I'm riding a SC Chameleon. I'm surprised at how slow this thing moves, be it on the roads or on the trails. I compare myself to my buddies in terms of speed. When we all get on road bikes, I'm the fastest (I ride a pos road bike, they're on entry level nice ones). When I was on a wally world mtn bike, I was faster or the same speed as my buddies on their entry level mountain bikes. On the Chameleon, I'm always holding the group back.
So, I think the three things I'm thinking that could be slowing me down are: the tires, the hubs, or the brakes.
Shimano M525 hubs
Avid Juicy 3's
I've been trying to isolate what it is that's slowing me down... When I spin the wheels on the bike, I can't hear any disc rub. As well, the tires aren't touching the ground. This suggests that it's perhaps the hubs (cones on too tight?).
I undid the cones and checked the hubs. Perfectly clean, adequate grease, everything seems okay. I put it back together with the cones screwed on by hand. Put it all back on the bike, and the wheels still seem to grind to a halt.
Is this typical of a bike with disc brakes? Do disc brakes grind away without making noise? I've had this problem since I got the bike. I thought it might be the discs rubbing, but I also thought that over the course of a few hundred km, I'd grind the pads away enough to allow it to spin freely.
Anyone have any ideas? I'd appreciate the input!