Totoro yasss! All this bike needed for an upgrade is to add Catbus! Catbus is the ultimate off roader.
Awesome brand, Awesome quality, weird sizing. I'm 6ft and wear a medium shirt, 32- 34 pants in every brand. In short sleeve dharco I'm wearing large yet the long sleeve is medium for the same fit. I just bought 32 shorts after reading their sizing chart. They fit perfectly on the waist but are very tighter on the hips, wish I'd sized up. Also bought party pants and should have sized down, gave then away.
In my experience,
- The tool is an absolute joy to use. So well thought out.
- You'll hardly ever need to use the tool as you said. My buddy owns one...
- I have a hub from 2003 that is now relegated to a SS pump track/ ride to the park with kids bike. Still smooth on original bearings.
- My dh bikes for 10 years had the stainless hubshell, its now swapped to the old hub because it's single speed so I'll give that to my grandchildren!
- Slickoleum or slick honey is a decent substitute for ring drive lube.
- I also still have that matching Ti key ring from the first batch Crombie made. Slightly unrelated but cool as shit!
I bought a "flogged out" dh hub off a privateer member of the Australian DH team a few years back for a project bike. Stripped it down and found the spring that engages the ring drive was comparatively looser than my other hubs (3 full UCI seasons will do that) but otherwise with some new grease it was as new.
I have 1200km on a set of carbon synthesis on my YT Decoy. I've shredded 3 tyres in that time and given them a world of DH oriented abuse. They are flawless, I can't speak highly enough about them! If the alloy rim holds up as well as the carbon, they are a winner. Hubs seem solid (as expected) comparing with P321 and King on my Slayer and hard tail respectively.
I've been running their carbon synthesis wheels on my ebike since May (came stock on yt decoy).
Would 150% recommend them! Lifetime warranty on the rim, if I break it they'll replace it including the wheel build. I've hammered them, shredded 3 tyres and they are solid. My previous carbon rim ownership had left me sworn to alloy rims, Crank Bros have completely changed that.
Two rules of shuttling:
- Talk in the car
- Never say "one more lap"
The first should be obvious but you'll get way more riding in if you leave your epic tales of shred for the lift, not the parking lot. Also appeases the neighbours if your trail finishes in suburbia.
If you must, and mean if you really really reeeeeaaaalllly must seek out an extra ride; ask who's up for say, 5 more runs (depending on the turnaround time of said runs) then call it a day at the completion of the 1st of 5. If the fateful phrase has already been said, then you need to pull up stumps and head for the pub as it's too late, the curse is already apon you.
So I'm going the opposite way back to a full face.
Just after Christmas I slipped the front wheel over the top of a timber berm, slapping my head down hard. I don't remember how I got home. I think I must have blacked out upside down for a short while also as I have dried blood dripped inside the visor of my Bell Sixer from a 20mm by 10mm flap of skin my teeth cut inside my lower lip. I also suffered a mild concussion.
Eating anything not in liquid form was difficult the first few days as scabs on my left cheek that extended to my lips dried out. Whatever I did manage to get in my mouth then stung the cut and would need to be washed out. I went hungry a few meals.
Worst part is that I have a lightweight FF in the form of a Leatt dbx 4.0. It's a poor fit compared to the Sixers glove like fit. It's not uncomfortable but it's not like the open face or the TLD D3 it replaced. To be honest, I'm contemplating flipping it (it's barely used...) in favour of something that sits nicely on my scone. It's an expensive proposition but given I was lucky to not lose teeth, its still cheap!
This bike is so beautifully ugly! Love it!
I used to love seeing the wild creations coming out of interbike in the 90s/ early 2000s and always expected back then that gearbox bikes would have been the norm by now.
The term "rooted" has a very different meaning in Australia.
It's still a 26" v10. The first incarnation on the carbon v10 with an alloy rear so predates boost. Has Had a cracked back rim for 18 months so has been unridden as my Slayer does it all. Hard to space for boost as it's a five bolt Hope rotor.
Hope Big 'un front hub I bought in 1997. It was red but has faded. It's still in use with a 9" rotor on the front of my Syndicate V10. It started life as a QR on a GT then a 1st gen Specialized Big Hit. Had a year in the garage then on a Banshee scirocco until it took pride of place on a murdered out (before that was a thing) Vpfree with mono6 Ti brakes in 04 which is when it grew to 20mm. It went on a green V10.3 which I stupidly sold to get a 951. Stayed on there until I got a Chris King to match the rear hub. It then had the qr end caps machined to fit a 15mm fork and had stints on a tazer ht and a yeti 4x. Sat around again until I got bored and built it with a carbon rim on my V10. Last person to ride that bike was Loris Vergier at a SC promo and he was spinning out about the hub being almost his age! It's probably more fancy than the intent of this article but it's just such a work horse with the only bearing change happening to up size the axle!
A 230 x 65mm metric sized shock (RMB Slayer, Pivot firebird etc) is exactly 11mm shorter in both dimensions than a standard 9.5 x 3 DH shock. Jam an 11mm spacer in the negative chamber and away you go. I have converted two coil shocks thus far for my Slayer that have cost 5/8 of FA to buy and sold the first at 150% profit because it was "new" and "metric" and "so enduro".
I mated a Sturmey Archer 3 speed hub gear to a Shimano front shifter in 1997. My pub bike was dialled even though I couldn't legally go to the pub...
I'm also offering my angle grinding services to anyone that wants to shoehorn a Fox 36 internal into a 35mm Rock Shox chassis.
I had 5 King hubs in my fleet just before selling my old bike a few years back. I borrowed my buddy's king tool and gave them all a birthday. What a waste of time! One set was from 2001 and had seen AM duties mostly one set on my DH bike dates to 2008 and the lonely rear hub was a second hand DH from a young guy on the Australian Junior DH team. It had sure seen some mileage and wasn't as nice inside but boy was it still smooth! I could rebuild hubs all day long with that thing. It's just an absolute pleasure to use!
I'm running Project 321's on my Slayer now (love them!) and occasionally miss the angry bee but i love the almost -silence just as much.
More so frames than parts for me.
Kawasaki green Santa Cruz V10.3 Still the best looking DH frame ever made.
Occasionally I regret selling my Banshee Sirocco because it was cool AND had 4 pot XT brakes with stainless braided hoses and an Aireal rear hub. Aireal was a small brand here in Australia that produced some sweet hubs and ok chainguides but went bust after a few years.
Both GT LTS I've owned- a '98 3000ds and a 96 DH "boomerang"
BTW Andrew, I still have the Chromag direct mount stem you sold me in 2010. It's now on an autographed Syndicate V10.4 that enjoys a wonderful retirement in my bike room. That bike is never leaving me!!
In Australia we call them a see-saw. Remove all your teeter totters and "replace" them with see saws that are signposted as such. That should stall the red tape brigade for another 20 years. Problem solved!
But seriously, Ladies will never be the same without it.