First ride -- 2012 ElCiclon
Well, after a lot of logistical issues including a cross country move, I finally go my 2012 ElCiclon built up.
First thought: AMAZING! I have been riding an X-5 for about 6 years. Both an 04 frame and a 2007 frame. Weights (using the same wheel set on both bikes) are darn close. My X-5 was running 30lbs 13 oz. The 2012 ElCiclon as built is 29lbs 10oz. However, running in 150 mode for the rear shock/rockers...the 2012 ElCiclon pedals so much more efficiently than my 2007 X-5 (pushed RP23) that the bike feels like it weighs less. I just can't get over how much better the bike pedals. Even with the pro-pedal completely off...it is WAY better.
I'm still not sure about the internal cable routing. It looks really cool. However, this is bike #7 that I have built, and I have never had so much trouble with the derailleurs.
I carefully followed the instructions provided for routing the cables. Makes me wonder if something else is up with the bike like the chain line is off. I had the shop I bought the frame from install the PF30 adapter and a hope ceramic external BB. Right now, I'm not sure how many spacers are installed on the external bearings.
As it stands right now, I can't put the front XT der in a position such that I can use all of the rear cogs on the 11-34 cassette without the chain rubbing either inboard or outboard sides of the front der. On the first ride...it wouldn't stay in the 32t cog unless I cranked up the tension on the barrel adjuster such that my indexing was off by 1 cog. Honestly, the rear der was acting as if I had a bent hanger, but looks good to me.
Overall, bike is totally sweet. If only I can figure out how to get use of the full range of gears on it.
More specs on the bike in the setup thread here: The Set-Up Thread
During my entire ride today, I was thinking of a post where you mentioned solving your shift problems by switching cassettes.
I'm not sure what is going on with mine. I just came back in from the garage. After ditching the instructions for both derailleurs and doing what just made sense to me, I think I have worked through my issues. A test ride up and down the street and it seemed much better.
Hopefully the rain/snow holds off enough tomorrow that I can get in an early morning ride to see how it does on the trail.
I bet your husband notices the difference tomorrow. I certainly didn't notice pedaling it around on the street at the house. Out on the trial....total difference.
Nice looking Ciclon! I also went from an X5 to the 2012 Ciclon and couldn't be happier! The new Ciclons slack-ish head angle and short chain stays really make for a quick handling yet stable bike thats alot of fun. I hadn't had any shift issues with my bike running 24/32 11-34. Hopefully you'll get your shifting sorted out so you can fully enjoy the new ride.
Got in another ride this morning. Still loving the what it rides. fuenstock, you are right...it is a quick handling and stable bike. I'm plowing over some roots that on the X-5 I got bumped around more and when it turns to buffed carved single track...I'm hitting it at speeds I previously hadn't. At least it feels that way
I think I have the shifting sorted out for the most part. The rear der cable slipped out of the cradle/perch below the BB despite the hook tape that was provided with the frame. Firmly attahced for now and will monitor closely.
I also may have screwed up the chain line on my own. When I got all the parts with the PF adapter and BB bearings already installed, I ignored the instructions for the PF adapter. This time I went back and looked at them. Added 3mm in spacers on the drive side outboard of the drive side bearings. I am now a lot closer to being able to use the entire 11-34 9spd cassette without having the chain rub on either side of the front der while on the middle chain ring of my 3 ring setup.
I still get a *little* bit of chain rub on the front der when on either the 11 tooth or the 34 tooth cog and applying heavy torque while seated. When on the 34T, it will rub on the inside of the front der. When on the 11T, it will rub on the outside of the front der. All while on the middle chain ring, but now only under heavy torque while seated. If I stand up or lighten up the pedal effort..no rubbing. Beats me.
I'm always changing things up on my bikes. Currently its at about 29lbs according to my cheap fishing scale so not sure how accurate that number is.
Originally Posted by Stripes
Last edited by fuenstock; 02-20-2012 at 08:48 PM.