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    $999 for v3 El Gaupo

    I just got an e-mail from Planet-x about a frame deal for this weekend only. El Gaupo's V3 for $999.99 with a shock. I tried to order one, but when you check out it wants to charge you $1199. (see post #3) I left a phone message at Portland, but i hope the deal goes thru after this weekend. Check it out.
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    I went ahead and ordered mine. Medium in white, figure they can sort the 200$ back to me later for a deal like that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by doralswheels View Post
    I just got an e-mail from Planet-x about a frame deal for this weekend only. El Gaupo's V3 for $999.99 with a shock. I tried to order one, but when you check out it wants to charge you $1199. I left a phone message at Portland, but i hope the deal goes thru after this weekend. Check it out.
    Michael just e-mailed me and the problem is fixed. $999. Well, thats number 7 Titus bike that i will have. Can't wait to ride a little more travel.

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    Going to be kind of odd having two EG's in the garage but I figure that way I'll always be on the right bike
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    Quote Originally Posted by terrible View Post
    Going to be kind of odd having two EG's in the garage but I figure that way I'll always be on the right bike
    What model is your other Titus?

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    Quote Originally Posted by doralswheels View Post
    Michael just e-mailed me and the problem is fixed. $999. Well, thats number 7 Titus bike that i will have. Can't wait to ride a little more travel.
    Oh - I just replied to you too.

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    What model is your other Titus?
    2010 El Guapo
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    Quote Originally Posted by terrible View Post
    2010 El Guapo
    WOW. You are almost as bad as me. 4 of my titus bikes are motolites, 2 ti frames, one of which is converted to 27.5 wheels, and 2 more, that are just different colors, 1 blue & 1 silver. I also have 1 ftm carbon and 1 racer x. Once my large super raw El Gaupo gets here, i want to see if it is posible to polish it up. This bike will make a total of 23 bikes in my garage.

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    From what I understand the super raw is actually anodizing over the aluminum.

    I actually have a 2010 FTM hanging in the garage too. Was the wifes but I rode it once. Also had a 2009 FTM that I mis at times but I love my EG. Just raced in Davis WV today with it and I couldn't have asked for a better bike for that place.

    The plan with the new one is to make a big hit version of what I already have. I've really wanted to do more serious drops and what not (snow shoe WV) but I didn't want to kill my wheels or do any permanent damge to the rear shock on my only bike.

    I've already ordered a fork (2011 totem) and the rest of the parts for what I didn't already have. I figure she might end up a bit porky but the BB clearance and fun factor should be awesome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by terrible View Post
    The plan with the new one is to make a big hit version of what I already have.
    I've already ordered a fork (2011 totem)...

    Oooo! I can't wait to see that one. I have been considering building something similar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by terrible View Post
    From what I understand the super raw is actually anodizing over the aluminum.
    Correct

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    Terrible...not trying to rain on your parade but a Totem is ALOT of fork for an EG. 20mm over the recommended travel. Not saying it cant handle it, I've seen it done but it really choppers out the bike. I run a 180mm Totem coil on my 170mm rear travel Delirium, its a great fork. IMO, a 170mm Lyric might be a better choice.

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    170 lyric was 200$ more than the totem. It's the u turn version so atleast I can drop it down if I want. If nothing else ill sell it and buy a float 160. If you have any links to a cheap lyric post em up.
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    You'll be the first guy on here w/ MK3 who has the 2010?

    Agree that Totem gonna be a party in the front

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    Quote Originally Posted by craigstr View Post
    IMO, a 170mm Lyric might be a better choice.

    I'm also thinking about to buy an EG V3 and fit it with a 170mm Bos Deville (555mm a/c). Do you think that will work? I'm a little bit concerned about the seat angle because I'll need a headset with external cups which will add some additional height.

    Currently I own an Alutech Fanes which is designed for 557mm a/c forks and has a 49/56mm headtube which means you can have tapered steerer tubes with zerostack cups. This and a steep Seat angle of 74deg lets you pedal quite well.

    So, regarding the EG I'm not really sure if a 170mm fork with external cups suits well....

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    Doesn't Craig have both a 1st and 3rd gen guapo ?

    Hope all the stuff gets here soon enough to get a couple weekends on it at snow shoe. I've always wanted to ride there and hope the weather holds out. I noticed that the titus website said if you order this weekend theyll get it out this week. Of course west Virginia is about as far from them as you can get
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    No I had a 2010 and now a 2011 or V2.

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    Let us know how snow shoe goes.. sweet

    hmm stinky totem'd out & with the 09' ss.........just sayin

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    Quote Originally Posted by osti View Post
    I'm also thinking about to buy an EG V3 and fit it with a 170mm Bos Deville (555mm a/c). Do you think that will work? I'm a little bit concerned about the seat angle because I'll need a headset with external cups which will add some additional height.

