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    No good Stores and Shops - Horror Tales

    As with the other thread... let's make public what shops/stores had ripped you off.

    Avoid other bikers to make the same mistake and maybe those shops/stores get the message and do something (or go belly-up for the good of the mtb community).

    Also, name of the store, location, jerk.. I mean clerk that ripped you off, and of course what they did to you.


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    If you hapen to be in Toluca and break your bike... Be afraid...!
    Bicitoy in Metepec: They sell Trek and I think Giant, the mechanic is a good guy and can give you directions to the riding places near Toluca. The problem lies with the owner, don't let him touch your bike! You have been warned!!! Besides they sell at somewhat high prices.
    The shop at Morelos St. near the estadio is somewhat fine, they sell Canondale the mechanic while not the best really tries to be helpfull, just keep an eye on what he is doing because while taking shortcuts to do the job fast he may bend something... (like the front derailleur in my case! Leson: Never look to other bikes while yours is in some other hands...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by arivas
    If you hapen to be in Toluca and break your bike... Be afraid...!
    Bicitoy in Metepec
    Bicitoy... not very confidence inspiring name.
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    Nope, I recognise that. They had all those Treck bikes, newbie on the mtb stuff... and It is easy to go there when I'm in Toluca... Hope someone finds this information usefull...!

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    what`s so tekno about teknobike?

    Outdoor Sports of MTY, that`s the main capital of Powersports.
    There are several horror stories about headsets and bottom brackets being "barridos"there.
    And it`s hell pricey, as all Powersports products are.

    Whats so Tekno about Teknobike in GDL?

    I went there to stop the rubbing of my hayes brakes, and to have them bled and swap out the brake pads.
    Yes, i could have done all of this myself by following the manuals on their site, but i was lazy and didnt have a couple of tools so i decided to take my girl there, as i walked in i saw plenty of top end bikes over the $3000 dollars mark, so i somewhat felt safe on trusting my little baby Kona to them.
    That was until the owner told me that he didnt let the mechanic touch disc brakes or suspensions.
    Any fool with little mechanic knowledge should be able to work on suspensions and disc brakes, specially if your job is fixing up mountain bikes that have been stocked with them for years.
    I wonder what they tell their customers when they buy bikes for them:

    - Sorry i cant tell you how to set up your fork.
    -No, i wont aling the calipers on your brand new bike.
    -Humm, so you are out of brake pads? well you need to buy a new set of disc brakes because we dont change them, i`t`s too complicated for us.
    - Oh, so you want to set your fork and shock to your weight? How naive! Every bike we sell its set for just anybody no matter their size, weight, race, nationality, or hair lenght. If you are one of those hippies that like to mess with their suspension take your bussines to ------ bike shop in there you wll find weird peopple as yourself.

    In Mzt my LBS doesnt carry that much of disc brakes or rear suspensions on the bikes they sell because people around here dont spend much on their bikes and the trails are sort of easy, but even so the mechanic works on them preetty good, he even is sincere and tells you when its the first time he is working on some brand and that he wont give it a go until he gets his hands on a manual on how to service that brand.
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    Any experience with Maisterwerk at Guadalajara???

    There was a time they had prices published on their website... a Julie brake was like 300 bucks!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rzozaya1969
    It wouldn't surprise me to find that they're too expensive.
    It surprised me, because at that time Viansi had those same brakes at 1200 pesos (roughly 120 bucks)... I forgot to ask today how much they were. I just got a set of brake pads.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Warp2003
    Any experience with Maisterwerk at Guadalajara???

    There was a time they had prices published on their website... a Julie brake was like 300 bucks!!
    I remember that Maisterwerk handles german products and it's not cheap. They handle Ghost and Votec bikes, and also some nice, expensive helmets . It wouldn't surprise me to find that they're too expensive.

    I think that the problem in Mexico in finding parts outside the Shimano realm is that there isn't too many places to find spares. Well, in forks there is a lot of Fox, Marzochi going on (some RST).

