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Orange Crush 650b

Postby allymcmurdo » Fri Nov 15, 2013 00:43 am

Hi guys,
This is my first off road bike for a while having spent a few years getting a lycra obsession out of my system...

2014 Crush 650b with the Fox float 32 upgrade. Fitted a set of Shimano saint flats and looking to replace the Avid elixirs with some XT kit as they really arent much cop.

Really pleased with it though.....

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Re: Orange Crush 650b

Postby paul.skibum » Fri Nov 15, 2013 06:42 am

Nobody ever has anything nice to say about Avid brakes but I run a set of Juicy 3's on my Big Hit and the thing I like about them is they aren't that strong - means I brake for a corner don't slow down as much and have to deal with the speed - best way to make you a better bike handler is not being able to stop!
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Re: Orange Crush 650b

Postby welshkev » Fri Nov 15, 2013 07:43 am

I do like those bikes :)

I also have juicy 3's on my big hit and I used to run elixir 5's on my old trail bike. not great brakes, but no the worst either. but xt will definitely be an improvement :D
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Re: Orange Crush 650b

Postby allymcmurdo » Fri Nov 15, 2013 09:14 am

The Avids do work (eventually) but they just don't seem to have the abrupt stopping power I've had with previous bikes. My girlfriend has a Kona Tika with a Shimano 160mm setup and it feels much better.

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Re: Orange Crush 650b

Postby *AJ* » Fri Nov 15, 2013 09:57 am

Nice looking bike that! Love the colour!


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Re: Orange Crush 650b

Postby Iand-83 » Fri Nov 15, 2013 19:45 pm

Nice bike have been considering one of these for my next bike will be interesting to see how you get on with it.

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Re: Orange Crush 650b

Postby The Northern Monkey » Fri Nov 15, 2013 20:32 pm

REALLY like this bike, sat on one a few times in Sunset... they feel "just right" geometry wise.

Will be interested to know how it handles trails!

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Re: Orange Crush 650b

Postby Kowalski675 » Fri Nov 15, 2013 20:45 pm

allymcmurdo wrote: looking to replace the Avid elixirs with some XT kit as they really arent much cop.



CRC have XTs heavily reduced at the moment. I just got a pair for £113.68 :)

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Re: Orange Crush 650b

Postby Matt-r8 » Fri Nov 15, 2013 20:46 pm

Looks really nice. It wasn't the power of the Avid Elixirs I had on my previous Trek Remedy, it was the faff involved in bleeding them. Always upgrade to Hope, not everyones cup of tea, but they work for me and they look great.

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Re: Orange Crush 650b

Postby lawman » Sat Nov 16, 2013 10:43 am

Matt-r8 wrote:Looks really nice. It wasn't the power of the Avid Elixirs I had on my previous Trek Remedy, it was the faff involved in bleeding them. Always upgrade to Hope, not everyones cup of tea, but they work for me and they look great.


I'd never buy hope over shimano these days, my old tech X2's got nothing on XT's and frankly spending double the money for an inferior brake that might look a little bit nicer (imo they don't) and says hope on it is silly. For once I agree with Kowalski, Xt's all the way, versatile (can and are used on all kinds of bikes, chaps here at uni use them for DH through to XC racing), can be bought mega cheap (a pair for the price of 1 hope brake without a rotor or any hardware) and both my sets have been flawlessy reliable and given me zero issues. By far and away the best brakes on the market.

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Re: Orange Crush 650b

Postby paulski1966 » Sat Nov 16, 2013 17:34 pm

allymcmurdo wrote:Hi guys,
2014 Crush 650b with the Fox float 32 upgrade. Fitted a set of Shimano saint flats and looking to replace the Avid elixirs with some XT kit as they really arent much cop.


Beautiful bike, how does it ride?

And agree with what everyone else has said here - XT brakes all the way - great design, tons of stopping power, excellent price and probably the easiest brakes to bleed.

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Re: Orange Crush 650b

Postby Kowalski675 » Sat Nov 16, 2013 18:30 pm

lawman wrote:For once I agree with Kowalski,


You should try it more often, you'd find youreslf being right a lot more... :wink:

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Re: Orange Crush 650b

Postby allymcmurdo » Sat Nov 16, 2013 21:23 pm

Beautiful bike, how does it ride?


Its fantastic. The geometry is brilliant...it just 'hoons' around the local trails so well, a real 'fun' bike. Im always looking for the next thing to throw myself off/down and climbing is effortless too. I know Ive come from the roadie side straight into 650b but it feels unstoppable. It just rolls over big roots, rocks, dips with ease in comparison to my memories of 26".....just those brakes to sort now.

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Re: Orange Crush 650b

Postby mike hunts alpine » Sun Nov 17, 2013 12:22 pm

GIVE ME YOUR BIKE NOW!!!
Actually having to persuade myself not to buy one. :roll: mainly to ride to work and spare fun machine for my brother to join me on some rides.

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Re: Orange Crush 650b

Postby morepower » Fri Nov 22, 2013 23:31 pm

Nice bike... I got a 2010 crush and love it... I only got back riding again this year.. I say this year in the past couple of months to be honest. For an unfit old bloke it seems to soak up all I can give it and all of my mistakes too. Done Cannock a few times and either I am fitter than I expected or it makes it so much easier to ride compared to my old rigid. Mines on 26 inch wheels not 650B's but it feels great and for me the best bike I could find due to my motorcycle related injuries. Enjoy and I think you are spot on with the brakes.. Mine has the Elixir 5 brakes and they need constant adjustment and squeal as well as drag. It will be the first real thing I swap on mine thats for sure...

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Re: Orange Crush 650b

Postby benpinnick » Sun Nov 24, 2013 20:45 pm

Nice bike, although you did spend £100 on forks that are no better (or maybe worse) than the ones you took off.
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Re: Orange Crush 650b

Postby POAH » Mon Nov 25, 2013 09:58 am

Matt-r8 wrote: it was the faff involved in bleeding them. Always upgrade to Hope, not everyones cup of tea, but they work for me and they look great.


shimano are basically the same, two syringes push-pull, drip into bag. avid and shimano are a lot cleaner to bleed than hope

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Re: Orange Crush 650b

Postby Matt-r8 » Tue Nov 26, 2013 14:32 pm

I found Avids an absolute pig. That's why I got rid and bought some Hopes. We followed the instruction to the letter and bought the appropriate bleed kit. Took several attempts to get a satisfactory feel.

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Re: Orange Crush 650b

Postby Kowalski675 » Tue Nov 26, 2013 22:01 pm

Maybe I've just been lucky. With all the anti Avid sentiment on here I expected mine (Elixir 3s) to be crap, but they've been fine from day one so far. Needed the pads advancing (hadn't been done on Halfords' shoddy PDI), but after a few minutes doing that they were fine - plenty of feel and nice short lever travel.


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