I've been loitering on this site for several months, but didn't really have anything to share with everyone. However, today saw the completion of my 2004 Litespeed Pisgah build. I'm just back from my first ride and thought I'd post some pics.
The frame was bought on Ebay and arrived in pretty good condition.
However the seller had been slightly economical with the truth and there were a couple of er... 'issues'. Firstly the cantilever boses had been hacked off in a somewhat less than surgical fashion:
After doing some homework and searching the forums on here I opted to send the frame to Enigma for a refurb. On inspection they discovered problem number two: a small crack in the weld between the seat-stay and seat tube. The diagnosis was that the previous owner had been using the wrong diameter of seatpost. Not good! At this point I was beginning to think I had bought a rather expensive piece of scrap metal.
I really have to doff my cap to Mark at Enigma as he has done a stunning repair job. The bosses have been completely removed without a trace, cable guides added and the frame fully re-brushed. And the cracked weld? It has been re-welded and looks as good as the original. Really, really great work.
And so to the build. I've been riding my 1997 Kona Kilauea as a single-speed for a number of years and love the simplicity. So at least for the time being I've opted for single speed. 1x9 is also a possibility, but I'm out of cash at the moment!
The stem, bars and cranks have been pinched from my Kona, but everything else is new. First purchase were the forks. I was struggling to find a pair of RC31s so I phoned up Pace to see if they could help. Turns out that although the forks are discontinued they have enough components left in the factory to build a few more pairs. Result!
Today's ride was short and gentle, but crikey! This is my first titanium frame and the bike just floats along. Really happy with it. I'll progress to some proper off-road action next weekend and report back.
The full specs are:
Frame: 2004 Litespeed Pisgah 18”
Fork: Pace RC31
Headset: Cane Creek IS3
Stem: Easton EA50 100mm x 6º rise
Handlebar: Easton EA50 mid-rise
Grips: Specialized XC Locking Grips
Brakes: Shimano XTR M975, 160mm rotors
Brake Pads: Shimano XTR M975
Brake Cables: Shimano XTR M975
Brake Levers: Shimano XTR M975
Cassette Spacers: Surly SS Spacer Kit
Cassette Cog: Surly 3/32” x 17t
Chain: KMC X8.99
Cranks: Shimano Deore LX M563
Crank Bolts: Shimano Deore LX M563
Chainrings: Surly 34t Stainlesss Steel
Chainring bolts: I.D. Stainless Steel
Bottom Bracket: Shimano UN54, 68mm shell x 113mm axle
Pedals: Crank Brothers Egg Beaters SL
Hub Skewers: Shimano XTR M975
Rims: Mavic 717 Disc
Hubs: Shimano XTR M975
Tyres: Continental Race King 2.0
Saddle: Charge Spoon Titanium
Seatpost: Thomson Elite Ø31.6mm x 367mm
Seatpost Binder: Thomson