Interbike 2009 – Carbon Frames

At Interbike 2009, one thing definite that I noticed was the abundance of carbon frames. As I walked the convention, speaking to different manufacturers (big or small companies) it seemed that they all had at least one carbon frame – road or mountain. The monocoque frames were just beautiful to look at!

Below are just some of the bikes we saw the last three days:

2E8J9913 by bicyclebloggers.                            KHS XCT Carbon, w/tapered headtube
2E8J0218 by bicyclebloggers.SASO MB1

IMG_9907 by bicyclebloggers.LOOK

LaPierre Pro Race 900LaPierre ProRace 900

2E8J0135 by bicyclebloggers.Rocky Mtn/Maxxis Team Edition

2E8J0133 by bicyclebloggers.CarboTec

2E8J0039 by bicyclebloggers.Morpheus Oracle-4X

IMG_9923 by bicyclebloggers.Titus

IMG_9919 by bicyclebloggers.Ellsworth Enlightenment

2E8J0028 by bicyclebloggers.BOO Bamboo Bicycles, carbon-bamboo

2E8J0069 by bicyclebloggers.

2E8J0046 by bicyclebloggers.Ellsworth…

In addition to the frames, there were ample of carbon components to compliment them.   Below are just a few that caught my eye.

2E8J9969 by bicyclebloggers.RaceFace Carbon Next cranks

2E8J0177 by bicyclebloggers.Carbon Wheelset from Sun Ringle

 

I don’t give a Shift!!! (Rigid SingleSpeed Complete)

That’s my new motto for 2009 as I ride my Rigid Single Speed.  Finishing touches on my rigid singlespeed were done over the holidays.  Last component needed on this project were the disc brakes.  I found a killer deal on Avid Juicy 5s right before Christmas.  Top it off it was free shipping and arrived on Christmas Eve.  Other components added to this beauty are:

    ·       Ashima Air-rotors.  160mm in the front and 140mm in the rear.  Weight on these are 85 grams (f) and 67 grams (r) – Sweet!

IMG_9734 by you.                                                 160mm Front rotors

IMG_9726 by you.                                                              140mm Rear rotors

           ·       SASO Carbon Seat post

IMG_9729 by you. 

    ·    Salsa Seat Clamp (non QR)
    ·       WTB Pure V, w/Ti rails
    ·    Bebop pedals

IMG_9732 by you.

Finishing up I hit several road bumps.  First was the Eccentric Bottom Bracket adjustment.  Fairly simple to adjust however unfamiliar to me I didn’t want to take a chance of ruining it before I could even ride it.  Second was play in my fork/headset/stem.  I’ve tightened all necessary bolts however there was still a little bit of play.  Turns out that there are two screws that need tightening on the compression plug (in-place of the star nut).  First a 5mm on the inner screw then a 6mm on the top-cap. 

These were both simple issues but new to me.  I went to my LBS – JensonUSA for assistance.  Props to Luis w/JensonUSA’s Corona store.  He is one of the most helpful guys I’ve ever met at a bike shop.  Very knowledgeable as well…

IMG_9731 by you.

Here is the complete spec:

Frame:                ZION EBB
Fork:                   SASO Carbon fork
Spacers:              Carbon
Headset:             Woodman Axis SL COMP
Stem:                 B52s 
Handlebars:         KORE Torsion bars 
Grips:                  Red OURY Lock-ons
Brakes:               Avid Juicy 5s
Rotors:         Ashima Air Rotors 160mm(f) and 140mm(r)
Seat Post:           SASO Carbon Seat post
Seat Post Clamp:  Salsa
Saddle:               WTB Pure V Ti rails
Crankset:            Race Face Deus, silver
Bash Guard:        Race Face
BB:                     Race Face ISIS spline
Chain:                 SRAM PC991
Wheelset:           Sun Ringle laced to XT hubs
Single speed cog: 16t Wheels Mfg SSK-3
Skewers:             SASO Carbon levers
Tires:                  Maxxis Larsen TTs 2.1(f)/1.9(r)
Tubes:                 various brands
Pedals:               Bebop
Misc:                   FSA Compression plug
H2O Cage:           WOOdman Carbon Comp
Weight:              23.54 lbs

IMG9738 by you.

I’m sure adjustments or changes will be made after I ride this bike, but for now it’s ready to hit the dirt.IMG_9728 by you.

Rigid Single Speed Update, Right-Sizing

This week I worked on right-sizing the steerer tube on my carbon fork and the width of my handlebars.  On my last update (#1) I wasn’t quite sure which handlebar/stem to use.  I’ve decided to give the KORE Torsion Bar and B52 stem a try.  Stock length of the Torsion Bar was at 800mm, so I’ve got some work to do in shortening it.

