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I received this email last week and I felt compelled to share most of it... Dear Rogue Mechanic, ...My intent was to build the Colnago CX-1 myself with Campy Super Record components as I couldn’t allow having Japanese parts installed into the Italian frame. I’ve been a cyclist for over 40 years and 30 of them were with Campy components, and the last 10 with the Dura Ace. As I started shopping around on the internet for comments / reviews and prices for the 2014 Super Record group, I stumbled upon the issue of the knocking noises for the Ultra... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at RogueMechanic
Last month I was fortunate enough to attend the 2014 NAHBS show in Charlotte North Carolina and I was glad that I did. Near the top of my list of "to do" list was visiting the Campagnolo booth. It was actually one of the first that I visited that Friday morning. I ended up stopping by to chat with the good folks there several more times that weekend. I asked them to convince me why the axial movement is acceptable and to give me a reason to stop producing the shim kits. All of the discussions that we had were... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at RogueMechanic
I've been crazy-busy this season. Substancial growth in the number of new clients each usually having multiple bikes paired with my existing clients equals a huge increase in my workload. I am greatful for each and every job that I get. If you need Mavic spokes (including Tracomp), freehub bodies, or other small parts, it's more than likely that I have them. I'm shipping multiple orders daily....to just about everywhere. Go here if you need some. I'm still making and selling the RogueMechanic Shim Kits for the Campagnolo Ultra-Torque issue that Campy continues to ignore. If you need one go... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2013 at RogueMechanic
As I mentioned in a prior post, my first scheduled time in Atlanta is just about two weeks away. Since this is just around the corner, I wanted to take some time to better explain what RogueMechanic is all about. I do bike repairs, maintenance, and custom builds. The majority of my jobs involve road and multi-sport but I also work on a lot of CX and mountain bikes. Here in CLE, I seem to have cornered the “problem solver” market. By this I mean that I get the bikes that have an issue that the local bike shops can’t... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2013 at RogueMechanic
Hello Dugg, Yep, everybody seems to do different things and have different prices for overhauls, complete tunes, ultimate tunes, etc... It can be confusing to the customers as to what they are actually paying for. I charge more if I'm replacing cables and housing sections. Thanks for your comment! -John
Toggle Commented Dec 11, 2012 on RogueMechanic Complete Tune at RogueMechanic
The Complete Tune is by far the most popular maintenance package that I am asked to do at least annually on my clients bikes. Since it seems like everyone does different things when it comes to tune-ups or overhauls, I figured that it would be a good thing to list exactly what I do. By doing this, you know exactly what you are getting. 1. Inspection of the frame and fork for any damage. 2. Inspection of the chain, cassette, and chainrings for wear and/or damage. 3. Inspection of remaining components including headset, bottom bracket, pedals, cables and housing sections... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2012 at RogueMechanic
After bouncing the idea around in my head for quite some time, it is finally going down. I am excited about the opportunities and potential for growth in Atlanta, so I’m heading South. Here's the scoop so far... When: January 18th-19th, 2013 Where: Still to be determined. I can say that for now, it's going to be inside the Perimeter. How: By appointment only, with limited availability. Contact me to reserve your spot as soon as possible. Pick-up and delivery service will be added in the future once I get up and running- for now I will need for you... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2012 at RogueMechanic
Here's a list of Mavic spokes and other replacement parts that I currently have available at my online store that can be found here. or you can click on "Store" on the menu bar above. Mavic Zircal spokes for Ksyrium SSC, SL, ES, Premium, SR, and SLR wheels: 120-302-01- Bladed, Black 120-303-01 - Bladed, Black 120-304-01 - Bladed, Black 324-178-01 - Bladed, Black 324-179-01 - Bladed, Black 324-180-01 - Bladed, Black 324-181-01 - Bladed, Silver 324-182-01 - Bladed, Silver 324-183-01 - Bladed, Silver 323-456-01 - Bladed, Silver 323-457-01 - Bladed, Silver 323-458-01 - Bladed, Silver** M40679 - Bladed, Black Mavic... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2012 at RogueMechanic
Recently it was broght to me attention via a comment (thanks Ken!) that it's been several years since I originally got into this Campy UT mess. Ken wanted to know if there has been any updates regarding the issue with the axial movement or the approach to the fix using the shims. Well, as of now, Campagnolo is still choosing to ignore the problem that some folks (quite a few actually...) are continuing to have. In the meantime, I'm still getting emails and comments about it. To date, I have yet to hear from anyone who has installed the shim... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2012 at RogueMechanic
Hello again Pierre! Herein lies the problem! Some crankset designs work better than others with the press fit BB's. I've gotten reports of some bad cup movement with the UT press fit cups... I do not like to make the assumption that the Bottom bracket is round and square... they want us to just trust that they are. Did you see the post I did about the Cervelo R5 with the BBright pressfit bottom bracket? If not, you might enjoy checking it out. Thanks again for writing! -John
