Project Zero: Zip Rebuild

Project Zero: Zip Rebuild

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  1. I thought about trying one of those Softride stems “back in the day”, but never got around to it. I am considering the short travel Thudbuster for my current Cannondale hardtail however. Will order one sooner or later.

    Still seems weird seeing my old Zip posted up here – but I’m glad you’re enjoying it. I get a kick out of the updates.

  2. @Dan O
    I couldn’t decide between the ST and the LT Thudbuster, but went for the LT in the end (obviously). Given the choice of elastomer stiffness, I figured I have the choice to go in all directions. They look goofy, but I’ve been pretty happy with it.

  3. Have you condisered the Rox Shox sus post it looks the sweetest out there and I have had several friends use them with lots of success. I have a similar build happening at the moment, a mongoose IBOC pro with full ritchey logic tubing and those super sweet minimalist ritchey dropouts. I have unfortunately converted it to single speed and given a 2 pac spray job so it will never see it’s original mongoose livery again.

  4. @johnny klink
    You mean like the ones Johnny T is racing in the third pic here? I raced a pair like this on my sand-filled Schwinn, but I’m loathe to change the nature of this off-white beast. Besides, it seems like all the forks these days are longer travel and would mess with the steep angles on this bike. Can you still find the short travel shox today?

    I think this thing would look sweet with an Cannondale Lefty. Okay. I said it. But they’re all 100+mm.

  5. Frank, I think Klink means the Rock Shox suspension seatpost, not the fork.

    Nothing looks sweet with a Lefty….

  6. yes seat post ..and the only thing leftys are good for is a boat anchor

  7. @brett
    Come on! Needle bearings!

  8. @johnny klink
    I didn’t realize that Rock Shox made one, but that is the design that I’m thinking of when I say they suffered from sticktion and that it effected the seatpost height too much. Although, I’ll give you this: that Thudbuster is not a particularly cool-looking seatpost. The Shox would certainly look cooler.

  9. Raced my first MTB race today. So rad.

    I assumed the laps were short enough to get a full warmup lap in with 25 minutes before the start. I didn’t! When I made it back to the start, everyone had left 2 minutes earlier. No worries…I rolled out in full warmup kit.

    I caught a few people and finished 25 of 30. More importantly, I had a ton of fun the whole time. It was a nice swoopy flowing course. And a dry sunny day.

    When I got back home it was raining.

    Three races in March. My Yeti performed better than I ever knew it could.

    I think I’m going to the dark side. Cyclocross in the Fall and Winter, MTB in the Spring and Summer. And some pavé.

  10. @G’rilla

    Raced my first MTB race today. So rad.

    I assumed the laps were short enough to get a full warmup lap in with 25 minutes before the start. I didn’t! When I made it back to the start, everyone had left 2 minutes earlier. No worries…I rolled out in full warmup kit.

    I caught a few people and finished 25 of 30. More importantly, I had a ton of fun the whole time. It was a nice swoopy flowing course. And a dry sunny day.

    When I got back home it was raining.

    Three races in March. My Yeti performed better than I ever knew it could.

    I think I’m going to the dark side. Cyclocross in the Fall and Winter, MTB in the Spring and Summer. And some pavé.

    Nipple Lube! You’ll have to come down for the PIR Short Track series this summer. Good fun I’m told.

  11. @G’rilla come to AZ and do the Wiskey off road. 50 miles in northern AZ. I just posted a video on FB.

    I just picked up an old 7 speed MTB for my 14 year old brother. Apart from doing a ghetto tubeless conversion, he will be rolling rigid. I figure he can handle it. We are gonna do some brotherly bonding over rodeo weekend. The catch is he haa to clean my apartment to pay off some of the debt.

  12. @G’rilla

    Raced my first MTB race today. So rad.

    I assumed the laps were short enough to get a full warmup lap in with 25 minutes before the start. I didn’t! When I made it back to the start, everyone had left 2 minutes earlier. No worries…I rolled out in full warmup kit.

