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    id say to be on the safe side dont rig anything to fit...your life or safety rests upon upgrading properly. i had to have a complete front wheel rebuild when i put the manitou sherman slider + fork on. and ive had no problems at all. but anyways just want to let all you yakuza riders know i participated in a downhill race yesterday but had a 4-5mile climb to get to the top(thought i was going to die for awhile lol), i placed a little above the middle of the feild of 40riders. Ive never rode the trail before and did 3 miles of downhill in 8min 28secs at around 22mph!!! the fastest time was 6min22secs and 2 riders are factory xc riders! and about 77%of the riders have been xc'ing for 10yrs or more!!! i loved it and will be going back for more....
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    I finally got my bike all straightened out and working properly again, my LBS shop dude said that the atomlabs trailpimp was the hardest rim hes ever had to true but it is exactly that now and the X.7 rear derailleur is much crisper than the SX5. Heres a short little vid from today at Hunter Mountain all on the Aniki except for one shot (the one near the river over the small bridge over the log) where I felt saucy and decided to take a run on my SS hardtail:
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    Ok, I couldn't take it. I just ordered a '06 Aniki from Randall Scott.

    It's probably more bike than I need but I'd rather have too much because I already have too little.

    I'll post pics when I get it. BTW, how hard is it to set up in "dealer ready" condition? I've got a couple of bike-savvy friends who will probably help out. Thanks! TC
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    Dealer ready means u usually have to put on the handlebars, wheels, and pump up the tires. Sometimes you have to make small adjustments to the drivetrain/brakes. Thats how the 2 bikes my brother bought that came in dealer ready condition were at least. Pretty much all the tools you need are a set of allen wrenches, a bike pump, and maybey a small phillips head screwdriver if the limit screws on the derailleurs arent set properly (but they usually are).
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    Quote Originally Posted by yakuzafreerider
    id say to be on the safe side dont rig anything to fit...your life or safety rests upon upgrading properly. i had to have a complete front wheel rebuild when i put the manitou sherman slider + fork on. and ive had no problems at all. but anyways just want to let all you yakuza riders know i participated in a downhill race yesterday but had a 4-5mile climb to get to the top(thought i was going to die for awhile lol), i placed a little above the middle of the feild of 40riders. Ive never rode the trail before and did 3 miles of downhill in 8min 28secs at around 22mph!!! the fastest time was 6min22secs and 2 riders are factory xc riders! and about 77%of the riders have been xc'ing for 10yrs or more!!! i loved it and will be going back for more....
    Hey, congrats! I wish there was more going on around here race-wise. The closest DH races to me are 6 hours away in Spokane. On the plus side, Whistler is five hours away and I just back from a killer couple of days up there, so that makes up for it. Gotta get the Yak into the shop stand for a complete tear-down now: pivots loosened up massively by the second day, and despite the fact that I checked the crank bolts on both sides after riding the first night, my left crank arm tore off coming down the hill leading to the step-up on Dirt Merchant. That was an eye-opener! Ripped a good eighth to a quarter of an inch off the end of the splines on the crank arm, ending the life of the stock cranks. Luckily I was able to jam the thing back on, tighten it up and get down to the bottom to end the day injury-free. Oh well, that's Whistler for you, hard on bike and body if you aren't careful.

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    thanks man!...well im kinda lucky this really wasnt a big race it was a local mountainbike club that gets together, rides some grueling xc type climbs then a timed downhill ...then a few beers...i had a great time and it really opened my eyes up to riding new places. this downhill run wasnt as rough as what im used to but the fact i was hitting higher speeds, and mix of wash outs and berms and killer jumps made for a exciting and adrenaline filled experiance that makes me want more.gotta question how often should i have the pivots checked? i ride alot of rocky downhills but till this past weekend i was hitting some serious high speed big air jumps really pushing my suspension to its limits. i just wanna make sure everything is the way its supposed to be because if i break my neck riding id rather it be from my own doing and not adjusting and taking care of my bike as i should. as for whistler...im planning a trip there next year-maybe we can hook up and hit it together.
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    My pivots are after a full summer using the bike about 2-3 times a week usually 2 of those days being on more of a freeride type of terrain are starting to develop a tiny bit of play even though everything is torqued to spec. So Im thinking of taking it into the shop to have the bushings replaced since my local mountain closed today and I have my SS that I use for my XC rides during the week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Hoefer
    Dealer ready means u usually have to put on the handlebars, wheels, and pump up the tires. Sometimes you have to make small adjustments to the drivetrain/brakes. Thats how the 2 bikes my brother bought that came in dealer ready condition were at least. Pretty much all the tools you need are a set of allen wrenches, a bike pump, and maybey a small phillips head screwdriver if the limit screws on the derailleurs arent set properly (but they usually are).
    Ok, on the RS website, they're making it sound as if you would have to calibrate the brakes, check the derailleur tension, etc.--all things outside of my technical experience.

