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  • #85955

    Well it’s Christmas time and I hope everyone here is having a happy holidays. My wife got me the second season of Star Trek on BD, and it is awesome. Other than that, I got cash from my parents. I used said cash to get some upgrades to my bike. I bought a Fox Van R shock to replace the immensely heavy 850# spring on my bike now. I also got a Hayes Stroker Trail front disc hydraulic brake because my current front brake sucks the big one. On top of those, I’m studying new Shimano Deore XT shifters for my bike, albeit I need a 9 speed cassette to use them, which isn’t terribly expensive. It’s been a good Christmas for me. I hope these things make riding all the better for me. Anyone have opinions?

  • #85956

    Awesome!!!! If I’d have had the cash I’d have gotten you the other brake since you hooked me up with that badass light….generosity will have to be repaid at another time in the form of another part,haha.

    I know those Deore XT mega 9’s look good,I’ve even owned a pair. But come ride Shonna’s bike,she has that drivetrain.I need to recable her shifters today so they should be tip top when you get here.

    Gotta say though,I love my Alivio’s,very precise for a $50 8 speed setup on a Wal-Mart Mongoose…once dialed in they have no issues and I feel confident cranking as hard as I can without having the chain slip.

    Come ride em both and see what you think!

    That shock is gonna OWN!

  • #85957

    I gave myself a Singletracks jersey, but seems it’s coming for my brother-in-law’s birthday (January) rather than Christmas. 😢

  • #85958

    Hahahaha,I ordered that stem captain clock for my bike a little while ago and installed it,it was the first thing everyone noticed when I went to the PUSH fork and shock clinic,they all wanted to know where I got that thing and so I told them someone right here on singeltracks supplied the link for stemcaptain…..GOOO SINGELETACKS…WOO HOOO

  • #85959
    "steve32300" wrote

    Hahahaha,I ordered that stem captain clock for my bike a little while ago and installed it,it was the first thing everyone noticed when I went to the PUSH fork and shock clinic,they all wanted to know where I got that thing and so I told them someone right here on singeltracks supplied the link for stemcaptain…..GOOO SINGELETACKS…WOO HOOO

    Yeah after seeing yours I really have thought about it a few times.

  • #85960

    Well done, all. After researching parts and measurements, I’ve bought the parts I need to support the Deore XT shifters. I got a Shimano SLX HG61 Cassette for my trail needs, coupled to a Deore XT M756 hub. I bought the Shimano XTR 7701 chain for 50% off the MSRP for my drivetrain. On top of that, I have the brakes and the new shock coming from Jenson. I only hope the shock comes soon.

  • #85961

    Thanks for getting back man. What do you mean by a piggy-back?

  • #85962

    Oh, yeah that’s exactly what I got. I got it from Jenson USA. The one on top that is.

  • #85963

    Thanks for the advise, dude. It is appreciated. 😀

  • #85964

    I can’t wait to put those parts on for ya,haha!

    When we get that shock tuned we have to build a jump and really test it out!!! 😼

    I figured I’d add some pictures of a few parts I got for the bike for Christmas.Here is my new 3 inch riser bars,8X3 Alivio triggers,Avid FR-5 brake levers and Yeti grips as well as the platform pedals in the photo.

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    Here is the new meaty back tire I got for my girlfriends bike….

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    ‘Twas a good Christmas around here bike wise,everything else sucked,haha.

  • #85965

    Those’re some sweet upgrades, GALAXY. I hope your GF’s bike performs better with that new rear tire. With that, I hope that the 600 dollars worth of components I got for my Snare will improve performance with my bike. As you did, I’ll also include pictures of my new parts, but I’ll do one better and show before and after pictures, just in case people are curious. Also I could use a set of handlebars like yours. Lord knows, my current bar isn’t tall enough and too much of my weight is extended forward over my bars as it is. Maybe someday I’ll get over that narrow bridge on the Rock trail. 😀

  • #85966

    How do those riser bars work? Can you get them for any setup? I have a GF Tassajara and feel like I could use an inch or two of rise for the same reason SF described.

  • #85967

    Like Chilipepper said,as long as the outside diameter of the bar will fit your stem it’s all good.I’d like to get a shorty stem sometime soon so that will lower what rise I currently have by maybe an inch.I love my wide ass texas longhorn bars so far,had a set on my old freeride bike and they made a big difference.

