asploded spencer parts thread

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Shortpants
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Former cargo mechanic at my company insisted on only using organic pads and also rarely ever checked on them even after rainy days.

and you can see how uneven the pistons were engaging the pads.

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 19:11
NOVELTYNAME
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Spyres?

"Folks want options!"

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 19:13
NOVELTYNAME
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"Folks want options!"

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 19:16
motorbacon
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Face's Cracked HD3 Ibis.jpg

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 01:40
Face
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Tue, 10/31/2017 - 09:58
kmcdon
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The front transverse brake cable snapped on my commuter yesterday when I was coming up on a red light. That was a lot of fun.

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 13:12
VT regularbike
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Was it on that VO brake where they specced the wrong grub screw that cut into the cable? Iirc Fred had this issue years ago.

Miguel wrote:
i mean as long as we're spending money, lets just set the wallet on fire ok

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 13:47
kmcdon
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Nah, it was a dia-compe cantilever with the original cable from 1984 smiley

I have nobody to blame except myself

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 14:07
Tail Hook Lengthener
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Yeah man, a 25 year old cable owes you nothing.

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Tue, 10/31/2017 - 17:57
kmcdon
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At least I replaced the actual cable going from the lever to the transverse!

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 17:59
daedelus
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(Reply to #3661)

Tail Hook Lengthener wrote:
Yeah man, a 25 year old cable owes you nothing.

Especially when you haven't even celebrated—or even acknowledged—the cable's last 8 birthdays.

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Tue, 10/31/2017 - 18:14
Shortpants
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(Reply to #3662)

NOVELTYNAME wrote:
The pad wear shape is consistent with what I’ve got

http://michaelparich.tumblr.com/post/114638734093/trp-spyre-stock-pads-vs-new-pads-approx-1500-km

SLX m675

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 00:08
jimmythefly
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Have we talked about (incorrectly) internally-routed cables sawing through bottom bracket spindles? I've seen this on one FB group or another, apparently it's a thing on certain Cannondales that if not routed according to mfr instructions, the internal cable ends up tensioned on the crank spindle. And over time a steel cable wins over an aluminum spindle.

Yikes.

This one was caught before it failed.

Pics of a different failure.

deadforkinglast wrote:
But honestly, I have no idea how I am going to follow through on that plan and I already have a pretty rad spencer. I think I just like fucking with my bikes.

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 14:58
Andrew_Squirrel
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Wow!

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 15:02
lofarkas
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That's pretty impressive. I wonder how many miles it takes. Prolly a few thousand?

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 15:05
jimmythefly
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According to the reports, not that many. And I believe it, under tension a steel cable against an aluminum spindle is no contest, especially if there's even a tiny bit of grit present.

When I managed a high ropes/teambuilding course we had to be very careful to use only steel carabiners on the cables for the safety tethers to participants. If you used aluminum it was amazing how fast they started to get eaten away from just sliding with hardly any weight on them.

deadforkinglast wrote:
But honestly, I have no idea how I am going to follow through on that plan and I already have a pretty rad spencer. I think I just like fucking with my bikes.

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 15:24
motorbacon
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I've built a handful of those bikes, and yes, you have to be aware of what you're doing.

All of the customers are 'cat2 bros' that do their own work and they replaced their own cables after a season. Well, they're all on new cranks because cat2 bros are the best mechanics out there, didn't you know?

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 15:33
motorbacon
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Oh, BMC TM and TMR frames would do the same thing, but with housing.

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 15:36
Blakey
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That is awesome.

In a related softly softly cutting method, a lab technique I never got to build when I was growing large single crystal Mg-Zn alloys was an endless loop of cotton that ran through an acid bath and then across the sample, to cut without mechanical stresses that would introduce dislocations. Gently does it, eventually.

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 19:45
VT regularbike
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Plastic cuts skin, aluminum cuts plastic, steel cuts aluminum etc etc

Miguel wrote:
i mean as long as we're spending money, lets just set the wallet on fire ok

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 20:58
jamesacklin
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(Reply to #3671)

jimmythefly wrote:
Have we talked about (incorrectly) internally-routed cables sawing through bottom bracket spindles?

Oh HELL yeah, of course that happens

Sat, 11/04/2017 - 00:11
Shortpants
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(Reply to #3672)

VT regularbike wrote:
Plastic cuts skin, aluminum cuts plastic, steel cuts aluminum etc etc

then what does skin cut? whoa man

Sat, 11/04/2017 - 00:17
VT regularbike
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Souls?

Miguel wrote:
i mean as long as we're spending money, lets just set the wallet on fire ok

Sat, 11/04/2017 - 01:01
lofarkas
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(Reply to #3674)

jimmythefly wrote:
According to the reports, not that many. And I believe it, under tension a steel cable against an aluminum spindle is no contest, especially if there's even a tiny bit of grit present.

When I managed a high ropes/teambuilding course we had to be very careful to use only steel carabiners on the cables for the safety tethers to participants. If you used aluminum it was amazing how fast they started to get eaten away from just sliding with hardly any weight on them.

Via ferrata lanyards come with Al biners, and those get dragged along steel wire all day. No weight on them normally, but they hold up fine ime.
Doesn't the housing have a plastic coating that needs to be eaten away first?

Sat, 11/04/2017 - 04:23
lukasz
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very cool! Introduce some rain riding and you can really get sawing!

