2019 Levo Custom Build...from FSR to S-Works and beyond

Oct 3, 2018
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Hi guys, so it's NBD tomorrow! :cool: Super excited. First e-bike.

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I'm a bit of a serial bike swapper, always interested in new bikes and tech. Afterall, it is my job!!

What i decided to do was get the base model and change up the spec to what i want, as there was no way i'm dropping £10k on an S-Works. Especially as i'm not even sure i'll keep it. :ROFLMAO: I'll be using my current bike as the donor for parts. The frame/shock are listed in the FS forum.

Intense Primer Factory Custom Build:
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11.9kg with Pedals. Yes, i'm a weight weenie. Can't believe my next bike will probably be double that! :eek:

I built this bike using the lightest suitable parts I could get. As i ride 99% of the time at Cannock Chase, my backyard, so it's got to be able to pedal. When i first got it i felt like i was cheating it climbs that well and it's easily the best trail bike i've ridden. So why change? Knees! My knees are creaking and giving pain, so enter an ebike. I'll do anything to keep doing my brilliant job...MTB Coach.

Spec:
- 2018 Fox Factory 34 FIT4 Kashima 140
- Enve M60HV
- Sram Guide Ultimates (180/180)
- Renthal Carbon Fat Bar 35 & Renthal 35 50mm Stem
- Rainbow Ti bolts through out (headset/stem/brakes/bottle mount/suspension etc)
- NEXT R Carbon Cranks 170
- Fox Transfer Factory 150
- SDG Circuit Carbon Saddle
- SRAM XX1 Drivetrain and Shifter
- KMC SL Gold Chain
- HT Components ME03T Pedals

So i've got hundreds of questions, hopefully you knowledgeable lot can help... (y) and i'll keep this thread updated with pics, spec, changes etc.

I'll kick it off with...
- Can the RF NEXT R Cranks even fit on the Levo? I've not been able to find this out anywhere.

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There is a pretty good chance that changing a bunch of components will invalidate your warranty, especially the seat post shim. Probably worth checking with the shop you are buying from.
 
Oct 3, 2018
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Really?! Did not know that a lbs didn't mention it when discussing the shim. I better make some calls.

I don't understand why the warranty on the battery for example would be invalidated for running different fork or wheels. I've always done custom builds without issues. Not so much on my old enduro right enough. I'll report back.

Anyone else come across this?
 

Thomas

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There is a pretty good chance that changing a bunch of components will invalidate your warranty, especially the seat post shim. Probably worth checking with the shop you are buying from.
With Alu model, basically you need warranty only on motor and Battery.
Switching components have nothing to do with validating warranty. Maybe if you are going to fiddle with the crank and internals, that are connected to the motor.
Frames have individual 5 years warranty, motor and Battery 2 years. Other mechanical components, like on other bikes have all individual 1 year warranty or more. So for example if your shocks fail, you will get the warranty from Rockshox or Fox, etc. Same goes for Sram and Shimano components. Specialized will later claim warranty from manufacturer of the component that failed.
This is not a car. :ROFLMAO: If frame fails, it will be shipped to specialized and the bike will be stripped down. No retailer will send complete bike to claim warranty for motor or battery..
 

Thomas

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Really?! Did not know that a lbs didn't mention it when discussing the shim. I better make some calls.

I don't understand why the warranty on the battery for example would be invalidated for running different fork or wheels. I've always done custom builds without issues. Not so much on my old enduro right enough. I'll report back.

Anyone else come across this?
Don't be spooked like that.
When mine gets here only frame, crank, motor and battery will stay the same... warranty void... o that makes me....:ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO:
 
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Somehow i don't think that the RF crank arms will work with the levo. The enve wheels are boost 110/148 right ? That will be one nice levo.
 

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There is a pretty good chance that changing a bunch of components will invalidate your warranty, especially the seat post shim. Probably worth checking with the shop you are buying from.
dont see thats a problem specialized shim the 2018 enduros from 34.9 down to 30.9
 
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Somehow i don't think that the RF crank arms will work with the levo. The enve wheels are boost 110/148 right ? That will be one nice levo.
Yeah they're boost. I'm gonna see if I like the blue tomorrow, if I do, they'll get some nice custom matching decals. If not, I'll probably vinyl wrap the blue with orange. My fav colour and leave the current colour.
 

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As long as you don't muck around with the frame, motor, battery or electrics i very much doubt you will have any warranty issues.

There are going to be some tastier crank choices coming on to the market over the next few months, i believe SRAM and Hope are bringing out some bling cranks for the brose, and there may well be some obscure german company already doing so
 

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Worth bearing in and the cranks on the LEVO are 165mm, and many people go shorter than that. You wont want to be putting longer cranks on
 
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As long as you don't muck around with the frame, motor, battery or electrics i very much doubt you will have any warranty issues.

There are going to be some tastier crank choices coming on to the market over the next few months, i believe SRAM and Hope are bringing out some bling cranks for the brose, and there may well be some obscure german company already doing so
Sounds interesting. Think I'll leave the standard ones on and sell the next one's. They were probably too long anyway.
 
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The cranks won't fit as the axle is built into the motor.

