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Xtracycle Build : 10 Step Build Process

March 28, 2009

This has been a long time coming but a few snafu’s in the second week of riding the bike caused the Xtracycle to get “hung up” until I could have someone fabricate a metal bridge for me.  Without further excuses :

Step One
: Remove your rear wheel, derailleur, chain and brakes from the bike.  Put these to the side as you will need them shortly.

Step Two
:  Attach the carpet material to the Front Attachment Plate (FAP) and then gather these parts: French Nut (2), Spacer Washer (2) (if you have a 130mm rear end) 32mm bolts (2), FAP Bolt, FAP, washer and nut


Step Three : Thread 32mm bolts through Free Radical and into your French Nut and Spacer Washer (if needed.) Do not tighten as now you are going to sit the drops out of your bike in between Spacer Washer and French Nut.


Step Four :  Align and hold with left hand your Free Radical so it is sitting FAP above chainstay bridge (if you have a chainstay.)  I attached my FAP bolt through the tongue of the Free Radical, behind my chainstay bridge, through the FAP and finally into the washer bolt. Do not tighten should be only hand tight.

Step Five : Tighten FAP bolt securely. Making sure drop outs are pressed against French Bolt, tighten 32mm bolt, you may need an adjustable or cone wrench to hold the French Bolt into place.

Step Six : Reinstall Rear Wheel, I needed to purchase a larger rear rotor (203mm) as this is what the Xtracycle is set up with for more stopping power and heat displacement.

Step Seven :Reinstall Rear Derailleur and Brake with extra long cables and housing provided by Xtracycle.   I needed even more brake housing with this than Xtracycle provided as I run full length housing down my bike to my disc brake.

Step Eight : Add the chain links to your old chain, reinstall chain.  Please make sure to check the life of your chain/cassette before doing this.  If you they are worn it will cause the new segment of chain to slip. Click here if you need help adjusting your derailleur.


Step Nine : Check everything over, refer to Xtracycle and your owners manual for specific questions.


Step Ten : Go ride already!


Notes: Please grease all threads and bolts.  If there is interest of specific directions on parts please let me know.  This is a brief run down to show that building an Xtracycle is not as difficult or daunting if you have some bike mechanic skills!

Salsa Stem Recall

March 28, 2009

Salsa Cycles is working with the Consumer Products Safety Commission on a recall of the CroMoto S.U.L. stem. Please see the attached letter from Salsa General Manager Jason Boucher and the press release from the CPSC.

Salsa is committed to designing and manufacturing high quality, safe bicycle products. We are extremely disappointed that this situation occurred. We are cooperating fully with the CPSC to remedy this situation.

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Xtracycle Build Up : Parts Bag

March 28, 2009

Arleigh is building, documenting and writing out her build up of a Salsa Ala Carte mountain bike with 650b wheels and a Xtracycle Free Radical Kit.

One thing that is a bit daunting if you aren’t mechanically inclined is the huge parts bag that comes with the Xtracycle box.  There’s bit pieces and things that simply don’t make sense.  This requires reading directions and diagrams which, let’s be honest, most folks don’t.
First I seperated all the goodies into seperate piles to make sure I had everything I needed. There’s a couple stray chainring bolts that didn’t make it to their right pile but you get the idea.

Kickstand plate, and soft, durable fabric to save your frame from being scratched.

Chainring bolts used in with screws to attach the freeloader bags to the Xtracycle frame.  This is a new design to keep the bags from having to be tied to the frame.

Avid Rollamajig. Used to help ease the bend of the derailleur cable into the derailleur.  Mostly used if the cable stop is too close to derailleur, or for older style Shimano derailleurs. (I didn’t use mine.)

French Nut. These are the parts that your frame rear dropouts sit on.  They tighten through the drop out to bolts on the outside of the Xtracycle frame.

End Caps & Spacers. These seem to have many purposes (spacers, plugs, etc), I’m still researching all the possibilities for them.

V-Rack Spacers.  Used with the above to space out your top deck.

FAP Bolt.  Used to connect Xtracycle at the FAP tab near the chainstay/bottom bracket area.

4 Shorter Bolts.  Goes with chain ring bolts to attach Freeloaders.

Washers. Big washers are used to space out 130mm frame for Xtracycle.  Small washers are used with bolts.

