Yep that's right! I'm officially moving to a new blog
Though Mountainbunny on Two Wheels will still be online, but will serve as an archive for my years of riding. To stay updated, you can visit my new blog at
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Since 2008 I have been riding on a 9 speed drive-train. And to keep myself up to date with the recent technology in cycling I have decided to upgrade to a 1x10 drive-train.
I still do have my ole' trusty Shimano M665 2x9 crankset with 36/22t chainrings on hand, so it won't get pricey doing this upgrade. And so I dropped by Raven Cycles, a shop owned by my friend, Ben Bartolome, a man who has inspired a lot of individuals in my area to cycling since the mid-to-late 1990's.
So I purchased from him a 34-tooth Narrow Wide Chainring by the brand, "Van Zane".
|Van Zane 34 Tooth Narrow Wide Chainring|
Monday, November 10, 2014
Sunday, November 09, 2014
Its another week, with rarely a saddle time to spend. And to vent out frustrations and stress, weekly bike cleaning and maintenance. is one of the outlets I enjoy doing.
Under our roof are 4 1/2 bikes (with the Viento half-ly built), and all of them are subject to weekly maintenance and general cleaning... from Dad's Brompton, On-One Scandal, Ibis Tranny and our oldschool retro Diamondback Ascent.
By doing this it narrow downs the faults and possible parts failure during future rides.
So far this week, I serviced the Ascent EX's front hub and repacked most of its BBs... while the Tranny's freehub is nearing its end of life, soon we'll have to get replacement freehub tooths for bettet engagement.
Saturday, November 01, 2014
Last time I didnt get a chance to install the brake calipers due to broken bolts, and mismatched caliper adapters. And so I went around to find me some Titanium Bolts and IS to Post Mount adapters.
Luckily Ti-Bolts were easy to source out nowadays compared to how it was some four to five years ago. When you had to source it out from foreign shops. With the cycling boom happening, parts where easier to find. Got some titanium M6x20mm from a local online seller, Mr. Jam Santiano who delivered the bolts immediately after I deposited my payment.
I chose to run equipped with an older generation SRSuntour Epicon as it proved to be easier to maintain and relube often. But it also proved to be a problem, as the fork's brake mounts were still IS (international standard). A lot of the modern bike forks nowadays run on post mounts. Luckily Baradine still carries IS to Post Mount Adapters... so I gave a LBS a buzz and ordered the adapters from them.
Next Phase will be finding a suitable bottom bracket for my old SLX M665 crankset to mount on, or possibly mount my old wheelset on this rig.
For those in the Philippines look for Titanium Bolts, you can contact Bike Parts PH through their mobile number: 0928-551-2347
or visit their online store at: https://www.facebook.com/bikepartsphilippines
BARADINE IS to POST MOUNT ADAPTER
For those in the Philippines and is looking for Baradine IS to Post Mount adapters, you can get them from Movill Cycle Shop. They are located along Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City or drop them a call @ 0922 885 1967
or visit their online store at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Movill-CYCLE-SHOP/149675781829680?fref=ts
Sunday, October 12, 2014
Found my year old 9mm adapters for my FireEye F.5 front hub and checked how the Viento would look with its shoes on.
Got my trusty saddle on, as well as parts from the ShawnH3, such as the 2011 RaceFace Atlas FR bars and Titec El Norte Stem.
Rims are Vision GSG-DH with 38mm thickness that came from my earlier builds, like the 456 (2011) and the ShawnH3 (2013)... so it surely will be heavy. Hoping to replace em' with some FireEye Excellerant 28mm's or if budget allows, Some ZTR Flow Ex's in the 26in flavour!
Going to get some ti-bolts for the brake caliper mounts soon, and fit the brakes.
Tuesday, October 07, 2014
And then just this last month, an old friend suddenly posted on facebook that he's disposing a few bikes. I then contacted him immediately and inquired if he still has his Banshee Viento. Yes an XC/AM Hardtail in the 26 inch rims flavour. We conversed, and discussed as he's letting go of his Viento, and I decided to purchasing it from him.
And just recently, I picked it up from his folks' address, and so here it is bundled with a same year SF10 SRSuntour Epicon RLD set at 120mm travel.
It has been unused for some years already, so it needs a little polishing as well as a bit of servicing (especially that epicon). Hopeful that I'd be able to finish building this AM Hardtail by January 2015.
|The were a few scratches and cable rubs, but at least the headbadge was intact.|
|Was thinking of having it repainted to its original look,|
but thought the battlescars added additional appeal. Maybe next time.