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NSMB - 2020 - Hardtail Thread

Dec. 6, 2020, 7:36 p.m.
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Posted by: Vikb

Posted by: thaaad

We do have the space for it and I do really love it. 

I'd keep it for this winter. Re-evaluate in the Spring. As long as the above is true and you ride it then keeping it makes sense. If you find you are not riding it sell it come Spring when bike fever is peaking.

Strongly disagree. If you have a Chromag (or any hardtail) with fixed dropouts flip it ASAP! Pretty strong rumour going around that Chromag is finally adding sliders to some of their frames!!! 

Now all you slow-to-conform single speeders will have the ‘option’ to ride bikes a better way!

Covid wants you to single speed! Why else would there be no Eagle chains until July!?!?!?!??!?!?!???

Dec. 7, 2020, 3:51 a.m.
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Now all you slow-to-conform single speeders will have the ‘option’ to ride bikes a better way!

Covid wants you to single speed! Why else would there be no Eagle chains until July!?!?!?!??!?!?!???

Even Singlespeed spacers have to be scavenged from the dark corners of various parts bins. And the cleaning gnomes in my workshop are on strike...

I'll post a proper picture of the build once I have it all together ;)

Dec. 7, 2020, 6:43 a.m.
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Not to hi-Jack the thread but I would be in on the DVO green-black conversion if someone is putting together a batch for Altech!

Dec. 7, 2020, 7:29 a.m.
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Posted by: AndrewMajor

Covid wants you to single speed! Why else would there be no Eagle chains until July!?!?!?!??!?!?!???

Dang! Thanks for the head's up. Both our FS bikes run GX Eagle and I was going to do a chain swap this winter. I managed to order a couple of GX Eagle chains just now, but stock seems pretty low/zero at all the usual vendors. July resupply will be painful for a lot of people.

Dec. 7, 2020, 7:57 a.m.
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where did you order them from?

Dec. 7, 2020, 9:41 a.m.
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Posted by: Taz123

where did you order them from?

CRC has GX Eagle chains - they won't ship SRAM to Canada. I have a UK relative. Jenson has NX Eagle chains...they also won't ship SRAM to Canada, but there are cross border services for that situation.

Since I was at it I ordered chains for my Shimano drivetrain bikes and spare brake pads for my Shimano/SRAM brakes as well. The other stuff seems to be available, but who knows what'll go into supply chain crisis mode next? I have lots of tires and other parts so unless I have a bad crash I should be good for 2021.


 Last edited by: Vikb on Dec. 7, 2020, 9:43 a.m., edited 2 times in total.
Dec. 7, 2020, 10:10 a.m.
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In my experience, X01/XX1 Eagle chains last considerably longer than GX Eagle and are worth the approximately double in price, with well over double the lifespan. Getting the good chain is useful for protecting that $300+ cassette.


 Last edited by: D_C_ on Dec. 7, 2020, 10:11 a.m., edited 1 time in total.
Dec. 7, 2020, 10:14 a.m.
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there's a guy in the roadie world who tests chains and lubes with a custom machine. far out there stuff. i'm sure you can find it by googling.  the high end Sram chains are ultra durable, and should outlive at least one drivetrain. they also have more drag as their tolerances are so high but prob not a measurable factor for mtb.

Dec. 9, 2020, 10:36 a.m.
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Posted by: twk

Now all you slow-to-conform single speeders will have the ‘option’ to ride bikes a better way!

Covid wants you to single speed! Why else would there be no Eagle chains until July!?!?!?!??!?!?!???

Even Singlespeed spacers have to be scavenged from the dark corners of various parts bins. And the cleaning gnomes in my workshop are on strike...

I'll post a proper picture of the build once I have it all together ;)

Looking forward to seeing the whole thing.  I'd recognise that frame anywhere.

Dec. 9, 2020, 11:16 p.m.
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2020 Chromag Wideangle

Sorry, taking it back to the hardtails. Just finished building my 2020 Chromag Wideangle.

  • DVO Diamond D1 150mm
  • Full Shimano XT 1X12 and 4-piston calipers
  • Chromag Phase 30 wheels
  • Chromag BZA bar and stem, Trailmaster saddle
  • OneUp dropper and pedals

Wanted to build something different from my 29'er. Love being on a 27.5 hardtail!


 Last edited by: Jfong92 on Dec. 9, 2020, 11:21 p.m., edited 1 time in total.
Dec. 10, 2020, 7:19 a.m.
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Posted by: Jfong92

2020 Chromag Wideangle

Sorry, taking it back to the hardtails. Just finished building my 2020 Chromag Wideangle.

  • DVO Diamond D1 150mm
  • Full Shimano XT 1X12 and 4-piston calipers
  • Chromag Phase 30 wheels
  • Chromag BZA bar and stem, Trailmaster saddle
  • OneUp dropper and pedals

Wanted to build something different from my 29'er. Love being on a 27.5 hardtail!

Love the colour of that bike. Looks like a ton of fun too. 27.5 doesn't get enough love these days. Also, a set of long mud huggers on a 27.5 bike gives so much coverage and makes for the ultimate winter bike.

I see you really embraced the dvo/one up green. Good on you for trying to work that wholly unnatural colour into your bike.

Dec. 10, 2020, 8:44 a.m.
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Chromag has a bunch of one-offs HT builds for sale. 

https://chromagbikes.com/collections/bike-shed?fbclid=IwAR2PRc6iojjpSmEqoBeYe51_IRm0horJ_jDEtWdZO2-Y0gchRprqxRMVC2I

Dec. 10, 2020, 10:33 a.m.
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https://nsmb.com/photos/view/20106/

Just finished putting this together last week, and it's a great bike.

Z1 coil, SLX/XT drivetrain and brakes, We Are One wheels, etc.

... having a hard time with a photo. It's a Doctahawk.


 Last edited by: mrbrett on Dec. 10, 2020, 10:37 a.m., edited 5 times in total.
Reason: This photo attachment thing is not intuitive.
Dec. 10, 2020, 10:37 a.m.
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26" ain't dead!!!! Its just locked in the Zwift pain cave.

Dec. 10, 2020, 5 p.m.
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Posted by: D_C_

In my experience, X01/XX1 Eagle chains last considerably longer than GX Eagle and are worth the approximately double in price, with well over double the lifespan. Getting the good chain is useful for protecting that $300+ cassette.

Yes and no. In terms of elongation absolutely. They don’t seem to elongate much at all saving the cassette. But I think they become sloppy laterally which affects shifting. Maybe the result of chain angle in lower gears? I’m still very impressed with longevity. I’m replacing my chains annually as well as the chain ring. I seem to hear noisy rings if I put a new chain on without a new ring.

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