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Saturday, April 30, 2011

9:ZERO:7 is ready!

 

Finally! The building took a lot longer than I planned, for several reasons.

With this bike project I wanted to do a little 'color coding', and the main colors are black and red. This caused a little problem with the brake hoses. The Jagwire HyFlow Quick-Fit is not directly compatible with my old brakes, Hayes HSX-9 (G2). But after some searching I figured out that they could work with an another Quick-Fit fitting kit, for Avid Elixir, as the caliper end seems to be similar to Hayes HFX-9. Thanks for Jan of Pyöristi for fast service, the fitting kit arrived on Friday, just in time for the weekend.

I was a little nervous if my tweaking would really work. The bleeding went suprisingly well, althought not really suprise as I have a very good DIY bleeding kit. And oh yes, they work!

Here is the complete component list:

Frame: 9:ZERO:7 medium size, black
Fork: Salsa Enabler
Rear derailleur: Shimano XT Shadow RD-M772
Front derailleur: Shimano SLX M660 E-type
Shifters: SRAM Plasma 8-speed (*)
Headset: Chris King NoThreadSet
Bottom Bracket: FSA Platinum DH ISIS 100mm
Crankset: FSA Alpha Drive 175mm
Pedals: Shimano PD-M520 (*)
Brakes: Hayes HFX-9 G2 (*)
Cassette: Shimano CS-HG70 8-speed
Chain: Shimano CN-HG91
Stem: FSA XC-170 120mm/6° (*)
Handlebar: BBB SkyBar 60cm (*)
Seatpost: Thomson Elite 30.9mm/41cm
Saddle: Selle Italia Flite (*)
Grips: Ergon R2M Magnesium (*)
Tires: Surly Larry 3.8" 120TPI
Tubes: Bontrager 26X2.8
Cables: Jagwire L3
Brake hoses: Jagwire HyFlow T 5.0
Seat collar: Salsa Liplock
Front wheel: Vicious Cycles Graceful Fat Sheba 80mm, Surly 135mm hub
Rear wheel: Vicious Cycles Graceful Fat Sheba 80mm, Shimano XT hub

(*) = parts from the old bike.

The bike weights in 15.380 kgs / 33.90 lbs.

 

More photos:

 

 

 

I went for a short test ride in the evening and sunset...

 

 

 

 

First impression: mountain biking revolutionsed!! I had big expectations and it seems that they are more than fulfilled. The bike doesn't feel heavy at all. It accelerates much better than I expected. The 100mm wide bottom bracket doesn't feel bad. I'm impressed. The test ride was very short so the full capabilities were not even closely shown. I will do a longer ride on Sunday, and an overnighter probably in the next two weeks time. And of course the next winter will be a real test.

And oh yes, riding this bike causes huge smile on my face! :-)

So why I chose 9:ZERO:7? There are several reasons. Basically the other choices currently are Surly Pugsley, Salsa Mukluk, Fatback and Sandman. All of them are certainly good, but 907 meets my needs best:

- Look!
- Geometry, closer to my old setup.
- Down tube bottle cage mount and Salsa Enabler fork with back-of-fork-leg bottle mounts for best possible bikepacking setup.
- Aluminum frame for lightness.
- Possibility for a 29er setup, versatility for year-round use in bikepacking, commuting, trail riding, even racing.
- Affordable and good availibity from CRC of Alaska/Fatbikes.com.
- Look! :-)

Huge thanks for Chain Reaction Cycles of Alaska for their awesome customer service! I highly recommend them if you are interested in purchasing a fatbike.

By Toni at 9:42 | Permalink |
Category: 9:ZERO:7, Fatbike, Gear

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Finally!

The frame and parts of the new bike project arrived finally today to the Customs of Turku, and I picked them up this afternoon.

 

 

 

 

More photos and writing as build progresses.

By Toni at 19:10 | Permalink |
Category: 9:ZERO:7, Fatbike, Gear

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Sunrise!

The morning commute is almost always nice, the only downside is the destination: workplace. It would be of course much nicer to continue riding.

This morning was a bliss. A spectacular sunrise. When the opportunity comes, you gotta take it!

 

 

 

 

 

And tomorrow is the day, the new bike project will be here! Expect another dose of photos here tomorrow evening...

By Toni at 18:06 | Permalink |
Category: Commuting, Photographing