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  1. Sporting Goods > Cycling > BMX Bicycles


    Why has it got shogun written on the picture? Looks quite nice for the price considering.

    Because its made by shogun maybe :S"

    I personally think it looks like quite a good starter. Yes its made from 7005, but i should think the other stuff on the bike will break before the frame. Especially as younger beginners will be riding it. I rode a 7005 frame for a year before it cracked.

    Spec seems alright too.


  2. My way of bleeding brakes with water seems to be flawless, similar to that of biff's.

    1. Fill bath with warm water (well about 15*C would be best, as this is about average temperature outside, so will have the least expansion effects, but having the water 10 dergees more will be unnoticably different. Just stops your hands from freezing.)

    2. Submegre brake underwater, completly.

    3. Remove bleed bolt from lever and caliper.

    4. unwind TPA fully and loosing reach adjustment grub screw.

    5. Take a bleed tube and a syringe and attach to lever and tighten with 8mm spanner (so many people dont do this and wont give such a good bleed.)

    6. Repeatedly fill and empty the syringe, this draws water back and forth through the brake removing air and swarf.

    7. I usually add a little DW40 to the syringe and repeat step 6, this really gets rid of the crap inside.

    8. Remove syringe from bleed tube and completly fill with water. Reattatch to bleed tube and push water through brake. Repeat this a few times.

    9. Remove bleed tube and replace all bolts.

    10. Remove brake from water and give a dry and wipe down.

    11. You now have an awesome brake. So good it made me consider going back to maggys. But that hasnt happened yet, still prefer my Vee :S


  3. I agree, doesnt look so good with the big seat. My mate has an echo bounce and rides places with some big seatpost and proper seat, then when he wants to ride pops and mini seat on and the other in his bag cunning i must say :S


  4. i switch from single speed to gears all the time, when iam bored ill whack some gears on to gimme something to do, each have their advantages.

    Think is ive never found a 7/8 spd chain that holds, so i end up using a bmx chain with bigger spacing between the casette rings, and space out the jockey wheels in the mech, so you can run about 4 good gears with a strong chain, thats what ive done, no problems with it.

    I run an XTR 9spd chain, lasts me >9months a go, so couldnt say youd need more than that...

    single speed is fine and its fuk all slower if your fit,

    i was racing a rodie on my mod in london, ok if he went flat out he would win but he wasn't and i am fit enough to go flat out for a while so i had no probs keeping up.

    basically go SS then get fitter riding to your spots in just the same amount of time, or go SS and get a car (Y)

    And if you are just as fit with a gear twice as high you'll go twice as fast... (Y)

    I would consider myself a "fit" rider and i could get to my trials spots in my trials gear pretty much flat out, or a few clicks into my higher gear and i put in the same effort but i get there in half the time, for more time riding...

    As for the car comment, id love a car, but keeping two bikes running and keeping myself alive at uni there's no chance i could afford it :)


  5. I have always run gears and dont seem the problem with them. Spots are quite far away and with my highest gear i can go almost twice as fast than with my trials gear. As for chain tension and chain slippage, i have NEVER in my 2.5years of riding trials had my chain slip off. Also people say about getting rid of stupid thin chains, i run XTR chains and last me 9-10months before breaking so i dont see thats a problem either. My gears set up is probably lighter than a SS set up anyway, by the time you take into account the steel sprokets and bmx chains. not that it really matters anyway.

    Also i very rarly hit my mech. Only once have i needed to change my mech hanger.

    Meh gears for me...

    Seb :(

  6. Might be worth a try, but i dont think itll be worth having, will add a lot of weight and wont look very good. I think the motoX ones are just plastic to shield off water, mud and stones.

    I also think that it would be difficult to make the fixing strong enough to hold it in place in an impact even if it is, it would probably cause damage to the mount/forks.

    I do think it is actually really hard to hit a disc rotor anyway i never have done.


  7. He is trying to say what part of trials is most harsh on your bike, for example like he said, big drops.

    I would say they would be the harshed thing. Next would be front taps i think. Everything else is fine if you do it smoothly. Another problem could be bails though, like a nice gap to down tube is going to be more damaging than a 8ft drop...

    Hope that clarifies things (Y)


    Ps, juicy fruit, try using the spell checker before you post >_<

  8. Haha, yeah :)

    Are you really enough of a pimp to spend well over £100 on having a front wheel that matches your rear one?  That's insane, especially as you have a Hope already, plus there's really do difference in performance at all.

    Yes i have an XC already, but its my xc wheel which i would like back, as my xc bike is lacking a front wheel right now.

