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    Well, that explains a lot. Up until a year ago I...

    Well, that explains a lot. Up until a year ago I worked in a high end road and mtb shop and almost all cheaper bikes came with alu steerers. Cheaper to make and still relatively lightweight. Aluminum...
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    I don't get the part about aluminum steerers....

    I don't get the part about aluminum steerers. They are extremely common on entry to mid-level road bikes and mtbs.
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    Great story FBinNY! It shows how much a wheel can...

    Great story FBinNY! It shows how much a wheel can handle indeed, at least statically. My advice to the OP, don't ride these wheels. You may or may not break them, but when you do you'll break your...
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    Most of the issues I encountered with disc brakes...

    Most of the issues I encountered with disc brakes working at a high end road and mtb shop were ultimately down to user error. Inexperienced mountainbikers grinding away a set of rear pads in one ride...
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    Shop I worked at had a solution for a batch of...

    Shop I worked at had a solution for a batch of frames wit similar BB. A steel sleeve with OD 45 mm and ID 40 (which you may have to have cuctom machined) was pressed in simply using a big vice. Then...
  6. I was referring to internal frame cable routing....

    I was referring to internal frame cable routing. But 6700 and 7900 also introduced a 90 degree bend inside the shifter (as opposed to a straight exit on 6600 and the like), to accomodate the cable...
  7. I hadn't thought of that. With that kind of...

    I hadn't thought of that. With that kind of ****ty weather/temps I can imagine all cycling virtually grinds to a halt.
  8. Shops I've worked at were never affected by low...

    Shops I've worked at were never affected by low season so much that staff had to be fired or hours reduced.

    But then again people here keep using their bikes in winter as a mode of transportation,...
  9. 6800 is da bomb. It's a return to 6600-level...

    6800 is da bomb. It's a return to 6600-level shifting performance and beyond, 6700 and the like suffering from excess cable friction especially if combined with lousy internal cable routing.

    The...
  10. I eventually found a second hand Stronglight 49d...

    I eventually found a second hand Stronglight 49d (same BCD as TA cyclotouriste) for a steal, so that's the way I did it. The only trouble I had was figuring out which JIS BB would give me correct...
  11. TA knock offs by Velo Orange. Uses a JIS BB,...

    TA knock offs by Velo Orange. Uses a JIS BB, which can be had cheap Cranks are still not cheap, but you really can't go cheaper than the riveted cranks you have now.
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    35 mm press fit cartridge BB's are quite common...

    35 mm press fit cartridge BB's are quite common around here. Used on a lot of older city bikes. Plastic cups though and less than stellar bearing quality.
  13. Believe me, it's not, but I am finicky. Some...

    Believe me, it's not, but I am finicky. Some people don't notice the difference. I do.

    I make sure I've met all the requirements for a proper shifting derailer driver train: good cables, checking...
  14. Using it in the short term IS taking the risk, so...

    Using it in the short term IS taking the risk, so yes I did read that.
  15. Why take the risk? Rims don't always fail...

    Why take the risk? Rims don't always fail immediately after inflating the tire. I once inflated a modern road tire to specified pressure (about 8 bar) on a newly built up wheel with a NOS Mavic Ma2....
  16. While I agree that the factory sticky stuff is...

    While I agree that the factory sticky stuff is the best grease the chain will see internally, externally, I find that it actually degrades shifting performance. Especially on older bikes that also...
  17. Uhhh. Don't ride that wheel. It's going to...

    Uhhh. Don't ride that wheel. It's going to collapse spectacularly. A girl inflated her tire with our shop compressor recently and it blew the entire brake track off the (worn) rim with a very loud...
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    I've used the shimano tool which is nothing more...

    I've used the shimano tool which is nothing more than a glorified threaded rod with two washers.

    On the last one I did for a friend at home where I don't have the shimano tool, I used a rubber...
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    Good luck with that. Most likely the Fulcrum OEM...

    Good luck with that. Most likely the Fulcrum OEM spokes are the only ones that will fit. If you use a straight pull CX ray, it might just have slightly different dimensions (diameter of spoke head)...
  20. Word of caution here. The TA rings are not going...

    Word of caution here. The TA rings are not going to match the Shimano shifting performance. Shimano's ramping and pinning and the resulting shifting is something no aftermarket manufacturer has been...
  21. The easiest way is to check for excess cable...

    The easiest way is to check for excess cable friction. Not all brake cables are neatly cut at the factory, somtimes causing the inner cable to rub against the metal of the housing.

    If you check...
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    Some modern carbon forks have the crown race...

    Some modern carbon forks have the crown race molded as part of the steerer. The lower bearing is in direct contact with this molded race. If you put the old crown race on top of this molded race, the...
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    Two things you haven't done: 1 Have the...

    Two things you haven't done:

    1 Have the bearings pulled from the BB, cleaned, outer races regreased and reinstalled. The outer race is likely dryrubbing the frame the wrong way.... also clean and...
  24. Shimano says the innards of the nexus 8 are good...

    Shimano says the innards of the nexus 8 are good for 8000 to 10000 kilometers. That's without regular oil baths.

    I've seen one Alfine 8 give up the ghost after 21000 K, when one of the needle...
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    And then the discussion went on about premature...

    And then the discussion went on about premature disc pad wear. I've seen customer's pads (especially the resin ones) be annihilated to where the backing plate was almost worn clean through after two...
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