Lapierre pro race 300 – SOLD

See my Van Nicholas post as it’s taken the place of my Lapierre : which was a very good bike and served me well, sniff, sniff
https://minty95.wordpress.com/2010/12/01/van-nicholas-mtb-titanium-tuareg-frame/

This year (2009) the training is going quite well, so I decided to buy a hard tail to play with, hoping that at the same time it would be more fun or rather different than my Rocky while just biking to work, which is half road half of road or small no real need full suspension rides.

So I went out and bought this pro-race-300

http://www.lapierre-bikes.co.uk/lapierre/x-country-mountain-bike/2009/PRO-RACE-300-1

I have already changed some of the components, adding a Race Face Deus stem, Race Face Next 630mm XC carbon handlebars, added Time Atac carbon pedals, front tire  and back tyres are now  Hutchinson Pythons as it dry weather here. I have changed the brakes and shifters to Shimano Dual Control XT

First ride this morning, same route as usual to work, wow does this bike fly, 9 mins less than my usual time … need to see if its just me with a new bike or what … the bike seems more “nippier”, the XT 2009 dual controls are really nice, but not as good or as smooth as the XTR version, but are still far better than the standard push pull shifters, also what I notice is that it pulls away quicker than when I’m riding the Rocky, this is a great bike, different from the full sus Rocky, it handles just nice 🙂

I had to change the seat stem as the original one is only 350mm long and kept slipping down the frame even when  bolted tight, went to a 400mm long and the problem went away

Sensations are different than the Rocky Element, when I hit a hole with this one I feel it (hope that my back holds out …), its seems more agile and of course it’s lighter, 11.3 kilos with pedals, size 46cm (18 inches), I am 5.8 metres tall and the size 46 is exactly the same size as my Rocky 18″ the geometry of both bikes is almost exactly the same

I love it, it’s fast and fun, it’s different to the Rocky Mountain, well under half the price, for the big outings I prefer the Rocky because the suspension helps, but sometime I now debate which bike to take out …….. 🙂

 

Frame : Alloy 7005 SL formed flex design
Forks : Fox 32 FRL 100mm
Front Derailleur : Shimano SLX, Rear : Shimano XT inversé
Bottom Bracket & Chainset : Shimano XT
Headset : Ahead set 1.1 / 8 semi-integrated cartridge
Stem : Race Face Deus 100mm XC, Handlebars : Race Face Next  XC carbon now changed to Race Face low risers carbon
Seatpost : Woodman 400mm long, broken changed to a Raceface Deus XC 400mm
Front & Back Brake + shifters  : Dual control XT
Wheels : Shimano XT Wheelset 2009
Tyres front & back : Hutchinson Python 2.0 Tubeless
Saddle : Italia SLR
Pedals : Time Atac carbon
Weight : 11.3 Kilos,

I’ve not really tried to get it lighter, preferring quality components over weight, but I might see what I can change (again) in the coming months

 

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Fitted with XT wheels and Race Face stem and handle bars,, XT dual control shifter/brakes and XT inversé derailleur

Update July 2009

1000 kms later (2500 kmson both bikes since January 2009)

The Lapierre is good, fast, nippy, handles really well, I do like it, I am quicker on the Rocky in downhill,and on technical uphills, the suspension helps, or is it in my head, this is good bike I thoroughly recommend it

 

Have just ordered some Maxxis Crossmark 26×2.10 Tubless Crossmark UST for the front and Maxxis Larsen TT 26×2.10 tubeless for the rear, the Larsen I like and have it already on my Rocky and the Crossmark seems rather good so I’ll give it a try and again if I like it will also go on the Rocky, update : I don’t like the Crossmarks, I no longer use them) I addead a Ignitor as the front tyre.

Some don’t like the blue colour as it rather flashy but I do, this weekend a friend tried it out as he was moaning about his Zesty being not really what he needs for where we live, he was so pleased with it that two days later went out and bought one 🙂

Just changed the seat post as the Woodman’s stared to fall apart on me, have added my favourite seat post of all time, a  Raceface Deus XC

race-face-evolve-xc1

Have changed the handlebars to carbon low raiser from Raceface (I like Raceface stuff …) These are nice, slilghtly lower than previous bars, the bike looks a little more “racey” and the position is better, will have to fit them to the Rocky to try them out

Low risers carbon

As it now winter the front tyre is now a Maxxis Ignitor and the back is Maxxis Larsen (winter or summer these  are fine tyres)

The Race 300 has done me all winter; this was a bad winter and so the hard  tail was just perfect, easier to maintain than the Rocky.

