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  • My new KH/Schlumpf 36!!!

    After 5 months of waiting for my hub to return since sending it in the for the recall, I got it in the mail yesterday and immediately dropped it off at the bike shop to be built. I picked it up today and followed Florian's instructions of injecting 1 siringe of his oil into the slot screw and then tightened everything up and started to ride (at night, in the cold rain).

    So...was it worth the 5 month wait? Absolutely.

    This thing is amazing. I rode Chuck's at RTL but it has been so long since Nova Scotia and I forgot how truely amazing it is to ride a geared 36. My setup is not ideal yet since I am running a heavy coker tube, but it still doesn't feel that heavy.

    First thoughts: Geared 36ers are easier to ride than geared 29ers. I don't know if it has to do with the wheel momentum or the fact that I am using 150mm cranks instead of the 125s I was using on the geared 29, but riding in high gear is very easy.

    I did not put the buttons on yet because I know that it takes a while for the cranks to settle and I have been tightening them every few minutes. It will take a few more rounds of riding/tightening before they are on good. Hopefully tomorrow or thursday I can put the buttons on and try shifting.

    My set up is:
    KH 36" frame
    Nightrider rim (white)
    150/125 dual drilled Moments
    CF KH seat base with Fusion Freeride foam and GB4 handles
    Some cut bar ends on a KH rail adapter to mount my brake
    Snafu pedals (only because my MG1s were making a lot of noise..I will replace the Snafus with MG1s when I get new ones in the mail)
    Nightrider Tire with Coker tube (hopefully trying out a 29er tube at some point)

    Pics to come soon and a better review to come as well. Stay tuned.
    -James

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    Hell yeah, James!! Bout time you got that hub back!

    Now you just need to ride it out to California...

    As for the cranks, yeah, just keep yanking them down. Eventually they'll stay that way. Even still, though, I never ever ride without my little Schlumpf button holder-inner-the-righter-placer plate that you need in order to hold the buttons still to get the set screws inside loose and tight. Last time mine went loose on me was early July... before that, early June, before that, late April, and before that, they were pretty much coming loose every ride or two all the way back until I first built it up.

    Enjoy the crap out of it!!
    Uni to work to eat to live to uni to work to...!

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    • #3
      Hey, James, welcome back to the guni club!

      Originally posted by siafirede View Post
      Geared 36ers are easier to ride than geared 29ers. .
      Maybe that's why us real men ride 29s

      STM

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      • #4
        Yeah James, sweet!

        I got my hubs last night...I'm hoping to get the wheels built up soon. I'll be back to guni 36'ing and guni 24'ing (for both me and louise!)
        corbin
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        • #5
          Good stuff, James!
          I'm so jealous.
          Have fun with your crazy cool new setup
          There's always free cheddar in a mousetrap, baby, it's a deal.

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          • #6
            @siafirede:

            So did you mount it in high gear right away? Isn't that really difficult? Are the GB4 handles being made again or did you get them used or when they were still in production? I'm looking for something to replace my broken T7 with.
            -knee

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            • #7
              Originally posted by munirocks View Post
              @siafirede:

              So did you mount it in high gear right away? Isn't that really difficult? Are the GB4 handles being made again or did you get them used or when they were still in production? I'm looking for something to replace my broken T7 with.
              Yeah, I have just been mounting it in high gear. It isn't all that difficult, it depends on your abilities. Some find it really difficult, some find it easy, it is all in the mounting technique. I always have always used a static mount and it works well with the geared 36 (for me)...although I guess a rolling one would be better, but I have never used rolling mounts.

              GB4s are unfortunately not being made anymore. I have had my GB4 for quite a long time now. There was a thread that someone made about their custom aluminum GB4-like handle they made that looked very awesome. You could make something similar to the GB4 by following that and by having someone weld the parts.
              -James

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              • #8
                Ah, okay thanks! I think I will try the old bike frame trick with what is left of my T7 first and see how that goes.
                -knee

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by corbin View Post
                  Yeah James, sweet!

                  I got my hubs last night...I'm hoping to get the wheels built up soon. I'll be back to guni 36'ing and guni 24'ing (for both me and louise!)
                  corbin
                  Wo, so you have three now?!?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by ntappin View Post
                    Wo, so you have three now?!?
                    Yeah

                    Technically, one of the G-KH24s is for Louise.

                    -corbin
                    http://www.corbinstreehouse.com
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by corbin View Post
                      Yeah

                      Technically, one of the G-KH24s is for Louise.

                      -corbin
                      Still, that is pretty awesome.

                      Do you think you will be going to NZ for unicon?

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by corbin View Post
                        Yeah
                        You might be the first comsumer (household, technically) worldwide that has three Schlumpfs.

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                        • #13
                          James, you're so right. Geared on a 36" is the way to go. I love them. We are a little behind Corbin and Louise in that our Munis are still single-speed (have to fix that soon), but we are loving the dual 36ers. I set another speed record yesterday riding to work.

                          ---Nathan
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by ntappin View Post
                            Still, that is pretty awesome.

                            Do you think you will be going to NZ for unicon?
                            Unfortunately, the Africa trip will probably consume all my finances and vacation time. I'd love to go, but I don't think I'll be able to afford it or get the time off. If I can swing it (some how), I will make it happen. I've always wanted to visit NZ.

                            corbin
                            http://www.corbinstreehouse.com
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                            • #15
                              Cool!
                              I'm on the road this week but have all the parts waiting for me at home to build my 36guni. Can't wait!
                              ro

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