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29+ & 27+ / Re: Sanity check my P9 build, please!
« on: Today at 03:55:02 PM »

I got a UScutter MH365, the little one. I've worked with lots of cheap chinese laser cutters, cnc routers and other oddities, this one is by far the smoothest one I've played with yet.

That's a sweet cutter! I'm completely new to this so I went with the "scrap booking grandmother" model at $199 from Amazon. So far it's been great for what I want to do. I think the issue with the vinyl has more to do with the thickness of the adhesive layer as it seems to incorporate the reflective sparkles to some extent. If that makes sense.

I put some new decals on the new wheels.

First is with the flash off and second it is on.

Component Deals & Selection / Re: Hub comparison info
« on: Today at 03:35:33 PM »
Cool, thanks for commenting on the "cricket sound", I do prefer the silent or more subdue sounding hubs.

The 54t is a bit louder than the 18t ratchets, but if you keep the grease fresh, it's definitely less annoying than my Pro4's and not even close to my brothers I9 hubs. I was going to go with I9's on my new wheels but the noise killed it. I just can't take it, but that's user preference.

If you're not in any rush, and don't mind spending more cash, check out the Onyx hubs. They have some new lightweight versions coming this summer. The weight should be in line with the Hope's.

29er / Re: Feedback on the Velobuild VB-M-095??
« on: Today at 03:32:39 PM »
With a TT length of 600 (19" frame) and chain stays at 440, I would put the Velobuild 095 strictly in the XC category and not the "slack fun to ride" category.

Do care if the rear is 148x12 Boost? If that works, I would go with the XMCarbon CS-496. Otherwise, check out the Workswell 062. Yes it's 71 HA with a 497mm fork (based off the 90mm that Specialized uses) but most 100mm forks are 506 or 507. I have a RS Sid 120mm on mine and it's roughly 69.5 for the head angle. And with the relatively short 430mm chain stays and long 620mm top tube (18.5"), it's super fun to ride. It's not really in the "trail" segment, but it's still plenty fun ride.

Component Deals & Selection / Re: Hub comparison info
« on: February 20, 2018, 08:48:51 AM »
Boost hubs... DT Swiss 350 or Hope Pro4?

I have both and prefer the DT’s. The hubs are the same price but the 54t upgrade will cost an extra $100 so there is that part. But you’ll save 85 grams, have slightly more points of engagement, and be quite a bit quieter. They are both great choices. DT for the noise and weight conscious and Hope for the loud bling types.

29+ & 27+ / Re: Sanity check my P9 build, please!
« on: February 19, 2018, 02:28:33 PM »
Some reflective black pictures. Flash vs no flash

29+ & 27+ / Re: Sanity check my P9 build, please!
« on: February 19, 2018, 02:10:35 PM »
I also bought a vinyl cutter, it's a learning curve but I think I'm figuring it out!

Nice! Funny you mention this as I bought one a couple weeks ago also. Which one did you get? There is a bit of a learning curve but I think I have it figured out. It's the cut settings that seem to be variable. I've been using some Oracal 651 with great results but I've also got some black reflective vinyl that's been a bit of a pain. I've set the depth so it's cutting halfway through the paper and it's still a PITA to weed. It also decided to leave an adhesive deposit on the cutting blade which then pulled all the letters off and I ruined half a sheet.

Component Deals & Selection / Re: Wheelset from xmiplay
« on: February 18, 2018, 06:46:01 AM »
Have you check them on a different scale? Or check to see how accurate your scale is? A 10% error would put you just over 1700g on a 1550 gram wheel set.

Component Deals & Selection / Re: black dot on carbon handlebars
« on: February 09, 2018, 10:01:53 AM »
I see it now. Is it just a dot that's in the epoxy / clearcoat? If it doesn't appear to be a hole in the fibers (the fibers don't weave around it), then I wouldn't worry about it. Definitely odd though.

Component Deals & Selection / Re: black dot on carbon handlebars
« on: February 08, 2018, 07:05:46 PM »
Looks like there was some tape put there and when it was removed, it took the clear coat with it

29er / Re: Tiny hole in new frame, normal?
« on: February 07, 2018, 05:33:59 PM »
Yes it's for running a front derailleur cable. The hole looks weird though. Any chance you could take a clearer picture?

Component Deals & Selection / Let's share our Chinese carbon wheels.
« on: February 01, 2018, 08:47:42 AM »
I just had another set of wheels built up with some rims from Peter at XMCarbonSpeed. It's a good as time as ever to start a wheel thread. Feel free to add to the list so people can see what some options are.

This set consists of:
AS738C rims from, 38mm outer, 32mm inner, 28h, 820 grams for the pair, measured ERD 552mm to top of nipple head
DT Swiss 350 Centerlock Boost hubs, 28h, rear is running the 54t ratchet
Sapim CX-Ray spokes also from XMCarbonSpeed
Sapim double hex self locking alloy nipples
Decals from Slik Graphics (I live in a color matched world, I blame it on my 2 daughters, don't judge me  ;D)
Total cost with labor was $950, that's using full retail on the hubs and $100 in labor.

It is definitely fun. It’s just as fun building for others as it is for yourself.

I did see they have a Fox 34 at 120 for a great price too.

What’s the plan for the rest of the build?

A Reba 120mm might be a good option then. They can be bumped up to 120 and are a bit lighter than Revelations. You will be limited with those two forks though as they both max out at 100mm.

And if you tend to over analyze every bike part purchase, you’re in similar company. Welcome to the club.  ;D

It hasn’t been ridden yet but so far I’m extremely pleased with the CS-406 I’m building.

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