Hoodoo on its way

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Hoodoo on its way

Postby badger kev » Tue Nov 13, 2012 20:40 pm

Hi new into the mountain biking scene ,just reserved a voodoo hoodoo hope it lives up to all the reviews on the web any one on here got one and whats your experiences and opions so far on the hoodoo,roll on the wkend to hit the trails

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Re: Hoodoo on its way

Postby The Rookie » Wed Nov 14, 2012 12:25 pm

Welcome....

Try searching the your mountain bike forums for Hoodoo owners we have a few on here....

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Re: Hoodoo on its way

Postby Murphybarnes » Fri Nov 16, 2012 14:00 pm

Had mine a week. It is very good. Returning to bikes for the first time in years and wasn't prepared to go the full grand on technology which is baffling to me since the days of rigid forks. I would double check everything when returning from Halfords........tighten everything etc. I had to retune my gears, repair a faulty lock out switch and generally make sure it doesn't go the way of a clowns bike. The staff were helpful but it was a display model and the film of dust suggested it hadn't been worked on for months. They handle like a dream though.
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Re: Hoodoo on its way

Postby MaJeeKa » Fri Nov 16, 2012 15:17 pm

i had one 2 months now...no problems...taking it in tommorrow for its 6 week service
check all nuts as seat came loose 5 miles into a red run

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Re: Hoodoo on its way

Postby badger kev » Fri Nov 16, 2012 15:33 pm

Got the hoodoo went for a quick 5 mile road /bridleway spin the bike is great handles well think i,m going to have some fun on it .Yeah know what you mean about checking the bike over ,to be fair everything was ok mine also an ex display with a nice layer of dust on it but up to now no problems had to have ex display as could not locate one in any store seems they all sold out and halfords not sure when the hoodooo back in stock,one very happy hoodoo owner :D

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Re: Hoodoo on its way

Postby Benz carrera » Fri Nov 16, 2012 18:03 pm

Glad you like it mate I had the carrera Vulcan about 4 months ago and I'm taking it back for the 3rd time tomorrow not a happy man, wish I put the extra and had the hoodoo now post some pics when you get chance

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Re: Hoodoo on its way

Postby The Rookie » Mon Nov 19, 2012 09:44 am

Murphybarnes wrote: I would double check everything when returning from Halfords........tighten everything etc.

You mean all the stuff Hoodoo (Merida) should do and not Halfords at PDI?

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Re: Hoodoo on its way

Postby cooldad » Mon Nov 19, 2012 10:18 am

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Murphybarnes wrote: I would double check everything when returning from Halfords........tighten everything etc.

You mean all the stuff Hoodoo (Merida) should do and not Halfords at PDI?

Or basically, everything that you should be checking on a regular basis anyway.
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Re: Hoodoo on its way

Postby Murphybarnes » Mon Nov 19, 2012 16:47 pm

Also Badger, watch out for the pedals. I almost lost my left plum on the crossbar in wet conditions. shoot all grip unless your wearing running spikes.
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Re: Hoodoo on its way

Postby badger kev » Mon Nov 19, 2012 19:50 pm

Cheers will watch my family jewels in the wet know what you mean very slippy at cannock yesterday.

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Re: Hoodoo on its way

Postby cooldad » Mon Nov 19, 2012 20:51 pm

Or just do the simple thing and fit decent pedals.
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Re: Hoodoo on its way

Postby Murphybarnes » Tue Nov 20, 2012 13:26 pm

Ahh, the eternal upgrade quandary. Much as I'd like new pedals, gears etc, the reason I have a Voodoo is that was all I could afford at the moment. I suppose the fat bloke in a red suit might bring me some of those cool Superstar ones but until then I just have to make do with swollen nuts and a gum shield.
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Re: Hoodoo on its way

Postby Uli » Tue Nov 20, 2012 14:08 pm

Hoodoo comes with Wellgo LU 313 pedals which are not that bad if you have proper shoes. If you planning upgrades then save some £££ and think about wheels as in my opinion this is the component designed by accountants.

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Re: Hoodoo on its way

Postby cooldad » Tue Nov 20, 2012 14:12 pm

Yeah look like V8 copies, so probably more technique than anything.
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Re: Hoodoo on its way

Postby Uli » Tue Nov 20, 2012 14:30 pm

Well, I swapped mine with proper pin trough pedals after week :), but I never ride in "proper bike shoes".

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Re: Hoodoo on its way

Postby cooldad » Tue Nov 20, 2012 14:44 pm

pin trough?
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Re: Hoodoo on its way

Postby Uli » Tue Nov 20, 2012 14:49 pm

sorry, auto correct and fast typing
Thru Pin flats- you could just figure it out :)

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Re: Hoodoo on its way

Postby paulski1966 » Mon Dec 03, 2012 08:12 am

Had my hoodoo six months now - bike has just been in for its six month service with quite a few issues unfortunantley, although I may have just been unlucky.

Few things to keep an eye out for - check the set up as soon as you get it, on mine neither the front or rear wheel were fully tightened and front tyre was inflated to 85 psi - also make sure that you set the sag on the fork. If you can, check that the bearings are fully greased - I had heard that bikes often leave Halfords with just a light smear of grease on the bearings - my bike is now having new bearings front and rear and new headset bearings - the bike has done about 400 miles, the rear wheel which is grinding something awful and is less then four months old (was replaced due to a broken spoke). Halfords consider this general wear and tear - should point put that I have never let a jet wash near the bike so its not like I've been flushing out the bearings with pressured water or anything.

If you have the older design fork lockout (the one that is shaped like a letter P on top of the fork) keep an eye on it, mine has broke, as has someone else I know - they are pretty delicate, but I know that the design has been changed on them now (most likely due to this issue) so you should be fine so long as yours wasn't older stock. Keep the bike clean - very clean! My bike has had only two really dirty longish rides (the Wiggle South Downs Epic and Falling Leaves Epic, both of which were a bit of a mud fest) the bikes going back in tomorrow for a full brake service (something which is not covered by the care plan so costs £50) due to issues believed to have been caused by dirt (the front brake has already had a full bleed last month which didn't fully sort the issue).

One upgrade to consider is the tyres considering the time of year. The Ardents are great in the dry or when its soft, but when its proper muddy they do seem to struggle in the winter whens its really muddy (or as was the case this year - the middle of summer - when it was really muddy :roll: )

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Re: Hoodoo on its way

Postby cooldad » Mon Dec 03, 2012 10:24 am

6 month service? It's not a car with service intervals - bikes need regular ongoing maintenance. Some things every ride in winter.
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Re: Hoodoo on its way

Postby paulski1966 » Mon Dec 03, 2012 10:29 am

I'm well aware of that - hence why i do maintain my bike, chain is removed and cleaned after every ride, brakes flushed out with clean water which is then blasted out with low pressure compressed air etc etc - but as part of the deal with Halfords they service the bike for after six months, replacing cables etc. - hence six months service.


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