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    New Switchblade Frame...

    ... or why does it always rain on me???


    Well, fellas... Here are the so awaited pics of my new ride...
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    Mo' pics....

    Some more....

    1.- My top mech doing an inspection
    2.- Serial Number
    3.- 9 bucks BB... for those who are too young to know how a square taper bottom bracket looks like
    4.- Warp... RIP.
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    Now the explanation...

    ...why of the "why does it always rain on me??"

    Trying to try in the BB in the BB shell, I discovered this flat spot on the BB shell. The threads are distorted and the BB doesn't go in.

    Bummer.

    Is not that bad... nothing a good ream can't solve. I need to take it to a shop to get the threads prepped. I'll try with Abel and Transvision... wish me luck as I don't know how common is for a shop to do this. Hopefully I'll get it sorted by this weekend.

    Check out the pics.

    I can't blame the seller after so many miles of transportation... who knows. I'll drop him a line anyway and see what he says, but I don't hold much hopes. I just hope to have it reamed and faced to mount the BB.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Warp2003
    I can't blame the seller after so many miles of transportation...
    Dude: there is no way in hell that BB was damaged in transport. It came in a bike box filled with poliurethane beans and it was very well packed. I know 'cause I dropped it from like 3 floors to test it

    Seriusly, talk to the seller.
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    I'm no engineer and not too good at mech. stuff, so I can't really see where it's wrong I hope you can fix it without any problem. I hope the guys at Transvision can help you, I haven't used their service a lot, but the ones I did they left the bike working well and very reasonable priced.

    If you Transvision can't fix it, maybe ask Bike stop (yep, the guys that sold Specialized). They really fixed my stumpy when I took it for service. Unfortunately, they are far from you (viaducto Tlalpan and Division del Norte).

    Good luck man!

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    Oh man, that sucks.

    Yeah, I hope somebody has the reaming tool, and it's sharp, and they know how to use the damn thing.

    Have you called around to see who might be able to do it?

    We've got to see that bike get dirty next weekend!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tigerdog
    Oh man, that sucks.

    Yeah, I hope somebody has the reaming tool, and it's sharp, and they know how to use the damn thing.

    Have you called around to see who might be able to do it?

    We've got to see that bike get dirty next weekend!
    Thanks guys for the kind support...

    Mada... I just did. He says it wasn't there, bla, bla, bla... Hard to prove after two transportations. Besides, apart from sharing cost for repair (??) what else can I force him to do? I know you were careful... I would let my kid drop to the floor if I had to save a bike frame from dropping too. But those arseholes at the airport just get the plane stuffed in the least time possible without care or remorse.

    Roberto... I'll call around today. I just discovered it last night. I'll check it out. Transivion, Abel (Soho bikes) and some other should have the tool. I don't think this is the only high-end frame that has been serviced here.

    Matt... I share your fears. I was watching parktool site and it's a no brainer. But at work I learned the hard way that people is not as smart as I thought they are. I could do it myself if I had the dumb tap tool. Benotto has it... but it's freaking expensive. It's a shop tool. So far, Abel is the one that inspires more confidence to me (the same guy that is at Chiluca on Sundays with a bike stand doing repairs). His wife's bike is a Salsa with a Marathon Race on... and no-nonsense bits all around. Looks like knowledgeable.

    Transvision is said to have a new set of Park Tool tooling... those should be sharp. You don't tap BB's everyday.
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    Oh yeah, by the way, your frame looks beautiful.

    And Mini-Warp is huge!

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    Have you noticed how nice that saddle looks?

    I heard that serial number was part of a defective batch from Titus a way back, around 2002 or something, check if you have something on the BB shell though, it may be a good idea.

    j/k

    Really nice bike!

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    Chin up, bro!

    Definitely a bummer that the threads have a flat spot. As you said, it should be pretty simple to fix, not that it's right that the problem existed in the first place. My guess is the seller probably didn't realize it was there. FWIW, the frame looks great, and I'm sure you'll get things sorted out soon.

