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    Psycle Werks RIP?

    Is this company completely dead? I've got a Wild Hare, and was looking for replacement pivot bushings. Does anyone know of some contact info of these guys, for these parts?

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    My buddy has a Wild Hare also and has been told by his LBS that Psycle Werks got themselves into some type of legal hassle which has resulted in them going out of business.

    You "should" be able to get some bushings that fit elsewhere.
    Get over it!

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    PsycleWerks - Rainbow Bicycle Co.

    Hey, I have a Wildhare also! I've rebuilt the bicycle several times over and have relegated to one of my daughters.

    Anyways, Contact Chuck at Rainbow Bicycle Co.
    485 N. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, Calif., 92651
    (866) 494-BIKE

    I've purchased new pivots, bushes, swing links from him.

    Best o' Luck

    Daniel

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    RE thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by DMtbRider
    Hey, I have a Wildhare also! I've rebuilt the bicycle several times over and have relegated to one of my daughters.

    Anyways, Contact Chuck at Rainbow Bicycle Co.
    485 N. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, Calif., 92651
    (866) 494-BIKE

    I've purchased new pivots, bushes, swing links from him.

    Best o' Luck

    Daniel
    Amazing! I wasn't that hopeful that I'd get such a promising response.

    Thanks so much!
    Kevin

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    Any word on PW? Are they dead?

    FYI: you can order bushings directly from the supplier, Igus.
    Large Bushing# QFI-1012-08
    Small: QFI-0809-04

    Jake

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    Re

    From what I 've read they got into a legal stink about the name of the company, so I guess they're dead. I called up Chuck at Rainbow Cycles, and he's sending me out two sets of bushings.

    The other company I"m sad to see die was Proflex, I always admired thier designs, especially the forks. Too bad I never got to ride one.

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    Isn't Proflex K2 now?
    I got some bad ideas in my head.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Travis Bickle
    Isn't Proflex K2 now?
    Yup, that happened something like 10 years ago.

    For more info on Proflex & K2, maybe ask on the K2 board.

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    Looking into purchasing a '98 Wild Hare. I had a chance to take a spin on one this summer and was very impressed with the craftsmanship and feel, especially given the age. Now that this one is available, I'm really tempted. Any problems I should look for in particular?

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    Which one? You mean the blue one on Ebay?
    edit: I guess it really doesn't matter which one, I was just curious. I have two Wild Hares; a 16" short travel and a 18" long travel. I have raced/had the 16" for 8 years and pounded the 18" for 3 years. I have had zero issues, so I would look for the usual stuff. Threads in good shape and overall marks that show wear. If the BB threads are in good shape and the frame looks straight and clean, then you are most likely good to go. I replace the bushings every two years as regular service and you can get them as noted above. Great bike and a absolute perfect all mountain ride.

    Jake
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    I can't really say form experience how mine has held up. I only finished bulding it at the end of Fall. The ride, awesome, confidence inspiring, I'm starting to feel like the suspension not even there. The trails are just faster, with less sharp jolts, and more forgiving when you miss that perfect line. I bought a Swinger shock to upgrade, and finding the right shock hardware has been a complete headache. Buy a set of digital measurement calipers if you ever want to upgrade, or I guess learn from my pain.

    Both "Eyes" measure M6X21.8mm

    Hope this helps

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    Yep, the blue one on eBay.

    Any special component compatability issues I should know about? I am curious how the rear brake mounts. I am having a hard time figuring it out. From the pictures I've been able to google, it looks like a disc caliper mounts in the space where the Chainstay meets the Seatstay.

    What size rear shock does the Wild Hare run? What size seatpost?

    I am going to give Rainbow Bikes a call tomorrow to see if I can figure out any more.

    Will try to keep everyone updated if the build progresses.

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    I think that bike would be a good buy around 300.00 For its age, it seems very clean. The only thing about it is that the seller is not the owner. That always concerns me, so check the return policy. I do not recall all the sizes of componets, but I can measure when I get home. If you are running hayes, you will need an adapter for the chain stay. Check with Chuck at Rainbow.

