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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2012 2:09 pm 
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Slight incident on Friday which resulted in me limping about the last few days.....

Luckily I was going slowly, but powering up a hill, out of the saddle.... Dropped like a sack of s**t!

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Yesterday, I decided to strip my Patriot of its Saint cranks and put them on the Msisle as I use it daily and the patriot has not been used for a short while. Ill order some more saints after Xmas for the Patriot.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2012 3:01 pm 
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Jeez! never seen or expected that to happen to XT kit!

I have those cranks on one of my bikes!

Have they been abused - or "just riding along"?


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2012 3:46 pm 
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was8v wrote:
Jeez! never seen or expected that to happen to XT kit!

I have those cranks on one of my bikes!

Have they been abused - or "just riding along"?


Yes and yes.... lol!

They have had a hard life. But luckily at the time, I wasnt landing a jump or off a slight of steps etc.
Im also 16 stone and 6 foot 2 so I dont think they were built for someone of my frame to abuse them. Hoepfully, the saints are.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2012 12:45 pm 
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Wow! Never expected them to fail there! Thought the steel axle would be strongest bit. Hope the Saint's are stronger, expected Shimano to use same axle in all.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2013 7:58 pm 
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Well after 4 weeks of being used daily in bad weather, snow, rain, ice and road salt and then a 10 mile XC blast today in the muddy forest I had a bit of a tidy up, fitted some new pedals and a new tarty seat post.

The bikes looking much better, seriously need to bleed the brakes though, and true and tension the wheels!

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2013 9:01 pm 
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Can't believe wear your XT's failed...I've never seen them go there before.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2013 12:16 pm 
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Nice build, I would like to do one of these or an AirO


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2013 5:48 pm 
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twellsie wrote:
Nice build, I would like to do one of these or an AirO



Thanks mate, im thinking about another build, a bit more XC based. Itll be an Orange of course. :facepalm:


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 01, 2013 1:37 pm 
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Well this was beginning to get a bit worn and tired, thought about replacing parts, but there was that much that needed doing, I started looking for a complete new bike. After getting let down on a couple of orange crush's, I reconsidered rebuilding the MsIsle, and after looking in the spare parts box I realised I might not need as much as I first thought!

Stripped frame, degreased and marks/scratches polished out...

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Box of old parts

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New zee chainring and crank protectors removed from cranks, degreased and cleaned up.

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Wheels rebuilt with new spokes, trued and tensioned properly. Set of nearly new folding tyres out of the parts bin.

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New pedals, KMC chain and SLX rear mech cleaned and degreased and hope jockey wheels added to replace the old (spikey) ones!

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New fork, 120mm Rockshox Recon gold TK SL replaced the old, very heavy 150mm Marzocchi drop offs

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Thomson stem, Thomson seat post and Answer bar taken from the parts bin.

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Order from CRC/superstar including new discs, pads and adapters, new XT shifter, cables, grips, chain stay protector, seat clamp and a load of new bolts.

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In the rebuild process

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And this is as it stands now, the bike feels a lot lighter than before, due to the fork mostly but i guess the tyres, bars and stem and seat post helped too! And the chain device that was swapped from a fairly heavy blackspire DS1 to the MRP x1...

Really happy with it! Just waiting on some red hope skewers that haven't arrived yet.

Total cost of rebuild £350ish (ignoring what I paid for the bits in the parts box previously).

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 01, 2013 6:55 pm 
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Very nice indeed. I am really tempted by the idea of these especially if I could find an 18" version.

May I ask how tall are you please? And what is the top tube length?

Many thanks


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