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PostPosted: Tue Sep 22, 2009 2:41 am 
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Updated the bike. My third post has all new pics. :wink:


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 26, 2009 10:54 am 
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Wow, I hope she’s grateful, that’s a beauty! Better than new I reckon, and an amazing transformation from that poor unloved thing you bought. Just a pity that you haven’t got a replica of the Easton Elite decal, as that was a nice touch on the original, but aside from that I think your design and decals are classier than the RM originals.

Yes, that’s a size 14.5, the smallest they make. If Mrs RockiMtn finds that marginal, she’s not going to find anything much smaller. They quoted 3.9lbs for a size 18.5 frame, which sounds reasonable for Elite and their claims are usually fairly honest. For such a small frame, I reckon it must be around 3.5lbs, so she can’t complain about hills either!

Mind you, if she was anything like my wife, you’d have done all that work and produced one hell of a beautiful bike for her and she’d say ‘don’t I even get disc brakes?’


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2009 3:05 pm 
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Thanks Anthony for the kind words. She is definitely pleased with it. She knows how much work I put into it for her. Matter of fact, my sister and a female co-worker of mine, is very envious of her, and would take the bike in a heartbeat! The both LOVE the white for some reason. :lol:

I could probably replicate the Easton decal, but considering not much of the bike is stock anymore, didn't bother to try to make it look so.

Eventually I may swap in the hydro brakes and wheelset from the ETSX-70 where most of the parts on her bike now came from, when I do some more upgrading to my bike. But I doubt she'll hardly know the difference, if she notices at all that I changed things! :roll:


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PostPosted: Mon May 17, 2010 2:13 am 
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a few updates… RF Deus stem, slightly longer but more rise, Race Face RealSeal headset, and a few violet chainring bolts! ;)


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PostPosted: Tue May 25, 2010 5:55 pm 
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very nice build 8) I like it, I like it alot :)


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PostPosted: Sat May 29, 2010 4:59 pm 
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very nice build 8) I like it, I like it alot :)


Thanks! The missus does to! And a lot of envious "women" friends. ;)


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2011 2:45 pm 
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yep, my itch isn't confined to my bikes… so here are a few updates. swapped out another RM stem, set of On-One Mary bars and a set of XT M730 bear trap pedals. ;)

anyone that sees and/or rides the bike… loves it. makes the missus happy.


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PostPosted: Wed May 18, 2016 2:03 pm 
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Very nice indeed Chris and so pleased your Mrs loves it and you've given me a few ideas too for the bike that i've got for my Mrs as you've made a lot of sense regards bike confort for the opposite sex and i now believe i need a replacement bike for her :facepalm: ..


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PostPosted: Wed May 18, 2016 4:44 pm 
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glad my suggestions have given you new perspective for the bike for your missus and hope it makes her much happier! ;)

i've update the levers to XT to match the brakes, but i think the rest has remained about the same.


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PostPosted: Wed May 18, 2016 5:48 pm 
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Yes it certainly has given me a new perspective mate although the saddle on the 98 Kona is a big chunky affair which she is really happy with so i think we'll be sticking that and everything else except for frame and forks although she says she's happy with the jump forks but some suspension just might be more appreciated once she has tried it ..

So how come you've changed the levers XT as i thought you were happy with the other or wasn't it as durable as you had hoped ? ..


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