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  • sb
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    Reply to: Got Hope cranks? Check your axle splines…

    Yep, splines broke away at the end …

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    sb
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    Reply to: Hunt wheels… good upgrade over standard?

    The hubs on my endurowides seem to be the highest end stuff Novatec do…
    Fronts are equivalent to Novatec pt. # XD601SB/A-B15.
    Rears XD602SB/A-B12. Both branded on Novatecs website as SL-PRO+

    The sealed bearing numbers are noted on the Novatec website but appear unbranded, so it seems Hunt may upgrade these to the Japanese EZO sealed bearings (if they aren’t already fitted by Novatec just not noted).

    Whatever, the Hunt branded Novatec hubs are top quality.

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    sb
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    Reply to: Hunt wheels… good upgrade over standard?

    On my bike I have a set of enve M630’s with CK hubs. After a bashing for 5 hours at Rogate bike park I noticed some stress marks on the enve rims, seeming as I do like to frequent bike parks (I’m off to bpw in 2 weeks) I did a bit of research and bought a set of endurowides specifically for the bike parks and so I could leave my enves to the trail riding I also do. Last October I spent a day at bpw with the hunts, 15psi on the front and 18 at the back. They didn’t puncture or even go out of true, used loads since then and still like new. Last weekend I slashed my sidewall, within 20mins I’d had the tyre off, repaired the inside and got the tyre seated and sealed again. The enves take maybe a dozen attempts…….
    Hunt do tweak the rims and hubs, for instance the rims aren’t shiney like the kinlin oe finish but have a nice almost sandblasted finish. And the branding on the rim is quality. The hubs have upgraded seals and Japanese bearings which are easy to locate and replace yourself… The cassette carrier is easy to replace and surely won’t be obsolete any time soon so I can’t see any issue with the novatec hubs….
    Having had two sets of Hope wheels in the past I don’t think Hope really has any extra kudos over the Hunts.
    To the OP, you probably aren’t getting much of an upgrade over what you’ve got to be honest, but if you’ve got an old set of worn wheels or want a second spare pair of wheels then at the price they just can’t be matched.

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    sb
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    Reply to: Unhappy Sick Bicycles Customers. BEWARE!

    Duckman…. oh dear…. you’re using someone else’s ‘funny’ quote now… Sheep!
    Brilliant post by the way, including immaturity, patronising and condescending all at once. At least you know never to buy a Sick frame now dont you? Because you were going to buy one weren’t you? Or weren’t you??

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    sb
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    Reply to: Unhappy Sick Bicycles Customers. BEWARE!

    I just find it silly that there’s so many opinions out there that really don’t need to be stirring the pot. And I’m far from ‘kicking off’ If I replied to every post that ruffled me I’d not get anything done in the day, I guess some people do have unlimited time through the working day in front of a screen and just post for the sake of it.

    As you were…….

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    sb
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    Reply to: Unhappy Sick Bicycles Customers. BEWARE!

    Alex Simon… my frame? What the **** are you on about????
    This ilustrates my point exactly! Pointless jumping to (wrong) conclusions.

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    sb
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    Reply to: Unhappy Sick Bicycles Customers. BEWARE!

    The fact is it’s not your problem in the slightest if you haven’t been done over!!! Why feel the need to stir it up? Just smacks of school bullies. Or sheep.
    And Tom Howard you appear to be the type that will bitch and reply to anything at the drop of a hat…. why?

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    sb
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    Reply to: Unhappy Sick Bicycles Customers. BEWARE!

    If you’ve not been done over by them then let it go, dont worry about it! Like 95% of the posters on these sick bicycles threads should do!
    I just really cannot get my head around how many grown(?) men are kicking off with ABSOLUTELY NO **** REASON!!!
    Oh, apart from living in the same area as Sick I’ve absolutely NO affiliation with them.

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    sb
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    Reply to: Unhappy Sick Bicycles Customers. BEWARE!

