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ajdowncycles [Member]

ajdowncycles [Member] · http://www.downcycles.com http://www.downcycles.com/blogs/img/chain_link.gif 06/24/10 21:28
Anyone who gunk’s up the chain with this lube is applying it incorrectly. Simply follow the directions on the back of the bottle. I've been using Chain L on all my bikes for over a year now. My drive (chain, cogs, etc) are clean. The lube doesn't sling off or build up any more than any other brand lube. Chain L will last longer than wax lubes and your bike will shift much better.

Far as the smell, well, that's a weird comment! It smells like lube to me when I stick my nose right up against the chain! Ha! I probably wouldn't splash it on after shaving and go out to the pub.
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ajdowncycles [Member]

ajdowncycles [Member] · http://www.downcycles.com http://www.downcycles.com/blogs/img/chain_link.gif 06/24/10 21:08
The tire bead can weaken from people who don't know how to properly install tires. Only experts can install tires on a tubeless rim by hand. Let’s face it, 90% of the riders out there will mount and dismount tires with metal or plastic levers. Damage or deform a tubeless bead and you have yourself a leaker.

Riders who are mellow and stay glued to the ground will have less of an issue burping a tubeless bead. Obviously the more aggressive you ride, the more chance of disrupting the bead to rim interface. Dent your tubeless rim and you are on tubes until the rim is replaced.

I still have tubeless on my hardtail for testing. I've been on tubeless for 2 seasons now. Never did I get the full life out of a tubeless tire. I always get casing punctures long before the tire wears. Stans will not seal the holes even though they are small.

I have tubes on my GT sensor. I have a full season on the bike with only one rear flat (snake bite, 2.1 DTC Nevegal). The tire seemed OK, just needed a new tube, back on the trail in 5 minutes.

I'm still leaning towards tubes when it comes to trail riding. I feel that tubeless is appropriate for XC racers and that's all for now.

Thank you for your comment! I'm very interested in rider’s opinions on this topic!
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Travis [Visitor]

Travis [Visitor] http://www.downcycles.com/blogs/img/chain_link.gif 04/28/10 20:17
Ran the Avalanche DHS 5 years ago and loved it, decided to try about every shock under the sun over the last few years and Im back on a woodie now. (dhs wiith resivoir connected to shock) and I couldnt be happier its still totally ahead of the game, I rode the vivd 5.1, roco wc iar, Elka stage 5, DHX 5.0, 5th,6wya intrinsic and hands down the avy is a better shock. Tuning and adjustments as well as its a true speed sensative shock vs the position sensative out there.

I am riding the Ava advantage Hi speed mod for the 2010 boxxer in my WC and it opened up the potential of the fork even over the new designs and tuning.

AVY for life.......
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Joe [Visitor]

Joe [Visitor] · http://www.bestequityfunding.com http://www.downcycles.com/blogs/img/chain_link.gif 04/14/10 01:43
Thanks for the great review. I am still on a Kona I got used in '99 and I think its time to pull the trigger on something a bit newer :)
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Steve Holdsy [Visitor]

Steve Holdsy [Visitor] http://www.downcycles.com/blogs/img/chain_link.gif 04/10/10 20:47
I have been using it for some time here in Australia and now sell it !! its simply the best on the market try it!! you will be converted !!!
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dave chavez [Visitor]

dave chavez [Visitor] http://www.downcycles.com/blogs/img/chain_link.gif 03/28/10 14:04
weaken the tires bead? huh? I mount tire by hand and have removable core valves to add stans sealant so why would the bead weaken? I have very rare failures with UST setups, 3 flats in 9 years and I ride at least 3k a year on my two bikes...one being a commuter/trail bike hardtail. I rarely have a problem with pressure loss and if I do it is quickly repaired.I do feel it is an advantage to be able to lower to minimal tire pressure for certain terrain..at least the option is there? I wouild never return to tubes...UST is a well designed system carefully researched by mavic and hutchinson.Are most downhill pros running tubeless?
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jskornick [Visitor]

jskornick [Visitor] · http://orchard.wccnet.edu/~jskornick http://www.downcycles.com/blogs/img/chain_link.gif 01/07/10 00:48
I recently purchased an 08 force 3.0. It was left over from last year so I got a real good deal at the LBS. I love the feel of the bike and to tell you the truth I couldn't pick up on much differance in acceleration and feel from my trek 6000. the only problem I had was with the forks from Marzocchi losing travel(which is currently being replaced by the fork manufacturer), and the tektro hydralic brakes throwing snap rings. Other than those two problems the frame kicks ass and gives you a lot of confidence to take some differant lines I wouldn't have ever thought of on my trek 6000. Plus the fox float shock works really well combined with the independant suspension. I really don't see the need for a lock out on my rear shock.
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garmin portable friction mount [Visitor]

garmin portable friction mount [Visitor] · http://www.garminportablefrictionmount.org http://www.downcycles.com/blogs/img/chain_link.gif 12/10/09 00:45
with these, you just flip the switch to friction and you're back in the game. this are the new model of bike that even in a toughest situation you can actually used i normally.
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ajdowncycles [Member]

ajdowncycles [Member] · http://www.downcycles.com http://www.downcycles.com/blogs/img/chain_link.gif 11/16/09 18:07
Both bikes ride very well. The sensor has a longer rear shock so it is not working as hard as the Marathon.
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Mar [Visitor]

