GMC Denali Pro build.

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Re: GMC Denali Pro build.

Postby Falkon45 » Tue Jun 16, 2015 9:11 am

Ultegra cassette in the works. Picked that because I can find it cheaper than the 1070 cassette. It's also way lighter. Found a chain via kmc that's 10 speed and colored. I'm going with black. If this pans out, Carbon stuff will be next. I need to weigh this bike.
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Re: GMC Denali Pro build.

Postby Falkon45 » Thu Jul 02, 2015 5:22 pm

So, Just a quick update with no pics, because I'm at work, and was fighting all kinds of problems while at home during my two weeks off.

I got the wheelset trued, as they were a bit out of true after I took my spill on it earlier this year. I need to buy some new tubes, as my prestas are a little on the short side. I'm just being lazy at the moment, and I can pump the tires up, still. The APEX group has come in, and has been installed. I almost want to put the sora front derailleur back on, as it's more aesthetically pleasing, but I'll run the apex for a while, and see if I like it. I got the gossamer on, as well. Swapped the rings off the SRAM crankset onto it, and everything fits just fine. I wanted to use the bigger small ring, but I guess the chainrings were build specifically as sets. Each one had "to be used with XX ring only" on it. Oh well, I can try and experiment with that later. I've not put on the shifters as of yet. Waiting on the full carbon fiber handlebar/stem/seatpost set to be ordered, but I could probably do without it. Unfortunately, I'm kinda on a one-up contest with my brother. I can't beat him, as he has a CAAD10 and rides way more than I do, but I can at least look a little better... maybe. lol. I also went with a 105 cassette. I found one new for a better price than the ultegra cassettes that I kept getting into bidding wars over. This also came sock on my brother's CAAD10, and he likes it.

It's gonna take me a while to get used to SRAM's "double tap" shifting on these STI levers. Not anything like Shimano, and the brake lever/shift lever, or my microshift with two separate shift levers. SRAM is one lever. Push in so far to up-shift. Push farther in to downshift. For the rear, should be easy. For the front... well, I'm just trying to not be surprised when something happens. Gonna reuse the old shroud for the cables, and thankfully, the shifters came with some cables installed already. I just need one brake cable, of which I have the leftover stuff from my walmart set, as well as some leftover Jagwire cable. I haven't done a properly documented weight loss, but I can say I lost a good bit of weight between the rear derailleur, cranskset, and cassette. I was hoping for a bigger loss in the cassette, but I guess I'm as good as it gets since I went up two gears in the process. The apex and sora front derailleurs are both the same 200gs.

I'm in the process of looking for another frame to use all the leftover parts on. Unfortunately, the SRAM crankset won't make it to the other bike. The gossamer chainrings don't quite fit. If I feel like it, I could get another chainring for a single speed/ fixie, as I've been wanting one of those for a while, anyway. I'm also gonna rebuild the stock denali rear wheel. Nothing wrong with it, but I'm just gonna change the axle from the 135mm mess it is, now, to a 130mm axle, so I can use it on proper road frames. All the microshift stuff will be moved over to it. I still have the track bars, and a threaded stem (for my oddball single speed plans that I never followed through with), as well as the denali threaded stem. Maybe, if I can find a cheap thruster fixe on CL, it could be another bike I could throw together really quick.
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Re: GMC Denali Pro build.

Postby Falkon45 » Tue Jul 07, 2015 7:48 pm

Might be ordering the carbon goodies here soon. That, a chain, and stepping up to some better tires in the process. Maybe even some new handlebar tape. Lol.
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Re: GMC Denali Pro build.

Postby Falkon45 » Wed Jul 08, 2015 7:20 pm

Got the carbon goodies ordered. Just waiting on aliexpress to do their thing. Now for a chain.
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Re: GMC Denali Pro build.

Postby Falkon45 » Thu Jul 09, 2015 9:09 am

SRAM 1071 hollow pin chain ordered. Okay... I'm good for now.
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Re: GMC Denali Pro build.

Postby Falkon45 » Sun Aug 09, 2015 5:42 pm

Carbon bits came in!!!!! Pictures when I get back to Georgia. I'm super excited!
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Re: GMC Denali Pro build.

Postby Falkon45 » Sat Aug 15, 2015 7:29 am

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Handlebar and stem
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Stem is actually aluminum
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Internal cable routing
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Carbon bits that made it in. Stem is actually all aluminium. They just wrapped carbon fiber in the middle. It's about the same weight as what it's replacing. The handlebar send like some kind of composit instead of carbon fiber. I'm having a hard time telling, due to the paint. It came with a carbon stem cap also, but the finish is just awful. I'm keeping it around in case I need it for something later, but it won't be used, currently.
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Re: GMC Denali Pro build.

Postby Falkon45 » Sat Aug 15, 2015 7:35 am

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The seat post is carbon fiber, but still pretty heavy. Heavier than my specialized seat post. But this bike is just overall heavy. Currently lighter than any other denali (including the top tier denali that's impossible to find), but still pretty heavy.
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Re: GMC Denali Pro build.

Postby Tomcat65 » Sun Aug 16, 2015 1:44 pm

Some of these bikes are never finished :)

Seatposts were a sticking point for me when I was thinking light on the mountain bike. I finally decided on an XLC aluminum post that was lighter than anything else I could find. Carbon fiber has awesome applications, but from what I've read about Time trial bikes and super light high dollar road bikes carbon fiber has a tendency to crush and distort at the seatpost clamp. I've seen really ingenious seat clamp designs on those bladed aero posts, but there's almost always a complaint of weight on the seatpost, because they have to layer it up so thick to resist the clamping pressure.

Looking forward to pics of this bike back on the ground :D
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Re: GMC Denali Pro build.

Postby Falkon45 » Sun Aug 23, 2015 5:19 am

So, now that I can stand on this foot, I decided to make some progress on the denali pro.

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Internal
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The internal routing was a bit of a pain. The left side was perfect, but the right side needed some coaxing.

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Apex
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The apex looks lovely.
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