Speedsafe carbon wheels

I purchased a few sets of Speedsafe carbon wheels and two pair of rims in October 2018.  I’ll be updating this blog post with as-received conditions, observations, as well as some ride feedback once springtime ’19 hits the Midwest. 

27.5’er non-boost carbon wheelset

The 27.5’er non-boost wheelset shown to the left has, no tape, no stem.  Both wheels shown, stacked, weighs 1296 grams.  The rear wheel weight alone was 721 grams (not shown), so the front wheel wheel weight is 575 grams.  Overall a very light weight wheelset.

Saturday – Framed Marquette Carbon 27.5″ Boost



Frame: Framed Marquette Carbon 27.5 Boost, Yellow
Fork: Fox Float 32 Step Cast Super Light Performance Series 2018 27.5 BOOST Kashima
Fork DecalFox 32 Yellow
Fork Remote: Fox 2018 2-Position Fork/Rear Shock Remote: Upper Right/Lower Left
Wheelset: Mavic Crossmax Carbon 27.5 Boost Shimano Wheelset
Thru-Axle, R:TBD
Brakes, F: Shimano XT
Brakes, R: Shimano XT
Grips: Stock
Shifter: Black, Rear – I-Spec II Shimano XT M8000 11 Speed Trigger Shifter
Derailleur:Shimano XT M8000 Shadow+ 11 Speed Rear Mech Black, Medium Cage
Chainring: Blackspire Snaggletooth NarrowWide Chainring XT8000
Tire, F: Maxxis 29×3 TR
Tire, R: Maxxis 29×3 TR
Pedals: Eggbeater Gen 3, Blue – w/Ti Spindles & Ti-Caps
Cranks: Shimano XT M8000 11 Speed Boost 96
BB:Bottom Bracket: SRAM GXP External Cup  68/73mm English ???
Cassette: Shimano XT M8000 11 Speed 11-46t Cassette
Stem Spacers1-1/8″ Carbon Fiber
Headset:Cane Creek 40 tapered integrated – Short Cover
Rotor, F: ASHIMA Ai2 160mm
Rotor, R: ASHIMA Ai2 160mm
Chain: KMC X11SL – 116 Links
Stem:Kalloy Uno 60mm -7-degree
Tubless Stems:Alloy Presta 48mm Blue
Bottle Cage: Sava – Blue
Saddle: Selle Itallia Diva Gel, Black
Seatpost Clamp:SuperLight 14g Full Carbon Bicycle Seatpost Clamp 34.9mm & 31.8mm MTB Road Bike Seatpost Clamps For 31.6 / 27.2mm Seatpost Parts
Seatpost: UD matte carbon 31.6mm 350mm
Shifter Cable: Included Shimano XT
Bar:Tideace HB-005 Flat 700mm 31.8 carbon

2018 Fat Bike Borealis Crestone Small nicknamed “M”

Borealis Carbondale V2.0 wheelset.  These are the second pair of wheels I’ve owned, and I love them.  They’re tough, easy as hell to configure tubeless, and a decent weight.  The rear rim with the SRAM XX1 XG-1199 10-42 11-Speed Cassette and inferior quality tubeless presta stem tipped the scale at 1694 grams.  Assuming the XG-1199 cassette weighs in at the published 268 grams, leaves the wheel set with rotor at 1,426 grams (3.14 lbs).  A very respectable weight for an 85mm rim.  The front wheel wighed 1329 g, and the Schwable Jumbo Jim Evo Addix Fatbike Folding 26×4.80″ SnakeSkin TL-Easy SpeedGrip stripes blue pulled 1321g on the gravimeter vs the published 1290g

2018 Gravel 27.5’er 2.35 Tyres

Frame: BXT-CX-039
Fork: BXT-CX-039
Wheels: 650B carbon tubeless NON-BOOST wheels 30×30 straight pull 15X100 12X142, black nipples, no logo, Shimano Driver
Brakes/Shifter: Shimano Ultegra Di2 ST-R8070 Hydraulic Disc Brake Dual Control Lever & Caliper
Cranks: Shimano Ultegra FC-R8000 2x11spd 175mm 36-46T
Cassette: Shimano Ultegra 11spd 11-32T (pay extra for 34T?)
BB: Shimano Pressfit PF-86
Derailleur, R: Ultegra Di2 RX RD-RX805 GS 2×11-speed Rear Derailleur (34T Max)
Derailleur, F: Shimano Ultegra Di2 2×11-speed Front Derailleur FD-R8050 Braze On
Handlebar Junction A: Junction Box A, mounted under the stem, to Junction Box B, inside the frame.  Or Internal E-Tube Di2 Internal Junction-A – EW-RS910
Lower Junction B: Junction Box B,  The lower, or “B” junction, comes in two forms — an external (SM-JC40) and an internal version (SM-JC41). The external version is fastened underneath the bottom bracket. The internal version is generally tucked inside either the seat tube or down tube through the bottom bracket shell.
Shifter Di2 Wireless Unit EW-WU101 D-Fly ANT+ / Bluetooth
Battery: BT-DN110-A Di2 Battery for internal mounting
Tires: Aspen 27.5×2.10″ TR EXO Dual 120 Folding
Chain: SL
Rotors: ASHIMA Ai2 160mm
Bar: Salsa Woodchipper Carbon Drop Bar 31.8 42cm Black
Stem DI2 Compatible
Seatpost: Inc.
Seatpost Clamp: Inc.
Thru Axle, R: Inc.
Thru Axle, F: Inc.

