Just completed a modification to my new Blur TRc, and it's worked out perfectly, so thought I would share it with others... I haven't seen anyone else doing this on the TRc yet, but if someone has already posted this, apologies....
As someone who doesn't like the standard Reverb cable flapping about, especially when dropped, I am a big fan of the Reverb Stealth option, but my new frame wouldn't accommodate it as standard... As per the pro reviews, the KS Lev doesn't seem up to Reverb standards long term either, so I've modified my brand new Blur TRc to take the Reverb Stealth...
In a nutshell, I first removed the seatpost and bottle mount bolts on the top of the downtube to start with and shined an intense light through the hole whilst in a pitch black room, and gladly light was getting through the bottom bracket area, confirming there is a route from one point to the other, phew!
Knowing this, I removed the shock to get some space to operate a drill, then carefully started drilling out the upper of the two bottle mounts. If I had a super-small drill, I prob would have chosen the lower of the two as the cable routing may have been easier.... But the upper one also works great! Anyways, importantly, having done this on my Mojo HD also, I knew to gradually and carefully drill the hole open with bigger and bigger bits, until the core is big enough to take the reverb hose, and then opened the angle of the hole to approx 45 degrees to ease the entry of the hose down the downtube towards the bottom bracket....
Once this was done, you route some dummy hose from the bottle-mount end up to the seatpost, then join it with the reverb hose using the double-ended threaded connector, and pull the Reverb hose back through the bike, out the bottle-mount, and reconnect to the Reverb remote. Making sure youe get the Reverb seatpost then set at the correct height, you can then pull the Reverb hose through the frame so it's relatively taught, and set up the cable-routing so that it's attached and cable tied to the frame mounts for the rear brake, along side the other cable.
Something to note is that the bottle-mount is just a metal insert, so I'm reliably informed would not be too difficult to put back in should you choose to sell the frame or whatever, but I would ask why you would want to go back anyway??!
The end result is a neatly routed, Reverb stealth conversion which leaves a nice clen looking bike to complement the lack of front derailleur with the XX1 groupo. It truly runs silently now, and the Reverb works flawlessly as ever.
Still getting the rear shock and Deville forks honed, but loving the ride so far, and this way, the gears and Reverb are one less thing to worry about.
Hope you like the conversion.
Here's some pics, apologies for the quality, I finished it all late at night and was keen to get out and ride the next day so haven't taken any more pics yet....
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