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    A new Costa Rican/German 575 is born

    Hi guys!


    Well the shipping adventure is over, and the frame has finally arrived here in Saarbruecken, Germany.

    A big thanks to Flyer and Gary @ Full Cycles for the recommendations and awesome deal on the frame, and also to my friend Sofia and the guys at Bikesmiths in Bloomington, IN for helping on the packaging and shipping

    I still have to wait for my Pike to be repaired (the ebay seller took it back to fix it) and I need a front derailleur, but here is the planned build

    Frame: Yeti 575 medium raw
    Shock: 2007 Fox RP23
    Fork: Pike 454 Air U-turn
    Headset: Chris King
    BB: XT integrated
    Crankarms: XT Hollowtech II
    Chain: XTR
    Cassette: Shimano Deore XT 11-34
    Front Derailleur: XT 761 (planned)
    Rear Derailleur: XT
    Shifters: Shimano Deore XT dual control
    Brake Levers: Shimano Deore XT dual control
    Brakes: Shimano Deore XT 765 (180/160)
    Stem: Race Face Evolve 110mm
    Bars: Easton Monkeylite XC
    Seatpost: Thomson (I still have to decide if I need a setback or not, cheapo post for now)
    Seat: Selle Italia cheap saddle
    Wheelset: Hope Pro 2 hubs on DT 5.1 rims and DT Competition spokes
    Tyres: Schwalbe Racing Ralph 2.25 rear and Intense CC 2.25 front (for now)
    Pedals: Shimano PD-M540

    There are some pics below. I will keep you guys posted on the build.

    I am

    cheers,
    Cris

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    Stunning.

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    Thanks JC. It is amazing, I am truly impressed. Now I know what other 575 owners talk so much about I can't wait to ride it!!!!

    Cheers,
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    I think your wheelset is the same as what I just got this week from oddsandendos. I love them. They don't feel their weight, especially under acceleration. I went for all black on those. Hubs are super loud, but I like that.

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    Awesome! Welcome to the tribe. Now you can change your signature from "Close your mouth.... mud has very little nutritional value..." to something more appropriate like "There's nothing quite like riding a nude Yeti"...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerk_Chicken
    I think your wheelset is the same as what I just got this week from oddsandendos. I love them. They don't feel their weight, especially under acceleration. I went for all black on those. Hubs are super loud, but I like that.

    Mine are black too... I just received a received a set of "20mm to QR" adapters, to ride the front wheel on the Epic while I get the 575 together. I have ridden the rear a couple of times..and it sure is LOUD, but I am starting to like it too

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    Quote Originally Posted by iviguy
    Awesome! Welcome to the tribe. Now you can change your signature from "Close your mouth.... mud has very little nutritional value..." to something more appropriate like "There's nothing quite like riding a nude Yeti"...
    Thanks for the warm welcome!! I will think about some new signature and avatar soon.

    Cheers,
    Cris

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    Nice Pics... glad to hear you got your Yeti Crisillo...

    As a side note, on your frame it has a picture of a Yeti pulling air and the words "FasterFasterFaster"... My 575 team turq is different... shows 575 and then has blocks and says "Hand Built Race Breed" there and a silhouette of the yeti on top... I didn't know the frames had different messages on them... I just assumed they would be identical, but in different color. Very cool... Does each color have a different design? Has anyone collected the whole set? LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by JSD303
    Nice Pics... glad to hear you got your Yeti Crisillo...

    As a side note, on your frame it has a picture of a Yeti pulling air and the words "FasterFasterFaster"... My 575 team turq is different... shows 575 and then has blocks and says "Hand Built Race Breed" there and a silhouette of the yeti on top... I didn't know the frames had different messages on them... I just assumed they would be identical, but in different color. Very cool... Does each color have a different design? Has anyone collected the whole set? LOL
    Thanks JSD, I had seen the "faster, faster, faster" before, and knew there were different messages, but I don't know all of them. So now we know the raw and team color messages. What about black, orange, and white? (maybe even the old 04-05 colors had other messages?)

    -Cris

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    Congrats man!!! My White 04 has faster, faster, faster as the message.
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    Thanks 95Stumpy!

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    Congrats!. Great build. Post photos when built.
    Enjoy
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    Thanks GreenBonty! I will post more pics when the build is complete.

    Cheers,
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    Nice..very nice indeed!!

