remedy part 3, the middle

I will never finish a bike until it’s getting sold. There is always dreams and thoughts in my mind, always coming new things that seems fun to try, terrain and friends are changing. And so on. But for now my Trek Remedy is finished (read: missing parts)

My goal was to build a Trailbike capable of everything like my 7 year old Liteville 301. This got better angles, lower headtube/front, made for 27,5″ wheels, a much better rear damper, 39g lighter and better crankset, 6,25cm wider handlebar.

So me who never liked Trek now got 2 (!) Trek. Strange but things change and I’m not closed to one brand. If we skip functions and pricing I think Trek got one of the best paintjobs on the market now, high quality painting with great deep feels like it will hold. A great finish.

So which parts is on this and how much did the scale show?

frameset: Trek Remedy 9 18,5″

fork: Fox 34 Float Factory fit-CTD 140mm

headset: FSA tapered

stem: Bontrager Rhythm Pro 80mm

handlebar: Bontrager RL 750mm

grips: Bontrager bar tape black

seatclamp: Bontrager (is there any light options in 36,4?)

seatpost: Rock Shox Reverb Stealth

saddle: Tune Komm-Vor (what else?)

brakes: Sram X.0 180 Formula rotor front, 160 Avid rear, ti-bolts and Shimano adaptor

gear lever: Sram XX1 Trigger

rear derailleur: Sram XX1

cassette: Sram XX1

chain: Sram XX1

crankset: Sram XX1 with 34t Absolute Black spiderless, Pressfit GXP bottom bracket

wheelset: Bontrager Rhythm Comp

tires: Continental X-King 27,5×2,4″ RaceSport

tubes: Bontrager

pedals: Crank Brothers Candy 2Ti

Total weight: 11,95kg

Lighter than I thought but am waiting for a supernice shorter stem and new handlebar + new QR for my fork.

Will try it for real after work tomorrow :D

KS LEV for XC ;)

New School thinking and as I only have one mtb for everything I missed my dropper post from my Liteville. My Grammo Pako seemed impossible to mount a Rock Shox Reverb in a proper way so got for the second option. A Kind Shock LEV, thought first of going with one with lever under the saddle but thought again and a remote is so much easier. KS LEV 31,6×385 with 125mm drop:

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Lost 13g when cutting the wire hosing and wire so over 200g lighter than the Reverb Stealth I had on my Liteville :D

Looks like this mounted:

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Wiring through the top tube where the front derailleur wire should go, really smooth. But will be testing som positions on the handlebar to get it working with my Xloc for my fork too, a bit tight now but think it will work.

The damper is on

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My 3 year old Lefty fork is back on my bike. Oldest part, I think. Had to rise my stem 1,2cm but also can take away the left brakelevermounting and use the xloc from the fork to save some weight. So less that 612g heavier ;) And so much comfortable, and probably a bit faster too.

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Cannondale Lefty Speed Carbon XLR is the thing :)

Scalpel 27,5 first ride

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Borrowed a rear wheel from John, a Tune Race 2.0 front wheel from another friend so I could try 27,5″ on my Scalpel. Pacenti Quasimoto 2″ rear and Schwalbe Rocket Ron 2,25″ in front. Heavy rear wheel and light front. Looks awesome with this bigger wheels I think, tight racing look.

So how was it then?

Except that I forgot to check the air pressure before did it feel really good. Maybe to heavy gearing or too bad trained legs but except that it felt fast. Was around 1bar in the front tire so really soft but as I only rode on gravel and a short ride it worked but felt like the fork was on when it was locked and braking on the downhill felt a bit sketchy when the rim floats on the tire. Felt like the fork was diving when it was the tire ;) Rode up Fløyen to Brushytten and down Munkebotn. Picture from a bit over Stoltzekleiven. Tomorrow I will try it more proper. Maybe see if it works great with a slimmer rear tire with lower knobs and more aggressive front tire too.

Map and some graphs from today: Movescount

lightest brakes (?) again

Changed for Formula R1 Racing for my Scalpel. Sad thing is that it is IS mounts front and rear so have to use adapters and extra bolts looking like this:

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Maybe should have switched QR from my Liteville to a blue Tune but ;) 140mm rear, 160mm front. Including all bolts, adapters, rotors it’s 475g  :D pretty good weight.

Looking like this on the handlebar at the moment, had to use a matchmaker for the shifter as I didn’t want to take the grips of:

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Saved 190g compared to my Elixir 5 with same adapters and rotors. Formula R1 Racing are light :D With PM mount and original kevlar hosing it would be even lighter.

Also tried my Liteville 27,5″ rear wheel with Schwalbe Racing Ralph 2,25″ tires. Worked 2 of 3 mountings but don’t I dare to ride with it, don’t want to ruin the carbon chainstay.

Bundesliga Bad Salzdetfurth

Some never getting tired of being on top. In mens mtbracing we have Nino Schurter, womens Julie Bresset. But if we look a little under there is up and coming cyclists. Alexandra Engen got 6th at the olympics, 11th at world XCO and then the winning started. Won the Worlds Eliminator race, second last Bundesliga Eliminator yesterday with her teammate Katrin Leumann winning:

So after celebrating yesterday Alexandra topped it today. Won the last Bundsliga XCO and also won the complete Cup, that’s how it should be done :D. Race until the season ends.

1. Alexandra Engen – Ghost Factory Racing Team

2. Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå – Merida Multivan Biking Team

3. Irina Kalentieva – Topeak-Ergon

4. Lisi Osl – Ghost Factory Racing Team

Men is racing now with Fabian Giger in the lead.

Tuned Lefty, saved 133g

I had a Cannondale Lefty Speed XLR that came with my bike. 1393g including ti-bolts. Then I talked to Headshok-Willy (Larry in Europe) it was possible to change the outer leg to Carbon fibre to save weight. He could do it and after a couple of e-mails I sent my fork to the Netherlands. Then they screwed up and e-mailed wrong person so had to wait almost 3 weeks until they fixed it. But today I got it back :D Old leg:

New fork including new needle beerings and a full service. Maybe with Air tuning kit too, haven’t checked.

And then on my scale:

So dropped 133g and became better looking. :D Mounted on my nice bike that misses crankarms:

And a picture on the front:

After I mounted the crankarms that should come tomorrow the bike is under 7,3kg :D Maybe I should change the forkboot to a nicer one if I find and feels like I have to change rear derailleur. To use a long cage with double or single ring is a bit of a fail. But but, works for now.