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    Listen! Low maintenance FR/DH bike?

    Im looking to ditch my VP Free for someting a little less flexy and low maintenance.

    So far my ideas are...

    Knolly - Vtach
    Foes - RS7
    Yeti - 303R-DH

    What other frames are out there??

    Thanks!!

    oh yeah...I need a large frame...im 6'3" so larger the better
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    Yeti 303R-DH in a list of low maintenance bikes?

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    I don't see how the Yeti will be low maintenance since it has multiple pivots and the rail needs cleaning and greasing. Single pivots, gearboxes, and Rohloff hubs come to mind.
    I think the lowest maintenance fork is a 888 coil from a couple years ago when they had open bath dampers in both sides.
    Tag wheels are stiff and no maintenance.
    If you can find a Rotec or Lenzsport frame you could run it single speed or Rohloff with no tensioner.
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    Doesn't the 303 have something crazy like 40 or so bolts on the frame/linkage/shock combined?

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    What type of riding? Vtach = FR. 303 = DH race.

    I wouldn't call either low maint. Theoretically a single pivot with sealed bearings should be the lowest maintenance. That said, the frame usually isn't the majority of work.. wheel truing, brake bleeding, fork oil...

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    absolute low maintenance = single pivot

    thats not to say a demo or a sunday or any other multilink bike has a lot of maintenance. only frame i can think of that actually needs regular maintenance is the Yeti 303/303R but thats because you need to grease the rails, not because of the pivot links.

    although, the frame isn't gonna take up any of your maintenance time. i've looked at the pivot points on my R9 maybe once. i spend more time on my suspension components if anything.
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    low maintenance = single pivot (as said above)

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    Yep I'd have to agree on the Orange, exact reason why I brought a 222, even if it is 7yrs old!

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    go Orange!

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    Cannondale, Perp or the Judge are both single pivot!

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    I have an 06 foes fly. Very stiff and low maintenance and loves all types of rides!

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    Quote Originally Posted by erikmolander
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    i think for low maintenance this are the best choices, only two bearings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bxxer rider
    low maintenance = single pivot (as said above)

    single pivot = ORANGE!
    You would think a single Pivot would require more maintenance, they blow thru bearings faster right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Snakebite
    You would think a single Pivot would require more maintenance, they blow thru bearings faster right?
    Not really. I went 2 years before replacing the stock bearings on my SP Mountain Cycle Fury and about a year and a half for my SC Bullit.
    I ride in mud and snow frequently so I just remove the pivot axle, clean re-grease it,and wipe off the bearings every few months.

    The nice thing is when they do need replacing it only takes a few minutes and cost about $8.00

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    Why not recommend something from Turner? Turner's models use seals bushing pivots with spiral grooves in it and grease fittings, so all one needs to do is to pump grease in there a couple times a year, depending on use. There are people running those pivots for years with no replacements. The design of them also ties frame members together to add stiffness. The longer travel models use sealed needle bearings as well and are greaseable.

    My gf and I both have RFX's, and since we did that, I spent way less time than working on her single pivot, which would do odd things over extremely rocky terrain, resulting in abnormal pivot wear on the shock and shifting and derailleur hanger issues. And she's light.

    Now, our bikes go on vacations where we ride places like this:

    http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.ph...ighlight=cervo

    dozens of miles into the mountains, nice elevations, and unforgiving and diverse terrain. On that particular trip, besides my injury, I only suffered a split chain link due to a foolish shift into a sudden patch of mud.

    Bottom line is if you want something that's low maintenance and reliable, you might have to slightly uprate the frame stiffness on your list of priorities. We both could probably have gotten away with Spots, especially at her <120 pounds, but stiffness, reliability, as well as overall suspension dynamics were important.

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    Transition Blindside. Very low maintenence.

    I do have somewhat of an erection for the Foes rs7 though

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    Morewood, end thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gop427
    Morewood, end thread.
    Amen.

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    perp, judge, izimu, highline, orange bikes. andy single pivot for low maintenece.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Snakebite
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    Quote Originally Posted by brillantesdv
    absolute low maintenance = single pivot
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    yep that is it........I have had sucess with the M-3 but I ride in dry conditions
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    How do you guys feel about the DW Link?
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    No one likes it. Doesn't work well.
    Bearing and seal quality and stiffness will vary from brand to brand. They all have 8 bearings.
    Keep the Country country.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lelandjt
    No one likes it. Doesn't work well.
    Bearing and seal quality and stiffness will vary from brand to brand. They all have 8 bearings.
    no one likes the DW Link?...doesnt work well?

    wow. bold(among other things) statements.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lelandjt
    No one likes it. Doesn't work well.
    Bearing and seal quality and stiffness will vary from brand to brand. They all have 8 bearings.
    Bold & brash.

    Ride the 09 DHR! The DW-Link is a tight design. For this application I'd go bushings hands down over spherical bearings. Otherwise needle bearings. I've had problems with standard steel bearings.

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    ellsworth. I've worked at a big ellsworth dealer for the past 3 years and we have NEVER had to replace or service any of the pivots. We go through almost 80 ellsworths a year. Of the ones you listed i'd go with the rs7, those are dope.

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    08 Turner Highline or DHR. A large DHR or XL Highline should fit you just fine.

    The 09 DHR is some months away.

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    I think I made up my mind, ill be going with a 2009 Foes Fly. It has just about the same travel as my VP Free and should be alot less maintenance. I like the Idea of the Single Pivot and 2:1 ratio. It should be very stiff lateraly and about the same weight...now the hard part...What color???

    Thanks for all your advise!
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    I think that yellow is pretty much rockstar. I'd go for that or death metal black.

    Let us know how the Fly rides... I'm thinking about possibly swapping frames this season.

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    You guys are retarded. That is obvious forum humor. Everyone raves about the DW Link. You can't get through a thread on suspension without someone saying DW Link is best. It is the most hyped design on the forums. Yes, I own one.
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    Low maintenance ends with the air shock. Unless you're a flyweight, do yourself a favor and upgrade to a coil for a DH/FR bike.

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