Have a look a praxis specialized carbon
SPECIALIZED CARBON - Praxis Works
Good to know, thanks guess there's some race Face next r cranks going up for sale. Dunno if I'll replace the standard ones. I'll ride them out and see how they fair. Tbh, I didn't catch the the ones on the 18 levo.
 

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You probably don't want to use your fox 34 at 140. At a minimum, get a 150 air shaft to keep stock geo. Ideally, you want a 36 to deal with the extra weight.

You will enjoy it either way and never want to ride anything else.
 
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You probably don't want to use your fox 34 at 140. At a minimum, get a 150 air shaft to keep stock geo. Ideally, you want a 36 to deal with the extra weight.

You will enjoy it either way and never want to ride anything else.
You've just preempt my next question now the cranks are sorted.

Spoke with tf tuned today. A service and air shaft change to 150 is about £160. So for the price of sale plus that is near enough the price of a lyrik. I was gonna ask of people thought the 34 would be up to double the weight? Now I've an uplift I'll be hitting stile cop DH more. I could've cut the steerer too short anyway. Thoughts on best fork?

I love the orange lowers 36, but at nearly double the price a lyrik makes sense.
 

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Set of Red lyrics or for a more left field choice some of the new Marzocchi Bombers would look nice on that.

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I would stick with the oem cranks to begin with as easy to change later and you can get a fell for the length etc.
 
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CRC have been clever, the red lyrik is around £150 more at £830 ish. That's getting close to fox 36 orange. I'll see what the blue decals looks like on it and what would go later, because it's.....

New. Bike. Day!

 
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Set of Red lyrics or for a more left field choice some of the new Marzocchi Bombers would look nice on that.

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Never considered the bombers. Don't know much about them.

Anyone wanna Photoshop on some red lyriks to the bike in the top picture? To convince me red lowers will look trick
 

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my OCD would mean if i went with a kashima fork i would have to get a kashima dropper!
 
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my OCD would mean if i went with a kashima fork i would have to get a kashima dropper!
Would you need the shock too?

I've got the kashima dropper. I'm contemplating running Stealth, like my old enduro, instead of bling on this build. My last two bikes have been really loud and attention grabbing. Unfortunately one of them got too much attention.
 

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Really?! Did not know that a lbs didn't mention it when discussing the shim. I better make some calls.

I don't understand why the warranty on the battery for example would be invalidated for running different fork or wheels. I've always done custom builds without issues. Not so much on my old enduro right enough. I'll report back.

Anyone else come across this?
Specialized supply a seat post shim with their Enduro carbon SWorks. It is a 30.9 to 34.9. So if they don’t have a problem with you using a shim on this bike then in theory they should have a problem with you using a shim on your ebike. I would give them a call and state the above to see if they are okay with you using competitors 31.6 to 34.9. Or if you have to purchase a shim from them.
 

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Hi guys, so it's NBD tomorrow! :cool: Super excited. First e-bike.

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I'm a bit of a serial bike swapper, always interested in new bikes and tech. Afterall, it is my job!!

What i decided to do was get the base model and change up the spec to what i want, as there was no way i'm dropping £10k on an S-Works. Especially as i'm not even sure i'll keep it. :ROFLMAO: I'll be using my current bike as the donor for parts. The frame/shock are listed in the FS forum.

Intense Primer Factory Custom Build:
View attachment 6085

11.9kg with Pedals. Yes, i'm a weight weenie. Can't believe my next bike will probably be double that! :eek:

I built this bike using the lightest suitable parts I could get. As i ride 99% of the time at Cannock Chase, my backyard, so it's got to be able to pedal. When i first got it i felt like i was cheating it climbs that well and it's easily the best trail bike i've ridden. So why change? Knees! My knees are creaking and giving pain, so enter an ebike. I'll do anything to keep doing my brilliant job...MTB Coach.

Spec:
- 2018 Fox Factory 34 FIT4 Kashima 140
- Enve M60HV
- Sram Guide Ultimates (180/180)
- Renthal Carbon Fat Bar 35 & Renthal 35 50mm Stem
- Rainbow Ti bolts through out (headset/stem/brakes/bottle mount/suspension etc)
- NEXT R Carbon Cranks 170
- Fox Transfer Factory 150
- SDG Circuit Carbon Saddle
- SRAM XX1 Drivetrain and Shifter
- KMC SL Gold Chain
- HT Components ME03T Pedals

So i've got hundreds of questions, hopefully you knowledgeable lot can help... (y) and i'll keep this thread updated with pics, spec, changes etc.

I'll kick it off with...
- Can the RF NEXT R Cranks even fit on the Levo? I've not been able to find this out anywhere.

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I would go for a minimum of 200mm rotors. I am not familiar with SRAM disk brakes so hopefully the other forum members can assist you to confirm if you need to upgrade your brakes to a different version. I am a Shimano Saint user so cant really comment.
 
Oct 3, 2018
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I've been running guide RSC for 18m, then guide ultimate on 180/180 for around 3 years, but they've all been light bikes. I love the modulation on SRAM, less grabby compared to Shimano. Which I like when controlling manuals etc.

When I took the levo out it had code RSC on. And wow! Going back to the Ultimates I definitely notice they're nowhere near as good. Could be new pads needed or the smaller rotors.

I'm really considering code RSC to stop this tank.
 



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