    Is having the set up done for $60 by RS worth it? TC
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    Hey to all you yakuza riders. im glad to hear your good comments on the bike, as i am currently saving my money to buy one as my next bike. i'll post pictures and maybe some videos when i eventually get it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AA717driver
    Ok, on the RS website, they're making it sound as if you would have to calibrate the brakes, check the derailleur tension, etc.--all things outside of my technical experience.

    Is having the set up done for $60 by RS worth it? TC
    If your unsure about setting it up properly then yes the $60 is well worth it it will save you lots of time and possible frustration.
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    I second that, then grab a copy of "Zinn and the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance," it'll save you hundreds of dollars in basic adjustments over the years. Yakuzafreerider, let me know when you are up there and I'll head up for sure! I check my pivot tightness before and after every serious ride! To check the pivots, grab the frame where the seat tube, seat post and top tube meet in one hand and the rear wheel in the other. Try to move the rear wheel back and forth at a 90 degree angle to forward, in other words try to shake the wheel back and forth in the frame. If it moves, even a little, you have play in either your pivots or the rear wheel and you want to snug the bolts up so you don't ovalize the pivots, break the bolts holding them together or harn the bearings. To tighten the pivots grab an allen/hex key and go around the pivot bolts and check to see if they are tight, note that sometimes they have another bolt on the other side that you will need a second allen key to hold while you tighten. If after that is done you still have side-to-side play then you're rear wheel bearings should be checked and tightened. I just had to do this on the Yakuza Waka-Gashira that I had (until I sold it yesterday), after a year of riding the rear wheel was getting wobbly. If you aren't familiar with the procedure for that, I'd recommend a mechanic do it for you as it's dirty and fairly involved to repack a hub.
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    From my house, I can almost see the UPS warehouse where my Aniki sits tonight. Supposed to be here Monday. I hope I've taken my last (forced) ride on my rigid Trek...

    I'll post some porn when it arrives. I'll try to be creative. TC

    P.S.--From what I've read, with me weighing 205, the stock rear spring won't cut it. Am I correct?
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    sorry it took a while. its not an aniki, but its a yakuza series
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    just a few more
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    looks like a marz z150, you looking to move it?
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    Nice bike, bro. I used to have a Waka-Gashira: same frame, very fun on the jumps and drops.

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    i love the pictures guys of all the yakuza'a aniki's or other iron horse line up...there great bikes. keep the pictures and posts coming! l8r travis
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    I finally got it and got a chance to ride. I didn't bottom out but I took it easy. I'll try to ride more this weekend. Pics to follow. TC
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    Glad to hear you had fun AA717driver! It really is a good bang for its buck.

    On another note Ive been wondering I just noticed it on Todds Yakuza and its on my aniki as well what does the "893" painted on the bottom of the bike stand for?
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    I believe it's the designation for the tubing used to build the frame.

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    No problem climbing short hills (local trail goes up and down a 15-20 ft. high levee). I was riding an old Trek 3500 that probably weighed the same as the Aniki. I had gotten all paranoid about the weight issue. I guess "real men" don't worry about that stuff...

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    So, I just purchased a Yakuza Aniki from Randall Scott and have been riding it around for about three days now. My Forks work magically, but my rear suspension bottomed out today. Any suggestions on a better shock/crank?
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    moderate climbing with the aniki isnt that bad....but when you have sharp uphill climbs going from 2000 to 3500ft in less than 2 miles its a pig. but short moderate to easy climbs really arent that bad with it. its really not a big xc bike...i took it on an 18mile loop once with some big increases in elevations-needless to say it wont happen again. the bike is great for downhill and freeride stuff though...thats when the bike true meaning shows. for a low budget bike to start on its great-even better is the upgradabilityof the bike as you progress in skill. if you have any ?s let me know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by YakuzaCRUZ
    So, I just purchased a Yakuza Aniki from Randall Scott and have been riding it around for about three days now. My Forks work magically, but my rear suspension bottomed out today. Any suggestions on a better shock/crank?
    Send an email to ironhorse or give them a call they will ship you a heavier spring for free. All you have to do is tell them what bike you have your weight, and address then magically like a week later a new spring shows up in the mail.

