Archive for December, 2010

Bike Checks: New Overhaul Service on a Pivot Mach 5!

We will be featuring bikes that are full overhaul service at Tionghin from now and having a bike checks on the complete assembly!

Bike Checks on a new Overhaul Service on a Pivot Mach 5!
Total overhaul! Just after the Malaysia Penang Race, the bike was brought to us for the restoration!
We do provide full polishing services during the Overhaul service entirely to complete the package!

Read on…


The Before!


Before on the rear drive train.


DW Link filled with mud and sand.


The AFTER!


Upfront on the Pivot Mach 5 overhaul.


Fox Float RLC for the front suspension.


Cockpit with Easton EA50 stem, Easton Monkey Lite XC Mid riser handlebar. Shimano XT brake and Sram X9 shifters.


Front drive train powered by Shimano XT crank and Shimano XT front derailleur.


Rear drive train with Sram X9 rear derailleur and Shimano XT chain and Shimano XT cassette.


Shimano XT 6 blot disc hubs!


All overhaul and lubed DW link, total performance back! Details!


Custom tuned Fox Float RP23 to match the Pivot Mach 5 DW Link.

Components List
Frame: Pivot Mach 5 2010
Fork: Fox 2010 Float FIT RLC, 140mm, 9mm standard QR
Headset: Ritchey WCS Sealed headset
Wheels: Shimano XTR center lock front hubs(32hole), 135mm x 9mm Shimano XT 6 bolts hubs(32hole), Front DT swiss XR 4.2D, Rear Mavic 719, DT swiss spokes with DT swiss brass nipples
Tires: Kenda Nevegal 2.1 Front and Kenda Excavator 2.1 Rear
Saddle: WTB saddle
Bar: Easton Monkey Lite XC mid rise Handlebar
Grip: ODI Ruffian Lock On grips
Crank: Shimano XT 175mm Cranks
Brake: Shimano XT Disc brake
Rotor: Shimano XT center lock disc Disc, 180mm(front) and Avid G2 6 bolt Disc, 160mm(rear)
Stem: Easton EA50, 100mm length, 31.8mm clamp diameter stem
Seatpost: Thomson Elite Seatpost
Pedal: Time Attack SPD Pedals
Cassette: Shimano XT Cassette 9sp
Shifters: Sram X9 shifters
Rear derailleur: Sram X9
Front derailleur: Shimano XT direct mount
Chain Guide Device: None
Chain: Shimano XT Chain 9spd

Stay tune for more upcoming new overhaul services and bike checks!

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Sun Ringlé Charger Pro Review at mtbreviews.net!

Sun Ringlé Charger Pro Review

I got a spanking pristine set of the new Sun Ringlé Charger Pro wheels in the late winter, and I have put them through a beastly thrashing, and they are light, fast and amazingly tough. The Charger Pro is an All Mountain wheelset which is available in 26″ or 29″ sizes, featuring tubeless ready aluminum rims that come with swanky labeling that screams, “Go Fast”.

Sun Ringlé partnered with Stan’s No Tubes to license their patented BST (Bead Socket Technology), to give the Charger Pro rims proven tubeless compatibility. The BST system allows rims to have a wider inside dimension than other designs, offering a wide base for the tire. The design has shorter sidewalls, that help reduce pinch flats and rim denting from running low pressures.

The wheelset comes with Stan’s yellow tape installed, and valve stems and mini bottles of sealant in the box, so everything is ready to go. The rims are 28mm wide, and use Wheelsmith double butted spokes connected to direct pull hubs, using 24 holes on the 26″ version (alloy nipples) and 28 holes on the 29er (brass nipples). The kit also comes with 9mm, 15mm and 20mm adapters for the front hub, which is really unique, since most companies offer additional adapters only as an option. The rear hub comes with standard QR 135x9mm (as tested), but can be optionally ordered in 135x12mm or 142x12mm versions.

