Monthly Archives: April 2015

Aiden’s 2013 Specialized Hotrock 20 6-speed


Found the bike on craigslist for $160 obo, and got it for $150.


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Comparing size of 16″ to 20″ bikesIMG_7566 IMG_7598 IMG_7599

Upgrading Aiden’s handlebar since it is scratched and heavy steel. Original Bar, stem and brake levers weighed 1020g. The bar was also 24″ wide.


New Raceface Ride Stem, Bar and Avid Fr-5 brake levers weigh 541g. I cut the bar down to 21″, which seemed like a better width for Aiden.IMG_7600 IMG_7602 IMG_7603 IMG_7605   IMG_7608  IMG_7610 IMG_7611 IMG_7612 IMG_7613

2014 Niner Jet 9 Carbon – Orange

I decided to upgrade my Full Suspension bike to Carbon.  Found a good deal on for a 2014 Niner Jet 9 Carbon large frame in orange, about $1450 after discounts.

The plan initially was to just move everything I upgraded on the Camber to the Jet 9, which I did when I first got the frame.



2014 Niner Jet 9 Carbon – Large weighs in at 5lbs 6oz. (with PF30 to BSA adapter installed in BB)

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Took me about 5 hours to move over everything to the Jet 9.      IMG_7091 IMG_7092 IMG_7093 IMG_7094 IMG_7095 IMG_7096 IMG_7097 IMG_7098

So with Shimano XT 2×10 groupset and Easton Haven wheels, it weighed in at 26 lbs 10oz.IMG_7100

Road the bike in Hurricane, Utah at Gooseberry Mesa and it performed well.  But once I got back to LA, I ended up ordering a XX1/XO1 groupset.


First issue was removing the PF30 to BSA adapter.  I read that it is permanent when installed in a carbon frame.  However, I found the original manual from he bracket I ordered (GXP30 Bottom Bracket Adapter), and it said the adapter can be removed with a Park Tool BBT-90. I ended up using a half-round punch and tapped it in a circle, and it looks like it was installed with grease (not loctite), so it came out easy.



Used a BB30 press to push in the SRAM PF30 BB in with ease.


Once the BB was in, assembly of the XX1/XO1 groupset took about 2 hours.

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Final weigh in, with a mix of XX1/XO1 groupset is 25lbs 7 oz.IMG_7513 IMG_7514

UPDATE May 2016: Hairline crack in rear triangle.  Niner warranty covered it, and replaced it with a JET 9 RDO frame.