Now spring is at last starting to show it’s head (2010) so time for some changes, XTR : dual control brakes, 11-32  cassette and  back dérailleur have been ordered. Front dérailleur will be order in a week or when in stock

Added last night the back brake XTR, cable was to long so cut / bleed / purge but all is well, it is so much better that the XT, far smoother, now just waiting for the front derailler to arrive so that I can change the front brake. Pedalier XTR is now fitted

All done, except the wheels all is a full XTR setup, bike now weighing in at 11 kilos

Latest modif, have just added a Chris King head set, these are the best that money can buy, have had them on all my bikes, they never break or need ajusting and are so nice …. I added the silver coloured version, goes nicely with the blue frame

Not the right colour

Full XTR Setup

Update : Back wheel XT M775 Shimano XT M775 back wheel

The axle of this wheel was getting noisy and I wanted to re grease it, normally with Shimano wheels there is a 17mm nut at each end , you just undo one of these and basically slide the axle out from the other end. With this wheel only one nut can be accessed (#3 on the Shimano PDF)

What you have to do is block the (Left Hand Lock Nut (M14) with a 17mm cone spanner  (see #6 on the PDF, it’s the one nearest next to #11 seal ring) then with a locking pliers or a similar tool un screw the round piece (Cone (M14) w/Dust Cover) do this gently so not to damage the round shiny surface, this rounded piece you can then unscrew completely by hand, be careful there is a thin washer between the two #6 pieces that is not shown on the PDF) then the black nut and you can then slide the axle out from the cassette side, be careful that you do not drop and loose the bearings (#4) that are on the cassette side, 13 in all, let them drop onto a sheet or rag on the floor or table, so that you can clean them and where they were, the bearings on the non cassette side are in a race (#5), these will not drop out. clean everything as best you  can and re grease all.

 

Update : I have just bought a Van Nicholas Tuareg frame, https://minty95.wordpress.com/2010/12/01/van-nicholas-mtb-titanium-tuareg-frame/


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Rocky Mountain Element 70 version ‘Tribal’ – SOLD

2008 : At last after weeks of waiting all the pieces have been received and added

rocky-element-all-xtr

This is for me at least the best bike around, I have built it up from scratch putting about the best parts available on it, it rides like a dream, XC is just great , it handles really well, even downhill is just great.

Frame : Rocky Mountain Element 70 version ‘Tribal’ 18″
Forks : Fox 32 RLC 100mm
Front Derailleur : Shimano XTR, Rear Derailleur : Shimano XTR
Shifters & Levers : Shimano XTR Dual control
Bottom Bracket & Chainset : Shimano XTR
Headset : Chris King
Stem : Race Face Deus 90mm XC, Handlebars : Race Face Next 630mm XC carbon
Seatpost : Race Face Next SL XC carbon
Front Brake : Shimano XTR 180mm Disc, Rear Brake : Shimano XTR 160mm Disc
Wheels : Shimano XTR Wheelset 2008
Saddle : Fizik Gobi, Pedals : Time Atac carbon
Weight : 12 Kilos

Update 2009, nothing changed as this is really the “bee’s knees”, it’s a brilliant ride, perfect for XC riding which I prefer, everything is just right with the bike 🙂

I have tried many other bikes, none handle and feel like this one

For the moment I’m running Maxxis Ignitor USB 2.10 Ignitor UST for the front tyre and Maxxis Larsen TT USB  2.10 at the back, am testing the Maxxis Crosmark Crossmark UST on the Lapierre as the front tyre and will see which I shall use this summer season

Update, after 18 months riding I decided to change the bearings on the pivots, there are 6 bearings to be changed, I basically did this for fun but realised that it had  to be done as one was dead and others were damaged, note that I never use a power washer to wash the bike just a garden hose.

2 *  Rockey’s reference 6901RS

4 * Rocky’s reference 6001LB

I ordered the replacements from http://www.bocabearings.com

buying

http://www.bocabearings.com/main1.aspx?p=product&id=14127&n=#BRK-078C-YS/C3

and

http://www.bocabearings.com/main1.aspx?p=product&id=10426&n=#BRK-021C-YS/C3

To change the bearings its quite easy but you need the tools to take of the pedal set to get to the bottom bearings

To take out the bearings you need to dismantle all of the back section so that you can lay flat the pieces (very important, other wise bye bye frame ….), firstly to ‘wallop” out the old bearings and secondly to place the new ones, I used a flat piece of iron with a heavy rubber mallet to get them in, attention they must be laying flat again , and finally to sink them in complety I used a socket set that was that same diameter as the bearings so that I didn’t damage them, you most not hit the rubber part

