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

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

  1. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Steve Macko
    Current Bike:
    3 SC is now 2 SC.
    Two rides back on the single speed, and I threw it up on the stand today to brush off the chain. I checked the dropouts and stem with the torque wrench just to be sure they were all good to go. Then I wiggled the pedals. Hmmmm... Play in the right pedal. Then I grabbed the right crank arm. Uh oh. The play isn't in the pedals. :eek:

    I took the crank off (Raceface Aeffect) and checked the torque on the chainring... It was still tight. Spacer looks good... Hmmm.

    @mtnbikej says to swap in another set of cranks to see if the play goes away. Rule out the cranks and highlight the bottom bracket. That sounds easy, quick and logical, so I yanked the cranks out of the Hightower and put them in the lizard. Screw in the 8mm bolt, and next thing I know I'm holding half of the bolt in my hands. Uh oh. Houston, we have a problem. :eek:

    Thankfully it wasn't even tight when it snapped, so I was able to pull the crank arm off, and gently turn the threads on the bolt to remove them. Early models of the Aeffect came with a self-extracting bolt, but RaceFace switched to a standard bolt in later years, probably to differentiate products higher up the food chain. The self-extracting bolts from other models still fit, so I ordered one... No more crank puller, hopefully. If it works, I'll order another one for bike #2.

    Intact bolt on left... new and improved 2 piece bolt on the right.
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    I threw the "wobbly" cranks in the Hightower and the wobble was all gone... Nice and solid. And I "upgraded" from a 30 to a 32 tooth chainring! :p

    So, I destroyed bottom bracket number 17 (exaggeration? Maybe... :p) on the single speed. This one was a Race Face and lasted for all of 500 miles. If that... It's probably closer to 300. Time to break down and buy another Hope, like I have on the Hightower. Much better construction, and it isn't disposable.

    I just don't think the cheap bottom brackets can take the abuse of a single speed... Too much constant force from standing and mashing. The plastic parts warp... Hope FTW!

    That is all. Carry on. :thumbsup:
     
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  2. sir crashalot

    sir crashalot Well-Known Member

    Location:
    laguna beach
    Name:
    gary fishman
    Current Bike:
    2018 banshee rune
    Well, somehow broke rear axle:
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    And big dent in rim:
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    Rebuilt wheel with WTB KOM tough rim, has the new tcs 2.0 system with a durable strip that goes over the spoke holes, is really nice. Also put a WTB Verdict on the front
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    Overkill huh? Turns out I was sent a mislabeled verdict wet by mistake instead, which has taller knobs. WTB is sending me the right one and said I can just keep this.
     
  3. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    My Raceface Aeffect doesn't do that....
     
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  4. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J M
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS, SC Hightower

    What hub is that?
     
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  5. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Steve Macko
    Current Bike:
    3 SC is now 2 SC.
    The cranks were fine... Other than the bolt. All nice and tight. The bottom bracket, on the other hand, is a steaming pile of dog poo. Time to buy a non-disposable one for that bike.
     
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  6. knucklebuster

    knucklebuster Well-Known Member

    Location:
    34.2295° N, 117.2257° W
    Name:
    Dave
    Current Bike:
    Guerrilla Gravity Megatrail
    Still can't believe the size of those knobs. Keep that one for next winter's rain!
     
  7. knucklebuster

    knucklebuster Well-Known Member

    Location:
    34.2295° N, 117.2257° W
    Name:
    Dave
    Current Bike:
    Guerrilla Gravity Megatrail
    Pulled my Revive dropper post out after it quit working last ride. The cable was pulling the activating lever but not releasing back to the lock position. Played around with it a bit and it freed itself up. Now it works fine.... Love it when that happens. Put an extra amount of zip ties in the pack tho.
     
  8. sir crashalot

    sir crashalot Well-Known Member

    Location:
    laguna beach
    Name:
    gary fishman
    Current Bike:
    2018 banshee rune
    That’s the plan!
     
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  9. sir crashalot

    sir crashalot Well-Known Member

    Location:
    laguna beach
    Name:
    gary fishman
    Current Bike:
    2018 banshee rune
    Hope pro 2, but the axle is only a year old (last year switched out the old 10 x 135 axle for 12x142 when I got a new frame). Hub shell, bearings and free hub are fine
     
  10. Redman

    Redman Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Cypress, Ca
    Name:
    Kevin
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Nomad CC 27.5
    All the little booger’s filled thousands of tiny pinholes in your tire.:rolleyes: Nothing to worry about. :whistling: Mount up and ride on!:thumbsup:
     
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  11. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Intense Tracer 275c DVOish
    Carry a hose clamp. They are light and can fix myriad problems including a slipping seat post.
     
  12. Grego

    Grego iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Fullerton
    Name:
    joe
    Current Bike:
    WFO9
    Another 6803 bites the dust. It's the "8" that's the problem. Not broken but heavily worn and pitted. Vince's freehub was flopping around like crazy.

