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At least for a while. You ever get to a point with your bike where pretty much everything but the frame (!) needs to be fixed, replaced or upgraded? I'm at that point now with the 5.5. The frame is fine, thankfully, for now. Installing a new drivetrain last week revealed that my freehub -- proprietary Mavic one, of course, not compatible with a cheap LX replacement -- is just about roached. My Hayes brake lines are in dire need of replacement (probably go with Goodrich while I'm at it). New brake pads front and back as well. Oh, and my shock is leaving some creepy residue all over the shaft, which Landis is guessing is the main seal disintegrating. Not so bad for 18 months without service, I guess.

Bummer about the time of year everything decided to wear out on me at once. At least the fork's still working pretty well, although I suppose it could stand to have another oil change.

Time to bust out the Stinky for a while, I guess. Man that's a lot of bike to pedal around.

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Stinky time is not a bad thing. If I am over this cold/allergy/pollution gunk we could set up a shuttle.


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Don't know what size you need, but I've got a small Kona Dawg you're welcome to use for a while, if you want. It's sitting here in Chandler begging for a rider. Hasn't been ridden since August when I got the Motolite! Yours to use if you can ride a small.

By the way, would anybody mind if I used my new GPS to make maps of some of the trails that don't seem to have any maps? It's got compass and altimeter, so might be nice, if people don't mind a map being posted.

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dirtluvraz said:
Don't know what size you need, but I've got a small Kona Dawg you're welcome to use for a while, if you want. It's sitting here in Chandler begging for a rider. Hasn't been ridden since August when I got the Motolite! Yours to use if you can ride a small.

By the way, would anybody mind if I used my new GPS to make maps of some of the trails that don't seem to have any maps? It's got compass and altimeter, so might be nice, if people don't mind a map being posted.

Mike
<sacrasm>Before you offer up your bike, be aware that Paul broke a frame on DESERT CLASSIC (hhhhaaaaaaa, hhhhhaaaaaaa......who breaks a frame on desert classic?........I mean, come on, DC is like McDowell with a skirt).</sacrasm>
 

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<sacrasm>Before you offer up your bike, be aware that Paul broke a frame on DESERT CLASSIC (hhhhaaaaaaa, hhhhhaaaaaaa......who breaks a frame on desert classic?........I mean, come on, DC is like McDowell with a skirt).</sacrasm>
That's why the offer of the Kona, not the Titus!
 

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skinny-tire said:
<sacrasm>Before you offer up your bike, be aware that Paul broke a frame on DESERT CLASSIC (hhhhaaaaaaa, hhhhhaaaaaaa......who breaks a frame on desert classic?........I mean, come on, DC is like McDowell with a skirt).</sacrasm>
Hey now... Actually I broke it on 48th Street.

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I didnt know it was possible to break parts, frames much more, on DC or 48th without taking a hammer and bashing your bike. Of course some people can do wonders.
 

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Stinky time is not a bad thing. If I am over this cold/allergy/pollution gunk we could set up a shuttle.

.....Eric's where are you?......
Hmmm shuttles...
I wish, but probably not this weekend or next. I'm getting over being sick too.
 

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en are es said:
I didnt know it was possible to break parts, frames much more, on DC or 48th without taking a hammer and bashing your bike. Of course some people can do wonders.
Years of study, lots of practice, and sheer willpower.

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Paul B said:
Years of study, lots of practice, and sheer willpower.

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Well, I guess the offer of the Kona loaner still stands if you can ride a small and want to use it. The 3 wheeler is in the shop anyhow for a good cleaning, got to get the goose s**t off it!
 

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dirtluvraz said:
On the street?!?!?
How,,,,, never mind that, maybe this might be better:
Honestly, the bolt was probably weakened from lots of hard riding, and elected to snap on the road because that's where I was able to put down a lot of sudden torque (I was standing to accelerate from a stop light).

Nice trike!

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I've been over in LA riding DH with some of the MTBR DH/FR crew...lots of fun. Unfortunately, I now have full blown bronchitis, and a 102 degree fever.

DHF'r
Sounds like you've got some of the stuff that I've had for the last week. It's pretty much reduced to coughing and chest congestion at this point.
 

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Paul B said:
At least for a while. You ever get to a point with your bike where pretty much everything but the frame (!) needs to be fixed, replaced or upgraded? I'm at that point now with the 5.5. The frame is fine, thankfully, for now. Installing a new drivetrain last week revealed that my freehub -- proprietary Mavic one, of course, not compatible with a cheap LX replacement -- is just about roached. My Hayes brake lines are in dire need of replacement (probably go with Goodrich while I'm at it). New brake pads front and back as well. Oh, and my shock is leaving some creepy residue all over the shaft, which Landis is guessing is the main seal disintegrating. Not so bad for 18 months without service, I guess.

Bummer about the time of year everything decided to wear out on me at once. At least the fork's still working pretty well, although I suppose it could stand to have another oil change.

