Knolly Delirium T gets a killer build for spring!

May 24, 2008
by Tyler Maine  
Noel at Knolly has been designing some gorgeous bikes now for a few years and takes a whole new level of pride in offering folks the highest quality he can bring to all his models. These bikes are built to get the job done day after day and keep you smiling by the amount of stoke they are bringing to their owners. We got our paws on a Delirium T frame and have taken on the task of building it up as an All Mountain pedaler with an emphasis on its Freeride capabilities.

Check out the build up with videos and pictures:Knolly makes three full suspension bikes that cater to the Trail riders, the All Mountain and Freeride crowds out there. The Endorphin is their trail bike with 5.5" of rear travel, the Delirium T is the All Mountain machine with 6.3" of rear travel and the V-Tach punishes Freeride trails with 7.7" of rear tire travel. We chose to go with a Delirium T as it's 6.3" of very capable travel is mated to one hell of a sturdy frame. Front derailleur ready and a pedaling platform that encourages long rides was what we were looking for. Have a look at this beauty:






Knolly bikes are made right here in North America and are ready to tackle the trails in their back yard known as the North Shore.
Being locally made, attention to details is on top of Knolly's check list for each frame. From the machined pieces that make up the frame to the "quad double row angular contact bearings" and back to the cable routing, everything has been looked at under Noel's keen eye.

Machined main pivot and BB area:







The Patent Pending 4x4 linkage:








Out back the rear drop outs are replaceable (135x10mm Q/R or 135x12mm Thru Axle) and feature 20mm of Chainstay length adjustment so that you can really shorten them up for great climbing. They are each 9mm thick so don't expect to have to replace them anytime soon, if ever.


Running a 1.5" head tube allows for greater surface contact between the top tube, down tube and head tube area, thus eliminating the need for unnecessary gusseting. 1.5" headsets can be found with 1 1/8" reducer options so that you can run the fork of your choice too. FSA makes a nice 1.5" to 1 1/8" headset option.


The front suspension duties are being covered by a long travel single crown fork-the Marzocchi 66RC3. The 66RC3 is Marzocchi's single crown freeride fork that is built to take any abuse my 220lbs body can throw at it and more. Adjustable preload, rebound and compression knobs allow you the rider to dial in the ride characteristics to suit your needs.







With the 66RC3 upfront it only made sense to match it up to a ROCO TST R rear shock for rear damping duties. The ROCO TST R features externally adjustable Trail Selection Technology (TST) aka easy to tune compression, externally adjustable rebound, externally adjustable bottom out resistance via air valve and spring preload. This is a user friendly rear shock and that is what I wanted.









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Sizes: 15", 16.5", 18", 19" and 20.5"

Geometry

15"16.5"18"19"20.5"
HA68.068.068.068.068.0
SA737373.57474
Eff TT (mm)546mm565mm591mm607mm629mm
CS (mm)424mm424mm424mm424mm424mm
ST15”16.5”18"19"20.5"



The 2008 Shimano XT groupo seemed like a great fit for this bike as I wanted it to be as versatile as possible without breaking the bank or skimping on performance. For 2008 Shimano released the 25th anniversary edition XT kit and it's revamped from the ground up and they even added a set of tubeless ready wheels with a front 20mm hub offering, which really caught my attention. Here's the breakdown of the new groupo.

The crankset arrived with 22/32/44 tooth chainrings on it. Since I'd be running an e.13 DRS guide, the 44T outer ring had to go to make room for the new bash guard. I may jump up to a 34 or 36 tooth middle ring later, but for now the 32 tooth will get the job done. I also chose to run 170mm length arms to reduced the chances of clipping rocks and roots out in the woods or putting a pedal into the dirt on a corner. The cranks come with Shimano's outboard bearing bottom bracket too.


At the other end of the HG93 chain line is an 11-34 tooth 9 speed XT cassette. I went this route as the 11 tooth will help me get the bike up to speed and the 34 tooth will help me up the hills.


Keeping the chain moving up and down the cassette is Shimano's new Shadow XT rear derailleur. The all new Shadow rear derailleurs have a very minimalist profile to reduce the chances of contacting rocks, roots and generally bad things while you are trying to pin it and aggressively attack the trail. The new single tension design also promises to be quieter as it will not allow the derailleur to make contact with the chain stay over the rough stuff.







In order for the derailleurs to move, they need to be hooked up to shifters. Staying with the new XT groupo, we've thrown the new Rapid Fire pods on board. The new 2 way release is GREAT as you can now gear down with your thumb OR index finger. The ergonomics have come a long ways too and feel great on the digits. We quickly removed the gear indicators and installed the little covers that come along in the kits to keep the grit out. The mounting bracket also features to mounting spots that allow for a more precise inboard or outboard lever position.