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  13. knucklebuster

    knucklebuster Well-Known Member

    Location:
    34.2295° N, 117.2257° W
    Name:
    Dave
    Current Bike:
    Guerrilla Gravity Megatrail
    I carry a Reverb emergency clamp specifically for that situation. But just like a hose clamp, it will not hold the seat in the down position, only up. That's why the need for zip ties. Plus I'd be concerned a hose clamp would ruin the seal of the dropper. The reverb clamp has a beveled out area to go over the seal so wont damage it. Fits perfectly on my Revive.
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    I could see a hose clamp might be useful for some other things, like a big zip tie. I had to connect 3 zip ties together to hold the seat down.
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  14. knucklebuster

    knucklebuster Well-Known Member

    Location:
    34.2295° N, 117.2257° W
    Name:
    Dave
    Current Bike:
    Guerrilla Gravity Megatrail
    From the I9s? Guess I oughta check mine on the old bike, but no issue the llast time I put it away wet. "sealed bearings" is quite the misnomer.
     
  15. Grego

    Grego iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Fullerton
    Name:
    joe
    Current Bike:
    WFO9
    I9 Torch outer freehub bearing. I broke two so far. One of which had less than 300mi on it. Vince wore out his first. YMMV.

    The Hope Pro 4 is looking good right now.
     
  16. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Intense Tracer 275c DVOish
    Cool. I didn't know someone made a tool for this purpose, and frankly, I haven't had to try the hose clamp. I would use a strip of inner tube between the clamp surface and the seatpost stanchion, if/when I do need to use it. That said, I never considered the need to hold it in the down position. I figure I rode for years without dropping a seatpost, I can finish a ride with it fully extended.
     
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  17. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Steve Macko
    Current Bike:
    3 SC is now 2 SC.
    If the Hightower ever goes away, my Hope Pro 4 hubs are staying with me. It was love at first sight. And every ride after. :inlove:
     
  18. knucklebuster

    knucklebuster Well-Known Member

    Location:
    34.2295° N, 117.2257° W
    Name:
    Dave
    Current Bike:
    Guerrilla Gravity Megatrail
    There's a few spots on TnA that a couple of my body parts would hate me for trying to ride with a fully extended seat. I think even pre-dropper-posts, I manually dropped the seat for those types of downhills. But my legs are short...
     
  19. Stubborn Approach

    Stubborn Approach Member

    Location:
    Irvine
    Name:
    Tony
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Nomad 3
    Very nice to see WTB Verdicts in the wild... the high grip WTB Judge on the front of my bike is done after this weekend. It has amputated nubs where the corner knobs used to be. :whistling:

    Did 2 days @ Summit. The 1st day was so good that I needed another... and also wanted to test the RevGrips that shipped on Thursday from San Diego, and arrived Saturday to OC... Thanks USPS :bang:

    10 runs non stop top to bottom on day 2, and had less hand fatigue overall vs day 1. I got through 25k of descending in my first weekend ever with lift access, very pleased with that.

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  20. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Snake"
    Current Bike:
    Vassago/Trek
    New bars arrived today so I promptly installed them. Now, if I could just find the time to go ride so that I can get them dialed in. :mad:



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  21. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Tallboy Upgrade
    I have those on both bikes and like them a lot.
     
  22. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J M
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS, SC Hightower
    Well the Hightower came back with a sizable flat spot....so I ordered up a new rim.

    Showed up today.....built up fast and straight.

    First time building up a rim with offset.

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  23. Danmtchl

    Danmtchl Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Bakersfield
    Name:
    Dan
    Current Bike:
    2015 Devinci Troy Carbon 27.5
    Unfortunately, nothing
     
  24. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Snake"
    Current Bike:
    Vassago/Trek
    If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! :thumbsup:
     
  25. buggravy

    buggravy Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Calabasas
    Name:
    Matt
    Current Bike:
    Guerrilla Gravity Trail Pistol
    Is a brake bleed (rear specifically) a common need on a newish bike as it breaks in? Or do certain (bad) riding techniques cause air to get into the line? Had to have the rear brake on the Smash bled recently, after 200ish miles. Feels great since. After only 3 rides on the Trail Pistol the rear brake is super spongy, and at the bottom of a descent on Sunday the lever came within 1/4" or so of the grip and didn't feel like it was providing much stopping power. Wondering if I'm doing something to cause it.
     
  26. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J M
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS, SC Hightower
    Depends on the brake. By Guides needed a bleed after the first month or so.....it was super simple and they felt great afterward. Haven't had to touch them since.

    My prebled SLX's went spongy after about 3 months. I find I have to fiddle with them every few months.
     
  27. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Snake"
    Current Bike:
    Vassago/Trek
    It most likely means that the brake was never bled properly in the factory.
     
  28. buggravy

    buggravy Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Calabasas
    Name:
    Matt
    Current Bike:
    Guerrilla Gravity Trail Pistol
    Thanks, I also have Guides on the TP. Codes on the Smash.

    Cool, hopefully that's it. Thanks :thumbsup:
     
  29. tbarnesarc

    tbarnesarc Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Taylor
    Current Bike:
    Bronson CC v3
    Got the ye ole Lufftkappe installed on my 36 grip 2 last night after work but wasn't able to try it out today. My good friend Carla was in town whom I only see every couple of years so a beer and a catch up convo at Laguna Beach Beer Co was in order:D. Testing of said upgrade commences tomorrow after work:thumbsup:.
     
  30. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Intense Tracer 275c DVOish
    My XT Trails (M8000) seem to need a bleed every couple of months. Not sure why. My rear lever will occasionally go to the bar when the trail gets super choppy - like at the end of Rock-It, or halfway down the luge. Not really the best places to not have a rear brake.

    Calling @tbarnesarc ... make my bike bleed. Lunch or dinner at Husky Boy on me!
     
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