Sun, 11/05/2017 - 13:24
bobbythehawk
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have also seen this a number of times

mostly when the snap-in BB cable guide breaks, home mechanic readjusts thinking that the cable "slipped"

reminds me of my dad, that would always go hiking with wire saw incase he came across a dead deer, so he could keep the skull/antlers

Sun, 11/05/2017 - 23:10
johnasavoia
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Only took one day for this crank to give up the ghost, thought the chainring would be the first to fold.

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 12:41
Andrew_Squirrel
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Whoa, weird, never seen a crank arm fail like that, did it just bend or is cracked too?

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 12:48
Tail Hook Lengthener
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∞watts

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Mon, 11/06/2017 - 12:56
euclid
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couldn't handle the sick skidz?

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 13:13
johnasavoia
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Just bent, standing up to pedal up a slight incline from a full stop. Only time I've had it happen before was a really bad pedal strike on a fixie that sent me OTB years ago. Wobble ankled my way a mile home and swapped it out for something equally shitty, but black and heavier, hopefully it survives, its my last POS square taper, I'd hate to have to buy something for this pile.

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 15:50
iwillbe
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the backscratcher really nails the cruddy 2000's fixie vibe. "I'd like to keep my lower back, and ONLY my lower back, completely dry while bicycling"

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 16:05
Rusty Piton
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lol is there a cassette on the other side of that hub???

emor wrote:
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Mon, 11/06/2017 - 16:39
jimmythefly
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9 speed XT?

deadforkinglast wrote:
But honestly, I have no idea how I am going to follow through on that plan and I already have a pretty rad spencer. I think I just like fucking with my bikes.

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 16:57
johnasavoia
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Yup, too lazy to take it off.

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 17:08
Rusty Piton
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Perfect.

emor wrote:
Bicycle commuting is the worst way to get anywhere except for all the other ways.

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 18:17
joy of vaping
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Somehow I lost the nds crank bolt on my mtb but luckily made it home with out my crank arm falling off.

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 13:18
jawn doe
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i envy your ability to make a truly good shitty spencer and keep it shitty. every attempt i've ever made at "that spencer" ends up being kind of nice and defeating the purpose

Sun, 11/12/2017 - 09:28
johnasavoia
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I'm actually trying really hard not to polish this turd. Racks and bags and fenders and a dyno and a better crankset and this that and the other all dancing through my head. Being broke helps, the fact that its maybe my lightest spencer ride now helps too. Its too fun to make any more complicated.

Sun, 11/12/2017 - 16:24
Rusty Piton
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But don’t you have a dyno wheel sitting around unused?

emor wrote:
Bicycle commuting is the worst way to get anywhere except for all the other ways.

Sun, 11/12/2017 - 18:06
johnasavoia
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*covers ears* lalalala

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 13:57
jdsmooth
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all danglers go to heaven

Five-foot drops at speed on unstable terrain? Yep.

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 12:09
ICU81MI
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Joined the asploded nfe fork club.

I noticed my fender was rubbing this morning, took a look and saw this. Having known this was an issue, I’d been keeping an eye on the area, so it’s a bit disconcerting how close I got to totally severing the fork blade. Glad all of my teeth are still in the right place!

I’m waiting on an email back from the elephant folks for details on getting a replacement. Given how many of these things are cracking, and the potentially catastrophic nature of fork failure, I don’t understand why they aren’t doing a soft recall and preemptively replacing all of the non-unicrown forks still in the wild.

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 18:17
kmcdon
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is that jawn compatible with a h/g fork?

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 18:18
NOVELTYNAME
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Wowzers

"Folks want options!"

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 18:49
heavymetal
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(Reply to #3696)

ICU81MI wrote:

Joined the asploded nfe fork club.

I noticed my fender was rubbing this morning, took a look and saw this. Having known this was an issue, I’d been keeping an eye on the area, so it’s a bit disconcerting how close I got to totally severing the fork blade. Glad all of my teeth are still in the right place!

I’m waiting on an email back from the elephant folks for details on getting a replacement. Given how many of these things are cracking, and the potentially catastrophic nature of fork failure, I don’t understand why they aren’t doing a soft recall and preemptively replacing all of the non-unicrown forks still in the wild.

Exact same as mine.

My understanding is that they are actually doing a soft recall. They're replacing all forks, but you need to contact them with your details etc. They're prioritising the replacing of broken forks too, so you should be at the top of the list.

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 20:41
JUGE FREDD
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(Reply to #3697)

ICU81MI wrote:
Given how many of these things are cracking, and the potentially catastrophic nature of fork failure, I don’t understand why they aren’t doing a soft recall and preemptively replacing all of the non-unicrown forks still in the wild.

they did exactly that

complicating matters, a number of luglickers are being obstinate about accepting the unicrown into their hearts and continuing to ride the original

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Wed, 11/15/2017 - 22:19
blackholelectron
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(Reply to #3698)

ICU81MI wrote:
I don’t understand why they aren’t doing a soft recall and preemptively replacing all of the non-unicrown forks still in the wild.

They definitely did exactly this and I got a replacement before any catastrophe, they sent out an email and posted all over the Google group

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if you're happily shuffling between rural corn dog purchases at 14mph, how are your needs not being met?

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 22:29
ICU81MI
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That’s good news.

I never got an email, though now that I think about it, I think when I bought it, my contact with them was with my old work email address.

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 00:20
sparksflyhigh
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(Reply to #3700)

JUGE FREDD wrote:
luglickers

lol

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 01:47

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