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PostPosted: Sun Jan 12, 2014 1:01 pm 
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Dear Guys,

Can't hide my excitement. About 16 years too early (24) but just ordered some Tennessee Ti.
The project is as following: I'm a Kona dealer (I have a shop in Antwerp, Belgium) and after telling them I wanted to go to Kona Hawaii to try to climb that most insane vulcano on the main island they gave me their (distinctive) thumbs up. After much debate over which bike (It had to be a Kona of course) we ended up with a custom build Rove Ti (size 59) with Kona project 2 full carbon disc fork.

While maybe not as ideal as say a Salsa Fargo but I believe it'll do. Leg strength perseveres!
With some 50-622 tires, salsa cowbell 2 drop bars and ZTR iron cross laced to sram x9 and a sram rival/x9 low gearing, it's gonna be quite a sober yet reasonably light and hardwearing build.

I'd like to keep you updated about this childhood dream come true. Retro bike has always been greatly inspiring for my builds (both personal and for customers in the shop). I hope you guys can help me trough out the build with some suggestions that'll help me mount 'Massive Maunaloa'.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 12, 2014 8:12 pm 
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Cool, I'll pull up a chair for this one.

Surely if you are riding on hot lava, you would need Ti forks to match the frame instead of plastic ones ;-)


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 13, 2014 5:13 pm 
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Full build list with road/adventure spec.

Frame: Kona Rove Ti 59 (Manufactured by Lynskey, Tennessee USA) 1890gr
Fork: Kona Project 2 full carbon tapered fork 1 1/8" 1/5" disc 530gr
Expander: alloy sleeve (with fork) 1 1/8" 15 gr
Headset: Cane Creek 40 zs44/ec44 100gr

Seatmast: Thomson Elite SB 16mm 27.2 410mm 210gr
Stem: Thomson X2 -10 degrees 100mm 143gr
Bars: Salsa Cowbell 2 42cm 275gr
Seat: Bontrager Serrano SL ti 200gr
Brakes: TRP Spyre SLC disc front/rear 290gr
Brake pads: Koolstop organic Deore mechanical
Discs: AVID HSX 160mm 100gr F/ TRP 140 75gr R

Shifters: Sram Rival 320gr
Crankset: Shimano cx-70 36/46 175mm 725gr
Bottom Bracket: Shimano 6800 85gr
Front derailleur: Sram Force 10sp 34.9 85gr
Rear Derailleur: Sram x9 204gr
Cassette: Shimano 105 12/27 (36 adventure) 250gr
Chain: Kmc 10el silver 225gr

Rims: Stan ZTR Iron Cross 32h x2 385gr
Spokes: DT competition silver 64 290/292mm= 310gr
Hubs: Hope Pro II evo qr 100 185gr/ Hope Pro II Evo qr 135 gunsmoke 285gr
Tires: Clement Strada LLG 622-28 235gr x2
Rimtape: stan notubes yellow tape 20gr
Tubes: Schwalbe sv15 100gr x2
Skewers: tune am14 20gr & 27gr

Bottle Cages: Salsa Nickless Cage stainless 50gr x2
Bartape: Brooks Leather 70gr
Cables & Ferrules: Jagwire Racer kit xl 250gr
Parts Screws and grease: 50gr
Bike Packing: Revelate Designs Tangle L 255 gr
Pedals: Shimano XT pd-770 325gr

9.0KG road with pedals


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 18, 2014 10:23 pm 
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raw material :)

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 05, 2014 4:13 pm 
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fellow retrobike ravers,

as many others on this forum may know, building a ti bike can lead to a neurotic addiction to acquire only the best bits of bike jewellery. I myself however am on a budget diet and don't want to overspend. Especially if said parts don't actually deliver much of an upgrade in performance, ease of use or servicability.

here is what i'm thinking

seatpostclamp (must have a thomson :cry: :roll: )
stem (must have a thomson x4 :cry: :roll: )
cables (jagwire compressionless vs supllied sram cables)
bar tape (brooks leather vs generic epa)
bottom bracket (sealed vs ceramic)
brake calipers (trp spyre vs trp spyre [carbon arm -8gr] SLC)

let me know your sorrows and suggestions!!



photos of already acquired parts coming up soon :idea:
detailed wheel build coming up later this week :idea:


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 14, 2014 10:14 am 
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pulling up a chair for this one


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 14, 2014 9:50 pm 
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got the wheels done today on a late night in the shop!

will take pictures tomorrow, along with all the parts that are going on the build.


btw:
I know that some tire/rim combinations are more difficult to mount than others, but this one (challenge strada biancha 30/622 gravel tire on the ztr iron cross rim) was a REAL NIGHTMARE!!

I managed to put them on with soapy water and a lot of pursuation (and still could only manage without inner tubes). Will leave them to stretch over night and try to inflate them again tomorrow. Any tips?


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 14, 2014 10:50 pm 
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patience.
I have challenge PR on stans arch 29er rims. they were a true nightmare to get on the first time. and then comes the bead seating...
they will stretch a bit eventually with some inflation/deflation cycles. so try to get them on with a tube in them even if they're only halfway on you carefully inflate to stretch a bit.

lovely project by the way.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 14, 2014 10:53 pm 
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drøn wrote:
patience.
I have challenge PR on stans arch 29er rims. they were a true nightmare to get on the first time. and then comes the bead seating...
they will stretch a bit eventually with some inflation/deflation cycles. so try to get them on with a tube in them even if they're only halfway on you carefully inflate to stretch a bit.

lovely project by the way.


thanks for the intel! Always nice to share some of the moments of joy and desperation ;)


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 15, 2014 7:48 pm 
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Wheels done! All and all build very easily round and true.

32h ZTR Iron Cross rims 385 gr

32h Hope Pro Evo II 40t f185/r285 gr

Dt Swiss revolution spokes & nipples x 64 315 gr

Cassette + QR's + fat tires = heavy

But will make me proud on the road ;)


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