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So last weekend I went out to Squamish so that I could pre-ride the Test of Metal course a couple of times, and decided after the first time through the course (minus 9-mile hill), I decided that it was about time to finally make use of all the parts laying around and build a bike that would be much more enjoyable to ride on the course than my single 36 tooth ring up front Transition Bottlerocket.


So first thing was first, I found a guy in Delta that wanted to trade his new Rock Shox Pike 409 (Coil, U-Turn 95-140mm) for my new Argyle 318 (air, 100mm). Done.


Next was trying to find a suitable XC/AM/Trail frame to put the new bits on, that would be XC enough that I wouldn't mind pedalling it around the T.O.M. course and on some more epics (like the 7 Summits), but also still trail enough that I will enjoy the downhills as much, or close to as much as I would on the Bottlerocket.


So after a lot of deliberation and research I had it narrowed down to a Brodie Odin, Giant Trance, Devinci Remix or Specialized Enduro. So I started looking around online and sending emails when I noticed an add on Pinkbike that piqued my curiosity - A Devinci Remix SL4 for a great price, that had been stolen from the original owner shortly after it's purchase and then recovered after purchasing a new ride. Although it sounded kind of suspicious, I did some e-detective work and confirmed that if it was a lie it was an old and elaborate one (found the old "Stolen" listings all over the place).


Anyway, long story short, I met up with the owner, he showed me the police reports that he'd filed, original invoice for the purchase of the bike and eased what worries I'd had. And It also turns out that he's also racing in the Test! He seemed like a super cool guy, and said that he was pretty happy that I was actually going to build up the bike and ride it.


And now Mika will have a bike to ride so that we can go on rides together when I'm on the Bottlerocket :D




Now I just need to take it to North Shore Bike Shop and have Matt press out the old headset and put in the new one, and throw on the rest of the parts and we'll be good to go. What's hilarious is that I'm pretty sure this whole build will wind up costing less than $1000.


So thanks again, Stephane, I'll see you in three weeks on your old ride!

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Taken on May 27, 2010