    Currently I own an Alutech Fanes which is designed for 557mm a/c forks and has a 49/56mm headtube which means you can have tapered steerer tubes with zerostack cups. This and a steep Seat angle of 74deg lets you pedal quite well.

    So, regarding the EG I'm not really sure if a 170mm fork with external cups suits well....
    The extra 10mm on the top tube on the V3 will help you out if you fit an inline post and move the saddle forward - this will steepen the seat angle for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brant View Post
    The extra 10mm on the top tube on the V3 will help you out if you fit an inline post and move the saddle forward - this will steepen the seat angle for you.
    Thanks brant. I assume you mean a straight seat post without setback? Sorry, I'm not a native english speaker

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    Quote Originally Posted by osti View Post
    Thanks brant. I assume you mean a straight seat post without setback? Sorry, I'm not a native english speaker
    Yes, that's right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by doralswheels View Post
    Michael just e-mailed me and the problem is fixed. $999. Well, thats number 7 Titus bike that i will have. Can't wait to ride a little more travel.
    Well, i got an e-mail today from michael and they are out of stock on the large super raw V3 frames. I think i will wait for the EG 29er and then pull the triger. Hope your orders work out ok.

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    My email said the only medium white is coming to me. Now I hope friday gets here quick!
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    She made it to Ohio, only one state away and I can't stand it!!!!!!
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    earlier than expected I got my frame today

    built quality looks really good. The super raw seems to be raw brushed alu and has a very even surface. Even though the CCDB Air is a little bit on the bulky side the frame with shock wheighs only 3290gr which is 7,25lbs. I am very pleased with the wheight because often the information from the manufacturers are lower than the actual wheight.

    I have two other spare shocks (RP23 and Monarch+) from my other bike which also have identical mounting measures so I can easily switch the shocks and try different setups.

    also the bearings look like standard parts which could be replaced easily.

    I hope that the headset will arrive tomorrow so I can start building it up

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    been through this with brant, raw is anodised silver (bare alloy would go dull). weight of medium with monarch is around 3035g.

    only disappointment for me was the horst pivot (chainstay) are plastic bushes, expected bearings there!

    and as I said elsewhere, the (forged?) rocker doesn't match the rest of frame, it's "whiter". minor niggles though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smiff View Post
    been through this with brant, raw is anodised silver (bare alloy would go dull). weight of medium with monarch is around 3035g.
    ok, didn't know that... looked like brushed raw

    Quote Originally Posted by Smiff View Post
    only disappointment for me was the horst pivot (chainstay) are plastic bushes, expected bearings there!
    I won't say that this is a disapointment. Afaik there is a lot of stress on the horst link bearing. So, from my point of view it makes sense to have bushes there. I know a german brand which moved from bearings to bushes in that link recently and they offered their customers a free of charge replacement because it turned out that bushes work better and last a lot longer at that place. I also have access to very cheap high performance bushes in nearly any size, so for me it's no problem at all.

    Quote Originally Posted by Smiff View Post
    and as I said elsewhere, the (forged?) rocker doesn't match the rest of frame, it's "whiter". minor niggles though.
    that's right. the rocker looks a bit milky.... but goes along quite well with the frame...

    I just inspected the cable routing on the top tube... wtf, are you serious? I think they could have been placed far better than they actually are. They are just in the way of the upper shock attachment....

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    ah good point there'll be lots of sideloading near the dropout and not much rotation. i hope those bushes are a standard size, problem with my old bike, can't get the bushes any more and not standard!

    these are supposed to be improved cable guides..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smiff View Post
    ah good point there'll be lots of sideloading near the dropout and not much rotation. i hope those bushes are a standard size, problem with my old bike, can't get the bushes any more and not standard!

    these are supposed to be improved cable guides..
    they are igus made bushing... can easily be order direct with igus website
    the part number for the flange type bushing is JFI-0809-04
    i got it for about 50 cent USD after my currency conversion
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    The cable guides look a little funky when you are running the cables, but in the end they are a non issue. Just run them inside the shock mount and you will be fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Broadica View Post
    they are igus made bushing... can easily be order direct with igus website
    the part number for the flange type bushing is JFI-0809-04
    i got it for about 50 cent USD after my currency conversion

    Where do these go..?

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    Quote Originally Posted by craigstr View Post
    The cable guides look a little funky when you are running the cables, but in the end they are a non issue. Just run them inside the shock mount and you will be fine.
    +1 to that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by George Gr View Post
    Where do these go..?
    these goes to the pivot at the rear axle there

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    So do you think I have to also stock some?
    How often do we need to replace those?

