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NSMB - 2015 – Hardtail Thread

Jan. 7, 2015, 2:03 p.m.
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Ordered a new handlebar for my bike, Race Face Atlas riser in 1.25. I hope that it improves my riding down a hill.

Other than that, still thinking about getting a 55 cr, but money is a tad tight, have a singletrack rim which I want to get build up for the rear - another summer trip to Are in Sweden is on the horizon. First summer for the little one to be able to ride a bike with pedals. So awesome.

"You don't learn from experience. You learn from reflecting on the experience."
- Kristen Ulmer

Jan. 7, 2015, 2:35 p.m.
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Not many changes since this picture except lowered stem, SLX M530 pedals, tires running tubeless, full size mucky nutz front fender and some nice battle scars.

Jan. 8, 2015, 3:58 a.m.
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That is one really nice bike.

"You don't learn from experience. You learn from reflecting on the experience."
- Kristen Ulmer

Jan. 8, 2015, 9:28 a.m.
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A few changes, new fork, new bar. Super fun times!

Jan. 9, 2015, 8:41 a.m.
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stock with exception of:

chromag fubar.
atlas 50mm stem.
tld grips.
hans damphs (rear now rock razor).

likely selling this one and picking up a 2015…

my review on vital: http://www.vitalmtb.com/product/guide/Bikes,3/Kona/Explosif,12755

while your sitten at your desk im banging laps.

Jan. 9, 2015, 10 a.m.
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stock with exception of:

chromag fubar.
atlas 50mm stem.
tld grips.
hans damphs (rear now rock razor).

likely selling this one and picking up a 2015…

my review on vital: http://www.vitalmtb.com/product/guide/Bikes,3/Kona/Explosif,12755

Pretty spot on review on the Explosif…. I'd argue that it would be cool to see it come stock with a 140mm fork. With the settings I've tried that seems to be the most all around fun and capable to me. Rock Razor with Muddy Mary was my tire combo last year and that was unreal.

Jan. 9, 2015, 12:11 p.m.
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likely selling this one and picking up a 2015…

why?

Pretty spot on review on the Explosif…. I'd argue that it would be cool to see it come stock with a 140mm fork. With the settings I've tried that seems to be the most all around fun and capable to me.

interesting. i emailed kona about the explosif a few years ago to ask about the stock fork. here's the engineer's response "Hi, it’s set to it’s max travel out of the box. Our riders just find a fork longer than 5” makes the handling too unpredictable, slow and slack when topped out and fast when compressed can cause issues on a hardtail."

"Nobody really gives a shit that you don't like the thing that you have no firsthand experience with." Dave

Jan. 9, 2015, 12:51 p.m.
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why?

interesting. i emailed kona about the explosif a few years ago to ask about the stock fork. here's the engineer's response "Hi, it’s set to it’s max travel out of the box. Our riders just find a fork longer than 5” makes the handling too unpredictable, slow and slack when topped out and fast when compressed can cause issues on a hardtail."

not my experience, i thought it was sweet at 140

Jan. 9, 2015, 1:35 p.m.
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A few changes, new fork, new bar. Super fun times!

Sweet fork.

I love my Mattoc.

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-DW-
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Jan. 9, 2015, 1:44 p.m.
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they look intriguing. i liked my old tpc manitous. and they're not pikes.

Jan. 9, 2015, 3:41 p.m.
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why?

2015 is identical and I like to keep bikes moving while they are still in good shape!

while your sitten at your desk im banging laps.

Jan. 10, 2015, 10:19 a.m.
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they look intriguing. i liked my old tpc manitous. and they're not pikes.

Not disappointed with that purchase in any way. Lateral stiffness is unreal. Their settings are easy to figure out and they work. And it hasn't creaked yet, which was my main motivation. While being light, that crown is beefy.

Only thing I don't like is you need a proprietary socket tool to take it apart. Which means order that thing up front, or know someone who is handy with a lathe so they can make you one.

Jan. 11, 2015, 11:43 a.m.
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Another 29er hardtail option with short chain stays.

http://www.fireeye-bike.com/news_detail.php?news_sn=68

www.thisiswhy.co.uk

www.teamnfi.blogspot.com/

Jan. 11, 2015, 3:07 p.m.
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Another 29er hardtail option with short chain stays.

http://www.fireeye-bike.com/news_detail.php?news_sn=68

FireEye doesn't currently have a Canadian distributor, but they will sell direct to Canadian consumers. (I bought some parts from them about a month ago.)

Jan. 11, 2015, 3:22 p.m.
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FireEye doesn't currently have a Canadian distributor, but they will sell direct to Canadian consumers. (I bought some parts from them about a month ago.)

CRC carries them.

www.thisiswhy.co.uk

www.teamnfi.blogspot.com/

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