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PostPosted: Sun Jan 15, 2012 9:18 pm 
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Soooo...Its getting there. Got the Rift Zone a couple of weeks back hoping to get straight out on it and ride....However! I bought it from ebay without viewing it as it was in Ireland and me down on the south coast!. But I asked the guy a bunch of questions about the bike and spoke to him at length on the phone and seemed a genuine guy. So I parted with £730 and awaited its arrival. It arrived very well packed but in transit both wheels had been badly buckled! Doh! Not his fault but he did refund me £30 to get them re-trued...So I check it into my trusted LBS to get the wheels trued and it seemed the disc brakes were rubbing so I asked them to look at them too.

The upshot was that the front wheel got trued but the bearing in the hub were shot so got them replaced and fortunately they had not scored the cups! Rear wheel a different story...freehub shot, hub bearings shot and badly scored the hub. Going to be a new hub and relace onto an already buckled rim...it worked out better just to go for a new complete rear wheel. LBS had a Mavic XM319 built up on a deore M525 hub for £60 so I just went for that! The disc thing, the allinement was out and the pads needed replacing...pads replaced still not returning well so now need to get both calipers serviced!...So I'm looking on a total bill of another £150...I've invested in a couple of other bits too some Maxis High Rollers, NC17 trekking pedals and cut down the bars and stuck my ends on. Waiting on delivery of a new seatpost and Charge Spoon saddle. Oh and the front mech works but wobbles so that will be the next investment!

I guess I would say that the guy selling just didn't know much about bikes so didn't recognise the problems! I don't think I would buy another bike without a viewing tho!

That said I love it! Rides sweet and the rear feels so much more refined than my old Marin. Some how gives amazing rear traction where I had struggled before on well know trails I ride, I found much more power to the ground...Lighter and more agile...I would recommend the bike to anyone...In fact I would go as far to say as everyone should try one!

Cheers for all the help guys

Wook


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 15, 2012 11:09 pm 
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wookiee wrote:
I guess I would say that the guy selling just didn't know much about bikes so didn't recognise the problems! I don't think I would buy another bike without a viewing tho!

Wook


Fair comment. And he refunded you some money for wheel truing, which was cool. Buying bikes without viewing is tricky. I've had a couple of wins recently from buying 'blind', but it's a gamble.


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