Note how white these grips were on the first day.  They are my favorites, but the white is not going to stay that way

Note how white these grips were on the first day. They are my favorites, but the white is not going to stay that way


One of the newest and most talked about additions to the XT groupo is the all new disk brakes. Redesigned based on the XTR platform and then taken one step further is the all new XT brake lever. You can fine tune your lever feel and engagement by using the new reach adjustment and free stroke dials. The Servo Wave mechanism makes for faster brake engagement and 20% more braking power. The lever ergonomics feel great in my hands. Like all Shimano brakes, the new XTs work on Mineral Oil.






Now that I've got the drive train covered it's time to move on to the rest of the components that will make this Knolly climb up the hills and bomb back down. All the fancy shifters and brake levers wouldn't be much good if they didn't have a bar and stem to attach themselves too. Chromag's Fubar OS is becoming a favorite around these parts and when it came time to build the Knolly it was on top of the list. Chromag also has a nice new stem called the Cutblock II that fit the All Mountain/Freeride bill nicely. To finish off the cock pit of the bike and add some more style, we went with ODI's Ruffian lock on grips in white.

The Chromag equipped cock pit of the Knolly

The Chromag equipped cock pit of the Knolly

The Cutblock II has a huge clamping surface-no bar slipping here.

The Cutblock II has a huge clamping surface-no bar slipping here.

They sure look good out of the package and on the bike.

They sure look good out of the package and on the bike.


It's tough to ride a bike with no saddle or seat post too. Chromag came through once again with one of their new saddle offerings, the Trailmaster. The Trailmaster has chromoly rails and has been designed with the all day big mountain rides in mind. The extra thick nose of the saddle is designed to be friendly on the technical climbs too. Due to the relaxed seat post angle on the Knolly it was tougher than expected to find a post that had enough up/down nose tilt adjustment available so that the nose of the saddle wouldn't be rubbing my taint raw. With a little digging I found exactly what I were looking for in the Easton Havoc seat post. This 350mm post has some of the easiest adjustments I've ever dealt with and should be more than robust enough for a 220lbs rider. It will also accommodate 7mm and 8mm thick saddle rails and comes with a 5 year limited warranty. I could have used a simple Allen key seat post collar or a generic quick release one, but this isn't exactly a generic bike, so a Chromag quick release seat post collar was installed.




Here is the Knolly getting draped in new parts during a time elapsed build:
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Frame and sizeKnolly Delirium T (Stealth-Anodized Black)
•160mm of travel
•Medium Frame
Rear ShockMarzocchi ROCO TST R Coil
•425 lb steel spring
Fork2008 Marzocchi 66RC3
•20 mm Axle
•180mm Travel
•Rebound and Compression adjustments
HeadsetFSA Orbit Xtreme Pro 1.5" to 1 1/8"
CrankarmsShimano XT, 170 mm
ChainringsShimano XT 22/32/Bash Guard
Bottom BracketShimano XT 68/73mm
PedalsEaston Flat Boys
ChainShimano 9-speed HG-93
CassetteShimano XT 11-34t 9-Speed
Front DerailleurShimano XT E-type
Rear DerailleurShimano XT Shadow
Shifter Cable/HousingShimano
Shifter PodsShimano XT Rapid Fire Plus 9 speed
HandlebarChromag Fubar OS Risers(31.8mm)
StemChromag Cutblock 002(31.8mm)
•55mm reach
GripsODI Ruffian Lock-Ons in White
BrakesShimano XT with 8" rotors
Front WheelShimano XT 20mm TA
Rear WheelShimano XT 135mm
TiresGeax Datura 2.2 UST
•Michelin Comp16 2.5 UST
TubesGeax TNT Tubeless Juice
SaddleChromag TrailMaster
SeatpostEaston Havoc 31.6mm
Extras•e.13 DRS Chain Guide
•Chromag Seat Post Q/R

The e.thirteen DRS guide with an e-type back plate allowed for easy installation of the e-type XT front derailleur. Since I'm running a 32 tooth front ring, I'll be sticking with the smaller clear bash ring. Should I choose to step up to a 34 or 36 tooth middle ring, then I will swap out the clear bash for the nice blue one. The 22 tooth small ring will remain as it'll help drag my carcass up the hills. At the end of the crank arms you'll find a set of Easton Flat Boy pedals. Each pedal has 16 properly placed pins that offer up all the traction I can think of. I can remember back in the day wanting a set of Cully's, but those are long gone, so I was more than stoked to pick these up for the Knolly Delirium T.







