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Component Deals & Selection / What Black Friday Deals??
« on: Today at 09:16:59 AM »
What Black Friday or Cyber Monday Deals are you taking advantage of?

Here's one I saw, but not using.

LiteSpeed Black Friday, some of thier older 2012 road bikes are priced reasonably.

29er / Re: shifting problems CS-057
« on: November 18, 2017, 07:29:41 PM »
The 057 has an internal carbon tube running inside the frame.  I had similar problems from day 1, I think I caused my initial issues by trying to drill in plans of installing full length cable.  Initially things didn't go well, so I stuck with original routing, but I always had shifting issues toward the top of the cassette.

I recently drilled out the holes completely to run full housing.  It was very difficult to get the new housing in place.  As someone else mentioned, I think the internal housing may not be strong enough and flexes.  There may also be some imperfections that cause drag.

All said, I don't have a good solution

29er / Re: Chinertown's Holiday Giveaway!
« on: November 18, 2017, 07:10:59 PM »
If building a new bike today, I'd probably be going with a Carbonda CFR505.  I'd want to build a gravel road usage bike.


There looks to be a bunch of these out there, once you start searching.

As mentioned, if I was allowed to build another bike at the moment, this is what I'd be building.

I'd probably build a hybrid MTB/Road groupset.  Probably a mix of Ultegra and XT, essentially an Ultegra cockpit and front mech, with road brakes, then an XT Rear Mech and cassette.

If you build one, make sure you keep us updated.

Here's an alternate.  Different look, but similar numbers, even shorter mainstays.

I don't have one, but this is the way I'd go if I was allowed another bike at this time.

Might take a while to post video and pictures, but I rode the infamous FLOW Trail in Santa Cruz on my fill rigid 057.

What nobody tells you is that it requires nearly 1000 ft of climbing to get to the top, then another 1000 back to the trail head from the bottom.

Component Deals & Selection / Good Pricing on Shimano XT M8000 Stuff
« on: August 15, 2017, 11:23:52 AM »
If anyone needs some parts, pricing looks really good at Chain Reaction.  There's also 1.5% Cash Back if you go through EBates.

Brakes are $89
11 Speed REar Mech $66
Chain/Cassette $89
Shifter $42

Full XT 1x11 Drive Train and Brakes for $568.

29er / Re: Woodie 057 Update (mostly Pictures)
« on: August 07, 2017, 11:22:12 AM »
While I don't see specific markings on the tire stating Snake Skin, I'm pretty sure that's what I had ordered.  This is the 3rd Burt I've had on here.  The first lasted about 500 miles, and was worn out.  The second, lasted about 2-300, got a couple cuts in the sidewall that I couldn't seal, so replaced.

These are a BITCH to mount on my 35mm wide rims 29x2.1, they just don't spread out far enough without doing the install with a tube to seat the bead.  Even after that, it's still a bitch to get the second side to seat after removing the tube.  Either the 2.25 or a 30m wide rim would work better.

29er / Woodie 057 Update (mostly Pictures)
« on: August 07, 2017, 01:27:32 AM »
Decided to take a few pictures before I did some cleaning.  My 057 is about 3 years old, probably has about 1000 miles on it, actually, probably less....  Most everything is great, she occasionally develops a creek here or there, that a cleaning, tightening takes care of.  Recently I bypassed the standard internal shift routing for a full length housing and things are shifting much better, better than New, I think I had a kink in the internal housing that caused me issues.

Anyway, this was the full custom pinstriping/wood grain, etc.  I didn't do any protective tape, and I don't care.  I planned to ride it and ultimately show the wear and tear.

DSC_0339.jpg by Matthew Kogan, on Flickr
DSC_0343.jpg by Matthew Kogan, on Flickr
DSC_0344.jpg by Matthew Kogan, on Flickr
DSC_0345.jpg by Matthew Kogan, on Flickr
DSC_0347.jpg by Matthew Kogan, on Flickr
DSC_0351.jpg by Matthew Kogan, on Flickr
DSC_0356.jpg by Matthew Kogan, on Flickr

29er / Re: Axle for rigid fork?
« on: July 22, 2017, 09:40:43 PM »
Thanks for the link.  I'll probably order one of those.

I have this DT Swiss axle on the rear.

I was thinking this axle would work, it's 4mm shorter than the current axle, but haven't been able to find a nut with the correct thread.

29er / Re: Maintenance pains
« on: July 22, 2017, 09:29:04 PM »
Apparently my torque wrench isn't working in anti-clockwise, because I promptly snapped the replacement bolt.

I thought the first was due to fatigue if being on/off a few times.

So now to find another bolt locally...  This one took 40 minutes of searching at the store.

29er / Maintenance pains
« on: July 21, 2017, 08:59:00 PM »
I've had my 057 for almost 3 years now and decided to do a little extra maintenance, well not much, but it turned into a major pita.

Initially I was just changing grips and cable on my xx1 gripshift.  I had always had issues with shifting in a couple years, which I thought was due to a kink in the shift cable.

Upon inspection, etc, I found the internal routing tube seemed to be damaged, so I began routing a full length cable housing.   It was quite a pita to get the full cable through the frame and into the hole in the frame.

Additionally, the shifter body was broken where the adjuster threads in.  This piece is held on with a screw, but Sram doesn't sell it.

I ended up glueing the part together, running the cable and everything seems to shift better.

Unfortunately, that wasn't the end of my issues, in all the work I took the crank off in attempts to get batter access in the BB area (forgot it didn't give any access), well, when reinstalling the crank, the bolt snapped..  the only plus is, it didn't harm anything else and didn't get stuck, so now I need to pick up a new bolt before I can ride it again.

29er / Re: A 057
« on: July 17, 2017, 11:26:20 PM »
Pretty sure mine stops at the bottle cage screws.  Best would probably be to just shorten the seaport.  Usually there's more issue with a post being to short and not having enough material in the frame.

29er / Axle for rigid fork?
« on: July 06, 2017, 08:38:00 PM »
I have my 057 with rigid fork and shopping for new axle.  The original China axle lever is bending, so I want to go DT swiss, but not sure which is the correct one.

Anyone have one already and know which is the right one?

29er / Re: Xm Carbon E bike frame
« on: June 22, 2017, 12:19:54 AM »
How about use on trails Off Limits to Motorized Vehicles?  My opinion is NO, it has a motor, ie, no go...

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