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Twellys BFe

TwellyTwelly Posts: 1,437
edited September 2016 in Your mountain bikes
Yessss

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EDIT: finished
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  • BigAlBigAl Posts: 3,122
    So you finally hit that 'buy it' button!

    Nice one.

    Not ridden a BFe, but I'm sure you'll love it.

    I was so tempted by a Soul, but the Duster was so much cheaper and enough for me
  • TwellyTwelly Posts: 1,437
    My Revs are back with Merlin which is annoying because I cant build it! I have some old Zocchi Drop Offs which I might throw on jus t so I can get it going.
  • mrleemrlee Posts: 499
    @lexD wrote:
    Well done welcome to the cotic clan 8)

    What he said :D
  • TwellyTwelly Posts: 1,437
    Right, some proper pictures now.

    As I said, my Revs are away with Merlin being fixed so being the impatient SOB I am, I am building it up as a temporary full on burly mentalist.

    So far:
    Drop Off IV - 150mm travel, 20mm axle
    Sun Singletrack rims 25mm internal width
    Minion DHF and DHR Twin Ply DH ST tyres
    780mm Superstar bar
    70mm Exotic stem
    Reverb
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    As it stands in the last picture it weights over 12kg! No drivetrain or brakes yet...


    Still to come:
    XT cranks and BB
    XT rear mech
    Deore 10speed cassette
    SLX shifters
    Deore 615 brakes- SS Kevlar pads, 180/180

    When I finally get my Revs back, it will then revert to do-it-all status with crests, lighter tyres and lighter, more XC orientated forks.
  • arran77arran77 Posts: 9,260
    Looks good so far 8)
    "Arran, you are like the Tony Benn of smut. You have never diluted your depravity and always stand by your beliefs. You have my respect sir and your wife my pity" :lol:

    seanoconn
  • TwellyTwelly Posts: 1,437
    Revs fixed and fitted, Groupset on, brakes on, ready to ride!

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    Full spec:
    Frame: Cotic BFe (Large)
    Forks: Revelation RLT 150mm travel, 15mm maxle light
    Bars: 780mm Superstar
    Stem: 60mm Exotic Al
    Headset: Nukeproof
    Grips: Superstar

    Front Brake: Deore 615
    Front Disc: Superstar 180mm
    Rear Brake: Deore 615
    Rear Disc: Superstar 180mm

    Shifters: SLX
    Cables: Shimano
    Front Mech: Deore
    Rear Mech: XT (an XT Shadow+ will be on order next month probably)
    Chain Device: None yet

    Seat: Charge Spoon
    Seat Post: Reverb (not stealth)
    Seat Post Clamp: Cotic QR (non QR will be ordered soon)

    Cranks: XT
    Chainring(s): 38/24
    Chain: Clarks 10s
    Cassette: SLX
    Pedals: DMR Vault
    Bottom Bracket: XT HT2

    Front Rim: Stans Crest 26"
    Front Hub: Superstar Switch Evo 15mm adapter
    Tire: GEAX Lobo Loco

    Rear Rim: Stans Crest 26"
    Rear Hub: Superstar Switch Evo QR adapter
    Tire: Schwalbe Nobby Nic Pacestar Evo

    Weight: About 13kg

    Will take it out to check everything over on Saturday and then its first proper bashing will be Tuesday, cant wait.
  • Why crests??? Also slx shifters with an xt mech???

    You're going to love it, the befe is awesome!!!!
  • TwellyTwelly Posts: 1,437
    Crests were on the previous bike and haven't let me down yet, so why not? and what's wrong with the shifters and mech? Again, its all transferred from other bikes, this is basically a collection of all my best bits from 2 or 3 bikes.

    This is it now, no replacements unless something breaks... (famous last words)
  • Didn't realise they were reused parts!!! Nothing wrong with crests but flows would match the frame better.
  • lawmanlawman Posts: 6,868
    That looks awesome! I'm loving mine, shame it's off the road for a little while I have the back wheel rebuilt, Crests are awesome but I've been pretty unlucky with mine recently, guess it serves me right for following a BDS chap down a trail and forgetting I was on a hardtail :oops: I've got a black Hope bolted seat collar sat around btw if you're interested, brand new in packet, drop me a PM of you're interested :)

  • TwellyTwelly Posts: 1,437
    They have survived so far on the Meta and my riding won't really be changing so they should be fine. If I break one I will try something different but for now they are good.

