So after riding an '04 Rockhopper hardtail, i decided on a brand new Santa Cruz Heckler. Picked her up yesterday from the LBS, and man, its like having a new girlfriend.
All SRAM x9, fox float R shock, with the fox air 5.0 rear shock.. avid juicy 7's, and truvativ hollowtech cranks.
weighs in at about 33 lbs, which is at about 4 lbs less than the specialized, and feels like a Maybach as compared to a Volkswagon. The handling and ride are simply outstanding.
Anyway, with all this newness, coming off of a hardtail with caliper brakes, etc., i'm looking for day to day maintenance tips that you guys use to keep your badass bikes as nice as possible.
Anything from basic cleaning tips to more hardcore inspection "what to look for" type stuff would be greatly appreciated. I'll post a pic of the beast soon. It's orange.
there's some tips on the SC web site...mostly on frame maintenance and bushing replacement. The shock, brake, and fork mfg's sites have very good info on the care of their products.
Basic info is to keep the moving parts clean and oiled, get a chain cleaner and use it often, never use a pressure washer, and use lots of sunscreen (45 or higher) to stop the sun from fading the paint (just kidding, but i hear some do this)
Mrs. M. just switched her HT to a SC Blur...what a difference!
Welcome to the Santa Cruz Team!! You will never want another ride. I ride a custom built Santa Cruz Juliana. We have bonded. It weighs roughly 23 lbs.
Keeping your drivetrain clean is one of the best things you can do, as jm01 wrote above and again, don't use high pressure to wash the bike. Burn in your disk brakes on pavement so they don't get embedded with dirt, which will reduce stopping power, NEVER let any oil/grease/lube get on the disks, which will get into the pads and cause problems, doen't even touch the disks, the small amount of oil from your fingers can do this. Lube all pivot points;deraillers, brakes, etc.
My best advice: buy Zinn and the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance. It's an awesome book.