Fare Thee well old Friend indeed!
That time has come when THE BIKE, my trusty Nomad 3 Carbon, is being passed onto someone else in the mountain bike community.
To bring it to a more affordable and achievable price point my trusty steed was offered with a brand new Shimano XT M8000 drive train and some other brand new parts that I would not use and could afford to swap out from my new bike. The snip of side cutters removing tired zip ties and the plink as they ricochet around the workshop rubbish bin is quite fun to hear.
This is how she looked before the spa treatment began:
I spent a happy morning stripping the XTR M9050 Di2 and PRO Tharsis components from the frame. The personal XTR M9000 Race lever/ Saint M820 caliper brakes were safely racked and the PUSH Elevensix gently wiped clean and placed in its box (ready to go back to PUSH for a re-build to suit my new bike). The 170 mm 9point8 Fall Line dropper was also removed for a re-build (watch for future blog post).
I removed the NOBL TR38 wheel set and stripped off the rear tyre. I decided that the front tyre could stay as it was about 60 kilometres new. I then progressed through the standard “de-gunk” routine and cleaned the cassette, the rotor and everything that is normally slightly inaccessible because there is normally a part attached there. Lots of isopropyl alcohol and soft cotton rags. Finally I installed a brand new Continental Der Baron Projekt 2.4″ tyre, the best tyre I have ever used for long lasting, all around, amazing grip on every type of surface.
It is all quite cathartic.
As it was flopping about in a potentially annoying fashion the first order of business was to install the new Raceface Turbine Basic 35 50mm x 6º stem and a new Raceface Next R carbon riser bar. The requested bar to axle height meant I flipped the stem to the negative and also ended up with quite a few spacers above the stem rather than below it.
Now the new owner has the scope to experiment and find the perfect hand position and handle bar to front axle height before he decides to cut the steerer tube any more than it already has been.
The Rear Shock
Before the bottom pivot was re-installed I ran the rear brake cable through for the second hand, but little used, Shimano M988 Trail brakes. They match the RT-86 Ice Tech rotors with a 203mm for the front and a 180mm for the rear. Lots of progressive and powerful stopping power for those serious trail moments.
New Shimano SIS cable outer was threaded through the internal routing, taking the place of the previously installed e-tube.
The brand new Shimano XT M8000 drive train was then carefully installed. The 30T chainring was spaced to the centre of the Blackspire Trail X chain device and everything was bolted into place to the correct torque levels.
It was finished off with a KMC XSL11 Ti-N chain which is strong, light and wears very well. As a component that moves a lot I believe that the reduction in weight in this area has a significant effect on wear and tear of the entire drivetrain.
The Dropper Post
I feel that the dropper post is one of those components that has revolutionised the way we ride our mountain bikes. It is up there with disc brakes and sticky tyres as critical components. I have used 9point8 Fall line dropper posts for the past three years and they have been the best post I have ever used.
Proving far more reliable than the Reverb with the best action remote in the business. I kept my 170 mm post for my new bike and installed a new 150 mm Fall line dropper and a Digit remote for the new owner to enjoy.
The seat post was capped off with an SDG Fly MTN CroMo saddle (it comes off the new bike) and the new owner understands that this is something personal (like grips and pedals) that he will choose to replace himself.
The Little Details
The final details are those things that individualise a bike and I decided that the new owner could keep the North Shore Billet brake and brake hose adaptors (I have always used these) and the titanium bolts that I had used to install the brake rotors and the brakes.
For those that like a personal touch I had the frame decals made by Vidiom Graphics (in Squamish British Columbia). Originally to work with the Fox Compression adjuster blue (side of frame down tube) and the ENVE aqua blue wheel stickers (underside of frame down tube). Whilst the bike no longer has the original ENVE M70 wheels the two blues look good and make it is little different to the standard stealth look.
The very clever people at 529 Garage also have a way to transfer ownership so this was the last thing that we did as she changed hands. These clever little stickers and the app that supports them allow details of ones bike to be shared with the community and the police should someone nefarious ever try to have their way with her!!
She looked like a new bike as I propped her on a log for some farewell photos. I am sad, in a way, to see her go but happy that she is going to an enthusiast who will ride her on the proper trails she was designed to rip along. Fare Thee well my old Friend!