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    Also received the raw today (building posts to create new thread).
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    It must be El Guapo day as I received my black one today!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rottenronny View Post
    Also received the raw today (building posts to create new thread).
    I won't believe it till i see the pictures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BillT View Post
    It must be El Guapo day as I received my black one today!
    Pictures please.

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    Quote Originally Posted by doralswheels View Post
    Pictures please.
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    Quote Originally Posted by George Gr View Post
    So do you think I have to also stock some?
    How often do we need to replace those?
    not sure mate...need feedback from other Old old owners! i just happen to order it along with other igus parts that i needed for other stuff.

    but it is good to know that the bearings and bush are standard spec parts that can easily sourced. igus have offices in most of the country, getting the part and shipping would be cheaper. anyway, EG need 4 piece of the bushing

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    Quote Originally Posted by Broadica View Post
    not sure mate...need feedback from other Old old owners! i just happen to order it along with other igus parts that i needed for other stuff.

    but it is good to know that the bearings and bush are standard spec parts that can easily sourced. igus have offices in most of the country, getting the part and shipping would be cheaper. anyway, EG need 4 piece of the bushing
    I'll get in touch with the local distributor here in Greece and I will give him the part number you gave us and see...
    It won't be a bad idea to have some waiting on the shelf...
    Thanks again.

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    so to be clear, the v3 is reamed properlay for any brand of headset? looking at one for my wife, want to know before i pull the trigger

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    well i've ordered a Hope.. hope it fits (see what i did there?!) only £10 more than the on-one and should last much better.

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    yeah, built up my EG

    just a little bad spy pic with the mobile phone. Will do some nice pics tomorrow.



    Inserting the headset (Acros AX-22) was no problem, plenty of space available. The cable routing wasn't that bad as I thought. You can cross the cables under the toptube to fix them. But I still have the problem that the rear derailleur cable flips off to the right side if you compress the rear suspension. Any ideas on that?

    Still need to shorten the brakes hoses and steerer tube, adjust the front derailleur and attach the bionicon c.guide. I'm glad that I took the bionicon because the space between the iscg tabs and the small chainring looks really really tight.

    First ride around the house was quite nice. The bikes pedals very well, 170mm forks are no problem at all. The ccdb air seems to be very progressive even with lots of sag. Have to dial in that tomorrow as well and maybe try the more linear linkage mount.
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    Love that Super RAW (Silver Ano). Nice looking build osti. My purchase finger is getting twitchy looking at this White frame. I've always wanted an El Guapo but for one reason or another, never ended up with one. $999 for V3 EG. Almost too hard to pass up.

    Must...... resist.......impulse purchase.


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    Screw the Chili KRob. Looks like the first cracked Chili got swooped away by blacked out SUV's. You can get a EG and Carbon wheels for the price of a Chili. If you pull the trigger let me know, I can help you out a little bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by craigstr View Post
    Screw the Chili KRob. Looks like the first cracked Chili got swooped away by blacked out SUV's. You can get a EG and Carbon wheels for the price of a Chili. If you pull the trigger let me know, I can help you out a little bit.
    I think he removed the pic because it ended up not being a crack afterall. No sense stirring up rumors if there's nothing there.....although it looks like removing the pic only added to the rumor mill.

    The Chilcotin is a brilliant bike..... but is it really 2.5 times better than the El Guapo? Very doubtful. That kind of price difference is hard to ignore.
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    Zip tie with other housing/hose at strategic spots..

    Quote Originally Posted by osti View Post
    But I still have the problem that the rear derailleur cable flips off to the right side if you compress the rear suspension. Any ideas on that?
    One is to get the cable length just right but a little inflexible if you tend to swap bars and stuff all the time.

    Just built up a new one for a friend and simply skipped the outer guides on the top tube

    Run the rear dee hose below and between the front dee housing and rear brake hose with zip ties (so the 3 length thy form an "inverted triangle under the tt)

    Sit and see how much will bow out-- push excess to front and shift the zip ties around till they keep cable snug and not push the excess backwards when rear is compressed.

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    That close up photo didn't look good, must have been grime left along that edge before paint ?

    made me remember the early abp Treks before they reshaped the seat tube

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    I'm sure its a great bike

    Quote Originally Posted by KRob View Post
    I think he removed the pic because it ended up not being a crack afterall. No sense stirring up rumors if there's nothing there.....although it looks like removing the pic only added to the rumor mill.

    The Chilcotin is a brilliant bike..... but is it really 2.5 times better than the El Guapo? Very doubtful. That kind of price difference is hard to ignore.
    I'm certain its not 2.5 times better then the EG, I'm pretty sure they are equals with the EG being a little lighter. As far as that crack goes, sure looked like a crack and with no posts from DB or Knolly, sounds like the OP got told to cover it up and they would ship him a new front triangle.

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