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    anyone out there ride a yakuza aniki?

    just wanted to see how many yakuza aniki riders are out there...post pictures Id love to see them... heres mine
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    yo man sweet bike Iíll post a pic of mine after work today I donít have a pic on this computer. I have noticed that there just arenít that many people rocking yakuza's. I wonder what the sales numbers are like on them

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    thanks

    thanks man for the kind words...Id love to see pictures of your bike when you get them up. ill keep checking back.
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    ok here is my stockish aniki sorry its a poser backyard shot. i keep forgeting to bring my camera out on the trail
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    nice picture.

    i dont think its a poser shot...mine was taken in my yard before hitting a trail...what all have you done to it? the fork looks different from what mine had stock (manitou splice 130mm) anyways I think the aniki's are a great bike to build up. hopefully there will be more riders out there that will post more pictures. if you have any ?'s on what to upgrade or suggestions let me know...
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    i guess were the only aniki owners maybe we should extend this to all yakuza owners.. and one more poser shot, i dont like the the stock fork, probably want to go with a nixon. and some lighter components, more for all mountain stuff
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    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 Avid SD-Ti and my front shifter was replaced with an LX shifter due to it brakeing on me during a crash. Heres some shots I have of it: (sorry for the low quality Pics)





    Woohoo first action shot! Granted I look all goofy because Im getting ready to pop up onto a bridge.

    Edit: And a short vid I made with the aniki featured in it:
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    dude the bike looks good, glad to see some action shots im going to try to get out this weekend and get some, just havent had much time lately. i was starting to think there were only 2 aniki owners out there

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    Thanks for the compliments, Yeah I know I never see the aniki anywheres, but its a great frame to start with and have a cheapish bike to ride for a good amount of time and with the right upgrades the aniki could become a great am/fr bike depending on what parts are put on it.
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    awesome shots guys hopefully we will keep fishing out other yakuza aniki riders out there...there great bikes if you go to mtbmovies.com go to member profiles and look up Yayuzafreeriders profile thats mine ive got a few more pictures there, even the ones with x's on them work just click on them...thanks guys
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    I'm ordering a new fork and pedals tomorow so stay tuned in theres sure to be some photos coming in some time next week.
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    sweet man i have been thinking about new pedals myself, but i want to wear down the stock ones a little more first.i also checked out your page yakuzafreerider lots of sweet pics you should post them up here, so even the lazy can enjoy

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    Hey guys...nice pics/vids. I just got and Aniki about 2 months ago. It is really growing on me. I have takin it DH do alot of freeriding and XC. It has performed great in all aspects, although a little sluggish on the flats! I really have nothing to compare it to, being my first FS but like i said, I'm loving it so far. I would post some pics but you might as well look at the "stockish" pics from above cause it looks just the same. Stay tuned........

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    Tagnasty: Yeah my stocker wellgos started developing play in the spindle so I took off the dust cap to see if the spindle had wiggled itself loose but the bolt was tight so over time it must have just gotten worn out. I will have some Crank Bros 50/50 XX in Gold and an '05 Marzocchi Bomber Z1 FR3 ordered tomorow.

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    sweet love the pedals...i was wanting those but ended up with dmr v8's which arent bad for $30....the aniki will definatley be a little slugish on flats and on some climbing it is not the lightest of bikes, but the more you ride it the easier it will become. its a great bike to build onto. thanks for the compliments so far guys.
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    Freerider......is that a fox rea shock?r or the original shock with a stronger coil?

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    i contacted iron horse bout the rear coil bein way to soft, they sent me a 650lb coil to replace the stock 300lb one. they didnt ask any ?'s they just mailed it. so yea is a stronger coil thats all for now, i do want a manitou metal r eventually to max out the frames travel potential...my dream shock is the crane creek double barrel! but im not made of money lol later guys-t
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    I did the same thing, they sent me a 750lb spring I almost wanna drop back down to a 650 but I dont know if that will be too soft. He said I was right on the borderline between 650 and 750lb springs. I was also thinking of doing a Metel R or RP I rode a rental Aniki at Hunter Mountain that was equipped with a Metel R and the extra inch of travel/higher quality suspension made it ride even better.
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    cool 650lb just right for me bein around 190lbs i set the rebound at 75% which is pretty nice, but eventually ill need more travel. but for now it works great. check out the classifieds here on mtbr you may find a replacement rear suspension, id buy one but money is tight right now...; ) l8r t
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    New Iron Horse Aniki

    Hii I got bought a Aniki and am gona get it the comin week...so happy it is my first
    real mountain bike... and not sure why people keep complainin about how the aniki and the
    brand iron horse sux tho... but any ways just wonderin Eric Hoefer is ur aniki 2006 or 2005
    Once i get my bike i will share how my first ride is and pics of it

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    I have an '05 Kumicho

    Race Face Diabolus Bars and Stem, Wellgo B-67 flats, '04 Jr T, IRD post, WTB saddle:





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    i heard a few compliants in reviews of the bike...but i have yet to understand why check out my reviews of the bike here on this site under the 05 the only differance in the bike now in 06 is the provided travel of the fork and maybe a few other things...we all would love to see the pics.
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    dude that is a sweet little rock section wish i had something like that on a local trail out here

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    I got my new fork and pedals I went with the 50/50 X I couldnt justify an extra $40 for cartrige bearings. I just got it all buttoned up and I love it. And of course heres some pictures there not the greatest cuz they were taken with my phone but they give you the idea.


