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    And So it begins...

    Nice day for a ride... but instead let us begin:
    1.5 kings are huge!



    Top cup lineup



    Easy as pie, bottom too.


    Next the low end

    I hear this is the recommended setup bu it doesn't seem right to me


    Seems like not enough on the shaft, so I eventually removed one NDS spacer




    The drive side gets just the e13




    Bars and Stem


    Fork Decals by JNC


    Gotta run and do family stuff, then it's downtown to see The Collective's new MTB film at NYCMTB's premier. More building tomorrow.
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    you are such a tease

    I see you buy your propane from Blue Rhino

    Are those the Gravity Lite cranks? (edit: nevarmind, I found your PARTZ thread). Yes they are.

    And that color is sweeeeeet!

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    What a tease

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    One week to go!!! Looks good!

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    I didn't know Sultans came with 1.5 headtubes
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    What's up with the towel? Do you have a license plate on your top tube?

    Looks like a BZ-worthy scooter will be forthcoming.
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    Nice work with the Sharpie but you can get the real gold (and it's easy spinning as a bonus)

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    Title stealing hack...

    I stole it first!

    Looking sweet so far.
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    Red bikes are so ghey.
    Extreme stationary biker.

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    Nice!!!

    I'm indoors on a -beautiful- day in the Bay Area . . . packing / cleaning for a move (byebye San Jose!!!). . . and at one point, I actually thought, "Huh, I wonder if BZ's gonna build this weekend??" Yeah, my life really is that dull. No comments, please.

    Lovin' the piece-by-piece pics with no "head to toe" shots . . . tease is an understatement!

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    ghey gheyar gheyest

    Quote Originally Posted by geolover
    Red bikes are so ghey.
    Red bikes with gold partz are gheyar . . . and a crutch.

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    Nice! But a tease...when is she going to take the towel off?!

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    Do the Gravity cranks allow you to set preload and then pinch down like the prior generation XT cranks (which I still ride and LOVE)?
    Quote Originally Posted by buddhak
    And I thought I had a bike obsession. You are at once tragic and awesome.

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    you guys didn't even notice when DT outed him in the 09 RFX thread?




    and you get to go see Seasons too?

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    Dang Zilla, at least spring for some Park/King headset press adapters.
    ...think we'll ever get outta' this world alive ?...

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    yeah, and i was gonna make a big deal outta it but decided this thing is gettin enough attention as it is and im gettin over it. a towel fer gawds sake? its like a trailer trash tacky version of davides builds. i bet he makes his wife and kid wear a abayah, asha, and a foota when they go out. even the dog has a dishdasha.

    lookin fwd to seein it next month myself. its gonna play at the BHFTF.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MW
    I'm indoors on a -beautiful- day in the Bay Area . . . . . . and at one point, I actually thought, "Huh, I wonder if BZ's gonna build this weekend??"
    I'm indoors as well, but not on a beautiful day. I have two feet of fresh snow dumped at my house in the last 24 hours! But hey, my Z1 Light was due for an oil change as were two Float forks I have.

    Anyway, just taking a break and checking in, and no surprise Zilla is playing his usual teasing self.


    Quote Originally Posted by tscheezy
    What's up with the towel? Do you have a license plate on your top tube?
    Hang in there folks, that towel was purposely placed. You'll dig the final unveiling!

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    The towel (sheet actually) is to protect the bike from careless tool handling... (sounds as good as any lie)

    The GL crankset has a preload disc just like XTs nice. Since it uses a hex key to install it's very,very easy to put too much preload on the bearings. Seems even the slightest tightening affects the bearings. We'll see after a couple of rides. BTW the NDS crank arm clearance at the chainstay is much more than that photo shows. It's abotu 2/3 much space as the DS.

    Park/King HS adaptor? Meh, for what the HS installer costs it should come with it esp since CK HS are so popular, AND it already comes with an otherwise universal set of adaptors. In any event, the HS goes in smoothly and squarely without adaptors. Done it many times...actually installing HS' are one of my favorite things to do. So precise!


    Airwreck if it makes you feel any better, my errands ran long and I decided I really REALLY need to keep wrenching so I came back home. I hope I won't regret missing the show with the crew. OTOH I'd hate to miss the ride with them much more...priorities!

    As for the kvetching about the tease... c'mon now. Is there some surprise here?

    Off to the liquor store then back to the basement. Its gonna be a long night. Next updat MUCH later. (possibly tomorrow.)
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    King HS adapters are for . . .

    Quote Originally Posted by Bikezilla
    The towel (sheet actully) is to protect the bike from careless tool handling... (sounds as good as any lie)

    Off to the liquor store then back to the basement. Its gonna be a long night. Next updat MUCH later. (possibly tomorrow.)
    True dat, on my Sultan I dropped the HS tool on the TT. OOPS! Sorry, nameless person who bought it.

    Tho I noticed you pressed top and bottom separately--we always did both at the same time at the shop I worked at, and I just did my Pig DH on the RFX the same way. Probably a good call on a 1.5.

    Oh and would you pick me up a twelver of Mickey wide mouths and some Camels while you are at the 7-11?

    I like the way you work: Bike, alcohol, 3m tape. A trifecta, of sorts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikezilla
    Bars and Stem
    Looks like an awfully long stem for that bike. How about a 50mm? Once you go 50, you'll never go back!
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    I hope you were running out to get some YuengLing. I can't wait for next weekend.

    I used a long threaded rod and some large flat washers to install my headset Ghetto build at its best

    Park/King HS adaptor? Meh, for what the HS installer costs it should come with it esp since CK HS are so popular, AND it already comes with an otherwise universal set of adaptors. In any event, the HS goes in smoothly and squarely without adaptors. Done it many times...actually installing HS' are one of my favorite things to do. So precise!




