Thursday, May 11, 2006
Oh, happy days!
I just heard from team manager, Al, that my Dos Niner is ready to roll. On Friday I dropped it off at the shop to have the last of the SRAM/Avid/TruVativ order installed. Off came the XTR rear derailleur and XT shifter and break pods and on went a new XO rear and XO gripshift and some hella sweet Avid Ultimate brake levers. I was supposed to get the Speed Dial SL’s but they got left off of the SRAM order so I got the Ultimates for roughly the same price. Killer! As previously mentioned, I have decided to run it as a 1x9 for now so the XO front twisty and X-Gen front derailleur are staying in a box for now until I either decide to put them on the bike or E-Bay the suckers. Al also re-did the brake cables since they were installed improperly initially which means that with the proper cable set up and the new brake levers, I should be getting mad stopping power now. I was already impressed with the Avid BB7’s before so I can’t even begin to imagine what they’ll be like now. The last piece that went on was a new TruVativ Stylo Team GXP crankset with a Salsa single speed ring and TruVativ bashguard. I’m not sure what I’ll do with the Bonty crank that came off. I’ll probably hold onto it for a future build if I pick up a beater bike along the way or something. I’ll be picking up the newly pimped Dos either this afternoon or tomorrow so hopefully we get a fairly dry weekend so that I can test it out. Can’t wait.