    I'm not sure on the phone number but you can email them at info@ironhorsebikes.com
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    well ironhorse will ship a heavier spring to you free of charge...as far as shock and crank well what riding style do you have yakuzacruz? depending on downhill, freeride, agressive xc there are different components out there for each. im going strictly downhill now so some of my components are getting changed out now. i have a raceface evolve ss crank right now that works great but i need a beefer crankset so im going with the new truvativ OCT cranset...shockwise im going to a 9 x 2.75 manitou swinger 6 coil shock 7"travel setup , brakes and rims, tires too getting switched out to the new avid code disc brakes and bontrager wheelsets.... still looking for tires all to gear up for racing downhill next year. learn everything bout your bikes dimension and in your riding style and shop from there.
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    My riding style is Downhill/freeride. I was thinking about getting the Manitou Triple Ti Intrinsic as well as the Swinger coil SPV 6 way (maybe just the 4 way for now, 6 is a little pricy). I sent IH an email last night about the shocks.

    On another note I am here in santa cruz and go riding around UCSC alot, so if there is anyone here who wants to ride with me send me a message.

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    have any of you guys had problems with the brakes rubbing and making a jinglng noise? I think i might have found the problem in my front hub, which wobles side to side if i push on it. I seems like the bearings a play/slop in the hub. If anyone knows about this, hit me up.

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    yakuzacruz, great choices on upgrades -your heading in the right direction with them- get the singer 6 it may be pricey but worth it....rockhopper, my stock front disc break rubs all the time-even after i replaced the front hub, my disc has a slight bend in it so when i switch out to the avid code im sure it will fix all problems...but if your hub wobbles check the tightness of the skewer that hold the wheel on, or better yet take it to a bike shop and let them check it out the wheel may need to be trued....
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    Ohh did u ppl noe tat Yakuza ment Japanese gangster and Aniki means big bro or leader XD

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockHopper09
    have any of you guys had problems with the brakes rubbing and making a jinglng noise? I think i might have found the problem in my front hub, which wobles side to side if i push on it. I seems like the bearings a play/slop in the hub. If anyone knows about this, hit me up.

    You just need to have your hub tightened up, any shop can do it for you. Don't ride around on it for too long or you'll carve out the races and damage the hub.

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    meaning of yakuza and aniki

    knew yakuza meant gangster or something like a japanese mafia...didnt know what aniki meant but its cool though...thanks for the info t
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    how do you tighten the hub?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Hoefer
    Hey I got one too! The fork on tagnasty's bike is the stock Spinner Ammo that comes on the bike for this season. Mines pretty stock except I upgraded the rear wheel to an atomlabs trailpimp with DT champion spokes and an XT hub and I upgraded the brake levers to></object>

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    heres a recent picture of my aniki from my myspace page My URL
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    check it out sometime guys...

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    I just got an aniki recently and i am looking to replace the fork and rear shock. Im probably getting a vanilla, but i have no idea what fork to get.

    what are you guys riding, single/double crown, spring/air?

    im only 14 so i cant afford much.

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    rockhopper09- well im riding on a triple crown manitou sherman slider +spv 170mm fork, which I found new for $275 on ebay...and the rear coil shock is stock besides the fact iron horse sent me a heavier spring. make a note when you upgrade your fork you may have to change out your front hub to to be compatible with the fork. shop around before you buy, especially if your $$$ is limited. if you have anymore ?'s let me know ill answer them the best that i can. l8r t
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    So this is what the Aniki has in the way of rear shock 9” x 2.75” with 23mmx8mm hardware. Is there anyone who can tell me a few shocks that have those specs (preferably coil but it matters not)?

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    well the aniki is a 5inch travel stock....the 9 x 2.75 is for 7inches of rear travel. when you order the rear suspension you will be give the option to purchase what size coil/weight and shock....
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    I meant more like what brand/model, but that was helpful too! Thanks.

