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This past weekend I went riding on my Santa Cruz Blur and my ride was more of a frustration than an enjoyment. My chain did not want to stay on any of the middle cogs on my rear cassette. The chain and the cassette are about a year old with 2 day weekday and hard weekend riding.
Are there any issues that with the bike being full suspension that the chain will not want to stick to the desired cogs.
Do I need to make any adjustments to my derraliur?
The local shop told me a while back that my cassete may need to be changed pretty soon.
Is it the cassette?
Do other Bikers with rear suspension have problems with the chain slipping on the cassette. I am looking for answers primarily from people with similar rear suspension problems, because my friend on his brand new full suspension bike has a similar issue. We are both looking for answers.
 

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awhile back/pretty soon

usually worn cassette cogs don't start skipping until you replace your worn chain with a new one that hasn't 'stretched" so it no longer meshes with the old teeth.
By not "staying on" the cogs, what do you mean? the chain skips over the top of the selected cog, especially under hard pedaling load? That's sounds like worn cog teeth. Or by not "staying on" a cog do you mean the chain tries to shift to another cog? In that case, first thing I would do is remove the rear derailleur and attach the special tool used to gauge and align, if necessary, rear derailleur hangers. No sense at all doing any other fiddling with the rear derailleur, cable, shifter, etc, until you have verified that the hanger is in perfect alignment. That's what any "competent" shop would do first, which is not to say that that's what your shop would necessarily do first, if at all, unless you tell them to do that first.
having seen more abortions performed by incompetent shop monkeys than I even want to remember, I don't have a whole lot of faith in shop mechanics that I don't know personally, and respect. Fortunately, Durango is awash in absolutely top drawer mechanics whom I respect highly. Not that I ever use their services, but just in case they read this and infer that I'm referring to them, which I'm not Bob, Craig, Tracy, et al.
 
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