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    eric sweet pics...the pedals are sweet! youll have to let us all know how it rides! my bike unfortunatley took 20hrs to break the fork in ; ( but shes all good now though. curbuncle the kumicho is sweet, id love to find some spots like in your photos around here. just curious how much did you pay for the rig? keep the threads coming guys!
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    I paid 1399 for the Kumicho last December, got it at Perf. I swapped the spring on the Progressive for a 500# and together with the Jr T the suspension is perfect for downhilling, stunts and the shore. Here's a fresh glamour shot:
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    carbuncle, thats a pretty sweet price for the bike, at least you didnt have to much of an empty wallet after that purchase. most of the bigger travel rigs have huge pricetags but the key is to look around and choose wisely. i love the red on your bike pretty dope color. couple ?s i cant remember is your bike a 7 or 8 inch travel bike? and do you still have the stock rear coil? let me know-t
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    I think the Progressive had a 350# spring on it when I got it. I'm a big boy, 6' 2" and 235, and it was way undersprung for me so I had Perf get a 500# spring from Progressive for me. The Kumicho is 8" of rear wheel travel, and my Jr T has 7 up front so it's pretty balanced. If you are thinking about a Kumicho, I'd say look at the '06s over the '05s. The 05 models had a cheesy toy floating brake that started screaming and vibrating the whole frame on my second hard ride (and the first real big-mountain ride I took it on) and came with a horrifyingly inadequate Manitou Stance Kingpin dual crown fork on it: I never actually even took off road before I swapped it with Jr T I already had. I have some friends who have the '06 White freeride oriented model and the Blue DH racing oriented model, and they are both sweet bikes with killer forks and should be going on sale pretty soon to make room for the '07s. BTW, Yakuzafreerider, I like the stealth black on your rig. It looks like you have done some sensible upgrades, too, all in the right places. What's next, new rear shock? If I have to replace the Progressive (or get to, since I will change it the first time it shows any sign of trouble) I am thinking Fox DHX 5.0 coil, or maybe a Rocco.
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    carbuncle- im not looking at getting anythind else anytime soon...to be honest this bike feels perfect for me. im sure eventually something new one day but with the frame being as solid as it is, i think with some wise upgrade choices this bike will be with me for the long haul...or if the frame ever breaks lol. the rear shock for now is ok...im considering a swinger 4way, or the manitou metal r ...im not one the too picky on adjustments as long as it rebounds good. but my dream shock is the crane creek double barrel. i just want to to the bike evened out in the travel dept. since the photo above of my bike ive done a few things nothing drastic...i removed the plastic sheild between the rear hub and cogs, and turned the diablous bar stem upside down to reverse the angle-flipping the stem changed the feel a lot and works so much better. but my next purchase upgrade wise will be a MRP chainguide-or an e-13...refering to the floating brake-ive heard there was a lot of issues with it at least there are upgrades to remedy it-the kingpin stance...man i almost bought one but the reviews scared me to death so i found a great deal on a manitou sherman slider + and its worked great...finally broke it in, took 20hrs of riding to do so. i like the black on my rig too, but the paint job sucks, chips a lot but im looking at having it redone in another year or so...i just dont want it to rust anywhere...so im considering sticking to the black...maybe airbrushing another dragon on it or black base with gold and hint of silver tiger striping on it.
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    Cool, nice choices. Don't worry about rust, aluminum doesn't rust.

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    My aniki is out of commission for a moment :(

    I was riding at Hunter Mountain today and got to test out the new fork and pedals, I loved each and every second of it. The fork was smooth and stiff and much more responsive overall compared to the stock fork. And the 50/50's offered amazing grip throughout the whole ride and they are super comfortable under your feet too.

    Now for the bad news..... If you remember the video I posted in a previous post theres a trail that runs through the woods that results in a bridge that emerges out of the woods and rides down over a cliff out into an open spot on the trail. Well I decided to get brave today carried a good clip of speed into the bridge and treated it like a drop, as I landed on the wood I heard a noise come from the rear end of my bike followed by my rear wheel locking up then freeing for about a half turn then locking up again. When I finally got the bike stopped I looked at the damage. My rear derrailleur had cracked at the body and sucked into the spokes and mangled/broke 8 or 9 spokes on my driveside of my brand new TrailPimp. Luckily the rim/hub/cassette went unharmed and somehow my derrailleur hanger is still intact and shows no sign of any stress. Heres a couple pics of whats left of the SX5 and I already have an X.7 on the way and the bike will be in the shop Monday to get the wheel rebuilt. Hey at least I get some more new parts out of the ordeal, I guess it makes up for having to walk up a third of the mountain to do the download of shame down the lift.


