Carrera Kraken - with new wheels 25/11/2014 (page 6) - 9.6Kg

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Re: Carrera Kraken wheel build added 06/10/2014 (page 5) - 9

Postby njee20 » Tue Oct 07, 2014 08:43 am

You added 250g in paint!? I'm disappointed!

I'd be considering one of these. 700g saved for £250, and a nicer frame to boot!

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Re: Carrera Kraken wheel build added 06/10/2014 (page 5) - 9

Postby The Rookie » Tue Oct 07, 2014 11:49 am

The original paint was a real Beatch to get off, so it had to be painted!

Next step is going to be a carbon frame, that is an option, or a whippet, or there are a few Carrera Titan XC frames coming up for sale now.

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Re: Carrera Kraken wheel build added 06/10/2014 (page 5) - 9

Postby GT-Arrowhead » Tue Oct 07, 2014 17:37 pm

Like those wheels. I would have went for a two black two blue colour scheme personally on the spoke nipples. Electrical tape as rim tape? I dont know why i have never thought of that... I always use masking tape. Hasnt let me down once despite a fair bit of abuse.

Carbon frame would really finish this bike off in terms of being a real lightweight, though i do like your Ford paintjob, quite a cool colour. Nice build.

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Re: Carrera Kraken wheel build added 06/10/2014 (page 5) - 9

Postby The Rookie » Tue Oct 07, 2014 18:27 pm

Thanks, thought long and hard about the spoke and nipple colours and decided this is what I wanted.

Masking tape is OK, but the glues goes hard with age and is a pig to get off, you don't get that with electrical tape! One run on a 26" overlapping at the valve is about 5g, rim tape can be upto 40g.

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Re: Carrera Kraken wheel build added 06/10/2014 (page 5) - 9

Postby Dirtydog11 » Wed Oct 08, 2014 08:28 am

@Therookie Thanks for that, looking for a inexpensive frame to replace my ageing Maxlight XC, never been 100% happy with it as its a bit on the short side. From a weight/price point of view the Kraken ticks the right boxes, never realised they where that light. Obviously they dont carry the same Kudos as Kinesis but that's not an issue for me, if one comes up secondhand for the right price, as they often do, I would definitely consider it.

Quite like the look of that carbon frame njee linked to, amazing what 300 quid buys these days, now only if I had 300 quid going spare mmm...might have to sell something.

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Re: Carrera Kraken wheel build added 06/10/2014 (page 5) - 9

Postby The Rookie » Wed Oct 08, 2014 10:09 am

Be careful with the Carrera frames, the early ones like mine with 27.2 seatpost are the lightest, the last few years stepped up to a 31.6mm post and gained some weight (about 150g), the latest ones with the bridge from top tube to seat tube are quite lardy at over 2Kg.

My 2006 frame is pretty much the exact same weight (within 15g) and geometry (within 2-3mm and same angles) as a 2006 Rockhopper frame - which would have been made in the same factory of course!

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Re: Carrera Kraken wheel build added 06/10/2014 (page 5) - 9

Postby The Rookie » Sat Nov 08, 2014 17:59 pm

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Rear wheel done as well, just got to get the tyre on and fit it and I'll do a full update.

802g with Novatech 772 hub, Sapim comp spokes, DT Swiss alloy nipples and Alpine rim, wheelset is 1430g for just under £180 (all new) so pretty happy.

Will be going tubeless but want to get them running tubed first.....
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Re: Carrera Kraken wheel build added 06/10/2014 (page 5) - 9

Postby WindyG » Sat Nov 08, 2014 19:02 pm

Well done on the wheelset build very nice and light.

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Re: Carrera Kraken wheel build added 06/10/2014 (page 5) - 9

Postby Step83 » Sun Nov 09, 2014 00:47 am

Really need to get my finger out an shave some off mine. Really impressed with your attention to detail on this and those wheels look brilliant, really well done.

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Re: Carrera Kraken wheel build added 06/10/2014 (page 5) - 9

Postby The Rookie » Sun Nov 09, 2014 14:14 pm

Thanks, I was nervous about building my own wheels so did my homework, decided what I wanted and what my budget was, did look at getting Hope hubs but even used ones go for more than the brand new Novatec and I lucked into the A2Z front for a very silly price (the rims I got cheap, but not as stupidly cheap!), would cost about £30 more if I'd used a new Novatec front hub and would have pushed the weight for the pair to 1500g, still not a bad price though.

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Re: Carrera Kraken wheel build added 25/11/2014 (page 6) - 9

Postby The Rookie » Tue Nov 25, 2014 10:38 am

So wheels all fitted up with a Rocket Ron on the back for winter
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Total weight is now 9619g which I'm fairly happy with, cost as it stands is £711 including the £180 the all new wheels cost.

