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Sept. 24, 2015, 6:34 p.m.
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Do you hose your bike?

getting the bike wet enough to saturate caked mud is fine. Getting your bike a little wet while washing it doesnt hurt it as much as riding it in the rain with seals moving and allowing for more water to enter.

Even if you arent technical enough to do your own maintenance or adjustments, at least washing your bike allows you to find dangerous cracks or compromises in your ride. A cracked head tube, seatstay, a partially severed brake hose, frayed derailleur cable, worn brake pads, cracked derailleur pulleys, ect.

March 16, 2014, 11:26 p.m.
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Tubeless "ready" question

I have personally found the blue roval tape to be no more effective at sealing than stans tape. It does a fine job though. Also, I feel that adding electrical tape is a totally unnecessary step. Adding electrical tape might help the tire fit tighter, but in the context of a rim that is already tubeless ready it is not necessary. In fact, when you put stans/roval tape on top of electrical tape, you are now relying on the adhesion of the electrical tape more than the stans/roval tape. Electrical tape doesnt always hold in extreme hot or cold.

I use stans tape on most of my rims because its what I have available to me most of the time.

Gorilla tape work very well. Its doent always come off cleanly though. It can make a spoke change take 3 minutes longer :rolleyes:

Jan. 24, 2014, 10:11 p.m.
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nothing for Cannondale out here eh?

Lol dude, if you get your panties in a knot because an open discussion on a public forum doesnt exactly adhere to what you think the main subject of the thread is, you must have a hard time visiting this site. The use of more than one question mark, usually means there is more than one question being asked. Yes, the title of this thread is specific to Canada or BC. But he also asks about the brand and the lefty. I felt like yapping about cannondale because im bored and willing to waste time. So what, eh? Yes, he is asking about the lack of cannondales north of the border IN THE THREAD SUBJECT LINE. You are right. But he also asked about the reputation of the brand and the fork. I have first hand experience with the latter.

The shop I work at has as good of a relationship with Cannondale as you can possibly have. Without that good reputation, I dont think I would think highly of cannondale at all. I would probably hate on them pretty hard actually lol Many new shops in my area start out as cannondale dealers but drop them rather quickly. I suspect its because of the lower dealer level and lack of support. I think it would be safe to assume from the reports coming from the rest of this thread, that the support from Cannondale in Canada is too weak to make it what I would consider a brand worth considering.

Bogey, you might learn a thing or two if you remain open to the opinions of those outside of your community. As brands expand and change, you might find yourself interested in something that has little to no reputation in your area, but that doesnt mean its bad. Sometimes the opinion of an outsider can be helpful. I hope I am helpful in this thread. I know for a fact that you have not been any help whatsoever. Cheers.

Jan. 24, 2014, 9:35 p.m.
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nothing for Cannondale out here eh?

blah blah blah

We could argue this to the end. And I will lol

This is a gear forum. If this thread was began purely as a question specific to the brands' presence in British Columbia dont you think it would be better off in "The Shore" forum? JBV specifically asked about the lefty and the brands reputation as a whole. You dont have to live in BC to have relevant information on that subject.

Replacing walleaters post with "blah blah blah" may have been a little too tongue-in-cheek, but it was also an effort to avoid quoting long posts and taking up space in the forum needlessly. (much like what you have done with this conversation, oh well)

I also have no idea why you are blabbing about the the use of "eh" in canada. Are you trying to derail this thread completely? Because im totally up for it. Lets do this!

PS- You are sounding more and more "slow" with every post. Keep it coming.

PPS- youll have a hard time convincing me and the hundreds of other members of this forum who live outside of canada to get off this forum. Especially since it is ALL of our presence that makes this site so cool and possible. Here is a silly article that I wrote a few years ago that NSMB was cool enough to put up. Are you offended by my presence in this forum? Im sorry. http://www.nsmb.com/3209-readers-rides-12/

Jan. 24, 2014, 9:04 p.m.
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nothing for Cannondale out here eh?

Soooooo, like, completely irrelevant to this thread right?

If you want me to extract helpful info from my post in colorful crayon on bright construction paper for you id be happy to at a later date. For now though, maybe you should re-read the original question, and read between the lines on my post above. Ill go a step further just for you and post part of the original question that I tried to help answer.

just not on the radar? terrible bikes? doesn't seem likely. bad paint jobs/graphics/funny forks? anyone, Bueller?

