So I've had a 2009 Titus El Guapo that I got from Bob for quite a while. It's a great bike that's traveled all over the US with me and I still think it has a lot of potential. Given the technical evolutions that have taken place in the last 5 years here is my refresh idea to update the bike and possibly lose some weight.
Fork - 2010 Fox 36 TALAS RC2 - Change to tapered Rockshox Pike
Headset - go to internal upper and external lower to run tapered steerer
Front Hub - will need to go from 20mm to 15mm, open to suggestions
- currently using Stans 3.30 front and rear
Drive train - switch from 2x10 to 1x10 with WTC front ring and upgrade to clutch style derailleur in the back
Crankset - upgrade from old Shimano SLX 175mm to new Shimano XT 170mm
- stick the old crankset on my Redline Monocog Flight to lose weight
Rear Shox - old Fox RP23 will get ditched for CCDB Air with Climb Switch
This bike is currently living with me in Illinois but sees a lot of time in Colorado, Montana, and Arizona. With Bob's help I'm hoping to drop some weight, check out some new technology, and do it all for a better price than replacing a bike I love.
Hoping to do this conversion in spring of 2015. Any experience or recommendations on the components I've listed above is much appreciated.
And no, I'm not changing wheel sizes. As an engineer I recognize advances in different geometries/materials/etc. but as a cyclist I'm just going to ride what's most fun to me. I don't race and all I use these bikes for is adventure and cheapish stress relief.
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