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    Along the bank of the river Wye, just west of Hereford.

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    Summer has long gone. The nights are long, and the days are cold. When I finish work, I just wanna go home, and be in the warm. We moved premises at work late last summer, and the new unit is smaller, and very cold. There is little to make me want to stay and work on the bikes, so I have done very little with them this winter.

    The last time the Foes was used was boxing day, a friend used it to join in the big ride we do. He liked the ride, I knew he would.





    Thats him dressed as a reindeer, me as a tiger......

    Last weekend I started to service the bike ready for the summer:-

    With the bike washed, the she came apart easily. Each part was then cleaned properly, everything except the frame and forks which will see extra maintenance. With the forks stripped, I noticed that the spring shaft I made was starting to wear very slightly, not something I could capture in a photograph. But I could see that the oil was slightly contaminated.



    I had decided to try the forks at 140mm this year, so I have made another shaft, 10mm longer. I am toying with the idea of getting it ti-nitrided which should stop the oil contamination. I have a friend who can get this done for me as he runs a motorcycle suspension shop. Turnaround would be a few weeks, and I'm not sure I can leave the bike in a state of disassembly for that long.



    Apart from that, the forks are perfect inside and out. Ready to be reassembled.

    The shock also is serviced, no problem whatsoever. looking grubby:-



    I did notice that there were alot of bubbles in the oil when I popped the screw out of the piston. Perhaps this is a sign of my not quite bleeding it effectively, or air is getting past the seal on the IFP, or the shock is taking in air past an external seal? Either way the oil is very clean, after a years use.



    Stripped, cleaned, checked and ready to reassemble:-



    I spent extra time to ensure I got as much air out as possible. I am also trying 5wt oil this time, as I kept winding in the damping adjuster to add compression, but at the expense of too much rebound. Hopefully I can learn how they interact with each other.

    The little clip that holds the bottom spring perch on looks to be made from mild steel welding rod, and was starting to rust. So I made a new one from stainless welding rod.



    And back together.



    More later in the week as I reassemble the bike.

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    Did a little more today, I have polished the frame. Looks pretty good.





    I have also re-done the chainstay protector. This was originally an experiment as I didn't have a sock that fitted well.
    The self adhesive neoprene didn't stay put back in the summer, so I just wrapped it in pvc tape. The protection it afforded was brilliant.



    I did the whole of the top, and a little bit towards the front on the bottom.



    All clean and ready to go back together tomorrow:-




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    The build was completed today.

    I have added another ring to the dropper guide, as when the cable was muddy or gritty, it would bind slightly and not run smoothly in the guide. This third ring helps keep this part of the hose straight, and should prove more reliable.



    The rest of the build was easy, as I know everything fits up perfectly. I fitted a new hose to the Reverb, and had the option to run the hose about an inch longer, which helps with routing.



    All set for the nice weather to return......

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    That's sweet. enjoyed the write up. I have a XCT with an air Curnutt shock, I love how this bike rides! having said that, I've advertised it for sale, take a look if you're interested. Cheers.

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    Hey all! I have used this bike more in the last year than I did the first year of ownership. And that is surprising, as I didn't start riding it last year until the end of July! The first year of having the bike, it was ridden pretty much constantly through the year, only laying dormant while the frame was being painted.

    If I am honest, after the strip down and tune up last Feb, I was scared of getting the thing dirty, and just kept riding the Lynskey.

    But since then it has had plenty of use, and having upped the fork travel to 140mm whilst in bits back in Feb, I thought the bike was perfect. This week though, I did a quick service of the forks as they were getting a bit sticky, and put the 150mm rod back in. What this has allowed me to do is run 10psi less in the fork so it sags to pretty much where it was before, but the forks are much more supple. I have found I use the lockout more, and this is a pain as I forget to unlock them usually, but they are definitely even better than before.

    Last week we did Cwmcarn, the first time in years. I have heard people say its wrecked now, rough going and not what it used to be. I say man-up, it's exactly as I remember, and the braking bumps make it even more fun. Plus, they've planted trees in the open section on the top so that's fixed the only bit I didn't like before as well.





    Now, I am planning another complete strip, but don't want to do it for another few weeks or so.


    Here's a question. I want gold hubs for a new build, and Hope no longer offer them. I do have blue hubs left over from the Lynskey, and a bb and bits-n-bobs, do I stick them on this and use the gold hubs on the new bike?

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    Nice trail shots...bike looks great! I still owe you a review of the Curnutt Air. And I have to say I really like it. I sent the Ti coil over in to Foes for reg interval svc not too long ago but haven't been able to do a side by side comp between Air and Coil bc I'm a bit over weight for the 300lb Ti coil. But I've been riding my butt off lately to get back down to normal weight for spring XC racing. Regardless, the air is pretty awesome. And I think if you plan on keeping the bike for a long time it's worth picking one up as a back up if Foes still has stock. If my weight loss goes according to plan I should have a good side by side comparison April - early May at the latest. So at this point can't say that I like one better than the other, but either way I'm liking the air version a lot.
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    Interesting. I rebuilt the shock this weekend, as part of another complete service/stripdown, and it occurred to me that the normal shock with a ti spring is actually really light. I wonder if you have your air shock handy, and can post a weight up for comparison?

    Anyway, the bike is apart, again, completely. Just like last year. I'm waiting for my new frame to arrive from Lynskey, and I'm riding my singlespeed alot at the moment. The Foes was starting to make some real noises, so a service at least was on the cards. So far, everything apart from the forks are clean and checked for wear, the forks I will tackle next weekend. The only thing to note is that I have a problem with the rear wheel, I will post up the situation once I have fixed it.



    Same, pretty much as last year. 2.5wt oil, 10mm IFP height when compressed, careful bleeding. I ended the year with pretty high air pressure, 90psi, and will continue with this. Only thing to note is that the internal spacer, that is bonded to the seal head, had become detached. I suspect this was audible when you ride, possibly, and I have changed the type of epoxy used to glue it to see if it lasts any longer? After all, the last time it was glued, it lasted two seasons, and if I'm honest, can I really see me using this bike for more than two seasons further?

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    After weighing my bike with both shocks I found, to my surprise, that the Air version is only marginally lighter than the Ti Coil. It was less that 0.25 lbs lighter, according to my scale, 0.15 lbs to be exact. So yes the Ti Coil is comparably light.

    I'm really glad I have a second or spare shock (I have a spare fork and wheels as well). I do really like the Foes F275 & Shaver 29er and might pick one or the other up someday. But either way, I really enjoy the heck out my XCT and will keep it and ride it long as I can.

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