Assembly for ML7/5, ML8, Durance & Matic
Your Maverick frame must be assembled into a complete bike only by a reputable, professional bicycle mechanic. Improper assembly and/or adjustment could result in loss of control of your bicycle and be extremely dangerous.
We recommend the Shimano R773 braze-on front derailleur and D-mount only. This is made to match up closely with the mountain style shifters.
Note: When using the Maverick D-mount and R773 in conjunction with the Shimano Dual Shift Control lever, the rider will experience slightly increased resistance in the upshift action of the front derailleur. Take care to insure clean cable routing and quality cables.
Install the Maverick derailleur mount to the monolink housing using the supplied M5 x 16mm bolt. Apply a small amount grease on the bolt threads before attaching the derailleur mount.
Install the cranks and bottom bracket per manufacturer instructions. In general no spacers will be needed on our B.B. which is 73mm plus the d-mount.
Install the cable and housing. We recommend the use of a small piece of slick housing LINER over the cable that runs thru the MonoLink noodle. Another trick is to install a Shimano rubber sealing boot on the liner facing up towards the cable anchor of the derailleur, this helps prevent dirt incursion into the cable guide.
Cable Tension: On ML7’s only, E-type front derailleur’s operate best with standard cable tension in the small chain ring
For all frames using the D-mount and R773 front derailleur you need to have a slight amount of slack at the anchor bolt for proper initial set up.
When setting cable tension start with the front derailleur shifter lever adjustment barrel out a few turns, this will help when its time to back off the cable tension. This will also keep the front derailleur from over shifting and rubbing on the next largest chain ring.
If adjusting front derailleur on a bike stand, release all air from the rear shock. This will allow the rear end and front derailleur to sit into its neutral position, as if you were on the bike. THIS HELPS A LOT!
The Maverick frame uses an integrated headset. The bearing interface is machined right into the head tube, so no "cups" need to be pressed in. The top and bottom bearings are identical and simply drop into the head tube. We recommend the Full Speed Ahead Orbit CF (Campagnolo standard). Apply marine type grease to all surfaces.
The Maverick MonoLink has already been chased and faced. We do not recommend redoing this as you may loose some of the coating. Be sure the bottom bracket/crankset specifications will work on a 73mm e-type system.
The diameter of the seat post is 30.9mm. Because of the relaxed angle that the seat post exits the frame, a strong, high quality post with ample forward tilt of the saddle angle is required. We recommend the Maverick Speedball seat post to fully complement this.
This frame was designed for disc brake use only. It uses "International Standard" disc brake mounts on the front and rear. Most brakes on the market will require no additional mounting adapters for use on this frame. Install and adjust as per the manufacturers specifications.
For best operation, route the rear brake and shifter cables in a cross pattern behind the seat tube on the ML7/5, Durance & Matic. Follow the seat stays on the ML8. See instructions in the frame manual.
Frames will not automatically prevent cable rub! Take great care to look at the frame and cables while cycling the suspension. Cover any areas that cables will continuously rub the frame while in motion. We do not warranty products from cable rub.
A great material for frame and fork protection is the soft side of Velcro with sticky tape on the back. This also works well in-between the forks seal head and fender to reduce fender chatter.
DUC cable routing tips: Run the right side cables (shifter and brake) thru the right side opening between the frame and fork, same on the left side.
Front Brake Line:
The front brake line must be secured to the front fork so it cannot be caught in the front wheel or other objects when the suspension compresses or extends. Be sure the brake line is the proper length and can move freely when the suspension is in its full compressed or extended state. Loss of the front brake and/or unexpected locking of the front wheel may occur if the brake line is improperly installed and is extremely dangerous!
Rear Brake Line:
The attachments for the rear brake line use a small 'zip tie' or plastic snap to secure the line to the frame.