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    Quote Originally Posted by rzozaya1969
    I think that the problem in Mexico in finding parts outside the Shimano realm is that there isn't too many places to find spares. Well, in forks there is a lot of Fox, Marzochi going on (some RST).
    True. That's why I got a Magura fork. Their CS has proven to be unbeatable to me. While if my fork breaks I will have to watch TV for quite some time, I'm sure they will not be throwing BS at me and will warrant any defect, failure, etc. They can send me the parts I'll need, no third parties. Good advise direct from the people who know.

    Second best option was Fox... but there was a nice price difference. Fox products are nice... but Magura just offered me a similar quality at a great price.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Warp2003
    It surprised me, because at that time Viansi had those same brakes at 1200 pesos (roughly 120 bucks)... I forgot to ask today how much they were. I just got a set of brake pads.
    What I think it's hard to find at Viansi is Magura replacement parts. When I bought the Hayes for my Stumpjumper last year I decided on the HFX because Viansi handles a lot of spare parts for the HFX, and Magura weren't that easy to come by.

    On my new bike I would have liked the Hope Mini or M4, but finding spare parts or just pads in Mexico would suck.. so I went with the XT. Another option I would have liked were the Magura Loise FR, in which I would be in middle ground, pieces available, but hard to find in Mexico.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rzozaya1969
    What I think it's hard to find at Viansi is Magura replacement parts. When I bought the Hayes for my Stumpjumper last year I decided on the HFX because Viansi handles a lot of spare parts for the HFX, and Magura weren't that easy to come by.

    On my new bike I would have liked the Hope Mini or M4, but finding spare parts or just pads in Mexico would suck.. so I went with the XT. Another option I would have liked were the Magura Loise FR, in which I would be in middle ground, pieces available, but hard to find in Mexico.
    You're right... believe me I haven't missed lack of spares with Magura... but then, I'm biased towards them.

    I sleep well at nights knowing that an e-mail to Jimi will solve my problems.

    But yes, your point is very valid indeed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Warp2003
    You're right... believe me I haven't missed lack of spares with Magura... but then, I'm biased towards them.

    I sleep well at nights knowing that an e-mail to Jimi will solve my problems.

    But yes, your point is very valid indeed.
    For one, I think it's weird how we autohijacked this thread.

    About your fork, the only thing that would make me think is about service. How easy is the Phaon to service yourself? I've read the Magura site and it looks pretty nice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rzozaya1969
    For one, I think it's weird how we autohijacked this thread.

    About your fork, the only thing that would make me think is about service. How easy is the Phaon to service yourself? I've read the Magura site and it looks pretty nice!
    No more complicated than a Vanilla or Marathon S (and Tigerdog and I now are qualificated Zoke Technicians!!)... not to mention a TALAS. No IFP to deal with, no weird o-rings, no air chambers... just oil and a fistful of nuts.

    It's oil and coil... very simple fork.

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    Heh Warp, sound like you are a Magura junkie
    Anyone knows who distributes Avid in Mexico?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 545cu4ch
    Heh Warp, sound like you are a Magura junkie
    How did you figure it out??!

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    Anyone knows who distributes Avid in Mexico?
    Great mystery... Teknobike deals with SRAM and Rock Shox... but not Avid. At least not listed on their homepage.

    From SRAM page, distributor in Mexico

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    PHONE: 52 81 84 78 45 60
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    HUMBERTO LOBO #780, COL. DEL VALLE, GARZA GARCIA, MEXICO, CP, 66220, Mexico
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    Quote Originally Posted by 545cu4ch
    Heh Warp, sound like you are a Magura junkie
    Anyone knows who distributes Avid in Mexico?
    I was asking the same thing in another thread.

    Just looked at SRAM site, and the cables I want are now being sold as SRAM instead of Avid. Maybe I'm in luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by tigerdog
    I was asking the same thing in another thread.

    Just looked at SRAM site, and the cables I want are now being sold as SRAM instead of Avid. Maybe I'm in luck
    Sorry... I didn't find the dealer until a few hours ago...
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    Hmm maybe some other shops sell Avid. With Easton, I believe Transvision is their distributer, but other shops sell some of their stuff.
    Oh and is Transvision bike and Powersport the same?

