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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Specialized Epic FSR Comp 2012

I saw this awesome bike at Alor Setar bike shop. This bike shop is located inside Giant Alor Setar Mall which is a bit odd consider where it is located. My friend took me to this shop or else I won't even be able to find it.

This bike is the new Epic FSR Comp which according to the bike shop boss, weighs less than 11kg.
This is very light for a full suspension alloy bike. This weight even rivals some high-end alloy hardtail bikes.


This bike comes with SRAM X9 components and Avid Elixir 7SL hydraulic disk brakes.



Then comes the main component of this bike which is the BRAIN technology which is the rear suspension.


This technology is unique as it allows the rider to tune the suspension. So it won't damp when hitting minor bumps. By doing so, it locks the suspension and it will perform like a normal hardtail. It will only damp if it were to drop onto something hard enough to generate sufficient shock.




The price of this bike is not cheap. Almost cost RM10,000. But you are a avid mountain biker who goes off-road very often, then this bike will be suitable. This bike only comes with 2 piece crankset which is standard for high performance Cross-country racing instead of the 3 piece crank as the biggest chain ring is rarely used during off-road rides.



Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Custom made wheelset SARS hub with Mavic X223 rims

This wheelset is custom made by a friend of mine.  The hub are sealed bearing hubs and they are quite light. However the Mavic rims are towards the heavy end. Total weight of the wheelset is approx 1.8kg which is not bad.

The spinning of the rear hub sound is also quite sharp and we love the sound of it. The movement is very smooth due to the seal bearing.

 He paid slightly above RM500 for this wheelset which is quite reasonable for the weight.

In my opinion, if you are looking to custom made a wheelset or want to build one this hub could be considered. Just pay a bit more and get lighter Mavic rims.