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PostPosted: Tue May 26, 2020 11:01 pm 
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I thought he looked kinda hot in those socks.


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Damned straight I do! :lol:

Oh, and cozy as all get up, too! :D


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Hawgzilla wrote:
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I thought he looked kinda hot in those socks.


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Damned straight I do! :lol:

Oh, and cozy as all get up, too! :D


If you got it, flaunt it!

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Fun quickie chunk ride on some legal trails in Joshua Tree. The Natl Park service is taking the area over so I fear that we will lose it for riding. It’s now become a Desert Conservation Area. Removing a token from the fork helped to make it more plush and it uses more travel but it still has some unused travel so I will drop a little air pressure to see if that helps. Other wise I will remove the last token.


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Good stuff Hawg. You as well Ray.

I’ve been so busy at work and burnt out afterwards or on my day’s off I haven’t ridden for awhile. I guess I’ve got the ride doldrums. I get them on occasion but never in the spring. Apparently I need a kick in the ass to get me going.


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Bend over................you got one coming............steel toe that is... 8-)

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......steel toe that is... 8-)


But off course. Safety first!

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Gorgeous sunsets and sunrises this visit to the High Desert. We busted our asses demoing a concrete patio at the property so I was spent the next morning when I hit the chunk to play. I had no legs underneath me whatsoever. :lol:

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Thanks for the invite......... :naughty: Love the chunk and the grunts. 8-)

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Norton, thanks for da boot.

Hawg, that trail looks like quite the challenge...figuring out where it goes. ;)

So how’s your new ride now that you’ve broke it in? Anything sticking out that you like or dislike about it?


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Anytime....... ;)

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norton55 wrote:
Thanks for the invite......... :naughty: Love the chunk and the grunts. 8-)


Next time! ;)


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DIRTJUNKIE wrote:
Norton, thanks for da boot.

Hawg, that trail looks like quite the challenge...figuring out where it goes. ;)

So how’s your new ride now that you’ve broke it in? Anything sticking out that you like or dislike about it?


It's heavier than I thought it would be (28-1/2 pounds). You all know what a weight weenie I am even though this is a burly hardtail. The frame is solid on drops and landings. Not quite like steel but not quite like alloy. It does have quite a bit of lateral flex though which surprised me considering it's burliness. I'm still trying to get the fork right. I took out a token and it is using more travel and has a little bit more plushness but it still has a bit of unused travel left that I want to be using in times of need. I will drop about 10PSI from the fork and ride Cherry tomorrow. If it still doesn't use all of the travel, I will remove the last token and bump up the PSI 10 pounds and try again. The bike has developed a "clicking" on the non-drive side arounf the BB area when I pedal hard on climbs. You can hear it in my new video. Not sure if it's a pedal bearing or a BB bearing issue. And, I'm torn about trying a 50mm stem. It has a 40mm stem and it might be a hair too short. But overall, it gobbles up anything I've thrown at it so far and it motors DH with confidence. It loves El P and it took that desert chunk well. It turns pretty tight for such a wide wheel base.


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Sounds typical of a build. Getting it dialed in to your liking. Hopefully that clicking is something simple like a pedal bearing. Are there bearing kits available for your pedals?


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DIRTJUNKIE wrote:
Sounds typical of a build. Getting it dialed in to your liking. Hopefully that clicking is something simple like a pedal bearing. Are there bearing kits available for your pedals?


I assume so. They really don't have all that much use on them. I have another pair that I will switch out. If it still clicks tomorrow then I will know that it's the BB bearings (which are brand new!).


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Hawgzilla wrote:
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Sounds typical of a build. Getting it dialed in to your liking. Hopefully that clicking is something simple like a pedal bearing. Are there bearing kits available for your pedals?


I assume so. They really don't have all that much use on them. I have another pair that I will switch out. If it still clicks tomorrow then I will know that it's the BB bearings (which are brand new!).


Good plan.


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Is it a pressfit BB?

If so, I can promise you'll learn to hate those real quick!
One of my bikes has a BB30, and I promise you if it wasn't for the fact that the Hollowgram cranks were worth more than the bike, ans they don't fit anywhere else, it would have had a BSA BB bonded in place.


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Magura wrote:
Is it a pressfit BB?

If so, I can promise you'll learn to hate those real quick!
One of my bikes has a BB30, and I promise you if it wasn't for the fact that the Hollowgram cranks were worth more than the bike, ans they don't fit anywhere else, it would have had a BSA BB bonded in place.


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No sir, threaded with external bearings. That's one of the pros about Banshee. Of course, the bearing kit could be crap. It's a Sram and I haven't heard good things about their BBs.


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With SRAM cranks I have encountered some pedals that weren't snug enough in the threads and would sound like a BB bearing tick. Tight as you can go without stripping out the crank arm wouldn't fix it for long. I think the tolerances on their threads are not very good.
Was worse with Spank branded pedals but decent with Race Face and Hope. Not encountered it with Shimano or Wellgo SPD types.


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Kronk wrote:
With SRAM cranks I have encountered some pedals that weren't snug enough in the threads and would sound like a BB bearing tick. Tight as you can go without stripping out the crank arm wouldn't fix it for long. I think the tolerances on their threads are not very good.
Was worse with Spank branded pedals but decent with Race Face and Hope. Not encountered it with Shimano or Wellgo SPD types.