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    Man, I can alreday tell that color is gonna be BADASS!!! But what else is new, on a Zilla bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SCUBAPRO
    Looks like an awfully long stem for that bike. How about a 50mm? Once you go 50, you'll never go back!
    High-Lite standards are wierdererer....
    Quote Originally Posted by Hesh to Steel
    With people liking mongoose and trek bikes now, what's next in this crazy world? People disliking the bottlerocket?!

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    "High-Lite standards are wierdererer...."
    Lite? Not my goal,

    The stem is from my RFX. The HL is mega long in the ETT, So I'll prolly get something shorter. At nearly 6'3" and with a 37" sleeve length, it may not be a whole lot shorter though. Time will tell.
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    Mine weighed in at 42lbs, is that not an XC racing dream weight?

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    only if yer hercules.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 6thElement
    Mine weighed in at 42lbs, is that not an XC racing dream weight?
    It is . . . for two bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikezilla
    "High-Lite standards are wierdererer...."
    Lite? Not my goal,

    The stem is from my RFX. The HL is mega long in the ETT, So I'll prolly get something shorter. At nearly 6'3" and with a 37" sleeve length, it may not be a whole lot shorter though. Time will tell.
    In the end it's whatever works best for you. I've always thought stem length was mostly a representation of riding style more than rider height. I'm a longer TT / shorter stem kind of guy. I'm 6'1" and with a 36-37" sleeve (wingspan of 6'4") and have a 70 on my all-around'ish RFX and 90-100 on the straight XC bikes. Anything more and I feel like I'm askign for an endo. Then again, your bars are usually really high so that could help cancel the endo feeling out. But like I said it's a preference thing.

    Comfortable => Confident => Fast => FUN!
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    With people liking mongoose and trek bikes now, what's next in this crazy world? People disliking the bottlerocket?!

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    May we assume the budget for a new grill instead went into the new bike?
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    'Zilla, you have GOT to remove those butt-ugly marzocchi warning stickers form the fork legs of your 66. They strongly detract from those gorgeous JNC custom stickers.
    Hair dryer, heat gun will work.
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    I'd been wondering how the hell to get them off mine, they're welded on!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 6thElement
    I'd been wondering how the hell to get them off mine, they're welded on!
    Heat gun + 5 min. = goodbye fugly


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    Blow drier + 15 mins = no change.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikezilla
    Blow drier + 15 mins = no change.
    Get a new blow-dryer


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    heat gun = blow melter
    don't use it on your hair!

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    Red and gold, a pooftah classic! Looking forward to the rest of the ride.
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    Sweet BZ I had thought it would be up and running by now but hey thats waht everyone keeps saying to me 2!

    Um the red n gold will leave coments to sen finished! Do like that Sangria red though, liking the GLs would thought the green theme might have carried on from the E13 bg etc, are you gonna run a 1.5 ht fork eventually to match that HS, will need to hunt down your parts specc list..

    Enjoy dude, sounds like you maybe one of the few of the special few to have a HL umm..

    Ps I agree with Scuby, u need a 50mm, wider bars will compensate for lenght adjustment too so will help and still position yourself over the center of the bike, still giving ya leverage, otherwise ya gonna be way to forward on that bike, as Scuby says its style not rider size, style of bike and rider..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikezilla
    Blow drier + 15 mins = no change.
    Alex, if you don't have access to a heat gun, you can use this, just don't get it on JNC's nice stickers:

    ****

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    Just looks like lighter fluid?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 6thElement
    Just looks like lighter fluid?
    Most excellent fumes. Use in a well ventilated area, unless you like the cheap buzz.
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    Nice... also I agree 50-70mm for the stem. I use both, theres a big difference. Now if someone would just make an on-the-fly adjustable stem with a handlebar remote....
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    Quote Originally Posted by davec113
    Nice... also I agree 50-70mm for the stem. I use both, theres a big difference. Now if someone would just make an on-the-fly adjustable stem with a handlebar remote....
    Sounds like a crutch

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    Quote Originally Posted by davec113
    Nice... also I agree 50-70mm for the stem. I use both, theres a big difference. Now if someone would just make an on-the-fly adjustable stem with a handlebar remote....
    Only if it has a cool acordian bootie on it like Walmart bikes, and GD's

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    Quote Originally Posted by Renegade
    Most excellent fumes. Use in a well ventilated area, unless you like the cheap buzz.
    Scratching for 20 minutes with my thumbnail then wiping the gum off with iso alcy has done the trick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Renegade
    Alex, if you don't have access to a heat gun, you can use this, just don't get it on JNC's nice stickers:

    Just never use that **** on a classic car with simi gloss paint on the hood. My mom learned that the hard way when she tried to get off windsheld sealer off the simi gloss paint on my hood, and she hurt the paint... That is one very nice bike zilla, I want to build another turner so bad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 006_007
    Sounds like a crutch
    I hear ya



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    Quote Originally Posted by 6thElement
    Scratching for 20 minutes with my thumbnail then wiping the gum off with iso alcy has done the trick.
    you can get a good cheap buzz from doing that? I'll have to try it.
    ****

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    a razor blade will take them off really well. I learned the trick from a friend who works in a shop. you take a flat blade razor and bend it so that it has a nice round curve to it. You can them slide it down the fork leg and it will take large swaths out of the sticker with each pass.

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    With or without a good cheap buzz?


    Tnx that's one I'll try, since I have what I need lying around.
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