    I caught a few people and finished 25 of 30. More importantly, I had a ton of fun the whole time. It was a nice swoopy flowing course. And a dry sunny day.

    When I got back home it was raining.

    Three races in March. My Yeti performed better than I ever knew it could.

    I think I’m going to the dark side. Cyclocross in the Fall and Winter, MTB in the Spring and Summer. And some pavé.

    Hey man, there’s no such thing as the dark side, just the other side.
    Ive got a road bike, CX bike and an XC bike and I race them all. And I’m about a month away from getting a track bike (it doesnt hurt that I live a 5 minute ride away from an indoor wooden velodrome).

    Who’da thought that divorce would be so much fun?

  13. @RedRanger

    @G’rilla come to AZ and do the Wiskey off road. 50 miles in northern AZ. I just posted a video on FB.

    I just picked up an old 7 speed MTB for my 14 year old brother. Apart from doing a ghetto tubeless conversion, he will be rolling rigid. I figure he can handle it. We are gonna do some brotherly bonding over rodeo weekend. The catch is he haa to clean my apartment to pay off some of the debt.

    Rigid: when I got my first MTB it was a aluminum Cannonwhale with a pepperoni fork. What that rig taught me, through trial and a lot of error, was; the faster you go, the safer you are. Wise words from Missy “the missile” Giove.

  14. I’m convinced that MTB is the most exhausting thing one can do on a bike.

    Today’s race was one hour long and I’m more tired than I was after 250km of hilly road riding. I think they are making each course twice as tough as the last. Although the race started and ended in the same spot, my V-meter shows that my vertical ascent was at least 3x the number of meters downward. The course must have been designed by Escher.

    At least I caught someone at the line, just before I toppled over onto the ground unable to move for a full 5 minutes.

  15. Nicely done mate. How’s the bike holding up? I had to adjust A loose hub on mine the other day.

  16. The day after a hard road ride I feel fatigue in my quads. The day after a hard MTB ride I feel like somebody beat me with a hickory cane.

  17. Came with inches of running into a saguaro today. That woulda been a disaster.

  18. @PeakInTwoYears

    The day after a hard road ride I feel fatigue in my quads. The day after a hard MTB ride I feel like somebody beat me with a hickory cane.

    Speaking of which, BuDu racing’s next MTB event is on Whidbey Island (two weeks from today). Team Velominati needs you there!

    You know how to contact me.

  19. @RedRanger

    Came with inches of running into a saguaro today. That woulda been a disaster.

    Ugh, dude. Infection city.

  20. @RedRanger

    Nicely done mate. How’s the bike holding up? I had to adjust A loose hub on mine the other day.

    It’s doing pretty well. Loose saddle after last week’s race with a DH section. The odd loose bolt here and there. I need to take off the bottom bracket and clean it, but otherwise OK.

    I have two weeks to the next race so I think I’ll take it to the LBS to check all the suspension bits.

    I tool Brett’s advice and ran the whole race in the middle mode on my shock (“trail”). It was much simpler and worked well. Now I have to learn to trust the bike and lean into the bermed turns for more speed. I think I try to make up for lack of skill by muscling it up the hills. Friends finished before me and looked like they barely had to give any effort!

  21. @mcsqueak

    @RedRanger

    Came with inches of running into a saguaro today. That woulda been a disaster.

    Ugh, dude. Infection city.

    One of my friends got into a drunken fight with a Cholla. his finger is fucked.

  22. @G’rilla seems like I am having to adjust something every week, and Im not even racing.

  23. @G’rilla What the chances of getting frank on a new MTB rig?

  24. @G’rilla

    Speaking of which, BuDu racing’s next MTB event is on Whidbey Island (two weeks from today). Team Velominati needs you there!

    You know how to contact me.

    Oh god. I last pinned on a race number in 1989, and my MTB skills are execrable. Is there a category for old unfit guys who suck?

