The bike I'm converting is a Sette Ace, which I have had for several years. It's a great bike from an often mocked company and was sold through Price Point. When I bought it, I went the frameset route and built it up rather than purchasing the complete bike with a bunch of stuff I would want to immediately swap. Also, the frameset came with a Rock Shox Monarch 3.3 which was better than what the complete build came with. It is a capable climber that doesn't suck much energy and inspires confidence when descending.
On Wednesday, a package arrived containing the main piece for the conversion, a Shimano Alfine chain tensioner that I scored on eBay for twenty bucks shipped (brand new). Supposedly, the Alfine tensioner is better than others because of the extra spring tension, which is useful for the suspension's articulation. I was able to remove the derailleurs, shifters, and cable without taking off or loosening any cable. I'll be able to put them back on with little fuss if I decide I don't like the FSSS. After removing some links from the chain, I decided that I should remove two more. Too much tension. Add one link. Perfect. I should note that the Alfine tensioner came with three washers, but I had to add one to straighten the chain line. It's not perfect, but it is close and works just fine.
Did I ride it yet? No. I'm waiting on the arrival of an Avid disc brake bleed kit so I can try to fix my Elixir R brakes, which I pretty much hate. They have been troublesome from day one. However, there is supposedly a better bleed procedure, as seen in this SRAM video:
How to Bleed your Brakes with Chuck from SRAM on Pinkbike
I have set up the rear with a 16 tooth cog and 32 ring up front, which is the same as on my HTSS. As you can see from the photo, I still have the large and small chainrings on the crank. I still need to order a bash ring and then I'll remove them. Or, maybe I should forget the bash ring and get a chain guide similar to what the downhill guys use. Hmm.
As is sits now, it weighs about 24 pounds, only a pound heavier than my HTSS. I could easily drop more weight with some carbon bits and better wheels. However, I think I'll ride it first and see how I like it.
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