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The Travelling Ti Show

 We are starting to run out of space in our front room as bikes reach completion and await the arrival of their new owners.

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One such bike that we’ve just finished is a pretty sweet Ti Triathlon bike. This bike took a bit longer to finish as we had to wait for a bunch of the new Dura-Ace 7900 to show up, but it’s definitely been worth the wait.

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Since there was already a bit of red on the fork, and a bit on the stem, and a bit on the saddle, we decided that we might as well just carry on the theme. The red King headset, Crank Brothers pedals, Salsa skewers and seat clamp round out the package nicely.

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The best part about this bike might just be the fact that it comes with S and S couplers. These allow the owner to break the frame into two to allow for easy transport. Once it is packed into its case it is well within the limits for airline baggage, so it only takes a few flights to recoup the investment.

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When I was building this bike, I took the chain out of it’s package and was pleasantly surprised at what I found; a quick link! I think Shimano may have been the last hold out, but fortunately they have seen the light and made the switch. Thus far it is only offered on the 7900 chain but if we all cross our fingers and repeat “Trickle down” three times fast, maybe we’ll see it on all their chains in the near future.

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Along with the last of the new Dura Ace, we’ve also received a few forks we were waiting on. We have two Reba SL’s, a Fox F80 RlC and a DT Swiss XMC 80. These are your awesome, really awesome, and way past awesome options when it comes to 29er suspension.

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So with that, it’s back to work, the next project is a Columbus Spirit Road frame

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3 Responses to “The Travelling Ti Show”

  1. That last frame looks like it might fit me 😉

    FYI, as nice as the 7900 chain is a great quick link option for other 10 speed Shimano chains is the KMC one. I used it with CN6600 and CN7801 and it worked great. I hear the 7900 link works fine with those chains too, but the KMC link is simpler and less expensive.

  2. tell us about that blue cross bike………..looks like it will take big fat tires!

  3. The blue cross bike is a small women’s CX bike built around 26″ wheels. There is a limited selection of 26″ CX tires, but the wheel size makes it much easier to get a good fit!