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NSMB - 2018 - Hardtail Thread

Jan. 4, 2019, 7:19 a.m.
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Posted by: dogboy

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.

What are the 2019 color ways?

Jan. 4, 2019, 4:44 p.m.
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Granite (matte grey), Night Bright (gloss navy) and Forest (matte green).


 Last edited by: tungsten on Jan. 4, 2019, 4:47 p.m., edited 1 time in total.
Jan. 4, 2019, 9:21 p.m.
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pictures?

Jan. 5, 2019, 2:05 p.m.
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I got pfd . Colours are only facsimilee.

Jan. 5, 2019, 11:57 p.m.
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Posted by: nouseforaname

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!

The new Debonair air spring is great if you want to run a shorter travel more progressive fork.  I have mine at 120mm and stuffed with tokens and rarely bottom it out (usually have a 1/2" spare).

Quality >> Travel IMO

Jan. 6, 2019, 1:09 a.m.
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Joined: July 10, 2018

It's basically a 2016 honzo AL/DL on a 2018 steel frame. I need to get a shorter stem, and I'm considering trading out the fork for a 140mm. But so far its great.

It really feels like an updated and modern version of that old fire mountain I kept for far too long. Still tons of fun, but overall a more comfortable less hand numbing, less twitchy, and more controlled experience. It's kind of strange that what is essentially a 32 pound XC bike can warm my cockles, but it do.

Only thing I miss is that glorious orange paint.


 Last edited by: FlightlessLobster on Jan. 7, 2019, 7:44 p.m., edited 6 times in total.
Jan. 6, 2019, 1:21 p.m.
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Get a DHR2 in 3.0 or Bonty SE5 if you want something similar but not Maxxis.

Jan. 8, 2019, 5:35 a.m.
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Photo of my then stock Norco Torrent 2 HT, size XL. I've since upgraded a few small parts here and there, but otherwise it's still just as it came from the shop. Super fun, simple bike.

Norco Torrent HT


 Last edited by: gdharries on Jan. 8, 2019, 5:37 a.m., edited 1 time in total.
Jan. 8, 2019, 5:38 a.m.
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Posted by: FlightlessLobster

It's basically a 2016 honzo AL/DL on a 2018 steel frame. I need to get a shorter stem, and I'm considering trading out the fork for a 140mm. But so far its great.

It really feels like an updated and modern version of that old fire mountain I kept for far too long. Still tons of fun, but overall a more comfortable less hand numbing, less twitchy, and more controlled experience. It's kind of strange that what is essentially a 32 pound XC bike can warm my cockles, but it do.

Only thing I miss is that glorious orange paint.

I really dig that purple.

Jan. 10, 2019, 10:48 a.m.
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Posted by: gdharries

Photo of my then stock Norco Torrent 2 HT, size XL. I've since upgraded a few small parts here and there, but otherwise it's still just as it came from the shop. Super fun, simple bike.

Norco Torrent HT

These look like killer bikes for the price. How are the brakes and fork treating you? How many KM so far?

Jan. 12, 2019, 6:08 a.m.
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@heathen I wrote a review back in June, a few weeks after I got the Torrent.

The fork took some time to break in, so now it's more plush (and I get all of its travel; an issue in the beginning) but it's a pretty simple unit. There's next to no adjustment on the Zeron and while it's torsionally stiff, if you're used to a Pike or something like that, the Zeron will disappoint. If I could afford a fork upgrade, I would invest in something better.

In regards to the brakes, I've had no complaints. I also have Tektro brakes on my fat bike and after four years in the harshness of a Yukon winter, they are still going strong and stop reliably.

As you say, these are killer bikes for the price. I wanted something that was fun, versatile, strong, reliable and cheap...and the Torrent is definitely all of those.

Jan. 12, 2019, 9:31 a.m.
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Asking a lot, I know, but can anyone running 27.5x2.8's give me a measurement in mm of chainstay/seatstay clearance? I bought my Marino frame about a year ago, before I had a job, with the intention of running it with plus tires and I'm curious if the clearance I have will be enough. Here it is with all the parts from my 26" wheeled Trek Scratch...

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