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07-08-20, 11:47 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,066
Posted By cpach

Low spoke count wheels are slightly easier to...

Low spoke count wheels are slightly easier to lace and aren't harder to get true, but they're often operating closer to failure than a conventionally spoked wheel and thus need to have even, high...
07-07-20, 03:04 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,066
Posted By cpach

Markets vary of course, but I'm a pro mechanic...

Markets vary of course, but I'm a pro mechanic and at the shops I've worked any wheel build was always done by someone competent with appropriate spoke line setting, high even tension (with a...
07-06-20, 01:31 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 318
Posted By cpach

From a WTB rim manual: "With noticeably wider...

From a WTB rim manual:
"With noticeably wider WTB rims, as in the case of the WTB Scraper i45 27.5” TCS Rim, WTB Scraper i45 29” TCS Rim, WTB Asym i35 27.5” TCS Rim, and WTB Asym i35 29” Rim, please...
07-05-20, 12:33 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 329
Posted By cpach

Thanks for the correction aggiegrads. I had a...

Thanks for the correction aggiegrads. I had a coworker with some Knipex wire cutters that didn't have a spring in it, and they looked like the Knipex 190s.
07-04-20, 03:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 232
Posted By cpach

As noted above, RX400 is not compatible with 10...

As noted above, RX400 is not compatible with 10 speed 105. If you don't need a clutch, just buy a 9 speed Shimano MTB derailleur. If you do need a clutch and want to use your existing shifters,...
07-03-20, 03:50 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 332
Posted By cpach

Do you have a QBP account? They have Kenda 20"...

Do you have a QBP account? They have Kenda 20" rimstrips for a reasonable price.
06-30-20, 01:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 299
Posted By cpach

I recommend getting an older vintage mountain...

I recommend getting an older vintage mountain bike with 26" wheels and a rigid fork, and ideally an 8 speed drivetrain with a freehub rear wheel. If the bike has a 7 speed drivetrain it's still...
06-22-20, 10:47 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 211
Posted By cpach

148 TA is MTB boost and almost never is on...

148 TA is MTB boost and almost never is on anything that can be close to being called a road bike, which is usually 142 TA like older, non-boost mountain bikes. I would really double check your rear...
06-22-20, 03:50 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 564
Posted By cpach

I'm 5'11" with a disproportionally long torso and...

I'm 5'11" with a disproportionally long torso and would definitely size a large Talon.

Seat height should be set to result in an approximately 30 degree bend in your knee at the bottom of the...
06-22-20, 03:38 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 579
Posted By cpach

Plastic pedals with metal pins like Raceface...

Plastic pedals with metal pins like Raceface Chesters or similar would be sensible, and checking to see if the bike needs any maintenance (worn chain, etc). Other than that it seems to meet your...
06-22-20, 03:24 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 376
Posted By cpach

Not ideal, but super small difference, and...

Not ideal, but super small difference, and probably not the cause of your puncture.
06-22-20, 03:10 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 837
Posted By cpach

Very dead. I checked and WTB warranty on alloy...

Very dead. I checked and WTB warranty on alloy rims is 24 months from date of purchase. You may as well try contacting Cannondale and WTB but I wouldn't hold my breath. I'd put better odds on WTB.
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06-20-20, 05:42 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 207
Posted By cpach

Flush and relube first and see if that helps....

Flush and relube first and see if that helps. Otherwise, Shimano road shifters aren't really intended to be serviced and most mechanics won't try (I won't, either). If everything else is in OK shape,...
05-26-20, 11:52 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 264
Posted By cpach

A native 12 speed system designed for a wide...

A native 12 speed system designed for a wide range cassette will probably work a little better and obviously have slightly smaller gear steps. Sram's NX level Eagle cassette will fit your hub, as...
05-26-20, 02:22 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 213
Posted By cpach

There is a zero percent chance that unbalanced...

There is a zero percent chance that unbalanced wheels caused this. Maybe this is a joke with the wheel balancing thread going on?

Did you order this bike online? Bikes require skilled assembly to...
05-25-20, 12:28 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 536
Posted By cpach

A better fork would just be, well, much better....

A better fork would just be, well, much better. An XCT in addition to not having the adjustable and progressive spring rate of an air fork, and being way heavier, has basically two springs and no...
05-24-20, 10:07 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 643
Posted By cpach

Technically, the link on those chains is single...

