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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!

2011 Rocky Mountain Slayer 30 w/ RPV2 (Custom valved rear shock)

Fox Float 36 RLC fork w/ Kashima

Mavic Crossmax SX wheels (20mm Front and 12x142mm Rear)

Maxxis Minion EXO 2.5 3C tires (front and rear)

Shimano Saint M810 brakes (front and rear)

SRAM X5 shifter pods (front and rear)

SRAM X7 Rear derailleur

Shimano SLX front Derailleur

RaceFace Ride Cranks (170mm)

FSA Gravity Light pedals

Easton EA30 bars and seatpost

Rocky Mountain RMB stem (60mm)

SDG Bel-Air saddle

I'm getting so far behind in my 365 photos it's ridiculous. It's not like I haven't been riding my bike and taking photos everyday (because I have), it's just that I've been fooling around with the Nikon EM a lot, so I have to fill up a whole roll before I get it developed/scanned.


So, what has been going on... I had my 2nd Annual Golf Invitational for my birthday on Saturday. It was a GREAT time. So many awesome people showed up, it was most excellent. Unfortunately, by the time we finished up golf, I was WAY too sick to eat the delicious dinner that Mika prepared for me :( I'm really only starting to feel totally better now. Recovery time has been epic. Peep the pics over at Mr Summers' page.


This week at work has been hella busy again, we put out a release last night that I was backup developer for, so I was at work until 11pm. That and I was there late pretty much every day in the last week fixing bugs / chasing monsters in the closet to get ready for it.


Also, new pedals for the new ride. Now all that I have left to line up is a frame. Yatta!

GravityLight™ is an innovative device that generates light from gravity. It takes only 3 seconds to lift the weight that powers GravityLight creating 25 minutes of light on its descent. GravityLight's mission is to develop & provide clean, reliable and affordable light, anytime, that enables people to break free from the economic, health and environmental hazards of kerosene lamps.

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