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by The Rookie
Fri Sep 20, 2019 11:18 am
Forum: MTB Buying Advice
Topic: Slime - Puncture - what now?
Replies: 9
Views: 215

Re: Slime - Puncture - what now?

gomezz wrote:Maybe it's because I am of a different generation ( 73 ) but I find it hard to understand how anyone can go out biking without the basics of a puncture outfit.

You don't have to be that old to have difficulty understanding.
by The Rookie
Fri Sep 20, 2019 09:18 am
Forum: MTB General
Topic: Cleaning Matt Frame Finish
Replies: 5
Views: 148

Re: Cleaning Matt Frame Finish

sponge and water.....
by The Rookie
Fri Sep 20, 2019 08:35 am
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Upper Derailleur Pulley
Replies: 14
Views: 471

Re: Upper Derailleur Pulley

The X0 front shifter shouldn't work with the Ultegra mech, MTB and road pull ratios are different, would work with an MTB front mech. SRAM XO only goes to 10 speed, or do you mean X01? X01 rear mechs are only designed for 1x operation so almost certainly don't have the capacity for what you want. Ki...
by The Rookie
Fri Sep 20, 2019 05:35 am
Forum: MTB Buying Advice
Topic: Slime - Puncture - what now?
Replies: 9
Views: 215

Re: Slime - Puncture - what now?

Could you see the green slime sealant coming out? You should have (it's obvious), if not it's either
1/ Gone dry (how old was it?).
2/ Was never filled
3/ Wasn't actually a slime tube.

Whatever you ride, always carry a spare tube and pump!
by The Rookie
Fri Sep 20, 2019 04:27 am
Forum: MTB Buying Advice
Topic: 27.5 wheelset
Replies: 5
Views: 166

Re: 27.5 wheelset

Which 1x12, Shimano or SRAM and which fitment, You could be needing an XD Freehub, a stock Shimano HG freehub or the new Shimano HG+ freehub! Assuming you intend using one designed to fit your presumably HG 10 speed freehub (such as SRAM NX or Sunrace casettes) it won't be an issue.
by The Rookie
Thu Sep 19, 2019 11:56 am
Forum: MTB Buying Advice
Topic: Carrera Vs Trek, hybrid under 400£
Replies: 4
Views: 134

Re: Carrera Vs Trek, hybrid under 400£

No contest, the Carrera is miles better, proper freehub rear wheel in stead of a spin on freewheel and pretty much every component is better.
by The Rookie
Thu Sep 19, 2019 07:58 am
Forum: MTB Workshop & Tech
Topic: Chainline with a 148mm axle and a bash ring.
Replies: 4
Views: 153

Re: Chainline with a 148mm axle and a bash ring.

Sorry I thought you were spacing the drive side cup out frther on a 68mm shell.

Yes replicating a 68mm shell install on a 73mm will only have the issue of the between bearing sleeve possibly not fitting.
by The Rookie
Wed Sep 18, 2019 08:55 am
Forum: MTB Workshop & Tech
Topic: Chainline with a 148mm axle and a bash ring.
Replies: 4
Views: 153

Re: Chainline with a 148mm axle and a bash ring.

68 and 73mm bottom brackets are the same, so the thread is 'OK' for 73mm and 2.5mm longer than it needs to be for 68mm. Adding the spacer would take you into dodgy ground. The easiest way to run boost with a 104 ring is to move it to the outboard location on a triple (about 5mm) or the outer of a do...
by The Rookie
Wed Sep 18, 2019 07:54 am
Forum: MTB Beginners
Topic: 'Newb' - All my Mountains are Paved...
Replies: 7
Views: 216

Re: 'Newb' - All my Mountains are Paved...

A narrow wide ring can only be used with 1x gearing, not two front rings.

You need to be sure if you have a freehub with a cassette at the back or a spin on freewheel.

