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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2013 11:53 pm 
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mtbmaniac wrote:
Why not use the Team RTS front triangle? Did I miss something?



Good question - its a very small frame size. Mine s a 18" frame size but I think the team one is only a 14.5", something too small for me! Luckily the rear is the same size no matter what the front is so I used it. I plan to put the front triangle on sale.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2013 11:54 pm 
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OT-mtbr wrote:
Very nice bike there. Nice to see an original owner and very well looked after.
Nice Lotus there too.


Many thanks! I really lke the bike's design and how it feels to ride it.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 12:42 am 
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Nice choice of bike, but great choice of car! (is that your Lotus?)

I will never understand riser bars with bar ends, but it obviously suits you, and it's good to see the bike still in such good condition and still being used as it should be :)


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 26, 2013 8:59 am 
Dirt Disciple

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Thank you for the nice comments, yes the Lotus is mine. :)

I have obtained new old stock Shimano XTR hubs:
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front:
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compared to the old LX hub:
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rear hub xtr vs. lx:
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I'll have to have my bike shop put a spacer for the 7 speed cassette.

now deciding if I will use this skewer:
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or this one which matches the Kore Elite stem:
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 26, 2013 10:00 am 
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nice hubs! my vote, XTR skewers. they just work so much better than any open cam type ones.

shimano have a much nicer feel in the hand too, there are no sharp edges and corners, everything is smooth and ergonomic


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 23, 2013 5:31 pm 
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I weighed both types of skewers and the Kore ones are .5 ounce lighter than their Shimano XTR counterparts.
Still considering which one to use.

Good news - I finally got new rims!
DT Swiss XR425 V Brake rims:
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So rims and hubs are at the local bike shop laced up with DT Swiss championship spokes. Ill probably have it next week.

and by luck a nice fork (upgrade to the original Rock Shox Quadra), got a great deal!:
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 31, 2013 3:50 pm 
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Sorry I have not kept this thread up to date but here's the latest news.
I have completed the upgrade of my RTS. Its main purpose/mission is long cross country type rides of 60 miles or more. I hope a 100 mile day ride later this year. I chose components that had this use in mind. Adding a little bling as well, 'cause it was fun to do so! :lol:

Almost done:
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Took it out for another quick test ride and be sure shifting and braking is 'ok'. Everything is good!:
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Still a bit chilly around Chicagoland, USA:
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but the bike is ready this season and now looks like this with new saddle and such...this is how it looks now.
Love how it rides and feels now and I personally like how the bike turned out with little 'bling' accents, I tried not to overdo it though.
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Have a great ride everyone!


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 31, 2013 3:52 pm 
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dude your seat is slanted far too forward :P

looking good otherwise though :P


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 31, 2013 5:38 pm 
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Blindingsun wrote:
dude your seat is slanted far too forward :P

looking good otherwise though :P


X2, correct that if you're considering BOTM :lol:

Looks fantastic you must be chuffed, my LTs should be ready soon & I can't wait.

Tc


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 31, 2013 6:05 pm 
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is there any formal entry terms for BOTM?


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