Carrera Kraken *Update Page 5

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Re: Carrera Kraken *Update Page 5

Postby Greer_ » Thu Jan 10, 2013 10:13 am

mrmonkfinger wrote:nightmare, sounds like you've been landed with a friday afternoon build :(

I've normally found most of the sealant can be saved if you're taking the tyres off.


I was hoping that would be the case! Cheers!

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Re: Carrera Kraken *Update Page 5

Postby Greer_ » Fri Mar 22, 2013 15:34 pm

Well I got my wheels back about a month ago, and there's already play in the rear hub. Not best pleased, but there's no way I'm giving them the wheels back after a 3 week wait :evil: wouldn't recommend their customer service to anyone.

Not much has changed spec wise, but I've picked up a Garmin 200, joined a local club and started to get into racing. The night runs are brilliant fun in a group, but I'm still doing a fair bit of cycling on my own as I'm not fast enough for the weekend runs yet! Entering the UXC and SCX rounds over here, 2 races over Easter. I don't expect to place overly well, but even a top 20 would be nice for the first year of racing ahem, S4 :P One thing I've noticed is there are hardly any 19/20 year olds that do xc ... its all either kids or men in their 30's and above! The only ones who can afford it :lol: I'd be interested to hear from anyone else who races/does a bit of training to see what they get up to - i'm just trying to put the miles in. You also very rarely see any XC Race builds on here!

I'll try and get a new clean pic up once all this horrible weather blows over. I can't get out, so thought I'd write a little update for anyone interested!

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Re: Carrera Kraken *Update Page 5

Postby The Rookie » Sat Mar 23, 2013 20:44 pm

Greer_ wrote:Well I got my wheels back about a month ago, and there's already play in the rear hub. Not best pleased, but there's no way I'm giving them the wheels back after a 3 week wait :evil: wouldn't recommend their customer service to anyone.

Superstar rear hubs are easy to DIY service, have you tried just tightening up the outer locking nuts? You just need 2 5mm allen keys.

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Postby Greer_ » Sat Mar 23, 2013 20:53 pm

I'll try tomorrow. Is it that easy? I tried before but the two allen keys wouldn't fit in the end caps for some reason Wait .... do the end caps come off first before you use the allen keys to tighten the lock nuts? End caps, as in what I believe are the QR adaptors. From what I can remember, the end caps seemed to have cone spanner slots on them ....

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Postby The Rookie » Sun Mar 24, 2013 08:22 am

On my hubs the two outer gaps screw onto the central axle section,if they are loose and one bearing has moved slightly you'll get side to side play. Just put the 5mm in each end and tighten against each other, worse case, remove and make sure the bearings are tapped fully home (17mm socket on mine).

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Postby lawman » Sun Mar 24, 2013 11:19 am

Greer_ wrote:One thing I've noticed is there are hardly any 19/20 year olds that do xc ... its all either kids or men in their 30's and above! The only ones who can afford it :lol: I'd be interested to hear from anyone else who races/does a bit of training to see what they get up to - i'm just trying to put the miles in. You also very rarely see any XC Race builds on here!


All the cool kids race Enduro these days :wink:

I used to dabble in XC in my early teens just as I was getting into the sport, mainly because it's what my dad was doing, had a few decent results, was 4th in a Midland superseries event and 27th at a NPS race at Sherwood, but it wasn't much fun and I got bored of it and rode more for fun, though I did do an open race back at Sherwood about 5 years ago, was running top 6 or so til I punctured on the second lap, gutted because I was feeling really good and was a head of the old man who eventually finished 3rd, so a podium was on the cards! :(

Hopefully once the weather picks up my plan is get some serious training in for the Crudcatcher coast to coast, then next year once I finish Uni I'll focus on Gravity Enduros and the Mega.

It depends on the person if XC racing appeals to them, too many whippets and too much lycra for me though!

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Postby Greer_ » Sun Mar 24, 2013 11:56 am

It is very fast paced! I got into it through my girlfriend and her dad, almost beat him in the last race! I'm only racing because I enjoy it, if it starts taking the fun out of going for a ride, I'll stop!

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Postby Greer_ » Sun Mar 24, 2013 18:14 pm

First, any more tips on tightening up the rear hub?

Now, some new pics as promised. First one is from my ride today - no snow near my house, then as soon as I get to the trails there's almost a foot of it!

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New XT bottom bracket fitted, and I still love the look of the blue rotor bolts! Gears were skipping like crazy today, looks like new jockey wheels, at least, are needed, not sure if cassette/chain needs changing too.

Overshoes are starting to rip on me now, so any recommendations for a pair that will last? Otherwise I'll get another pair of the Planet X ones. And any cheap winter gloves that work? I know it's spring, but my hands are really starting to feel the cold!

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Postby Angry Bird » Sun Mar 24, 2013 18:53 pm

That bike's looking good, nice job


Greer_ wrote:Overshoes are starting to rip on me now, so any recommendations for a pair that will last? Otherwise I'll get another pair of the Planet X ones. And any cheap winter gloves that work? I know it's spring, but my hands are really starting to feel the cold!


