What have you done to your bike(s) recently?

Discussion in 'Shop Talk' started by SnakeCharmer, Jul 27, 2017.

  1. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    I'm thinkin' your Strada Rossa time may be a bit faster this year....:thumbsup:
     
  2. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Steve Macko
    Current Bike:
    3 SC is now 2 SC.
    You should see the funny looking brake levers they sent! :eek: :whistling:
     
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  3. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Chameleon
    This is going to get interesting...
     
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  4. doublewide

    doublewide iMTB Rockstah

    Name:
    Mark
    Current Bike:
    Ride Life Ride Giant
    Welcome to the new iGravelbiketrails.com :facepalm:
     
  5. UPSed

    UPSed iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Simi Valley
    Name:
    Ed Bottorff
    Current Bike:
    Niner Jet 9 RDO
    IGBT? I don't like the sound of that.
     
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  6. scan

    scan Well-Known Member

    Name:
    fran allas
    Current Bike:
    Scott Spark
    Gravel bikes?? Why??
     
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  7. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    At least there's no "L."
     
  8. rossage

    rossage iMTB Addict

    Location:
    East Sacramento
    Name:
    Ross Lawson
    Current Bike:
    Highball
    Rainy day morning in the garage.
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    Put a new Specialized Slaughter 29X2.3 on my spare wheelset
    Then I messed around with a 13l drysac to see how it works with different loads. Roll closure on both ends with water proof(?) Cordura and a top zip access.
    Top pic is maxxed out with a sleeping bag, bottom is with a saw and everyday items
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  9. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Chameleon
    It's All-Road man, All-Road...
     
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  10. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Snake"
    Current Bike:
    Vassago/Trek
    Decided to skip the wheel build idea and purchase a set already built.

    Found a great deal on ebay:

    i9 Torch, Arc 27, DT spokes and nipples, taped and valved.
     
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  11. CBone

    CBone Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Antelope Valley
    Name:
    Tucker
    Current Bike:
    Intense Primer
    Bent down is the problem no? :laugh:
     
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  12. mike

    mike iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    Guerrilla Gravity Smash
    Woohoo, restoring the old Varsity! :thumbsup::D


    All-Road = no trail? :cry:;)
     
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  13. DangerDirtyD

    DangerDirtyD iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    CA
    Name:
    Chicken Nugget
    Current Bike:
    2013 Trek Slash 9
    The Ls are the best ones!
     
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  14. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Steve Macko
    Current Bike:
    3 SC is now 2 SC.
    :whistling:

    Maybe not exactly a restore...
     
  15. mike

    mike iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    Guerrilla Gravity Smash
    Got. More like a reinvention? :cool:


    They're coming...will they get along?

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  16. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J M
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS, SC Hightower
    That has a very Maxxis Ikon look to it.
     
  17. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Snake"
    Current Bike:
    Vassago/Trek
    New wheels mounted and ready to roll. I decided to stay with the Spesh Purg GRID 2.3 tires that have never failed me. A little skinnier than the OEM tires the Fuel came with but they are what I know well.

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  18. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Snake"
    Current Bike:
    Vassago/Trek
    Really odd.... These notoriously LOUD i9 hubs on my new wheels are almost silent??? If I lift the rear wheel off the ground and spin it, I can hear the classic buzz that these are known for but barely, as in, almost silent.

    But the engagement is amazing!

    On the dirt today, I couldn't hear anything from the rear hub. After the ride, I again lifted the rear wheel and spun it. The buzz was only about 10% louder. So, still 80% silent. It turns out that there is a specific grease available to help quiet them down. I watched a few videos of mechanics applying it. Their hubs were maybe 35% less noisy (but still quite noisy) after the grease was applied.

    I guess I can assume that the buzz will increase with each ride from this point forward?

    Any input from experienced i9 hub users would be most appreciated.

     
  19. Grego

    Grego iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Fullerton
    Name:
    joe
    Current Bike:
    WFO9
    My I9's were never really loud. But then again, I took 3 of the 6 pawls out. I now only have a mere 60 POE.:eek: Vince has all 6 in his, still not loud, just more of a buzzzzzz.
     
  20. knucklebuster

    knucklebuster Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Mission Viejo (South Orange County)
    Name:
    Dave
    Current Bike:
    Canfield The One '12
    I think it could be the amount of grease as well as the type. I regreased my I9s a while back with park moly grease and they got much quieter. I thought maybe I put too much in and was afraid the pawls could stick and/or not engage fully, so I wiped some grease out. Louder for sure. I've said a few times before, I9s and their engagement points were a game changer for me, mostly because my bike has really low BB and I tend to need to time pedals to miss rocks or rachet quick. The noise never bothered me, hikers seem to hear it early (though a few thought I was a bee swarm or rattler).
     
