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Re: Project budget blower

Postby pastey_boy » Sat Apr 13, 2013 15:35 pm

Does sound like a pedal has been put on wrong as the only other threads on the chainset are on the spindle and the threads that hold the self extracting cap in place. Whoever put the pedals on have either mashed the threads or not put the pedal on far enough thus leading to the pedal falling off, not the crank as earlier mentioned. Crc have done nothing wrong and their response is fair. You need to take issue with the professional that installed your pedals. All is not lost as you can have the crankarm helicoiled thus saving the chainset.
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Re: Project budget blower

Postby JMcP92 » Sun Apr 14, 2013 19:31 pm

Fixed it all up yesterday, good as new apart from a number of scrapes on the crank from throwing itself along the road, worse things have happened though, and it'll happen in time anyway. did 52 miles today, was decent weather but windy as hell, getting push around from time to time, and uphill in heavy downhill wind was not very fun, but made it in the end.

On a note of white grips. I was wearing an old set of MX gloves today just for the sake of the wind and the grips picked up quite a lot of dirt from them pretty quickly and pretty noticeable. A quick sprouse up with a wet cloth when I got home and all was well, but worth noting. They look nice, but will take some regular cleaning if you wish to keep it looking purddy

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Re: Project budget blower

Postby njee20 » Mon Apr 15, 2013 09:09 am

So the crank fell off? So it's the threads in the axle that got damaged?

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Re: Project budget blower

Postby Rambo_123 » Mon Apr 15, 2013 14:57 pm

JMcP92 wrote:,They look nice, but will take some regular cleaning if you wish to keep it looking purddy


Ah, think i'll keep with black.

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Re: Project budget blower

Postby JMcP92 » Fri May 03, 2013 13:06 pm

Hey folks!

Finally got out for some riding, had some decent weather yesterday, wasn't working or anything else so I went out for a ride. Found some decent singletrack and had some good fun.

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Then it got a tad muddy, so glad I had chunky tyres, I say that, though I've seen a LOT worse photos of muddy tyres on here :P

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Then one of my mates come along and we did some more riding, was a good fun day. though had one issue.
My spokes on my wheel are quite loose and wheel buckled, rather annoying but not the end of the world. I trued it today and all is well, nice and tight now. I'm hoping this doesn't become a factor and it's just a one off. Good azs their prices are I have been told Superstar wheel builders may not be the best around. So now it's been all done and nice and tight I am hoping it does not happen again. If it becomes a regular problem I may hae to do something about it.

Lastly, @Rambo_123, seems white grips do get petty dirty. I didn't even get the whole bike very dirty yesterday, but I wore my motocross gloves, which had dirt on them and made them all brown:

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I cleaned them today though, a bit of brake cleaner and they are as good as new. Hope you got what grips you wanted anyway :)

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Re: Project budget blower

Postby Greer_ » Fri May 03, 2013 13:31 pm

JMcP92 wrote:Then one of my mates come along and we did some more riding, was a good fun day. though had one issue.
My spokes on my wheel are quite loose and wheel buckled, rather annoying but not the end of the world. I trued it today and all is well, nice and tight now. I'm hoping this doesn't become a factor and it's just a one off. Good azs their prices are I have been told Superstar wheel builders may not be the best around. So now it's been all done and nice and tight I am hoping it does not happen again. If it becomes a regular problem I may hae to do something about it.

Lastly, @Rambo_123, seems white grips do get petty dirty. I didn't even get the whole bike very dirty yesterday, but I wore my motocross gloves, which had dirt on them and made them all brown:


Same happened to my wheels, sent them back and haven't had a problem since (bar the bearings!) Also need a new freehub ... my fault though, not Superstars! I'm using a cheap cassette (steel carrier) which gouged the alloy freehub, so I now have ordered an XT cassette (alloy carrier) and new free hub!

The grips clean with a dab of mud-off too!

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Re: Project budget blower

Postby njee20 » Fri May 03, 2013 13:46 pm

Better off filing the burrs off and carrying on, the XT cassette will still do it on the smaller sprockets.

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Re: Project budget blower

Postby Greer_ » Fri May 03, 2013 13:55 pm

njee20 wrote:Better off filing the burrs off and carrying on, the XT cassette will still do it on the smaller sprockets.


Hmm well the chain/cassette needs replaced soon anyways, but any tips for getting the cassette off then?! I can't get it to budge once I've removed the locking.

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Re: Project budget blower

Postby njee20 » Fri May 03, 2013 14:01 pm

You just need to 'turn' the sprockets to get them out of the gouges, by hand - with thick gloves or a towel or sommat so you can properly get hold, or a screwdriver, or two chain whips.

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Re: Project budget blower

Postby Greer_ » Fri May 03, 2013 14:18 pm

Right, cheers :) will give it a go next week, don't want to start fiddling before my race on Sunday! Will probably still replace the cassette but it would be good if I didn't need a new freehub!

