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    Palomino maverick link rebuild toque specs?

    So my beautiful palomino is starting to creek, and I figured I would rebuild the link. I bought in brand new and they installed the maverick link at the shop, so I don't have the instructions. Anyone have a link or could email me the instructions? I found this post in my search, but I was hoping for something more comprehensive. Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by bridgestone14
    So my beautiful palomino is starting to creek, and I figured I would rebuild the link. I bought in brand new and they installed the maverick link at the shop, so I don't have the instructions. Anyone have a link or could email me the instructions? I found this post in my search, but I was hoping for something more comprehensive. Thanks
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    Grease on the monolink bolts, thin layer on the bearing caps and tight the nut at 10/11 N/m (red loctite on the thread)
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    10nm seems high. But I only have an allen wrench for my torque wrench so that might be an issue. Anyways thanks though. I am glad I pulled it apart, two of the bearings were starting to lock up and they look hard to replace.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bridgestone14
    10nm seems high. But I only have an allen wrench for my torque wrench so that might be an issue. Anyways thanks though. I am glad I pulled it apart, two of the bearings were starting to lock up and they look hard to replace.
    in case you still have the monolink off the bike, carefully prise off the dust covers to the bearings and STUFF them full of thick, waterproof grease - the more the better as this then means there is all the less room for dirt to ingress ... then replace the dust covers and wipe off most of the excess.

    and before reassembling, check that the thru-bolts don't have play in the bushings in the frame.

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    Thanks Ragetty. I only have a year of so riding on it and it is in a rotation with a few other bikes, so I wasn't too worried about the bushings, but I will check next time. I did get the covers off of the bearings and I cleaned them out as best I could and actually got them spinning again. I then repacked them with park green grease. I was thinking of getting some phil wood grease to through in there, but I just don't know if it will make that big of a difference. Water definitely got in the bearings though, so lots of water proof grease might be the way to go.
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    Maybe grasping at straws here, but where did you get your upgrade kit? As of today, looks like the kit is discontinued through Maverick. I was really hoping to get that kit and install it on my newest build project!
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    DeKlein aka Palomino Upgrade kits are on production hold as of this time.
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    Better suited to non-aggressive 125# gals named Russell.
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    Leucadia Cyclery
    And call this guy, he was a huge Klein dealer back in the day and it is where I got my frame. He might have one laying around.
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    Dang, thanks for all the help. The search has begun!

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    UPDATE: Snatched up the last one in stock at Leucadia Cyclery, thanks for the heads up!
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    Did you end up grabbing one from Outside outfitters?
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    Nope, called Leucadia Cyclery and Fred sold me his last one in stock. If you're looking for one, I'd start there he might be able to help.

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    Bump on Monolink find

    I am in the same spot as ODP...Palomino with a need to upgrade to Maverick Monolink...

    Anybody else aware of any kits anywhere?

    Thanks for any tips...

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    Out of everywhere, even at Maverick ...
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    Thank You mighty Alp person...(I am jealous of your location! ;-)

    I talked to Maverick a couple weeks ago and even asked if they would share the design schematic with me, no luck there either...but I am still looking, if anyone comes across a shop that has one kicking around...I am all ears...worst case I'll be looking at a new Durance...rather not go there as the only thing wrong with the Palomino is the bushings (and geometry!!!) of the original monolink...

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    Thanks B'stone,

    I had already tried the Pink bike contact, nada...but I just sent an email over to Joyride...we'll see...

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    Any luck? Are you going to post pictures soon of your new link? Or no luck?
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    Never heard anything back from joyride, I'll try calling them today...

    Rode last night with a fast crew on the Palomino...I was slow, but thats normal ;-)

    The linkage is sloppy, but it works...

    I am liking the idea of a new 29 hardtail of some sort with 100-130 front shock, oversized axle of some flavor...running it one*ten...I had upgraded shifters and brake levers on the Palomino a few years back, same XT calipers, but XTR levers (very nice) and went to Sram X-9 shifters and rear. could use some of that on a new 29er...sad to say, the Palomino might be at an end...

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    If you liked your palomino with the stock monolink you will love the Maverick ML7.5/Matic or a Maverick Durance. They can be had for good prices these days. For a 29er fork the only way to go is with a used Duc32 and 29er adapter. 29ers are slow to get up to speed but roll easier once you get there, so it really depends on your style and the terrain you ride.

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    the Palomino ran great...I had my eye on a Durance on Ebay...but it seemed to sell locally, auction ended early...

    Thanks for the advice...

