I am the DAMPENATOR!!
Added a comment about photo Anne Caroline's BOS Deville Fork Modification 3/29/2015 4:15 PM
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Added a comment to BikeBert's bike check 11/14/2014 11:16 AM
Love that drivetrain, built for the real world of mountain biking, where low gears matter. How is that Avy damper? I've been thinking about one for my 55ti. Does it live up to
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Added reply in a thread Best Trails in Oakridge, Oregon? 5/22/2014 12:37 PM
If you make it up toward corvallis area I am in Albany and would be pleased to show off some of the local steep and techy.... if your into that kind of thing.
Added reply in a thread Best Trails in Oakridge, Oregon? 5/21/2014 10:26 PM
Ride as high as the snow level will allow. Dread and terror is pretty much the shit if it is clear, call the Glide ranger station to check for trail conditions. Dear leap would be cool too, some high speed descending for sure. The rest of it is all good ... more »
Added reply in a thread Opinion on fixies? 5/20/2014 8:17 AM
F the fixie, get a kickback 2speed! They are super fun and very functional. Plus, do you really want to be tightening your cog and lock ring every four days? Fixes are for oval tracks.....'nuff said.
Started new thread Fork Damper Modifications 5/20/2014 8:05 AM
Just got a new 55 ti rc3, and I'm wondering if anyone out there has played with the damper setup to get more compliance on the compression stroke. I love the fork and am totally enamored with it, but I had to dial the compression all the way out to get ... more »
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Added reply in a thread Best Trails in Oakridge, Oregon? 5/20/2014 7:56 AM
Eula ridge trail, Hardesty mountain, tire mountain, moon point, Alpine of course, and upper north fork willamette river trail. If you have time you should drive a bit and do north umpqua river or mackenzie river trails....both are epic, mac is 27mi, ... more »
Added reply in a thread Why are flat tires something we still see these days? 5/15/2014 7:53 AM
And that little o-ring is supposed to hold the air back in the event that the tube suffers a pinch? I'm totally baffled by this concept. I tried tubeless on some stans flow wheels, and could not find a tire that would hold on. UST tires, 2ply dh tires, ... more »
Added a comment about video Taneum Creek following Stroker and Rayray 5/12/2014 8:10 AM
Hell yea Bobby! Are you still on OG?
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Added a comment to mdptrwn's bike check 12/16/2013 9:08 AM
I really wish they were keeping this bike in the lineup. Get yours while they still make em!
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Added a comment about photo Lear Blackrock Tepper 9/24/2013 8:52 AM
2 Day shuttle event @ BlackRock this weekend. Gonna get me some aboard the G-Spot, I'm tingling already.
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Added a comment about video Riding Black Rock Oregon 9/11/2013 2:31 PM
You guys are nuts. A bit too close to your buddy on ET?
Few people attempt the triple on Grannies Doubles. Good one.
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Added a comment about video New Challenge Trail Extension 7/29/2013 7:03 PM
Adam, nice work.
It looks primo bro!
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Added a product review for Shimano Zee RD-M640 Rear Derailleur 5/20/2013 9:51 AM
The Good: Low cost, clutch, black, strong. Great warranty service.
The Bad: Clutch is finicky and fragile. Replacement parts? Good luck.
I traded a warrantied XTR shadow+ derailleur, new in box, for the ZEE, because it was cheap. I chose the ZEE specifically because it has a steel backplate in place of the aluminum one which lives on the XTR. This aluminum backplate turned out have a significant weak spot, which I broke. I figured that due to this key difference, the ZEE would have a fighting chance.
I mounted up the ZEE on my G-Spot, with a 11-36 cassette and an MRP Mini Guide. Things were great, the clutch was effective, the chain was silent. After four months, the clutch started weakening in strength, and effectiveness. I popped off the clutch case expecting to find a similar tiny little wrench to what the XTR has, instead finding no tool at all. I grabbed a pair of narrow pliers and adjusted the set screw tighter by about a quarter of a turn. I returned the case cover and applied the clutch, and it wasn't much tighter. I rode for a few more weeks, then popped the cover off again and the clutch strap fell off in my hand. What was one piece, became two.
I called Shimano tech support, and learned that those fancy little clutches have literally no replacement parts available. They were very kind, and sent me a shiny new ZEE derailleur, which I will do my best to keep in one piece.
The lessons I learned were:
- Never apply the clutch with the cover off, the mechanism relies on the inner moldings of the case providing support from the outside.
- If you don't know the torque spec for the set screw on the clutch strap, and have a crow footed torque wrench with MINIMAL Newton- Meter values, then don't go trying to adjust it. What is that torque spec? Nobody seems to know.
- If you run a short cage derailleur without a clutch, an 11-36 cassette, and a chain long enough to reach the 36, the chain will catch in the rear wheel very often. I discovered this undesired side effect on a set of 30ft. tables, when my rear wheel locked up. I came skidding to a stop and looked down to see that my chain was being eaten by my frame. This occurred during my two week wait for the warranty replacement unit. I figured that because I had a chain guide on the front, I could just ride without the clutch and it would be noisy at worst, I was wrong. It happened at least four times during the day of shuttling.
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