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Zaskar Phase 2

supersonicsupersonic Posts: 82,708 Lives Here
edited September 2010 in Your mountain bikes
Made a few changes to the old dog: new Xero wheels, Exotic carbon seatpost and Conti SpeedKing Pro tyres. Upped the fork to 130mm of travel too.

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  • WhytepeakWhytepeak Posts: 2,616
    Real nice, how are you finding the wheels?
    Now that we are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak and not to please ourselves. ROMANS 15:1
  • supersonicsupersonic Posts: 82,708 Lives Here
    Seem fine! Quite stiff, lightish, well made hubs. Need to give them a good tonking though.
  • WhytepeakWhytepeak Posts: 2,616
    Some e-mails for whs are in the pipeline then :lol:

    Good to hear they work though, great value at £85 :D
    Now that we are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak and not to please ourselves. ROMANS 15:1
  • yum yum :)

    Looks a bit more fun now you've upped the travel... what was it before? 100mm?

    Really like that, change those pedals though :wink: your favourite mg1's would suit much better :p
  • supersonicsupersonic Posts: 82,708 Lives Here
    100 before, XC mode! Now a touch slacker, and more damage limitation.

    Tyres are very narrow for 2.3.

    Love those pedals, have bashed just about every rock on Wharncliffe! CRC do a mag version for 20 quid that weighs 440g.
  • Definitely makes a difference.... was the one thing I wasn't sure of before..

    Now it looks like it wants to be played with and chucked about :D

    That 4th picture is awesome :D
  • supersonicsupersonic Posts: 82,708 Lives Here
    Hehe, the 4th is actually with just the wheels changed! 100mm fork, and tiogas!

    It is very swift like that, and on the flats, twists, turns and ups, fantastic.
  • alfabluealfablue Posts: 8,497
    Looks great, can you tell me how you rate the seatpost? Was considering getting one.
  • supersonic wrote:
    Hehe, the 4th is actually with just the wheels changed! 100mm fork, and tiogas!

    It is very swift like that, and on the flats, twists, turns and ups, fantastic.

    nahhhhhh... more than 100mm there surely?!

    BTW.... I don't know how to break this to you, but your plant.... its dead :(
  • supersonicsupersonic Posts: 82,708 Lives Here
    100mm solo air!

    Yeah, the garden not looking so rosy.

    Great thing is that all the bits fit directky on my Ruckus. So if want to really hoon about, is a 30 min swap job.
  • supersonicsupersonic Posts: 82,708 Lives Here
    bigbenj_08 wrote:
    supersonic wrote:
    Hehe, the 4th is actually with just the wheels changed! 100mm fork, and tiogas!

    It is very swift like that, and on the flats, twists, turns and ups, fantastic.

    nahhhhhh... more than 100mm there surely?!

    BTW.... I don't know how to break this to you, but your plant.... its dead :(

    Oops, I meant the 5th!
  • OH NO DanOH NO Dan Posts: 186
    Thats looks so nice mate. All black looks evil. Ive allways wanted to try a carbon hardtail, do you know how much it weighs?
  • toastytoasty Posts: 2,598
    Looking good. New wheels and brakes going on mine next week I think ;)

    The XT wheelset is just a bit too flexy for me, swapping to Pro IIs + 32 Comp spokes + ZTR 355, then swapping the SLX brakes for a set of Formula Oro K18 I think, it's a shame they sold out of R1s or I'd have been sorely tempted. My bike shouldn't actually get any lighter with the changes, just feel a lot stiffer with any luck.