    Also, I just tried to look at the frame and it is off Ebay. If you saved the listing, try contacting the seller direct if the auction ended without bids.

    J

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    Hmm, strange that it would show ending without bids. I bought it. Just called Rainbow Cycles at the number given above. Left a message for Chuck. I'm really psyched to see this bike. I'm a little nervous about the size of the rear shock. Looks super short, I'm afraid modern shocks won't be made in that kind of eye-to-eye.

    Thanks everyone for your help.

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    Shock on the frame I purchased turns out to be a 6.5" eye-to-eye model.

    Chuck said that the frame accomodates Hayes disc brakes, but that I will have to buy a special caliper half to mount it to the chainstay. Does anyone else have experience with running discs on this frame? If yes, any help would be appreciated.

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    What's the story on Psycle Werks?

    I've been searching to see what I could find on the brand, because I still see some of their frames running around. Their site says it is down for maintenance.

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    The 'Hare takes the old-style 22mm DM Hayes on the back. I have a brand new Purple (as in Purple Hayes) 22mm caliper if you're interested. PM me.

    Psycle Werks is, by all accounts I've heard, out of business. Which shouldn't be a huge deal as long as you can get bushings and nothing major breaks.
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    There is an adapter for the rear Hayes brake mount like Chuck said. Just buy one fromn him if he has one.

    As far as out of business, I think Chuck would know. Ask him point black and see what he says.

    With IGUS still selling the bushings and as well as the frames are built, I'll be riding my PW for many more years.

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    So does mounting the brake require an adaptor and a new caliper half? I'm confused.

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    You either need a new caliper half or this, which is what I use. You can find this online from many suppliers
    http://www.bikesmart.com/index.cfm?m....99&StartRow=1

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    So Jake, you recommend that I use that adapter with a 22mm caliper? I thought I was set with just the 22mm caliper half. I can't keep track of what the real story is.

    Sent Chuck at RBC an email asking about the fate of Psycle Werks, along with questions about inventory...etc.

    Have yet to hear back.

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    Just the caliper half.

    FYI: The owner of PW confirmed that he is no longer making frames.

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    Jake, was that Roy Watson that you talked to ?

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    Yep. Roy said he has stopped building frames.

    Jake

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    Does the Wild Hare use a proprietary derailleur hanger?

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    Yep.

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    Wow, better hope I don't break it or I'll be SOL. Anyone here know whether anything from one of the bigger manufacturers comes close to fitting?

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    I wouldn't worry too much. I have been riding one of mine for 7-8 years and the other for 3-4. No trouble with the hanger. You could:
    1: google/yahoo for a hanger. Maybe their is an old dealer that has parts.
    2: Call Chuck. I bet he has some laying around.

    Jake

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    '98 Wild Hare swing arm upgrade...

    ...anyone know if there are any out there?

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    Your best hope is Chuck at Rainbow cycles. I think they are in Laguna, CA.

    Jake

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    I've always liked those bikes but didn't buy one. Where idd I hear that Sherwood Gibson helped design that bike?

    Maybe part seekers can call Ventana?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbkrdr98 View Post
    I've always liked those bikes but didn't buy one. Where idd I hear that Sherwood Gibson helped design that bike?

    Maybe part seekers can call Ventana?
    I know that this is a really old thread, but I found the PS people, or at least the remainder of them.. today is Nov 2016 and I just bought a brand new 2000 PW FS frame with Fox shock..

    More details to follow.. I have access to 8 more framed..

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    Keep us posted. Was on a ride the other day and thinking about my old wild hare. Great frames.



    Quote Originally Posted by Drcreger View Post
    I know that this is a really old thread, but I found the PS people, or at least the remainder of them.. today is Nov 2016 and I just bought a brand new 2000 PW FS frame with Fox shock..

    More details to follow.. I have access to 8 more framed..

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    It looks like there about 30's frames left in existence.. thoughts on buying or selling?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drcreger View Post
    It looks like there about 30's frames left in existence.. thoughts on buying or selling?
    Not sure what you mean. More details on the question please.

    Also, are you talking to Roy? IF so, tell him Jonathan (Santa Fe) says hi.

    Thanks,
    Jake

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