well, it was in 2002 anyway.
Hereís my old/new to me 2002 RFX. Originally this bike came from CA.
As I already have a 5-Spot for most trail duties, I kind of picture using this bike more for shorter rides and uplifts. I also tried to keep the build cost realistic, (although a few bits of bling crept in).
Hereís what I did:
- Frame: 2002 RFX, lrg (with Spot chain stay & 2006 RFX rocker)
- Shock: Fox Van 7.875x2.25 / 650 spring
- Fork: Marz 66SL ATA
- Headset: CK Steelset
- Stem: Thompson 70mm
- Handlebar: FSA Gravity DH carbon
- Shifters: 2005 X9
- Front Der: XT
- Rear Der: SRAM X9, med cage (2007)
- Cables: Avid flack jacket
- Crankset: FSA Afterburner, 22/36T chain rings
- Bash guard: E13
- Chain guide: Heim/MRP LRP roller
- Chain: Wipperman ConneX 920
- Brakes: Formula K24 (200/185)
- Seat post: Thompson
- Seat: SDG Bel Air RL Ti
- Front wheel: Hadley 20mm, Mavic EX823, 2mm straight spokes
- Rear: CK ISO 10mm, Mavic XM 819 (Temporarily borrowed from my 5-Spot)
- Tyres: Hutchinson Barracuda UST 2.4
Changes yet to be made:
- Syntace QR Ė now have this, just need to fit it
- CK/Mavic EX823 rear wheel
- 2.5 tyres
- Possibly a 50mm stem for the Wanaka bike park in NZ (when I get there)
The bike felt pretty balanced geometry wise. I was a little worried that itíd be to hi at the back, but after my ride in Wales a couple of weeks ago, Iím pretty happy with it. Once I get everything dialled in a bit more when I get back NZ for good in Christmas, it should be even better. I even managed to land a few good sized drops on this that I would never have taken my 5-Spot off. For the grin factor alone, this was money well spent.
Fork: Marzoochi 66SL ATA
I didnít actually achieve full travel, and had put that down to the seals bedding in. But after reading a few other 66SL reviews, I think I need to let more air out. It definitely got better as the weekend ride went on. The ATA feature was great. It worked better with a little pressure applied to fork, and was easy enough to operate on the move. The ATA feature was also the deciding factor for me over the RS Totem Ė and Iím now very pleased that I went with Marzoochi.
Rear shock: 2007 Fox Van 7.875x2.25 / 650 spring
Just right. No messing around, spring rate seemed OK, but Iíll have to see.
Brakes: Formula K24ís (200/185)
Wow - Formula have done a great job. Compared with my Hope M4ís (203/180) they have stacks of bite, but much less modulation. The bite point adjuster worked well, and the pads came through the Welsh gloop well (Iíve worn out a complete set of rear pads in 1 day in Wales before).
Crankset: FSA Afterburner
I was a bit worried that this would be too light for the job, but itís fine. Stiffer than my XT hollowtech 2, but a little heavier. If I break it, then Iíll change it.
Chain device: Heim 3 back plate / MRP long range patrol roller
Works great. Quiet too! Thanks TS.
Rear mech: 2007 SRAM X9 (med cage)
Just as snappy as my long cage 2005 Xo version.
Front mech: Shimano XT
Does what itís supposed to
Front Wheel: Hadley 20mm hub, Mavic EX823 rim, 2mm straight pull spokes
The Hadley hub seems like good value for money. Not as bling as CK, but much better build quality than Hope. Front rim seemed good too Ė a bit wider than my XM819ís on my 5-Spot, but not too heavy either.
Tyres: Hutchinson Barracuda UST 2.4
Front Ė Great. Hooked up and held its line well
Rear Ė OK. Slid out a bit, but otherwise good
Overall Ė The tires didnít feel too heavy, rolled well and didnít clog up with mud
These will be going onto my 5-Spot, and Iíll be putting on a Maxxis Hi Roller UST 2.5ís.
- View form the Skyline Trails, Glyncorrwg, Wales
- Classic car park footage
- Fence shot
- Fork / Front brake
- Rear brake
Once I get a few more rides under my belt in January, Iíll post an update.
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