Measured Specs
Weight:

  • Valve stem – 6.4 grams
  • Adapters – 9mm: 39 grams, 15mm: 35.2 grams, 20mm: 30.4 grams
  • Front- 9mm: 792.7 grams, 15mm: 788.9 grams, 20mm: 784.1 grams
  • Rear – 900.4 grams
  • Total- 9mm: 1693.1 grams, 15mm: 1689.3 grams, 20mm: 1684.5 grams

Widths:

  • Outside – 28mm
  • Inside – 22.6mm

Setup
I installed a set of normal tires on the rims, and initially tried 40-50 psi to get them to pop, but it took 80 psi for the beads to seat. (Note: this was the line in pressure, tires were only filled to 40 psi). I let the tires sit as long as possible to stretch out the carcass, and then pulled the valve core and filled them with the supplied 2 ounce bottle of sealant. I re-inflated, and shook the tire while rotating it to get the sealant up into the sidewalls. After a couple of minutes laying on each side (after doing the shake step) the tires were topped off to 40 psi to sit overnight. I tried a couple of UST tires, and they popped on without any problems, though some of the sealant from the previously installs made the job easier, and kept them sealed better (and longer).

I was easily able to install/remove the 9mm and 15mm adapters on the front hub, since they simply slide into the slot, but I was a bit confused on the 20mm set? It turns out to be a very simple, albeit primitive, process. Just place the 20mm adapter into the slot followed by the ring, then using either a 1 inch PVC coupler (my fave) or a socket, give it a good couple of hits with a mallet, and the ring seats nice and tight! To take it off, insert a 20mm axle into the adapter about a 1/2 inch, and ever so slightly lever it sideways and the ring pops off. Thanks to Scott at Sun Ringlé for the pointers on what he calls the Caveman approach, which I happen to find effective, “Simple is, is simple does.” I think it’s really nice that the front wheel comes with all the adapters you could need (9, 15 and 20mm), while most manufacturers charge you extra for additional versions.

The rear hub came as a 9mm x 135mm, but you can purchase an adapter kit for 12mm x 135mm or 12mm x 142mm, for $20 each. The non drive adapter slide off and on, while the drive side is threaded on. To install/remove the drive side adapter, mesh the adapter kit tool into the notch on the non drive side axle. Then use a 17mm cone wrench on the slot of the drive side adapter to tighten/loosen, while holding the opposing non drive side tool. It is a simple and innovative idea that allows their hub to be used in the vast majority of the rear axle system on the market today.

Impressions
They are a light wheelset (1690 grams) for their intended usage, offer excellent acceleration, quick steering, and the 28mm rim width provides good stability and negligible flex. I like the graphics and red hubs, but they might be a bit much for some tastes? I have been amazed how stout these wheels have been, and I have thrashed them through some pretty rough terrain, and they have only belayed a micro hint of flex, at the very extreme end of their usage zone. The wide rims, strong spokes, and the direct pull hubs synergistically create an amazingly low flex wheel, especially considering their weight. They have stayed true, which is again amazing for a 1700 gram wheelset, and being tossed into heavy duty AM terrain. If you are going to do huge hucking sessions, or spend all your time in freeride terrain or park, I would look elsewhere, but for anything for anything else they are pretty stout beasts! The pawl system is somewhat primitive, being the generic 24 points, but I never found it a hindrance in any of my riding, and I love ugly long climbs and technical terrain.

Bottomline
Having the ability to change (with ease) the front to 9, 15, 20 mm or the rear to 9 or 12 mm makes them an ideal candidate for swapping between the multiple bikes that many of us have gathered over time. This wheelset is an incredible generalist, and one of the best wheelsets I have ever used. Their new licensing of the Stan’s No Tubes BST tubeless system was a gold mine for them, and I must say it works pretty darn good. Saving rotational weight, really makes the wheel accelerate and turn on a dime, and can make even a sluggish handling bike comes to life. The rear hub pawl system might be a bit primitive, but it has been reliable, and easy to maintain when required. The direct pull hubs have really helped the rigidity, as I didn’t feel much of any sort of flex.

The Sun Ringlé Charger Pro is light, robust, tubeless ready, strong as an Ox, an excellent generalist for Cross Country to All Mountain riding, with an abundance of adaptability for most any frameset and fork made (outside of pure downhill). The best darn wheelset I have ever used.

Strength

  • Light
  • Strong
  • Tubeless
  • Front hub adapters (9,15,20mm) come standard
  • Plethora of hub adapters
  • Good price

Weaknesses

  • Primitive pawl system

Overall Rating: 5 Flamin’ Chili Peppers

Specs

  • MSRP of $650.00.
  • Stan’s No Tubes BST™ Tubeless Technology.
  • Premium Direct Pull Hubs with Japanese Precision Bearings
  • Wheelsmith Double Butted Spokes
  • Wheelsmith allow nipples
  • Lightweight AM Wheel – 1699g / Pair
  • Colors – Black rims w/ White stickers or White rims w/ Black stickers
  • 26 inch and 29 inch sizes
  • Front hubs are easily convertible to today’s axle standards – 20mm, 15mm and QR end caps included*
  • Rear hubs – standard QR or optional 135×12 and 142×12.
  • Wheels include Stan’s No Tubes Yellow Sealing Tape, Sealant, and Valves*

Available at Tionghin now!

