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Post by desertbikes on Sept 17, 2019 19:41:56 GMT -7
Running 20 psi in the Vee 3" tires. Handles well on loose over hardpack & did well in sand if you stay on your toes. Rolled over the top but lots more corrections than a 4"x26. It certainly didn't sink like a 29 x 2.2MTB. Just a test run today for adjustments.
than a 26x4
Everything is adjusted using a 5mm hex key except the bosses which are 4mm. Lots of bosses too. 6 on the fork & 4 on the downtube.
Post by desertbikes on Sept 17, 2019 19:58:50 GMT -7
72 TPI tubeless ready tires seem pretty supple & will do for now. Nice aggressive tread compared to a lot of other 29er plus tires. Will keep an eye open for a 120 TPI on closeout.
SRAM x4 is a nice setup with a direct pull rear derailluer - no cable hoop hanging off the back. Also glad to have a replaceable hanger again. The SRAM shifters will take a little getting used to after running Shimano levers for so long. It has a Shimano Alivio FD so the usual immediate upgrade won't be necessary.
Post by desertbikes on Sept 18, 2019 20:25:07 GMT -7
These are $12 no-name sealed bearing pedals from ebay. Replaceable pins too. That's a 175mm Suntour crank arm w/ sealed cartridge bottom bracket
Alloy bars & stem. Using a $7 wireless speedo. Backlit & 12 function I think. Differed from MapMyRide app by 1/10 mi over 5 mi. Not sure that I trust either one. Will double check tire measurements again.
Added alloy bottle cage & seat bag. WTB Speed seat is good so far. Comes with aftermarket style alloy seatpost, not the 1950s steel clamp.
Second day. Brakes & RD are perfect now. Still futzing with FD a bit.
Last Edit: Sept 18, 2019 20:45:11 GMT -7 by desertbikes
Gravity 26er wheel set x 80mm rims - front 1720 rear 1879g
Vee Bulldozer - 1450g
Chaoyang - 1150g
Tubes - 607g (ouch)
Rotors 90g ea
Shimano CS-HG31-8 cassette - 324g
No sealant in the tubes yet & yeah, they're heavy, but thick.
Gravity wheels are machine made & could use a little finishing TLC on arrival. Bearing were well adjusted w/ rubber boots. One was true the other needed a tweak.
Incidental notes - All bike tire mfg lie about tire width. You can at least say that it's not disclosed how they arrive at their conclusions. In this case, 3" Vee tires only measure 2 5/8" on 37mm rims (20psi). They have a 3" footprint in dirt. The 4" Chaoyang 3 5/8". The Vee Bulldozer labeled as 4" is actually 4" on 80mm rims. .
Last Edit: Sept 22, 2019 16:00:07 GMT -7 by desertbikes
Post by desertbikes on Sept 22, 2019 15:24:00 GMT -7
I'm just gonna say, I have never been more frikin please with a bike. This is exactly what I wanted out of the Deception nine years ago before I accepted its limitations. The adjustable stem raises the bar about 1.5" & brings it so close to the steer tube it's like a BMX stem. This bike, with the stock wheels, is more fast & nimble than I could have hoped for. Humping around on a 50#. fat bike exclusively over the past year probably hasn't hurt either. Weight training.
Those are $10 chinese ebay fenders. The front needs some modification but the rear is fine. More about those later. I timed the wheel swap - 90 seconds
Last Edit: Sept 22, 2019 15:26:43 GMT -7 by desertbikes
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Jun 3, 2020 7:02:09 GMT -7
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May 31, 2020 11:52:36 GMT -7
desertbikes: If there's something beyond worm food, it's bigger than our meager minds can comprehend. Dr. Chumley in Harvey: "Fly specks, fly specks! I've been spending my life among fly specks while miracles have been leaning on lampposts at 18th and Fairfax!"
May 29, 2020 19:58:40 GMT -7
lurker: i am an atheist. always been one. whole notion is silly. i won't know for sure until i die, and only if i'm wrong, because if i'm right i won't be knowing or doing much of anything (i'd say decomposing, but the plan is cremation) we'll see. or we won't.
May 28, 2020 12:26:27 GMT -7
desertbikes: Philosophers & physicists are rarely right, but never in doubt.
May 28, 2020 7:49:18 GMT -7
desertbikes: And for the record, Richard Dawkins is an arrogant prick too. He's part of the in-your-face atheist crowd whose religion IS literally, Atheism. Again, it take a huge amount of faith to presume you have all the answers.
May 28, 2020 7:48:04 GMT -7
desertbikes: I've got nothing against religion. How some sects of the major 3 faiths conduct themselves is another story. The bottom line tho, religion is faith, & you can't reason with faith. If God were proven, faith wouldn't be required. Poof! No more religion
May 24, 2020 12:05:37 GMT -7
lurker: DB, you want to start a religion thread i'll be right there but i suspect we'd just agree and that would be boring.
May 24, 2020 9:39:58 GMT -7
desertbikes: Yeah, misplaced anger aside, the devout Christians, while well-meaning, became the most annoying. Almost like they're picking that time to proselytize and know better than you what's beyond death. Truth? Life's a demolition derby. Wear a frickin helmet.
May 24, 2020 7:03:45 GMT -7
desertbikes: Thanks for the words guys. I don't say much to the ones left behind. Everything sounds like platitudes. A few days after my dad died, I wanted to throttle the next person that said, "I'm sorry for your loss" or, "they're in a better place now".
May 24, 2020 6:53:00 GMT -7
tomcat65: Those whose children are terminally ill, pay a huge price for our lessons in the value of life. For some, it's more than they can bear. In the end, the lesson changes. Favor is also not fair. God's gonna God, People gonna be human. Blessings on your family
May 23, 2020 7:09:58 GMT -7
desertbikes: The cousin died. At least she's not in pain anymore. A hospice always says how the person died peacefully. What else would one expect when the patient is pumped full of adivan & morphine.
May 22, 2020 14:50:10 GMT -7
lurker: there's a lot of death going around lately. yes, some of it is we're getting older, and the people we know are getting older too. lost two acquaintances myself in the last week or so. it seems especially unfair when it takes children.
May 20, 2020 12:02:22 GMT -7