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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 5:58 pm 
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i hate the rust build up on fork steerers - would it be worth wrapping some electrical insulating tape round it?
the rust on mine ended one of the cartridge bearings in my headset and it costs more to replace the bearing than it does the bleeding headset assembly! :roll:

i like wide bars too though - but wooded trails can be a bit hairy! :P

i always enjoy dipping back into this thread :) good stuff Saltyman!


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 6:05 pm 
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Oh, some pics are mixed will fix them!


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 6:15 pm 
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Strange....pics on my mobile are not the same as on iPad!

Anyways.....I'm glad the headset done its job and stopped the rust going down the steerer!

Bearings and everything are spot on, cleaned and all protected with copper grease now.

I think the issue has been the metal steerer spacers, they have let water in and were caked in crap....all sorted now but will keep an eye on it.

Not sure if tape would help but a thin layer may make it a snug fit and keep more out.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 10:48 pm 
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Why not put a thin bead of silicone mastic between each spacer? And possibly change your spacers for deeper ones and reduce the total numbe of spacers.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 11:03 pm 
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im going to have to swap them or something. they shouldnt allow water in like that....and its not like it lives on the beach.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2012 6:16 pm 
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first impressions are good.....comfortable and bumps are soaked up, control is fantastic, though no proper offroad test for awhile yet....

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2012 4:23 pm 
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After ripping off my new mud shovel rear fender in Scotland a couple of weeks back (bracket snapped at seat post)....I wanted to put the old one to good use before my replacement got here.

I had been using a small front mudguard on my seat tube, with good effect, but wanted something slightly larger to protect my legs and bottles from the rear tire.

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So I cut a few inches off the rear guard

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Bodged a few holes for zip ties.

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Whacked it on in 2 minutes

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Good clearance

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Would keep my reputation of the cleanest person on the trails for awhile yet!


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2012 6:45 pm 
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little 14 mile loop today....only downpoint was a double puncture 6 mile from home....lost all my stans and ended up with a temp repair with a leaky patch....rode 6 miles with 0psi in the tire....no idea how it stayed on!

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2012 8:23 pm 
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Fantastic pics as always, forever looking for your updates to get a fatty fix lol, just wish I had the funds to get one myself, they seem to put the fun factor back into biking.


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:D most fun bikes i have rode, they do put the fun into every ride....such a laugh but also they have a real purpose and are now taken more serious.

waiting on new 4.8'' tires and lightweight inner tubes, getting twitchy and hoping for snow this winter 8)


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