    PM'd you about the seat clamp
  • TwellyTwelly Posts: 1,437
    Maiden voyage, love it.
    The only down side is I am even more curious about a Soul. I have heard people describe the BFe as a bit of a lump and dead compared to the Soul but I think it rides great, god knows how good a Soul feels...
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  • CqcCqc Posts: 951
    Classy
  • TwellyTwelly Posts: 1,437
    thanks! I think the white rims look a bit garish, would prefer something black with no decals but I'm not prepared to buy a new wheelset just for the colour!
  • TwellyTwelly Posts: 1,437
    Delivery from Slik Graphics today..
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    They are a pretty good match and looks spot on from a distance
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  • TwellyTwelly Posts: 1,437
    Couple of pictures from QECP the other day.
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  • Very nice that!
  • ilovedirtilovedirt Posts: 5,798
    Lush bike! Also, those revs are probably a whole load more capable than those nasty old drop-offs ;)
    Production Privee Shan

    B'Twin Triban 5
  • TwellyTwelly Posts: 1,437
    Haha yes they certainly are. To be fair the Drop Offs were very smooth on big stuff and felt bombproof like you could just roll into anything and flatten it but they were ridiculously heavy and easily confused by any sort of corner or repetitive hits. They have since gone to a new home thanks to eBay!
  • TwellyTwelly Posts: 1,437
    Oo shiny


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  • TwellyTwelly Posts: 1,437
    Just gone tubeless on the front wheel. I don't know why everyone moans about it, took 10 minutes, no mess and has gone up first time and staying up at 40psi. Will drop to around 25 before I ride and go from there. Might crack on with the back wheel in a bit.
  • ej2320ej2320 Posts: 1,543
    I went tubeless too! No issues

    Just be careful not to drop the pressure too low, I was running about 18-20 psi in my rear on a muddy DH run, managed to pull the tyre off the rim and filled the tyre with mud..

    Great bike, I'd love a Cotic to mess around on!
  • TwellyTwelly Posts: 1,437
    edited May 2014
    First visit to Wales this weekend, BPW on Friday, Coed Y Brenin on Saturday and back to BPW this morning. Shot from BPW (Sixtapod)

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    I guess this is the first time I have really pushed the BFe as hard as I am able to. I was just stunned how planted it felt when I kept pushing the speed over rocks, air time and cornering speed past my limits. 'Confidence inspiring' is the cliché that suits best. Awesome weekend, awesome bike.

    As far as spec goes:
    I have changed the tyres - The Geax Lobo Loco is now on the back (with a tube), Minion DHF on the front (tubeless). Soooo much grip!
    Either the rear mech or the mech hanger has been bent at some point this weekend. I am hoping it's the mech so I have an excuse to buy an XT Shadow+.
    The Crests are still holding up well even after the relentless rocks and drops of 'The Beast' at Coed Y Brenin.. either I need to ride harder or they aren't as fragile as everyone thinks. Maybe both.
    Other than the above and some fresh Kevlar brake pads, nothing else has changed recently, it's perfect for me as it is.

    Probably not the most exciting video on the interweb but for anyone who cares: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WG4KTam2OWw
  • lawmanlawman Posts: 6,868
    Thought I recognised your bike at BPW on Friday! The trails there are awesome, which did you ride?

    As well as my crests have held up, barring one freak accident, I'd like some stronger and stiffer wheels, could feel the back wheel flexing all over the place in some places on Friday!

  • CqcCqc Posts: 951
    I wouldn't bother with the xt shadow +. Slx shadow + or even deore shadow + work just as well.
  • TwellyTwelly Posts: 1,437
    Ha I saw your Mojo by the cafe and was very tempted to shout Lawman but didn't for fear of looking like a crazy person.

    Did Sixtapod/Willy Waver twice. Was going to move on to Wibbly Wobbly but the blue run was so good we decided to do it again but faster. Awesome place though can't wait to go back and try more.

    I was too busy screaming like a teenage girl and holding on to worry about wheel flex ha.
  • lawmanlawman Posts: 6,868
    TwellySmat wrote:
    Ha I saw your Mojo by the cafe and was very tempted to shout Lawman but didn't for fear of looking like a crazy person.

    Did Sixtapod/Willy Waver twice. Was going to move on to Wibbly Wobbly but the blue run was so good we decided to do it again but faster. Awesome place though can't wait to go back and try more.

    I was too busy screaming like a teenage girl and holding on to worry about wheel flex ha.

    Yeah the blue is super fun, very flowy! Was trying to get something that resembled a whip over some of the jumps down there then decided to hit the reds and did one black section too, which was a little scary! The other blue, melted welly was great fun too, and the red that splits off it was pretty gnarly, some steep switchbacks followed by a super flowy blue section back to the cafe. I had a great day, can't wait to go back! :D

  • TwellyTwelly Posts: 1,437
    Think I'm heading back in June, as long as I can get it off work. Going to book an uplift ticket this time. We did the climb twice on Friday and it ruins your legs.
  • lawmanlawman Posts: 6,868
    TwellySmat wrote:
    Think I'm heading back in June, as long as I can get it off work. Going to book an uplift ticket this time. We did the climb twice on Friday and it ruins your legs.

    Definitely worth doing the uplift, no chance was I riding up each run! I took the day relatively steady and had to wait for a few mechanicals as there was a decent sized group of us from the uni but still got 10 runs in and 20 odd miles of descending :shock: I say steady but even so I was dead by the end of the day, last 3 runs were hard work!!

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