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    Hi!
    This is my first post.
    I just got this bike off ebay (germany) for 225Ä. It seems to be pretty identical to the mongoose dolomite, but it has an alloy frame, stem, handlebar, seatpost and crank! The front and rear hub and headset bearings were too tight. Fork is a little bent. Weld looks solid. I will keep you updated, as soon as i put some miles on it. 3x9-speed is intended. May take some weeks, though.
    Awesome thread so far!
    Lots of great ideas and intructions.
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    Sorry if this a noob question, but is a cassette part of the freewheel or are they two different systems? I tried to read up on the internet but I've come across conflicting info.

    I just bought a megarange for my Malus but haven't installed it yet. I'm considering returning it and going the 8 speed 11-32 route instead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spf808 View Post
    Sorry if this a noob question, but is a cassette part of the freewheel or are they two different systems? I tried to read up on the internet but I've come across conflicting info.

    I just bought a megarange for my Malus but haven't installed it yet. I'm considering returning it and going the 8 speed 11-32 route instead.
    The Dolomite, Hitch and Malus use a freewheel style and not a cassette style.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spf808 View Post
    Sorry if this a noob question, but is a cassette part of the freewheel or are they two different systems? I tried to read up on the internet but I've come across conflicting info.

    I just bought a megarange for my Malus but haven't installed it yet. I'm considering returning it and going the 8 speed 11-32 route instead.
    Cassette and Freewheel are completely different systems
    and they are not interchangeable
    freewheels do not come in 11-32. the 11tooth high gear is simply too small to physically fit on a freewheel. 15 is the usual limit on these.
    Additionally they are Usually only 7 speed, a few are 8 but these are unusual and may not fit.

    Cassettes are definitely better, both for durability and gear options.
    But since the systems are integrated into the wheel hub, upgrading is extremely costly.

    learn more here: https://www.sheldonbrown.com/free-k7.html

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    Thanks, that was helpful guys. Sometimes I need things spelled out for me. I don't have the luxury to buy parts that might .ot fit or work with my setup.

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    Hey guys! I just owed my first bike/dolomite. Im currently in the process of painting the bike to my like and comfort. Im in a tight spot now trying to choose a different handle bar and seating for the bike. I had me mind to have a hydraulic seat pole for a smoother ride even though the tires will issues that sort of help but I'm looking to advance the bike to my liking. I will upload photos one day to shout you all I'm getting my hands into.

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    Where did you manage to get your seat post?

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    Quote Originally Posted by elpuru View Post
    Where did you manage to get your seat post?
    I got a Kalloy one off ebay for $18. It worked OK, and was better than some I've used. Just came across this earlier today when looking for my kid's bike. Cheap $10 gamble. If anybody gets one, post how it is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by elpuru View Post
    Hey guys! I just owed my first bike/dolomite. Im currently in the process of painting the bike to my like and comfort. Im in a tight spot now trying to choose a different handle bar and seating for the bike. I had me mind to have a hydraulic seat pole for a smoother ride even though the tires will issues that sort of help but I'm looking to advance the bike to my liking. I will upload photos one day to shout you all I'm getting my hands into.

    I'd recommend buying a cheap stem and upgrading to 31.8mm handlebars. I waited for a sale on Nashbar and bought these:

    Nashbar Black Ops Flat Mountain Handlebar

    and used this cheap but durable stem:
    Mountain Bicycle Road Bike Handlebar Stem Aluminum Alloy 1 1/8" 31.8mm Black | eBay

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    Found this bottom bracket in my Costco version. It had sealed bearings. I was going to install the YST kit, but wouldn't sticking with this be better? If not, I'm going to have to try harder at pulling the axle out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guapo613 View Post
    The Malus has a 110mm bottom bracket I believe. If that is the case, this is what you need: https://ru.aliexpress.com/item/Fat-B...08.4.33.fWRLLH
    So the 110x167 from this link is confirmed to fit on Malus? Planning to add Vuelta crankset too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guapo613 View Post
    The Malus has a 110mm bottom bracket I believe. If that is the case, this is what you need: https://ru.aliexpress.com/item/Fat-B...08.4.33.fWRLLH
    Quote Originally Posted by kryten View Post
    So the 110x167 from this link is confirmed to fit on Malus? Planning to add Vuelta crankset too.
    Ordered 110x167 bottom bracket and Vuelta 175mm crankset for Biggity DLX (Malus). Will see what happens.

