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  • The El Guapo Build Thread *Now with Pictures*…

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  • Archaic

    23 July 2012 at 8:16 pm

    So following on from this monster thread and the fact I am now back at my place with my PC instead of just my ipad i decided to follow up on a promise of a build thread……

    The FINAL Spec

    FRAME – Titus El Guapo

    REAR SHOCK – Cane Creek Double barrel Air Shock

    FORK -Marzocchi 55 Switch TI

    STEM – nuke proof warhead

    HEADSET – Cane creek

    HANDLEBAR -nukeproof warhead 769mm riser

    GRIPS –ODI Ruffian

    SEATPOST – rockshox reverb 2012

    SADDLE – Fizik Saddles Gobi XM Muzzle Saddle 2012 Black – Manganese Rails

    BRAKES – Hope Brakes Disc Tech M4 Evo 203mm front 160mm rear

    WHEELS – hope hoops pro3on Stans Flow Rims

    TYRES – Mountain King II UST Tubeless Tyre 2.4 front, 2.2 rear

    CRANKSET – Raceface Respond AM

    PEDALS – DMR V8’s

    CHAIN – SRAM pc 1051 10 speed



    REAR DERAILLEUR – SRAM X9 10 speed

    GEARS – SRAM XO Red/black

    CASSETTE – SRAM pg1070 10 speed

    All in its come to £3035.83 but I’ve upgraded wheels and brakes which explains the £500 over budget

    The parts started to arrive on the Wednesday (18th) all the way up to the frame arriving on the following Monday in a variety of shiny boxes

    CRCs offerings

    _MG_0014 by Andy M74, on Flickr

    Out of the box

    IMG_0020 by Andy M74, on Flickr

    Wiggle for the Wheels

    IMG_0023 by Andy M74, on Flickr

    Out of the Box

    IMG_0024 by Andy M74, on Flickr

    Evans for Headset

    On-One/Planet X for the frame

    _MG_0040 by Andy M74, on Flickr

    _MG_0042 by Andy M74, on Flickr

    _MG_0043 by Andy M74, on Flickr

    So how do you go about turning all them bits into a shiny bike ready to ride??? Well the half the purpose of my going self build was to learn how to build and maintain my own bike so off to youtube to ‘learn’ for so called experts, some of which were actually experts and some folks arent….

    First thing i wanted to do was get the wheels looking like wheels with tyres and everything and seeing as I hadnt done tubeless before I was keen to get the tyres on.

    Boy them Mountain Kings are tight on the Flow rims… uber tight in fact but after 20minutes of swearing and levering with some tyre levers they popped on, add sealant (insurance) and start to inflate.. the noise they make as they bead up is definately noticable. Both tyres inflated easily to 35psi, though the front is annoying the foooo out of me as it was temperamental up until the whole bike was built and road tested. It would hold pressure for an hour, reinflate and it would be flat in 5 mins, reinflate and it would hold for a few days, reinflate flat in an hour, so far though it’s been up and stable at 35. Guess the valve has seated itself finally, or the sealant has gummed it up good and proper.

    Once the frame arrived on the Monday I was keen to actually get the bike looking like a bike, so that meant fitting forks and wheels.

    And this was the bit that had me the most concerned, had I ordered the correct headset, would I balls up cutting the steerer tube etc etc. As it turns out, Cane Creek’s headset finder balls up, or I misread the info and the top cup was an External and I needed a semi integrated one. Off to Sherwood Pines as I had to pick up my buddies wheels anyway and thankfully they had a couple of Hope headsets instock and they had seperate Top and Bottom cups so I managed to solve that little problem.

    Actually fitting the headset was no real bother, though ghetto’ing the crown race onto the fork was amusing, especially as my dad was sleeping off nights upstairs….Oh well

    Next step, judging where to cut the steerer tube… I had 35mm of spacers so fit forks, 30mm of spacers and the stem and mark where that all came to. Get out the trusty pipe cutter and make it do it’s thing. Round and round and tighten it and round a bit more and suddenly I question myself, have I just ruined 600 quid of forks Arghhhh!! Time would tell.

    Next fitting the Star Fangled doohickey… whack bash and now I would find out I had ballsed up the cut., Fit forks, spacers, Stem and top cap. Wow noice and toight, zero play in the headset. I was now a happy camper, everything else appeared to be simple.

    Introduce the front wheel to the fork and tighten the 20mm QR, Rear wheel with it’s shiny hope QR and it almost looks like a bike, now for the Bottom Bracket and chainset.