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    well as far as suspensions go... i like manitou-the metal r, swinger-3,4,6 are all great rear shocks, the theres the fox vanilla line and so on...really i stick to the manufacturer i like manitou-but go to bikeparts.com check out there rear suspensions, there not the low cost stuff but find what you like and search the net for a better deal. thats what i do.
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    i was just wantin to no, would a marzocchi jr T or a marzocchi drop off triple be better for an aniki?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swandel
    i was just wantin to no, would a marzocchi jr T or a marzocchi drop off triple be better for an aniki?
    not really. you would probably be better off getting a boxxer or something like a sherman slider. because for one they're not nearly as tall. but two I believe the dropoff triple and the Jr T share the SSVF dampening, wich totally sucks. I have an old 02 boxxer and it fits alright on my bakuto, so does the kingpin I have as well. but marz forks are jenerally just a little too big. if you are stuck onto something like a dropoff, get the single crown version. if you need 170mm of travel, seriously, get a kingpin, ride it till it brakes, then send it into manitou and they'll give you a 06/07 Kingpin for free. I just think that in bolth of those forks, the dampening really kinda sucks, fluid flow might be a better choice. even if you wanted go stance flow with the 110-150mm travel adjustment.
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    manitou or marzocchi....eeemmm never ran a marzocchi before but i have read many reviews on both manitou and marzocchi-some like them some dont. all i can say is my sherman slider + has worked perfect and feels right on my bike for me. and you can get one at jenson.com for around $300...now if you wanna a serious race fork and have lots of cash go for the boxxer-i wouldnt bother with the manitou kingpin get a slider.
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    thanx for the tips there. i think im gonna go for the slider actually, it seems to be a good fork, and i have checked a few sites just there. thanx for the advice guys
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    So i was riding today and i go over a 2 foot jump and my rear derailleur breaks off completely. Ive written ironhorse about it but man this sucks I was thinking about maybe getting a different one, or asking IH for a stronger one. Advice?

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    badnews man...i dont know if warranties apply to stuff broken by riding except the frame-they may....ive wrecked mine a few times-once the bike fliped end over end for bout 20feet down a rocky section when i went over the bars-rear wheel ripped out completely from the frame!!!!but didnt break a thing. if you but another rear deraillleur go with a shimano xt or go with sram x-0 components you have to stick to one manufacter when it comes to shifter and drivetrain components...
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    Yeah. For all of the owners of the Aniki, the company will not give you a replacement derailleur. You have to go to the place you purchased the bike and ask them to ask IH to send you a new one. Apparently they dont "deal" with customers (this is how most companies are but just thought id give the heads up. I am going with the SRAM X.9. I found shifters and rear derailleur for $129. http://www.pricepoint.com/detail.htm...d=135%20SRAX93

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    The Sherman Slider looks good and is very affordable. I found one at the following website for $279.95. http://www.greenfishsports.com/index...ROD&ProdID=867

    Are there any other models I should look up (the sherman looks good because it is on the less expensive side)?

    Pictures soon and once again, if there are any folks in or near the Santa Cruz area who want to ride, send me an email at monroeismyband@hotmail.com. Thanks!

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    You should take a look for '04 and '05 Marzocchi Jr T's as well, great bargains at the online spots (check Jenson, Cambria, Pricepoint and Wheelworld) and my '04 was a great replacement for the stock manitou on the '05 on the Kumicho I have. As for your customer service experience, just go through a local retailer: IH's CS is horrible to customers, I've experienced it firsthand and I know several people in the business who have affirmed this as well. Let your shop, or any shop that deals IH, deal with it for you.

    Kumicho update: Saint Cranks installed this evening! So sweet! Like the tubular steel Syncros cranks of old the Saints are so stiff it's like standing on a concrete floor. Ride report after the shuttle day at Blackrock Saturday ( http://brmba.org/ )
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    Lastly, revisiting the pivot play issue: check your rig for play by grabbing the seatpost/seatube junction in one hand and the rear wheel in the other and try to move the rear wheel back and forth in the frame. If you have play, any play, tighten all of your pivot bolts or take it to your dealer to do it for you. I had a little bit of play in the rear, but to fix it I would have had to pull the bottom bracket to get behind the SRS chainguide to get at the main pivot bolt on the Kumicho. I was lazy all summer, kept everything but the one pivot that matters tight, and just paid a shop $72 for a new ($5) bearing and and two hour's worth of work to get the race from the disintegrated non-drive-side main pivot bearing out of the frame and press the new bearing in. THIS IS MY FAULT FOR BEING LAZY, and it could have resulted in a broken frame right when I am really getting to love my Kumicho. Don't be a pud, monitor your suspension and keep that sh!t tight!
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    carbuncles right check your stuff out after every ride...i do this when cleaning-degreasing-lubricating my bike...it helps you get to know your bike, you can spot damages to any part of you bike while performing a must needed maintanence on your investment which is one your life, and your bike. as far as buying anything for your rig, always check the reviews of the product. you dont wanna buy junk guys.
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    2006 Boxxer Wc and DHX 5.0.

    Hey Guys Im plannin to put 2006 wc boxxers and 06 dhx 5s on my aniki so excited ... gona get them on saturday...Im put pics up for sure

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