    What bottom bracket tool do I need to do this job?
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    It has been a long time, but I'm finally riding my bike again. Today was the first ride as an electric bike. The 203mm disc brakes harder than before, but I want more with less travel and effort, so I'll order hydraulic brakes. I could have had an accident on today's trial ride when the rear tire came off the bead. I'm hoping that's due to poor installation on my part rather than poor quality of the wheel or tire because that's something I can address before the weekend.

    Quote Originally Posted by kryten View Post
    Ordered 110x167 bottom bracket and Vuelta 175mm crankset for Biggity DLX (Malus). Will see what happens.

    What bottom bracket tool do I need to do this job?
    It looks like you'd need a tool like this to remove the bottom bracket.
    https://www.amazon.com/BIKEHAND-Bicy...dp/B00811WQJS/

    Have you removed your pedals? Those use another tool. I bought mine from a lbs, but I think this would work too. One of the reviewers said it worked on his Dolomite.

    https://www.amazon.com/Park-Tool-Pul...dp/B001VS1M20/

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    Quote Originally Posted by leaftye View Post
    It has been a long time, but I'm finally riding my bike again. Today was the first ride as an electric bike. The 203mm disc brakes harder than before, but I want more with less travel and effort, so I'll order hydraulic brakes. I could have had an accident on today's trial ride when the rear tire came off the bead. I'm hoping that's due to poor installation on my part rather than poor quality of the wheel or tire because that's something I can address before the weekend.



    It looks like you'd need a tool like this to remove the bottom bracket.
    https://www.amazon.com/BIKEHAND-Bicy...dp/B00811WQJS/

    Have you removed your pedals? Those use another tool. I bought mine from a lbs, but I think this would work too. One of the reviewers said it worked on his Dolomite.

    https://www.amazon.com/Park-Tool-Pul...dp/B001VS1M20/
    I do have pedal wrench, just not crank puller, bb lockring wrench and bb removal tool yet.

    Also curious if this has a chance to work on these bikes with Vuelta crankset. E type LX mech?

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    Got the Vuelta mounted on the stock BB, still waiting for the 110x167 bb to arrive.

    If I get an 8 speed shifter, as long as I correctly set rear derailleur limit screws, I can use it without issue and have one unused click on the shifter, correct? If that is true, might as well get an 8 speed shifter in case I want to get 8 speed freewheel down the road.
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    What 8 speed freewheel are you planning on? I have a DNP Epoch that I'm planning to install tonight.

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    Not sure yet, as it won't be in this round of upgrades. Was considering either 13-32 Sunrace or 13-34 Sunrace (not Alpine) whichever I can get here. Was just on their web and they do have 9 and 10 speed freewheels available. Would these still work with proper shifter and derailleur on this bike?

    I noticed DNP Epoch freewheels, I was not sure if 11T would work on these bikes. If it does that would be awesome, more expensive than Sunrace but would go that route for sure.
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    The DNP Epoch freewheel works in all gears. I just took it for a very brief test ride. Right now it seems to shift less fluidly than the original freewheel, and I'm going to try more adjustments to improve shift quality. It gets close to the tire, so those with wider tires and wheels may not be able to use this freewheel.

    The low gear works pretty well as a granny gear now. I'll need to wait until later today to test the 11T gear at 30mph.

    I have it paired with the Shimano ST-EF51. I was looking for a brake/shifter combo to free up space on the handlebar. I really need to post some pictures.