Now re-read my post and youll see references to cannondales overall reputation, and specific references to the funny fork. Did I get sidetracked in my post? Yes. Are you slow? Yes. Have you contributed anything to this thread yet? No.

Jan. 24, 2014, 8 p.m.
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nothing for Cannondale out here eh?

blah blah blah

Im not going to try and justify the problems that a brand experienced more than a decade ago. With the speed at which this industry moves, that would just be dumb. About as dumb as thinking their reputation from 10 years ago is relevant today.

Much of the innovation that cannondale presents to the rider is on the XC side of things and this forum doesnt focus on that genre.

I work for a cannondale dealer here in the US as a mechanic at a shop that deals mostly in XC bikes and road bikes. We dont carry bikes with more that 6" of travel at all. Cannondale is a good fit for us.

Many riders have no issues with the lefty, but I can say with no hesitation that it is a more problematic suspension system than any offering from rockshox or fox (which we sell just as much if not more of…). That being said, it offers some pretty sweet features that nobody else offers. We have a VERY close relationship with cannondale since we are a pretty big dealer so we get STELLAR service from them. Blazing fast warranty service, and we nearly always get the benefit of the doubt when something goes wrong. Our customers enjoy the product, and we get repeat visits from customers because of the additional service needed for the lefty. Consumers may not like to hear that, but its the truth. Most of the time, when service is needed, we do it at no charge so the customer doesnt stiffed. High end products that require more service brings customers through our doors more often. And even though we typically dont charge for general maintinence or warranty service on proprietary cannondale stuff (so it costs us a little bit of labor), customers inevitably buy more Gu packets and gloves (high margin items) and all the little things that make us good money. Its a good brand to carry in this area and people love the products.

Dec. 26, 2013, 9:41 p.m.
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Mavic makes me crazy...

Easy solution. Dont buy Mavic. There are an abundance of options out there that perform just as well.

I like their products, and the MP3 program is freaking amazing for the money, but I wouldnt buy a product if the region I lived in didnt support it well enough. I dont have that problem here in the US :)

I wouldnt consider it a reason to upset at Mavic though. Maybe disappointed, but not upset. Years and years ago, if a product wasnt made in the country that you lived in, you didnt even know about it. If you did know about it, you couldnt afford to get it to your doorstep anyways.

Dec. 25, 2013, 6:09 p.m.
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Renthal Duo Stem Review

I do. Nice'n'stiff at 60mm, but the bolts rusted/corroded pretty quickly.Seems to be a common issue with stem bolts though. Are stainless bolts super expensive?

I have been told that stainless steel hardware doesnt have the same tensile strength that other types of steel have.

Im not convinced that the hardware which doesnt rust is actually true stainless steel. It may simply be an alloy that isnt as prone to rusting.

Either way, make sure you get good quality hardware. Stainless or not, overall quality matters.

Dec. 7, 2013, 3:17 p.m.
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11spd Experiments

I like that my 2x set up allows for redundancy in the event of a bent derailleur hanger.

Dec. 4, 2013, 7:22 p.m.
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Tire pressure gauge

My tire slips on the small loose rocks and deflects on slightly larger rocks while climbing at high pressure. I dont like it.

I run 25psi in the front and 28psi in the rear on my 6"x6" all mountain trail bike thingy, and about the same on my XC 29'er hard tail. Almost always.

I might add a couple psi if the trail gets especially rough, but only to prevent rim damage.

Generally speaking, floor pumps arent very accurate for long. Floor pumps tend to be tossed around a bit and air pressure gauges are precision instruments. My floor pumps never last more than 2 or 3 years. Plenty to get your moneys worth in my opinion.

Its good to have a spare gauge that is tucked away in a safe place to refer to, but how do you know THAT is accurate? I have the luxury of working at a bike shop and having so many damn floor pumps around me that Ill know pretty quick if my personal floor pump is losing accuracy.

I suggest you just compare your pressure readings to any other pressure reading you can find. Go to a bike shop and ask to compare pressure readings to confirm that your pump is accurate. They should understand your concern.

Dec. 4, 2013, 7:15 p.m.
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Tire pressure gauge

My tire slips on the small loose rocks and deflects on slightly larger rocks while climbing at high pressure. I dont like it.

I run 25psi in the front and 28psi in the rear on my 6"x6" all mountain trail bike thingy, and about the same on my XC 29'er hard tail. Almost always.