Time to bust out the Stinky for a while, I guess. Man that's a lot of bike to pedal around.

p.
Jeez -- seems like a lot of stuff disintegrated on you in just 18 months. After 24 months of beating the ever-living-crap out of my NRS, the only problem I've had has been with my Truvativ ISIS BB and chainrings. Goddam ISIS BB is in need of yet another replacement (will be my third) and the chainrings wore like butter. But after learning about other people's experience with ISIS stuff, looks like my issues are not extraordinary.

Otherwise, I've completely neglected my bike and everything has held up (knock on wood). The Fox F80RLT fork just got the oil changed and is still going strong (never serviced for 24 months). Magura Marta brakes are still on their original pads and have not leaked yet. Rear SID was also just serviced and works like it was brand new. Hell...even the bearings on the frame are all original.

Of course...there's the list of crap that I broke from crashing: XT shifters, front wheel, front rotor (bent at least a dozen times), pedals (cheapo Wellgos), rear cable housing (don't even ask...), and a couple of nasty dents/gashes in the frame :(

Mind posting the brands you were using?

Thx...Doug
 

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Jeez -- seems like a lot of stuff disintegrated on you in just 18 months. After 24 months of beating the ever-living-crap out of my NRS, the only problem I've had has been with my Truvativ ISIS BB and chainrings. Goddam ISIS BB is in need of yet another replacement (will be my third) and the chainrings wore like butter. But after learning about other people's experience with ISIS stuff, looks like my issues are not extraordinary.

Otherwise, I've completely neglected my bike and everything has held up (knock on wood). The Fox F80RLT fork just got the oil changed and is still going strong (never serviced for 24 months). Magura Marta brakes are still on their original pads and have not leaked yet. Rear SID was also just serviced and works like it was brand new. Hell...even the bearings on the frame are all original.

Of course...there's the list of crap that I broke from crashing: XT shifters, front wheel, front rotor (bent at least a dozen times), pedals (cheapo Wellgos), rear cable housing (don't even ask...), and a couple of nasty dents/gashes in the frame :(

Mind posting the brands you were using?

Thx...Doug
Here's the bike:

Intense 5.5 frame, XL
Manitou Swinger 4-way shock
Marzocchi Z1 FR SL fork
Hayes Mag-9 carbon
XTR RD
XT FD
XT shifter pods
XTR cassette
XTR/Dura-ace chain
Mavic Crossmax wheelset (narrow rims, awkward-to-service spokes, proprietary freehub, very easy-to-adjust/service hubs)
Conti Vertical Pro rear tire (replaced w/ Hutchinson Spider 2.3 UST)
Specialized Enduro 2Bliss 2.5 front tire (still working like a charm)
Thomson stem and seatpost (gorgeous, light, strong, I love 'em)
Selle saddle
Raceface Atlas crankset (working like a charm, highest recommendation)
Maxm Isogrid handlebars (very nice and wide and light)
ODI grips (also highest recommendation; all my mountain bikes have them)
SPD 949 pedals (amazing pedals, very pricey)

If I had it to do over again I'd probably hand-build a nice wheelset, probably same spec as on the Stinky (CK hubs 3x laced to 3.1 or 819 UST rims). I might also go with Sram X.0 drivetrain. The AM1 is also a likely upgrade if I ever find the money for it.

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Paul B said:
Here's the bike:

Intense 5.5 frame, XL
Manitou Swinger 4-way shock
Marzocchi Z1 FR SL fork
Hayes Mag-9 carbon
XTR RD
XT FD
XT shifter pods
XTR cassette
XTR/Dura-ace chain
Mavic Crossmax wheelset (narrow rims, awkward-to-service spokes, proprietary freehub, very easy-to-adjust/service hubs)
Conti Vertical Pro rear tire (replaced w/ Hutchinson Spider 2.3 UST)
Specialized Enduro 2Bliss 2.5 front tire (still working like a charm)
Thomson stem and seatpost (gorgeous, light, strong, I love 'em)
Selle saddle
Raceface Atlas crankset (working like a charm, highest recommendation)
Maxm Isogrid handlebars (very nice and wide and light)
ODI grips (also highest recommendation; all my mountain bikes have them)
SPD 949 pedals (amazing pedals, very pricey)

If I had it to do over again I'd probably hand-build a nice wheelset, probably same spec as on the Stinky (CK hubs 3x laced to 3.1 or 819 UST rims). I might also go with Sram X.0 drivetrain. The AM1 is also a likely upgrade if I ever find the money for it.

p.
When I got the new Motolite in Aug., went with the 819 rims, love 'em! They were built by Peter at Rage, took his reccomendation for hubs, he used Hope hubs, no problem there either, they're working great so far. Also went Sram, the shifters were a little weird at first, but now wouldn't use anything else.

Of course, all this is working great, Paul hasn't been on it!
 
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