Mar [Visitor] http://www.downcycles.com/blogs/img/chain_link.gif 11/15/09 22:55
Good day, AJ. I got a GT i-Drive Expert of the "old school." I'm planning to upgrade my frame to GT Marathon 3 (2008), if still available elsewhere. I like its simplicity, and the perceived durability. But how would you compare it with GT Sensor 3 (2010), as this might be my very next option in case my local dealers declare my first choice as "out of stock." Thank you.
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ajdowncycles [Member]

ajdowncycles [Member] · http://www.downcycles.com http://www.downcycles.com/blogs/img/chain_link.gif 10/28/09 17:49
Thanks for the positive comment! I'm pretty sure GT is going to run out of the Sensor early on this year. 2010 is the first year for this model, but the suspension design has been refined for years now on other models. I've already read a few positive reviews on this bike in magazines. GT has really built the perfect trail bike with no negatives to speak of.
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ajdowncycles [Member]

ajdowncycles [Member] · http://www.downcycles.com http://www.downcycles.com/blogs/img/chain_link.gif 10/28/09 17:40
I got word from Marin Bikes today that the production Mount Vision will have a 1/2" longer top tube. (The Preproduction TT length measures center to center 22 1/16" long). This is good news since I felt my test bike was a bit short for a medium XC bike.
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Craig [Visitor]

Craig [Visitor] http://www.downcycles.com/blogs/img/chain_link.gif 10/28/09 14:51
AJ, it's Craig with the Enduro. Let me tell, I absolutely loved this bike! I couldn't believe how fast, lite, and responsive it was. I was throwing everything at this bike and it took it like a champ! Very well balanced. Actually, considering buying one. Perfect for local riding and I really believe that you could race on this bike. Got my eye on it and I'll let you know. Thanks for letting me check it out.
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connor [Visitor]

connor [Visitor] http://www.downcycles.com/blogs/img/chain_link.gif 10/10/09 15:08
6 feet? maximum? this is sure old
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Juliette [Visitor]

Juliette [Visitor] http://www.downcycles.com/blogs/img/chain_link.gif 09/18/09 04:37
i found this lubrican not so bad.There may be some problems but not totally due to this..
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larry toscano [Visitor]

larry toscano [Visitor] http://www.downcycles.com/blogs/img/chain_link.gif 09/01/09 14:26
kerrieann
if you don't mind cleaning gunk off your bike after using this automotive gear lubrican go ahead and it stinks like hell
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r branfield [Visitor]

i found this bike on this site i have a simialr bike its a shwinn breeze i believe it is a 3 speed not shure how to fix the shifting mechinism there is a piece of wire that broke off that comes out of the rear axle so i am guessing the gears are inside it is ridable but i cant shift any imfo would be helpfull thaks rod branfield
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ajdowncycles [Member]

ajdowncycles [Member] · http://www.downcycles.com http://www.downcycles.com/blogs/img/chain_link.gif 08/19/09 21:36
Obviously this artical is causeing an uproar. The industry will dictate what will stay and what will die. The evolution of the suspension bike is an exciting time and we should all be proud to live through it. Freeride bike are not selling as well as DH bikes and many companies have dropped them or are in the process. What about the 6" bike? Well guess what, they're selling the heck out of em! Hate to toot my own horn.
And I agree with "Mike" that hardtails with a sus fork are the fastest bike as far as lap time is concerned.
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ajdowncycles [Member]

ajdowncycles [Member] · http://www.downcycles.com http://www.downcycles.com/blogs/img/chain_link.gif 08/19/09 21:18
Typically, DH bikes are designed by the Pro's. Really, does anyone want a bike for DH designed by a sport level rider? You can tune any bike for your style by tuning suspension and messing with fork height, tire size, etc.

Most all "turn key" DH rigs are rock solid these days. I wouldn't stress the brand purchase too much if I were you.

You'll fall in love with pretty much anything you can buy these days.

Saying that, I tested out a Evil Revolt yesterday and I'm still buzzing about the amazing ride! The Evil is like a Sunday on steroids!
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ajdowncycles [Member]

ajdowncycles [Member] · http://www.downcycles.com http://www.downcycles.com/blogs/img/chain_link.gif 08/19/09 21:10
Seems everyone is impressed with the Avy. I'm a lifer.

"Paul", get yourself one of these shocks. They can make any bike ride like a dream.
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