Wait a minute, you're younger than me?!
Thanks for the additional and excellent tips, Chinook!
When I built the bike up in January 2018 I had to pull the rocker pivot axle out to get the dropper housing around it within the seat tube. At the time it slid in and out quite easily. When I recently removed the rocker I had to drive the axle out with a drift. I'll definitely pull this and the main pivot axle at least every 6 months to clean and regrease them henceforth. The taper nut for the main pivot collet was also tough to get out so as you mention, I'll regrease it too.
Great article, Cam!
Coincidentally, I recently attempted to replace the frame and pivot bearings on my 2017 Transition patrol carbon, purchased in 2018. I realize that Transition advises to check and replace the bearings as needed every 6 months but I had left it until now because I felt like it was still riding great and I hadn't actually disassembled the frame to check the rotation of the individual bearings.
So... having determined that the bearings actually did need replacing I got a set of puller / installers from Rapid Racer Products and attempted to drive out a bearing but was unable to move it. At this point I threw in the towel and took the frame to North Shore Bike Shop who got the job done in less than 24 hours. It also turned out that the main axle had seized to one of the bearings but they had been able to free it up.
I will now check the bearings and axles every 6 months and hopefully be able to swap the bearings myself the next time they need it.
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It would be great to add a bearing removal and replacement segment to your bike reviews, to show the pros and cons of each suspension layout. It will be a consideration I take into account for my next bike purchase.
An article on how to check bearings would also be helpful!
In 2002 I parked my old 4x4 Suburban on Howe and Helmcken to meet friends at the Sugar Refinery (RIP). I had come from a ski patrol shift at Mt. Seymour with all of my sweaty and gross gear in my grey and rust coloured Roach two strap courier bag (RIP Ingrid) on the back seat. It was old-school even then but was one of my prize possessions. I contemplated bringing it with me but foolishly decided against that out of sheer laziness. I knew that the doors of the suburban could be unlocked with a table knife or flat head screw driver and apparently so did the thief who took my bag, as it was long gone when I returned. I regretted my mistake for many years to follow.
Kid can fk'n ride!!!
Big shout out to Krauter too, amazing work man!
This is a great article, keep 'em coming.
Where can I buy Boeshield T-9 or Dumonde Tech in the Vancouver area?
Also, I used gorilla tape last year and when I pulled it off due to non-sealing issues it had left behind a godawful mess of adhesive that took 45 minutes per rim to clean up. I'll never use it again.
I've always felt that when US auto makers rebrand one model as assorted other 'models' (GMC/Chev/Lincoln/Pontiac/Cadillac/Saturn/etc) it's a raw-dog deal for the less-than-savvy consumers who end up buying them.
Other than a lame cash grab and a means to keep the legendary brand that is Marzocchi alive, what is one legit reason Fox would do this?
Cheers to AJ for a well written review, regardless.
Do you know of a LBS that carries WTB tires in the lower mainland?
Thanks Andrew, I appreciate the update. I agree that it looks to be in keeping with the post's low price.
I also like the wolftooth lever and have the 'digit' version for my 9.8 175mm dropper (which has been 100% reliable and a pleasure to use for the 10 months that I've had it).
No photo of the lever?
They should have called it Wild AF
Great to see a shore classic ridden by a legend! More of the same please!