Heard you had some brake issues too.
Had to walk out with a chain less bike. Not too thrilled...
Bet it wouldn't have happened with some new XTs . I can knock on the J5s too much, they served me well for 4 seasons with only having to change the pads and bleed once a year.
I was able to get about 6 miles of single track and about 1 mile of road riding in. It started out as a perfect morning to ride.
2009/2010 - 28
2009 mtb-19 rides- 113.58 miles
2008/09 - 33
Half a mile or so later the free hub started sticking. That caused the chain to slack and jump between the cassette and the spokes right when I was starting to pedal. It took us a while to get the chain unjammed, which required us to break the chain to pull it out. Since the free hub became completely lock up in the process we just left it off.
I walked and coasted back to the road while Jeff was nice enough to ride back and get his car to pick me up at the road, saving me a push down route 69.
I really need a new rear wheel, this is getting old...
I would consider getting a bomb proof rear hub and having it relaced to your existing rim with some beefy spokes.
In order of preference it would be:
Hadley - very durable, easy to maintain
Chris King - very durable, but need special tools to service
DT Swiss - I have read that the upper end stuff is very durable
I love my Hopes, but I am not sure they would be able to stand up to your size and power very long.
Yeah, I'm aware of what hubs I should have. None of those are within my budget, especially since I just put an offer in on a fixer upper house. I'm just going to get another XT freehub for now and hopefully be able to build another wheel over the winter.
Buy the hub before the offer is accepted. You don't need a stove anyways!
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