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Old 05-25-06, 02:14 PM   #1
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Finally got a new bike... but still lookin for your input.

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.
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Old 05-25-06, 02:23 PM   #2
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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.
really, it's as easy as not riding that much. the less you use it the newer it will look. this is my secret for having an 11 year old Schwinn Homegrown that looks like it is brand new!
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Old 05-25-06, 02:35 PM   #3
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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!
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really, it's as easy as not riding that much. the less you use it the newer it will look. this is my secret for having an 11 year old Schwinn Homegrown that looks like it is brand new!
If how much you ride it determines how old it is, my must be back in the B.C's. (I should go check for stone carvings on it lol.

And for smakusdod, how much did you play for it, cuase it has some really nice parts.
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Old 05-25-06, 05:43 PM   #5
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Paid $2400 + tax. I think i got a pretty good deal considering. What kind of daily maintenance do you guys do? WhiteLightening for the chain good?
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Paid $2400 + tax. I think i got a pretty good deal considering. What kind of daily maintenance do you guys do? WhiteLightening for the chain good?

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still lookin for daily maintenance tips and tricks.
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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.

Enjoy your ride,
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Old 05-30-06, 03:21 PM   #8
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Thanks for the tips!!! It is indeed nice being part of the Santa Cruz mafia.

I rode the bike all weekend... simply an amazing bike. Handling is superb. I've never had more fun going downhill, and it climbs nicely too!
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