I’m sure that there will be more parts along the way, and uses but we will document as we go.

Xtracycle Build up : Anatomy

March 28, 2009


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    Arleigh is building, documenting and writing out her build up of a Salsa Ala Carte mountain bike with 650b wheels and a Xtracycle Free Radical Kit.  This is an on going series so stay tuned for more installments.

    Now on to explain the Xtracycle frame what all the holes, poles and brackets are for.  Going from the left to right of the picture below.  There are somethings I’m sure I left out, please refer to the diagram for exact explanations of all parts, pieces and bars.

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    Top & Bottom Stays with Tongue – This is the part that will bolt right behind your seat tube & bb junction, between your chainstays. Also can be used to aid you in carrying the Free Radical equipped bike upstairs.


    Front Bridge, Dropout Boss, Boss Hog, FreeLoader Boss – The Front Bridge is the piece that goes straight across and holds it all together.  The Dropout Boss is where a 32mm bolt will slide through to get to through the other side to the Boss Hog.  The Boss Hog rest against the outsides of your dropouts.  It is slightly grooved to help bite and keep everything tight. The FreeLoader Boss is threaded for a bolt and chain ring bolt and the FreeLoader attachment clips to the bolt to stay snug. The black circle you see is one of the two spaces a WideLoader attachment slides into and snaps into place.



    Kickstand Plate, Serial Number and Weight Load Table
    – Very self explanatory.  Kickstand plate is where the kickstand bolts to.  The serial number keeps track of the Xtracycle for warranty, and theft protection.  The weight load table is important when you’re carrying loads, gaining weight or lack common sense.



    Disc Brake Mount, Xtracycle Dropout and Fender Eyelets –  The disc brake mount is made for 203mm rotors.  Do not forget this, or you’ll regret it and run around for a day (like me) with out a rear brake.)  The Dropout is where your rear wheel mounts into the Xtracycle frame. Fender eyelets are key in Portland, Seattle, when carrying precious cargo like children or wives in the rain and if you plan on riding in gravel.  I’m a big fan of fenders and think you will be too.



    Rear Upright, Rear Bridge and FreeLoader BossRear uprights is the second half of what the FreeRadical kit slides into.  Rear bridge is NOT a step. FreeLoader Boss, like above is made to use a bolt and chainring bolt for the FreeRadical to snap into to tighten.


    Not pictured – Brake Post, Derailleur Hanger, Tube of Gibratter.  Please refer to diagram above for exacts

    Xtracycle Build : Getting it home

    March 28, 2009

    Arleigh is building, documenting and writing out her build up of a Salsa Ala Carte mountain bike with 650b wheels and a Xtracycle Free Radical Kit.  This is an on going series so stay tuned for more installments.

    Late this past week I took delivery of an Xtracycle Free Radical Kit at the shop.  The Xtracycle is of the 700c variety (they come in 26″ or 700c) that will be installed to my Salsa Ala Carte with 650b wheels.  The 650b wheels is why we decided to go with the 700c Free Rad Kit.  There should be enough room on the 26″ version but I’m normally running a 41.5mm tire and also would like to run Quasi Moto 2.0″ tires for light off road touring.


    Getting the Xtracycle home was a task in itself.  I was wishing I had an Xtracycle to get the Xtracycle home!  As you might know, I’m carless and work about 25 miles north of Charlotte, NC at a shop in Mooresville.  My daily commute involves a 5 mile ride from the shop to bus stop.  Here you see the Xtracycle after my 5 mile commute to the bus stop.  The Xtracycle is strapped to my rack using a bungee and a couple of tie downs.  The ride was actually pleasant, other than an unexpected deer almost running me over.  (Deer are not common on my commute.)  Unfortunately for you I had to take the Xtracycle and Freeloader bags out of the gorgeous box it came in.  The box had funny sayings all over it, telling you how to recycle or reuse it.  It saddened me to leave it at the shop but there was no way I was lugging the whole thing home safely.

    Arrive safely I did.  The bus driver thought I was on crutches and eyes were wide when I rode the last leg home through the darkness and street lights of Uptown Charlotte, NC.  I am the odd ball in our city, always carrying random things on my bike or hands.

    Next in this series is the Free Radical Anatomy.