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    holy crap!!atleast you didnt get hurt...i went over the handle bars once and the bike flipped end over end for ten feet and knocked the rear wheel right outta the frame...it bent my derailuer a little but it bent back with ease luckly i didnt break anything on the bike or myself...well glad your alright man....carbuncle-great to hear aluminum doesnt rust! im glad to that ive made some good choices component wise, its hard with all thats out there to buy....but thank god for the net so you can checkout everything!
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    i was thinking about getting one of those aniki's...i guess they will be coming out with 2007 models pretty soon so maybe i should wait

    aniki guys, how heavy is the bike really? and how is that spinner ammo fork, is it really all that bad or can it be tuned a bit for performance

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    Yakuza Aniki and Spinner Ammo 1

    I just bought a Yakuza Aniki a week ago. The bike itself is pretty cool. It doesn't come with the best specs, but, hey I really can't fit XTR's on my budget and these pieces seem to work fine. When I got it it weighed 38 lbs, which is a bit heavy, but considering it comes with a through-axle fork and Deore-level pieces, it's logical.

    Now, as of the Spinner Ammo, it loooks very solid, a bit on the heavy side too. I really wanted to try out something non RS, Manitou or Marzocchi. They are simple and somewhat tweakable (played with different oil for rebound damping already). They are very similar in the way they work to lots of modern forks (left leg spring, right leg damper). I'm still investigating if I got a bad fork or if all are the same, but the rebound spring of my fork sucks horribly: when I jump up any 3-inch tiny object, the fork decompresses totally noisily and the vibration is really bad. I've used Psylos a while now and they never do this. So, I'm still playing around with different rebound springs (not the main big 20-inchs pring but the 1.5-2 inch tiny rebound spring) and elastomers and oil till I find the right combination. A softer rebound spring seems to be working better.

    Did anybody have a similar experience with their forks? Could you please email me at gcarrasc@odu.edu with advice about how you fixed this bottoming-out problem? I already emailed spinner-usa.com, but they must be too busy to suggest anything.
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    i never had any problems with my stock fork...it was a manitou. weight wise now with all upgrades im pushin 40lbs. it does suck but after you ride it awile it gets a lot better. the bike is made to not kill a man budget but leaves awesome potentail for the bike to be upgraded when needed.
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    Yes my stock Spinner made the same noise. Its because it has no rebound controll causing the fork to rebound fast and violently, my bike salesmen said its called fork jack. I swapped out for a Marz Bomber Z1 FR3 and my problem was solved.
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    hey im not so happy with the fork also. if you look on spinners web site they spec out that fork for dirt jumping.

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    I know this one is a little off, but I just ordered a 05 Bakuto for $549.99 I cant wait to get it, though it was a battle between that and the 06 chimpera's that they have at my LBS. the hardest thing to think about was... the spinner VS a Splice. just the 20mm wheel would have been really nice, cant wait to get it though, I'll post pics when I get it.
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    sweet man send the pics

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    I do have a quick Q though, what dont you guys/gals like about the spinner ammo ? my friend sold me his original one off his chimpera. I bought it for $5.00 I havent ridden it yet, can someone tell me what its like ?
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    The spinner ammo was one of the first things I changed about the bike. Not that it was a horrible fork it worked like it was supposed to and was sufficient at sucking up some good sized bumps but it had next to no adjustability so you cant really dial it in. Also keep in mind the disc mounts on the ammo are made for 8" rotors only aka you only need the standard manitou->IS adaptor and a smaller rotor (to my knowledge) wont fit it. Also another not really problem but nuisance about the fork was with no rebound adjust the fork would spring back out after the front tire left the ground really fast making an obnoxious clanging noise as it reached full extension.
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    that's pretty cool though, first fork i've heard of that has mounts for 8 inch rotors....don't need an extra bracket, this is cool, like who runs 6 inch anyway....

    the spinnner could probably be tweaked on the inside to make it run better...i like knowing how things work anyway....i'll have to keep my eyes open for getting one at a steal price
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    if anyone ever tweeks the spinner keep us informed. i would be interested. i'd do it myself but i know zero about forks. i have about a hundred other places id rather spend my loot on other than my fork right now

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    My guess? You'd be better off buying a last year's Jr T from one of the online big boys (Pricepoint, Wheelworld, Jenson) than trying to "tweak" a Spinner. Just my two cents. Previous-year models are a great deal, that's how I got my Jr, and it's going on two years without a problem. Next year it'll be replaced with an '06 888RC!

