Finally got mine this past Tuesday. Wasn't bad putting her together at all. Greased the pedals and seatpost, adjusted the end points on the F/R derailleurs (youtube is my friend) assembled the handlebars, snugged all the bolts, swapped the derailleur hanger with a new one (mine was bent during shipping) and I was almost ready to ride. This was my first time assembling a bike like this and it was actually more fun than difficult!
My front and rear discs were rubbing slightly on the caliper which were easily fixed with loosening the caliper mounting bolts, squeezing the appropriate brake lever and slowly and evenly re-tightening the mounting bolts. My buddy who was helping me bent the disc a little straighter too and they came out pretty much silent with the tiniest rub that went away by the end of the day. So at this point the brakes were set, derailleurs tuned, computer installed, ODI grips installed, hydropack filled, helmet/sunglasses/gloves on, adjusted the seat/levers and it was finally time to ride!
Here's a pic from her maiden voyage:
I must say I beat the hell out of this thing my first ride. She took it very well. I took it on the most advanced trail at a local spot (Cunningham Park) with rocks, logs, jumps, drop-offs you name it I hit it with the Skyhawk. The only thing that happened was I cracked the plastic front sprocket guard by smashing it really hard going over a steep log pile.
This trail required me to be constantly switching gears to be able to get up and down this trail, my SRAM components it came with performed flawlessly all day. I was riding with my buddy who owns a Trek Superfly and he was really impressed with my bike.
So after 1.5 hours we rode about 9.3 miles of trail... my legs were burning! It was time to eat. On our way back I was bouncing on my fork trying to wheelie and manual or whatever and bounced my way into a chain link fence parallel with the sidewalk! I smashed my front wheel into a cement founded post and flipped over the bars and landed on my ass. (Had my helmet on!) Luckily I didn't get hurt and my buddy laughed pretty hard after he knew I was okay but I taco'd my brand new bike's front rim. =( We tried bending it back but it's shot, time for a new one. Anyone have any recommendations? I don't want to get too crazy expensive or anything... I'm planning to ride this bike until it breaks and then upgrade next season to a Guardian or Goblin...
Here's the result of the chain link fence:
Not the end of the world but it is pretty tender today.
All in all it was a great day. It was my first time on a real mountain bike trail in general and the Skyhawk took care of me. The brakes slowed me down well, the fork although a little springy took a lot of abuse and overall it took pretty much everything I threw at it. I look forward to riding again this weekend hopefully Saturday afternoon and Sunday afternoon pending acquisition of a new front rim! Well after all the research, reviews and countless threads I read through... I'M HOOKED!
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