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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.

Component Deals & Selection / Hub comparison info
« on: December 16, 2017, 10:59:48 AM »
So I've had this spreadsheet for awhile now but I'm just finally getting around to posting it. If I remember my process correctly, all of these numbers are based off of Boost hubs as that seems to be the most current. So if you're looking for something different, your numbers may vary. Also, all of the information is direct from the manufacturer's site so real world weights may vary slightly but you get the idea.

This guy has some cool carbon testing videos. It looks like he gets to have some fun testing and cutting up carbon bike parts and frames. Here is a cut away and an tutorial on the differences between an Enve rim and a generic chinese carbon rim.

His youtube channel

If this has been posted before, well, now you get to watch it again....

26er & 27.5 (650b) / CS-406 27.5 Hardtail frame from XMCarbonSpeed
« on: November 01, 2017, 05:05:53 AM »
Just another build thread. This time I ordered a CS-406 from Peter in UD matte, BB92 shell, 142 axle, and size 15.5". The frame will not be shipped for another couple of weeks but I figured I would get the thread going now.

Here are the preliminary specs.

Frame: XMCarbonSpeed CS-406 15.5" frame UD matte finish, BB92, 142x12 axle
Fork: RockShox SID RLC, 100mm, 2017 w/ Charger damper, Boost axle
Bar: Chiner carbon flat bar 670 wide
Grips: ESI Racer's Edge
Stem: Wake 40mm
Seatpost: GUB 31.6 straight post
Saddle: Codream 230x140 kids seat from Amazon
Brakes: Shimano Deore M6000
Rotors: Shimano 160mm Centerlock
Wheels: DT Swiss XM421 27.5 28h rims, DT Swiss 350 hubs, DT Swiss Competition spokes, Sapim aluminum self locking nipples
Tires: Bontrager XR3's
Crank: SRAM Descendant 165mm GXP
Chainring: RaceFace 32t N/W round
Bottom Bracket: SRAM GXP BB92
Pedals: Race Face Chester
Shifter: Shimano SLX M7000
Rear Derailleur: Shimano SLX M7000
Cassette: Shimano XT M8000 11-42 11 speed
Chain: Sram NX PC-1130

Once the frame arrives, I'll post up more information and some pictures.

Classifieds / New Sram X0 GXP carbon crank arms 175mm
« on: October 06, 2017, 02:01:47 PM »
I have some X0 carbon crank arms that I don't need. They are new and have never been installed. $175 plus shipping.

Who needs some new Sram chainrings? I have a few 2x10 setups with 42 and 28 tooth rings. I also have one 3x10 setup with 44t, 33t, and 22t rings.

I'm thinking $20 sounds fair as that will cover shipping, PayPal fees, and an adult beverage of my choice.

Classifieds / Sram / Truvativ Descendant 165mm GXP 68/73
« on: August 31, 2017, 08:28:58 AM »
Selling a new Sram / Truvativ Descendant cranket. The length is 165mm. It's made for GXP bottom brackets with the standard 68mm or 73mm width. This is not the GXP83 version. It should work great for smaller adults or big kids.

After The Ride / Any Swiss members on here?
« on: July 11, 2017, 02:20:48 PM »
I'll be in the Lauterbrunnen Valley next week with the family. Just checking to see if there is anyone on here that may want to play tour guide for a couple of hours if I can sneak away from the wife and kids. Or anyone that may have some suggestions on what to ride. I do have one ride planned already, I just hope it works out. Once I'm in town, I will be checking in with Imboden bike to see what they recommend. I'll post some pictures either way once we are home.

29er / Transition Vanquish and it's chiner counterpart....
« on: April 26, 2017, 07:49:48 AM »
So Transition just released a super fun looking 29er. Long, low and slack like the rest of their bikes but the chainstay is 420mm!! The WW 062 that I have is one of the shorter ones at 430mm and it's a blast to ride. I would love to get the Vanquish but it's not in the budget at this time. I would love to see Peter or another vendor get close to it. Which I guess the CS-496 is pretty close but but it's also shorter in the top tube and reach but quite a bit.{ts_2017-04-26_07:21:59}-cc777f12dbbf2ad6-A61BA4E2-DE92-BEEF-1B6F9ACC5B30E78A

Steep and cheap has some great prices on Rockshox forks right now. And don't forget to factor in the $40 coupon code and the 9% cash back that ActiveJunky is offering. A 27.5 Pike RCT3 for $375 shipped with the coupon code then you get $37 back from AJ. Or the SID XX 29er 100mm fork for $396 shipped with $39 cashback. Or for $10 more you can get the SID RL in the Boost 29/27.5+ version.

