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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.

http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/us/en/s?q=m8000&f=4294964100&utm_source=SilverpopMailing&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=USA_15_08_17_shimano_M8000&spMailingID=17883068&spUserID=MTMxNDk3OTk3MjczS0&spJobID=1080995437&spReportId=MTA4MDk5NTQzNwS2

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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

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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.

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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?

https://www.niagaracycle.com/categories/dt-swiss-rws-axle-15x100mm-for-salsa-carbon-front-forks

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29er / Xm Carbon E bike frame
« on: June 14, 2017, 08:32:59 AM »
Just going to leave this link here for comment.

http://www.xmcarbonspeed.com/Productinfo.asp?f=1534

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Component Deals & Selection / Bretix pricing XT Groupsets
« on: June 24, 2016, 06:56:18 PM »
Soooooo, decided I'd take a look and see if there were any deals to be had.

Best thing I could find is at Merlin Cycles, an XT M800 1x11 Groupset including brakes can be had for $475 with free shipping.  It shows as $528, then another $10 off.  Not sure this is a huge deal, but if your shopping, might be worth taking a look.

https://www.merlincycles.com/shimano-xt-m8000-1-x-11-mtb-disc-brake-groupset-87447.html

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Component Deals & Selection / AXLES
« on: June 24, 2016, 01:12:43 AM »
Maybe this can eventually be made into a sticky once more info shows up.

I wanted to share some Axle info/experience.

I've had my 057 for almost 2 year now, have I would say, about 850 miles on it.  These are not easy miles, I'm about 220lbs "dry", have done some sprint races, 1 or 2, 20+ mile races and the rest just fun riding miles.  As some have seen, while not rooty and muddy, like East coast, it's dry, rutty, rocky out here, and I ride the same stuff I would on my Santa Cruz TallBoy LT, just a little slower.

From day 1 I've been using the axles supplied with the bike from Peter while at XMIPlay.  Both axles I've had come loose during a ride on me, the rear a couple times.  The front was maybe operator error, but the rear I know was set tight before heading out.  In addition to the axles coming loose, I've also had issues with the 12mm adaptors on my hubs (Novatex D882sb) coming loose.  During my race last week, both axle and adaptor loosened up enough that I began having shifting issues and probably 1-2mm play in the rear wheel. 

After this, I decided to resolve this issue once and for all and get a better axle.  I did a bunch of research and decided it would be DT Swiss, now the question was which one.....

The axle that I came up with as the solution is the DT Swiss RWS E-Thru.  This axle "appears" to include the nut.  I am in process of confirming, but when I originally received the axle it did NOT have a nut.  I contacted the vendor and they promptly supplied a nut, as mentioned I'm confirming if it's supposed to come with a nut or if they just supplied it to make good.

That said the supplied nut is nice, has 4 grooves, each the perfect size for the set screw to lock into.  I never had good luck locking down the China nut with the set screw.  The 4 grooves don't go all the way across, but stop short on the inner end allowing the set screw to lock the nut in place to prevent rotation, but also pulling out.

Here's what I ordered, and will update once I get confirmation if it was supposed to come with the nut or not.

http://www.jensonusa.com/DT-Swiss-RWS-E-Thru-Axle#brm-search?request_type=search&search_type=keyword&q=QR199a00&l=QR199a00

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So I was out doing the Quick n Dirty race at Lake Hodges tonight and spotted an MB01 with Lauff Fork.

Is that anyone here?








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29+ & 27+ / What Frame is this???
« on: May 22, 2016, 01:29:44 PM »
I've been searching frames and options to get my father on a 27.5+ and all the Main Brand stuff is really more than he wants to spend.  I came across this LaMere Cycles site, which is a guy in Minneapolis sticking a brand on China Frames.  He has put together a 27.5+ and 29+, that look pretty good, but I'm having a hard time figuring out which frame it actually is.

It looks a lot like a CS-036, but it's a BOOST rear triangle and slightly different geometry.

Here's the link, hopefully I can get some help figuring out what this frame is.

http://www.lamerecycles.com/#!dopamine-fs-fat-bike/q2noe


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I'm trying to convince my father that he needs to replace is 20+ year old Pro-Flex for a modern bike.  He doesn't want to spend the kind of money that a new Main Stream bike is, frankly I'm not sure he wants to spend what a China bike would cost, but I'm trying to convince him.  As you know I already built up a full rigid 057, so I'm no stranger to the Carbon build a bike deal, but I did a TON of research before that frame choice, but now I just don't have the time to do that much web surfing soooo...

I'm hoping the community can help narrow some choices down.  In this thread I'm hoping to get info on 27.5 Full Squish Frame options, I'm going to repost in regular 27.5+ for those options also.

I have found the CS-156  http://xmcarbonspeed.com/Productinfo.asp?f=1338, which looks similar to the Scott Spark, but the Geometry is half way between the Spark and a Santa Cruz 5010

What are other options in the short/mid travel variety?  IE. 120mm, max about 130mm.

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29+ & 27+ / Power of the Forum to find Frame info???? 27.5+ FS
« on: May 12, 2016, 11:31:10 PM »
I'm trying to convince my father that he needs to replace is 20+ year old Pro-Flex for a modern bike.  He doesn't want to spend the kind of money that a new Main Stream bike is, frankly I'm not sure he wants to spend what a China bike would cost, but I'm trying to convince him.  As you know I already built up a full rigid 057, so I'm no stranger to the Carbon build a bike deal, but I did a TON of research before that frame choice, but now I just don't have the time to do that much web surfing soooo...

I'm hoping the community can help narrow some choices down.  In this thread I'm hoping to get info on 27.5+ Full Squish Frame options, I'm going to repost in regular 27.5 for those options also.

CS-M04  http://xmcarbonspeed.com/Productinfo.asp?f=1438, which I'm not sure what it's based on.



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After The Ride / Where to ride in South Tucson??
« on: January 10, 2016, 02:41:51 PM »
I'm heading to Safford, AZ for a couple days of work next week.  I'm planning to bring a bike with me in case I have time on my way there or back, or in the evenings.

I'll be driving through South Tucson on my way, so the question is, where should I stop for a ride??  I probably won't have time for an Epic, but something 1-2 hours, 8-15 miles depending on terrain.

Then the question of which bike??  Chiner 057 or Santa Cruz Tallboy LT???

And how about near Safford that I can ride at night?

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After The Ride / Recent Race Video
« on: December 07, 2015, 09:20:43 AM »
Yesterday I raced in the Quick 'n Dirty MTB Race Series Dirty 30. I ran the beginner Male class, which meant I was only doing 1 lap, vs 3 that the Experts including TInker Juarez were doing.
Here's my video, my full lap was 53 minutes, this is condensed down to 16 minutes.


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