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Ston

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I've been looking for a mountain bike in the 600 - 800 range and went for this after reading some good reviews of the 2009 model, with the only complaint being the short 80mm forks (the 2010 model has 100mm)

Just finished doing the final build today and can't wait to give it a whirl down a trail.

Some pics:





I love Xmas :E

Edited: Forks corrected


Edited by Ston on Wednesday 23 December 10:14

el stovey

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That's a nice looking bike. What frame size is it?

Ston

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It's an 18 inch frame. I'm 5ft 10 and find that this frame suits me well, I can get it down a trail without wrestling it too much. A mate's 6ft 2 and has a 20 inch framed bike and although I could live with it, I find the 18 easier.

Regards

.Adam.

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You've got the forks on back to front! Looks nice apart from that.

Edited by .Adam. on Tuesday 22 December 22:22

Nick_F

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Looks great, but if you put those forks on then I'd get someone to check the rest of the bike over, too.
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Ston

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Yeap, my mate clocked that too, going to swap them around. My first build and hopefully only mistake wink I better try my brakes too...

snotrag

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Ston said:
My first build and hopefully only mistake wink
Your Rear Skewer is done up wrong too. And it looks like your bars are on at a slightly kooky angle.

No offence but if you dont have the knowledge to do that right you really ought to be having someone who knows what their doing check the bike over.

mrtomsv

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Ston

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snotrag said:
No offence but if you dont have the knowledge to do that right you really ought to be having someone who knows what their doing check the bike over.
None taken, we've all got to start somewhere and the feedback already has helped me out. I'll rotate the skewer to be aligned "closed" against the frame. I'm assuming thats what you mean by wrong?

Many thanks

Edited by Ston on Wednesday 23 December 10:21

el stovey

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Your bike just keeps getting better looking each time I see it! hehe

snotrag

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Ston said:
I'll rotate the skewer to be aligned "closed" against the frame. I'm assuming thats what you mean by wrong?
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When it dangles down like that is prone to being pulled open by catching on a branch.

The front one should close up alongside the fork leg, and the rear one up into the frame. Remember you can swap them over side to side to get a better fit. And that you do them up using the cam-mechanism of the lever - NOT by tightening it up like a wingnut!


Make sure you give it a good bolt check, stem, bar clamp, seatpost bolts, and brake calipers. The other one that is very commonly missed is the disc rotors - these are a Torx (T15?? IIRC) bolt usually, need nipping up evenly and tightly in a star pattern, just like the wheelnuts on your car.


ETA - i'd rock the saddle back a few degrees too, and rotate the brake levers down a couple of degree's.

Bike looks good though, I like the Euro-racy colour schemes on these Cubes.

HTH!

Edited by snotrag on Wednesday 23 December 12:01

Ston

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Appreciate the feedback snotrag, will go through your check points. Again, many thanks

Edited by Ston on Thursday 24th December 06:55

Parrot of Doom

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Oh and don't overtighten the skewers, or they'll eventually stop holding the wheel.

And buy a chain wear tool.

Edited by Parrot of Doom on Wednesday 23 December 18:43

R1 GTR

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Hmm, Cube's are normally more XC racey, that top tube looks quite slack.

Still a beautiful bike though, I would love a cube one day!
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