Also, the Ibis 941 carbon wheelset with a DT 350 rear hub (front hub is generic but who cares about the front as long as it doesn't fail) for $648 and $65 cash back.

After The Ride / Crazy stupid Craigslist finds
« on: December 01, 2016, 08:57:54 AM »
Just as the title says. I'll go first.

This dude is on some seriously good stuff!

Component Deals & Selection / Easton Haven 35 carbon bars for $64
« on: November 16, 2016, 07:18:31 AM »
Chainreaction cycles has all colors of the Haven 35 carbon bars for $63.99. Might be narrow for some at 750mm but it's a pretty sweet price on some name brand bars.

26er & 27.5 (650b) / 14" 26er FM-M001 build
« on: November 09, 2016, 05:55:02 PM »
My next build has officially begun. This time for daughter #2, the AR in GKARTA.
I ordered the frame on November 7th and hopefully it's here before Santa as he is the official delivery dude. The frame is sold from a bunch of different vendors but I bought this one from Tideace or Haideli on AliExpress. It's also sold on eBay by Tideace and Dashine bikes and on Amazon by Fasteam. I had several emails with Amy and her communication has been great and she informed me that Tideace and Haideli are the same company but Fasteam and Dashine are different vendors. Here is the link for the frame I purchased.

So on with the build details. The frame will get the household standard of GKARTA decals with a color preference of yellow. The only thing that isn't high on the color list is the white fork. But since it was new from Amazon for $165, white it is. Unless someone has a black Reba 27.5 fork they want to trade for a Revelation RCT3.

Frame: Tideace FM-M001 14" frame 3K weave in matte finish
Fork: RockShox Revelation RCT3 27.5 100mm travel 15mm thru axle
Bar: Chiner carbon flat bar 660 wide
Grips: ESI Racer's Edge yellow
Stem: Wake 40mm
Seatpost: GUB 31.6 straight post
Saddle: Codream 230x140 kids seat from Amazon
Brakes: Shimano Deore M615
Rotors: Avid G3 160mm 6-bolt rotors (painted ones from AliExpress)
Wheels: Stans ZTR Crest 32h, DT Swiss 350 hubs, DT Swiss Competition spokes, Sapim aluminum self locking nipples
Tires: WTB Bronson Race 26x2.1
Crank: SRAM Stylo GXP 1.1 150mm (cut down from 175)
Chainring: 32T N/W gold ring
Bottom Bracket: SRAM GXP BB92
Pedals: Race Face Chester
Shifter: Shimano SLX M7000
Rear Derailleur: Shimano SLX M7000
Cassette: Shimano XT M8000 11-42 11 speed
Chain: Sram NX PC-1110

Weight: no idea but I hope it's in the 23 pound ballpark. 20 lbs would be great but some of the parts are on the portly side so I don't think it's doable with the current budget. I have thought about re-lacing the wheels to some Stan's Crest rims which would drop some weight and gain 1.5mm in inner width but I'm not sure if it's a worthy investment.

I'll keep this thread updated as the parts arrive.

Vendor Discussion & Reviews / eBay vs AliExpress
« on: October 21, 2016, 05:34:53 AM »
I've used eBay quite a bit for the past 15 years or so but I've never used AliExpress or Alibaba. I see that AliExpress has a little more options for buying multiple items and has better pricing for the carbon frames. I'm just a little hesitant as this might be a group purchase of about 6 frames with handlebars and seat posts and involve other peoples money. What should I be looking for and are there any do's or don'ts that I should be aware of?

Component Deals & Selection / Shimano SLX M7000 brakeset
« on: September 29, 2016, 02:23:19 PM »

The price on these seems almost too good to be true. So I figured I would give it a shot.  :o  The seller has sold 31 items and all the reviews are positive so hopefully I didn't loose my money. I offered $80 and the seller accepted it. $80 for a front and rear set of SLX brakes is pretty cheap. They come with non-finned resin pads but that is fine. They will most likely end up on my daughters bike anyway.

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