Tuesday, June 15, 2010


The seat post arrived today and the bike feels great.

The only issue is the rear hub, the axel keeps loosening up on me for some reason and it's a drag having to retighten it after each ride. I'll remove the axel and put come Loctite Blue on the lock nuts to be sure...

Friday, June 11, 2010

Hose guides

After the earlier disaster, the guides finally got installed with mixed results. The top tube guides were spot on and don't look too ugly.

The rear frame guide being Hope branded, I was very disappointed. Sharp edges make me a bit worried how long the hose might last over time. Also the hose runs very close to the tyre. Probably have to use a cable tie unfortunately.

Hope brake hose guide

I can't say I'm inpressed with the Hope Brake hose guide. They're alloy and to put it simply, soft as shit...

Iwas tightening the dummy bolt and it sheared off as I was tightening it with a hex screw driver i.e. VERY low tork.

The plastic around the bolt was to try and protect the frame to use vice grips to loosen what remained... Unfortunately I couldn't get a decent grip and the remaining part got rounded off.

The only solution was to drill it out. So using increasingly larger drill bits I tried to remove as much as possible without damaging the threads.

At this point the both was weak enough to remove with pliers, and to be sure the threads were clean I retapped them.

Crisis over...

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Seat post

To compensate for the F1000 small frame, I just ordered a 410mm 7° Thompson Layback seat post.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Cannondale F1000 Purpleen

F1000, partial impatient build

Just back from vacation and was itching to start building up the new frame. The lines on the smaller frame are so much better, although I'll need a longer stem I think to be the most comfortable.

Oh and to be clear there's no way I'll be polishing this one... it's just too nice!

I'll add some photos in a bit...