IMG_9660 by you.

The FORK: I finally got the courage to cut the steerer tube myself.  As I mentioned on the last post, the steerer is also carbon fiber.  Not having cut a steerer tube in the past I was hesitant in doing so.  For awhile I was debating on whether I should do it or take to my LBS.  Always trying to be self-sufficient I did a little research then bought a hack saw at Home Depot.  Following Richard Cunningham’s (Mountain Bike Action, issue July 2007) instructions, I measured the desired length then taped a spare aluminum spacer to use as a cutting guide.  I added an extra 10mm spacer to my desired length to give myself a little room for error.  Fortunately all worked well and the steerer tube was cut evenly.  I reinstalled the fork, added my carbon spacers, tightened the stem then installed the compression plug. 

IMG_9678 by you.                            Spacer taped on as a cutting guide.

NOTE: do not use the regular star-nut with carbon steerers; it will damage the insides. Use a compression plug which will expand inside the steerer tube.

The HANDLEBARS: Using the same method above, I proceeded to shorten the Torsion bars.  Original length is 800mm.  I decided to take off 3/4” on each end.  After measuring the desired length, I marked the handlebar, clamped on an old set of ODI Lock-on rings for a guide, tightened the screws then cut away.  Final length is 30.25″.

Once I’ve mounted the stem and handlebars to the appropriate position, I installed the red Oury grips.

IMG_9681 by you.                          ODI Lock-on rings as a guide.

IMG_9703 by you.

Above is the end result.  Not bad ehhh?  Here is where I’m at w/the build.  Almost there…

Frame:                 ZION EBB
Fork:                   SASO Carbon fork
Skewers:              SASO Carbon Levers
Single speed cog:   16t Wheels Mfg SSK-3
Stem:                   B52s 
Handlebars:           KORE Torsion bars
Grips:                   Red OURY Lock-ons
Wheelset:             Sun Ringle laced to XT hubs
Crankset:              Race Face Deus, silver
BB:                      Race Face ISIS spline
Tires:                   Maxxis Larsen TTs 2.1(f)/1.9(r)
Headset:              Woodman Axis SL COMP 
Tubes:                 various brands
Spacers:               Carbon
Misc:                    FSA Compression plug

Current weight: 19.74 lbs

Update #1 – Rigid Single Speed project

Hey folks, this is an update on my rigid singlespeed project.  I started this in beginning of November.  Since then, I’ve received a significant piece for the build.  From SASO, is a rigid Carbon fork.  The fork has carbon fiber legs/stanchions as well as a carbon steerer tube.  The unit weighs in at 1.64 lbs – WOW!  Unfortunately I didn’t weigh it when I first received it… (1.64lbs includes the Race Crown and uncut steerer tube).

IMG_9667 copy by you.

Here are the specs from SASO:

* MKM27CDCS
* Steerer:Carbon fiber
* 26″MTB
* Carbon fiber tube stanchion
* Forged AL6061 dropout/crown
* Weight:700 gm
* Disc brake mount only
* Drop/head:445 mm

IMG_9666 copy by you.

Also added / installed are:

Race Face crankset with ISIS BB.

Maxxis Larsen TTs 2.1(f)/1.9(r) on Sun Ringle Singletrack rims laced onto XT hubs.

–SASO carbon quick release skewers.  Check these bad boys out… titanium axles!

Specs from SASO:

QRC13 Quick Release
Carbon quick release
Titanium axle
R:38 gm, F:31 gm

IMG_9643 copy by you.

SSK-3 (singlespeed kit) from Wheels Mfg

SSK-3 comes with 9mm chain guides, 6 3mm spacers, 3 shims, 1 16T cog and 1 lockring.  I think for the now the 16T maybe too much for me.  I will certainly give it a try but most likely step down for now.

IMG_9066 copy by you.

Project Build specs so far:

Frame:                  ZION EBB
Fork:                     SASO Carbon fork
Skewers:               SASO Carbon levers
Single speed cog:    16t Wheels Mfg SSK3
Wheelset:              Sun Ringle laced to XT hubs
Crankset:               Race Face Deus, silver
BB:                       Race Face ISIS spline
Tires:                    Maxxis Larsen TTs 2.1(f)/1.9(r)
Headset:                Woodman Axis SL COMP
Tubes:                   various brands
Spacers:                Carbon

IMG_9663 copy by you.

Current weight: 18.65 lbs.  The build is more than 50% complete.  At this point I’m debating on which bars/stem combo to use.  Also in the picture you’ll see 7” rotor that will come off.  I’m in the hunt for a new brake set with 6” rotors.   

I can’t wait to finish this bike!  Check back in a few weeks…