Le Peloton #147

Like an Alfa Romeo 😉 Flashing morning with some guys:


2 groups today, one Kangas group and one for the rest of us. I was unsure if I would ride the CX or roadloop as it snowed yesterday evening so took my Sequoia. Everyone rode the roadloop so keeping up with my 11kg Sequoia was hard, but did alright in our 2nd group and felt like some good training 🙂

Map and stats: Strava

And after work I took out this beauty, think we will be good friends 😀


The Blue Lightning! a.k.a Specialized Epic HT


With a borrowed stem and handlebar I finally could start my build today. Have been looking forward to this since first parts was ordered in November 🙂 My budget simple hardtail ended with getting the lightest mtb at work and start racing again. I’m a fan of innovation like the new style XC geometry with a bit slacker headangle while keeping it fast, Boost and of course I want a good damping fork. Wanted to build a light bike without the extra things you don’t really need like a super big cassette. Love the custom features of a Specialized S-Works crank (like Cannondale Hollowgram) and always dreamt of a set of Avid XX WC brakes.

My favorite color is blue.

It ended like this (just need to set up the right saddle height):


A black and blue Specialized Epic HT with a Fox 32 Stepcast fork. Sram 1×10 Sram X0 drivetrain with an S-Works crank with oval Garbaruk chainring.

Black and Blue as bottom and with some silver parts to lighten it up.



Pretty stoked over how it looks. And with a really heavy handlebar and just a plain stem I thought it would end up at 8,2kg.

But it is: 8,10kg 😀

Blue Lightning #7

First I got wrong rims and 2 different. Then I got a newer version of what I ordered which I kept with some compensation. Planned to get a pair of Ryde Trace XC 21 but got the new Trace 22 instead. A bit heavier but also 1mm wider:

A bit of calculating with DT’s Spoke Calculator and it was time to build:


Too short spokes, had to order new ones and wait until today. 2mm longer and much much better…

Hubs: Sram X0 boost

Rims: Ryde Trace22 29″

Spokes: 48 DT Revolution silver ( 16DT Competition on rear drive side)

Nipples: DT alu 12mm in blue

Result with tubeless tape:


50g more than planned with heavier hubs, rims and including tubeless tape I missed. But there is something with silver spokes.

Now just waiting for saddle and handlebar before I can finish and start riding for real. Looking forward 🙂

Blue Lightning #5

If I would have aimed this to be a superbuild I would have went for a Epic FSR or an Camber. My first plan was to build a cheap but good hardtail to ride with my friends. Then one part after another got changed 😉 but price is always a factor and good quality. Instead of Tune King/Kong or the new Acros Nineteen XC Boost I went with a matching pair of Sram XO:


Regular Sram 10-speed body and 110/148 wide Boost hubs


Front hub came with Torque Caps but I’m not sure they work with my Fox fork and saved 5g with regular endcaps


Will be laced with some silver DT spokes 🙂 More on that after the weekend when the rims arrive.

Blue Lightning #2


The blog maybe seem a bit dead but the project is going forward. slowly but forward. When I came home from work I had a Sram X0 Short Cage Type 2 derailleur hanging on my doorhandle 🙂 Great with friends and good messengers.

To compare with newer derailleurs made for more gears Sram XX1 is 241g and Sram XX1 Eagle is 265g. And thinking of lighten my X0 a little more 😉

More to come soon…