2016 Motobecane Titanium NightTrain Bullet Fat Bike “McSlim”

FOR SALE – $1700
Professional packing & Shipping available for costs
Payment via Paypal, add costs

2016 Motobecane Titanium NightTrain Bullet Fat Bike, Size Large 19″

Purchased New in October ’16.  I estimated it was ridden once a week, 10 miles a ride for 6 months a year = 500 miles.  It comes from a multi-bike family, so it was in rotation with many other bikes.  It never saw snow.

The bike is stock, except the grip shifters.  I sold the original thumb shifters long ago, so those are not available.  Full asking price sale includes a Chiner CF 31.6mm seatpost as well as the original alloy.  Also includes a pair of alloy fiber water bottle cages.

Price includes a mechanical tuneup including adjusting gears, truing wheels on park TS-4 stand, and repacking any non-cartridge bearings (I thing the hubs are just sealed bearing types, so I’ll redo those)

Link to Bikesdirect.com’s 2018 Version

Frame: Motobecane Fat Bike Double Butted TITANIUM ( 3AI 2.5V ),
                Tapered Head tube 1-1/8″/1.5″, Thru-Axle Rear 12x197mm
Fork: Rock Shox Bluto 100mm, 26″ FAT BIKE W/15×150 Maxle Lite
Crankset: Race Face Turbine 2X11, 24/34, Fat Bike 175mm
BB:         Race Face BB-100mm BSA Eng Thr Outbord Sealed Bearings
Pedals: Alloy Quill (crankbros 1st gen pictured not included)
Derailleur, F: SRAM FD GX LD 2X11 bottom pull
Derailleur, R: SRAM RD GX 2X11 long cage black
Cassette: SRAM CS PG 1130 11-42T (2×11)
Chain: KMC X11SL Super Light Narrow Cn
Hub, F: Novatec D201SB-15 alloy front disc hub 32h:15mmx150mm
Hub, R: Novatec D202SB-X12mm-S4s Alloy Rear Disc Hub W/ Steel
                Cassette Body 32h.Ol:12x197mm Crmo Axle, 4 Precision
                Bearings, 2rs Anod. Black, R.Hub Thru Qr C Kinesis Alloy
                7075 Qr 12x229xm12xp1.75
Rims: Sun-Ringle Mulefüt SL 80mm,32H, W/FV black anod w/big
                holes ( 32mm )
Tires: Maxxis Minion 26 X 4.80, FBF / FBR 60 tpi Folding Bead
Brakes: SRAM Guide RS Hydraulic Disc, w/post disc mount, 180mm
                rotor, gloss black
Brake Levers: SRAM Guide RS  Hydraulic
Headset: Orbit 1.5 ZS , for 1-1/8″/1.5″ fork stem, Internal Alloy Cups,
Bar:          Ritchey Mtn Comp Rizer, 6061, up 17° , bend 9°,  31.8mm
Stem: Ritchey Stem Comp, 31.8mm,  6061, 6° 90mm
Grips: WTB Dual DNA Compounds <– Replaced with Grip Shift
Saddle: WTB Rocket Comp, Satin Steel Rail, PU Leather Cover
Seatpost: 31.6 X 350 Chiner Carbon Fiber
Seatpost: Ritchey Comp 2B 350/400 OS , alloy 31.6x400mm
Seatpost Clamp: 34.9 alloy – bolt

Bridge Building @ River Bends

Had a good time volunteering for CRAMBA on Sunday 11/4/18 from 10am to 4:15pm, building a new bridge to provide access from the paved trail system to the new CK loop #3.  CK stands for Clinton-Kalamazoo.  As you may know, the Kalamazoo canal system was installed in the 1800’s as a way to transport goods.  The canal system was never used and was abandoned once the railroads took over.  The canal is still visible from Yates cider mill down to the dodge park area.

I was quite whipped out afterwards, and spent the evening relaxing watching netflix in the comfort of my living room with the fireplace running.  Overall it was a great day, no rain, and in the company of people with common interests.  The older guys were the best.  Dan, Joe.  They gave me inspiration on what it’s like to be a 70 year old Billy Bicycle.  Giving back to to the bicycling community.