Monday, November 19, 2012

Mavic Crossmax SLR 29er wheelset

Just sprung for a set of Mavic Crossmax SLR 29er wheels, weighing in a 1620 grams their a big improvement over the stock S-XC Giant wheelset. The Giant wheelset is pretty durable just had to true them twice since new but they weigh in around 2100 or 2200 grams, heavy, very heavy. Converting the Mavics to tubeless with the supplied kit was painless... well designed system plus the hubs are a 4 pawl design.
Used Slime sealant for the tubless application
Hubs have a 4 pawl design
  Stayed with the Schwalbe Racing Ralph 29 x 2.10 tubeless which I find has excellent rolling resistance but in the wet the compound seems very slippery, in the dry the grip is excellent. First ride impression was how stiff the Mavics are but being tubless the lower pressures will offset some of the ride stiffness. There's virtually no side flex in the wheel... impressive. Climbing is an eye opener, with the heavier wheelset on steep climb you have a tendency to punch at the pedals but with the Mavics they seem to just spin up steep climbs almost like a roadbike. It's really amazing how shaving over a pound of rotating weight makes everything feel, plus their a damn pretty set of wheels.
Unique looking like most Mavic's

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Mountain Bike downtube protector

Holes drilled at angles to allow Ties to insert easier
Fabricated a simple but durable strong downtube protector by using some PVC tubing. I Had to cut and heat the tubing to almost flatten it then drilled some 1/4 in holes at angles for the zip ties to slide through, I also applied some double sided trim tape to the inside of the PVC for a little extra bond.
Ties inserted with trim tape
The Shape of the Giant XTC downtube made things easier due to it's strait design whereas some downtubes have portions that run level with the ground for 6 to 8 inches making them more likely to get whacked by a high sharp boulder, this would also require you to heat and bend the PVC to get the correct arc for the frame. Final step is to secure it with 11 inch ties. Simple, neat and durable. 
Ties secured in three slots

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Selling 2011 Trance X 4

Selling my 2011 Giant Trance X 4, Size medium. New Kenda small block 8 tires, xtra tubes, I'll throw in almost new Kenda Nevegal tires. Deore components, Shimano Alivio rapid fire shifters, RockShox Tora TK w/ Tapered Steerer, 120mm Travel. Bike is in great condition never raced, used very little, it's the same frame as the $3,850 Trance X1. Asking $825.00, contact me on my profile page email address