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June 3, 2019, 5:13 p.m.
Posts: 530
Joined: May 15, 2003
Re: creak

Don’t count out a loose derailleur hanger, especially for creaks under pedalling load. After greasing eight pivots, pedals and bottom bracket - sure enough, hanger was loose. 

In my defence (umhhh...), the hanger bolts are not externally accessible and sit on the inside of the chain stay so did not get the once over treatment.

June 19, 2011, 10:42 a.m.
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Joined: May 15, 2003
Saint brakes – overkill for AM?

My feedback:


Cheaper and way more then enough stopping power. Check out CRC.

Got Saints on the big bike so have a good feel for both brakes.

I am pushing 240 LB without gear and running a 8/7" setup on the little bike. More then enough stopping power.

Feb. 21, 2010, 1:09 p.m.
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Joined: May 15, 2003
Rotec RL9 -> CRC


Anybody looking for a small Rotec?

Check out CRC.

Not sure what the "Shop soiled" notation is all about but worth looking into.

Frame + shock + Hadley rear hub for peanuts (under $1500 CAD).

Sigh…I wish I was a midget. Always have and will have a soft spot for this frame.

Jan. 17, 2010, 10:50 a.m.
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Joined: May 15, 2003
New 5.10 Shipment Impacts, Freeriders, and Karver W's

Hey Steed.

Any updates on the 5.10's clipless? Spring as well?

Jan. 2, 2010, 11:03 a.m.
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Joined: May 15, 2003
Elixir CR vs. new Saint

My feedback:

Pushing 230 LB + so stopping power is fairly crucial.

Was running the Elixir CR front for about three months. Good brakes but did come across the following issues:
a. Blowing through brakes pads
b. Bleeding was a issue
c. Never could get the same feel after switching out pads. Had to do some major fine tuning.
d. Cheap design/assembly

Got a replacement front Saint and could not be happier. The ergonomics are comparable to my previous Louise FR's so this brake feels right at home.
The craftsman ship of the Shimano is far above the Avids. The caliper and lever assembly really do inspire confidence. No cut corners in the design, assembly and hardware spec.
Have been running them since October and no negative feedback yet. Have yet to come across any sort of fading as mentioned above.
As for the cost of brake pads, shop around. Online (CRC) you are looking at about $29 CAD which is right in line with all other pads.

Nov. 12, 2007, 10:40 a.m.
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Joined: May 15, 2003
Who is stocking 661 buckets?

Any one know of a LBS that has/will have 661 helmets IN STOCK?

My definition of IN STOCK is when the product is sitting on the shelve at the store when I walk in through the door. Yes, any store can bring in the helmets through Norco (Boooooo!!) but would like to try them on for size before pulling the trigger.

Helmet in question is the 08 Flight line up.

Yes? Too early for the 08's to be rollin' out?

Oct. 12, 2007, 8 p.m.
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Joined: May 15, 2003
NWD Premiere This THURSDAY

Thanks for the summary Ian.

Sounds like there was a lot of tail whips, back flips and then some more tail whips. No thanks.

Ride the Lightning (NWD 4) is still on regular viewing rotation for myself.
Made the mistake of buying 5 and 6.
Definitely passing on 8.

My two cents.

Oct. 7, 2007, 12:06 p.m.
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Joined: May 15, 2003
has pairity saved you $

Holy Jebus!!!

Wow!! Now I really don't have a excuse not to try clip's.

1. Massing savings -[HTML_REMOVED] Check.
2. Sticking it to Norco -[HTML_REMOVED] Check.

Sept. 24, 2007, 1:04 p.m.
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Joined: May 15, 2003
Bad Crash on Crank It Up


First off, my sincere condolences to husband and family of fallen rider (Suzanne??).

CarMan - as DB stated above, you are a real life hero and deserve the recognition for it. Not only did you recognize the need for life sustaining measures but you maintained your cool under pressure and managed to follow through. It's one thing knowing CPR but actually having to perform the skill when there is a life in the balance, a skill on its own.