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    I did about 25 miles today with the DNP Epoch freewheel. It performed nearly flawlessly. There were a couple times where it took a few teeth to go up a gear somewhere in the mid gears, but it did go. I'm sure that's due to my adjustments. The highest 34T gear still feels a little slower, but that could be all in my head.

    Bottom line is that it did what I wanted. The 34T is the granny gear I've been wanting, and I can still spin at 40mph with the 11T.

    The only bummer is that the shifter doesn't quite clear my throttle, so I had to move the shifter a half inch to the left instead of butting against the throttle. I'm going to get a left handed throttle anyway because downshifting is tough to manage while staying on the throttle. It's doable, but I still want the shifter closer to the grip.

    Here's how the bike is currently sitting.

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    Do any of you guys know how to disassemble the kickstand? The shaft on mine bent, and I want to get it fixed.

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    Oh well, kickstand came off. I still like having a kickstand for commuting and doing errands, so I'll try Luna's fat bike kickstand.

    I installed hydraulic brakes on 203mm discs up front, and screwed that up. It was spaced out too far, and wore out the lower part of the pads. I've lowered them, but I may have to get new pads and disc to get it to 100%.

    The rear caliper and disc was replaced today with a Shimano mechanical caliper and 180mm disc. The old ones had plenty of power, but I couldn't get them to stop squealing. Because replacement pads were nearly as much as new calipers, I sprung for the upgrade. The new calipers uses less expensive pads with roughly twice the surface area.

    I'm having a hell of a time finding a good way to mount a rear light. The combination of rear rack and fat tire are limiting options. Seat post mount doesn't work because the rack hides it. Rear rack mount doesn't work because the adapter hits the tire. For now I've mounted a light on the left seat stay, but that won't work when I use both panniers.

    Mounting the front tire is still giving me issues. I used the zip tie trick, which improved things greatly, but it still isn't perfect. These tires are almost done, and hopefully this issue goes away with new tires.

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    Dolomite, the remix.

    I present to you, my Dolomite.
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    Frame: Dolomite
    Fork: Vinson
    Bars: Generic carbon fiber 660mm
    Stem: Wake BMX style
    Headset: AEST sealed bearing
    Seat: Gav1n
    Seatpost: EVO 400mm
    Wheels: Vinson
    Tires: Chaoyang 26x4.9
    Tubes: QTubes 2.3 superlight
    Cassette: Sunrace 8spd 11-42t
    Crankset: Vuelta MTB comp 175, setup for 1x with Snail 30t narrow-wide, k-pedc alloy pedals
    BB: AliExpress no-name 100x177 sealed
    Rear Derailleur: cheapo Tourney TY300, extended range with Chinese no-name tailhook
    Shifter: Sunlite 8spd/brake lever combo
    Brakes: Front, Avid Elixir 1 and G3 203mm rotor. Back Avid BB7 and G3 203mm rotor

    Weighed in at 39lbs in full trim. I had to slightly manipulate the chainstays for the 4.9 tires. My buddy Mike @ Capital Region Customs (upstate NY) powdercoated the frame/fork for me in prismatic powders H.D. teal over heavy silver. I couldn't be happier.

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    Sweet bike, I like everything about it! Just researched that BB that you posted, I might order that one before winter gets here, does it change the Q-factor at all or are your feet just as far apart as the stock BB.

    Nice work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by momikey View Post
    Sweet bike, I like everything about it! Just researched that BB that you posted, I might order that one before winter gets here, does it change the Q-factor at all or are your feet just as far apart as the stock BB.

    Nice work.
    Thanks man! I've put some serious work into this thing and a bit of money, but I'm still happy I did.

    The Dolo in the (semi) wild - Mongoose Dolomite-img_20170823_121822.jpg
    Spindle width is very close to stock. It spins very smooth, too. I'd definitely recommend it. I think I paid around ~$20 shipped and it arrived in about 15 days.

    -JD

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheRealJonnyD View Post
    Thanks man! I've put some serious work into this thing and a bit of money, but I'm still happy I did.

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    Spindle width is very close to stock. It spins very smooth, too. I'd definitely recommend it. I think I paid around ~$20 shipped and it arrived in about 15 days.

