Carrera Kraken - with new wheels 25/11/2014 (page 6) - 9.6Kg

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Carrera Kraken - with new wheels 25/11/2014 (page 6) - 9.6Kg

Postby The Rookie » Thu Apr 26, 2012 10:26 am

With new wheels fitted on page 6 25-11-2014

After a suitably muddy ride last night
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Spec list (abbreviated)
2006 Kraken frame, home painted Ford Metallic purple
Superstar stem, Bikehut carbon bars turning a Manitou Skareb elite set of forks
Mavic Crossrides
SRAM X7 (front) and Rocket (rear) shifters operating LX front mech and XT rear, XT cassette.
Truvativ Powerspline crankset running double and bash
Panaracer XC pro (both wired) front (2.1) and rear (1.8 ) although I would normally have had the Fire Mud on the rear for that weather.
Dealextreme front light!
Total cost of parts on bike is £424.28 with much of it being sourced used from the classifieds and ebay it weighs in at 11.35Kg without pedals (11.2Kg with the folding fire Mud on the rear), bike was built up by me from a bare frame (the only other original parts are the mech hanger and under BB cable guide!).
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Re: Upgraded Karrera Kraken - now updated

Postby DodgeT » Thu Apr 26, 2012 11:38 am

& yellow cables :wink:

Bargaintastic that and a nice build.

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Re: Upgraded Karrera Kraken - now updated

Postby 1mancity2 » Thu Apr 26, 2012 12:00 pm

Nice, isn't it great getting a frame and building something yourself, can't beat it.
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Re: Upgraded Karrera Kraken - now updated

Postby The Rookie » Thu Apr 26, 2012 12:28 pm

The yellow gear cables were a slight extravagence, but only about £2 dearer for the bike than black (Jagwire)....

As an engineer I like the challange of building the best bike for the money I can, and this way I know the bits that are as good as I need, and those that could do with improving, it's been at near enough this spec for about 7 months now (time to change!) and been 100% reliable except when a powerlink came undone for no fathomable reason!

I'm now looking for a lighter frame (The Kraken frame is 1735g, so looking to loose at least 300g) - as long as the price is right (anyone got a 26" Scandal frame for sale?)

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Re: Upgraded Karrera Kraken - now updated

Postby Sleipnir's Master » Mon Oct 01, 2012 00:09 am

http://static.panoramio.com/photos/large/59091201.jpg £250 build from ebay and what not. Got the Frame for £30 delivered!!

SRAM X-9 Rear Gearing, Shamano Front gears, GT Transeo 3.0 Frame, Clarks S2 brakes (just Bought Bengal Helix 3's), Manitou Axel Forks (Changed to SR Suntour) etc...

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Re: Upgraded Karrera Kraken - new photo's

Postby The Rookie » Sat Oct 20, 2012 19:49 pm

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Bike now is running a 22/36 on Deore HT2 crankset, front mech has been replaced by a double specific Deore which is also lighter than the older LX, Brakes are now M775 XT levers controlling an M800 Saint PM front caliper (same as an M765 XT) and an M965 XTR IS mount rear for a net weight saving of 123g.

The Carbon bars have been replaced with some wider Syntace numbers and the saddle by a Ti railed Bontrager Inform Race X lite. Some Renthal Kevlar grips now do the job of covering the bars!

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Re: Upgraded Karrera Kraken - new photo - 20/10/2012

Postby mrmonkfinger » Mon Oct 22, 2012 10:25 am

123g weight saving? it'll be xtr mechs and carbon rims next...


did you get the forks SPV sorted?

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Re: Upgraded Karrera Kraken - new photo - 20/10/2012

Postby The Rookie » Mon Oct 22, 2012 12:15 pm

Nope this is a budget build - honest! (Current total spend is £623 although that's with some alternate tyres and some bits taken off not yet sold in that total) Without pedals it now comes in at sub 11Kg which is nice.

After a brief ride round locally I've opted for 65psi in the SPV (volume adjuster removed and replaced with a stock cap for a 16g weight saving :lol: In fact the volume adjuster would make more sense on the spring side!) and it seems a lot better, now I realise it's floodgate and I understand how it works (not how Manitou say it works!) and am getting there! The base compression damper is quite soft so I may get some thicker fork oil as well.

