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    Tips on getting better mileage out of lower monolink bearings?...

    Any body got any pointers? My lower monolink bearings expire quicker than they should... It's a ML7.5 if that matters...

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    I have the same issue, and i don't even weigh that much. part of the (my) problem seems to be the exposure (dirt ingress).

    there's a tip here somewhere about installing double row bearings in the lower link, entailing appropriate shortening of the spacer. EDIT: see this thread, be sure to read all posts ...

    i'm having my durance repainted over the next week or two, so for the rebuild i'm going to be trying this modification - has anyone successfully made this mod and can vouch for it's effectiveness?

    are needle roller bearings an option?

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    The original bearings on my ML7 were Enduro, and they gunked up after about a year. I installed SKF bearings (#6001) packed with extra grease and they last MUUUUCCCHHH longer. I am better about the maintance, too - making sure to clean the outer surfaces whenever I am working around the monolink and keeping a thin film of grease on the outside metal contact points.

    With that said, here in the San Francisco Bay Area I am only dealing with dust 85% of the year . When riding in winter I clean the monolink area/front derailleur after every ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by g_henrys View Post
    The original bearings on my ML7 were Enduro, and they gunked up after about a year. I installed SKF bearings (#6001) packed with extra grease and they last MUUUUCCCHHH longer. I am better about the maintance, too - making sure to clean the outer surfaces whenever I am working around the monolink and keeping a thin film of grease on the outside metal contact points.

    With that said, here in the San Francisco Bay Area I am only dealing with dust 85% of the year . When riding in winter I clean the monolink area/front derailleur after every ride.
    You are right Henry, here near Paris it's more 65% of the year .... rain and mud and with SKF the average duration is 4 years before changing the bearings.
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    Well I just had some Enduro's put in and see how well they hold up. Maybe that mod'll be up next. Looks fun and if it's endorsed by Ethan...
    Bike feels smooth but makes me think how much nicer my recent Durango trip would've been if I had some fresh bearings...
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    Where did you guys get your SKF bearings?
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    I ordered mine through USA Bearings and Belts awhile back. Make sure you get the versions with two shields, they sell them open (no dust covers) which of course ain't such a good idea.

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