    -JD
    Nice bike! I've been looking at a few parts from AliExpress... which party's would you order again? How do you like the Wake stem? I've thought about aluminum bars from AE, but I think I'll go carbon from XMCarbonspeed instead.

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    Looking at this bike again this morning and I'm tempted to ask one of the guys in the Vinson thread to sell me their stock set of wheels if they've upgraded. Also did you notice a difference with the fork, I kinda love my Dolo in the snow so I never thought about a fork swap.

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    Ok, so I have AliExpress 110x167 bottom bracket here for the Malus and a brand new Deore LX E-type derailleur for $5. It was listed as dual pull when I ordered, but the packaging it came in has bottom pull on it. I also picked up Altus SL-M310 front shifter as well. Already have Vuelta crankset installed on the stock BB for the time being.

    I'm assuming derailleur will mount to the frame as pictured, correct? What else is needed to make this work? I was looking at some problem solvers cable guides and cable stops etc. What would be the best way and most economical to get this done? I can still return unopened Altus shifter if this is gonna turn into a nightmare and too much expense and be out $5 for the mech. I will put in sealed BB in either way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by momikey View Post
    Looking at this bike again this morning and I'm tempted to ask one of the guys in the Vinson thread to sell me their stock set of wheels if they've upgraded. Also did you notice a difference with the fork, I kinda love my Dolo in the snow so I never thought about a fork swap.
    The vinson fork is quite a bit lighter and has slightly more axle to crown height, so the tire clearance is better. These Chaoyang 26 x 4.9s are F'n massive, so the clearance is appreciated. I didn't really notice too much difference in handling, but it's not very stiff. If a carbon fork pops up for cheap I'll likely swap it out.

    All in all, out of my random assortment of 15 or so bikes -- this one is my favorite. It started as a stock, $125 Craigslist special and turned into something great (to me lol).

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheRealJonnyD View Post
    I present to you, my Dolomite.
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    Frame: Dolomite
    Fork: Vinson
    Bars: Generic carbon fiber 660mm
    Stem: Wake BMX style
    Headset: AEST sealed bearing
    Seat: Gav1n
    Seatpost: EVO 400mm
    Wheels: Vinson
    Tires: Chaoyang 26x4.9
    Tubes: QTubes 2.3 superlight
    Cassette: Sunrace 8spd 11-42t
    Crankset: Vuelta MTB comp 175, setup for 1x with Snail 30t narrow-wide, k-pedc alloy pedals
    BB: AliExpress no-name 100x177 sealed
    Rear Derailleur: cheapo Tourney TY300, extended range with Chinese no-name tailhook
    Shifter: Sunlite 8spd/brake lever combo
    Brakes: Front, Avid Elixir 1 and G3 203mm rotor. Back Avid BB7 and G3 203mm rotor

    Weighed in at 39lbs in full trim. I had to slightly manipulate the chainstays for the 4.9 tires. My buddy Mike @ Capital Region Customs (upstate NY) powdercoated the frame/fork for me in prismatic powders H.D. teal over heavy silver. I couldn't be happier.
    Nice bike. How did you manipulate the chainstays for the bigger tires?

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    That is a good looking bike. Is that weight a typo? Everything is lighter than stock and it only saved 6 lbs.

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    What's up Fatboys?

    Haven't posted since back in March. The Malus is still riding like new and haven't made any upgrades since my last post due to finances. But it is still shifting smoothly and I am still rocking those stock Chinese tires. I don't know if I will change them. They seem to perform really well in deep sand and climbing as well. Those are my two biggest obstacle in this area. Weight of the tires has not been an issue at all. Also control has never been an issue either. Don't ask me how many miles are on it, because I just get on and ride. Not a strava or gps guy. Been real busy lately but still find time to ride the local trails. Mostly pavement thru the summer due to ticks here in the pines. Still loving this bike after 8 months and a lot of miles. I am not a jumper when I ride so I can't give you any advice on that. But I ride a lot of hilly trails with endless stumps for some fast bumpy rides. The bike has held up well. Rear axle still holding up too. About to start hitting the trails again. Will keep you posted and pics to come soon. Ride fat my friends.