    I have a few before photos but I’ll put that in the pics section with my blackcomb upgrade thread,haha.

    I hope your parts get here sooner than you expect!

  • #85968
    "ChiliPepper" wrote

    [quote="fleetwood":3mzffeuw]How do those riser bars work? Can you get them for any setup? I have a GF Tassajara and feel like I could use an inch or two of rise for the same reason SF described.

    You can put any size riser bar on any bike if you wanted to fleetwood. Have you tried raising your stem if feasible? This will raise the bars a bit instead of flying with a bigger riser bar. The more rise in the bar will also effect your climbing just as having longer travel forks. If you are into XC riding, then a lower rise is best, but if into trail riding, a 1" to possibly a 2" riser bar is good. It does give a bit more control over the flat bars, especially the longer the bar are. I have a 2.5" riser bar on two of my gravity bikes and a 2" on the others. I love them.

    You can also do a combination of raising your stem and adding another 1/2" or more riser bar. Good luck bro![/quote:3mzffeuw]

    Well, I read "riser bar" and I wrote "riser bar" but I was thinking some kind of spacer for the stem. I actually have a riser bar — maybe an inch — and I researched raising my stem when I first got the bike but was quickly under the impression that I couldn’t with my set up. Maybe I’ll get some feedback from the LBS next time I am in there.

  • #85969

    Chili, I’m getting my new rear hub later today, I was wondering if me and GALAXY would need any special tools to remove my old one and get my new one in. Any thoughts?

  • #85970

    Well, all me and GALAXY got a few of my new parts on my bike. We mounted the front shifter and my front brake. We couldn’t connect the caliper as we need a fitting for the Hayes caliper, but we’re working on that. We also fitted my new cassette onto my new hub with very little pain. The shifter works, but it needs adjustment.

    Question here: I’m looking to use the rear wheel that came with my Snare with my new hub. Is it possible to reuse spokes or do I need to get a new set to build a new wheel with? I’m aware, I can use the rim and rubber, but the spokes are in question here. I’d like to use the set I’ve already got, if possible. Anybody have answers?

  • #85971

    better a little later then never. Picked up a edge 305 + HRM for $120 and a Panarace fire xc pro for $15 the other day. Happy belated Christmas to me.

  • #85972
    "ChiliPepper" wrote

    Yeah, you can use the existing spokes as long as they are compatible with your newer hub. Being that your bike is fairly new, your existing spokes should be in great condition. Just make sure you use the correct tension and do not under or over tighten them. Good luck bro!

    BTW, do you need the adapter to mount your caliper to your 51mm IS tabs (front or rear), assuming you are mounting a standard 160 rotor to your 51mm IS tabs (front or rear)? If you are mounting a larger rotor, then you will need an adapter for that rotor size that mounts to your 51mm IS tabs. Your caliper is designed to fit to a 74mm post mount, so you will need this adapter to mount to your 51mm IS tabs. Hope you understand what I mean bro.

    Thanks for getting back to me, CP. I checked and the hub I got is a 36H model and I counted my spokes before I bought it, and I do have 36 spokes.

    And yes, I need the adapter to mount the caliper to my front fork, that’s what I’m looking for. The rotor is a standard 160mm model, you’re correct.

  • #85973

    I think Chili is referring to the length of the spokes as well as the spoke count. You will need to make sure your existing hub and new hub are the same size or you won’t be able to reuse your existing spokes. The easiest thing to do is find an online spoke calculator and put in the measurements of your old hub and then your new one. Some spoke calculators have certain hub measurements preloaded making the job a whole lot easier. I find the spoke calculator on DT Swiss’ website to be pretty easy to use if you don’t already have one in mind.

    [url:3ahlh4j9]http://www.dtswiss.com/SpokesCalc/Welcome.aspx?language=en[/url:3ahlh4j9]

    Just click on "Anynomous Usage".

    Hopefully it will have your rim and hubs already loaded but you may have enter them as "user defined". In that case, you’ll have to get some measurements first. You can either find them on the manufacturers website or just measure the hubs and rim yourself.

  • #85974

    Thanks guys, my hub is a standardised one. It’ll work with my present wheel. Can any of you show my what adapter I need to work with my new Hayes hydraulic brake with the front caliper? It’s a standard mount so if anyone can give me any info, I’ll be grateful.