    May I offer just one serious tip? If you sweat over your bike a lot, remember to run some water over it gently and wipe it dry. I don't know if this will ever happen but technically, that clearcoat could rub off leaving your metal to corrode (yes, Aluminum does corrode if the right circumstances exist). Salt is a friend to no bike.

    Have a blast on that Yeti. It was built to take you to all kinds of cool places.

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    Thanks Flyer! I will follow your advice... I remember reading the thread on the "sweat corrosion" issue. I also remember that Yeti took care of it without issue, but I will take care of my new baby

    Thanks for your pre-order suggestions and tips.

    Cheers,
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    Some will call me crazy but here is what I do with painted and clearcoated frames. When I first get it, I put 3-4 coats of synthetic wax/sealant on it (German Klasse, in my case) and then I let it "cure" for a day. I then put 2-3 coats of Carnauba (P21S) on top of that. After that, I'm good to go and dirt just falls right off. I know this sounds silly but my car detailing process is so much fun when I'm waiting for parts. I mean, the poor frame is just sitting there- may as well do something nice for it once. It will be carrying me on some tough trails so a nice deed will be remembered

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    sweeeet!

    great lookin' frame.....give us some more photos when you have her built up.
    congrats!

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    Nice frame but they forgot to paint it! Send it back and get some turquoise thrown on it. Other than that, it sounds like a great build. Wish I had your wheels.
    What, me hurry?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flyer
    Some will call me crazy but here is what I do with painted and clearcoated frames. When I first get it, I put 3-4 coats of synthetic wax/sealant on it (German Klasse, in my case) and then I let it "cure" for a day. I then put 2-3 coats of Carnauba (P21S) on top of that. After that, I'm good to go and dirt just falls right off. I know this sounds silly but my car detailing process is so much fun when I'm waiting for parts. I mean, the poor frame is just sitting there- may as well do something nice for it once. It will be carrying me on some tough trails so a nice deed will be remembered
    That sound like a nice preparation process.... I might just follow it ;-)

    Cheers,
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    @Cisco: Thanks, I will post more when I get it up and running.

    @Big Jim Mac: Damn! I knew something was wrong.... however I might leave it like that.. it looks "kind of cool" j/k.. it is freaking awesome!

    Cheers,
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    BTW
    How do you attach so many images without exceeding the max permitted by MTBR?.
    I can only post one image at a time. Do you compress?.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenBonty
    BTW
    How do you attach so many images without exceeding the max permitted by MTBR?.
    I can only post one image at a time. Do you compress?.
    I upload them to flickr and then just link them here. Actually Flickr provides you with the HTML code to insert the images. You can click on any of the images on my original post and it will take you to my flickr account, where you can see other sizes of every image.

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    Nice.
    Who's the guy on your Epic?.

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    Ah.. That's my Dad. he came to visit during the Soccer World Cup in June, so we went for a ride, I rode my SS and gave my dad the Epic (he usually rides a GF Sugar 293 back in Costa Rica). It was really nice to show him the trails around here

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    Yea, I figured out he was not 26 but he is young for having a son at 26.
    I forgot how many bikers (mostly roadies) I saw in Costa Rica. I guess MTB is great back in Costa Rica. Not sure if they let you ride in the parks there but the parks are great and the country is beautifull.
    BTW I guess you took your dad to the smooth trails in your area, otherwise the Epic is more than enough for these trails.
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    Thanks, GB. Yeah this segment of the trails is quite smooth, it is a multi use trail near the university, it is usually where my rides start (the warm up segment) I also took him there because he had had an eye operation some months ago, and he wasn't allowed to ride until a couple of weeks before his visit, so he was really excited to ride again, but was a little "out of tune" so I preferred an easy ride (besides I was riding SS, remember? )
    Regarding riding in CR, well there is quite a big number of mountain bikers, however we don't have so much singletrack and also technical riding is not as "developed", but you can still ride in some awesome places (some national parks included)

    Pura vida,
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    Update!

    All parts have arrived, the Pike is fixed and the build has begun!

    I have to search for the thread on how to adjust the maxle, because it looks kind of "dorky" in the position it is right now.

    Cheers,
    Cris

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    The lever should point up parallel to the fork. IMHO

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    Quote Originally Posted by iviguy
    The lever should point up parallel to the fork. IMHO

    Yeah I know iviguy, that's what I want too.. but adjusting the maxle position is not as easy as with a regular QR.

    I remember you have to dissasemble the maxle to adjust something and try a new position.... I have to find that thread.....