    Is this thread mostly full of posters with no actual real interest (ie waiting for a frame) just like the previous locked thread? Lots of opinions getting thrown about with no real need. And don’t get me started on that saddest of sad tee shirt thread…..

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    sb
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    Reply to: My Sick! experance

    Tom Howard, yes same bike.

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    sb
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    Reply to: My Sick! experance

    Ah, didn’t consider the fact that not everyone is on the steel is real FB group!
    Anyway it’s a no.7 of 10 gnarcissist year one limited frame, in mint/black glitter, looks very lightly used, £700.

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    sb
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    Reply to: My Sick! experance

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/192068451385265/permalink/364940874098021/?sale_post_id=364940874098021

    Beat the waiting list!

    Nothing to do with me, but is there really 10 of these in existence? Not that I’m bothered.

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    sb
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    Reply to: My Sick! experance

    **COPIED FROM THE MAILING LIST EMAIL**

    At some point we had to answer the whispers that are going around.

    Once I’d heard that I had secretly quit Sick, I knew it was time for a mailout.

    In actuality, the opposite has happened.
    From the 1st March, I’ll be working at Sick full time.

    The short version is I’ve spent the last few weeks working with other manufacturers and under mentorship from larger bike companies to get better at doing this. To step up and lead the whole Sick team. So some changes are coming and I’ve outlined them in detail below. It’s a long one, and there is heaps to take in.

    TL:DR We will be writing to ALL customers with a delayed frame, within the next 48 hours with an accurate time of delivery as updated from our manufacturers, we’ll build in customs clearance time. (This will include any crowdfund frames or items we are waiting for)

    Our customers have had to be very, patient; if it included you, thank you. We do appreciate it.

    It’s incredibly frustrating to not get this on track yet, we’ve worked hard and dedicated a lot of time an energy and we ARE getting there.

    We are NOT businessmen, we are a handful of riders who wanted to make cool bikes, and although we are new to this, we are learning. And we are honoured you are on this journey with us. There are alot of people that want to see us fail, but thankfully, far more people want us to succeed.

    Pre-orders allowed us to get the price down so people could afford it, that was our primary goal.

    It’s very unpredictable and that’s a hard lesson to learn.

    What’s changing?

    I will be working full time on Sick from March, I’ll have a more production and logistic based role ensuring frames get to the warehouse and to the customer on time. Whilst this has been one of my focusses, I’ve been responsible for a lot of other jobs too, it’s been hard to balance.

    Joe will be taking over the entirety of the clothing side of the business and a large amount of it will be moving in-house, allowing for even more control.

    Some of our staff will be moving on from more casual roles in to larger part-time positions, allowing me and Tim to focus on the business as a whole.

    We’ll be taking on additional customer service staff and utilising Zendesk ticket system to more effectively manage timely responses, this will help customers stay informed and stop some of the duplication we are getting which is slowing things up. 9/10 problems are delays or missing items, we are confident once we overcome this teething period. These will dramatically reduce.

    More Suppliers, larger capacity, no more pre-orders.

    We were just as surprised as anyone that the Wulf and Deathwish sold so well, we overwhelmed our manufacturers and needed to take a break for them to catch up, even with extra staff onboard, even with the 60 day break, they were still swamped. Overselling is a good problem to have but very much a problem. The challenge is you can’t rush handmade frames, a rushed frame is going to be a bad frame, quality and safety is incredibly important to us. We are valued for our strong frames.

    I have spent the last 6 months working with various established, larger manufacturers, negotiating and working towards a process where we can meet demand for frames without pre orders.

    We now have 5x more production capacity than we did 2 months ago. Whilst we have made great steps, it will take a bit of time to kick in.

    We made mistakes.

    We communicated badly, it was embarrassing to say, “it’s going to be late, again”, even if it wasn’t our fault, because when you boil it down, we are responsible for delivering on time in full. We were so fixated on solving the problems, we didn’t have the time or energy to communicate that’s what we were doing. This worried people and kept them uninformed. That ends now.

