Might take a look at the transition temple light. Good weight, looks like quality machining, and the price is reasonable. Like others have said though, it's really all preference.
My solution yo that problem was to to buy a set of Shimano XTs. Now I have real power, control over that power and tool free adjust. Might be slightly out of the range you want to pay though.
My serous suggestion would be to get a fresh allen key with good sharp edges and push it all the way in and then back it out. I'm willing to bet it striped because your wrench wasn't fully inserted.
You have to buy the cleat that corresponds to the pedal you are using. But that should come with the pedals. Also I have heard rumour that you need a spacer for the crank bros pedals to get enough clearance but don't take that as doctrin. Hope that helps.
I have a set of 04 888s on my bike that I love to death have really enjoyed to this point. However today when I went to go put my bike in the garage after my whistler trip yesterday I detected a very clear ticking noise coming from the fork when I picked it up out of it's negative travel. Normally the fork settles into it's travel a few millimeters just sitting there without any weight on it. Now it is settling a lot more and at full extension it makes a clear ticking noise that is very similar to the sound of a tape measure being snapped backwards, only not so loud or harsh. Is this indicative of a serious problem? Or does my fork just need something simple like a little more oil? I would be grateful for any help the suspension gurus could provide.
I would second the transition suggests. It really depends what you'll be riding. Will you be riding bike parks with nice groomed trannies? If that's your bag a Transition Bottle rocket might be a good bet if your smooth. Or a dirt bag would be a excellent all around choice. I have one with 888s and I love it. Super burly and very nimble. I had a friend who could even do a few trials moves (small ones) on it. Plus you'd be supporting super cool guys who will take the tome to understand what you need and want. When I ordered my frame and fork they spent a few minutes just talking to me and asking me about the riding I had around me. I couldn't be more impressed with them or their products. Plus it's a single pivot like you like. Just my two cents though.
So, as I don't have the good fortune to live anywhere there is a Strong riding scene for fr/dh I need your help. I just moved back to the Seattle area about a year ago, but I wasn't in to the fr stuff then so I'm having a hard time finding good riding. I would be super grateful to anyone who could point me to a fr/dh club or group of riders in the Bellevue / Issaquah / Seattle area. I haven't ridden for a few years since I was out of the country for two years and couldn't take the bike, so I'm looking for a cool group to ride with and get my skills back with. I'd like to avoid riding with a bunch of bily bad ass blowhards who are out to prove something. Just need some cool trails to ride with cool people. Thanks for your help.
Sorry if this is redundant, but I searched the site and didn't find any threads that were really relevant to my question. OK, so here's what I'm wondering. What's a good option for a guy with skinny legs, and needs a good set of hardshell knee and shin guards. I'm not too finicky about the price, as long as it stays reasonable. I really just want a pad that will stay in place on my skinny bird legs when I stack, and offer me good protection.
As a ending note Ive tried getting bigger calves and that didn't work, so I'm looking for realistic options. Thanks.
P.s. new to the Seattle area and need help finding places and people to ride with. Anny help there would be much appreciated.
Brad is a friend of Keven and Kyle over at Transition, and if I remember correctly he used to work for them. If you like the bike They did a write up about it on the transition blog. Has some cool ghost effect going on. Looks like good work. I wanna get one and paint it pink, white and brown urban camo with a wc888 and white Syncros rims and bits. Would look so hot, if not a few seasions out of date.