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Merry Christmas / Happy New Year!

The entire crew from Tiong Hin want to wish you and your beloved ones a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year throughout 2011 !!!

We truly thank you for the trust you have put in us and we will continue to prove ourselves to you, and uphold the highest standards of quality and professionalism. All the best for 2011!

PS: We will be closed on 25th Dec, and will resume business on Tuesday, 28th Dec. For any inquiries, kindly contact us @ 81188529…

Best regards,
Tan Kiang Chen

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Bike Checks: New Build on a Pivot Mach 5.7!

We will be featuring bikes that are build at Tionghin from now and having a bike checks on the complete set up!

Bike Checks on a Pivot Mach 5.7!
Chong’s pimped Mach 5.7! Weighing at 13.26KG on scale!
Months of waiting for the 2011 Mach 5.7 and finally we get to build it up to his specifications. Awesome bike with all custom pimp parts! Even his very own decals for the Pivot Mach 5.7!

We do provide Matt race shield protections on your bikes with additional cost on the labour charges too!

Read on..


The final complete build!


Upfront of the Mach 5.7! Frame are protected with Matt race shield.


After some consideration of stems, finally he decided to go with the Hope to match the blues! Cockpit with Race face Atlas and Shimano Saint brakes and Shimano XTR Dyna-Sys shifters.


Custom lowered Rock Shox Lyric to match the recommended axle to crown height for the front on the Mach 5.7 geometry.


Power transmission with Shimano XTR Dyna-Sys crankset and gears shifting on the front derailleur with Shimano XT Dyna-sys direct mount.


Rear gears transmission with Shimano XTR Dyna-Sys cassette from 11t – 36t. XTR Dyna-Sys rear derailleur and the XTR specific 10 speed chain to finish the drive train!


Custom ZTR Flow rims in Blue, Wheelsmith DB14 spokes with TI colour Wheelsmith brass nipples and the Industry Nine hubs which features 120 POE with 6 pawl mechanism.


Custom tune Fox rear shox Float RP23 to match up the middle DW-Link.


Custom DIY cable slot holding the cable when the KS seat post depresses, cable would not be dangling out hitting the rider legs. Probably anodize it Blue too!


Coloured decals to match the bike Blue parts!


KSi seat post with remote onto the ODI lock on. Pimp kite in Blue installed.


The lower end of the Mach 5.7 DW-Link.


Mach 5.7 at an amazing weight of 13.26KG!

Components List
Frame: 2011 Pivot Mach 5.7 with custom decals
Fork: 2011 Rock Shox Lyric Tapered 1.5 lowered to 150mm RC2DH in 20QR
Headset: Pivot’s precision sealed taprered headset
Wheels: Industry Nine 20mm hub(32hole), 135mm x 10mm Rear Industry Nine (32hole), ZTR Flow custom Bue rims, Wheelsmith DB14 spokes with Wheelsmith Brass Nipple. Rear axle with DT RWS system.
Tires: Maxxis Minion DHF 2.35 Front and Back
Saddle: Troy Lee Design Sella Italia seat
Bar: Race Face Blue Atlas Freeride low riser Handlebar
Grip: ODI Ruffian lock on grips
Crank: Shimano XTR Dyna-sys 175mm Cranks at 38t – 26t
Brake: Shimano Saint Disc Brake with Goodridge cables
Rotor: Avid G3 6 bolt Disc, 180mm(front) and Avid G3 6 bolt Disc, 160mm(rear)
Stem: Hope Am stem, 70mm length, 31.8mm clamp diameter stem
Seatpost: KSi remote seatpost with Pimpkit
Pedal: Shimano XTR SPD pedal
Cassette: Shimano XTR Cyns-Sys Cassette 10sp 11t – 36t
Shifters: Shimano XTR Dyna-Sys shifters
Rear derailleur: Shimano XTR Dyna-Sys
Front derailleur: Shimano XT Dyna-Sys
Chain Guide Device: none
Chain: Shimano XTR Dyna-Sys Chain 10sp

Stay tune for more upcoming new builds and bike checks!

