Tis the off-season time to get the race bikes ready for the upcoming season, so I've been puttering in the garage a couple of days to do a little overhaul on the Dos Niner.
May I present my size XL 2006 Dos Niner all ready to ride for the 2009 season?
Here she is...
This will be the 4th season of me racing it in XC events. I guess I cannot complain to get this many seasons out of a race bike. As everybody knows, my only complaint has been the color - but I finally gave up on trying to swank it out with color as this Very Verde Green goes with nothing that I can figure out. Believe me, I've tried. I just did a little overhaul this week to get it ready for 2009 racing and tossed in the towel and went with as much black as I had laying around to throw on the bike. Regardless, once on the bike and hammering away color is not an issue. It's just that when staring at the color in the garage or on the bike rack I'm not drooling over the Very Verde Green, the Orange Peelz, the new silver. I want hot red. Glossy black. Something that gets the juices flowing - ya know what I mean?
I swapped out the red Chris King headset for a black one I had on another bike. My cables and housing were due to be replaced, so I had some older Jagwire Ripcord blah quasi carbon black or seaweed green (can't quite identify the color) which replaces the vibrant silver I had on there for 3 years. Swapped out the Avid Ti levers for Avid Ultimate levers (picked them up for a song). Black seems to blend in a little better and overall the bike is now more muted which for me - who loves hot red, shiny gloss black and things that pizazz - will have to be content with for now.
I also swapped out the Alligator 180mm rotors for 160mm up front and 140mm in the rear with the appropriate adapters. I feel like I have been over-braked in the midwest XC race scene as there are not really that many descents or at least long steep descents that bring up the issue of overheating or fading. So I'm downsizing this season as I see no need to pedal around with enough brake for the mountains when riding a small hill in the midwest.
Everything on the bike needs a little winter clean up treatment since I have been riding in slush, ice, snow, salted streets, but I'll wait until spring is actually here to clean all of that up. The chain needs some work, the springs on the derailleurs look like they have been by the ocean thanks to the salt they put in the streets here in Iowa.
Here is my attempt to seal in the entire rear derailleur cable run with Ripcord housing, Jagwire teflon liner, heat shrink from the hardware store and so far - it's running great like this in the winter crud. I used a Jagwire L3 small section for the small run from the cable stop to the derailleur and put some heat shrink over the ferrules and housing to seal it all in...
Here's the Jagwire black teflon liner along the top tube with heat shrink to seal the liner and ferrules together...
Holy Spacers and Stem Rise Batman!!! Yup, most of we Wookies who stand 6'3" + who ride XL's have to customize our head tube area with a long steerer tube cut, spacers, stem rise, riser bar and or any combination of the above. I would prefer longer head tubes on the XL sizes to cut down on all these modifications, but that means going to a custom frame. Here I use the Chris King spacers, a Thomson 100mm 15 degree rise stem to dial in a bar height that works for me...
Bike is ready to ride and I'm heading out for a 2 hour gravel and snow grinder in a few minutes to make room for some SuperBowl nourishments...
My XL in this configuration weighs in at 24.5 pounds. It goes sub-24 with my American Classic wheelset.
2006 Dos Niner XL frame
Delgado Disc Rims laced to DT Swiss 240 disc hubs with SuperComps
2002 Avid CPS mechanical disc brakes/Alligator 160/140 rotors
Avid Speed Dial Ultimate levers
Jagwire Ripcord cables and housing
Schwalbe Racing Ralph 2.4 up front and 2.25 in the rear
Maxxis Ultralight 26" tubes (I run tubed for winter - tubeless for spring/summer/fall)
Thomson Masterpiece seatpost
Thomson Elite stem 100mm 15 degree rise
Salsa Moto Ace 17 degree bar full length (whatever length that is)
SRAM X.0 Twist Shifter grips with Bontrager Race Foam grips trimmed to fit
SRAM X.9 rear derailleur long cage
XTR 11-34 Ti Cassette
XTR front derailleur
Middleburn Duo 29/42T rings with customized 180mm black RS7 arms
Crank Brothers Chromo ISIS BB
SRAM Hollowpin chain
WTB Rocket V Ti Saddle
It's time to climb aboard and go out to enjoy the sunshine and my Dos Niner!!!