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Old 03-14-08, 08:01 PM
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EricJ
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Bikes: Specialized Hardrock Comp w/FreeRadical

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Free Radical on a Hardrock

UPS brought my Free Radical today. I mounted it on a Hard Rock Comp Disc. It took about 3 hours to mate it up and get everything adjusted. Took a break about an hour into it to run to JensenUSA and grab a 203mm rotor for the rear. The only problem was in mounting the yoke to the chainstays. There is a bridge which means you have to mount the bolt forward of the bridge as in the instructions. The problem with that is the bolt head interferes with my bottom pull Deore FD. The solution was to drill a 6 mm hole in the bridge for the bolt so I could move it back to clear the FD.

It took about 5 miles to get used to the ride. I ride every day so I know exactly how my bike sounds and feels over every kind of terrain. It's a 4000 mile/year work bike that I use daily in the research orchards where I work. But once I recalibrated myself, it's fine. It has the frame resilience of my Rans V2 LWB, but it still handles the rough stuff like the Hardrock it still is.

It's been a good pickup truck for the field. Now it's going to be a great one!

Eric
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