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05-30-02, 05:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 573
Posted By Tony Smith

Doing it yourself can be fun and rewarding....

Doing it yourself can be fun and rewarding. However there are a few specialty tools that you will absolutely need. A Bottom bracket tool and crank puller are two that come immediately to mind. Many...
03-27-01, 06:36 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 372
Posted By Tony Smith

Your LBS buddy is correct, the XT will work fine...

Your LBS buddy is correct, the XT will work fine with your 105 shifters. I've set up several bikes in a similar manner for heavily loaded mountainous touring. Good luck!
01-18-01, 10:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,949
Posted By Tony Smith

Rims

As far as disc specific rims are concerned, I'd suggest the Mavic X317 (lots of people don't like Mavic, but I've always had good luck with their rims, road or MTB). It maybe more XC than you're...
12-22-00, 01:28 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,134
Posted By Tony Smith

Reply Xavier, cooldude, and Rich

Xavier: On the front, the Motoraptor tracks very well. Even in loose gravel/sand it is predictable. I find very little washout with this tire. I've been in the sport quite a while as well. The first...
12-13-00, 09:59 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,134
Posted By Tony Smith

Wouldn't this topic be better suited to the MTB section?

My current fav tire is the WTB Motoraptor 2.4. It's big and meaty, without too much weight. Among the lightest of it's size (731g for the kevlar model), but durability has been good so far. I ride in...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-27-00, 11:22 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,864
Posted By Tony Smith

Coverting from 650 to 700 is not likely to work....

Coverting from 650 to 700 is not likely to work. In addition to the rear brake problem that you mentioned, a 700c wheel may not even fit into the frame.

650c wheels are typically used for smaller...
11-27-00, 10:58 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,182
Posted By Tony Smith

No such luck...

The only adapters that I have seen are for converting a regular thru-axle 20mm hub into a QR.20 (Marzocchi) style hub.

You can't easily convert a regular hub to the QR.20 since the spacing on a...
11-27-00, 10:48 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,217
Posted By Tony Smith

You will need some tools...

Here's a list of the special tools you'll need:

Crank bolt wrench (14mm socket or 8mm allen)
Crank puller (example: Park CCP-1)
BB tool (example: Park BBT-2)

Park is just one of several bike...
10-19-00, 09:13 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 628
Posted By Tony Smith

Slower? No, I don't think so

You have to weed your way through all of the hype and critism that risers have evoked. If you're into a low forward riding position (XC race style, although not so much anymore as some people I know...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-22-00, 05:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 920
Posted By Tony Smith

We've built a lot of Softride bikes. There are...

We've built a lot of Softride bikes. There are some distinct advantages and disadvantages to the 'beam' design. First, it's a totally uncomplicated suspension: no maintainence and no worn out parts....
09-22-00, 05:15 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 681
Posted By Tony Smith

Most (not all) mountain bikes have 16.75"...

Most (not all) mountain bikes have 16.75" chainstays, which are suited very well for XC riding and tight singletrack climbing. As you get further toward DH geometries the chainstays lengthen (18+...
09-22-00, 05:04 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,060
Posted By Tony Smith

Some more ideas...

Like Roadrash said, hairspray works well. Make sure you get the gnarliest old lady big hair type (like Aqua Net) because it is impervious to water. Some types of hairspray wash off very easy, so if...
09-13-00, 04:50 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,655
Posted By Tony Smith

Bozeman, Montana. There's some great local rides,...

Bozeman, Montana. There's some great local rides, and we try and make it to Fruita, Moab, and other fun places several times a year. Best ride? Probably Cave Gulch in Helena. I have a great time...
09-13-00, 04:42 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 679
Posted By Tony Smith

Here ya go...

All of Shimano's cassettes have a lockring that the splined tool fits into. It's seperate from the first (smallest) cog. Use the chain whip to hold back on a large cog (better leverage) and unscrew...
08-21-00, 04:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 520
Posted By Tony Smith

tried higher pressure?