  21. Danmtchl

    Danmtchl Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Bakersfield
    Name:
    Dan
    Current Bike:
    2015 Devinci Troy Carbon 27.5
    Installed the new version Box shifter. The old one had a funky thumb shifter on the down shifts. The new one has a standard trigger shifter that is commmon on the big S brands.EA8827D3-A978-49CA-9BB0-871C83028F83.jpeg
     
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  22. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Intense Tracer 275c DVOish
    Not sure I have a bike. Haven't seen it in a while. And that's OK. My skis and snowboard are happy. :thumbsup: :cool:
     
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  23. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Chameleon
    I've had a clicking sound when pedaling for a while. I have half-assed diagnosed it to the bottom bracket. I took it apart about about a month ago and couldn't pull the seals off, so just greased the surface up. That cleared it up for a couple of rides, so felt I was on to something. Finally took it apart again today, and tried to force a little grease into the bearings themselves today. May have been successful, but won't know till I'm riding tomorrow!

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  24. Sidewalk

    Sidewalk Well-Known Member

    Location:
    The road is where I call home
    Name:
    Josh
    Current Bike:
    N+1
    Decided to go all in on training materials (okay, 50% in) and put a power meter on my XC bike. Went with the RaceFace Cinch and a Turbine crank on the XC bike. I'm not too concerned with weight this year, so I saved some money short term with the Turbine cranks, I'll upgrade to G4 Next some time in the future, and these will likely land on my gravel bike.

    Besides feeling like a wuss when I look at the numbers, it is working pretty well so far!

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  25. mike

    mike iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    Guerrilla Gravity Smash
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    Can I get a little floatation and traction? :eek::cool:
     
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  26. mountaingirl sara

    mountaingirl sara iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    So Cal
    Name:
    Sara Ford
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz 5010
    He will ride again!!!!!
     
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  27. Luis

    Luis iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Sylmar
    Name:
    Luis
    Current Bike:
    Big Black 29er
    My Enduro has been rolling on Roval Traverse SL 29 wheels since 2015/16
    It was time to respoke the rear wheel. One spoke snapped at the nipple after coming down sunset trail so it was just a matter of time that more would follow suit.
    I don’t have the patience nor the time so I had the shop (Universal Cycles) do the job right.
    Happy bike, happy rider :thumbsup:
     
  28. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Snake"
    Current Bike:
    Vassago/Trek
    UPDATE:

    I contacted Industry Nine with my concern. The tech asked which rims the hubs were laced to. When I told him that they were laced to ARC 27s, he said that these wheels are a Santa Cruz bikes wheel option and he said that the hubs they send to them are heavily packed with the specific grease to make them as silent as possible. Mystery solved...
     
  29. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Steve Macko
    Current Bike:
    3 SC is now 2 SC.
    With all of the talk about plus tires, I had them on the Chameleon for one of last week's snow rides. 3.o Trailblazer on the front and 2.8 Ikon on the rear... They were fun for the most part, but not for the ride that's coming up. If the hardtail gets the call up, I'll want the faster 29ers. :whistling:

    So today I took the plus wheels off, which meant swapping my XT cassette back onto the 29er wheel. While I had it all off, I pulled the free hub on the DT Swiss 350. The grease wasn't totally horrible, but it wasn't great either... So I cleaned up the parts, regreased everything, and put it back together. It was really quiet... Too quiet. My mechanic said I had too much grease in there, so I pulled it off, dabbed a little off of the ratchets and reassembled. Still quiet, but not as quiet... :thumbsup: But boy is it smooth! I got it spinning in the stand, walked to the bench, washed my hands, and it was still spinning like mad. I watched it for a minute, and it didn't seem to slow down... :eek: :inlove:

    The headset, however, was not smooth... More like the bearings were made of rock. So I dropped the fork. The top bearing was a little gummy, but not bad enough to cause the gravel steering. The bottom was completely shot. Water definitely got in there... So, a quick trip to the Path for some new bearings, and she's good as new. :inlove:

    She's a Happy Lizard.
     
  30. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J M
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS, SC Hightower
    Yay.....you're learning. :thumbsup:

    Both bearings or just the bottom?
     
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