Quote:By the way, just in case anyone is interested, I opened my Mini up today and looked around. There are four very nice tapered roller bearings inside of the Mini. Two per axle. (Duh?) The gears consist of very large aluminum worm wheels and brass worm gears. The worm gear bearing assemblies are braced by very solid brackets to prevent side to side play which was known to be problem with the early versions of the Cube. The lubrication appears to be synthetic. In other words, it's built like a tank!
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Quote: I am surprised to see the same weak plastic part holding the worm in place
Quote: Those plastic gears would keep me well within the maximun load limit of the mount.
Quote:I am trying to figure out if this Mini Tower could be a better solution than the monofork Nextar SE...
Quote:I seem to remember that someone had suggested that the internal battery pack for the Mini was not discussed in the manual. It IS mentioned in item #10 on page 11 of the manual.CSSteve
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Quote:Hi Steve,On page three of the manual it states that "Its payload (25 lbs)can be even further enhanced by more than 50% with heavy-duty accessories."However, I can not find anything in the manual that tells what those accessories are. Do you have any information on them? ~jerry
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