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Trek elite 9.9ssl

This is my new carbon race hardtail. In 2009 I ended up using my Specialized Epic and I intended to come back to the hardtail concept. I found the Trek Elite 9.9SSL frame. My target was to build a light carbon hardtail with disc brakes and with a focus on lightweight and time-proven bike components.

Trek built the best Trek factory carbon frame ever. The frame is using all high-tech technologies available with OCLV Red Carbon. An interesting point is the demountable V-brake nuts in the frame. These have not been available for the mass-market version. Naturally, the frame disposes of Trek`s BB90 bottom bracket standard as well as a fully integrated Cane Creek headset.
I have selected a new DT Swiss XRC 100 Race fork instead of the older FOX F100RLC, which has been definitely moved to Andrejka`s custom bike. 100mm travel of the fork fits well with the applicability of the bike.

As in other projects, I have assembled my favourite Extralite cockpit (UltraStem UL3 stem and UltraBar UL handlebar). SRAM X.0 grip shift system has been replaced by X.0 trigger shifters. The shifters have been upgraded with carbon shifter levers by Z-Components and with some small black anodizing parts. Avid Matchmaker X is a must-have component in the SRAM brakes-shifters setup.

SRAM X.0 rear derailleur was additionally tuned by carbon derailleur pulleys with ceramic bearings and a custom inner carbon cage.
I was riding FRM disc brakes for three years, but for the season 2012, I change them with new Avid X.0 2013 disc brakes due to one broken FRM brake lever. New Alligator Starlite and Windcutter rotors (160/140) replaced burn-out FRM rotors.

I truly rely on many Extralite components, thus I mounted light Extralite OctaRamp (44/32/22) chainrings, ExtraBolts chainring bolts in advance, and an UltraStar2 headset expander. Together with the chainrings, I`ve replaced Trek BB90 bottom bracket bearings. Enduro has managed that with Zero Ceramic bearings.

Synthetic PowerCordz gear cables with Shimano XTR housing have got another opportunity on this bike to improve shifting, again in black. Another change was ActionTec titanium spindles for Shimano XTR pedals.
Several top-line tuning components have been delivered by tune (e.g. GumGum headset carbon cap, DC16+17 carbon-titanium quick releases, or Speedneedle Marathon saddle). A few design and "weight-weenie" components taken here are AX Lightness water bottle cage or Mcfk seat post clamp. All relevant bolts have been replaced with their titanium alternatives.

One more change was a new custom-built carbon seat post. A seat post has been fully hand-made in Switzerland by ceetec based on my personal specification. It perfectly fits the frame. The Seatpost weighs 106 grams.

I initially began with a factory set of Mavic CrossMax SLR Disc 2010 wheels and Continental Race King UST tires.
However, during the 2012 season, I decided to change the wheels with Litespeed. Therefore I ride here with custom-built wheels on DT Swiss 240s hubs, DT Swiss Aerolite spokes, and Sapim nipples. The rims have been managed by NoTubes, an older ZTR Olympic edition.

The wheels run on Hutchinson Python tubeless tires. Stan`s NoTubes sealant avoids the need for inner tubes. These wheels weigh 1425 grams, including NoTubes rim tape and valve stems.


frame Trek Elite 9.9SSL OCLV Red Carbon
fork DT Swiss XRC 100 Race
shock ---
headset zone
   headset Cane Creek
   headset expander Extralite UltraStar2
   top cap/bolt tune GumGum /aluminium bolt
   headset spacer carbon
   cranks Shimano XTR Hollowtech II
   chainrings Extralite OctaRamps /ExtraBolts
   bottom bracket Enduro Zero Ceramic bearings
shift zone
   gear shifters SRAM X.0 Trigger Shifter /Avid Matchmaker X
   cables/housing PowerCordz/Shimano XTR
   front derailleur Shimano XTR M971 Down-swing /titanium bolts
   rear derailleur SRAM X.0 short carbon cage /carbon ceramic bearing pulleys
   cassette Shimano XTR Titanium
   chain KMC X9SL
   hubs DT Swiss 240s International Standard Disc
   quick releases tune DC16+17 Titan/Carbon
   rims ZTR Olympic /NoTubes rim tape and valve stems
   spokes/nipples DT Swiss Aerolite /Sapim nipples
   front brake Avid X.0 /titanium bolts
   rear brake Avid X.0 /titanium bolts
   brake levers Avid X.0 /Avid carbon levers
   front brake disc Alligator Starlite 160mm /titanium bolts
   rear brake disc Alligator Windcutter 140mm /titanium bolts
   hydraulic hose Avid
   pedals Shimano XTR SPD /ActionTec titanium spindles
   handlebar Extralite UltraBar UL
   grips ESI Chunky
   handlebar ends ---
   stem Extralite UltraStem UL3 110mm /Extralite titanium bolts
seat zone
   seatpost ceetec Project F custom 34,0/220mm /titanium bolts /POP yokes
   seatpost clamp Mcfk carbon /titanium bolt
   saddle tune Speedneedle Marathon
   front tyre Hutchinson Python Tubeless 26x2.0"
   rear tyre Hutchinson Python Tubeless 26x2.0"
   tubes ---
  AX Lightness Nasdorowje water bottle cage /aluminium bolts
  NoTubes sealant
  Bontrager chainstay neoprene protection