    Apart from me failing to read the chain device idiots guide the BB and chain device fitting was really easy ( super easy once I read the guide haha) I spacer non drive side and 2 on the drive side as per the BB instructions, shame it took me 2 hours of fighting and swearing to find that out.

    Front Mech and Rear Mech again simple after i’d spent the previous week checking youtube about everything to do with SRAM mechs. Only thing i’d not done was the wiggly bit that the B limit screw faces onto…. once that was sorted the mech did as it was supposed to.

    Last steps really was fitting stuff to the handle bar, fitting seat post to bike, and saddle to seat post.

    All that went fine and dandy so it was onto indexing the gears, and that went brilliantly and quickly. Set up the front first, Low limit, attached gear cable with enough tension to hold it on the granny ring. Shift to outer gear and set hi limit. Change up down up down and it shifts smoooooooothly. Rear Mech, same deal, low limit, cable, high limit, how does the rear shift, yup, smooth as you like!

    Brakes… front was easy though the routing of the cable is still under debate, and the rear was easy once I realised I’d put the adapter on the wrong way around 😳 To get the brakes bled I took a trip to Sherwood again and it was there that Dale the mechanic pointed out that I was a muppet and had fitted the Reverb back to front… THAT would explain the jaunty angle of the Saddle….Oh well that was easily fixed.

    So I ended up with a very shiny and handsome El Guapo.

    _MG_0047 by Andy M74, on Flickr

    After a very warm road run to Cotham

    IMG_0095 by Andy M74, on Flickr

    And after it’s first run out in a german forest…

    IMG_0102 by Andy M74, on Flickr

    And on closer inspection

    IMG_0104 by Andy M74, on Flickr Actual DIRT!!!!

    _MG_0049 by Andy M74, on Flickr

    So the only real questions are, did I learn anything, was it worth it, would i do it again and is it as fun as it looks…..

    I can most definately say YES to all of the questions. It’s a bloody hoot and as I overcome my fear of hills and speed the more fun it will become. Both Shocks are a bloody dream as they are and i’ve barely started to tweak them. The geometry works for me and i’m glad I went with a small frame as it means my danglies have room for my inevitable cock ups, what does it weigh?? No bloody idea and i’ll get back to you on that one, does it go up hills, yups, granny ring is a godsend and she climbs well enough 🙂

  • philsmin

    23 July 2012 at 8:50 pm

    Liking that a lot 😀

  • redhotjoeypepper

    24 July 2012 at 11:19 am

    Very nice. Think I would have gone for the orange frame though :wink:…seen a nice build with Crank Brothers Iodine wheels and copper coloured bling.

  • Archaic

    24 July 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Was a very close call between anodized black or bling orange :):):)

  • skeets

    24 July 2012 at 1:41 pm

    very nice in black. a couple of lads in our club have the orange ones, they really rate them.

    i think the black looks better though 😉

  • rockster

    24 July 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Didn’t realise they came in black,that looks awesome.They get great write ups and have been a good price lately.

  • Archaic

    24 July 2012 at 6:26 pm

    Until about two weeks ago they came only in orange, now they have black anodized, pearl white ( I think they call it) and raw to compliment the orange.

    So I think I’m one of the first in Europe to have a non-orange one 🙂

  • chopperheys

    26 July 2012 at 10:40 pm

    Very nice mate, you should be well chuffed with the build. I hope you’re pleased with everything about it. 😀

  • L1nds37

    27 July 2012 at 2:17 pm

    Thats very nice 😀

  • Archaic

    28 July 2012 at 9:17 pm


    I am stoked beyond belief 😉 it’s fricking amazing despite my fear of slopes and all :):)

  • Jonny D

    13 August 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Now that is a lovely bike.

    If I see you around Pines I’ll give you kudos on the build.

  • thebiggoldfish

    13 August 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Ooooooooh shiny bits in boxes, great looking bike mate and a cracking write up . . . . not at all jealous 😆 😆 😆

  • bluearsedfly

    14 August 2012 at 8:03 am

    Nice looking bike mate, well done!

  • cloudnine

    14 August 2012 at 8:20 am

    Those weeds need attention.

    Stunning bike 8)

  • TypeR

    12 October 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Lovely looking bike fella. Now you’ve been riding it for a few months, how are you finding it? I think I’m going to build my own full susser using the El Guapo frame so I’d be interested to know what you think 😉

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