I recently needed some repairs done to my 2008 Ti EG and it got me thinking about how the bike has 'evolved' since I first built it. First off the repairs - back in April I found a crack on the weld that joins the seat tube to the bottom-bracket. Now I am truly blessed in that Sam Davis, the 'original' Titus titanium welder (that built my EG!) lives and works here in the Phoenix metro area. Sam has actually repaired and altered my EG a couple of other times (cracked head tube and additional cable guides) so he was the one to call for the crack. Upon further inspection, Sam found stress cracks inside the bottom-bracket that he thought should be fixed. His suggestion was to use a BB30 shell for added strength. Thinking that I would have to get a new crankset, I dismissed the idea until my research found a sweet BB30 to Shimano HT BB conversion by Real World Cycling (the makers of Enduro bearings/seals). BB30 was chosen!
Since the bike is now 5 years old, I also decided to get the Enduro Titus EG replacement bearing kit and replace all the frame bearings. After I tore the bike apart for delivery to Sam, I noticed what appeared to be a crack in the original rocker arm... I decided it would be better to replace it rather than risk it, so I ordered a new black EG rocker (bye-bye Ol' Blue... ) from the Titus web site.
Well the bike is all back together now and I will take it out for a shake-out ride tomorrow morning.
As for the 'evolution', here is the original build link and I've listed the current 2013 build below:
Wheels - Hand built by Dave Thomas of Dave's Speed Dream (also extremely lucky that he is in AZ!)
* Front - Stans Flow rim laced w/ 2.0/1.7 butted Sapin spokes to Chris King ISO disc hub w/20mm thru-axle - 2x on non-disc side, 3x on disc side.
* Rear - Stans Flow rim laced w/ 2.0/1.8 butted Sapin spokes to Chris King ISO disc hub - 3x on both sides.
* Fork - 2011 Fox 36 180 TALAS fit RLC - tapered steerer tube
* Shock - 2012 DSP Dueler coil w/600lb Ti spring
* Headset - Chris King 1.5" Devolution
* Front - XTR 965 post mount w/203mm rotor
* Rear - XTR 965 IS mount w/180mm rotor
* Deore master cylinders w/Black Straitline two-finger levers
* Goodridge Smoke steel-braided lines - front and rear
* Black 2012 Shimano XT crankset - 32/22 rings w/Race Face bashguard
* XTR FD-M971 front dérailleur
* Sram X.0 Trigger front shifter
* Sram X.7 10-speed Trigger rear shifter
* Sram X.9 Type 2 Medium cage rear dérailleur
* Shimano XT 11-36 10-speed cassette
* Shimano cable/housing
* Seatpost - KS LEV - 6" drop w/remote
* Saddle - Flite Titanium
* Stem - Sunline 50mm - 0 degree rise
* Grips - Yeti ODI Clamp-on
* Handlebar - Race Face Altlas low-rise - 31"
* Seat Collar - Salsa Lip-Lock
* Chris King Fun Bolts (rear)
* Pedals - Black Point1 Podium flat pedals
* Front - Kenda Nevegal 2.50 (folding) Stick-E (tubeless w/Stans solution)
* Rear - Kenda Nevegal 2.35 (wire) Stick-E (tubeless w/Stans solution)
* Current weight - 35.3lbs.
As you can see, it is set up for AM riding but it is still very 'pedal-able'. I don't mind the weight because it's the DH chunk that I live for and if you've ever had (or get to have) the 'pleasure' of riding at South Mountain Park in Phoenix, then this is where my setup really shines! I'm hoping to get another 5 more years out of the frame (I'll be 60yrs old by then!) and maybe my love for chunk will have subsided a bit... NOT!
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