I might add a couple psi if the trail gets especially rough, but only to prevent rim damage.

Generally speaking, floor pumps arent very accurate for long. Floor pumps tend to be tossed around a bit and air pressure gauges are precision instruments. My floor pumps never last more than 2 or 3 years. Plenty to get your moneys worth in my opinion.

Its good to have a spare gauge that is tucked away in a safe place to refer to, but how do you know THAT is accurate? I have the luxury of working at a bike shop and having so many damn floor pumps around me that Ill know pretty quick if my personal floor pump is losing accuracy.

I suggest you just compare your pressure readings to any other pressure reading you can find. Go to a bike shop and ask to compare pressure readings to confirm that your pump is accurate. They should understand your concern.

As long as you are withing 2 psi of the average that you discover checking other pressure gauges, Id say youre floor pump is just fine.

Nov. 28, 2013, 9:09 p.m.
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11spd Experiments

still can't believe shimano hasn't responded to this yet; they've pretty much lost the high end mtb market.

No, they really havent lost anything. Maybe its true in your teeny tiny little demographic, but thinking that shimano is losing out just isnt true. The cycling industry is huge and shimano likely makes most of the money on the recreational cycling market.

XX1 isnt a leap in technology. Its a lateral move. Its just another option. Eliminate a chaining and increase the range on the rear cassette. Its not for everyone. Im not trying to say 1x11 a bad thing, but for many high end users, it lacks range and efficiency that multiple chain rings will always offer.

That being said, I too would like to see Shimano respond with their own 1x11 group. Competition is good.

why are people so opposed to the idea of a front deraileur?

People arent opposed to front derailleurs. xy9ine is just expressing his own opinion without considering markets outside of his own.

In my neck of the woods, 2x10 is still king, and 3x10 is actually still relatively popular.

Nov. 28, 2013, 9:02 p.m.
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11spd Experiments

still can't believe shimano hasn't responded to this yet; they've pretty much lost the high end mtb market.

No, they really havent lost anything. Maybe its true in your teeny tiny little demographic, but thinking that shimano is losing out just isnt true. The cycling industry is huge and shimano likely makes most of their money on the recreational cycling market.

XX1 isnt a leap in technology. Its a lateral move. Its just another option. Eliminate a chaining and increase the range on the rear cassette. Its not for everyone. Im not trying to say 1x11 a bad thing, but for many high end users, it lacks range and efficiency that multiple chain rings will always offer.

That being said, I too would like to see Shimano respond with their own 1x11 group. Competition is good.

why are people so opposed to the idea of a front deraileur?

People arent opposed to front derailleurs. xy9ine is just expressing his own opinion without considering markets outside of his own.

In my neck of the woods, 2x10 is still king, and 3x10 is actually still relatively popular.

Nov. 22, 2013, 11:26 p.m.
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Creaking sound when I pedal

I noticed one of my bikes had a translucent red grease in and around the bb? Anyone got any ideas of what that is?

Could be Rock n' Roll Red Devil grease. Its great for sealing up areas prone to contamination like seat posts, BB threads, and headsets because of how thick it is and how damn sticky it is. Its not gonna be ideal for hub bearings or anything else that needs to actually spin.

Or it could just be some automotive shit that probably works every bit as well…

Aug. 4, 2013, 11 p.m.
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Avid / Shimano bleed syringe fittings kit compatibility

I feel like im stating the obvious, but the actual Shimano bleed kit is the best.

You dont want a kit where you simply switch fittings. That would mean you would be using the same syringes between the two brake systems. Its not a good idea. Mineral oil vs. DOT fluid. Use separate syringes.

Besides, in case you didnt know, the shimano bleed process requires no special fittings besides a handy little plastic overflow bleed cup (thats what i call it anyways..). The one syringe used in bleeding shimano brakes needs only a flexible hose to press on to the bleed nipple.

Buy a shimano bleed kit, buy a sram bleed kit. Its what your local bike shop uses for a reason, and they arent all that expensive.

I bought a Jagwire universal bleed kit from Pricepoint.com that include nearly every fitting for any brand of brake. I really only got it in case I need to bleed an older brake with less common fittings (magura, hayes, really old Hopes). I havent used it much, the fittings are not made very well, and the syringes suck. But really, im glad that I own it, and im glad it cost less than $30.

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