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    Chilcotin Suspension Maintenance?...

    I'm poking around for a replacement to my 4yr old Santa Cruz Nomad. Interested in the Chilcotin, but it's got a lot of pivots/bearings compared to my Nomad and they seem to be positioned where they'd get a lot of water/grit sprayed on them from the rear wheel.

    I live on Vancouver Island and ride year round so a bike that doesn't need a lot of maintenance is important to me.
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    Sounds like the history of Knolly bikes yields a low maintenance schedule, however, the Chilcotin is so damn incredible that whatever it requires is worth it. This bike is just mind blowing in every way!

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    Hey Vik,

    There's a fairly large number of us riding Knolly's, and now Chili's on the island year round. My regular riding buddies are on a Delirium and an Endorphin for the past few years. Just ask on VIMB about the complete lack of maintenance...

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    Make sure the axle on the horseshoe link is 72.70-72.75mm long:

    http://forums.mtbr.com/9480914-post9.html
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    Thanks for the replies.I'll check in over at VIMB as well...
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    I love my Chilcotin, but have had some minor pivot issues. I was riding in very dusty conditions at Tahoe, and the linkage developed some pretty bad creaking. When I inspected it, I noticed that one of the pivot bolts was missing! (it was at the allen bolt at the highest point of the linkage) I have to say I was pretty shocked, as I've never seen this happen. My dealer gave me a new pair of bolts. We lock-tighted them, and I check them before every ride. The creaking stopped after the bolt was replaced, but that could be due to all the lubing I did at the time. It started creaking again on the last ride. I'm going to re-lube. Even if the linkage proves to be the "weak link" on this bike, it is a fair price to pay for the awesome handling of this bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by funkle View Post
    I love my Chilcotin, but have had some minor pivot issues. I was riding in very dusty conditions at Tahoe, and the linkage developed some pretty bad creaking. When I inspected it, I noticed that one of the pivot bolts was missing! (it was at the allen bolt at the highest point of the linkage) I have to say I was pretty shocked, as I've never seen this happen. My dealer gave me a new pair of bolts. We lock-tighted them, and I check them before every ride. The creaking stopped after the bolt was replaced, but that could be due to all the lubing I did at the time. It started creaking again on the last ride. I'm going to re-lube. Even if the linkage proves to be the "weak link" on this bike, it is a fair price to pay for the awesome handling of this bike.
    For whatever reason, it seems like some bolts were secured with Loctite on my frame, others were not. I have found it best to check all bolts and Loctite them before your maiden voyage.

    As for your noises, start with the horseshoe bushings. My Endo developed a similar squeak, I greased the bushings and didn't have a single noise for 2 years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tiSS'er View Post
    For whatever reason, it seems like some bolts were secured with Loctite on my frame, others were not. I have found it best to check all bolts and Loctite them before your maiden voyage.

    As for your noises, start with the horseshoe bushings. My Endo developed a similar squeak, I greased the bushings and didn't have a single noise for 2 years.
    Thanks, I was thinking of doing that. My dealer recommended a white grease.

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