Golich

40 something mountrain biker, ex BMX freestyler from the 80s. Loving nothing more than ragging my bike up or down

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Golich NETCO's article
Nov 14, 2017 at 11:45
Nov 14, 2017
NETCO Gears up to Launch Bike Park Plans
Good to see Netco on here Martin, I was going to come along tomorrow night but the tickets are all sold out - that's great to see you're getting the support :-) Good luck
Golich raceface's article
Nov 14, 2017 at 11:24
Nov 14, 2017
Race Face Introduces Carbon Wheel Guarantee
PS I should say, These new RaceFace carbon wheels are a totally different design in every way
Golich raceface's article
Nov 14, 2017 at 11:22
Nov 14, 2017
Race Face Introduces Carbon Wheel Guarantee
Easton were the first to have a 2yr no quibble warranty on carbon wheels. WAY BACK in 2011. Race Face bought Easton a few years ago. The very same concerns were floated about owners deliberately damaging wheels at month 23. Clearly, the economics of the warranty worked as they continued that policy for years. I bought two pairs of Easton Haven carbon rims. (I didn't pay full price circa £1000 instead of £1500) I cracked every rim several times. Easton replaced them every time. So I don't doubt Race Face will honor their warranty especially as they have announced it so publicly. However, I wouldn't be fooled into thinking that a great warranty = stronger than anyone else wheels. In the case of the Easton Haven rims they were not bad. But I broke them numerous times. The bottom line is you can't have light and unbreakable. The question you have to ask yourself is, are you prepared to write off £1200 ($1500) over two years? That's what it amounted to for me. As I cracked these rims every 3months to 9months. Once out of warranty the replacement/rebuild cost per rim was £600 ($790) which was painfully but the real show stopper was due to their poor hubs. I couldn't take the chance of putting a new rim onto a fecked hub and apparently you couldn't build their rim onto another hub.
Golich paulaston's article
Oct 18, 2017 at 11:05
Oct 18, 2017
In Memoriam: Derek Laughland
Aye its a shame. I only met Derek once. It was at an EWS in the Tweed Valley. We were parked opposite each other in the hotel carpark. Over the course of the practice week/ race weekend we struck up many conversations as we worked on our bikes and talked about our experiences during practice and ultimately the race stages. I particularly remember him gaving me a hard time for not having my bike race ready prior to the race. (If only he knew how fussy I was. I was changing out forks, a bottom bracket, bleeding a brake etc etc.) He was clearly an enthusiastic and consequently fit biker and I remember him interacting with his son. It was good to see a father and son sharing the same event especially as Derek was racing it. As you know the EWS is tough event. BIG miles never mind the technical content. Its a shock and a shame to hear he suffered a brain hemorrhage at Dunkeld, tracks I know well and ride regularly, while challenging, they were well within his capabilities. There is some consolation that he went doing something he was clearly passionate about. Condolences to all his friends and family.
Golich RichardCunningham's article
Sep 7, 2017 at 6:43
Sep 7, 2017
Wolf Tooth ReMote Sustain Cable Conversion for RockShox Reverb Droppers - Review
I've said it before, I've made a few pound fixing all manner of issues with Reverbs - too many to count. My problem with the hydraulic button is this: 1. A relatively minor crash resulting in a spin of the bars can snap the tiny 2mm diameter barb that screws into the hose. That said, I fitted the new Reverb lever to a customer's bike last week and noticed this weakness should be reduced, as the hose is better supported by a large nut that extends out past the barb. 2. The button/actuation rod is hollow and snaps too easily. Also, the plastic collar/bush that the button/actuation rod goes into / through, is too brittle and snaps. Its circa £35 for the button and plastic collar and about 1 hour to repair. So circa £70 repair - IF the useless UK importer, Fishers has stock! The type that sits above the bar commonly snap when clumsy riders turn their bikes upside down resting the bike's weight on the button. When placed below the bar, sometimes a knee strike or crash snaps the rod. A cable operated system is simply more robust than the relatively fragile standard reverb lever.
Sep 5, 2017 at 4:54
Sep 5, 2017
Golich paulaston's article
Sep 1, 2017 at 6:28
Sep 1, 2017
Saracen Ariel Carbon LT - Eurobike 2017
I like it. Nice touch with the headset. I assume they supply the offset cups to change the reach / angle?
Golich yoga15app's article
Aug 31, 2017 at 14:17
Aug 31, 2017
Golich vernonfelton's article
Aug 31, 2017 at 14:06
Aug 31, 2017
KindShock Re-boots Entire LEV Dropper Post Line - Eurobike 2017
There's nothing much to service in a LEV. Its supposed to be a sealed hydraulic unit. If its not working. Bite the bullet and get a new cartridge for the price of a tyre. 30-40mins to swap out and its brand new. If the mud is getting in, buy a new £3 seal. It really is that simple with these posts. OK, you can argue about you shouldn't have to buy a new cartridge, but other that the original gravity dropper's, spring and a pin design, I don't know of a single post design that is 100% reliable. For me, so far with no post 100% reliable. I want something I can repair quickly and relatively cheaply when it eventually fails. Not if, but when. So Servicing/repairing a KS is a quick manageable task if you are away from home at a race or on holiday. The UK importer Jungle carries stock of every small part at reasonable prices and I can get them in 3-4 days. (I hold a stock of parts I suspect might go as they are cheap) Its cable actuated so no fragile hose barbs or bleed issues. There are two lever options, both are sturdy.
Golich paulaston's article
Aug 30, 2017 at 14:00
Aug 30, 2017
Unior Tools - Eurobike 2017
239Euros for an empty case! AND unless there is something special in the box. (I can only see a rubber hammer) 800Euros appears to be bloody expensive for nothing particularly special i.e. a bunch of Allen keys, pliers, some spanners, a few screw drivers, cable cutters, chain tool, a rubber hammer, a piston retraction tool and some other minor bits. I guess they've looked at what Park tools extortionate prices! I've built-up my tool set from the Automotive world = fraction of the cost if you stay away from Snap-on etc.
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