Friday, May 26, 2006

Quick review


Took her over to Bradley palmer for 75 minutes of smooth single track. Having a hard time wiping the smile off my face.








Have to make small adjustments; secure rear cable, tweak chain device, adj front derailuer. Made some on the trail adjustments. Cockpit feels spot-on ! Frame is flexible but in a good way, climbs like a billy-goat. Not fully impressed with the el-camino brakes, gave me trouble at Cohutta and today. In Tennessee I had trouble with both master cylinders not retracting after pulling the brakes for 90 miles...and today, while installing the rear wheel with the bike flipped over, one of the rear brake pads fell-out! No big deal on a casual ride but don't want that shit happening in a race. Two strikes Hayes, one to go then these brakes go.




Long, scary screech, (like fingernails down the chalk board screeching) noises from the middle finger of the Bontrager chain device. Noth'in a 3 mm can't handle but initial scraping was a bit alarming, thought the disc was slicing a hole in the frame.

9 comments:

George said...

Such a shame to see budget brakes on that thing - show the plastic some light and get a proper set-up...

wraith said...

WHAT A PRICK!!! I THINK YOUR BIKE IS O.K. IT DOES LOOK LIKE A WALMART BIKE THOUGH.

Andy said...

ok, trebdb - I wish they were budget! I stuck with Hayes cause they have done me right over the past 6 years...didn't think I'd have a problem.

wraith, you'd know that cause that's where u shop for your bike swag. ;)

Buddy said...

I to had issues with my El Caminos, Hayes hooked me up though. Lately I have been running a set of Avid Juicy 7,S, SWEEEEEEET.

Jason said...

Sweet frame. Man, that's some TIGHT tire clearance. What size are those meats??
Glad you got it back in time for Mohican.

Later.
j

Andy said...

buddy, avid juicy 7's were my second choice...how did hayes hook u up?

jason, 2.20 kenda cortez...real tight clearance..you're right. going to run 2.0 kenda karma instead.

wraith said...

DON'T GO THERE.. IT JUST MAKES SENSE TO GET YOU GROCERIES, APPAREL, BIKE PARTS AND AMMUNITION ALL IN THE SAME PLACE. DID YOU KNOW THEY CARRY ROAD BIKES... AND FOR LESS MONEY THEN THAT TURD YOU RIDE.

Buddy said...

There seemed to be a problem with the bore on one of the pistons. It was leaking hydro fluid. They replaced the whole caliper, including new pads and all new line. It only took them about a week and a half to get the brake back to me.

Buddy

bward said...

Andy the bike looks awesome. I love how they kept the stainless virgin, just sick. Anyways I started my own little blog, so add me to your links biatch. http://behindthewrench.blogspot.com/