The only times I've seen excessive valve movement were when tires were run under-inflated. Since you're an experienced rider this likely isn't the cause. But I figured I'd mention it just in case.
08-15-00, 05:43 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,719
Posted By Tony Smith

reply to Morgan

You point about waiting a year is very valid. Likely a performance increase will be seen in the next model even though the price and weight will decrease. Bike parts can be very much like...
08-10-00, 04:58 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 701
Posted By Tony Smith

Whip and a tool needed

You'll need a chain whip and a cassette lockring tool to remove the cassette. If you remove the rear wheel and look at the cassette you'll see the lockring. It has splines which a lockring tool keys...
08-07-00, 07:19 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,719
Posted By Tony Smith

New disc fan

I'm rapidly becoming a disc fan. I switched from an XTR V in the front to the Grimeca system 8 a few weeks ago. The difference is noticable as soon as they break in. I find that the disc has better...
08-01-00, 06:56 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 7,655
Posted By Tony Smith

Reply to Blaster

Some rear Grip shifters are made to work with Shimano derailleurs. Those that are work every bit as good as rapidfire does. But you do have to be careful as most of the newer Grip Shift is made to...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-27-00, 11:16 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 4,919
Posted By Tony Smith

Agree with ljbike!

I do a very small amount of racing (local club races) so the extra weight of the triple is not an issue to me. The benefits of the lower gear ratios (especially if you ride in a hilly or mountainous...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-27-00, 11:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,203
Posted By Tony Smith

Reply to ljbike

Actually Ti is not stiffer. It is considerably more flexy than steel. To offset this undesirable quality, Ti tube diameters are usually larger than steel. The diameter of the tubing used has a very...
07-27-00, 10:49 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 7,655
Posted By Tony Smith

Completely personal preference

Both systems have evolved to the point where they work very well and have similar weight, durabilty, and price. It really comes down to what you prefer. Test ride some bikes and try both of them....
07-27-00, 10:38 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,084
Posted By Tony Smith

There's lots of good brands of brake pads. Kool...

There's lots of good brands of brake pads. Kool Stop have always been one of my favorites. Shimano pads work well too.
07-19-00, 03:14 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 950
Posted By Tony Smith

Nice wheels

I'm riding a rear King/X517 with DB DT spokes and alloy nipples. It's light and has been durable so far. It's hard to beat the Kings for weight, durability, and service interval. I've heard some bad...
07-19-00, 03:08 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,406
Posted By Tony Smith

Smoke/Dart

The Panaracer Smoke/Dart classic combo is pretty good at shedding thick sticky mud. They are a bit much (drag wise) for all around riding, especially if you're used to the XC pro's.
07-13-00, 04:14 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 842
Posted By Tony Smith

Pipe cutter is fine

Akarius is right. A pipe cutter will work just fine. You can use a hacksaw, but you'll want to clean it up with a file afterwards.
07-13-00, 04:10 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 641
Posted By Tony Smith

Need a different fork, etc

Sorry Dann, but to use a threadless stem you need a threadless fork and headset.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-13-00, 03:47 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,972
Posted By Tony Smith

Reply to Xavier's post

I understand that you had a bad customer service issue with Speedplay. Other than a personal dislike of the company, I don't understand your arguments against buying Speedplay. I don't mean this to...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-09-00, 06:10 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,972
Posted By Tony Smith

Speedplay fan

I really like having double sided pedals (being an avid MTB'r). Speedplay road pedals are among the lightest, have the greatest cornerring angle, and have float. I can't say enough good about them.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-31-00, 04:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 692
Posted By Tony Smith

If you don't mind the extra weight (approx. 40g),...

If you don't mind the extra weight (approx. 40g), there's an Ultegra 13/23. Just an idea.

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Forum: Road Cycling
05-16-00, 10:36 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 5,408
Posted By Tony Smith

I have to disagree slightly with Xavier's reply....

I have to disagree slightly with Xavier's reply. We have been building with Columbus' Foco tubeset (among others) for several years now and have seen zero failures attributable to the thin tubing....
05-02-00, 02:32 PM
Replies: 153
Views: 62,275
Posted By Tony Smith

The reason that 'cross racers use canti's is due...

The reason that 'cross racers use canti's is due to incompatibility between road levers and long pull (or V-style) brakes. Yes, they do make adapters, but all the ones that I have tested have very...
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