"AMY" 2011 GT Force Carbon Expert

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"AMY" 2011 GT Force Carbon Expert

Postby Gazlar » Wed Jun 20, 2012 18:23 pm

Well Dr Zoidberg has gone off to old greg mostly who rebuilt him, and Bender is about to be junked, so time for a new Gazlar build using mostly left over Bender bits. Anyway let me introduce you to Amy, named following my futurama theme after Amy Wong, mainly because the frame is a Chinese import.

To be honest I've sat around most the week moping waiting for it to come and now its here I cant be bothered to start building tonight, but heres what we have.


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I'll post the spec up when shes finished, ship shape and ready to go

Anyone wanna pop round and thread some internal cabling for me? ;)
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Re: "AMY" my GT Force Carbon Expert (WIP)

Postby lawman » Wed Jun 20, 2012 18:27 pm

Must say I'm looking forward to this gaz, looks chuffing nice mate, and I can't stand GT's! Welcome to the plastic/helium/voodoo material bike club :P

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Re: "AMY" my GT Force Carbon Expert (WIP)

Postby Gazlar » Wed Jun 20, 2012 18:30 pm

she seems to weigh a fair bit mind, i was expecting her to float out the door ;) maybe shes a chubby asian babe, not bad for 620 quid, actually 530 as ebay have said i'm entitled to my shipping back as instead of 5-8 days it took exactly 5 weeks
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Re: "AMY" my GT Force Carbon Expert (WIP)

Postby welshkev » Wed Jun 20, 2012 19:12 pm

glad she's finally arrived mate -looks good :D

i'd be peed right off though if i had to build it myself - i'm useless and would probably break it :lol:

we'll get out for another ride when it's built - one without a ***** of a climb before the end and more DH :lol:
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Re: "AMY" my GT Force Carbon Expert (WIP)

Postby CraigXXL » Wed Jun 20, 2012 20:28 pm

What forks are you planning on running. I found the Revs 150/130 dual travel great, the fox float 140 that came with the bike were horrible in comparison

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Re: "AMY" my GT Force Carbon Expert (WIP)

Postby Gazlar » Wed Jun 20, 2012 20:34 pm

Going to be popping some talas 140 rlcs on for now, as that's what I've got in the shed. See how it runs and decide from there really
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Re: "AMY" my GT Force Carbon Expert (WIP)

Postby CraigXXL » Wed Jun 20, 2012 20:47 pm

The frames are very stiff and need a fork to match. Not sure how much stiifer the talas are over the floats but can't be any worse

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Re: "AMY" my GT Force Carbon Expert (WIP)

Postby Gazlar » Wed Jun 20, 2012 22:34 pm

I'm a little concerned dropping a 140 on might make the head a bit too steep, will remain to be seen though how that works out. Couldn't resist just putting the frame together and threading the first of the internal cables, dont know what the fuss is about that, took me 2 minutes.

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Starting to look a bit more bike shaped, tommorrow will be take apart bender and scrub him day and pop a few more bits and pieces in, think i'm going to need a bit more gear outer

Kev, i'm glad shes here, and i'm quite happy on the uphills, but yeah will have to give her a good thrashing soon, I can't wait to see your stiffee ;)
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Re: "AMY" my GT Force Carbon Expert (WIP)

Postby Clank » Thu Jun 21, 2012 07:26 am

So, Bender. What size is his frame?

Just asking, like.......
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Re: "AMY" my GT Force Carbon Expert (WIP)

Postby Gazlar » Thu Jun 21, 2012 08:01 am

Bender is a 52cm I think off the top of my head, I'll have a look
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Re: "AMY" my GT Force Carbon Expert (WIP)

Postby Thewaylander » Thu Jun 21, 2012 08:23 am

What ever you do gaz don't get a fox 150 fork, there bendy as hell.

Exciting mind.

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Re: "AMY" my GT Force Carbon Expert (WIP)

Postby 1mancity2 » Thu Jun 21, 2012 09:03 am

Looks very nice, when will it built ready for a blast?
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Re: "AMY" my GT Force Carbon Expert (WIP)

Postby Gazlar » Thu Jun 21, 2012 09:15 am

Barring any major peons, I'm hoping to have it built tomorrow ready to give it a gentle test run up the taff trail on Saturday. If itcomes through that unscathed then it'll be out on the trails.

Already mind I can't find my chain splitter and I need to go and buy a 17mm cone spanner to convert my hub to maxle on the back.
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Re: "AMY" my GT Force Carbon Expert (WIP)

Postby Clank » Thu Jun 21, 2012 14:25 pm

Gazlar wrote:Bender is a 52cm I think off the top of my head, I'll have a look


Hmm, that's the biggest size, IIRC.

If you're interested in selling on, drop us PM.

In the meantime - liking the GT. 8)

F**k it, going to have to say it: may the Force be with you! :P

There - it's out my system now. 8)
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Re: "AMY" my GT Force Carbon Expert (WIP)

Postby Gazlar » Thu Jun 21, 2012 15:33 pm

Clank I will be selling pretty soon, just keeping hold until TKC just in case this falls apart or summat.

Right lets chart todays fails and progresses.

Bender stripped.....check
Seatpost serviced
mechs cleaned and lubed
cassette changed to an xt and feehub cleaned, axle changed to 12mm maxle
crown race swapped and new blue custom fox decals stuck on fork

Fails
Need 36.4 seatclamp - ordered
Front mech too big need to order a smaller one but cant find my callipers to measure it, think a 31.8 though

anyway heres what I've achieved

Breakfast, obviously needed to fuel a days fettling
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Then this is where i've got to by the close of play
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Tommoroow will be shorten hoses and bleed brakes and see if I can get all the drivetrain fitted and indexed, just waiting then for a seatclamp to come

Might go with a black saddle and grips though too
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Re: "AMY" my GT Force Carbon Expert (WIP)

Postby 1mancity2 » Thu Jun 21, 2012 15:40 pm

You shortening the steerer?
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Re: "AMY" my GT Force Carbon Expert (WIP)

Postby bails87 » Thu Jun 21, 2012 15:43 pm

I've got a load of black headset spacers....if you're as keen of the gold ones as I am :wink:

Looking good though, it's very satisfying to put a bike together.
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Re: "AMY" my GT Force Carbon Expert (WIP)

Postby Gazlar » Thu Jun 21, 2012 15:58 pm

I've got a load of them ta mark, but I like the little bit of gold, think the grips are a bit much in blue.

Not shortening the steerer yet, going to try it out before I chop, don't like leaning down too much on the front end.
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Re: "AMY" my GT Force Carbon Expert (WIP)

Postby Gazlar » Fri Jun 22, 2012 16:46 pm

Essntially finished now, just waiting for the last little bits to arrive, seatclamp, some grommets for the internal cable mounts some tit tape and some black grips, then shes ready to roll

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Re: "AMY" my GT Force Carbon Expert (WIP)

Postby leaflite » Fri Jun 22, 2012 16:55 pm

Looks great!
Did you get a chance to weigh the frame?


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