Hobbies

I got my first mountain bike way back in 1992.  It was a LeRun Monti and cost MYR360 at the time.  Over the years, I've had to replace almost all of the transmission parts and a few other parts.  But overall it was a good bike and served me well.  I used it for many years for my daily commute to university and back.


I enjoyed mountain biking.  In 2008 , after many years of using my LeRun Monti, I decided to look around for a new bike.  As chance would have it, Proton was closing down it's T-Bike division.  I manage to get a new 18" Proton T-Bolt which was originally priced at MYR2700 for only MYR800!

The Proton T-Bolt is, as far as I can tell, an EPX Reef that has been repainted - even the sticker with the serial number states the model as "Reef".  EPX is an Australian company that built the EPX Reef and the EPX Terrashark, which shares the same frame as the Reef but has a lighter carbon fiber swing arm as opposed to the Reef alloy swing arm.

The Proton T-Bolt is a carbon fibre monocoque in a single pivot configuration with an alloy swing arm.  The specs are:  RST Capa T4 fork, DMN AO-1 rear shock, SRAM Truvativ Five D, Shimano Deore LX FD & RD, Textro Io disc brakes, Formula 32H hub, and Alex Rims XCR 100d.  I've since added fenders, a saddle bag (for multitool, tire patch kit, etc), front and rear LED lights, a bike computer, and Jagwire Ripcords...and now it weighs 16.60kg




  Frame
    Proton T-Bolt
  Shifters
    Shimano Deore Mega train (SL-M510)
  Fork
    RST Capa T4 70mm travel
  Handlebar
    Kalloy Black
  Rear Shock
    DMN AO-1 6.5" x 1.5"
  Stem
    Kalloy Black
  Rims
    Alex Rims XCR 100d
  Headset
    Aheadset (Mfg by: TH Industries for Cane Creek)
  Hubs
   Formula 32H
  Brake Set
    Tektro Io Disc Brakes (165mm rotors Front & Rear)
  Spokes
    Stainless Steel
  Brake Levers
    Tektro Sensir
  Tires
    Cheng Shin Nylon (26 x 1.90)
  Saddle
    Velo Black
  Crank
    SRAM Truvativ Five D Triple Trushift
  Seat Post
    Kalloy Black (D=31.6mm L=350mm)
  Chain Ring
    44-32-22
  Bar Ends
    n/a
  Chain
    KMC Z-YE Super Narrow
  Skewers
    QR
  Rear Cogs
    Suntour PF (CS-PF55-C9) (11-12-14-16-18-21-24-28-32)
  Cages
    Zéfal aluminium
  Front Derailleur
    Shimano Deore LX (FD-M570)
  Size
    18"
  Rear Derailleur
    Shimano Deore LX (RD-M570)