Technically, the link on those chains is single use according to Shimano, but practically they'll usually be OK if removed and reinstalled. I'd recommend carrying a spare link, because then you can...
05-24-20, 09:49 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 474
Posted By cpach

Setup procedure is significantly different...

Setup procedure is significantly different between both. Both have very good shift performance when set up correctly. The cable tension adjustment on the newer toggle derailleurs is nice because you...
05-24-20, 09:45 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 431
Posted By cpach

https://www.parktool.com/blog/repair-help/front-de...

https://www.parktool.com/blog/repair-help/front-derailleur-adjustment

Do every stop, beginning to end.

If your adjustment of the limits can be plausibly described as "messing around", then you...
05-24-20, 09:31 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 536
Posted By cpach

Crown race can usually be pried off, particularly...

Crown race can usually be pried off, particularly on many suspension forks. Flushness of the top of the steerer tube really isn't that sensitive--any hacksaw with any kind of guide is fine, you can...
05-21-20, 04:02 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 242
Posted By cpach

Yeah, I'm an LBS mechanic but I really try not to...

Yeah, I'm an LBS mechanic but I really try not to put out bad vibes on people's inexpensive bikes. It's cool to have "cycling culture" and also not be a jerk to people who just want to ride a...
05-20-20, 06:46 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 242
Posted By cpach

Dude, a $30 suspension fork is complete garbage...

Dude, a $30 suspension fork is complete garbage and will definitely just consist of some gaspipe tubes sliding over each other with some springs in there. Fork brand doesn't matter at all.

Anyhow,...
05-18-20, 11:45 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 535
Posted By cpach

Because entry-level mountain bikes sold at bike...

Because entry-level mountain bikes sold at bike shops commonly are used for multiple purposes, including commuting and casual leisure riding, they pretty commonly have fork lockouts on otherwise not...
05-17-20, 10:25 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 151
Posted By cpach

If you want help you're going to need to get...

If you want help you're going to need to get better at providing more information than that. I understand you may not have much technical bicycle knowledge, but an attempt at describing the make and...
05-09-20, 03:29 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,436
Posted By cpach

It's fine. I'd expect it to do a pretty good job...

It's fine. I'd expect it to do a pretty good job of protecting bearings, and maybe run very slightly slower than greases more commonly used in the bike industry. Given the remarkable lack of real...
05-09-20, 12:56 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 303
Posted By cpach

Off the cuff I'd like to see a greater than 17mm...

Off the cuff I'd like to see a greater than 17mm internal width for that tire, but realistically any road rim is likely to work OK.
05-09-20, 12:53 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 288
Posted By cpach

Nope, not typical. Doesn't need to hand turn but...

Nope, not typical. Doesn't need to hand turn but it should be easy with a tool. Make doubly sure that you're not cross threading it. Also, how do those threads look? A real bike shop should have a...
05-06-20, 12:41 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 339
Posted By cpach

5700 is second generation 10 speed. While not...

5700 is second generation 10 speed. While not officially supported, you could probably get things to work by replacing the cassette and chain with 10 speed and keeping the current derailleurs and...
05-05-20, 02:02 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 426
Posted By cpach

I wouldn't stress over the rake too much, as 47mm...

I wouldn't stress over the rake too much, as 47mm is slightly uncommon, 45 is reasonably common, and 43 is the most common. You probably can't tell much between 2-3mm at all, less rake will be more...
05-03-20, 07:54 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 677
Posted By cpach

Yeah, those bbs are replaced as a unit and are...

Yeah, those bbs are replaced as a unit and are pretty sanely priced. The tool is...
05-03-20, 05:45 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 677
Posted By cpach

Also for what it's worth bike shops...

Also for what it's worth bike shops overwhelmingly use hand tools, though factory assembly often uses more pneumatic and power tools. Really most things should be tightened with a torque wrench, but...
05-03-20, 02:10 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 677
Posted By cpach

Any good bike shop should have a tool to face and...

Any good bike shop should have a tool to face and chase the BB shell. They first run very large taps to clean up the threads, and then these taps are left in place and used to align a flat cutting...
05-03-20, 02:18 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 677
Posted By cpach

GXP effectively does not have adjustable preload....

GXP effectively does not have adjustable preload. GXP is sort of a crappy design where the bearings are loaded unevenly. I think the cap you're talking about is the extraction bolt which is left in...
05-03-20, 01:52 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 644
Posted By cpach

Shop may have oiled the nipples before truing the...

