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Hi Guys

The time has come to satisfy that deep down ache that I know all the Homers at one time or another suffer from. Yes - UGI!!!!!!!

I've been racing and riding my Flux now for about 18 months and while I thought I rode quite smoothly, I've dented my XM819 rims and a thrown up rock has dented my downtube. :mad: As such, what do you all think of the following build, and go easy on me - I haven't donned my flame suit yet! :p

Frame Size & Color: XL RFX - Blue
* Rear Shock: Fox DHX Coil
* Fork: Zocchi 66 RC2X
* Brakes: Hope M4 203 Floating Disc's (Gold) with Goodridge Hoses
* Cranks: FSA Carbon Mega Exo 22 / 32 rings and E13 Bashguard
* Front Derailleur: Shimano XTR
* Rear Derailleur: SRAM X.0 Medium Cage
* Pedals: TBC
* Stem: Thomson Elite, 90mm, 5 deg - Black
* Handlebar: Race Face Next SL Carbon - 31.8mm :eek: (Love the shape though)
* Seatpost: Thompson Straight 330mm - Black
* Saddle: WTB Laser V Team SLT
* Bottom Bracket: FSA integrated
* Cassette: SRAM PG 990 11-34
* Chain: SRAM PC991
* Headset: Chris King NoThreadset - Gold
* Grips: ODI Race Face Lock-on
* Front Tire: 2.5 Blue Groove Stick-e
* Front Rim: - Mavic EX823 Disc UST
* Front Hub/Skewer: Chris King ISO Disc - Gold - 20mm axle
* Rear Tire: 2.35 Blue Groove DTC
* Rear Rim: Mavic EX823 Disc UST
* Rear Hub/Skewer: Chris King ISO Disc - Gold, Hope Skewer
* Shifters: SRAM X.0 Triggers
* Seatclamp: Hope QR

Now first and foremost - is it colour co-ordinated!?! :D

Joking aside, my concerns are the handle bars - would like to have a carbon one, but not sure whether the Race Face can take it, the rims (see my comments about the 819's above) and the fork - is it too much?

All help, comments, jokes, flames greatly appreciated. :thumbsup:

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Well my thoughts , for what they are worht. I think that is a fantastic build. I wouldnt do much different actually................

I run the same bar, have not had any problems thus far. You may well be heading to a little more action though, this bad boy you are building will be able to do some stuff for sure.

Great hubs, great rims, have had 2 sets of 823 rims, bomb proof in my opinion..........

Show us some pics when its built.....................

Any queries on bringing the colour scheme gold into the equation, talk to BikeZilla.........:thumbsup: :thumbsup:
 

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I've seen blue and gold, your kit is going to rock!

Carbon cranks? IMO if you'll be beating it according to the rest of your part's spec carbon cranks are risky if you ride in a rocky area. IMO, Go XT not blingy... but they'll take the beating they're designed for. Or if you can get ahold of the '07 XTRs you'll still have your bling factor.

I run the EX823s on CK hubs... bombproof is almost an understatement. But they're heavy too. All that carbon won't make up for it either.
I tried the Race Face ODI grips and liked them.
I don't know what a pricy chain will get you.
Remember to grease the cam and saddle of the Hope skewer every time you open it on the workstand. It's clamping force drops dramatically when it's dry.

Sounds like a sweet BURLY rig. Nice.
 

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if ya ask me, blue and gold never went out of style. yer onto somethin rarely visited in these parts. go for it! i almost did but had trouble findin a worthy gold hoop for mine so i bailed.

zilla makes good points on the cranks and chain. if yer a lightweight like me, the exo's are no big deal from what i see but xt's are trouble free no matter what. the pc991 is a no brainer in my book.

personally, as much as ive loved mavic's stuff, id spec dt 5.1s as they tend to be stiffer and i think a bit lighter to boot. not lookin it up so go figure if im off base here on yer own. on the other hand, nuthin builds as true as a mavic hoop.

i know the hope brakes are the choice of many and a fine performer yet again i feel a need to stress my dissapointment with the c.s. there. lame at best. if i was forced into hydros i think id go with avids. the new '07 stuff might be worth the wait or the juicy 7's are a easy pic.

in the end, screw what i say and do what works for you. no, really.
 

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cactuscorn said:
personally, as much as ive loved mavic's stuff, id spec dt 5.1s as they tend to be stiffer and i think a bit lighter to boot.
in the end, screw what i say and do what works for you. no, really.
CC makes a good point, I have gone the DT 5.1's, have not ahd enough time on them yet to give a comparison, time will tell though................... The 823's are as tough as old boots though, which is what you want.........
 

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Bikezilla said:
I've seen blue and gold, your kit is going to rock!

Carbon cranks? IMO if you'll be beating it according to the rest of your part's spec carbon cranks are risky if you ride in a rocky area. IMO, Go XT not blingy... but they'll take the beating they're designed for. Or if you can get ahold of the '07 XTRs you'll still have your bling factor.
Nothing wrong with running carbon cranks - at least not the FSA models :thumbsup: I've got a good 10 months on mine and so far they have been flawless. I believe Larry and squeak run them also.
 

