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Posted: May 14, 2020 at 1:50 Quote
Get yourself a bearing press kit and removal/reinstalling is pretty straight forward. If you clear coat, be aware that it will chip and can discolour after a while, but it does protect the graphics. If you polish, it's more work, but it is easier to keep it looking good. The downside is the graphics are more prone to getting damaged, probably not an issue if you can make your own.
If you do end up doing your own bearings, a good tip is to put them in the freezer for an hour or so before pressing them back in. It shrinks them slightly and makes the job a bit easier.

Posted: May 15, 2020 at 0:46 Quote
commental wrote:
Get yourself a bearing press kit and removal/reinstalling is pretty straight forward. If you clear coat, be aware that it will chip and can discolour after a while, but it does protect the graphics. If you polish, it's more work, but it is easier to keep it looking good. The downside is the graphics are more prone to getting damaged, probably not an issue if you can make your own.
If you do end up doing your own bearings, a good tip is to put them in the freezer for an hour or so before pressing them back in. It shrinks them slightly and makes the job a bit easier.


Cheers, I am half debating getting the 36s stripped and polished to though so looking for specialists tbh. Plus I am a little worried about the place screwing the frame up with little experience in mountain bike frames. For the vinyls I an just printing them on some clear printer paper I have on a decent laser jet, cutting them out then throwing over some frame protection. This way I can easily change the designs at later date. As I have a nerdy star trek custom design I want to do and call it the "Senderprise"

Posted: May 15, 2020 at 17:32 Quote
drmantistobogganmd wrote:
commental wrote:
Get yourself a bearing press kit and removal/reinstalling is pretty straight forward. If you clear coat, be aware that it will chip and can discolour after a while, but it does protect the graphics. If you polish, it's more work, but it is easier to keep it looking good. The downside is the graphics are more prone to getting damaged, probably not an issue if you can make your own.
If you do end up doing your own bearings, a good tip is to put them in the freezer for an hour or so before pressing them back in. It shrinks them slightly and makes the job a bit easier.


Cheers, I am half debating getting the 36s stripped and polished to though so looking for specialists tbh. Plus I am a little worried about the place screwing the frame up with little experience in mountain bike frames. For the vinyls I an just printing them on some clear printer paper I have on a decent laser jet, cutting them out then throwing over some frame protection. This way I can easily change the designs at later date. As I have a nerdy star trek custom design I want to do and call it the "Senderprise"

The lowers of your fork are made of magnesium... it will oxidize quickly. Clear-coating polished magnesium is not an option either (I know... see my pics). I say leave the fork alone. It'll look good with polished/raw frame.

Posted: May 22, 2020 at 9:18 Quote
Hi guys, I'm thinking of going for a polished raw look but want it to preserve and not dull. I've read that some of you have tried clear coating but it has chipped off easily, I presume because of the glossyness of the surface?
Has anyone tried something like invisiframe over the clear coat to stop chipping?

Cheers

Posted: May 22, 2020 at 12:20 Quote
I have used Invisiframe and helicopter tape on painted frames. It always attracts dirt around the edges and it can be quite difficult to eliminate all the air bubbles when you put it on. Personally I think it would detract from the look of a polished frame.
Wax helps keeping a frame looking good and it's not too much work to give it an occasional buff up.

Posted: May 25, 2020 at 17:17 Quote
I mirror polished my old Glory, and put protective film on it. the film held up pretty well.
I initially tried clearcoating, but there's nothing for it to stick to once it's polished.
then tried wax, and ended up buffing it after every ride because it scuffed to hell and looked like shit.

Posted: May 28, 2020 at 16:48 Quote
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Posted: Jun 3, 2020 at 7:03 Quote
Hi Guys,
Just got my Ransom back from being acid dipped and clear coated.
Seemed ok at first but there s a lot of brown stains and I keep noticing more.
Not entirely happy with the finish. Just wondering what went wrong? Could it of got cleaned up a bit better before being clear coated? I was originally going to print some decals of my own to go over the frame but I am not sure what to do with it now.


Posted: Jun 3, 2020 at 7:34 Quote


My Kingdom Vendetta. Might need to go soon....

Posted: Aug 6, 2020 at 19:44 Quote
The titanium build is complete! Picked up some raw titanium bars to match the frame Big Grin . Only small adjustments yet to come, such as the dropper post lever. The last photo is of the handmade titanium thru-axle.

Cachet Heat 4X build. Some small remaining touches yet to come but here she is in all of her titanium glory
Cachet Heat 4X build. Some small remaining touches yet to come but here she is in all of her titanium glory
Cachet Heat 4X build. Some small remaining touches yet to come but here she is in all of her titanium glory
Cachet Heat 4X build. Some small remaining touches yet to come but here she is in all of her titanium glory
Handmade titanium rear axle for Cachet Heat 4X build. Long time waiting for this piece but worth it

Posted: Aug 7, 2020 at 6:16 Quote
Philitup wrote:
The titanium build is complete! Picked up some raw titanium bars to match the frame Big Grin . Only small adjustments yet to come, such as the dropper post lever. The last photo is of the handmade titanium thru-axle.

Handmade titanium rear axle for Cachet Heat 4X build. Long time waiting for this piece but worth it

Such an insane build! Very well done! And some custom made bits too! How much does she weigh?

Posted: Aug 7, 2020 at 10:56 Quote
microfiz wrote:
Philitup wrote:
The titanium build is complete! Picked up some raw titanium bars to match the frame Big Grin . Only small adjustments yet to come, such as the dropper post lever. The last photo is of the handmade titanium thru-axle.

Handmade titanium rear axle for Cachet Heat 4X build. Long time waiting for this piece but worth it

Such an insane build! Very well done! And some custom made bits too! How much does she weigh?

Thank you, my man! It ended up being a bit heavier than anticipated at 28 lbs flat. To qualify that though... the fork alone weighs 6 lbs and the seatpost is over a pound. Changing those two components alone would easily drop the weight 3+ lbs. I didn't really build the bike with weight savings in mind though... the idea was more to use unique parts that complimented the ti frame well. And honestly the bike does feel lighter than it actually is... albeit a little front-heavy lol

Posted: Aug 7, 2020 at 12:21 Quote
It's not the whole bike, but I quite like how this stem looks with the anodized purple on my other stuff

My new Industry Nine A318 stem in silver with a 40mm length

My new Industry Nine A318 stem in silver with a 40mm length holding my Chromag bars

Posted: Aug 7, 2020 at 12:41 Quote
Philitup wrote:
microfiz wrote:
Philitup wrote:
The titanium build is complete! Picked up some raw titanium bars to match the frame Big Grin . Only small adjustments yet to come, such as the dropper post lever. The last photo is of the handmade titanium thru-axle.


Such an insane build! Very well done! And some custom made bits too! How much does she weigh?

Thank you, my man! It ended up being a bit heavier than anticipated at 28 lbs flat. To qualify that though... the fork alone weighs 6 lbs and the seatpost is over a pound. Changing those two components alone would easily drop the weight 3+ lbs. I didn't really build the bike with weight savings in mind though... the idea was more to use unique parts that complimented the ti frame well. And honestly the bike does feel lighter than it actually is... albeit a little front-heavy lol

Yeah, I wouldn't call a Totem a "light" fork by any means. =)

Posted: Oct 20, 2020 at 6:53 Quote
Finished up my Brushed/Raw Specialized Enduro Project. Way better than the horrible green color that they came in. There's a bunch of cool mods I did to this bike when it was apart too, but that's probably for the enduro forum.
Also, she's for sale.




 
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