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    Default Re: Firefly Bicycles

    Quote Originally Posted by MisterDangerPants View Post
    thought I'd give a shout out to the fine folks at ENVE. The rear rim was defective and was less than a year old so I called them and they were very accommodating.
    so what was the defect on the rear rim???
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cookietruck View Post
    so what was the defect on the rear rim???
    Part of the rim was starting to peel away. Very minor, but ENVE replaced both rims (and rebuilt the wheels).

    Anyway, thanks again for all the kind words. My new stem arrived today:



    So, I slapped it on my bike along with my Firefly handlebars (w/somePaul Compact Love Levers):



    Heading out in a moment for a ride. The 650B wheels worked out quite nicely and the Pacenti Quasi Moto tires (650Bx2.0) handled well. Not much of a difference in the feel. I swap between 26" & 650B on my mountain bike so am used to both. The titanium fork also worked out well, though I threw the steel one back on for this setup. Pedal on, pedal on!!!!
     

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    Default Re: Firefly Bicycles

    This thing is .... insane ;)
     

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    Default Re: Firefly Bicycles

    The only man I know who chops and changes stuff more than me - loving your work!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lionel View Post
    This thing is .... insane ;)
    Quote Originally Posted by RichTheRoadie View Post
    The only man I know who chops and changes stuff more than me - loving your work!
    Thanks folks!

    So, I just passed the 6 month mark with my lovely Firefly. So far, so good! I've had a lot of fun playing with different configurations (as well as over-inflating my tires) and liked how it was originally designed so went back to that. I made a several changes since then:

    1. The Precision Billet ProShift derailleurs are beautiful and shift fine, but XTR shifts better so I installed a set of XTR 950 series derailleurs. They're not as pretty but they perform wonderfully.

    2. The original stem was -17/100mm and though this worked fine for shorter rides, it just wasn't so good for the longer treks. I slapped in a Ritchey WCS -6/100mm carbon stem and it feels great. I'm up about an inch and the position is perfect.

    3. The Cook Bros. Racing crankset has been replaced with a Kooka. The only reason for this swap is that I like the look of the Kooka much better and I also like that fact it complements the Kooka bottom bracket.

    4. The bar tape was an impulse buy. I usually just go with black but really like how this accents the small amount of orange found on the bike.

    5. The wheels are the similar though with a couple of minor changes. I purchased a new set that also have the ENVE rims but rather have black (versus red) Chris King hubs and Sapim CX-Ray spokes (versus DT Swiss).

    Anyway, that's it. Even though my wife says I'm never finished, I'm done for the foreseeable future. It rides wonderfully and I smile a lot while in the saddle. I also meet lots of people as the bike seems to be quite a conversation piece.

















     

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    Default Re: Firefly Bicycles

    Where are the Ti fork and the Firefly stem?

    I shall complete build v.2 today on my FF.
     

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    Default Re: Firefly Bicycles

    Quote Originally Posted by xjahx View Post
    Where are the Ti fork and the Firefly stem?
    In my ever increasing parts bin!

    Quote Originally Posted by xjahx View Post
    I shall complete build v.2 today on my FF.
    Looking forward to seeing it!
     

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    Default Re: Firefly Bicycles

    Frame: Firefly Ti
    Fork: Black Sheep Ti
    Wheelset: Alfine 8 / Dynamo laced to Velocity VXC with reflective coating
    Shifter: JTek bar end
    Extra: homemade Ti chainguard

    The idea: Room for 29er tires (fits 2.2") with bike camping from fireroads, designed for road drop bars, nimble when running 37-45mm tires for around the city. The ride: perfect.





     

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    Default Re: Firefly Bicycles

    ^ absolutely awesome! I'm guessing that this particular frame won't be leaving your hands anytime soon. It's hard to see where any improvements for a do it all type frame could be made. Nice job and I look forward to seeing future versions of it.
     

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    Wow. That rocks XJAHX.
    Seriously mondo.
     

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    Default Re: Firefly Bicycles

    You made the chain guard yourself?!? Impressed!
     

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    Default Re: Firefly Bicycles

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew J View Post
    You made the chain guard yourself?!? Impressed!
    Yes, although I do admit to borrowing the idea and sizing from an earlier Black Sheep who borrowed it from... When I do it again, I will make a few changes.
     

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    Default Re: Firefly Bicycles

    Quote Originally Posted by xjahx View Post
    Frame: Firefly Ti
    Fork: Black Sheep Ti
    Wheelset: Alfine 8 / Dynamo laced to Velocity VXC with reflective coating
    Shifter: JTek bar end
    Extra: homemade Ti chainguard

    The idea: Room for 29er tires (fits 2.2") with bike camping from fireroads, designed for road drop bars, nimble when running 37-45mm tires for around the city. The ride: perfect.
    Wicked!
     

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    Default Re: Firefly Bicycles

    These are some of the most beautiful & versatile bicycles I have ever encountered. I am truly inspired. Thanks for sharing.
     

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    Default Re: Firefly Bicycles

    yep - that's perfect
     

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    Default Firefly Titanium Road :: Campagnolo Super Record EPS :

    Firefly Titanium Road :: Campy EPS

    Firefly Titanium Road. Campagnolo Super Record EPS, ENVE 1.0 Fork, Firefly Titanium Seatpost, Chris King Headset, Camillo Gravitas Brakes, FSA K-Force BB30 Cranks, King Titanium Cages, ENVE bar and stem, Dura Ace Pedals.

    Luxe-built Wheels: Tubular Corima Rims, Sapim Spokes, Chris King Hubs, Vittoria Corsa Evo cx tires.






















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    Default Re: Firefly Titanium Road :: Campagnolo Super Record EPS :

    lawrence.jpg

    Fcukin' A man.

    You guys can do no wrong.
     

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    Default Re: Firefly Titanium Road :: Campagnolo Super Record EPS :

    Tyler,

    I'm a huge fan of your work. I'm in the market for a ti bike right now, and you guys are at the top of a fairly short list. I have one question:

    Can you guys route the brake cable internally so it exit on the underside of the top tube? I'd be concerned with water entering the frame...

    Thanks!
     

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    Default Re: Firefly Titanium Road :: Campagnolo Super Record EPS :

    Quote Originally Posted by jackfburns View Post
    I have one question:
    Can you guys route the brake cable internally so it exit on the underside of the top tube? I'd be concerned with water entering the frame...
    Hey Jack.

    Yes we can route it that way. That being said, water wouldn't get into the frame as there is a titanium tube welded into the top tube that the housing slides through.

    Hopefully these images will illustrate that point.





    Where the housing enters and exits the top tube is generally dictated by what makes for the cleanest routing line.


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    Default Re: Firefly Titanium Road :: Campagnolo Super Record EPS :

    Thanks Tyler, that makes a lot of sense. I don't ride much in the rain (yet), but I hate the thought of water entering any tube, titanium or otherwise.

    Related question: with the welded internal tube in place, is it pretty easy to replace cable and housing?

    Jack
     

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