Salsa Dos Niner FINAL CUT!!!

Ah, the cut that must be made is FINAL.

You know the drill, right? You know - the measure once, twice, thrice and double check to make sure you have it right - drill. Along with all of that comes the testing to make sure it is good going up the hill, and going down the hill.

The final day of testing took place last night after work with Tara at Center Trails in Des Moines. After several days of riding Banner Pits, the trip to Center Trails solidified my choice of bar, bar height, stem, and spacer stack...


At some point, the FINAL CUT simply has to be made. And it was time.

I went through all of the experimentation and testing this week by trying various stem combinations, angles, spacer stacks and settled in on a good balance. This is my first ever shorty stub of a stem on one of my mountain bikes. A 70mm Thomson Elite 4 stem with a 10 degree upright angle, and a 7mm Chris King spacer. Measure once, twice, thrice and then the cut that must be made to the fork's steerer tube...


Then, the FINAL CUT to the front brake line had to be made followed by the subsequent bleed.

After trimming my own body down to race weight, the trimming of the bike ended up at 21.62 pounds for my size XL Salsa Dos Niner!


I can live with that...


A few more impressions with a week of riding under my belt on all the local singletrack...

• CG-R post from Specialized - love it!

• WTB Volt Carbon Saddle (skinny version at 130mm width) - love it!

• XTR Brakes - love them!

• XTR Shifter and rear derailleur (1 x 11) - love, love, love!!!!

• Specialized Enduro size XL lock on grips - WOW!

• Race Face Next Carbon Cranks and BB - not much new to notice here except their light weight.

• Easton  Carbon EC90 720mm bar with 6 degree sweep - already adjusted and love the torque!

• Fox 32 with remote - it's so good, I don't even notice it! That's good, right?

• DT Swiss RWS rear axle/clamp system - firmest rear I've had to date.

• Specialized Roval/DT Swiss carbon wheels - 2nd pair of Specialized Rovals, but lighter and very lively on the trail.

This upgrade required dipping into some inheritance funds to finance all of the parts.

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