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    Help me with my Ti 29er project

    So, I am gonna go with DeSalvo and I need start spec out the parts. Please advice

    Frame: DeSalvo
    Fork: ? ( I want rigid)
    Head set: King
    Hubs: King
    Handle bar: Jones H-Bar
    Stem: Thomson ( or Moots Ti ?)
    Post: Thomson (or Moots Ti ?)
    Brake: ? (Hydraulic disc)
    Rims: ?
    Spokes: ?
    Tires: ?
    Crank: ? (I really like the modified XTR but don't know how to do it)
    Chain ring: ? (32)
    Cassette: ? (Boone? is' it really hard to get it now?)
    Saddle: Fizik Gobi or Brooks??
    Skewers: ?
    Chain: ?

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    Fork: DT swiss rigid. (formely pace)
    Brakes: XT disc
    Cranks Go with the Xtr
    Wheels I'd go CK ISO hubs and DT rims with DT spokes run a spacer kit and go CK SS cog
    The rest is personal choice.... as is the above

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    Thanks.

    But I don't like the carbon look on the DT fork. do I have another recommendation? I think I will go with DT rims and spokes.

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    Fork: Black Sheep Bikes titanium truss fork. It might not have the look you want but the performance of my Jones truss fork is pretty amazing.

    Brake: Hope Mono Mini (pure sex)

    Crank: Get the Jeff Jones modified crank

    Cassette: King Kog steel (until Boone is making again)

    Skewers: Hope steel

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    Quote Originally Posted by rapidcarbon
    So, I am gonna go with DeSalvo and I need start spec out the parts. Please advice

    Frame: DeSalvo
    Fork: ? ( I want rigid) Will DeSalvo build you a steel or ti fork? Otherwise a Black Sheep would be a worthy fork. I love my Fetish/White Bros./Origin 8 carbon fork.
    Head set: King
    Hubs: King
    Handle bar: Jones H-Bar
    Stem: Thomson ( or Moots Ti ?)Can't go wrong with Thomson. I just put Moots on my Ventana 29er SS build but ti. may be overkill on a ti. frame.
    Post: Thomson (or Moots Ti ?)See above.
    Brake: ? (Hydraulic disc)How big is your budget? If it's unlimited then go with Hope Mino Pros, otherwise the new Shimano XTs sound really good.
    Rims: ?It sounds like the DT Swiss build up rock solid, but if you want to go tubeless then look at Stan's Arch or Flow rims.
    Spokes: ?
    Tires: ?Really dependent on your terrain but with a full rigid I'd consider WTB Weirwolf Low Tread 2.55s or Schwalbe Racing Ralph 2.4s; people seem to universally like the Panaracer Rampage tires too (I've used the other two, not the Panaracers)
    Crank: ? (I really like the modified XTR but don't know how to do it)White Bros. ENO; got 'em on both my SSs now.
    Chain ring: ? (32)White Bros; I have a Boone on my rigid ti. SS but they're not currently taking orders from what I understand.
    Cassette: ? (Boone? is' it really hard to get it now?)See above, Boone may be unobtanium. Go with a King stainless or an Endless aluminum cog.
    Saddle: Fizik Gobi or Brooks??Your other strong personal choice. I personally love Brooks but they're made of lead.
    Skewers: ?I love Shimano, they work really well, but if you build with DT Swiss hubs then go with DT Swiss Ratchet skewers.
    Chain: ?
    Depends on your chainring/cog width but if you don't need a 1/8" BMX chain then just pick out a nice geared chain, I use SRAM chains. If you want to go top shelf then pick up a Wipperman stainless chain.
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    thank you el-cid

    I just talked to DeSalvo, and he does build steel fork for $225, and might build me a Ti fork if I really want it. How DeSalvo's compare with Black Sheep's?

    For brakes, I think I can afford Hope Mini Pros, and I hope it will match with the blue CK hubs/headset. I currently run Magura Marta on my other mtb, and do like them too, but none of the store around here could bleed them brake properly.

    Yes, I think I will stay with Thomson stem/post to save some money. and will get a DT spokes/rims/skewers

    Do you know where I can get that XTR modified crank? Anyone selling?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rapidcarbon
    thank you el-cid

    I just talked to DeSalvo, and he does build steel fork for $225, and might build me a Ti fork if I really want it. How DeSalvo's compare with Black Sheep's?
    I'm sure that a ti. fork from DeSalvo would easily be the equal to one from Black Sheep.

    Quote Originally Posted by rapidcarbon
    For brakes, I think I can afford Hope Mini Pros, and I hope it will match with the blue CK hubs/headset.
    I've seen the Hope rotors with blue carriers!

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    Do you know where I can get that XTR modified crank? Anyone selling?
    Jeff Jones modifies those cranks. I'm sure if you e-mail or call he could give you a price for a set.
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    i had mike desalvo build me my first custom 29er in ti. great choice in builder. i have had 3 frame built my Mike....a ti 29er SS, a steel 29er SS and a steel cx ss.

    how much do you weigh and what is your height (are you big and burly or tall and slender, vice versa)? i think better build advice can be given if we know that, especially with the fork material and what model disc brakes.
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    I am not too big or too small. Just a hair over 5'9" and weight just around 160-165lbs.

    DeSalvo think it's best to use steel fork. Do you guys agree?

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    I'd forget the hopes.... I run the mini's on my hardtail and the mono4's on my dually.... both are good but the 07 xtr's on my ss are a marked improvement over both. Word has it the 08 xt's are 20% more powerful than the current xtr's. They would be my choice for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rapidcarbon
    I am not too big or too small. Just a hair over 5'9" and weight just around 160-165lbs.

    DeSalvo think it's best to use steel fork. Do you guys agree?
    There is a lot of bias against ti forks, I think mainly due to the bad rep of the Spicer and Sibex types. Black Sheep and Jones both have much better reputations. (they are also both unicrown instead of segmented) I think it depends on your personal preference and terrain. Ti forks are very flexible and you can see and feel them moving over rough terrain...which also results in a considerably smoother ride than steel. I've been riding nice steel forks and like them, but I'm going to switch to a Black Sheep ti when I have the $$$.

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    The big difference for me with a ti truss fork is there is minimal brake deflection in the fork.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rapidcarbon
    Handle bar: Jones H-Bar
    Stem: Thomson ( or Moots Ti ?)
    Jones bars = 31.8mm clamp diameter
    Moots Mountain stem= 25.4mm clamp diameter
    Moots Road Stem = 31.8mm clamp diameter

    Just something to consider.

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    Quote Originally Posted by indigosky
    Jones bars = 31.8mm clamp diameter
    Moots Mountain stem= 25.4mm clamp diameter
    Moots Road Stem = 31.8mm clamp diameter

    Just something to consider.
    Unless he started making the crossbar larger, it is 25.4 with a 31.8 shim. On one of my bikes I have a Jones bar on a Moots stem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drevil
    Unless he started making the crossbar larger, it is 25.4 with a 31.8 shim. On one of my bikes I have a Jones bar on a Moots stem.
    That's true, but he strongly recommends using the shim for stress disbursement, and I value my teeth

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    Quote Originally Posted by indigosky
    That's true, but he strongly recommends using the shim for stress disbursement, and I value my teeth
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