Define cheap...

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Postby Greer_ » Sun Mar 24, 2013 18:57 pm

Cheers :D

Probably about £20 max. I've no idea if those On-One/Planet X gloves are worth a look.

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Postby The Rookie » Sun Mar 24, 2013 20:48 pm

Greer_ wrote:First, any more tips on tightening up the rear hub?

Gears were skipping like crazy today, looks like new jockey wheels, at least, are needed, not sure if cassette/chain needs changing too.

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The Beginner wrote:On my hubs the two outer gaps screw onto the central axle section,if they are loose and one bearing has moved slightly you'll get side to side play. Just put the 5mm in each end and tighten against each other, worse case, remove and make sure the bearings are tapped fully home (17mm socket on mine).


Unlilkely the Jockeys are causing skipping, but ally jockeys (such as J&L on ebay) are lighter than Shimano OE.

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Re: Carrera Kraken *Update Page 5

Postby Greer_ » Sun Mar 24, 2013 21:27 pm

Sorry, totally missed your post! I'll go out and give it another look now, will update on how I get on!

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Postby Greer_ » Sun Mar 24, 2013 21:47 pm

What am I missing .....

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This is the end cap that I can't figure out how to get off - same on both sides. 5mm allen key doesn't fit, and there's cone spanner notches on either side, but I have none. How do I get these end caps off?!

EDIT: When I put the QR skewer through the hub, not with it in the frame, should there be play in the axle? Reading about online ... QR end caps are removed with 5mm allen keys, 10mm thru axle end caps are removed with cone spanners .... what is going on?! Is it possible the wrong end caps have been fitted and I haven't realised? I know the rear dropouts are 10mm, but I'm guessing I'd have noticed right away if they were the wrong end caps ...

On the SS hub service guide, it says either 5mm allen keys, or cone spanners are needed to remove them. I'm dead confused over whether the bearings are just shot, or the wrong end caps are fitted now.


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Postby Greer_ » Wed May 15, 2013 12:00 pm

Some shiny new bike bits arrived last week :D (as well as a brand new SRAM X9 rear mech as I bent my last one on the way to the start line in a previous race)

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My workshop (bedroom) at uni -

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^^ That was my attempt at servicing the hubs ... didn't go very well! Got the rear bearings out, managed to press a new one in using my makeshift headset press, but couldn't get the freehub side bearing in straight, to the point where the hub started getting damaged :? so the wheel is now in my LBS getting sorted, should get it back later. Don't get me started on the front hub .... couldn't even get those bearings out .... absolutely no movement in the axle sleeve to get behind the bearing so looks like that's another job for the LBS soon. Always like to do fixes myself but I don't want to wreck anything!

This is the freehub gouging, not as bad as I thought, but there's an alloy spider on the XT cassette so it shouldn't get much worse -

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On a positive though, I came 14th in my last race, (out of 40-something) so I'm well chuffed with that after only a year(ish) of proper cycling.

Wish the bike would just work so I could actually ride it!!! :lol:

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Re: Carrera Kraken *Update Page 5

Postby Greer_ » Wed May 15, 2013 12:01 pm

The Beginner wrote:Please see post in your WS&T thread.....


Bit late, but it was cone spanners I needed to remove the rear end caps! :roll: The front one's just pop off!

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Postby The Rookie » Wed May 15, 2013 14:46 pm

Yup, some are cone flats, some internal allen key.......

Sounds like its going well and you are using your Student Loan properly!

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Postby Greer_ » Wed May 15, 2013 15:02 pm

Got my wheel back and it's all fixed :D Will just save myself the hassle and leave them my front wheel next week, was only a tenner! Just need to sort out chain length, re-index, and I'm ready to go.

The Beginner wrote:Sounds like its going well and you are using your Student Loan properly!


You'd never guess I have an exam tomorrow from all this! Need something to keep me sane .... but I got a job sorted for the summer, so I'm looking at getting a Specialized Allez Sport for the road :) Unless anyone has a better recommendation for around £600 (I get 20% off at my LBS)

I'm only drinking some of it .... you don't want to see what's in the other corner of my room! :wink:

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Postby The Rookie » Fri May 17, 2013 07:37 am

A Road bike......you going to shave your legs and buy Raffa kit as well?????

If you want to have a bike for the road and use it as training for the MTB I'd get a flat barred Hybrid, Mine is kitted out with mostly MTB finishing kit so I have spares compatability with the MTB, I run no spacers and a flipped stem for a low aero position I use the bars either side of the stem and not the grips, great pracrtice for an MTB.

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Re: Carrera Kraken *Update Page 5

Postby Greer_ » Fri May 17, 2013 08:59 am

It's a toss up between a new mountain bike, or a road bike - really don't fancy a hybrid! I want it really just to stretch the legs, put in some miles, and get home from my job each day (16 miles one way) - which I can do no bother on the mountain bike but wouldn't mind an extra bit of speed!

The other thing is, with my budget, there's no point getting another mountain bike as it won't be better than what I already have - but I should earn enough for a few nice new upgrades :D


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