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    ScottPete,
    When I click on the link for Joyride it doesn't work, not really sure why. I did go to joyrides website and searched for Maverick. The Palomino upgrade link came up about halfway down the page, and it was going to let me buy it. You should be able to buy it right now online. Anyways, it is a whole new bike with the upgraded link. Good luck
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    I just placed an order at Joyride...we'll see if they can actually ship it or not...

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    Ha, this is the response I received on the third email from joyride:

    Reason for cancellation: The Maverick kit you've ordered is not available, your order will be canceled and refunded, thank you.

    I am back to looking wherever I can...

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    There is a Reposado frame on the Bay of E...anyone have an opinion onthat link? it is with bearings right? I am sorta running under the assumption that all the Mavericks used Bearings and slightly improved geometry on their Monolinks?

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    D@mn*t, I thought for sure Joyride would have it. hmmmm
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    hey Bstone, you got any opinion on the reposado? as compared to the Palomino? is that a ML7 (just under a different name?)

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    Scott, I haven't ever ridden a maverick outside of my Palomino. I love that bike though. The Reposado gets good reviews and might be a little lighter then the klein. 400$ seems like a decent price, but be ready to rebuild the shock and rebuild/replace the bearings in the link. I changed the bearing in mine and it wasn't that hard, I haven't rebuild the shock though because my suspension maintenance skills are still developing. Speaking of the shock it has the older version of shock, so might be worth and email to suspension experts or dirt labs to see if they could rebuild it for you. It also has a drop in style headset, so you are going to have to buy a headset for it. Not sure what style it takes.
    As for your original question, The Reposado is an 80mm bike where the ML7 and the Palomino are 100mm.
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    good stuff Bstone, thanks,

    I am assuming you rode the original Palomino link, then upgraded to the Maverick Link...Big Difference?

    Also, any thoughts on my Palomino Shock working in place of the Reposado OEM shock?

    and finally, wondering if the FOX RLT100 (fronT fork) on my Palomino would swap over to the Rep? I am thinking it would, not so confident about the Frame shock units...

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    The palomino monolink has bushings. The maverick monolink has sealed bearings and has the bottom bracket further forward for better small bump compliance. It works much better.
    Your rear shock will work with the 100mm ML7. Your fork will work if head tube/headset length is the same with new frame but you will need a different headset.

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    The grey Mg Maverick links are the first generation and can bolt up to a Palomino. Make sure to use an Etype front derailleur.

    Buy a Durance!
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    I never rode the original link. Most of the things that are negative in the reviews of the palomino are about the link so I was just going to change it out. The shop I was buying it from offered to do it for less then I could do it myself so I just had them do it, so to speak.
    You could post a want add in the classifieds and see if anyone has a monolink laying around.
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    I htinkI am going to try to find a used ML-7 and try to move most of my stuff from Pal over to Maverick...anyone know if the seat tube diameters are the same?

    Cheers,

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    Klein uses 31.6 Maverick uses 30.9
    You should look for a ML7.5 or a Matic with 5" travel. They will ride like a 4" bike with a bonus 1" of travel for bigger hits.

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    nice common seat tube specs...

    Thanks for that info!

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    Seat post are cheap. I think the only other problem you will face is the headset and disk brakes if you don't have them. What fork do you have to run on a 7.5 or Matic
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    The Fox RLT100 from the Pal XV - also XT calipers/rotors (original), XTR Brk levers(upgrade), X9 shifters, X9 rear der (upgrades) I was hoping 1-1/8 headset arrangement, can easily upgrade headset if necessary. get a little fuzzy on the various headset options, hoping all that needs to change would be the actual headset(cups seats etc), and that the 1 1/8 steerer on the fork will accept whatever. That is of course if the head tube isn't remarkably longer. Planning on still running the original, surprisingly durable, bontrager wheels! Still going strong!

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    Mavericks are 1 1/8" integrated campy style headset ( fsa or cane creek). You will also need a braze on front derailleur for improved shifting. Check the Maverick website for all the specs and set up. You should get a longer travel fork (130 to 140mm) for a matic or ml7.5. Maverick SC32 is a good used option.

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    ML7 is less travel yes?

    Honestly the long (5-6") travel isn't that important to me...the RLT100 has always been an outstanding fork...

    I also live on a full rigid 26" single speed...

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    ML7 is 4" travel. I have gone from a 4" klein to 5".5 durance and 6" ML8 and I have no regrets. Originally I thought along the same line as you. Set up properly the bikes still ride like a short travel bike with the extra travel.

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    Good stuff... If I can find a ML7.5 with the DUC, for under a grand (frame fork Front hub) I am in, then can put the RLT100 on the Sebastopol Ibis Hardtail...or...I can probably find a ML7 no fork no new wheel required, for around $600...Options I guess!

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