At the back of the frame where the carbon bars join the bottom bars are IGUS bushings these I have not replaced but I cleaned them up, do not oil/ grease them

When you take the bolts out to dismantle the bike be careful that you don’t lose the conical washers and be careful when you put them back later that they go back on the right way (smaller side to the bearing)

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All in all this was not to difficult, it took me an afternoon, about 4 of the bearings out of 6 were used with one completely dead, so it had to be done, the bearings cost me about 100 dollars so not to expensive, and while I had the pedal set of I changed it for a new one as it was becoming worn and of course changed the chain, cassette, dérailleur and all cables as well

Have changed the saddle to a Selle Italia SLR the same as on the Lapierre, I find it as comfortable but a little easier to slide of the saddle when I need to my bottom right back over the rear wheel 🙂 as it now winter the front tyre is now a Maxxis Medusa and the back is Maxxis Larsen (winter or summer this is a fine tyre)

Update :

Have just changed the Igus bearings which I had a hard time getting, they are easy to change and though I found them in France eventually the easiest place to get them would have been from http://www.radsportkimmerle.de/ it’s a Germain site but they speak English and have load of info photos for Rocky bikes and spare parts.

Now I have to take the bike back to the shop as I have a creaking sound coming from the bike when applying the brakes and it seems to come from the carbon back stay, update : the creaking sound was caused by the back XTR brake, I changed brakes and no sound, I then placed the brake on my second bike, it started creaking as well, strange, how a brake can make a frame creak and why I do not know, the brake is now lying around in the garage I replaced it with a new one, all is well again.

Update December 2010 : Its been snowing here a lot, actually managed to get out for a couple of hours in 15 – 25cm of snow, hard work but super fun :

Update February 2011 : Except for the saddle, I’m now using a  Selle Italia SLR, nothing has been changed on this bike, most of my MTB rides are done on it, though I have a feeling that I might be using more the Van Nicholas this year, but this has to be seen. The bike is still as good as when I first set it up, almost three years now, I’ve never kept a bike so long, but it rides just the way I want it to. It weighs in at 12.15kgs, with a Maxxis Avantage front tyre and a Maxxis Ignitor back tyre because of the mud and bad winter we have had here. Once the winter finally goes away, it will be back to a Larsen at the back.

Update Juin 2011 : I sent back my back Fox Float RP23 for a service as I haven’t touched it since 2008, it came back with new seals and fresh oil, the difference was unbelievable, far smoother, more responsive, which was just perfect as I went away for a 3 day MTB ride with over 185km and 4000m dénivilé, and a rather tough going ground, so having a better rear suspension was just fine. The service cost me 110€.

I’ve also changed tires lately, I’m now running Schwalbes tires (as I use them on my Van Nicholas with its ZTR Crest rims) a Rocket Run 2.10 up front and a Racing Ralph 2.10 on the back, although I feel that The Rocket is rather fragile, as it doesn’t have a DD version, its been doing well.

Handling is fine and I took them out for 4 days in the Drome, mostly rocks, and stones all the time, no pinches, no flats 🙂 The racing Ralph is the DD version is tougher, the only problem with this tyre is if you brake to hard, it can break loose, but normally will grip again as the sides treads  are quite high, also the Racing Ralph does not like mud, it slips all over the place , so in winter it will be changed

Update September 2011 : Have just sold my XTR dual controls, its a shame as they were the best shifters I have ever had, but as my other bike is now running a 2 * 10 set up I sometimes mix up when changing gears, up / down rather than push / pull. So I’ve ordered the same set up as the Van Nicholas, XTR shifters and Hope Tech X2 brakes, and will have them fitted in time for the Roc d’Azur 2011 early october

Update November 2011 : I’ve been lazy and not updated this post for a while, XTR  shifters added, Hope Tech X2 brakes added (these are just brill.) am still running a 3 * 9 setup 22/32/42 – 11/32 which is just fine, I’ll not go 2*10 on the Rocky as I tend to use this bike where its hilly and I need the extra gears. I miss the dual controls, but am getting used to shifters again.

I used the Rocky on this year’s Roc d’Azur in October (https://minty95.wordpress.com/2011/10/03/roc-dazur-2011-vtt/) as in the previous years, clocked over 300km in 5 trips and over 6500m ascent / descent and as usual it was just fine : )

Update September 2012 : After many years of good service, have just sold the Rocky to a friend, now riding only the Van Nicholas