    In the end i went for a Hope XC, decided i could use the extra £50 else where! Also the fact that ive never broken a front hub even really cheap ones and ive been very happy with my hope mono lightweight on my trials bike and my hope XC on my XC bike.

    Also considering getting the hope Trials hub when it comes out rather than getting a king. With the whole fact of great service from hope and readily available spares if i need them. Also im quite happy with my mono at the moment never when riding not been able to do something and though "if i had a chris king right now i could do this..."

    Thanks for your comments, wheel being built as i speak should have it at the weekend :) cant wait!


  9. I much prefer silent brakes, mine is and everyone thinks i'm uber smooth, although it is probably to do with my brake being silent. I think you'll find that your brakes will squeak because its a better brake, resulting in the pads griping the rim and vibrating, causing the squeak. If you set up your brakes perfectly square and you use a fairly hard compound pad, this will reduce vibrations, hence reducing squeak yet still being a good brake.

    As i am running a v brake on the rear, there is no (very little) movement so this is why it wont squeak. With a magura it has clip in pads which dont sit 100% because itll be impossible to make it like that, you will notice a bit of play in the pad, this causes the vibrations and squeak. I found that running a stiff booster with my old magura seems to reduce the squeak by reduceing vibrations.


  10. Was all set planning to come, but :- I have a 3hr fluid flow, thermodynamics and heat transfer exam :- so annoyed would say i could come after my exam but would take another 4hrs to get there so its out of the question. So very disapointed. Is the one in abbingdon, i will go on that to pay tribute definatly as its closer if its the same day. Or another day then ill be definatly there.

    Seb (Y)

  11. Got my echo rim waiting to be built up only thing i cant decide what hub to get.

    Has to be anadised blue and disc.

    Im running a hope xc at the moment, my xc bike wheel, which is fine. But do i say what the hell and go for a king will match my rear one when i get it come summer.

    Meh help!!


  12. My mate gave me his bike to service also to polish his calipers, as he wanted them silver not red. Did all that cleaned out all the oil from the system, bled it really nicely in the bath, no air. Put it back on the bike, pull the lever and water leaks out of every thread :)

    Took it off took it all apart, cleaned the threads and checked them and all seems fine but it still leaks :o

    Any ideas, or will an oil bleed work as oil is more viscous?



  13. SebJT: Are the adapters still working well?

    Vee brakes > Maguras.

    Yeh working fine :unsure: the steel spring holder thing under the canti mount is displaying a bit of surface rust, other than that all grand!!

    Cheers for them, served me well! You made any new ones? If you want to make more id be happy to give you some feed back on how i would improve my ones.

    Ch!P - i find with maguras you cant always get the pad to sit perfectly parallel to the rim, because of the whole sleeve thing, it gives like graduated adjustment while with a v pad the adjustment is infinite. With a v you can just undo the pads a bit, align them a bit then pull the lever then do them up, this makes the pads perfectly parallel.


  14. Hey Tom,

    Cant remember if you had a go on my bike or not but my rear brake is awesome.

    Avid Ultimate arms

    XTR lever

    XTR hosing

    Jasons custom v adapters

    Adamant Booster

    Heatsink pads

    This brake feels ultra smooth and more solid than most maggies ive tried, no flex at all to get the brake locked. Also works very very well easily as good as a magura. I have tired all kinds of magura set ups, pads levers etc and my brake beats them all in my opinion.

    Other than performance another huge plus side is adjustability and low mantainance. Ive had this set up for about a year, and rarly mess around with it the all i do is adjust the barrel adjuster now and then to get the lever right. Other than that i just leave it and its been great.

    If you can get some good adapters then using a v on a 4 bolt frame is fine, like i said, my brake feels stiffer than most maggies.


  15. Me, Oli, Dave and my brother are coming along not sure what time we're getting there i think ill aim for 10, oli and dave wil be along later.

    My brother isnt gonna ride he's coming on my BMX and taking his awesome video camera.

    See you there


  16. Well Oli is an awesome rider and he was riding real well today!!

    No mod riders im afriad we're big boys now and ride proper bikes >_<

    Gonna go ride worthing tomorrow, hopefully that will be a good ride aswell. I think ill bring my digi cam and get some more pictures!


  17. Few pics i got today from a little ride with me, Oli (cant ride), Dave (plainlazy84) and my brother (lux)


    Oli doing a front hook


    Me gapping


    Oli bunny hopping wall >_<" (wheel switching)


    Oli doing a huge pedal gap

    I know there isnt many and isnt very exciting but Dave wanted to see them and i though might as well post them up.