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First, you need to work on your riding skills. If you're kicking up rocks when you ride, you're way too unsmooth for the RFX.










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justen said:
I have to applaud the Blue and Gold color scheme. Go Navy!

Can't you find a more expensive chain? Say, gold plated? ;)
ConneX Wipperman 10TR Titanium - £230 over here in the UK or about $420 at the current exchange rate! :eek: ;)

I really love the Annodised Blue that is on the new Spots - it appears to be slightly darker than the optional blue colour available on the RFX. I wonder if Turner could do that for me?

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Robbz said:
Ditch the hopes. What about the new DT swiss white EX1750 wheelset? And the 07 Zokes?
I've run Hope's for the past four years and there Mono Mini pulls even my lardy Ar$e up so I reckon the M4's should do the trick. Plus I'm just vain and like the floating rotors! :p Am however considering the Avid Juicy 7's.

Will have to have a look at the DT wheels and the 07 Zoke - the one Rene found looked sexy :arf:

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SSINGA said:
Nothing wrong with running carbon cranks - at least not the FSA models :thumbsup: I've got a good 10 months on mine and so far they have been flawless. I believe Larry and squeak run them also.
But will they take the abuse that, to quote MK "such an unsmooth" rider can offer!?! :p Plus I'm 6'4" and >200lbs? Saying that though, I've seen some of the stuff you ride and I'm no where near that level yet!

Good to know that Larry uses them - I was actually going to speak to him about the build and what are the shipping and tax implications given that I'm based in the UK.
 

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Bikezilla said:
I've seen blue and gold, your kit is going to rock!

Carbon cranks? IMO if you'll be beating it according to the rest of your part's spec carbon cranks are risky if you ride in a rocky area. IMO, Go XT not blingy... but they'll take the beating they're designed for. Or if you can get ahold of the '07 XTRs you'll still have your bling factor.

I run the EX823s on CK hubs... bombproof is almost an understatement. But they're heavy too. All that carbon won't make up for it either.
I tried the Race Face ODI grips and liked them.
I don't know what a pricy chain will get you.
Remember to grease the cam and saddle of the Hope skewer every time you open it on the workstand. It's clamping force drops dramatically when it's dry.

Sounds like a sweet BURLY rig. Nice.
Cheers Bikezilla

I love your build and this is just why I posted this thread. You guys have so much knowledge that it is hard to beat.

Maybe I got unlucky with my XM819's but as CC suggested, I have thought about the DT one's - probably the 5.1's, but again, none of my mates have experience with them.

My RaceFace cranks are really getting on my threpney bits and I've had no end of problems with them :madmax: As such I just wanted to move away from RF, but get your point - XT would stand up to the abuse and maybe even the British weather! :p

Keep the photo's coming.

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Maybe I got unlucky with my XM819's but as CC suggested, I have thought about the DT one's - probably the 5.1's, but again, none of my mates have experience with them.

My RaceFace cranks are really getting on my threpney bits and I've had no end of problems with them :madmax: As such I just wanted to move away from RF, but get your point - XT would stand up to the abuse and maybe even the British weather! :p
5.1's you say? Another excellent choice. I got my I9 wheels (gold hubs with blue/black fade spokes would look good on your bike:D ) with the DT 5.1 rims and they are taking the abuse quite well.

on the cranks again - czech the setup threads. Paul5s built a UK based Pack and went with the Truvative carbon cranks. Maybe he can provide some "local" longevity feedback.
 

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SSINGA said:
Nothing wrong with running carbon cranks - at least not the FSA models :thumbsup: I've got a good 10 months on mine and so far they have been flawless. I believe Larry and squeak run them also.
Curious, do you scrape them much, and how do they handle that? I've ground the shavfizzle out of the ends of my crank arms, on rock strikes.

Mfezi, I only have recent experience with XT and XTR Hollowtech-II cranksets. I have found them super easy to setup, and to pull and reinstall. The bearings are good boardering on so-so, but they're real easy to flush and repack with grease. (even though it says do not open:rolleyes: ) I would say that they might not seal so well in the near constant wet and muck of the UK...but like I said they're easy to repack, and I can't think of a stock set that seal better but I don't know.
 

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5.1's you say? Another excellent choice. I got my I9 wheels (gold hubs with blue/black fade spokes would look good on your bike:D ) with the DT 5.1 rims and they are taking the abuse quite well.

on the cranks again - czech the setup threads. Paul5s built a UK based Pack and went with the Truvative carbon cranks. Maybe he can provide some "local" longevity feedback.
SSINGA - You're a true Gent! Those wheels sound like pure porn - I'm off to do a seach :ihih:

Cheers for the tip off about Paul5s - I'll PM him and see who he got his bike built by. Larry has an amazing reputation and the prices over that side of the pond are ridiculously low, but it is a lot of admin to worry about. Maybe I should just take a holiday over there!! :D
 
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