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Old 06-13-15, 03:36 AM
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You should've been looking at the road.
apparently
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Old 06-13-15, 09:09 AM
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Scrod, you guys had me cracking up this morning. The tires jumped out at me, and there was the bear waving. Haha!
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Old 06-13-15, 11:03 AM
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I can't take the credit! Angie loves the 'snakes-in-a-can' coiled tire gag.
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Old 06-14-15, 04:22 PM
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Dear Scrod,

You may have been asked this already, but I can't bring myself to search 100+ thread pages. I know how much you love Selle Italia Turbos, but can you tell me why you choose this saddle of saddles over everything else? I'm on the proverbial saddle quest. And yes, I looked at the saddle recommendations thread. I felt like a hamster in a wheel after reading it, and they also did not mention any San Marcos or Turbos for that matter (even though they're obviously awesome).

Thanks a bunch.
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Old 06-14-15, 05:17 PM
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I like Turbo saddles because I find them to be very comfortable. It's really as simple as that.

You may hate it. Everyone's ass is different.
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Old 06-15-15, 08:00 AM
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Hey man,
Hope you're doing well. Do you know if the SRAM 100 crankset will fit a square taper BB, or do I need to pop in a new SRAM BB? I see on your site that the SRAM 300 Crankset has the BB included so I'm assuming it's a proprietary fit. Also, is the 300 a significantly better crankset than the 100 for the few extra bucks? And, finally, given that the SRAM BB's seems to be fairly inexpensive, regardless of fit, is it worth it just to pop in a new BB when upgrading the crankset? My bike has a standard English thread if that matters at all.

Thanks in advance man! I appreciate your insight.

Best,
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Old 06-15-15, 01:30 PM
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The Sram S100 is not a square taper crankset. You'll need a Sram Powerspline BB w/ 113mm spindle.

The S300 is basically an external bearing GXP version of the S100.
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Old 06-15-15, 01:32 PM
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Thanks much sir! You on the mend from your fender bender a few pages back?
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Old 06-15-15, 02:13 PM
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thank you in advance for help.
Are all Leader 725 frames have a creaking sound and seat clamp problems? Or only 2015? I am looking into 2013 Leader 725 frame that i could get at a very reasonable price?
I also noticed that Retrogression does not carry Leader frames at all. Is that because latest frames declined in quality? Or even before it was not a great quality frame?
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Old 06-15-15, 02:49 PM
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Old 06-15-15, 08:21 PM
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Old 06-15-15, 09:06 PM
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One thing I learned when I had broken ribs is don't laugh. Or sneeze.
Or orgasm. It was worse than laughing for me.
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Old 06-16-15, 06:04 AM
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Remind me never to break my ribs.
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Old 06-16-15, 06:36 AM
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Or orgasm. It was worse than laughing for me.
when my hip was ****ed up a few years ago i realized this also.

one of the saddest points of my life.
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Old 06-17-15, 10:23 AM
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Hey scrod, what's your opinion on the origin 8 pedal/strap combo? Looking for something super cheap for foot retention just so I can ride around with normal shoes. Trying to stay under thirty and the local coops have nothing.
Origin8 Pro-Grip II Pedal Straps, Black https://www.amazon.com/dp/B007JWZ4MG..._H1zGvbYJ75SE1
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Old 06-17-15, 10:44 AM
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I've never used them (or even seen them in person) so I don't really have an actual opinion of them.

They look like they'll do what they're supposed to.
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Old 06-17-15, 06:59 PM
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I've been fighting with the fsa integrated headset on my 725.
It feels like there is no room for adjustment. Either the headset is too tight and the steering is basically locked (can't ride hands free cause bike steers off the road), or if I loosen the top cap screw a half turn then I can feel a front to back play in the headset.
I can press forward on my stem/bars and watch the steer tube move forward slightly.

Am I doing something wrong or is there gonna be a bit of play in this setup? I have an irrational fear of fork failure
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Old 06-17-15, 08:04 PM
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I've encountered a few of those frames that have bearing races cut too deep into the head tube (good job once again, Leader).

The easiest fix is to take a 1.5mm headset spacer and place it in between the compression ring and top cover of the headset, which will prevent it from being over-tightened as you pre-load it.
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Old 06-17-15, 08:40 PM
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I had the exact same problem with a fsa orbit headset (installed on a wabi frame) and fixed it the same way. In my case it is pressed "cups" rather than machined into the frame. This makes me wonder if it is an issue with either the compression ring or perhaps a combination of tolerances between the OD of the steer tube and compression ring being off just enough to cause this issue.

It makes me feel better that someone else has had this issue and solved it the same way.

FYI fsa sells micro spacers to fix this issue if 1.5mm is way too much.
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Old 06-17-15, 11:25 PM
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Originally Posted by prooftheory View Post
Remind me never to break my ribs.
Don't break your ribs.

16 months ago I broke all my ribs on my right side. I could hear the bones rattling when I took deep breaths. The pain was excruciating. Imagine stepping on a Lego 15 times every minute.
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Old 06-18-15, 05:37 AM
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Hey Scrod,
Thanks for the response on my previous question about the SRAM stuff. After doing a little research, I think the 100's just aren't for me. But I've seen you comment on the IRD Defiant here and elsewhere and just wanted to know if you guys are still having good luck with that particular unit. I really like the look of it and it's the size I need it to be (46T vs, say, the 48T of the RD2) and it will fit the square taper BB already on my bike meaning I can get a little more life out of it (one thing at a time, right?).

Thoughts on the Defiant? Happy with it? I know you guys carry it at RG and you probably wouldn't carry something you wouldn't use personally, but just wanted a little more insight before making a crank purchase.

Thanks again,
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Old 06-18-15, 07:12 AM
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Hey Scrod,
Thanks for the response on my previous question about the SRAM stuff. After doing a little research, I think the 100's just aren't for me. But I've seen you comment on the IRD Defiant here and elsewhere and just wanted to know if you guys are still having good luck with that particular unit. I really like the look of it and it's the size I need it to be (46T vs, say, the 48T of the RD2) and it will fit the square taper BB already on my bike meaning I can get a little more life out of it (one thing at a time, right?).

Thoughts on the Defiant? Happy with it? I know you guys carry it at RG and you probably wouldn't carry something you wouldn't use personally, but just wanted a little more insight before making a crank purchase.

Thanks again,
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The IRD Defiant is 100% awesome. Quality is perfect, the arms are very stiff and everyone I know who has them on their bikes are happy with them.
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Old 06-18-15, 07:14 AM
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Originally Posted by Flatulentfox View Post
I had the exact same problem with a fsa orbit headset (installed on a wabi frame) and fixed it the same way. In my case it is pressed "cups" rather than machined into the frame. This makes me wonder if it is an issue with either the compression ring or perhaps a combination of tolerances between the OD of the steer tube and compression ring being off just enough to cause this issue.

It makes me feel better that someone else has had this issue and solved it the same way.

FYI fsa sells micro spacers to fix this issue if 1.5mm is way too much.
1.5 seems to be the magic number on those stupid Leader frames but yeah, you may need to play around with a few microspacers.
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Old 06-18-15, 07:14 AM
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Originally Posted by Scrodzilla View Post
The IRD Defiant is 100% awesome. Quality is perfect, the arms are very stiff and everyone I know who has them on their bikes are happy with them.
Thanks so much man! That's exactly what I needed to hear. It seems a lot of the "out of the box" bikes suffer most in the drivetrain. Looking to beef mine up a piece at a time. The crank seems to be the worst. Love how these IRD's have a vintage feel to them, too. Super cool.

I'll be placing my order here in just a bit.
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