A beautiful frame and a bunch of nice parts can't go far with out a wheelset and tires. Sticking with the black and white color scheme it only made sense to run the all new Shimano XT wheels on the bike. Up front you'll find the 20mm XT hub laced to the 24 spoke XT tubeless ready rim and out back you'll see a 135x10mm Q/R XT hub laced to that same 24 spoke tubeless rim. I'm not gonna lie, I am concerned that 24 spokes may not hold 220lbs at speed in the rough stuff, but time will tell.






After some reading about mud tires and knowing that it rains way more than shines on the WET coast, I decided to go with mud tires to begin with on the Delirium T. The Geax Datura tires in a 26x2.2 folding bead look to fit the tire bill for the wet season. Plus they are tubeless ready and Geax also has their own line of products called Pit Stop, which includes a sealing liquid latex. They mounted up nicely to the XT wheels.


Once the parts we all laid out and installed the bike really took to itself and is a beauty. Enjoy the shots of the complete bike and check back for the test on it soon!


-Brule


102 Comments

  • + 8
 sweet bike, should be a good one.
  • + 1
 hahahaha he built that bike pretty quick!! sick bike
  • + 3
 im glad Knolly is finally getting on the bandwagon of Hardcore advertising in the best of means. i havent seen these bikes in action but i've seen them at the shop and they are backed up 100%, ryan berrecloth is signed to knolly so i see and marzocchi has it pretty dialed- anything with marzocchi is a sure-fire winner-

good for knolly,

i wish i had one.
  • + 7
 nevermind i know now johnny cash- gods gonna cut you down
  • + 5
 id love a bag like that to turn up at my house with all that brandnew gear in!
  • + 2
 WHAT A HEAVY FRAME, look at all those components, most of them are ultra-light Shimano XT's, not to mention wheels are XT's which isn't the best choice for freeride bike I suppose. And even if it was built as a all mountain rig, ~18kg's...(39.7 lbs) c'mon, it ain't light!
  • + 4
 Sex on wheels anyone? Wink Amazing...
  • + 0
 Smooth, but WTF !?
THAT nice bike, and one thing who destroyes it all....
SHIMANO!

WTf is a XT crankset and XT Gear shifter doing on such a nice bike ? :/
If it had been Truvativ Hussefelt/Holzfeller crank arms and SRAM X9/XO gear shifter, i would probably try to order one right now :/
  • - 1
 are you on crack?
the correct answer is yes.