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    Playing with the Spinner Ammo

    Hey there Yakuza riders:

    As soon as I got the bike I tried to jump a sidewalk and CLUNK, the Spinner Ammo 1 decompressed totally and violently. I kept using the bike anyway (afraid that the whole dang thing would come apart after one of those CLUNKS). A couple of weeks later, all the oil out of the damper leg and a softer srping I got from a friend and now the thing travels faster, rebounds less (still CLUNKS, but less vibration) and I got the 6 inches of travel it's allegedly offering. It's still far from ideal, and I would really appreciate some more technical explanation.

    The thickest I can think about it is that there need to be a real coupling of the main spring and the rebound spring, so if you're not riding the bike but rather in front of it, you could pull the fork down almost an inch and push down the handlebars some 2-3 inches. There needs to be no wiggle in between one spring and the other (this would be like the wheel freefalingl when you jump). I actually played with getting the complete schematics of RockShox and Spinner to be able to compare (as I said before, I've ridden a RockShox Psylo that leaked all oil out and with no rebound problems). Another think to keep in mind is spring strengths ratio. Since the decompression comes from the main spring, the rebound has to have a proportional strength. This is, if you have an XL frame with a X-hard spring, probably you want a hard reabound spring. But I have an XS frame with an X-soft spring, and the rebound spring is as hard as a rock. I switched to a softer rebound spring and I believe the thing's improved a lot. I am sure it doesn't bottom out on the rebound, so that I could use an even softer rebound spring.

    Or maybe a softer main spring would push it less when decompressing. And that what I think/hope/expect from Spinner USA. I emailed them aeons ago and they responded 3 weeks later to tell me that they would send "a softer spring in 3 more weeks". I just hope that whatever they send it foxes the problem.

    I've even thought about cutting a bit of the main spring and adding an inch of elastomer in the rebound shaft. This would technically reduce the travel of the fork, though. I don't think I'll do that.

    To complete take apart this shock, unscrew the top right cap and get the oil out. Unscrew the top left cap and get the spring out. Compress completely (watch for spitting oil from the right leg). Unscrew the bottom screw and then insert a long tool with a 5 mm allen to unscrew the rebound spring / shaft from the left leg. The right leg has an opening that slows the flow of oil from down to up when compressing, dampening the travel of the fork. The way to tweak with this is with diferent viscosity oils. I went to a motorcycle shop and bought 2 bottles of the less viscous fork-oils they had, but they proved too dampening for the fork.

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    Replacing Spinner Ammo 1 with a Psylo

    One more thing. I got pissed one day and bought a Psylo Tullio on ebay. When I got it I found that, yes, you need a 6-to-8inch adaptor for the front break (no biggie, 12-17 bucks). BUT (and this is a big BUT), the biggest problem I found was that apparently the hub setup that is supposed to rest on a thin rim (say 1mm wide) that the fork has on the inside of the legs was actually of a slightly smaller size. This is, the Psylo accepts outer bolts of the hub setup 25 mm diameter or smaller, and the hub that comes with the Yakuza Aniki is 26-27 mm in diameter. So now I'm thinking about either polishing the inside of the Psylos, trying to get smaller hub ends or (and I don't want to do this) just force-opening the fork legs a couple of mm to get the hub in.

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    cool write up...need more people here to talk about experimentations...the Spinner sounds like an interesting fork, sounds like a different design than manitou and marzocchi which i'm used to

    do not under any circumstances force the wheel that came with your yakuz into that psylo fork...your asking for a catastrophic failure that could happen just hopping off a curb. do it right, be patient and get the correct wheel to fit that fork

    this yakuza line is more interesting now, apparently IH was working with Spinner USA to have the fork spring rates match the size of the frame...that's pretty cool, XS frame gets a light spring ...up to XL frame that apparently gets heavy duty springs....how many of us had to buy new springs beacuse the ones that came on our bikes were ridiculously light

    might have to get one of these yakuza's, they sure are inexpensive
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    Before I even had the bike I had IH shipping me a heavier spring, the 350lb spring was a joke.
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    More on the Spinner Ammo 1

    Just to make it clear, the main spring I'm talking about is the fork's main spring, not the frame's spring. In theory both springs should be fitted to the size of the frame, which is related to the weight of the rider. And this should be standard procedure for all manufacturers. For example the Psylo I bought came from a M frame and it came with M springs (I wanted the soft springs, being myself merely 140 pounds).

    Yeah, I'm not forcing that 20mm hub into the Psylo. I could polish some of it, but ... sounds like major surgery to me and don't want to damage the fork.

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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.

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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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    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 9Ē x 2.75Ē 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

    In other news
    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.
    How's that dirt taste?

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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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