    The Zaskars aren't amazingly light frames, there are aluminium frames about of the same weight, they're nice sturdy feeling beasts though. Mine's about 24lbs (23.2lbs without pedals) but I've made an effort to lighten it up, Truvativ carbon bars, F100 fork, XT M775 wheelset, Fast Trak LK tyres tubeless, Formula FX IBeam saddle, XT chainset. Nothing amazing, I'd rather it weighed more than flexed more!!
  • adb1006adb1006 Posts: 938
    Very nice 'Sonic 8)

    Is that a Deore HT2 chainset? If so, what's it like? I see you can pick them up for about £50!
  • toastytoasty Posts: 2,598
    It's a "Hone" chainset from last year :) Effectively an LX chainset but prettier. The Deore ones are fanatstic though, very solid.
  • adb1006adb1006 Posts: 938
    Ah i see. Cheers.

    A mate is possibly doing a build and i'd spied the Deore HT2 going cheap but had no experience of them.
  • supersonicsupersonic Posts: 82,708 Lives Here
    Toasty wrote:
    Looking good. New wheels and brakes going on mine next week I think ;)

    The XT wheelset is just a bit too flexy for me, swapping to Pro IIs + 32 Comp spokes + ZTR 355, then swapping the SLX brakes for a set of Formula Oro K18 I think, it's a shame they sold out of R1s or I'd have been sorely tempted. My bike shouldn't actually get any lighter with the changes, just feel a lot stiffer with any luck.

    The Zaskars aren't amazingly light frames, there are aluminium frames about of the same weight, they're nice sturdy feeling beasts though. Mine's about 24lbs (23.2lbs without pedals) but I've made an effort to lighten it up, Truvativ carbon bars, F100 fork, XT M775 wheelset, Fast Trak LK tyres tubeless, Formula FX IBeam saddle, XT chainset. Nothing amazing, I'd rather it weighed more than flexed more!!

    Yeah, not the lightest for carbon, but then again isn't an out and out race frame and GT designed it for more hammer Perfect for what I wanted really, and 3.2lbs with headset cups not too bad! The changes have lopped well over a pound off, probably two, but will have to weigh again.

    I like the look of the 2010 Rev Race which I may get in the future.
  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 79,678
    Very Nice Sonic,
    it's comming along very nice i got rid of my Zaskar carbon due to doing my back in now riding the Rocky Mountain.
  • supersonicsupersonic Posts: 82,708 Lives Here
    Oh, the X9 kit is going for sure. Thinking of a 180 front Ashima rotor.
  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 79,678
    alrite Ashima rotor. wot are them,
    are they floating rotors.
  • supersonicsupersonic Posts: 82,708 Lives Here
    Lightweight rotors at a good price.
  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 79,678
    kk are these on CRC
  • supersonicsupersonic Posts: 82,708 Lives Here
    I call the bike Benito.
  • supersonic wrote:
    bigbenj_08 wrote:
    supersonic wrote:
    Hehe, the 4th is actually with just the wheels changed! 100mm fork, and tiogas!

    It is very swift like that, and on the flats, twists, turns and ups, fantastic.

    nahhhhhh... more than 100mm there surely?!

    BTW.... I don't know how to break this to you, but your plant.... its dead :(

    Oops, I meant the 5th!
    Ha!! I knew it :D
  • supersonicsupersonic Posts: 82,708 Lives Here
    I have popped the coil back in for now. A lot plusher!
  • Have to admit, I prefer coil a LOT more than air... for the exact same reason. Air just feels a bit notchy in comparison!
  • The ProdigyThe Prodigy Posts: 832
    A new Zaskar is starting to look abit tempting
  • supersonicsupersonic Posts: 82,708 Lives Here
    Wiggle have the remakes for 415 quid.
  • supersonicsupersonic Posts: 82,708 Lives Here
    Fitted new bars and stem today:

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    Gone from 700mm to 620mm, feels better to me.
  • XxxBFGxxXXxxBFGxxX Posts: 1,355
    supersonic wrote:
    100 before, XC mode! Now a touch slacker, and more damage limitation.

    Tyres are very narrow for 2.3.

    Love those pedals, have bashed just about every rock on Wharncliffe! CRC do a mag version for 20 quid that weighs 440g.


    how doesit effect the handling going from 100 to 130. and can the frame take it mate
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