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Thursday, January 27
Started on the Flux...
Which is, by the way, a beautiful bike. It's even nicer up close. I got started on it tonight. I got all of the major frame/fork related stuff done. I chased & faced bb, faced the disc tabes, cut the steerer tube, and pressed headset. The frame was coming to life. I got the rear der on and the cranks/bb installed when I realized that I wasn't going to just be able to get this thing together in anything remotely close to quick. Couple o' things of minor frustration - I need a 410mm post and all I've got is a 350 - anyone want to trade? - it's a Black Thomson 27.2. It's a little scuffed where it's been in the bike, but is otherwise brand new...

Yes, and more frustrating, the fact that I'll need to bleed. The rear brake routing goes thru the "taco," the seat post gusset. I've got to bleed the rear brake so's I can remove the caliper and thread the hose thru the small spaces inside of the taco.

Oh well, it'll be worth the wait. I'll have some pics soon!
24 Comments:
Blogger debaser said...
Had to pop the cap on my resovoirs to replace my pads, and that had me a bit nervous. But, for the first adjustment in nearly a year... I'll take it over and over and over again.

Blogger Chaybo said...
what brakes are you running ?

Blogger debaser said...
Deore. got the tech manual from the big S, they're self adjusting, it says open the res, push the piston back, install pads. Seemed to work out pretty well, was pretty darned easy, really. Just nervous.

Blogger Chaybo said...
cool...nice job bro !


What's Davey have on the Flux ?

Blogger Chaybo said...
Dave..you're joking right ?

You own a shop and you're bartering seatposts ? I say sell the old and buy new. You can sell that used 330mm Thomson post for the same as what you can get a new one for.

Blogger debaser said...
At least he's not trying to SELL a seatpost on here.

Blogger Chaybo said...
This is true Ganz....


Speaking of which, i've got a 410mm thomson for sale. Anyone interested ?

Blogger redstone said...
bartering = joke.

Still running the Juicy 7s. I like them - better than the XTs on the Spot. I think absolute stopping power is a little better with the Juicys.

I'm anxious to get the Flux going so I can compare it side by side to the Spot. Spent any time on a Flux yet, Chaybo?

Blogger Chaybo said...
i haven't had the opportunity to really try it out on singletrack...snow,snow,snow. i did get a chance to pedal it fairly hard though and it was nice. The bike i built up weighed in that 24-25lb range, which alone is enough to put it into a different catagory than the five spot. Plus that extra inch of travel changes the entire bike also. The Flux would be a decent race bike where as the 5 Spot is certainly trailbike oriented.

Is this going to be your primary ride ? Or another Demo type bike ?

Are you stripping the parts off of Intense to build it ?


BTW...i really dislike your jokes !!!

Blogger redstone said...
The Flux and the Spot are both shop bikes/demo bikes. The Flux will get all of the Intense parts, but will have a few things new that aren't transferable - post and front der.

I'm not sure which will be my 'main ride.' I can definitely see picking one over the other depending on terrain. Haven't ridden the 4" yet, so it's all speculation at this point.

Blogger Chaybo said...
It will be nice that you have the ability to pick and choose. I'm sure there will be a time and a place for either.


Did you say you got the 5 Spot with a Romic ?

Blogger debaser said...
I'm hoping the 9'er is versatile enough to take some abuse and feel 'racy' at the same time. That way I can keep using a 5x5 as a big day trail bike. Actually, I'm pretty curious to see just what that beast weighs with the parts on it now.

The more I ride bikes the more bikes I want.

Blogger redstone said...
The 5Spot does have a Romic. I've heard some negative feedback about that shock, but it's been nothing short of awesome.

Just got in from a little night ride and there is no way I would've traded the Spot for a cross country oriented machine. We rode some super duper steep and rockies and the Spot handled it with aplomb. Nicey nice.

Blogger Chaybo said...
you know Romic has gone though growning pains, but i've gotta step up and commend them on their ability to admit fault (they had a number of shocks leave their facility with an incorrect o-ring behind the compression adjuster) and remedy the issue. I've had two warranty situations with Romic, both of which were under 215lb bashers. I sent them in to be serviced with a speedy delivery..2 day USPS i think, and they had the shock back to me within one week !! I'll stick out the tough times with a company that has that sort of sevice instead of opting for the shock of the month.

Fox has issues

Manitou has issues

Progressive has issues

pushing this technology man..you gonna have issues at times. Who's gonna back their SHIT up is what i want to know !!!


When the romic is working ... WOW !!!


Matter of fact i ordered a Romic Damper today, and we're gonna put a RCS ti spring on it, just because...and it's gonna be prety cool.

Blogger Chaybo said...
heck....sorry about that rant Dave !!


I almost forgot to ask you about your ride :) , where did you go ?

Blogger debaser said...
you hit the nail on the head Chad. When I read mtbr's forums, people are buying mail order all the time, and some of the manufacturers are really stepping up service to the consumer. I've heard of Manitou has been sending out new spv assemblies for folks w/04 forks, even a new set of lowers to a guy who stripped his disc mount threads, for free.

Blogger bdiddy said...
Manitou sent me the evolve kit for my '04 minute II for free! They have always been good about that stuff. It's probably one of the reasons they are where they are today!

Blogger Chaybo said...
Manitou is really good with technical issues also...it doesn't take much leg work to initiate a warranty with them. The problem with Manitou is they send cheap stuff out to fix cheap stuff.


Then on the other extreme end you have those cocky Italians that know they have some of the best product out there. I don't believe warranty is even in their vocabulary. You break something, or wear out something you better have your wallet out.

Blogger redstone said...
"I almost forgot to ask you about your ride :) , where did you go ?"

Went to the OHV area in Left Hand Canyon. Bdiddy and Magic rode there with me and Debaser years ago. They didn't like it too much. It's hard/hikeabike climbing and insane technical, ass behind the saddle steep downhillin. A 3" racy hardtail is definitely the wrong bike for up there. It was a totally different beast with 5" front and rear. It's a fun place, but will warrant further exploration before I take you out there. There's still better riding around.

One thing that amazed me was that we climbed from 6000' up to just shy of 8000' and it was 100% dry (well, except for a couple ice fields on the climb, but they weren't 'wet').

Blogger debaser said...
Do I remember Magic sliding on his ass in the mud, or was that a different time? I'll have to see if I can find a picture from there.

I forgot it's southfacing. I should remember that for winter rides. Carnage canyon was dry?

Blogger redstone said...
I don't know about carnage. I'd say probably so so but we didn't ride it. We took the singletrack to the east that bypasses Carnage Canyon. All the better, I say.

Blogger debaser said...
Carnage is worth going down. About as technical a 'road' as I've ever seen, and i ususally end up flailing about at least a couple timeson each ride there.

Blogger bdiddy said...
Are we talking about the place that had the shooters in the entrance? I think I'm on the same page rode past some 4X4's then through a burn section down a real triple arrow down. Then we stopped an talked with a motocross dude, cave, mud? Same ride? I liked it except for the shooters!

Blogger debaser said...
That's the joint. They're doing a better job of keeping the shooters in one place. They've also gone in and done some restoration work where the 4x4's have done some major damage.