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    and btw. RealJohnny. Great job Looks Awesome!!!

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    The Dolo in the (semi) wild - Mongoose Dolomite-img_0085.jpgHas anybody converted a hitch to single speed? Just thinking about it.

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    Can someone confirm which bottom bracket from AliExpress works with the malus? The last few pages mention a 100x177 sealed bottom bracket which seems too wide for the malus and then someone else bought a 110x167 sealed bottom bracket but he never posted pics with everything installed. I replaced my huffy frame with a 2017 malus frame and I love it, just need that bb replaced. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luis_fx35 View Post
    Can someone confirm which bottom bracket from AliExpress works with the malus? The last few pages mention a 100x177 sealed bottom bracket which seems too wide for the malus and then someone else bought a 110x167 sealed bottom bracket but he never posted pics with everything installed. I replaced my huffy frame with a 2017 malus frame and I love it, just need that bb replaced. Thanks.
    I was told this 110mm here: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Fat-...311.0.0.8WZ3yb

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    This is a very cool thread.
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    Thanks, I'll post some pics later today

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    I just joined the forum, however I remember looking at this post YEARS ago when I was looking to buy my fat bike. Ended up with a Mongoose Hitch, which has gone through some major changes since it's initial purchase!

    I actually recently started a YouTube page, and the first few videos featured my Hitch. If you're interested, have a look and let me know what you think.

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHH...g4AsBkDzdr2Djg

    I just got some new camera gear, and am almost done revamping my workshop so that I can make higher quality videos. If anyone wants to see a "How to" video of upgrades I've done, or any other videos, feel free to let me know.

    Anyways... Here's my beauty!

    The Dolo in the (semi) wild - Mongoose Dolomite-mongoose-hitch.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by highspeedgt View Post
    I just joined the forum, however I remember looking at this post YEARS ago when I was looking to buy my fat bike. Ended up with a Mongoose Hitch, which has gone through some major changes since it's initial purchase!

    I actually recently started a YouTube page, and the first few videos featured my Hitch. If you're interested, have a look and let me know what you think.

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHH...g4AsBkDzdr2Djg

    I just got some new camera gear, and am almost done revamping my workshop so that I can make higher quality videos. If anyone wants to see a "How to" video of upgrades I've done, or any other videos, feel free to let me know.

    Anyways... Here's my beauty!

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    That is a great looking bike. I'm just finishing building up Malus for my brother for winter. Should be right around $350CAD all finished. Very similar upgrades to yours so far.

    Subscribed to your channel. Funny, was just helping my friend paint garage floor in his new house a day before you posted that video.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kryten View Post
    That is a great looking bike. I'm just finishing building up Malus for my brother for winter. Should be right around $350CAD all finished. Very similar upgrades to yours so far.

    Subscribed to your channel. Funny, was just helping my friend paint garage floor in his new house a day before you posted that video.
    Awesome, and thanks for the sub! I was initially looking for a Malus, but I could never seem to catch one at a good price. I actually snagged this Hitch on Black Friday for $135!!!

    The weather here has been a bit crummy the past week or so, so I figured I'd revamp my workshop. Just finished it up yesterday and did a review of my CO-OP hardtail in the new workspace.

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    Hey guys, wondering if anyone knows if the Dolomiteís headtube is capable to take the cane creak EC 44/40 conversion headset to accept Tapered forks?

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    Waiting on my hitch to arrive Iíve already ordered some upgraded parts has anyone recently ordered from amazon and had any issues once it was received anything in particular I should be looking out for? Iíve read pretty much through all of this thread but things have changed over the years so Iím unsure on what to expect. Iím a real beginner havenít rode a bike since my early teens (bmx) days so this is going to be an adventure. I want to do some trails but most likely Iíll be rural riding street/woods depending on Wheather. I was on a pretty tight budget not wanting to dump too much money in until Iím sure Iím going to actually use whatever bike I picked up. Has anyone updated the suspension on the solo or hitch?