    Here are some more pics.. I will keep updating as I go

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    Quote Originally Posted by crisillo
    Yeah I know iviguy, that's what I want too.. but adjusting the maxle position is not as easy as with a regular QR.

    I remember you have to dissasemble the maxle to adjust something and try a new position.... I have to find that thread.....

    I guess I am maxel illiterate. When you release the lever does it not allow you to spin it freely? It is a QR Maxel, correct?

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    Yeah.. the thing is ... you have to screw the maxle about 4 turns (on the left leg) and then all you can do is close the lever. The only way to change the position where these "4 turns" end is by adjusting the "tip" of the maxle. That is actually the "upgrade" that the new RS forks get with the Maxle 360, the 360 allows to set the maxle in any position.

    Cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by iviguy
    I guess I am maxel illiterate. When you release the lever does it not allow you to spin it freely? It is a QR Maxel, correct?
    Ahhh, I see now...

    http://www.sram.com/en/pike/Pike_maxle_web.html

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    Exactly... I will look that thread up and post a link here....

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    Quote Originally Posted by crisillo
    Yeah.. the thing is ... you have to screw the maxle about 4 turns (on the left leg) and then all you can do is close the lever. The only way to change the position where these "4 turns" end is by adjusting the "tip" of the maxle. That is actually the "upgrade" that the new RS forks get with the Maxle 360, the 360 allows to set the maxle in any position.

    Cheers,
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    Ahh. Just ride it. No one will care except for you. One other guy had his pointing straight down and I didn't notice it until now:
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    Thanks

    I will just keep building the bike and get into this on a rainy day when I can't ride

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    Done!

    I wasn't expecting to finish the build in one shot, but things fell into place very nicely. Brake line length was perfect, chain length was right on, gears got adjusted at the first attempt.... it seems like the stars aligned somehow... so... shake down ride tomorrow.... it's 1 AM here, so I better go to bed...

    Here you can see my new 575 and my messy living room...ah.. I'll pick the mess up tomorrow...

    Cheers,
    Cris

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    That's going to look sharp when you get it painted turquoise
    What, me hurry?

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    Thanks Big Jim... The turquoiise will have to wait a bit

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    HI! I found the thread on the Maxle info in case anyone is interested

    Hit and run Q&A Maxle orientation?

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    Did you sort out the Maxel ?

    You wanna know how to fix that Maxel without a trip to the DIY store ?

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    Hi Goog!

    I was planning on trying the 180 degree turn, but I am open to suggestions.

    Cheers,
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    The way I adjust mine is to

    open the QR lever so it hangs in the 6 o'clock position then tighten the small nut on the other side of the Maxel while holding the OR at 6 o'clock until its finger tight.

    then close the QR, it should be in the 12 o'clock position and locked.

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    but what about the "4 turns"? you keep from turning the maxle all the way in then and stop at 6 o'clock before it bottoms?

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    oops yeah, do the maxel up but leave the QR open in the 6 o'clock position, then tighten up the nut on the other side while you hold the QR at 6 o'clock , then close the QR after the nut is finger tight.

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    Ok. I will check that out after I take it out for a spin today! The weather has improved a bit.. I hope it holds...

    Cheers,
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    It should work.

    When I first got my Pikes the QR was at 2 o'clock when closed but after a bit of faffing (like I've tried to explain) I can set it in any position I like

    Have a good ride

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    Sweet build,viel Spass damit!

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    Vielen Dank, RaD!

    The first ride went pretty well, I am extremely surprised how well the RP23's propedal in level 3 locks the rear (it feels almost as my Epic.. cool!) and on the downhills, just turn off propedal and let it rip! Awesome.... I still need to make some cockpit adjustments. I was using a cheapo setback post yesterday and will try it with the straight Thomson from my SS today.. to see how it feels...

    I am very happy with it so far :d

    Cheers,
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    Well I still haven't been able to ride again since I found that one of the derailleur hanger bolts backed out and got lost on my first ride. I checked and "loctited" the other one and put a zip tie temporarily (not using it for real riding). But I have been adjusting the cockpit, I switched to the straight Thomson seatpost from my SS (which improved my saddle to pedal adjustment), but I felt a little cramped, so I switched to a 120mm stem which seems to make the fit ok. I have to wait until a spare derailleur hanger -- that I bought on ebay -- arrives (or a replacement screw from the German dealer), so that I can test the bike on a real ride.

    For now here are some pics

    Cheers,
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    what's her name?!

    sweet ride!!! you are SO psyched! does she have a name? i hear it's bad luck if you don't name your new toy!
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