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Kathleen in AZ
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Following the path of the Raw 'Box post, I'd like to just say how much I LOVE my little orange Behemoth. Since building this bike in December, it has taken me to a new level of riding. I've always loved technical riding, but on previous bikes there were certain obstacles that I could never clean and others that I'd never even attempt (e.g. Waterfall on National). Don't know if it's the bike or just my new-bike courage, but on the 'Moth I am riding just about everything that the toughest Phx trails can dish out. I may not be doing it with speed or much style, but gosh darn it I'm finally giving it a go! Thanks to Devin Lenz for a most awesome frame! Also, thanks to Mikesee for some killer wheels. I'm tubeless now and things are sweeeet. Last pic is my first attempt after 13 years of watching others ride the Waterfall on National. I got it on my 2nd try... what a triumph!

thanks to Bear who took most (all?) of these pics during AZSF this year...
 

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Wow, that is so awesome!

You should definitely crosspost on Passion. I think the idea that finding the right "instrument" for our needs and individual body geometry and specific riding style is a very important one.

Plus the pics are impressive! :thumbsup: You go, girl!!
 

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DurtGurl said:
Last pic is my first attempt after 13 years of watching others ride the Waterfall on National. I got it on my 2nd try... what a triumph!
Photos do not do that move justice at all. I requires a huge commitment. Great job.
 

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Very nice..indeed.

So you chose the WB over the manipoo? what happened to the camo lowers?
 

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So you chose the WB over the manipoo? what happened to the camo lowers?
Camo lowers? You mean when I had tire tubes over the WB lowers as scratch protectors when I was borrowing the fork? Well, since I bought the fork from TRB I decided to take off the tube covers. I've been riding the WB for the last few months and it is now in severe need of a rehaul... this is why I'm not a fan of WB forks and am a fan of manipoo. So last night I took off the WB and put the manipoo back on. yes, I own both :D Spare forks rule, allowing me time to tinker with the WB while still riding the bike. The Manitou made that annoying clicking sound, so we'll see if it still bugs me. Performance-wise, it was awesome and it's also about 0.7 lbs lighter than the WB. The click-click however was almost a deal breaker when I first put the thing on in Dec.

Speaking of camo and weight, I just got a new da Bomb 55mm stem that is white camo annodized. Oooo-la-la! It's certainly not light (added about 1/4 lb to my rig) but the style points are well worth the weight ;) . I'l have to get some pics this weekend with the new stem and white Manitou.
 

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Camo lowers? Well, since I bought the fork from TRB I decided to take off the tube covers. I've been riding the WB for the last few months and it is now in severe need of a rehaul... this is why I'm not a fan of WB forks and am a fan of manipoo.
Really what seems to be the issue?
 

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I'm super jealous. Nice pics and bike! Looks like I'm gonna go broke again. How do I get a hold of a Lenz Behemoth? Looking to purchase at the end of the year, man I can't wait.
 

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sticky ticky tacky. I e-mailed WB for some disassembly & seal replacement guidelines, but no response yet. Would like to secure new seals before launching into it. You have any spare lying around you'd be willing to sell me???
Send it back to 'em. You'll have it back within 3 days of receipt (my experience) and feeling great (my experience).
 

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Send it back to 'em. You'll have it back within 3 days of receipt (my experience) and feeling great (my experience).
Agreed! Besides Eric was the last one to work on it (oil/spring) change before I sold it.

Sticky sounds to me like lack of lubrication. Has there been any oil loss lately?
 

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Sticky sounds to me like lack of lubrication. Has there been any oil loss lately?
Every WB fork I've owned gets sticky in the dust we have out here. I have found that a cleaning and stanchion lube is helpful.

I emailed about it and Darek replied:

"The riders who use it seem to get good results. My
rules of thumb for any stanchion lube are (1) it should be
recommended for fork legs and (2) it should not leave a film that is
attractive to dust and dirt. Finish Line and Fork Fixin are among
the best stanchion lubes."

I don't see how it can hurt.

I love WB, but they just can't compare in suppleness to most other manufacturers forks.
 

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I've been using

tri-flow on the uppers of my forks for some time with good results. it seems to work well on the 110.
 

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I was very happy the F135 and now love my F110. I always keep the tubes clean and lubed. Been using Slick Honey but need to re-stock. I'll look at these other options next time I'm ordering stuff.

If she has been riding a lot. WB calls for an oil change every 40 hours. Just might need some TLC.

Excuss me, that is every 100 hours.
 

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I'm super jealous. Nice pics and bike! Looks like I'm gonna go broke again. How do I get a hold of a Lenz Behemoth? Looking to purchase at the end of the year, man I can't wait.
I was visiting some friends in Boulder this past Sept so I drove 30 miles east to Ft. Luptin to visit Devin Lenz and his shop. He'd never made a small Behemoth, so he drew one up for me and the rest is history. Do a search on the 29er forum for my previous posts and you'll find some pics from my visit and also of my bike build in Dec. He's not the easiest guy to get a hold of, but Lenz's work is worth the effort. good luck!
 

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I was very happy the F135 and now love my F110. I always keep the tubes clean and lubed. Been using Slick Honey but need to re-stock. I'll look at these other options next time I'm ordering stuff.

If she has been riding a lot. WB calls for an oil change every 40 hours. Just might need some TLC.

Excuss me, that is every 100 hours.
I too wipe it down every couple of rides and lube the stanctions with Slick Honey but lately it gets sticky again right away. Half way across National this weekend during the Squealer race it was going eeek-eek-eek on every bump. Didn't stop me from having an absolute blast, but it was a bother. I'm guessing I have about 80 hours on it. Probably time for TLC, but do I really have to send it back? Fork rehauls are usually pretty simple. Then again, time working on the fork is time not riding and not attending to other chores so perhaps having the professionals service it is the way to go.
 
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