I guess this would be a perfect time to plug the importance of knowing your basic CPR. Takes a short time to learn, very inexpensive course but could save the life of a stranger or loved one. Not sure if they are teaching CPR in schools now a days but it sure is more important than knowing how to bake carrot cake.

Once again, all the best to the rider and her family.


PS: As for the Leatt Brace, here is the link: Search for a recent thread.

Sept. 13, 2007, 5:23 p.m.
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Joined: May 15, 2003
I got this by email - scam or good?

Total shyster.

Aug. 19, 2007, 10:41 a.m.
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Joined: May 15, 2003
Looking for some good pedals...

Syncros Mental pedals hands down.

Have tried Axiom, Azonic, Wellgos and BMW. Nothing compares to the grip and durability of the Syncros. Good big feet myself (12) and find the platform to be the perfect size.

Running the stainless versions since last April and I can honestly say these pedals have bee designed to last. No matter how many times you get sloppy and grind down a rocky section of a trail, the pins stay in place. So far I have managed to only loose two pins which I have not bothered to replace as there is more than enough grip even with missing pins.

-easy to rebuilt.
-lifetime warranty on the pedal body.
-pins are put in place with 6mm socket so even ground down pins are breeze to replace.
-pedals come with a hole baggy of replacement pins.
-durable and unsurpassed grip.

-pedals will remove chunks of your legs. I kid you not.
-not for weight conscious people.
-pricey (keep in mind these pedals will out last several frames).

All in all, I would definitely buy another pair if ever required.

Good luck.

Aug. 4, 2007, 8:41 p.m.
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Joined: May 15, 2003
$275 triple crown at bikeroom wtf?

Still waiting for mine to arrive. Dave said one more week. Visa has been charged $2300.00. Shit.

On a serious note, check out the new KHS bike I stumbled across thanks to Craig's KHS link:

Dare I say it actually looks good and rideable? I am sure the KHS sticker can be removed.

July 30, 2007, 7:23 p.m.
Posts: 530
Joined: May 15, 2003
hands hurting after riding

Holy crap.

Can't believe nobody has mentioned:

1. Too much low/high speed compression.
2. Too little low/high speed compression.
3. Too slow/fast rebound setting.

Disclaimer: I am assuming your fork has these settings and you have not taken the time to set it up properly.

Kids, run your fork setup at BOTH ends of the spectrum (knobs all the way in/knobs all the way out) to get a good fell how the different settings affect the fork. You paid extra coin for those fancy knobs, use them.

No matter what kind of glove and grip combo you are running, your ride will be less enjoyable - ie: "Death Grip" aka "Vulcan Grip" - if your suspension is not properly setup.

July 28, 2007, 11:18 a.m.
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Joined: May 15, 2003
40 Talk....

Was beating on Fox 40 RC2 for the past two and a bit years.

Great fork with super adjustability but couple of things:

1. Maintenance - be ready to do the oil in the lowers at least once a month if the fork is going to be run hard and all year round. Fifteen minute job but still…..

2. Seals - even with the higher than average number of oil changes, I was only getting about 4 months out of my seals. As per Fox, that is expected and at $35 a set, add's up pretty quickly. When the seals fail, they FAIL. We are taking about oil running down your lowers and onto your caliper and rotor. Good times.

3. Turning radius - those 40mm tubes really cut down on your ability to turn on a dime. Not a big deal if your riding wide open trails but sure makes a difference on some NS trails.

4. Dampening cartridge - the cartridge needed to be sent in twice. Cartridge consists of a plastic bladder that sits within a two piece aluminum housing. First time the bolt holding the housing together came loose, resulting in internal oil loss. Second time the bladder found it's way out of the cartridge all together. Interesting design.

Great fork but I found it high maintenance.

If snapping your fork is a concern, not too worry as this 230-pound-er-without-gear put the fork through it's paces. No huge dorps but fast and hard riding and the fork never failed.

Some things to consider and keep in mind the above was my experience.


March 29, 2007, 4:26 p.m.
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Joined: May 15, 2003
Ride Mar,29,07

Leaving work and computer no worky at home.

If somebody wants to ride later on, call 604-809-9982.


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