Scoox

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About Scoox

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    Ladies, bikes, music and computers (in no particular order)
  • Location
    Wuxi, Jiangsu Province, China

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  • Real Name
    Manuel Fernandez
  • Bike Ridden
    Mod
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    Echo 20" 2012 edition w/ dual BB7
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    China, People's Republic of

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  1. That sounds really good, thanks
  2. Good point that, I've just googled it and it seems a bit of lube will take care of it.
  3. They do look good on paper, right?
  4. It messes up the axle though
  5. Sick video
  6. The Echo grub screw system is almost perfect in my opinion. Although it has not been 100% issue free. For me the problem was that the grub screw would bite into the aluminium axle, and the chain would lose tension. I later bought a pair of Neon 'grub screw caps' and all my problems were gone. Dunno what this would be called but it's basically a CNCed crescent shaped bit of aluminium that sits between the grub screw and the axle, looks like this (I think the snail cam in this pic is just being used as a spacer): I don't know whether the Mark VI also uses this thing, but it works really well.
  7. This set-up has many advantages: Chain is always tight, no need to manually adjust chain tension. Wheel is always perfectly aligned (assuming the frame itself is perfectly symmetrical), so is the disc brake rotor relative to the caliper. Distance from wheel axle to bottom bracket is constant regardless of chain stretch In this frame it looks like the "dropout" is not really a dropout in the sense that it's just a hole, I still don't know how the wheel axle actually goes in and whether how easy it is to fit compared to other set-ups.
  8. Prototype frame courtesy of Echo, to be released some time next year. Unfortunately I don't think I'm going to be able to test it till early January as I'm going home next Monday, if the frame arrives this Saturday I might just have enough time to build and test the bike.
  9. Yeah, you'll get it down sooner than you think. Word of advice get yourself some shin pads and helmet if you haven't yet. I know a lot of riders think shin pads are for wimps but if you rip your shins open like I have done before, the pain, hassle and downtime are really not worth it, and trust me it will happen especially if you've just started. 661 do some nice ones. Knee protection is up to you, 1 out of 30 times it's the shins that take the hit, usually the good foot side (I've never ever hit my left shin since I started in 2000).
  10. Sounds like you got yourself a good deal then, the previous owner was legit. About the lacquer flaking off, old Echo frames all had that lacquer finish. My old 24 inch Echo frame and forks did too and had the same problem, which kinda lowers re-sale value. I sold the frame but I'm still using the forks (6 years later!) and they are just fine, stiff as fook. Echo dropped the lacquer finish in favor of anodized aluminium finish, which is no used on the entire Echo/Zoo/Gu range.
  11. I know you are trying to save a bit of money but personally I wouldn't recommend a second-hand trials bike unless it's from a mate or, at the very least, unless you can test-ride it before money changes hands. And the price has to be right. Trials bikes are supposed to take a beating, and you never know what a second-hand bike has been put through. This bike is pretty sturdy. Old trials frames and forks were slightly over-engineered for strength, so it will probably be just fine. But 500 quid, that guy must be kidding. You can buy a brand-new 26" Echo Pure MK6 from Tarty for 640 quid, assuming you are in the UK: https://www.tartybikes.co.uk/26_inch_trials_bikes/echo_pure_mk6/c47p13461.html I'm sure Tarty could deliver the bike with other brakes of your choosing e.g. a rear Magura HS-33 and front Avid BB7 + organic pads. That was my set-up on my 24-inch bike a few years ago, very affordable and reliable. Currently running dual BB7 on my mod and loving it. This way you'd be getting a modern-geometry bike which probably would be a lot lighter too, and you would be sure there's nothing wrong with it, and if there is Tarty will sort it out.
  12. Hi everyone, getting a new mod soon and rather than butchering my current one I thought I might as well sell it and build one from scratch, so I'll be needing new brakes. Was wondering if anyone here has tried Jagwire Elite Link housing on their trials bike, you can check it here: http://jagwire.com/products/diy-cable-kits/elite-link-mountain-brake-kit Looks pretty sick, no special cutters needed and damaged links can be individually replaced. It's probably lighter and more compression-less than regular linear housing. ATM I"m running Jagwire Ripcord linear housing kit, works alright, just wondering if there are better options out there, cheers.
  13. Sounds like a classic case of mushy shite. Thanks for the heads-up. Is it possible you were using long pull-levers though? From what I've read road brakes need short-pull levers, just checkin'. I guess I'm sticking with my BB7s anyway.
  14. Well, Avid BB7 *is* the route at the moment, I'm just looking for something with better modulation. I could be wrong but wouldn't dual-sided pistons be a refinement over single-sided BB7s? The fixed pad on BB7 needs to be very close to the rotor to work properly, so I get a bit of rubbing. I read some posts elsewhere of people bitching that BB7s are a PITA to set up compared with the Spykes, due to the conical spacers. The Avid mounting system is very clever as it's the only caliper alignment system that doesn't require facing the caliper mounts, as far as I know. It's never taken me more than a couple of minutes to align. I'm tempted to guinea-pig this one though...
  15. Been riding pretty much every other day, even on days of heavy rain. Finger to the weather Pallets are really a great help for learning. Dunno what it is, but there's something welcoming about a stack of pallets. I can adjust height and gap length which is also pretty awesome. I've tried various set-ups but at the moment I'm using a pile of 2x2x5 pallets, basically a big square platform for practising up to front wheel. I could get away with 1x2x5 but the extra surface makes everything seem less scary = more progress. I might get some more. If you are lucky enough to have a nice backyard I highly recommend getting yourself at least 10 pallets, they are awesome.