A few rides in, a few more thoughts
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Posted on: November 8, 2010
good write up
SLX’s are generally very good. Leaky piston seals?
Sim, you said in you’re first Five blog entry you wanted a bike that would “be up for some enduro stage-race action”, what races are planning to do next year?
Arghh, where’s the edit function?
Where are your bar-end plugs young man?
Become too used to Saint brakes?
FWIW most of the SLX brakes I’ve encountered have been disappointing.
On some Shimano brakes I wonder if some of the lack-of-powerness is due to the rotor. I’ve tried other (non-Shimano) rotors on Shimano brakes and they improved the power and bite. Might be worth a try if you’ve some spare rotors lying around instead of going straight for the bleed kit.
Madison (Shimano distributors) are sending through fresh rotors and pads for me to do a full swap over to see if that cures the problem, they suspect the rotors have become contaminated so no amount of cleaning will help them.
Pimpmaster Jazz: You are correct I should have plugs, can’t find any at the moment though. I’ll see what’s hiding in t’office.
So is Terralogic like the Brain on some Spesh bikes?
Deity make the best looking seatclamp.
Surprised to hear that about SLX brakes. Mine were spectacularly powerful before I put contaminated pads in..
The Thomson seatclamp is lovely – no need for QR with that seatpost either… nice and clean looking.
Hope seatclamp is nice n reliable
I found the XTR discs made a big improvement to my old Saint’s. Not as good as new XT with old XT discs (on my other bike), but way better than they were on old XT discs. If that makes the sense?
My daughter built her Five Diva with SLX groupset and had similar brake problems straight out of the box. Swapped them for her pink Hope’s.
Still, nice looking Five you’ve got there.
I’ve found lack of power on an old LX caliper. I put this down to them being in 2-parts (like current SLX). Replaced them with a 1-piece XTR caliper and the power was noticeably returned. Pads, lever, rotor, hose all remained the same, which is why i put it down to the flexy 2-piece caliper being responsible for lack of power.
i have had no problems with my slx brakes since using the 6 bolt new style shimano xt rotors – spider mounted-, and some nuke proof ‘trail’ pads f+r- also with goodridge hoses (which will ‘pimp’ your five also) and i’m a big bloke at 6ft 2, try it it’s cheaper than a new brakeset, and has proved top notch over the last welsh “summer” so to speak!
also to add to last comment , a gold hope single bolt seat clamp would be just the ticket, and will match bars and post, with as usual hope quality build, plus to get things matching even more- barplugs?- try hope grip doctors- in gold of course!
+1 on the Thomson seatclamp, lovely bit of kit. Plus you get a lovely Thomson purse to keep your change in.
Straitline make the best looking seatclamp in my opinion, it used to be very pricey, but I think CRC have them at a ‘normal’ price.
Marta brakes and a Salsa seat clamp (or Thomson)?
what about bikes for the vertically challenged, a 16″ for someone of 5’10″ in height. Most of the time a 16″ is a small. The 14″ bike looks silly and squashed up, why dont they do a 16″ with a shorter top tube?
Sim, What color is that?
It’s raw with a lacquer coat.
Needs red and white components imo
As Dave says it’s raw with a lacquer coating.
Black and gold is where it’s at. For now
Do you ask like this to Orange? They don´t offer that finish?
Maxpower check my first report for more details on the finish: http://www.singletrackworld.com/reviews/long-termers-sims-orange-five/
“…the rotors have become contaminated so no amount of cleaning will help them”
is a load of old chuff. I’d like to see some sort of surface analysis (or at least some XPS data) before I’ll believe that.
Sim, thanks and sorry.
Sim, try a Tune Werger Seatclamp.
bigrich, yep agreed. That is a load of rubbish. Give the rotors a good scrub with a brillo pad and some hot soapy water. Then rinse in isopropanol (alcohol). Then put some new pads in and go for a long ride. If the brakes still do not work then they need bleeding or the seals have gone etc.
Hope Gold Seatclamp to go with the dropper ‘post, wheels & Kashima coating on the forks….
I’ve got the QR version for my Barry White Inbred & it looks reet tasty.
KCNC do some nice bar plugs…….what happened to the X-Lite ones, can’t find them anywhere??!!
great stuff thanks Sim, love these updates. I’m a big fan of the Salsa liplock – similar to the Thomson jobby but a bit roundlier and pebbly.
Chromag seat clamp is the one, expensive, but worth every penny. I’d tried a few, including Hope, but the Chromag is the only one that really works for me.
Looks great. What happened to the SlopeStyle?
Crank Brothers seat clamp to match the wheels. I’ve been using one for a couple of years now and no problems so far.
My SLX brakes have been pish. Gradual slowing, rather than proper stopping.
I’m using a non QR Hope seat post clamp on my Orange holds the I900 seat post fine not moved in 12 months.
The Slx brakes I had on my P7 were really powerfull I had Slx disks 180mm and 160mm centre lock on Slx hubs.
Hey Sim, what did you do about the raw frame – did you lacquer it yourself, or is it still ‘raw’?
Hope seat clamps are too bulky IMHO.
Ive got a Hope seat clamp and it seams fine to me……As for the breaks i had no end of trouble with the SLX so i swapped to Hope Tech M4′s with a 203 floating disc at the front and a 183 floating at the back and to be honest ive never looked back …really responsive and stop exactly where i want too…
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