Hello Pierre, I hope that this message finds you well and thank you for your comments! It just so happens that I just posted a video here on my site showing step by step how I install the shims. You might want to take a look at it... warning, it's not fancy! I'm a bike mechanic and not a video producer! Anyways, regarding splitting the shims between the DS and the NDS, I found that it really not necessary because the amount of shims rarely is more than 3mm. I agree that the UT is nice, but the inability to account for shell width differences is a substantial flaw in the design. Fortunately, if installed properly, I've seen very good results using the shims. Thanks again for writing and for your kind words! -John
Hello Martin, I hope that all is well on your end. I haven't had the opportunity to test this shim application with Powertorque design just yet though I plan to as soon as I get a chance because I've heard of folks with Power Torque having similar issues as those with UT... I'll post any further info on a fix for PT here and/or on Twitter. Thanks for writing! -John
Hello Jeroen, I hope that this finds you well. The short answer is that with threaded bottom brackets, the shim kit is still the best solution. If you take your time and do the installation right I think that you will be satisfied with the result...a smooth spinning noise-free UT system. Let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks for writing. -John
Toggle Commented Jun 5, 2012 on Campagnolo Ultra Torque Problem? at RogueMechanic
For those of you that are having issues with your press fit bottom brackets, I just completed a post with photos documenting what I did to correct a serious issue with a 2012 Cervelo R5 that has was is basically a modified PF30 bottom bracket that they call BBright. Here's the link to the post. Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2012 at RogueMechanic
Hello Sean, I hope that this message finds you well and I am sorry that you are having this issue with your UT. One way to narrow it down to the crankset/bottom bracket is to have your mechanic install a FSA crankset (only if you do not have to buy it...) and you ride it and see if the usual noise is still there. If it is, then it's probably safe to say that it's something other than the UT. If the noise is gone, then the opposite is probably true... If your mechanic is still hesitant to remove the wave washer and install the shims, well then maybe you need to find another mechanic that is more open minded to finding a solution to your problem. I hope that this info helps. Please let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks for writing! -John
Thanks for your comments Ken. Bringing this to light sure hit a nerve or two...I'm just glad that I can help those who are experiencing this issue. I would just like Campagnolo to step up and make it right....that would be nice. -John
Steven, thank you for writing and thank you for your kind words. I actually used your comment in my latest post. Sorry that you have to deal with this issue. Let me know if there is anything that I can do to help. -John
Here's a comment that I recieved earlier this week. I'm sorry that he's having this frustrating issue and it's frustrating to me as well that Campagnolo still chooses to ignore this. It's not just me folks. Thanks SD for taking the time to share your first hand experience with me. -John Greeting from a not-so-sunny UK. I tell you what, John - some people out there must run some seriously poorly maintained bikes (I know for sure they do!). Those who claim that there is not a problem with UT BB's are either very lucky or ignorant. I run two... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2012 at RogueMechanic
Just a heads-up that I now have 2012 Mavic Crossmax SLR Disc spokes instock. The part numbers are 30864101 for the Drive side and 30864201 for the front and nondrive side. Click on the yellow box to the right or Store in the menu above. Additionally, I have a good selection of Mavic Zircal spokes for Ksyrium and Crossmax wheels going back to 2000 in some cases. Besides spokes, I have replacement freehub bodys, pawl and spring kits, seals, and other small parts. If you do not see what you need, just shoot me an email. In closing, I've been... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2012 at RogueMechanic
Hello Nuno, I hope that all is well with you. Regarding your question about using a road hub for your Crossmax wheel, I highly doubt that it would work. You might try to contact Mavic to make sure. You might also want to ask them if they have a replacement hub for your Crossmax wheel. I hope that this info helps. Thanks for writing! -John
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By popular demand, and quite a few requests lately, here's a rare look into RogueMechanic HQ. It's where everything pretty much happens relating to the business. As you can see in the photos, it's a fully equipped shop that has everything that I need to get the work done and then some. Besides shorage for bikes that are in the queue, two stands, my tools, and a 5HP 22 gallon compressor, it also has a Crest Ultrasonics 5.75gallon heated ultrasonic cleaner. I hope that this satisfies some of your curiosities. Thanks for checking in and as always, let me know... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2012 at RogueMechanic
Just a heads-up. I added a page on the site that lists what is included in some of the service packages that I offer. You can find the link to the page on the menu bar above. Or you can click here. Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2012 at RogueMechanic
Hello Peter, Thank you for your comment. I'm sure that you have more experience than I do with this. What flavor is that kool-aid?
I thought that I'd share with you the latest "haterade" comment that I received. As you might guess, it's about the Campagnolo Ultra Torque non-issue.... "There weren't enough failures showing up in the field yet for this relatively new part to cause market flashback". It appears from the email that the author experienced this alleged issue in 2010. Ultra Torque was released in 2006. Its now 2012. How many ultra torque cranksets do you think have been sold in this time? A google search still shows just you and your pathetic little campaign. No "market flashback" yet. Meanwhile... in the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2012 at RogueMechanic