Interesting. Thanks for sharing this. These are Truvativ (Sram) cranks and I use One-up pedals. I've been on these pedals, on these cranks, for a little over year with no issues (I pulled them off my FEX).

If the click turns out to be coming from the BB bearings, I will order a Wheels Manufacturing BB kit.


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Is it a 24mm or an EXP?
If it's a regular 24mm, all you need is to get a Shimano BB and the problem is solved.
The rest of the 24mm BB offers are either poorer value or downright snake oil.

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Magura wrote:
Is it a 24mm or an EXP?
If it's a regular 24mm, all you need is to get a Shimano BB and the problem is solved.
The rest of the 24mm BB offers are either poorer value or downright snake oil.

Magura :)


They called it GXP but I don't know what the actual axle diameter is. I do have a spare Shimano BB in the parts drawer. Maybe I will see if the axle fits through it.


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That desert ride I found very mesmerizing, H. It looked like that other human, the runner, was kinda mesmerized, too.!
Really nice, thanks for putting it up here. 8-)

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That desert ride I found very mesmerizing, H. It looked like that other human, the runner, was kinda mesmerized, too.!
Really nice, thanks for putting it up here. 8-)


You're welcome Ray.

And now, here's something totally different. You might actually fall asleep...

https://vimeo.com/424605196


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Hawgzilla wrote:
Magura wrote:
Is it a 24mm or an EXP?
If it's a regular 24mm, all you need is to get a Shimano BB and the problem is solved.
The rest of the 24mm BB offers are either poorer value or downright snake oil.

Magura :)


They called it GXP but I don't know what the actual axle diameter is. I do have a spare Shimano BB in the parts drawer. Maybe I will see if the axle fits through it.


GXP is 22x24mm, so the Shimano BB doesn't fit.
It's a great system if you already have a proper BB, but not worth it to buy a high end BB for, as it eats BB bearings for breakfast, and it's always the 22mm side that gives up, which isn't a standard bearing.

The solution is an adapter to Shimano 24mm.

https://www.tiendamtb.com/en/bottom-bracket/1450-bottom-bracket-adapter-from-shimano-to-sram-gxp-from-24mm-to-22mm.html

Then you don't have to pay extra for poor quality next time.

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Magura wrote:
Hawgzilla wrote:
Magura wrote:
Is it a 24mm or an EXP?
If it's a regular 24mm, all you need is to get a Shimano BB and the problem is solved.
The rest of the 24mm BB offers are either poorer value or downright snake oil.

Magura :)


They called it GXP but I don't know what the actual axle diameter is. I do have a spare Shimano BB in the parts drawer. Maybe I will see if the axle fits through it.


GXP is 22x24mm, so the Shimano BB doesn't fit.
It's a great system if you already have a proper BB, but not worth it to buy a high end BB for, as it eats BB bearings for breakfast, and it's always the 22mm side that gives up, which isn't a standard bearing.

The solution is an adapter to Shimano 24mm.

https://www.tiendamtb.com/en/bottom-bracket/1450-bottom-bracket-adapter-from-shimano-to-sram-gxp-from-24mm-to-22mm.html

Then you don't have to pay extra for poor quality next time.

Magura :)


Wow, that's great. Thanks Magura!


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We aim to please.

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Hawgzilla wrote:
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That desert ride I found very mesmerizing, H. It looked like that other human, the runner, was kinda mesmerized, too.!
Really nice, thanks for putting it up here. 8-)


You're welcome Ray.

And now, here's something totally different. You might actually fall asleep...

https://vimeo.com/424605196


Lol
That was some funny.....boring...boring....boring...then funny commentary.

Now, back to the hiker in the other video. Did it dawn in you that this guy was out in the middle of the desert running? I’m thinking one of Charles Manson’s followers who has been running aimlessly through the desert since 1969. Did you notice how surprised he was to see you? I think you awoke him from his drug induced stupor.


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DIRTJUNKIE wrote:
Hawgzilla wrote:
Ray Dolor wrote:
That desert ride I found very mesmerizing, H. It looked like that other human, the runner, was kinda mesmerized, too.!
Really nice, thanks for putting it up here. 8-)


You're welcome Ray.

And now, here's something totally different. You might actually fall asleep...

https://vimeo.com/424605196


Lol
That was some funny.....boring...boring....boring...then funny commentary.

Now, back to the hiker in the other video. Did it dawn in you that this guy was out in the middle of the desert running? I’m thinking one of Charles Manson’s followers who has been running aimlessly through the desert since 1969. Did you notice how surprised he was to see you? I think you awoke him from his drug induced stupor.


The runner looked like a local Indian. I'm sorry to disappoint you DJ but Indians no longer wear big headdresses here in Cali. :D

In truth, I should have been ringing my bell but alas, I too, was in my own little world out there in that scenic land.


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Did a proper ride today in the wilderness with 3 buds. Not a single creak out of the Paradox. She rode like a dream! It was very damp during the ride. Drizzling or foggy and the overgrown branches that were hanging out into the trail path were drenched in water which in turn made us completely soaked. It was hilarious, there was nothing we could do about it. Wonderful magnetic hero dirt but squirrely nonetheless because were were diving, ducking, and juking at every wet branch. One minor crash for one of the guys but no biggy. Three out of the four of us were rolling on new bikes! Look at this dirty bike...


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Did an urban assault today. Felt good to get back on my bike again.

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