  • #85975
    "SaiyanFury" wrote

    Thanks guys, my hub is a standardised one. It’ll work with my present wheel. Can any of you show my what adapter I need to work with my new Hayes hydraulic brake with the front caliper? It’s a standard mount so if anyone can give me any info, I’ll be grateful.

    Still not sure you are understanding what we mean by "the same size". We are referring to the the hub dimensions not simply the length of the hub as it relates to fitting in your frame. (IE: flange distances from center line and flange diameters.) These are measurements you will need to calculate whether or not the existing spoke lengths will work.

    I believe this is the adaptor you need to put your brakes onto your I.S. mount on your fork.

    [url:2b73u30x]http://www.jensonusa.com/store/product/BR708C15-Hayes+Adapter+-+74Mm+For+6+Rotors.aspx[/url:2b73u30x]

  • #85976

    I’ll give ya a hand measuring the hub and rim and everything tomorrow night and we’ll plug that into the DT swiss calculator and see what we come up with.I had not even thought of spoke length being an issue.

    On to more exiting parts,haha….SaiyanFury’s shock finally came in and damn is it nice!

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    We took the old one out last night and found out the pins that go through the mounting holes are just a bit small on the stock crap to go into the Fox shock without a good bit of slop so I’m going to machine some new ones to get rid of all the slop and get it mounted up.

    Looking at the frame and the way the rear link swings,distance from eye to eye mounting location and the placement of the tire…this should get about 4.25" to 4.5"of travel in the rear.This is a complete estimation but the shock will definitely deliver that much and the frame seems to be able to accomodate.I’ll let everyone know how it goes when we get it mounted up!

  • #85977

    I got the mount spacers machined today and they fit really nice! Here is a couple shots of the custom work..

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    Instead of drilling out the nylon spacers to fit on each side of the .499" pin,I stepped them down to the outside diameter of the original spacers,.458".The hole in the center is the same .312" and the mounting bolt fits very snugly in that as well.

    I’ll get pics up of it mounted tomorrow!

  • #85978

    Thanks a bunch, GALAXY. Believe me, as a Winnipegger (my home city in Canada), I have a great love of saving money. I’m glad you were able to fabricate those as well as saving me a few bucks. I’ve never looked at spacers and pins for that shock, so it’s greatly appreciated. They look great and I can’t wait to try out that new shock on your yard trail tomorrow. 😀

  • #85979

    Well, CP and others who graciously responded to me, we got the new shock mounted today, and let me say, what a HUGE difference. I can actually make the tail of my bike move with it just by leaning on it. I tried it out on his trail around his place and it made a huge difference. I haven’t played with the adjustable rebound setting, but I did a tad. I set it to a slow rebound and it took it like 3-4 seconds to rebound from just leaning on it. I can’t wait to try this baby out on the trail! 😃

  • #85980

    That really did make a huge difference on his bike,both in terms of performance and looks.I have a small series of roots in the yard and while I didn’t hit them fast,the shock actually soaked up the impact and still has plenty of travel to spare for drops.The bike actually feels like a full suspension now!!!

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  • #85981

    Love that first pic, very cool!

  • #85982

    Thanks man,I was surprised at that as well.Its a long exposure and the light came from SaiyanFury’s Stella 120 on his helmet…worked out very good and I learned a new camera setting!

  • #85983

    Hey, Saiyanfury.Thats one dirt worthy lookin ride ya got there.You cant go wrong w/fox shocks…Used them on my motorcyles …good stuff,
    I see your in bell .I take care of a farm over there for some folks…Congrats on the upgrades to your ride. Im building up a new one in the next couple months…cant decide 26 fs or 29er…….

    Hey GALAXY,nice machine work there bud!

  • #85984

    Thanks for the kind words all, that new spring feels worlds better than that two bit, piece of shyte that was on there earlier. So after smashing it with a sledgehammer, it will be disposed of properly. Now I just need a taller fork. Perchance to dream…😛

  • #85985
    "LutherPalmedder" wrote

    cant decide 26 fs or 29er…….

    Best of both worlds……FS 29er!

  • #85986
  • #85987

    Beautiful bikes… Someday I hope.

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