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    Purchased Santa Cruz V10 Brand New from Factory/Need Advice

    Guys, need advice. This is my first downhill bike...

    1. So what's this I keep hearing about floating brakes? Is my new V10 going to have floating brakes?

    2. Does the V10 still suffer from the issue of the VPP lower pivot joint loosening after about every single ride?

    Thanks

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    You spent how much and didnt look in to this stuff pre purchase?!
    Want a one of a kind bike? Message me for a one of a kind paint job.

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    ^^^this
    bike is not worth the pain. send it to me and be pain free.

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    Hey, I don't expect even the best DH bike to be without issues. There's always next year as the manufacturers would say...

    Not implying that the V10 is the best DH bike, but it is among the best, and as much as I could spend, as I understand that DH bikes can go to $12,000 in syndicate...

    Anyways, original question please...

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    No & no

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    Should I invest in a floating brake then?

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    Nope........buy a matching pajama kit from TLD so you look fast.

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    Hilarious

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    But seriously, since I'm not a blind follower, can you help me understand why I wouldn't want a floating brake since I won't have one on my stock V10, even though I hear it is preferable to most?

    Not doubting your God-Like Maestro-Esqe technical prowess, but I prefer to make decisions by considering all information...

    Thanks

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    Floatin' brakes are for single pivots and poor designs. Extra weight and complexity you don't need. Seriously.........the louder your pajamas the faster you look.

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    Ha!!

    Kewl, thanks much.

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    agreed. You don't need a floating brake system with SC's VPP suspension. Works just fine. Still check your pivots often for tightness though. You will probably see a number of things rattle loose, especially when a bike is new and things are breaking in. That's normal. Just get a decent torque wrench and check them every once in a while.

    Now get some fancy riding pajamas. Fluorescent and Fast both start with F. Not a coincidence.
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    Nice,

    So can you guys reference some required tools that are specific to this bike (if any) which will be required to tune-up myself between visits to the LBS?

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    I can't think of any special tools that a V-10 needs. The only thing that is a tad rare is a grease gun that will fit the zerk fittings on your linkage. You do want to keep those links greased. Don't over-fill them, but keep up on that or you will be replacing your pivot bearings often.

    Most of the other stuff are the standard tools that any current bike uses. If you have no tools yet, get a full set of metric allen wrenches from about 2mm to 10mm (or a bike tool that has them all built-in), a bottom bracket cup wrench, a cassette puller and chain whip, some tire irons, and you'll be set for a very long time.
    tangaroo: What electrolytes do chicken and turkey have again?
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    The cake is a lie.

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    This is awesome stuff, thanks guys.

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    The TLD pajamas !

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    Carbon or aluminum? If you want to service the bearings yourself, you need the Santa Cruz bearing puller/installer. It's a great tool and necessary (or similar) if you want to do bearing service. Speaking for my bikes, I used to have to service the bearings (especially the lowers) on my VP Free all the time. On my Nomad and V-10's (carbon and aluminum) I haven't had to service the bearings at all yet except greasing them. I did also get the grease gun which allows you to lubricate the bearings through the grease zerk fitting on the lowers on the newer SC bikes.

    If you don't want to lube or service the bearings on your bikes, AFAIK, there are no special tools as others have said.

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    This would be carbon, brand new. Nice, I appreciate the info.

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    Fluorescent,Fast the letter F, I can't believe I've overlooked that correlation all these years. Thanks charging_rhinos, I'm off to get me some TLD PJs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danglingmanhood View Post
    Fluorescent,Fast the letter F, I can't believe I've overlooked that correlation all these years. Thanks charging_rhinos, I'm off to get me some TLD PJs.
    May I suggest the Ed Hardy vomit Mexican Day of the Dead combo?

    On the same note, I must admit that the new TLD gloves that say 'pop wheelies' on them are pretty much the coolest thing I've ever seen ever. I want them. They don't fit my hands at all, but I need them.
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    Those kits might be the most hideous articles of clothing I've ever laid eyes on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danglingmanhood View Post
    Those kits might be the most hideous articles of clothing I've ever laid eyes on.
    Yea........but they are fast!

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    seriously??? Your first DH bike??? set it aside and go buy a used bike....no need to thrash the bike while you are learning (which anyone would do) no floating brake or worry bout pivots
    the trick is ENJOYING YOUR LIFE EACH DAY, don't waste them away wishing for better days

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    Yeah you know that bike you just paid a lot of money for? Go buy another one for a couple grand and learn on that. Seems like good advice. On a more serious note just because it's his first DH bike doesn't necessarily mean he is a complete beginner, maybe he was a BMXer or dirt jumper. Or maybe he knew he would be into DH because he's moving to a resort town and doesn't want to upgrade later and pay for two bikes.

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