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Answer ProTaper Carbon 720 AM Bar Review at Zombiebikes.com!

Answer ProTaper Carbon 720 AM Mountain Bike Bar Review

I recently went looking for a set of carbon handlebars for my hardtail 29er mountain bike and by some lucky accident I ended up with the ProTaper Carbon 720 AM bars from Answer. Although my bike isn’t anywhere close to “all-mountain,” I really like these bars and I almost shudder at the thought of going back to the uncomfortable, timid world of straight XC handlebars.

Technology
The “ProTaper” part of the Carbon 720 AM bars is actually a patented design and manufacturing process that tapers the bar diameter to provide more strength where it’s needed while stripping unnecessary weight from other areas. Answer has proven this design in aluminum bars over the years but the Carbon 720 AM is one of the first products to feature ProTaper in a carbon fiber handlebar. The result is a strong, lightweight carbon bar that won’t leave you cringing every time you tighten your stem bolts (though you still need to be careful). At just 205 grams, this is one of the lightest all-mountain bars you’re likely to find.

Speaking of stem bolts, the Carbon 720 AM handlebar features a rough, grit grip area in the middle for a no-slip stem grip. The upshot is you can get the same level of grip at lower stem bolt torques, saving the agony of cracked carbon tubes. Answer offers a 1-year warranty against breakage, though unsurprisingly the warranty doesn’t cover “non-riding damage.”

Shape
Mountain bike handlebars are sorta like saddles in a way – you need to choose the shape and size that works best for you. I went with the middle-of-the-road, 1-inch rise version based on my bike’s geometry but 1/2″ and 2″ rise versions are available as well. All three sizes feature 4-degrees of up sweep and 8-degrees of back sweep which may not mean much to most riders but Answer claims this combo is both “competition and race proven.” Suffice it to say it’s a comfortable set-up that feels natural on the bike (more on that later).

As the name implies, the Carbon 720 AM bars are 720mm wide which is a good bit wider than say a traditional XC handlebar. Wider bars give you more control over the bike at speed and I noticed they also allowed me to open my chest a bit on lung-searing climbs. If you’re not into the wide bar scene, Answer provides cut marks to make it easy to trim the bars down to size. I did find myself clipping more trees than usual with the bars at full length so in the future I may choose to lop off a few centimeters.

The Ride
I’ve been riding with these bars for a couple months now and I have to say I really love them for a number of reasons. First, the unidirectional carbon seems to take a lot of the sting out of rocks and roots. At the end of epic rides with more than 4 hours in the saddle my arms didn’t feel completely spent and beat up and I noticed less shoulder pain as well. Of course this could be thanks to the refined shape of the bar as well.

Coming off a straight XC-style bar, this medium-rise bar is much more comfortable and made my regular rides more enjoyable. As I mentioned earlier, the wide bars and 8-degree backsweep also helped open up my chest and lungs on climbs (though serious climbers will still prefer the more powerful position offered by an XC-specific bar).

The Answer ProTaper Carbon 720 AM is only offered in black so if you’re working on building that all-white rig you might have to skip these bars for now. The oversized Answer graphics are pretty dope, though I’m not really feeling the gold 1980s Donald Trump color scheme. Fortunately looks aren’t everything.

Whether you’re all-mountain or even cross-country, the Answer ProTaper Carbon 720 AM handlebars have a lot to offer the modern mountain biker. Lightweight, strong, and high performance, these bars won’t disappoint on the trail. Perhaps best of all, these bars offer superior control without sacrificing comfort. Looking for a new set of bars? Here’s your Answer.

Get your Answer today at Tionghin!

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Bike Checks: New Build on a Pivot Mach 5.7!

We will be featuring bikes that are build at Tionghin from now and having a bike checks on the complete set up!

Bike Checks on a Pivot Mach 5.7!
The Mach 5.7 are light too! Weighing at 12.12KG on scale!
More travel less weight. The new Mach 5.7 does it all. Kingston is loving it and preparing for the up coming weekend off road session!
Read on..


The final complete build!


The upfront!


The new 2011 FOX Float RLC tapered with 15QR for stiffness steering precision.


Cockpit with KCNC Scandium stem, Easton Monkey Lite SL low riser handlebar. Shimano XT shifters and brakes!