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    Donít ride it, re-adjust and re-grease the hubs or permanent damage will occur because the hubs and headset are over tighten from factory. If you donít have cone wrenches or the proper tools take it to a local bike shop and tell them to adjust the hubs and headset. Upgrade little by little to shed some weight over time. The Luna Lander suspension fork will fit because it is a straight steerer and has quick release dropouts which fit the bike hubs. You will fall in love with this bike, have fun and enjoy 👍😁.

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    Question which hyraulic brake system has been used is it the Shimano M315 800mm and rear 1450mm? Itís available on Amazon...

    Also thinking of getting a Shimano Altus or the SRAM X1 BB30 crankset.. any one have recommendations

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteeleRyder View Post
    Question which hyraulic brake system has been used is it the Shimano M315 800mm and rear 1450mm? Itís available on Amazon...

    Also thinking of getting a Shimano Altus or the SRAM X1 BB30 crankset.. any one have recommendations
    Yes, I have the M315 800mm/1450mm on my Hitch, which I got off Amazon. You'll have to shorten the rear hose, because it's about 8 inches too long. You'll also need to find a way to secure it to the frame, because it won't fit inside the top tube cable stays.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteeleRyder View Post
    Waiting on my hitch to arrive Iíve already ordered some upgraded parts has anyone recently ordered from amazon and had any issues once it was received anything in particular I should be looking out for? Iíve read pretty much through all of this thread but things have changed over the years so Iím unsure on what to expect. Iím a real beginner havenít rode a bike since my early teens (bmx) days so this is going to be an adventure. I want to do some trails but most likely Iíll be rural riding street/woods depending on Wheather. I was on a pretty tight budget not wanting to dump too much money in until Iím sure Iím going to actually use whatever bike I picked up. Has anyone updated the suspension on the solo or hitch?
    This is an awesome bike to get back into riding! I agree with Luis_fx35 that the hubs, and in my case bottom bracket and headset need to be cleaned, greased, and adjusted before any riding occurs. They are poorly setup out of the box.

    I haven't done any suspension upgrades, and I ride this thing hard. I have done several other upgrades though. I cover them all in one of my recent videos. Have a look if you're interested.
    https://youtu.be/ytaJ3TRHlOU

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    Thanks Iím going to add those to my next order! I havenít assembled my hitch yet, just got it last night. Once I do Iíll have it ran through by my local shop cause I donít have everything I need. Or should I just order a basic bike mechanic tool kit and do it myself Iím pretty sure I can get mostly all the tools I need for what Iím going to pay someone to do a full run through. Whatís your thoughts? Is it worth having a professional run through it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteeleRyder View Post
    Thanks Iím going to add those to my next order! I havenít assembled my hitch yet, just got it last night. Once I do Iíll have it ran through by my local shop cause I donít have everything I need. Or should I just order a basic bike mechanic tool kit and do it myself Iím pretty sure I can get mostly all the tools I need for what Iím going to pay someone to do a full run through. Whatís your thoughts? Is it worth having a professional run through it?
    That depends on your confidence level and desire to work on the bike. I am a huge advocate of doing my own bike work, and having the tools is a huge bonus down the road for any additional repairs. I'm confident that you can get all the tools to make these adjustments for less (probably substantially less) than paying a bike mechanic.

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    Did anybody mount Snowshoe XL 4.8" tires on the Malus? Wondering if these fit.
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    Tried to install sealed 110x167mm bottom bracket on the Malus I got from AliExpress earlier this year and while it fits and both Vuelta crank arms (converted to bash guard/32/22T) clear chain stays without issue, spindle on the drive side sticks out less than on the non drive side meaning chain will rub tire in the easiest gear on freewheel and 22T up front. I'm guessing I can't install this bottom bracket from non drive side with the cup on drive side as it does not want to thread in...?