    We didn’t put any focus on profit, we all had full time jobs already, so getting paid wasn’t a big deal, but as we scaled up it became clear that we had to take it seriously. That this couldn’t just be a hobby when it was taking up 7 days a week, we would need to pay the staff too.

    We got tripped up on eCommerce, when it works well, its amazing, but we had to fight paypal and banks for double charges and CC fraud, we had to spend a huge amount of time getting some frames found after they were stolen from a courier. We didn’t have the hours in the day to do it. There was very little contingency if something had gone wrong.

    Alot of manufacture lead companies (YT and Canyon spring to mind) get a lot of heat for holding ‘scams’ (take a look at the Trustpilot reviews and they are quite something). All of our payments are bound legally to deliver. The customer is ALWAYS protected. But communication of that protection is important to.

    Inevitably pre-order manufactured stock is subject to delay. It’s one of the reasons the price is low because the risk for the manufacturer and client is lower. The crux is no one shouts when their bike is early. We have a saying, “No one remembers a late delivery, but they would remember a bad one.”

    International Frame Shipping

    We will be discontinuing our automatically fulfilled global shipping on frames. Please note clothing and components will be unaffected, anything that has already been ordered will be unaffected, we will manually cost out international frame orders. This has been a drain in terms of money and time, we have unhappy clients from the delays this causes, but it also tends to end up a net loss for the business. By dealing with shipping outside of the UK/EU on a case-by-case basis, the customer will have a better understanding of the costs and time involved. In short, we will ship globally, but you’ll need to speak to us first.

    It’s important for us to communicate to you, we’re not going away anytime soon.

    We never take your support for granted.

    Jordan, Tim, Zam, Lee & James.

    P.S.
    I took a break from social media for a variety of reasons, my phone breaking was a bit of a blessing in disguise, I realised, it was nice that I could touch base with customers in real time, but I was dedicating a lot of time to that when I needed to be focussed.

    It meant it was easy to make personal promises, I would run out of time to handle and let people down, that doesn’t feel good.

    Hand on heart, I want to help everyone, but as the business grows, the demands on the team does too, I’m constantly reminded to stay in my lane and focus on the big tasks I have.

    Not having my phone forced me to focus on emails during office hours, to keep a tight rein on my productivity. It has meant people have thought I have dissapeared, but I’ve been offline less than two weeks, it’s important to note, I’ve done a live stream three to four times a week for the last two years.

    The second reason, well, it’s not nice. The team, our employees, including our close family, and in some cases, our children, have been targeted by a pretty nasty campaign by an unhappy customer and his friends. I’m sure you guys have seen it on social media or in the comments of articles. Some of the threats were serious enough we needed to file a police report. They requested we took some downtime away from face to face contact whilst an investigation was held. In due course, I’ll return to social media. I miss you guys and will be back when I have a handle on this. I know you guys know me well enough.

    Jordan

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    sb
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    Reply to: Curtis Am7 or Stanton Slackline Next Gen???

    I had an AM7 up until last year, only selling it as at 48 my back wasn’t agreeing with a hardtail anymore…all I can say is it will be a bike for life, especially as it will be built just for you. I felt like a rock star most rides 😁 The last time I rode it was at Rogate and it got so many friendly comments, of course it was the clear coat finish! That brazing cannot possibly be hidden under paint!!
    I miss it enough to be considering one of their XR650 frames now…

    I’m sure you’ve seen it but if not…

    Review: Curtis AM7 – Not just a pretty face, pretty fast too.

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    sb
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    Reply to: New Sram Eagle due when?

    Sorry phone issues mean I have only just caught up with the replies. Thanks for all the info and knowledge and jsync your link is very interesting as I do love the new xtr mech. I’ve just bought a set of Hunt wheels so I’m not prepared to change my rear hub over so a mix of new Xtr and xo/xx1 looks like the plan.

    🍻

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    sb
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    Reply to: Factory fox ‘18 & ‘19 post differences?