Front drive train with Shimano XT crankset, Shimano Dyna-Sys front derailleur and XT SPD to complete the power transmission.


Shimano XTR rear derailleur, Shimano XT cassette and the Shimano XT chain.


Hope Pro 2 for the hubs and DT swiss rims for the wheels.


Pivot’s SAG indicator!


Custom tuned Fox Float RP23 for the DW-Link.


More travel!

Components List
Frame: 2011 Pivot Mach 5.7
Fork: 2011 Fox Float Tapered 1.5 140mm RLC FIT in 15QR
Headset: Pivot’s precision sealed taprered headset
Wheels: Hope Pro 2 15mm hub(32hole), 135mm x 9mm Rear Hope Pro 2 (32hole), DT swiss XR 4.2D rims, DT swiss competition spokes and DT swiss brass nipples
Tires: Kenda Klimaxlite 2.1 Front and Back(Updated to Schwalbe Nobby Nick 2.1 Front, Racing Ralph 2.1 Rear)
Saddle: Fizik saddle
Bar: Easton Monkey Lite SL Carbon low riser Handlebar
Grip: Ergon GP-1 lock on grips
Crank: Shimano XT 175mm Cranks
Brake: Shimano XT Disc Brake
Rotor: Hayes V7 6 bolt Disc, 180mm(front) and Hayes V6 6 bolt Disc, 160mm(rear)
Stem: KCNC Scandium, 100mm length, 31.8mm clamp diameter stem
Seatpost: Thomson Elite seatpost
Pedal: Shimano XT SPD pedal
Cassette: Shimano XT Cassette 9sp 11t – 34t
Shifters: Shimano XT shifters
Rear derailleur: Shimano XTR
Front derailleur: Shimano XT Dyna-Sys
Chain Guide Device: none
Chain: Shimano XT Chain 9sp

Stay tune for more upcoming new builds and bike checks!

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Bike Checks: New Build on a Pivot Mach 4!

We will be featuring bikes that are build at Tionghin from now and having a bike checks on the complete set up!

Bike Checks on a Pivot Mach 4!
If the Mach 5.7 are much lighter? Then the new 2011 Mach 4 are super light!
Read on..


The final complete build!


The final complete build upfront!


Cockpit with Easton monkey lite low rise handlebar and Ritchey WCS stem. Hope Tech 2 brakes and Sram X.0 triggers for the gears!


Tapered FOX F100 and 15QR axle for super stiff control on the front end.


Drive train power with Shimano XT cranks and front derailleur with Shimano XT Dyna-Sys.


Rear shifting with Sram 20th anniversary X.0 rear derailleur and Shimano XT cassette and Shimano XT chain.


Wheels hubs with Chris King ISO front and rear!


Fox custom tune rear Float RP23 to match the DW link response.


The lighter DW-link with carbon!


The brutally super light Pivot Mach 4!


Pivot’s all new precision tapered seal headset.

Components List
Frame: 2011 Pivot Mach 4
Fork: 2011 Fox F-Series Tapered 1.5 100mm RLC FIT in 15QR
Headset: Pivot’s precision sealed taprered headset
Wheels: Chris King ISO 15mm hub(32hole), 135mm x 9mm Rear Chris King ISO (32hole), Stans ZTR Olympic rims, DT swiss competition spokes and DT swiss brass nipples
Tires: Continental Explorer 2.1 Front and Back
Saddle: Fizik saddle
Bar: Easton Monkey Lite SL Carbon low riser Handlebar
Grip: Ritchey grips
Crank: Shimano XT 175mm Cranks
Brake: Hope Tech 2 Disc Brake
Rotor: Braking non-floating 6 bolt Disc, 180mm(front) and Hope Saw floating 6 bolt Disc, 180mm(rear)
Stem: Ritchey WCS, 100mm length, 31.8mm clamp diameter stem
Seatpost: Thomson Elite seatpost (Updated from Titus seatpost)
Pedal: Xpedo Platform pedal
Cassette: Shimano XT Cassette 9sp 11t – 34t
Shifters: Sram X.0 shifters
Rear derailleur: Sram 20th anniversary X.0
Front derailleur: Shimano XT Dyna-Sys
Chain Guide Device: none
Chain: Shimano XT Chain 9sp

Stay tune for more upcoming new builds and bike checks!

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