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    Brand specific Suspension design issues

    Hi folks,

    I've started shopping for my next 5" travel all mountain trail machine and I was looking for feedback on some specific brands. Mostly having to do with design flaws or maintenance issues. For Example I have a 2007 Santa Cruz Blur LT 1.0. It is a nice rig to ride but, Creeks like a mad man. Requires lots of attention to keep the linkage quiet and bearing replacements can be fun..

    So, with that in Mind. I am looking for feedback on the following rigs. Not interested in performance characteristics. Mechanical issues only. Chronic bearing issues. creaky weak linkage. That kind of stuff.

    Specialized Stumpjumper Comp
    Ibis Mojo
    Giant Trance

    Thanks,
    Joe

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    Brand specific Suspension design issues

    I've got an '11 Trance... Just replace the upper shock pivot bushing from the start. Real world cycling makes a roller bearing replacement that is much smoother and durable.
    I hope you have a big trunk... cause I'm gonna put my bike in it!

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    Have you looked into Santa Cruz lately? They use completely different bearings in the lower link now... angle contact. There are also ports to squeeze in fresh grease. After three years I haven't heard a single noise from the suspension.

    And bearings are warranted for life. Just send them back and you'll receive new ones at no cost.

    Just throwing that out there since you liked your Blur.
    The cake is a lie.

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    I have a Reign, same as a Trance just more travel, the upper drive side bearing needs replacing about 3x more then the rest of them. Not a big deal, bike is quiet, durable, fun. Good Luck.

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    Thanks everyone for all of the info. Looking forward to more!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lind View Post
    For Example I have a 2007 Santa Cruz Blur LT 1.0. It is a nice rig to ride but, Creeks like a mad man. Requires lots of attention to keep the linkage quiet and bearing replacements can be fun..
    Santa Cruz bearings did used to suck.

    But, from the Blur xc2 onwards SC changed their bearing and axle designs, they don't creak anymore and bearing life is much better. For reference most of the LT2s I know of are on their original bearings, barring a couple that get really heavy use and a couple more where maintenance disasters were involved.

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    I can't reccomend the Sinister Shenanigan enought if you're looking for a well built bike.
    Check out their facebook page.

    In the build I used, they upgraded me to Needle bearings.
    Also have greese ports for the major pivots.
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    no problems with pivots on a stumpy. but the saddle/ post will start to creak in short order. and get one with a rp23 or ctd (or basically anything but a triad).

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