xt bends truvativ hussefelt and sram x9 over and does it up the ass. holzfeller and x0 aren't bad tho.
  • + 0
 i've got this same frame and it's actually not that heavy - just over 10lbs with an air shock... comparable to other burly FR frames like Foes Fly, etc... mine all built up w/ 2.5 UST DH minions, 8/7 inch brakes, coil shock, chain guide, 66, etc. is just over 38 lbs and i love it WAY more than when it was built up at 35.5lbs...
  • + 3
 Good read, I want that bike!
  • + 2
 All XT and tubeless 2.2s and it's still pushing 40 lbs? That is some heavy frame
  • + 1
 not for what its capable of though...
  • + 0
 Yeah but it's not capable of anything big with 24-spoke XT wheels on it.
  • + 2
 that bike looks hella sick for a new bike builder!! never seen one but now im interested!! Its a beauty!
  • + 0
 wow that is such a nice bike, i had only heard of them a little while ago and not thought much about it, but now that i see one....its like nothing else, and its jaw dropping gorgeous
  • + 0
 It is a nice bike frame looks tough but abit overweight. Freeride all mountain type bike should never be pushing 40lbs with a light build kit.
  • + 0
 needs a white seat - then would be lookin soooooo sweet! 40 lbs ent light eitha 2bf, n its not even got triple clamps to weigh it down!!!
  • + 1
 hmmmm, Like he said those rims look very nice but I'd prefer more spokes. Other thank that it looks really nice!
  • + 1
 Another shameless plug for a bunch of companies, not-so-cleverly disguised as news. Thanks for the advertisement.
  • + 2
 He's well quick at building bikes- 3 minutes must be a new record.
  • + 1
 Hahahaha thanks, being quick isn't always a good thing- LOL.
  • + 0
 my demo 8 frame weighs in at 10 lbs with a coil spring (Ti). You would be better off to get a SX Trail and save a few pounds and $'s
  • + 0
 Great detail in the photos. Totally shows off the whole bike, and the videos add to it nicely too. Great job.
  • + 1
 Such a nice bike, and beautiful photos at the end
  • + 1
 is the DAkine bag goes with the bike when they ship it to you?
  • + 0
 Haha I wish! That's what I carry my bikes in when I travel though.
  • + 0
 the build video is mesmerising - got any links to other timelapse build vids?
  • - 1
 Really good story Tyler. The last pictures are pretty cool as well, kind of ironic that you can't see the mountain it will be riding through the clouds
  • + 0
 Nice bike, looks like you guys got the XT package from shimano for this build
  • + 1
 Frame looks so nice
  • + 0
 that bike is a stunner !!! i want one !!!
  • + 3
 the only way that bike could be anymore awesome would be if it had tits and was on fire!
  • + 0
 only 39.7 pounds too. wow
  • + 2
 that heavy for having full xt
  • + 0
 looks real good. cant wait to sit on one
  • + 0
 ya it looks like the Ventana el cuervo
  • + 0
 funin sik build. but i just dont like cro mag stems
  • + 1
 sex! i want them wheels!
  • + 0
 so gorgeous its like butta
  • + 1
 Nice ! Smile
  • + 0
 the first ffully i ever rode and the one i dream to own
  • + 1
 o thats sick
  • + 0
 amazing wish i could afford it
  • + 0
 The frame reminds me of a Ventana
  • + 1
 amazing bike
  • + 0
 that thing is sex on wheels
  • + 0
 When did you want me to pick it up again?
-optiplex
  • - 1
 Is the frame built in Canada or only designed and manufactured from Canadian parts?
  • + 0
 Simon, the Delirium is designed and assembled in Canada from US and Canadian parts.
  • - 7
flag sykesy (May 24, 2008 at 15:03) (Below Threshold)
 in other words made in taiwan then put the parts on in canada so that it makes it look better, norco also use the same wording.
  • + 3
 Sykesy you're quite off on your assumption. They only manufacture frames at Knolly and all the machining, welding, the works is done in North America-it's part of what makes them desirable and it also shows in Noel's perfectionism that each frame is made close to home.
  • + 0
 you have to admit, the initial wording had me thinking the same thing as sykesy. "designed and assembled" means different things to different manufacturers it would seem; something like "this b-a frame is designed, machined, fab'd, welded, anodized, assembled, and patted on the bum in North America" would be better? nice that it is made from the ground up in Canada though, maybe they need a PR guy like me to help them with their choice of words ;-)
  • - 1
 yh totaly nice it looked like that man new what he was doing as well, he made it look so easy putting that beast together.
  • + 0
 you have such a nice ride lovin it
  • + 0
 What is the name of the song in the second video?
  • + 0
 God's Gonna Cut You Down - Johnny Cash Smile

Great music to a great vid Smile
  • + 0
 whats the song in the second video?
  • + 0
 white grips will be brown within 1 ride! very hot rig
  • + 0
 omfg that beast is so sexxxy rrrrrrr
  • + 0
 $2850CAN I think not sure if thats just the frame or the whole thing
  • - 2
 $2850CDN is the price for the frame and DHX 5.0 air or coil shock.
  • + 0
 thats is such an amazing bike
  • - 2
 they treat the bike like it's a god. what's so good about that bike anyway?
  • - 2
 Since you obviously cant tell, you shouldnt be riding bikes and shouldnt even be subscribed to this website
  • - 1
 Figures... Looks like hes always riding djs on a hardtail.
  • + 0
 MINT !
  • + 0
 yummy
  • - 1
 that bike looks super expensive but it is a sick bike
  • - 1
 nice components but the frame looks shit!
  • + 0
 what a beautiful bike
  • - 1
 It's look grat Big Grin and that rimsss.... it's just amazing ^^
  • - 1
 Sex bike.. where can i get that whole kit?
  • - 1
 wow that is what i call a very very very very very nice bike!!!
  • + 0
 sexXxy
  • + 0
 sic i want one
  • + 0
 looks nice
  • + 0
 DAM!!!
  • + 0
 i like this frame ^^
  • - 1
 that is a pretty sweet bike man how much is it worth
  • + 0
 love the bike
  • - 1
 whats the song in the second video of tyler building it?
  • + 0
 simply beautiful
  • + 0
 i know pathetic.....
  • + 0
 i want one soo bad
  • - 3
 thats a fuckin chillin dh bike.. i want one of those now!.... mad props
  • - 3
 i saw pic and said iwant!
  • - 2
 Nice!
  • - 1
 I FUCKED UR MOM!
  • - 1
 AMAZING !!!!
  • - 1
 $how much is it?$
  • - 1
 Yeah, how much was it all together?
  • - 1
 ew^^^ but SICK BIKE!!
  • - 1
 damn, best bike ever
  • - 2
 omg that thing is awsome but white handle bars would uv been beter
  • - 2
 i think it's too heavy and expensive. looks good tho.
  • - 1
 nice bike....Smile
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