The XTR mechs (front) I have weights for are no lighter than the Deore (129g)....and I'm still tossing up with running 1x9 to shed about 240g with my top secret (sic) plan to make an inner guide ring so I can run without a chain guide, made from CF and mounted to the granny tabs, I reckon it will weigh no more than about 30g, maybe match to a suitable thickness CF bash! (Bling tastic, why does no-one sell them!)

The Crossrides are a bit heavy (1900g wheelset) but I don't have the budget to change them just yet, besides I'm still running wired tyres and could make about a 150g saving by having similar in tubeless!

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Re: Upgraded Karrera Kraken - new photo - 20/10/2012

Postby 70\'sPenguin » Mon Oct 22, 2012 15:54 pm

am i allowed to mention that ugly front tyre? ;)

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Re: Upgraded Karrera Kraken - new photo - 20/10/2012

Postby The Rookie » Mon Oct 22, 2012 17:34 pm

Yes, it's a Marmite tyre, I know that! Same on the back but without the red stripe!

In defence of the choice, my normal local riding is over a massive range of different surfaces, a lot of people I ride with use the XC Pro's as we've found them to not be bad on any of them.....maybe not the best on any either of course!

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Re: Upgraded Karrera Kraken - new photo - 20/10/2012

Postby 70\'sPenguin » Mon Oct 22, 2012 18:17 pm

Im just messin. I dont like the white or red stripes on the schwalbe either ;) My mate commuted on them 30 miles per day for years over mixed terrain and loved them and i took the wee-wee each time i saw him too :)

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Re: Upgraded Karrera Kraken - new photo - 20/10/2012

Postby The Rookie » Mon Oct 22, 2012 18:30 pm

Hey no probs.....I like the red stripe.....everyone knows what tyre you have! My Fire muds for the rear when it gets very muddy have the stripe.

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Re: Upgraded Karrera Kraken - new photo - 20/10/2012

Postby mrmonkfinger » Mon Oct 22, 2012 22:41 pm

The Beginner wrote:After a brief ride round locally I've opted for 65psi in the SPV (volume adjuster removed and replaced with a stock cap for a 16g weight saving :lol: In fact the volume adjuster would make more sense on the spring side!) and it seems a lot better, now I realise it's floodgate and I understand how it works (not how Manitou say it works!) and am getting there! The base compression damper is quite soft so I may get some thicker fork oil as well.


great stuff

The Beginner wrote:The Crossrides are a bit heavy (1900g wheelset)


1.9kg is heavy!? My hope wheelset is about 1.9kg!


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Re: Upgraded Karrera Kraken - new photo - 20/10/2012

Postby mrmonkfinger » Tue Oct 30, 2012 19:22 pm

The Beginner wrote:The base compression damper is quite soft so I may get some thicker fork oil as well.


Forgot to mention I had similar experience with my manitou shock, it has adjustable compression so I was able to simply tweak the adjusters to get it to match the (marzocchi) fork's compression better.

The Beginner wrote:besides I'm still running wired tyres and could make about a 150g saving by having similar in tubeless!


Providing your rims are ok with it (and most are with rim strips or ghetto) you'll never look back.


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Re: Upgraded Karrera Kraken - new photo - 20/10/2012

Postby paulneenan76 » Tue Oct 30, 2012 23:58 pm

Looking good. Great to see a Kraken being fettled - they really are worthy of improvements.
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Re: Upgraded Karrera Kraken - new photo - 20/10/2012

Postby Greer_ » Sat Dec 29, 2012 11:14 am

So where are these new Christmas upgrades?! :D

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Re: Upgraded Karrera Kraken - new photo - 20/10/2012

Postby The Rookie » Sat Dec 29, 2012 21:13 pm

The XT crankset is on complete with CF inner chain guide and E13 chainring, front mech and shifter and cable have gone and weight is now 10,971g. Full update after the ST-M765 right hand lever goes on with the XTR rear mech..... Trying to finish the lads Scott RC20 as well!

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Re: Upgraded Karrera Kraken - new photo - 20/10/2012

Postby Greer_ » Sun Dec 30, 2012 00:07 am

Down to the last 1g! Thats a lovely weight, especially with those wheels. Wired tyres still? Is that the chain guide you were talking about making yourself? Take it it worked okay then!

Would ya mind posting a full spec + weights at some point when ya get a chance? Would quite like to see some real life weights! (and do a bit of comparing!)


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