.12 to 26.10 :p Whoo Hoo ,,,,, chipping away :D
  • 11-18-2012
    Pizzaman.light
    The Chainstay I'm not crazy, but I really like the rest, especially the red anodized components.
    With a more streamlined saddle would be a beauty, but they depend on your ass ....
  • 11-18-2012
    sebastian1134
    nice bike man!
  • 11-18-2012
    zonoskar
    I just put some bikeshield on my chainstay. Light and you cannot spot it that easily.
  • 11-19-2012
    JTeezy
    I use a product called "frame wrap" for chain stays and seat stays. Look it up online...very effective, professional look and about $20 for a roll that will last you a long time.
  • 11-24-2012
    ccaddy
    The velcro is just an experiment .
    No loss if I dont care for it considering its price .
    That Frame Wrap , is that the product that they tested
    by wrapping a florescent light tube and letting a hammer
    swing into it ?
  • 11-25-2012
    islander
    Since this thread is about 950 mods, I have to recommend swapping out the EA70. The deal is that easton uses small bolts (4mm), and the barrel nut is based on a std bolt but with a cheezy insert to downsize the nut's thread to accommodate the bolt. So the machined part in the nut's thread are large enough for 5mm bolt and then they've bonded the actual thread for the 5mm. This bonded thread isn't durable and creaking gave way to frayed/stripped threads.

    Trouble is you can't easily source a spare at most bike shops. They're parts bins will be filled with bolt/nut combo's too big to fit this EA70. I wish easton had just spec's a std bolt size and sucked up the weight.

    This is such a small detail that I really don't think RMB_PM could have caught it in the 2012 or 2013 spec, but ask they give this some thought before spec'ing EA70 again. A Turbine would have been better way to go...

    So my 2c is to go Reverb right away and just keep the EA70 for backup when reverb is in for service.
  • 11-27-2012
    ccaddy
    A dropper post is mostly relevant to the terrain you ride .
    West coast , BC , etc ..... sure .
    For me , in Southwestern Ontario (CAN) ...... it makes no sense terrain wise
    especially for the added weight .
    Set it and forget it :thumbsup:
  • 11-28-2012
    islander
    @ccdaddy, given your terrain and weight weeniness, why say this about 950? Surely the 970 or the Vertex are better match for you to 'set & forget'. 950 and BC Edition have bigger forks for tougher terrain, hence the Reverb would apply if you're using it as intended by RMB..
  • 11-28-2012
    Dr.Zoidberg
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by historeeteacher View Post
    I use a product called "frame wrap" for chain stays and seat stays. Look it up online...very effective, professional look and about $20 for a roll that will last you a long time.

    Oh THAT's frame wrap. When I have seen it on bikes I assumed it was electrical tape.
  • 12-08-2012
    ccaddy
    Islander - The 970 was out of my budget and the Vertex is a hardtail (not for me) .
    The "set it and forget it" was in reference to the seatpost height , not the bike ....
    (if that was what you were referring to ) .
    The stock Rockshox Rev RL was swapped for a Reba RL (less weight/travel )
  • 01-23-2013
    ccaddy
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    Winter Additions - KMC X10 chain , Egg Beater 3's
  • 03-05-2013
    ccaddy
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    Going to try a Tioga Spyder seat this year .
    Wasnt a lot of $ and the colour doesnt hurt
    either :thumbsup:
    Shifters and R deraileur are now XO
  • 06-04-2013
    ccaddy
    RE Matchmaker positioning :

    "In that photo you’re using the left bolt hole on the shifter, using the right one would move the shifter away from your thumb while maintaining the brake lever position."

    - Sharp eye but unfortunately the second hole is not threaded to accept a bolt .
  • 06-04-2013
    ccaddy
    2 Attachment(s)
    The XO drive train is now complete .
    Attachment 805453
    Also added these ASHIMA Ai2 rotors .
  • 06-05-2013
    Dr.Zoidberg
    I discovered last night that the OEM tubes are labeled "thin". No kidding, mine popped in the parking lot. Add replacing OEM tubes to your lost of OEM mods.
  • 06-05-2013
    ccaddy
    Ive been rolling tubeless since day 3 ;-)
  • 06-06-2013
    Dr.Zoidberg
    Yes there's that too. Have you been running the OEM aspen and ikon on the dt Swiss rims? If so how was changing that setup to tubeless? Which strip and valve core set did you use?
  • 06-06-2013
    ccaddy
    Im running the stock tires tubles on Easton EA 90 rims .