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    pitbull592
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    Red, white & black attack-the epic rebuild






    Well, I was going to buy a new rig, but with this economy still being shaky figured I'd give some new life to my old gal. If/when things improve figured I will purchase a leftover down the road? I'm currently down with a injury also, which gave me plenty of time to work on this project. I'm kinda suffering from tinkeritis around the house. So here's what I did.

    2003 specialized epic m4 disc flo-red:
    Went through the entire bike piece by piece cleaning, lubing, re-tuning as I went.
    The fox float fork & brain where broken down & rebuilt to a new state by a fox trained tech.
    I ended up purchasing:
    Bontrager racelite 31.8 carbon Fiber bars
    Easton EC70 carbon fiber seat post
    Cane creek headest
    Cf headset spacers
    wtb pure v saddle
    Truvativ 36t bash guard (for some of the rough trails I ride, I've bent rings before)
    Truvativ stylo wc stem
    Crank bros egg beater 3 pedals
    Odi lock on grips
    Switched to 36/26t 2x9 setup
    new bottom bracket
    Bontrager 4 wireless computer
    Fox seat bag
    Lizard skin
    Dimension cage

    Hoops:
    -shimano slr center lock hubs F&R
    -shimano 160mm center lock rotors
    -shimano slr 9 speed cassette
    -dt swiss champion 2.0mm black spokes
    -dt swiss red alloy nipples
    -pure xcr white rims
    -panaracer 26x2.1 fire xc tires
    -lightweight presta tubes

    I was trying to rebuild this on a budget and found some good deals. I'm not really a weight weenie, but there is a noticable difference. These are also my first center lock brakes. I figured this bike should last me a few more years now. I wanted to add a bit of flair to the old gal, thus all the color matching. I don't think she'll ever be this clean again, so I wanted to snap a few picks. Hopefully I'll be riding this in the upcoming season to get ready for my first cat 3 race.
    Fortune favors the bold-Alexander the great

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    Compelling, and rich.
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    Sharp!

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    ^ That's what I do
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    I saw a guy riding the same bike a few days ago. Lookin' good!
    Last edited by Hopping_Rocks; 10-02-2010 at 09:44 AM.
    '08 Specialized Rockhopper 29er (modified)

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    Quote Originally Posted by CasteelG
    Sharp!
    Thanks, I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. Now after years of riding spuds, I'll have to get used to the beaters.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hopping_Rocks
    I saw a guy riding the same bike a few days ago. Lookin' good!
    Hey, just saw this. Dam, I thought I made this bike unique compared to how it looked stock Guess, that guy has good taste Thanks for the compliment.
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    How much does it weigh?
    ...and proud member of the anti-sock puppet desolation

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    Quote Originally Posted by ambassadorhawg
    How much does it weigh?
    I'm not sure, I'll take it over to my lbs & will put it on their scale. I'm guessing around 30lbs?
    Fortune favors the bold-Alexander the great

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    Update, bike is still going strong. It rides so much better after it's overhaul. I mostly doing Xc riding & the egg beaters took some getting used too. On the flats their fine, but on some technical singletrack I bit it a few times. I'm gonna keep at it with the cb's, as I don't ride anything to crazy. Mostly in it for fun cardio
    Fortune favors the bold-Alexander the great

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