Total 9619
Frame 1767
Carrera Kraken Bare Frame (painted Ford met' purple) 1742
Frame blanking bolts (Nylon) 2
Rear derailleur hanger plus bolts 17
Plastic BB cable guide plus bolt 3
M-part guide plus 2 cable ties 3

Crankset 1436
XT HT2 BB 87
BB spacers 4
Deore XT Cranks complete 756
Inner chainwheel retaining bolts 11
outer chainwheel retaining bolts 19
Ally Gamut bash ring 68
Deore XT HT2 RH arm 368
Deore XT HT2 LH arm 220
HT2 preload adjuster 4
32T E13 single specific ring 26
Inner guide ring 40
M770 XT SPD pedals 349
Chain 240

Gears 329
Front Shifter 0
Front Cable outer 0
Front cable inner 0
Front Mech 0
Rear shifter - combined with brake lever but spun out for comparison purposes 103
Rear cable front outer 8
Rear cable inner 10
Rear cable rear outer 8
Deore XTR rear mech with alloy jockeys 200

Brakes 778
Shimano ST-M765 XT lever/M800 Saint calliper front (weight with M765 lever for comparison purposes) 271
Pads 22
front calliper bolts 12
Shimano M800 Saint lever /M965 XTR calliper rear 255
Pads 22
rear caliper mount and bolts 14
160mm A2Z Teppen Yaki spade floating 89
Bolts 10
Alligator rear disc 72
Bolts 11

Seat 400
Chinese Carbon seatpost 183
KCNC lightweight QR seat clamp 20
Bontrager Inform RXL 197

Steering 1833
FSA/Marin/Scott Cartridge headset bearing 82
Manitou Skareb Elite forks (Converted to 105mm, Min oil fill, SPV cap replaced with plain valve cap, with SFN) 1445
Star fangled nut 0
MT Zoom combi cap and bolt 5
Superstar 80mm stem with bikehut faceplate 122
Syncros UD Carbon 137
KCNC foam grips 15
Bar end caps 6
Carbon Headset spacers 21

Wheels and tyres 3076
A2Z hub, Sapim race spokes, alloy nipples and ZTR Alpine rim 634
Continental tube 130
Rocket Ron 2.25 Folding 479
Shimano XT QR skewer 58
Novatec 772 hub, Sapim race spokes, alloy nipples and ZTR Alpine rim 802
Shimano M760 Cassette 296
Continental tube 130
Rocket Ron 2.25 Folding 479
Shimano XT QR skewer 68
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Re: Carrera Kraken - with new wheels 25/11/2014 (page 6) - 9

Postby njee20 » Tue Nov 25, 2014 13:53 pm

Crankset 1436


You've doubled the weight in there by the looks of it! Can't imagine I just saved you 700g though...!

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Re: Carrera Kraken - with new wheels 25/11/2014 (page 6) - 9

Postby The Rookie » Tue Nov 25, 2014 15:10 pm

No, the 'Crankset' weight includes pedals and chain, the chainset (listed as XT cranks complete - bolts through to guide ring) doesn't, I wish though as I'd then be sub 9Kg!

Loss of formatting (bolds) from the original excel document makes it less obvious!

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Re: Carrera Kraken - with new wheels 25/11/2014 (page 6) - 9

Postby CitizenLee » Tue Nov 25, 2014 16:28 pm

Looking great with the new wheels :)

Those brake mounts on forks must weight a few gs each though, get the hacksaw and file out!
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Re: Carrera Kraken - with new wheels 25/11/2014 (page 6) - 9

Postby supersonic » Wed Nov 26, 2014 00:27 am

It's getting to the point where, weight wise at least, the frame is the weak point!

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Re: Carrera Kraken - with new wheels 25/11/2014 (page 6) - 9

Postby The Rookie » Wed Nov 26, 2014 09:14 am

Yes I know! I don't really want to pension off the frame as its quite nice to surprise people with it being a 'mere Carrera' (a bit of reverse snobbery - works well on Hardrock owners who are convinced they have a great specialised), I did consider the Carrera Titan XC carbon frame but they are pretty lardy (1450g) for a carbon frame, in fact the same weight as if I get the frame pro-stripped back to raw alloy.

The other weakness is the forks, they are great for XC use but the 'less than ideal' compression damping is an issue at trail centres (Cannock for example) so I'm looking at various options for that, either
1/ Heavier wt oil
2/ Replace the SPV air cap with a conventional compression damper (have one that fits off a Sliver - just need to check clearance to the SPV damper assembly at full bump) for trail centres which will loose me the pedal platform (not a big issue) and swap back for XC use.

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Re: Carrera Kraken - with new wheels 25/11/2014 (page 6) - 9

Postby GT-Arrowhead » Thu Dec 04, 2014 09:52 am

Just realised how light your wheelset is for only £180. For that sort of money youre looking at 2kg at least (well, based on looking around on superstars wheelsets).

Your reverse snob thing about keeping a carrera frame is actually a good idea, id definitely do the same.

All thats left is titanium fastners and getting your frame striopped and polished up 8)

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Re: Carrera Kraken - with new wheels 25/11/2014 (page 6) - 9

Postby The Rookie » Thu Dec 04, 2014 12:20 pm

Yes well I did get lucky with the wheels parts, the front hub cost me £3.95 (with a near complete second one as a spare) compared to a list price of nearly £100 (if you could buy just a front that is) and the rims I got the pair for the RRP of one, the rest I paid the going rate for (with some careful shopping around for the best deal).

Indeed, although I'm thinking of reframing as an FS which will spoil that a bit!

Lots more before I get to Ti fasteners!


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