  25. The goal is to stay in the air for as much of the course as possible.

  26. @G’rilla Why aren’t you pedaling? Is your bike broken? Wheels on the ground mean speed.

  27. @Chris The photo makes it look like I’m not pedaling, but I made 5 revolutions of the crank between each of those frames.

  28. @Chris

    I just want to see the next frame where he bails. Oh, and John Tomac agrees with @G’rilla.

  29. Merckx, I have to get that back back under control. Its disgraceful, the way its built right now.

  30. @G’rilla

    @Chris The photo makes it look like I’m not pedaling, but I made 5 revolutions of the crank between each of those frames.

    Unless you also managed to get your bike back on the ground between frames that would have been fairly pointless. Or are you so awesome that you pedal in mid air, old school BMX style.

  31. @frank why? start from scratch with a modern MTB. It will be worth it.

  32. @frank

    @Chris

    I just want to see the next frame where he bails. Oh, and John Tomac agrees with @G’rilla.

    Tomac wouldn’t have stopped pedaling for that, he’s only off the ground in your photo because he wants to twist his bar and stem out of the way in case the whole roadie set up gives way going down the slope.

  33. @G’rilla

    How do you get the bike to go up in the air like that? Is that what those seatposts with the cable attached are for?

  34. @G’rilla well done, it looks like you are carrying some good speed down the MTN by the height of your wheels. Or you have mastered the bunny hop. All the work up makes the down well worth it.  I just dusted off the GT Zaskar last weekend myself after doing a full diagnostic check. Just a leaky fork seal I forgot about last fall when she went into hibernation. I should have the seal kit by the end of the week and rebuild both this saturday.

  35. @PeakInTwoYears

    @G’rilla

    How do you get the bike to go up in the air like that? Is that what those seatposts with the cable attached are for?

    I’m actually at ground level. There’s a switch on the bars that makes the rest of the ground move downward.

  36. A little desert XC riding today

  37. @RedRanger

    What’s up with the weird sky? What planet are you on?

  38. @PeakInTwoYears too blue?

  39. @RedRanger

    What is this word “blue”? Are you speaking Proto-Germanic or something?

  40. @PeakInTwoYears

    @RedRanger

    What is this word “blue”? Are you speaking Proto-Germanic or something?

    “distinct terms for brownpurplepinkorange and grey will not emerge in a language until the language has made a distinction between green and blue”

  41. @PeakInTwoYears one of the perks of living in AZ. Right now it’s 30 C. when I was out it was closer to 20\.

  42. @RedRanger

    @PeakInTwoYears one of the perks of living in AZ. Right now it’s 30 C. when I was out it was closer to 20\.

    It wasn’t 30C there last weekend!  I should have stayed in Syracuse, it was warmer here!

  43. @Sauterelle you are correct, it was “cold” in Tucson this passed weekend. You got the raw deal on that end. The weather in southern AZ can be erratic this time of year.

  44. @frank

    Merckx, I have to get that back back under control. Its disgraceful, the way its built right now.

    I vote for a Tomac type build along with getting a New MTB.

  45. @RedRanger

    @Sauterelle you are correct, it was “cold” in Tucson this passed weekend. You got the raw deal on that end. The weather in southern AZ can be erratic this time of year.

    Yeah, it sucked.  I was in Phoenix and we had cold, rain, wind and a dust storm.  The day it warmed up was the day I left, naturally!

  46. @the Engine

    @PeakInTwoYears

    @RedRanger

    What is this word “blue”? Are you speaking Proto-Germanic or something?

    “distinct terms for brown, purple, pink, orange and grey will not emerge in a language until the language has made a distinction between green and blue”

    Neither linguist nor neuro-ocular labcoat guy, I am not prepared to debate this–or even to understand it. All I know are things I call “green” and “grey” and “brown.” Mostly grey and green. It’s just where I live, or maybe I’m a dog.

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