The Ellsworth is reborn.
After four years of riding she was a little beat down. Time for a renewal.
It took a lot longer to upgrade it piece by piece, but it was cheaper than buying a whole new bike, and in the end I still have the bike that fits me like a glove. Plus it was pretty fun spec'ing out all the parts I wanted. Teenage girls like shop for new jeans and shoes in the mall. I like to shop for bike parts on the internet.
All in all it's 2.5 lbs lighter, rolls smoother, and the suspension is more plush.
The mostly complete list:
|Shock||DHX 5.0 Coil||DHX 5.0 Air 2010|
|Fork||Talas R||PUSH RLC overhaul|
|Wheels||Shimano XT M756/Mavic 819||Mavic Xmax ST|
|Brakes||Avid Mech||Juicy 7|
|Crank||RaceFace X type Deus XC 175||XT M770|
|Cassette||SRAM PG990||2010 PG 990|
|Chain||SRAM something||SRAM 991 Hollow Pin|
|Derailleur||X7||X9 Med Cage|
|Pedals||Shimano M540||XPEDO Ti|
|Bars||EC70 Monkey Lite||09 EC70|
|Stem||Thompson Elite 110mm||Raceface XC 90mm|
|Linkage Bearings||Old crappy Enduro Blue||Shiny new Enduro Red|
I think the best thing was the cheapest: thirty bucks to buy new linkange bearings and change them out with the press at work.