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Re: Project budget blower

Postby JMcP92 » Mon May 06, 2013 08:12 am

So, yesterday had an interest jaunt after work. Everyone was going to Pitfichie after work and I decided I'd join in. Sounded fun, they all had they're full sussers but apparently it wasn't a real downhill course and an XC bike would be totally fine..... they lied.

Was good fun all the same but the bike now has a few battle scars (best to happen at some point :) ) and a little dubious for me. They all disappear into the distance bouncing off things and pulling wheeling over stuff while I'm slowly dropping off stuff and nursing the rear brake.
Grand total of the damage as such. A slightly buckled front brake rotor, slightly buckled rear wheel and a few scars on the frame. All completely fixable.
General note to those who had it in mind though. Unless you build a 456 as a downhiller (seen it done) then don't try, it does not go incredibly well :P

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Re: Project budget blower

Postby paulneenan76 » Mon May 06, 2013 09:10 am

How tough was the course? Was it really technical with big drops, jumps and steeps?

I rode a fair amount of the DH tracks at FoD last week without too much trouble. Havnt got the skills yet for big drops but it was all do-able and I took it easy. It may no be as plush as a big travel FS or allow for the craziness of a proper DH rig, but is much more than an XC bike.

Book yourself on a skills course and you'll soon be kicking their arses!!

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Re: Project budget blower

Postby JMcP92 » Mon Jun 03, 2013 13:47 pm

Course was mainly rock gardens and drops, would be a lot easier if I were confident enough to just throw myself at it, unfortunately, a lot of leaning on brakes and not having enough speed so having to crawl over stuff :P Not quite ideal, but ah well.

Another issue I'm having now is I've got a lot of creaking from the bike, the frame I presume. If I put my weight forward on the fork and then sit back on the seat is just creaks away, and I'm not sure why, considering that it could be the post in the frame?

Any ideas people?

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Re: Project budget blower

Postby paulneenan76 » Mon Jun 03, 2013 14:02 pm

Take the seatpost out and give everything a good clean. Clean and lube up your seat rails etc. Check your drop outs, caliper, hubs are tight. Check for loose spokes, rough bearings, chainring bolts. Of course, they are prone to being noisy but not when stationary. Frame strikes and stuff like that resonate a lot more than other frame types.

Mine is fine most of the time.

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Re: Project budget blower

Postby JMcP92 » Mon Jun 03, 2013 20:36 pm

I found out what it was after a quick investigation at work. Rear caliper had slightly loosened itself as had it's mount, tightened both of them up and good and sweet again. Covered a good 60 miles on and off road today and had a good day in the sun, though my arms are paying the price for all the sun now :P

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Bad light, but all the same, the colour it should be on my shoulder, and the colour it is *gulp* tomorrow will be painful I presume

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Re: Project budget blower

Postby JMcP92 » Sun Jun 09, 2013 21:00 pm

So, an unintended upgrade today, XT shifters.

My SLX's were completely fine, never had an issue with them until today the front shifter locked up and wouldn't move, on further inspection, the shift up lever were snapped on the inside of the shifter, no idea how, not even come off the bike yet.
To be fair, we've got one exactly the same at work which is going under warranty, so mine will be the same, going riding tomorrow and I need a bike that works, so the XT's go on.

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Re: Project budget blower

Postby JMcP92 » Mon Jun 10, 2013 19:38 pm

So, it would seem problems arose today, whoever said the Crest rims were very solid and up for anything, I disagree.

This morning before I went out I checked basic stuff all around the bike including spoke tension front and back, then went out riding for the day with a friend, basic singletrack stuff, a few small rollable drops, some descents, climbs, few rocks, but nothing to major.

A couple hours in, a hissing noise comes from behind me, think I'd blown the tyre, but no. I located the hissing and it was out of the sidewall of the rim itself, I had punctured the rim and it was dented, not good, but sealant did it's job and sealed it up.

Kept going at a rather mild pace after that, not wanting any more damage, then over a small cluster of rocks I get a total blowout from behind me. Tyre off the rim and all but that is by no means the worst of it.

The tyre is now off and I can inspect the wheel, it is massively buckled, a couple of CM's out of alignment, a large amount of the spokes have loosened themselves off, the wheel is dented round the edge in a good 7 or 8 places and generally, it's destroyed.

I'd like to clarify, all of this done on spokes checked that morning, on a totally straight wheel with no problems, a well pumped up tyre and on pretty mild singletrack. I'm inclined to bring this up with Superstar as unsatisfactory, can anybody give me some guidance? Seems to of taken very little punishment for this much damage.

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Re: Project budget blower

Postby paulneenan76 » Tue Jun 11, 2013 09:14 am

I would grt on to them ASAP, as at the very least, they'll do a rebuild for you pretty cheaply. Though they might do a warranty job.

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Re: Project budget blower

Postby njee20 » Tue Jun 11, 2013 11:20 am

Either you were riding harder(/more clumsily) than you thought, or something is amiss there. I've ridden my Podium rims (think a Crest, but 20% lighter) and they've faired far better than that.

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Re: Project budget blower

Postby trigger118 » Tue Jun 11, 2013 18:36 pm

Out of interest what tyre pressure were you running?
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