Shop may have oiled the nipples before truing the wheel, or handled the rim with greasy hands. I often do this when truing wheels. I also have definitely gotten oil on the brake track before, but I...
05-02-20, 11:48 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 319
Posted By cpach

I'm not sure about being especially easy mounting...

I'm not sure about being especially easy mounting (harder with tubeless in general, although a deep center channel helps), but for general use nice road wheels some rims I'd look at (off the top of...
05-02-20, 11:29 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 644
Posted By cpach

I'm a pro mechanic and I've never seen anything...

I'm a pro mechanic and I've never seen anything that didn't clean up with some iso and maybe scotchbrite or fine sandpaper. I'd use scotchbrite or fine sandpaper and get new pads.
04-30-20, 02:25 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 289
Posted By cpach

You're a little inexperienced with terminology so...

You're a little inexperienced with terminology so I may be understanding you wrong, but I think your hub is a cup and cone style with loose ball bearings captured between the hub cups and the axle...
04-26-20, 02:37 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 772
Posted By cpach

https://www.amazon.com/SRAM-Bottom-Bracket-Team-En...

https://www.amazon.com/SRAM-Bottom-Bracket-Team-English/dp/B003L9EIZK/ref=sr_1_5?dchild=1&keywords=gxp+english+bb&qid=1587890128&sr=8-5 +...
04-26-20, 02:32 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 308
Posted By cpach

The correct service procedure is to throw your...

The correct service procedure is to throw your Juicys in the trash. Seriously, the probability that the seals are blown in the lever are high. For casual use the cheapest Shimano hydraulic brakes...
04-21-20, 01:29 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 998
Posted By cpach

For what its worth the bike industry has realized...

For what its worth the bike industry has realized people love cross chaining, so most current high end 2x setups are designed to cross chain pretty well. In funny contrast, DI2 won't allow some...
04-21-20, 12:56 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 240
Posted By cpach

That you need to tighten on one side and loosen...

That you need to tighten on one side and loosen on the other is a bit of an oversimplification. You want to improve tension balance when truing a wheel. When there's a spoke that's low in tension and...
04-11-20, 02:09 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 565
Posted By cpach

BB is dead when the crank no longer turns easily...

BB is dead when the crank no longer turns easily or there's play in it. When it dies (which is likely to be in the relatively far future), a new Shimano replacement is $15-30 and requires (for your...
04-11-20, 02:05 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 466
Posted By cpach

What you're looking for kind of falls in the...

What you're looking for kind of falls in the crack of recent mainstream gear--and to be honest, I kinda get why: what you want is not what I'd want (I would probably run a triple if I wanted a...
04-11-20, 01:48 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 702
Posted By cpach

To be honest most linear pull brakes work...

To be honest most linear pull brakes work reasonably well, but the T610s are a bit nicer if only because they come with cartridge brake pads, making subsequent pad changes a little cheaper. If you...
04-03-20, 03:30 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 503
Posted By cpach

If you already have V levers I'd just buy some...

If you already have V levers I'd just buy some cheap V brakes....
03-29-20, 02:34 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 812
Posted By cpach

Those are very nice bikes. Take note that that's...

Those are very nice bikes. Take note that that's both classic and high end enough that the bike will retain more value in original condition, so I'd advise keeping any modifications reversible,...
03-29-20, 02:17 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 384
Posted By cpach

Aluxx SL Fluidform is not the model name, but...

Aluxx SL Fluidform is not the model name, but rather indicates its made from aluminum alloy, is "superlight", and has hydroformed tubing.

This is usually a bad idea. The frame is designed around...
03-29-20, 02:10 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 791
Posted By cpach

Compressionless legimately helps meaningfully....

Compressionless legimately helps meaningfully. I'm pretty sure TRP recommends installing with it.
03-25-20, 04:45 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 434
Posted By cpach

Those are reasonably nice tires, for what it's...

Those are reasonably nice tires, for what it's worth, and it sounds like you got a pinch flat, which really can only be prevented with more careful riding, higher pressure, and/or a wider tire, or...
03-23-20, 02:45 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 596
Posted By cpach

In the middle of the tire there is a mold release...

In the middle of the tire there is a mold release line that is not intended to function as tread and usually wears of extremely fast. That tire is designed to essentially to be slick, and the slight...
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