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Hello all! New here. I'm near the Portland, ME area, got a new bike last summer and a friend of mine got me into a little trail riding. My bike is nothing special, just an Ironhorse Warrior 1.3 that I picked up at Dicks, and then had to retune when I got it home because the bike mechanic there made it worse than it was when I tested it in the parking lot.

 

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I couldn't help to think how much better your bike is over my first real mountain bike. That's a nice rig to start out on. Double check the brakes again! ;)

You'll love the Portland area. There is so much variety around there.
 

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I've had to adjust them a couple times, once on the trail. They seemed to behave after that. Do newer cables have a bit of stretch time or something before they decide just how long they want to be?
 

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I've found new cables stretch for some time. I've got a Shadow XT that loves to stretch cables more than my old derailleurs. Keep an eye on them. It took me awhile to accept the fact that I had to keep adjusting cables for stretch. This was after I threw my bike into the woods once or twice. That was 14 years ago...
 

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Cable stretch definately seems to be a longer process with Shimano stuff, I'm not sure why. You will probably make 2-3 adjustments before it calms down. It may be due to the 2:1 shifting, because my 1:1 SRAM set up is usually fine after one re-adjustment.

Welcome to the forum. Portland seems like a great location with alot of great riding without being too far away from the "hot spots."
 

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Banshee Rider said:
Cable stretch definately seems to be a longer process with Shimano stuff, I'm not sure why. You will probably make 2-3 adjustments before it calms down. It may be due to the 2:1 shifting, because my 1:1 SRAM set up is usually fine after one re-adjustment.
Simple math says this is true. Either way, it still usually takes me a couple of adjustments to get it right even with Sram stuff. I find i do my best tuning on the trail.

I usually tune the best i can in a stand at first and then make small adjustments on the trail as needed. Repeat until cable stretch has optimized.
 
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