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Old 09-05-2011, 10:12 AM   #616
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Clunking

So I took it all apart and everything seems OK. Both cartridges seem firm and still charged. When I shake them I don't hear any rattling. Is that what you experienced. I have a mind to just put everything back and see if the problem is gone....


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Mine started clunking a while back. I thought the worst.
Nothing more than a servicing was needed. I believe some sort of debris stuck the something open in the valving. I'm an electrician, so the guy was speaking Greek to me.
I'm confident I can ride a hard six months between servicing. Any more than that has proven to be a bad idea.
Sorry to hear yours quit so early.
If you give up on the Bitubos, I may be interested in buying them.
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Old 09-05-2011, 11:40 AM   #617
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Nothing rattling the second time. That was when the piece of debris got stuck. There was a noticeable difference when comparing both tubes in regards to feel, though.
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Old 09-05-2011, 12:19 PM   #618
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Weird

I put the stock internals back in with the heavier springs and going for a spin to see if the noise is gone.


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Nothing rattling the second time. That was when the piece of debris got stuck. There was a noticeable difference when comparing both tubes in regards to feel, though.
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Old 09-05-2011, 12:46 PM   #619
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Don't buy-tubo

Well the noise is gone so I guess the cartridge lasted four rides.......


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Old 09-06-2011, 01:07 AM   #620
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Crikey just after I install a Bitubo kit the problems start ,I hope all your problems have been a batch run incident
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Old 09-06-2011, 08:44 AM   #621
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I've had mine in for over a year now and have done quite a few hard off-road rides, a bunch of easy ones plus commuting on an almost daily basis. Mine are still holding up just fine.


John, shoot me a PM with the shop's info wouldya? I suspect I'll need it sooner or later plus I could stand a slight revalve to back off the compression damping. Thanks!
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Old 09-06-2011, 10:37 AM   #622
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I'll send you the info, Yeti.

So, are the spent cartridges for sale?
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Old 09-06-2011, 12:34 PM   #623
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I also have had great results from mine. They've been treated as harshly as I dare to for fear of breaking something more significant on the bike and are still working very well. I will have them serviced this year though. (For reference I think they've got in the neighbourhood of 40k kms now over mixed terrain.)
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Old 09-06-2011, 05:44 PM   #624
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Mine's just started clunking, seems to be topping out. 20,000km.
Seems to still be working though.
Jeeze this bike eats money like a crack whore.
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Old 09-06-2011, 05:48 PM   #625
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Topping out

That's what mine felt like. Not on compression but on rebound I would hear it. Started as a faint occasional clunk and ended up getting really loud a day later.

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Mine's just started clunking, seems to be topping out. 20,000km.
Seems to still be working though.
Jeeze this bike eats money like a crack whore.
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Old 09-07-2011, 11:14 AM   #626
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I put roughly 5,000 miles on my tube-ohs before setting off on the TAT for another 7k. I have hit a lot of washouts and big rocks and logs and water breaks a little faster than I should have along the way, and mine are still suspender-ing just fine. I fully expect them to blow out at some point, though, based on all the reports here so far.

I'll probably just spring up to the Ohlins units when that happens. These are nice for the price, definitely a big step up from the stockers, but I don't find them to be as plush as I'd like.
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Old 09-07-2011, 11:53 AM   #627
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Mine are still suspendering fine. I kind of considered them a disposable item while waiting for something better.

I bought mine from Herdan, nice guy, but not much insight provided on what they were. The result was generic valving and spring set up that was not personalized.

The valving not as plush as I wished. The spring and gas pressure really raised the front of the bike. Sag numbers were not to my liking even with no preload. Ended up using Ohlin springs to both soften the front and bring it down.

Perfectly adequate for a 500# bike and an old man's riding skills. Undecided where I will go when they go TU.
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Old 09-07-2011, 12:55 PM   #628
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Maybe I will buy all the spent cartridges
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Old 09-07-2011, 01:55 PM   #629
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Mine are still suspendering fine. I kind of considered them a disposable item while waiting for something better.

I bought mine from Herdan, nice guy, but not much insight provided on what they were. The result was generic valving and spring set up that was not personalized.

The valving not as plush as I wished. The spring and gas pressure really raised the front of the bike. Sag numbers were not to my liking even with no preload. Ended up using Ohlin springs to both soften the front and bring it down.

Perfectly adequate for a 500# bike and an old man's riding skills. Undecided where I will go when they go TU.
Just have them rebuilt. You can even have the valving adjusted to give a bit more plushness!!
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Old 09-07-2011, 02:48 PM   #630
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Maybe I will buy all the spent cartridges

You are kind of pusihing that. Are you a collector or just looking for a spare
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