    Best wishes as always,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Call_me_Clyde
    Definitely a bummer that the threads have a flat spot. As you said, it should be pretty simple to fix, not that it's right that the problem existed in the first place. My guess is the seller probably didn't realize it was there. FWIW, the frame looks great, and I'm sure you'll get things sorted out soon.

    Best wishes as always,

    Bob
    Well, yeah. This morning I used my BB tool and was able to thread in like 1 and a half thread by hand... but I didn't wanted to go beyond that. The BB is steel and can make easily its way thru the aluminum.

    A tap can do the trick. And I think it doesn't even has to be a very sharp one.

    Tapping and facing tool here goes for close to 700 bucks... a Park Tool one, that is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by elmadaleno
    Dude: there is no way in hell that BB was damaged in transport. It came in a bike box filled with poliurethane beans and it was very well packed. I know 'cause I dropped it from like 3 floors to test it

    Seriusly, talk to the seller.
    It doesn’t look like the damage was done due to bad handling during transportation. As far as I can see, even the paint is damaged (might be the lighting reflex what I am looking, though); paint could only be damaged due to a direct hitting with something hard. I really doubt that could happened hitting a frame that is actually inside the box (filled with poliurethane beans).

    Anyways, it shouldn’t be a problem to fix it, and you´ll be riding that beauty soon.

    Congrats on the bike, nice ride you got!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ritopc
    It doesn’t look like the damage was done due to bad handling during transportation. As far as I can see, even the paint is damaged (might be the lighting reflex what I am looking, though); paint could only be damaged due to a direct hitting with something hard. I really doubt that could happened hitting a frame that is actually inside the box (filled with poliurethane beans).

    Anyways, it shouldn’t be a problem to fix it, and you´ll be riding that beauty soon.

    Congrats on the bike, nice ride you got!!!!
    It's not paint... it's an anodized finish. It can get away with rubbing, which can happen if the cardboard (or beans or whatever) were rubbing for a long time. There's a hit involved, that's for sure.

    Anyway... I just called Abel from Soho bikes and he'll be picking the frame up anytime next week (he can pick up the bike at your place) and get the job done. He has the tools but he's leaving to Hidalgo this weekend.

    Thanks for the props on the bike (and the baby), guys!!
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    Little update...

    OK... Steel is the noblest of metals and aluminum is not even close to its strenght.

    With the extractor, grease, a lot of patience and some brute force I was able to drive the BB inside position. (hhhmmmm it reminds me of a .... uh, nevermind)

    Next step, will be to get a 1/2" driver (Tigerdog, would you oblige?), and grease+teflon tape the BB in place.

    No need for silly reaming. It was only the very first thread the one that was distorted, but steel brought it to its knees.

    Now I agree with Clyde's opinion that the seller didn't realized about it if it was ever there while he shipped it. He probably felt the thread have some resistance, but drove the thing out with elbow grease.

    So far... this week will see my build completed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Warp2003
    OK... Steel is the noblest of metals and aluminum is not even close to its strenght.

    With the extractor, grease, a lot of patience and some brute force I was able to drive the BB inside position. (hhhmmmm it reminds me of a .... uh, nevermind)

    Next step, will be to get a 1/2" driver (Tigerdog, would you oblige?), and grease+teflon tape the BB in place.

    No need for silly reaming. It was only the very first thread the one that was distorted, but steel brought it to its knees.

    Now I agree with Clyde's opinion that the seller didn't realized about it if it was ever there while he shipped it. He probably felt the thread have some resistance, but drove the thing out with elbow grease.

    So far... this week will see my build completed.
    That's great news.

    Come on over. I've also got anti-seize which I always use on BBs rather than grease. Never needed to use tape myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Warp2003
    OK... Steel is the noblest of metals and aluminum is not even close to its strenght.

    With the extractor, grease, a lot of patience and some brute force I was able to drive the BB inside position. (hhhmmmm it reminds me of a .... uh, nevermind)

    Next step, will be to get a 1/2" driver (Tigerdog, would you oblige?), and grease+teflon tape the BB in place.