    Oh, the reason I asked is because I can buy a new 2018 ‘take off’ post for £170 less than a new 2019 model.

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    sb
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    Reply to: Factory fox ‘18 & ‘19 post differences?

    Thanks for that, minimal differences then.

    Cheers.

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    sb
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    Reply to: XTR 1×12…10-51 cassette

    I made the mistake of buying a hope 10-48 cassette to go with my m9000 xtr and regretted it ever since so I’m looking forward to the new XTR gear set up for complete flawless gearIng.

    And unlike other products in the world of mtb at least it’ll be around for 2-3 years as opposed to being superseded in a maximum of 12 months.

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    sb
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    Reply to: Unfortunate Brand named bike parts…..

    My 2011 SE racing OM flyer has (had) pedals on called x-pedo. I changed them sharpish.

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    sb
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    Reply to: XTR 12 speed

    Why didn’t they stick with 10 and just make 10 a little bit bigger?

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    sb
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    Reply to: XTR 12 speed

    This thread is better.

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    sb
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    Reply to: 130mm trail bike shortlist

    I’ve a Cotic flare frame I’ve just put up for sale in case you’re interested…..

    http://singletrackworld.com/forum/topic/matt-orange-cotic-flare-frame-parts/

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    sb
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    Reply to: Does anyone miss their Full Suss?

    I’ve just changed my Cotic flare for a Curtis AM7 hardtail. Best thing I’ve done…. 99% of my riding is blatting through tight fast singletrack and trails which I now realise the FS was overkill for! Even a recent 40 mile SDW trek didn’t kill my back. Reckon my Strava times will improve when the trails do 😉

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    sb
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    Reply to: Internal door – toughened glass .. safe with kids ?

    Having been in a car accident years ago where the car had a toughened screen the glass did indeed break into millions of tiny cubes, I still had a to go to hospital to have loads of miniscule shards removed from my eyes!
    Granted such a possibility is unlikely in your situation but there’s absolutely no harm if you want extra peace of mind with the film ……

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    sb
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    Reply to: Internal door – toughened glass .. safe with kids ?

    I had the same concerns and bought some of this stuff. Use a plant mister to throughly wet the glass then stick your pre cut section on. Squeegy out the water and bubbles for a pretty much invisible job.

    https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F171645775395

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    sb
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    Reply to: Iphone or garmin for best gps signal

    Yes I found that and it said I deviated from the route at 31% which is why it didn’t read the route I was on. Rubbish of course as you can’t stray from this particular segment!

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    sb
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    Reply to: Iphone or garmin for best gps signal

    Thanks again!

    To clarify, I’m interested rather than obsessed with how Strava works (and sometimes doesn’t) and have learnt more stuff here from like minded riders than a google search that threw up stuff from all sorts of Internet ‘experts’ around the globe….

    Garmins 3 metre accuracy is good to know, although many trails in my local woods (Stanmer park in Brighton by the way) run parallel with others at less than that distance so I guess on a bad day things are going to get unclear somedays….

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    sb
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    Reply to: Iphone or garmin for best gps signal

    Cheers all, that all makes sense and very interesting… I think I may look out for a lower end garmin and compare but I’m not losing any sleep over it. I’ll happily admit that I very rarely go out for a ‘potter about’ and unless I’m literally on my last legs crawling back to the van with my bike then I feel like it wasn’t a great ride. Strava clicks with my competitive nature whilst on the trails….At 47 and with 3 KOM’s and a handful of 2/3 placings so far on well used segments I’ll sing it’s praises all day long whilst I’m still feeling this good with my efforts at my age!

    I’m surprised there was only one Strava hater, kind of expected more clever dicks 🙂

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    sb
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    Reply to: Fox 34's or 36's ?

    Thanks for the info and replies. I’ve decided the 34’s will suit me, I’m pretty nimble around my usual trails and feel the 36’s are just too ‘enduro’ for my riding.
    Cheers.

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