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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