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Old 10-11-16, 11:50 PM
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So, I looked up stats for the first time, and somehow I got to posts I started ranked by replies/views. This thread has nearly 200,000 views in the 2.5 years since it was started. Damn.

That's 80k/year -- and we've got like 50 active participants, so 1,600 views/participant/year? We've definitely got some lurkers or results to some queries are appearing in Google.

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Old 10-12-16, 03:59 AM
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Ko-Compatible Pedals

I've just thrown out my third set of Look Ko pedals due to the platforms wearing out. Look seems to have retreated from the US market; I work in an LBS and none of our distributors carry them anymore. My fallback position is to order them from the UK, which I've been doing with cleats.

Any recommendations for Ko-compatible pedals? I've got a set of Exustar pedals that work well, but they're wearing out the same way the Looks did. I'm looking for a set with a steel-reinforced platform.
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What's the chain lube hotness these days?
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Old 10-13-16, 11:18 AM
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Rock n Roll is the lube you are looking for. https://www.amazon.com/Rock-Roll-Cha...ck+n+roll+lube
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Old 10-13-16, 11:20 AM
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imma need a picture of your chain before I put anything on that "creates a wet membrane"
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Old 10-13-16, 11:25 AM
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It's the cleanest non-wax lube I've come across and it lasts forever. I want to say the last time I wiped and lubed my chain was like 2-3 weeks ago at this point?

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Old 10-13-16, 12:05 PM
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It's what we use in our shop as well. Goes on easily and penetrates well, and it does a good job of cleaning too.
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Old 10-13-16, 12:16 PM
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I too endorse Rock n Roll. I put it on and it stops squeaking.
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Originally Posted by Ygduf
What's the chain lube hotness these days?
I swear by Shimano PTFE Lube after experimenting with tons of different lubes. I reapply about once a week (or ~250-300mi) - clean rag to wipe chain down, one drop on each link, let sit overnight, wipe down the next morning before riding = silky smooth riding. I also usually wipe down my chain with a clean rag every ride or so (or at least whenever i add air to my tires), which may be too high maintenance for you, but I can vouch that it works well in the same conditions you ride in.
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Old 10-13-16, 12:51 PM
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I still like Pro-Link.
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I've read Wend Wax is good, but I'm still working through a bottle of prolink and haven't tried it myself
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squirt lube
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Originally Posted by tetonrider
That's 80k/year -- and we've got like 50 active participants, so 1,600 views/participant/year? We've definitely got some lurkers or results to some queries are appearing in Google.
A frequent lurker here. I don't have much to add myself but I do learn from the posts. Thanks!
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Old 10-13-16, 05:35 PM
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Specialized recalls Venge ViAS rim-brake bikes | Cyclingnews.com

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Old 10-13-16, 07:56 PM
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not the first issue with the bike. i've been curious how many have sold -- guess we now know it was ~1k.

it's less bad than zipp recalling like 20,000 wheels due to one *supposed* problem.

IMO the zipp thing and something like this are reasons to consider buying from some of the bigger companies. if there's a similar problem with a company that sells open mold products, the buyer is out the cash.
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Old 10-13-16, 07:58 PM
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Originally Posted by revchuck
I've just thrown out my third set of Look Ko pedals due to the platforms wearing out. Look seems to have retreated from the US market; I work in an LBS and none of our distributors carry them anymore. My fallback position is to order them from the UK, which I've been doing with cleats.

Any recommendations for Ko-compatible pedals? I've got a set of Exustar pedals that work well, but they're wearing out the same way the Looks did. I'm looking for a set with a steel-reinforced platform.
QBP dropped them. they're now distributed by that smaller distributor out of reno. I'm forgetting the name right now. i heard that some people got hosed with some warranty support (or lack of).

i've had good success with blades and blade 2s for many years and many thousands of miles.
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Old 10-14-16, 05:42 AM
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Originally Posted by spdntrxi
squirt lube
I switched to squirt this year and have been liking it.
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Old 10-14-16, 10:38 AM
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"It appears the rear quick release isn't getting an effective bite on the dropouts, and can slip out."

@Doge?
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Old 10-14-16, 10:44 AM
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Originally Posted by globecanvas
"It appears the rear quick release isn't getting an effective bite on the dropouts, and can slip out."

@Doge?
Thank you very much for that! And thank you for the memory. The grief I took. Where is that old thread?

Yep - it was an issue and I will want the fix (which I did myself, but ruined the resell-ability of the frame) .
However - 2 years later junior may have that Cav like sprint power we spent so much time disproving so I may not like their fix.

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Old 10-14-16, 10:52 AM
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Originally Posted by Doge
Where is that old thread?

You're soaking in it!

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Old 10-14-16, 11:09 AM
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Originally Posted by globecanvas
Well in light of the new information that was a good read.
I think recalls are based on what big name riders go down on them. I believe Brandon was riding one today in worlds. I wonder how this may affect the bike choices of a few this weekend / will the UCI Worlds mechanics use the Doge Dremel tool fix?.
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Old 10-14-16, 11:59 AM
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Originally Posted by tetonrider
QBP dropped them. they're now distributed by that smaller distributor out of reno. I'm forgetting the name right now. i heard that some people got hosed with some warranty support (or lack of).

i've had good success with blades and blade 2s for many years and many thousands of miles.
I believe Hawley still distributes them. They're out of South Carolina, though I think they have a Nevada distribution center.
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I wonder if specialized knew people were lubing their dropouts when they announced this recall.
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Originally Posted by Ygduf
I wonder if specialized knew people were lubing their dropouts when they announced this recall.
Who's lubing their dropouts? If you mean me - that was something I looked into and was not really the case. I found out what the issue was and fixed it. Never had an issue since, just that resale will likely be an issue.

Issue was:
The slot angle in the dropout would pull the wheel out under force. This is the only bike of 4 I tried where that is the case. The other bikes chain tension pulled the axle tighter into the dropout. The Venge chain tension pulled it out.

2nd issue is the dropout were hardened steel plated, so there was little to no bite. I do not think that, nor lube would have been an issue if the slots had been angled correctly.

I didn't want to draw anything but it is kinda like this: -/ vs -\ . If the dash was moving to the right and hit a slash/backslash, one way it would go up and the other down.

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Another topic - kind of 41ish but for the National Hill Climb Championship in Aug. This is up Pikes Peak in in my son's back yard. They have a U19 div (??). Don't know which he will do and kinda depends who shows up. I'm posting info to his competitors as well :-)


I'm rebuilding the MASI. The BB is a PF30 that we originally had press fit cups for. I ordered WheelsMfg ceramic BB. the purpose is to get a 12# ish real performance hill climbing bike. The goal is as stiff and light as I can. So many weight weenie things will be rejected just because they are too fragile. This should be fun. Economics matter too, to what degree - don't know. I am tempted to go low profile lighter wheels but his 50mm 25mm width with those 25 FMBs build out to about lightest in the world (in that config). Going <30 profile, 20 width and 22mm Veloflex record would save 600g total and cost $3K, so not so sure on that one. I like the rolling of the FMB silks that I get made with different tread. I'm sticking with Shimano cranks. Likely 9000 as they cost 1/2 of the new stuff. Going compact 50/34 from his 52/39 and 175 over current 172.5. Wondering if I should go 177.5. Definitely ceramic BB, hubs, and likely pulleys.
Switching out brake stuff for Power Cordz.

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