Sunrace do some reasonably wide 7 speed cassettes
http://www.sunrace.com/en/products/detail/csm40
by The Rookie
Mon Sep 16, 2019 10:23 am
Forum: MTB Buying Advice
Topic: Interested in buying an MTB for cross country rides and general riding
Replies: 3
Views: 238

Re: Interested in buying an MTB for cross country rides and general riding

As some who has done a fair bit of riding in India I understand your requirements. While a rigid bike is undoubtedly faster they do give you a bit of a beating unless your riding on the much better roads, but instead of going MTB I'd be looking at a decent Hybrid with suspension forks such as a Gian...
by The Rookie
Mon Sep 16, 2019 08:50 am
Forum: MTB Workshop & Tech
Topic: Breeze-in QR dropout with DT Swiss Thru Bolt QR?
Replies: 5
Views: 170

Re: Breeze-in QR dropout with DT Swiss Thru Bolt QR?

A bolt through improves stiffness, not strength (as such), a 10mm axle is fine for what you describe.

Converting it will almost certainly be impossible unless the fork has swappable dropouts.
by The Rookie
Mon Sep 16, 2019 07:16 am
Forum: Commuting Chat
Topic: Commuter Conundrum
Replies: 22
Views: 836

Re: Commuter Conundrum

Women wearing Yoga pants on bikes could be a dangerous distraction to car drivers, so I always ride behind them blocking the view so that the drivers are kept safe........
by The Rookie
Mon Sep 16, 2019 07:00 am
Forum: MTB General
Topic: Wanted - ritchey wcs rigid carbon forks - disk
Replies: 3
Views: 210

Re: Wanted - ritchey wcs rigid carbon forks - disk

If its for a disc brake then nominal wheel size is irrelevant, just axle to crown. Your 26" wheel won't hit the arch of a 27.5" fork!
by The Rookie
Mon Sep 16, 2019 06:58 am
Forum: MTB Workshop & Tech
Topic: Shimano FC M617 Crank Compatibility.
Replies: 3
Views: 255

Re: Shimano FC M617 Crank Compatibility.

1x is so much better for an MTB, glad you've seen the light!
by The Rookie
Mon Sep 16, 2019 06:54 am
Forum: MTB Workshop & Tech
Topic: Newbie headset question
Replies: 1
Views: 179

Re: Newbie headset question

The bit on the frame is the head tube, the bit on the forks is the steerer tube. You need a crown race on the forks that is compatible with the particular bearing the headset uses (not all are the same and cartridge and open ball crown races are totally different) you need the compression wedge and ...
by The Rookie
Fri Sep 13, 2019 10:22 am
Forum: MTB Workshop & Tech
Topic: Bike Build - Headset Question
Replies: 8
Views: 386

Re: Bike Build - Headset Question

Here's another headset question. :?: If the headset is poor enough that the sealed bearings fail within 7 months, why just replace the bearings? They will fail again in another 7 months. :( Surely it is the design of the rest of the headset that holds the bearings and is supposed to keep water and ...
by The Rookie
Thu Sep 12, 2019 08:28 am
Forum: MTB Buying Advice
Topic: Rear specific tyre
Replies: 7
Views: 303

Re: Rear specific tyre

a 2.4 to 2.6 will never be great in sloppy conditions, too much width and it sits on top and doesn't dig through the mud to the surface below, consider dropping to something like a 2.25 (Nobby Nic Pace compound is my favoured winter tyre)
by The Rookie
Wed Sep 11, 2019 15:04 pm
Forum: MTB Buying Advice
Topic: Calibre Line 29 review?
Replies: 4
Views: 341

Re: Calibre Line 29 review?

Its about 2.5Kg heavier than the Bizango although the dropper post will account for about 0.5Kg of that.

In addition the build is a bit 'burlier' than the Bizango in terms of brakes, tyres etc.
by The Rookie
Tue Sep 10, 2019 12:21 pm
Forum: MTB Workshop & Tech
Topic: Bike modifications advise please
Replies: 5
Views: 264

Re: Bike modifications advise please

I've been 1x for 4 years and never had a damped (aka clutch) mech. AS long as you use a chain retention (Narrow wide or chain guide)at the front the damper is a nice to have, not a need to have. In fact I'm still running my nice XTR 9sp rear mech on my 1x10 wide range, unfortunately I can't use it w...
by The Rookie
Tue Sep 10, 2019 12:18 pm
Forum: MTB Workshop & Tech
Topic: Bike Build - Headset Question
Replies: 8
Views: 386

Re: Bike Build - Headset Question

No, an EC 56 fits into a 44mm lower with an external bearing (as used on threaded but can be used with ahead), a ZS is internal and the frame hole size is much bigger.

Distance selling applies!

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