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NSMB - 2018 - Hardtail Thread

Dec. 20, 2018, 5:05 p.m.
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Posted by: niebs

Hey peeps, just ordered me an NS eccentric ALU 27.5 build with a 140mm up front. Anyone riding one of these guys and got any info or opinions for me?

Any questions you've got I can hopefully answer. Mines @ 140 since late February. If you haven't built yours up you're more then welcome to try mine. As long as you're comfortable on SPDs

Dec. 28, 2018, 8:48 p.m.
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Just picked this up. It’s got fat tires and a dropper post, I’m set.

But I’ll probably be looking for a new fork in a couple months. 140 or 160? Fox or rockshocks?


 Last edited by: atb on Dec. 28, 2018, 10:27 p.m., edited 1 time in total.
Dec. 31, 2018, 9:41 a.m.
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There's always plenty of RS Pikes in the Pinkbike Buynsell. Easy and cheap to convert between 130-160. I feel like on a HT if there's TOO much fork up from it becomes weird handling - BB too high, shortens up the reach, slackens the seated climbing position. I'd probably go with a Pike at 130 or 140.

I reckon you'd be better off with more quality suspension than more travel. But that's only IMO.

Just like with freeride bikes back in the day, those tires will suck. Upgrading to some better rubber will make a big difference - sturdier sidewalls, better tread, better rubber. Even if it's just SE4 27.5*2.8 from where you picked the bike up from. But winter riding is rarely best riding.

Glad to see you got back in the game!


 Last edited by: nouseforaname on Dec. 31, 2018, 9:43 a.m., edited 1 time in total.
Jan. 1, 2019, 8:59 p.m.
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I put one ding in the rear rim today riding with about 17-18psi. Jumping onto a pointy rock probably was responsible for that. But with the way I ride, and much like the tires, I too am in the “mid-fat” range, it’s going to need a rear wheel soon.

The fork was meh, but not unrideable. I think 140mm with a good damper would be perfect. Hmm I do have a couple avalanche carts for 32mm boxxers sitting around. I bet Craig can supply parts to make it fit a pike.

I’m still surprised how smooth and stables it rides. Great on steeps, does jumps and hucks like a big bike, just stiffer. 

I also bent the seat.

Jan. 1, 2019, 9:14 p.m.
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Any opinions on the best place to buy a chromag frame in the lower mainland? 

Straight from chromag? 

I know Kinetik usually stock completes..

Any others? Pretty much every shop has components/clothes but have only seen bikes/frames at kinetik that I've noticed.

Jan. 1, 2019, 9:45 p.m.
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On the topic of tires, I see there’s a high roller II in 27.5x3.0 good? Or too slow rolling.

Jan. 2, 2019, 9:11 a.m.
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Posted by: atb

On the topic of tires, I see there’s a high roller II in 27.5x3.0 good? Or too slow rolling.

Can't go wrong with the 27.5x2.4 or 27.5x2.35

Jan. 2, 2019, 11:06 a.m.
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Posted by: Kenny

-> Straight from chromag? 

Waiting for them to post up new '19 colours. Waiting.

Jan. 2, 2019, 12:24 p.m.
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Posted by: BurkeMtnRider

Posted by: atb

On the topic of tires, I see there’s a high roller II in 27.5x3.0 good? Or too slow rolling.

Can't go wrong with the 27.5x2.4 or 27.5x2.35

2.4 or 2.35 will probably be awful on mid fat size rims though.

The minion in 27.5*3 will probably be slow rolling, but from the sounds of it - so are you ;-)

Minions are available in 2.8 and 3.0, I don't get the love for the mid fat honestly, so I'd probably get the 2.8 for a little firmer ride and a little less weight. What's the max tire size on the Roscoe?

Posted by: Kenny

Any opinions on the best place to buy a chromag frame in the lower mainland?  

If Kinetik has bikes, they can get frames too...


 Last edited by: nouseforaname on Jan. 2, 2019, 12:25 p.m., edited 1 time in total.
Jan. 3, 2019, 8:02 a.m.
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My Wideangle. Been on it for a couple of months and loving it.

Chromag Wideangle

Jan. 3, 2019, 10:14 a.m.
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Is that colour custom 'cause I don't recognize it from their web page? Chromag sent me a pfd of their 3 new WA colours for '19 and they don't look anything like that.


 Last edited by: tungsten on Jan. 3, 2019, 10:15 a.m., edited 1 time in total.
Jan. 3, 2019, 12:26 p.m.
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Posted by: tungsten

Is that colour custom 'cause I don't recognize it from their web page? Chromag sent me a pfd of their 3 new WA colours for '19 and they don't look anything like that.

It's a 2018 color, Grey/Oxide. The 2019's look great, but last I heard they weren't going to be available until June.

Jan. 3, 2019, 5:37 p.m.
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What size is that.  And how tall are you ?

Jan. 3, 2019, 6:59 p.m.
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I would reach out to them, see if there’s a dealer in your area.

New “shadow” paint job on the Rootdown has me drooling...

Los

Jan. 4, 2019, 6:38 a.m.
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Posted by: Timberdog1

What size is that.  And how tall are you ?

It's a medium and I'm 5'8" (~174cm). Fits great.

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