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Jul 19, 2017 at 15:25
Jul 19, 2017
Jul 19, 2017 at 15:10
Jul 19, 2017

Cannondale Prophet frame & Lefty Max 140 + extras

$370 GBP
Sadly having to put my beloved Cannondale Prophet up for sale, as lack of time and injury have limited my ability to use it as it deserves - this is your chance to own a classic handmade US frame in great condition and in the rare Cannondale Siemens Mobile team colours complete with all proper stickers and of course, the Lefty! 140mm travel F&R. Builds up into a lightweight and lively bike. Only £370 the lot - just add back wheel, brakes, drivetrain etc. Included in the sale is: Frame - 2005 Large (approx 19") with Manitou S-Type SR shock and seat clamp. Lefty Max 140 SPV (Rebound, Ramp-up and Pedal Platform adjustments) with 2 springs - green soft (fitted) and red firm. Front wheel - Sun EQ21 on Cannondale Omega 24-hole hub - super-super light! (Disc and tyre NOT included!) Cannondale System Integration cartridge bearing headset. Cannondale 100mm stem for oversize bars. Deity bars, if wanted (narrow at 685mm and well-used). Frame and Lefty are in great condition and have been well cared for in the 6 years I have owned it. I have tried to show all the few scrapes in the pics - burnished alu mainframe is superb except for some scratches on the rear of the seat tube, small scratch on the black part of the top tube, some minor heel rub on the swingarm, and the worst two are on the inside by the dropouts so barely visible - one on the right caused by a derailed chain and one on the left from a disc bolt that worked loose. The traditional smooth Cannondale welds are sublime. Manitou S-Type shock was a brand-new addition to replace the original Swinger shock - works perfectly with no air leaks and is very light - about 200g IIRC. Has rebound and SPV pressure adjustments. Two mounting positions on frame - slack and steep. Comes with cable guides including the BB guide for front mechs - please note, frame is designed for an e-type mech (a normal low-clamp mech MAY work but I cannot verify this). Lefty is so stiff in a way that defies its look and that fact it weighs only about 4.3lbs - this thing can corner - other forks just feel flexy in comparison. As you can see in the photo, the all-important bearing races on the lower stanchion are corrosion-free and greased. Rubber boot has no holes/tears. Soft spring is fitted, but will include the firm spring too - can change for the new owner if required. The included wheel is extremely light - both the hub (the axle is after all part of the fork!), and the EQ21 rim which is a mere 350g. (Tyre and disc NOT included in sale!) All bearings (headset, hub, frame pivot) were changed in 2014 and have seen very little use since (hence sale!) Happy to answer any questions! Collection preferred but can post at cost (might be able to do a deal on postage depending on selling price).

bmbracing RichardCunningham's article
Apr 21, 2017 at 12:30
Apr 21, 2017
The Beginning of Modern DH? 1994 Foes LTS Prototype - Sea Otter 2017
That's funny, my school mate back at the dawn of my MTB life in the mid/late '90s also bagged a Kinesis long travel frame (well, 4/5" I think, haha!) and an RST dual crown fork. 381DH in bright yellow, yeah... :P We were like, sooooooooooo plush! :D I pulled off some crazy stuff on that bike which I'd probably be too scared to do now! Just felt so sweet and solid compared to my Kona with 2" Marzocchi F&R - I would pop bolts out of the Zocchi's fork crown just jumping down a few steps.
bmbracing pinkbikeaudience's article
Feb 26, 2017 at 9:12
Feb 26, 2017
Neck Braces - Should You Be Wearing One?
In a crash like Sam's in the photo, it seems to me that you'd benefit most from proper upper-body protection - you see many folk including pro racers without it, and the likelihood of crashing on your arms/shoulders must be pretty high. Sure the consequences are nothing like breaking your neck, but for those of us with jobs etc, it makes sense to be protected against the everyday crash that can limit our day-to-day life in the short term. If I'm shuttling/racing (which is rare cos I can't afford it!) I always wear an upper body jacket - the shoulder and elbow pads have saved both me and a mate on several occasions. Can't justify the cost of a neck brace - before you say about the cost of bikes etc, I haven't bought a new bike since 1999 - always 2nd-hand... :P Maybe if they were like £50 more people would try them.
bmbracing RichardCunningham's article
Feb 22, 2017 at 14:06
Feb 22, 2017
Shimano Announces Affordable Deore M6000 Group and a Wide Range SLX Option
@TheFunkyMonkey: Yeah I wouldn't mind a wide-range 8-speed cassette too. Not sure about the EX1 though; I REALLY don't like the price :P and I don't like the big jumps across the middle of the cassette which is where I want closer ratios for trail work. I'm thinking about b*stardising a 34T megarange - drop one of the smallest 2 and add a 40/42 at the top for the steeper climbs. I imagine a clutch mech would be best though, and I gather most seem to use a different cable pull ratio from the pre-clutch days - does anyone know if there is a clutch mech which works with either SRAM 1:1 or older Shimano 1:2 shifters?
bmbracing paulaston's article
Feb 17, 2017 at 13:45
Feb 17, 2017
Derailleur vs Gearbox: Nicolai Ion 16 vs Ion GPI - Review
I run a halfpipe GripShift on my trail/AM bike - two thirds of the grip is shifter (!) and I've never had a mis-shift from jumps or rough terrain. And the halfpipe also allows shifts while covering the brakes, with a bit of practice. :P
Jul 10, 2016 at 15:07
Jul 10, 2016

Wanted: Spring for Boxxer fork, 2006-2009 model

$15 GBP
Looking for a spring for my Boxxer, 2006-2009 model with 32mm stanchions. Interested in soft silver or medium yellow springs - mine has a firm red which is too high for my weight (73kg) and style. Thanks!

bmbracing vernonfelton's article
Jun 24, 2016 at 14:33
Jun 24, 2016
Now THAT Was a Bike: 1996 Klein Mantra Pro
Man, I feel old - had just started MTBing, and I remember these bikes, and those Judys, and that first Sid - uber light, if you didn't mind riding a piece of wet spaghetti apparently, but they looked the shizz... I didn't have a Mantra though, I had a '96 Kona Sex Too (yeah that actually was its name!), still using the '96 XT rear mech shown in the first pic. The day when my mate got his RST 381 DH fork, and the rest of us were like kids in a sweet shop - oooh, dual crown, massive plush 3.5 inches of elastomer travel, lets go huck down some stairs! Those were the days! :D
bmbracing paulaston's article
Jun 9, 2016 at 11:36
Jun 9, 2016
Adam Brayton's Scott Gambler - Fort William World Cup 2016
I've been using the same front/rear Hope M4 brakes for 16 years, and a Hope Bulb rear hub for over 10 - all still going strong! :)
bmbracing pinkbikeaudience's article
Jun 4, 2016 at 15:47
Jun 4, 2016
Danny Hart POV Fort William - Video
I've done 45mph down the Wall, Danny only did 32mph - does that make me faster than Danny? :P Nah, don't think so! :D It was much smoother then, and anybody can go fast down the Wall - Danny goes fast everywhere!
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