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.

Red Rocket Rigid RUpdate!

Yes I spelled it “RUpdate…” just say it with a Scooby voice then you’ll be fine. Anyhow, I installed my KHS Rigid One fork on my Red Rocket last night and got a few miles in this morning before heading to work.

First few thoughts, this thing looks great! I’ve incorporated some Evomo stickers on the fork to accentuate the red and black theme of the bike.

My test terrain this morning was relatively flat and a few short climbs. But from what I experienced, this bike is fun! I thought that the rigid fork would have been stiffer, but perhaps the steel frame that my Gary Fisher is made with helps out with smoothing out some of the roughness.

I plan on riding this bike more often and found that I was very excited about it. Eric Hunner(single speed super hero) rides a rigid and swears by it. Our friend Lance Lowry is also on a rigid, but a 29er and he loves it.

One of the concerns that Priscilla brought up to me was the beating that I may get from the rigid bike. I’m sure for my first few times I’ll be sore, but I told her it wouldn’t be any different from me lifting weights at the gym, you get beat up the first few times, then you get buff! Not that I need to get more buff as it is…

Anyhow, I’ll report on the progress of this bike and let you know if this set up is a keeper.