Mountain Bike Shenanigans

Ti Deluxe: Photoshoot
November 27th, 2016

It’s late autumn rolling into winter setting the backdrop for the updated bike.

Independent Fabrication Titanium Deluxe

Independent Fabrication Titanium Deluxe

Independent Fabrication Titanium Deluxe

Independent Fabrication Titanium Deluxe

Independent Fabrication Titanium Deluxe

Independent Fabrication Titanium Deluxe

Independent Fabrication Titanium Deluxe

Ti Deluxe: Updated
November 27th, 2016

So after hammering it around over the summer, I decided that it was time to invest some love in the Titanium Deluxe. This bike still ticks boxes, but the game has moved on and it was due some upgrades.

Back in the day the Magura Marta SL Gold editions were an awesome set of brakes, but Hope have in my view set the modern standard with their new race-spec brakes. So it was time to get some of those on with appropriate Ti fasteners.

The Fox floats had started leaking out of the compression adjuster at the bottom of the leg. They need a service and will find a new home on the Rockhopper, but I wanted the security of the QR15 setup that makes so much sense so upgraded to some new forks, had the tapered steerer replaced with a straight 1 1/8th and bought the bits to convert the Chris King hub.

Took a while to get all the bits ordered and the work complete, but it’s all done now ready to ride!

Old cockpit
Independent Fabrication Titanium Deluxe

Rear end before upgrade
Independent Fabrication Titanium Deluxe

Chris King Disc Hub
Independent Fabrication Titanium Deluxe

Chris Rowe’s paintwork still looking good…
Independent Fabrication Titanium Deluxe

Insanely expensive new bits for the hub
Independent Fabrication Titanium Deluxe

New brakes
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Anti-rattle measures
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New callipers and pinstripe tape
Independent Fabrication Titanium Deluxe

RP23
October 15th, 2016

So having had the Remedy since 2008, it’s asked for very little. Ragging it around over the summer proved that it actually needed some mechanical attention beyond my skills so there was only one place to call, TF Tuned. Tim Flooks might have hung up his hat, but the customer service is still awesome. Booked in on Sunday, posted Tuesday, Serviced Thursday, back with me and refitted by Friday.

Fox RP23

Fox RP23

Upgraded with Push tuning and piston body and serviced to my specifications it’s pretty mega. The Welsh borders are calling…

Gnatted
June 30th, 2016

Hamsterley by the Mast

Throughout the English-speaking world ‘gnat’ is usually reserved for small, biting flies, allied to mosquitoes but most of the groups for which British entomologists have used the word do not bite. Note that the only groups of British Diptera which ‘bite’ (and only female flies do so) are species of Culicidae (mosquitoes), Scatopsidae (blackflies), ceratopogonidae (biting-midges), Tabanidae (horseflies) and Muscidae (houseflies and allies). In some parts of the world Ceratopogonidae are called ‘no-see-ums’ because females are small, do not whine like mosquitoes, and attack en masse, producing a large number of suppurating spots.

Little buggers got me good tonight at Hamsterley Forest. Gnats. Millions of ’em.

25mm
June 5th, 2016

This week I rode the road bike for the first time in a year. Felt good to get out on something fast but the handling takes a bit of getting used to.

Titanium Crown Jewel - New tyres

After a bit of a shake down over a few days riding, I fitted some new tyres as the Schwalbe Ultimos that came on the Ksyriums had started to crack. After that I decided it was time for new tread and to move up to 25mm. Not sure there is any advantage in the bigger size – 2mm isn’t a lot.

Not a good sign

The jury is out on the Mavic Yksion replacements

IMBA: Long Live Long Rides