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    Original axle is 175mm long, so what are my options at this point apart from ordering YST cup set?
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    Finally got everything assembled with a few upgrades and I must say... the hitch is a very nice ride! Everything came in as it should have upgraded to rapid fire shifter and mega range free wheel of course had to update the grips next upgrade is the seat cause itís killing me.... lol.. Iím a big guy 6í0 370 and itís rough... bike handles my weight great.. canít say itís a breeze uphill Iíve only had 3 short rides and well Iíve felt everyone of them afterwards. I ride motorcycles and for the most part Iím very athletic even at my weight so maneuvering is no big deal even did some jumps nonthing too much just seeing how it would up...

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    Reasembled everything with original unsealed bottom bracket cups, packed with tons of grease though. Will most likely get the YST sealed cup set especially as this is a winter snow bike if only I could find it somewhere for 'reasonable price'. Shipped to Canada from Amazon or ebay is over $40 CAD and on our own wonderful Amazon.ca it is $66 + shipping, wtf? That is just outrageous.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kryten View Post
    Resembled everything with original unsealed bottom bracket cups, packed with tons of grease though. Will most likely get the YST sealed cup set especially as this is a winter snow bike if only I could find it somewhere for 'reasonable price'. Shipped to Canada from Amazon or ebay is over $40 CAD and on our own wonderful Amazon.ca it is $66 + shipping, wtf? That is just outrageous.
    Where did you buy one of these bikes in Canada?

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    Quote Originally Posted by headwind View Post
    Where did you buy one of these bikes in Canada?
    Kijiji for $150 slightly used. Canadian tire used to sell Ironhorse Dolomite (same as Mongoose Dolomite) and now Schwinn Biggity Dlx (same as Mongoose Malus).
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    Quote Originally Posted by kryten View Post
    Kijiji for $150 slightly used. Canadian tire used to sell Ironhorse Dolomite (same as Mongoose Dolomite) and now Schwinn Biggity Dlx (same as Mongoose Malus).
    I'd buy one just to thrash it!

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    @Kryten.

    Why not buy a RF BB and crank complete for $104usd? UniversalCycles has them at a decent price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pack66 View Post
    @Kryten.

    Why not buy a RF BB and crank complete for $104usd? UniversalCycles has them at a decent price.
    I already bought and installed Vuelta crankset and cheap sealed 110x167mm bottom bracket. That sealed bottom bracket would work if I was doing 1x, but for 2x with 22T granny gear it does not. I will try to do the garden hose O ring trick today and will be maintaining and regressing stock BB regularly I guess...
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    Shouldn't any external cup BSA BB work for this thing?

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    Test ride last night, perfect conditions.

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    Hey guys, I have a 2017 Malus with the red drilled wheels. My seat post keep moving even though I only weight 145 lbs. I purchased a better seat clamp but I noticed that the stock clamp is welded to the seat tube. Have anyone replaced the the seat clamp and encountered this problem on the Dolo, Hitch, or the old Malus? I donít know how to remove it without damaging the seat tube and the paint? Thanks

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    Did garden hose O ring mod to 'seal' the bottom bracket. I think it turned out ok and looks like it should keep out most of the grime from entering bb shell and wiping away grease.

    My first winter test ride went well apart from wiping out on ice less than a minute into my ride. (I'm used to my Dillingers)

    So today got bored and drilled holes and studded these Chaoyang 4.0 tires that come stock on the Malus with the 30 left over studs I had from studding my D5s last winter. Was planning to use Gorilla glue or some sort of silicone sealant but wanted to go for a ride already and did not. 30 is of course not enough to make much difference, mainly wanted to see if they would hold. Spent almost two hours on trails and some pavement riding commuting to trails and did not loose a single one.

    Unfortunately these tires, while probably half the weight of the original Dolo tires, are not adequate for any type of winter trail riding. Main issue is complete lack or corner knobs. Even in the rear they don't have much bite. I was planing to get some more studs, but now my dilemma is if it is even worth studding or should I just get better tires first.

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