    No need for silly reaming. It was only the very first thread the one that was distorted, but steel brought it to its knees.

    Now I agree with Clyde's opinion that the seller didn't realized about it if it was ever there while he shipped it. He probably felt the thread have some resistance, but drove the thing out with elbow grease.

    So far... this week will see my build completed.
    Does this mean we will see your Titus this sunday?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rzozaya1969
    Does this mean we will see your Titus this sunday?
    Don't think Warp (or should we now call him Blade2004?) is going to make it tomorrow.

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    Tiger's right....

    No riding for me tomorrow... Family's first (this sunday )

    But for next weekend I'll be hitting the trails on-board that sweetblade... and my recently modded Phaon (only one spring now... more travel and plushness)

    Tiger... BTW... Nice new avatar. The old one looked like Pornstar's gay posts..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Warp2003
    Tiger's right....

    No riding for me tomorrow... Family's first (this sunday )

    But for next weekend I'll be hitting the trails on-board that sweetblade... and my recently modded Phaon (only one spring now... more travel and plushness)

    Tiger... BTW... Nice new avatar. The old one looked like Pornstar's gay posts..
    Check my thread in the Mods forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tigerdog
    Check my thread in the Mods forum.
    Those gears are starting to move....
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    Hey..I blame the pinche esquinkly mechanic...!!

    What the hell is a BB anyway? ball bearing?

    And I can´t see you going anywhere..they forgot the bit that the front wheel goes on!!!


    She´s a nice looking sushi roll ya got there...now I´ll be even more behind and blinded by all the shiney bling around me.

    I´m gonna cover my old girl in shiney foil and put tits --oops titus on it to keep up...

    You lucky lucky bastard..!!


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    Ooooooooh, looks reeeeeaaaaal pudry! Congrats Tit! Ooops, I mean Warp!

    More pics. But you already know that.

    BTW - nice touch with your mech's initial inspection. I'm sure there's a Will being updated, right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by aids
    Hey..I blame the pinche esquinkly mechanic...!!

    What the hell is a BB anyway? ball bearing?

    And I can´t see you going anywhere..they forgot the bit that the front wheel goes on!!!


    She´s a nice looking sushi roll ya got there...now I´ll be even more behind and blinded by all the shiney bling around me.

    I´m gonna cover my old girl in shiney foil and put tits --oops titus on it to keep up...

    You lucky lucky bastard..!!

    Aids... BB = Bottom Bracket, the thingy that carries the crank's spindle and bearings.

    How do you call it in 'Zylander'??

    BTW.... I jusr recieved a "Ground Effect" catalogue. Just to make you feel some nostalgia for the homeland.

    Andrew... My Will is already updated. The heir takes it all!! With his little hands he's already able to open latch-type locks. You'd be surprised watching him banging the bike (the Warp corpse) with a 10" adjustable wrench... He seems to have some mechanical abilities or just like the same things as "Dad". One year and one month old and he's already trying to put things together... time to buy some Lego stuff or those match-block-in-a-hole toys.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Warp2003
    Andrew... My Will is already updated. The heir takes it all!! With his little hands he's already able to open latch-type locks. You'd be surprised watching him banging the bike (the Warp corpse) with a 10" adjustable wrench... He seems to have some mechanical abilities or just like the same things as "Dad". One year and one month old and he's already trying to put things together... time to buy some Lego stuff or those match-block-in-a-hole toys.
    Lego ROCKS man!!!!!!! It still does wonders for my mechanical aptitude. (enough for ya?)
    I ..... need ..... DIRT!!!!!

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    bienvenido al mundo del Titus!

    I'm riding my third racer x since 99' and loving it, my first was 80 mil front and back first v brakes 22 pounds then disk brakes around 25 pounds, second was 100 mil front and back aluminum frame first disk brakes 23 pounds then v brakes under 20 pounds, now I have the ti/exogrid with disk brakes around 21 pounds, it never ends!
    this summer I might make it to San Luis Potosi maybe I can hookup with you guys for a ride.
    la vida sigue.

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