    EDIT: I just found out that Transvision does sell Avid products, although a bit pricey. 1500 pesos (about 140 bucks) for an BB7 with 185mm rotor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 545cu4ch
    Hmm maybe some other shops sell Avid. With Easton, I believe Transvision is their distributer, but other shops sell some of their stuff.
    Oh and is Transvision bike and Powersport the same?

    EDIT: I just found out that Transvision does sell Avid products, although a bit pricey. 1500 pesos (about 140 bucks) for an BB7 with 185mm rotor.
    Easton and Manitou are distributed in Mexico by Windsor... check out windsor.com.mx

    But windsor does not sells direct to consumer.

    Tranvision sells some stuff distributed by Teknobike, some other by Benotto... they are the most universal store.

    I guess Viansi, Teknobike and Benotto are the largest importers in Mexico... I'll doublecheck on that, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 545cu4ch
    Hmm maybe some other shops sell Avid. With Easton, I believe Transvision is their distributer, but other shops sell some of their stuff.
    Oh and is Transvision bike and Powersport the same?

    EDIT: I just found out that Transvision does sell Avid products, although a bit pricey. 1500 pesos (about 140 bucks) for an BB7 with 185mm rotor.
    I think that in average, Transvision prices are very good, but I think it just depends on who they buy the stuff from. Does the BB7 include the brake levers?

    Edit:
    At Speedgoat, the BB7 with 185mm rotors are 114 bucks, in JensonUSA it's 130, at Pricepoint it's way cheaper, 90 bucks for the 203mm rotors. Considering we're in Mexico and shipment and customs, so it's really not that off, considering shipping and customs. And the prices in the states are plus tax, if you buy locally.

    Another edit:
    I bought last year at Viansi the Hayes HFX-9 hydros for about 100 bucks each plus 10 for the front adaptor. So if you're looking for disc brakes, they're a good consideration, cheaper than the BB7, and they include cables and levers.
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    Oops I made a stupid mistake. I was talking about TEKNObike not TRANSVISIONbike
    =p. Oh and the Avid BB7's cost 1500 pesos there. EACH one and WITHOUT the levers......$$$$
    They are currently at aout 75 bucks on internet.
    Oh and are Hayes MX 1 good? I saw them at viansi at 800 pesos each.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 545cu4ch
    Oops I made a stupid mistake. I was talking about TEKNObike not TRANSVISIONbike
    =p. Oh and the Avid BB7's cost 1500 pesos there. EACH one and WITHOUT the levers......$$$$
    They are currently at aout 75 bucks on internet.
    Oh and are Hayes MX 1 good? I saw them at viansi at 800 pesos each.
    The prices I quoted was per disc, not the pair and withour levers. But it just depends on the shop. Anyway, 1500 is not that high considering.

    I think I read somewhere (so take this as urban legend) that the MX 2 are the good ones from Hayes, but let's see what other people say. Do you want mech disc, or just looking for them because price? Look for the HFX-9, I think they're not that much expensive than the MX-1. I think that both the MX and HFX are complete (you don't need to buy levers or hose).

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    Quote Originally Posted by 545cu4ch
    Oh and are Hayes MX 1 good? I saw them at viansi at 800 pesos each.
    I've heard they don't compare to the BB7s, but I've not tried them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tigerdog
    I've heard they don't compare to the BB7s, but I've not tried them.
    A while ago, Mountain Biking (or was it MBA?? - Who cares?!) tested the BB7, MX-1 and Deore 515-LA... all mechs.

    Winner was Avid BB7 by an ample margin, followed by the MX-1 and a close thrid the Deore.

    The MX-1 had a problem with inboard pad adjusters getting stuck. I would not buy them. The Deores are very good and cheaper than BB7's. With some Koolstop pads, they would be cool.
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    Not really sure if I should post it yet, anyway, here we go.
    I ordered a saddle and skewers (Tune lightweight goodies as I suffer gramcounting illness) from Starbike in Deutschland they were suppossedly sent on Jan 10 and expected to have them in 15 labor days, after a month I sent them an e-mail letting them know about the delay which was promptly answered telling me that they would start an investigation if there no news of the package in 2 days, a week later I started sending mails (about 10) without any response from them until last week when I told that I felt scamed, they still have no answer to their "investigation" but they are working on it.
    Am I the only one?

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