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NSMB - 2023 - Hardtails Leaning Against Stuff Thread

Nov. 23, 2023, 10:42 p.m.
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Personally I would rather watch videos of people with a similar or slightly better skill level than myself as they are relatable.  Semenuk et al are amazing and all but I can't relate therefore generally don't watch.  A good Chromag HT video - that's my bag.

Nov. 23, 2023, 11:24 p.m.
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Posted by: fartymarty

Personally I would rather watch videos of people with a similar or slightly better skill level than myself as they are relatable.

Same. And the same goes for me for other sports, like baseball - I'd rather watch a small team who actually look like they're trying and maybe having fun, instead of professional baseball robots.

Nov. 24, 2023, 7:39 a.m.
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I think LR overreacted just a bit to that. 

The original comment in the PB Pod wasn't about beginner riders - was about beginner YouTubers. Kind of agree. Is a Participation Award still an award? Marty's post for example - a well made Chromag hardtail video is great to watch. Still well above my riding skill, but very relatable to view and subjectively much better than some of the hacky YTers you see adjusting cams on the side of the trail.

Nov. 24, 2023, 9:33 a.m.
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Anyone here mulleted a Rootdown? I'm still contemplating picking up a Chromag with their current sales and thinking about some different options. Could go Rootdown mullet and just get a new rear wheel of potential go Stylus mullet but that means changing the build a fair bit which means more extra $$$

Nov. 24, 2023, 11:04 a.m.
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I ran a 27.5x2.8 mullet Rootdown and while I liked the easier acceleration, I felt it made the front end a little twitchy. Not unlike running the fork at 170 with full 29er.

Nov. 24, 2023, 11:45 a.m.
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Posted by: fartymarty

Personally I would rather watch videos of people with a similar or slightly better skill level than myself as they are relatable.  Semenuk et al are amazing and all but I can't relate therefore generally don't watch.  A good Chromag HT video - that's my bag.

Marty, yep. And reality most including the PB forget is that all many of those who post video's on YouTube of riding when they started where not great. Bad edits and so on. Because reality is everyone starts there at some point and as they video and edit they get better at it. The truth is is they all waited till they reached this mythical level of "good" enough YouTube mtb video's would be sparse. Because the only way one can get better at video shooting editing, and posting it to YouTube is simply just doing it. And it takes courage to do that.

And some stuff I found on YouTube is someone simply making video's of what they did and just putting it on YouTube to share with their friends and such. The Traslin brothers do this. And it is cool that people do that.

Nov. 24, 2023, 11:49 a.m.
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Posted by: syncro

Anyone here mulleted a Rootdown? I'm still contemplating picking up a Chromag with their current sales and thinking about some different options. Could go Rootdown mullet and just get a new rear wheel of potential go Stylus mullet but that means changing the build a fair bit which means more extra $$$

Both have been mulleted. Haven't done it myself. The only thing that might be considered as a parts change to either would be going with an angleset type headset that would allow you to tinker with fork angles. Not something I have done but am considering going that route on the regular Stylus build as am thinking about the fork angle in relation to my riding style.

Nov. 27, 2023, 3:53 p.m.
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Posted by: mrbrett

I think LR overreacted just a bit to that. 

The original comment in the PB Pod wasn't about beginner riders - was about beginner YouTubers. Kind of agree. Is a Participation Award still an award? Marty's post for example - a well made Chromag hardtail video is great to watch. Still well above my riding skill, but very relatable to view and subjectively much better than some of the hacky YTers you see adjusting cams on the side of the trail.

I think he over reacted on purpose in an effort to spark outrage amongst his viewership to drive engagement in the comments section, which feeds the YouTube algorithm, which drives clicks & views and therefore the profitability of the video.  This is his career so it's in his own interest to act outraged even if he's not.

Pinkbike wins out of this as well.  I bet they've tripled their podcast traffic from like 6 downloads a week to 18.

I consume a metric tonne of youtube MTB content and 95% of it is from really small channels with fewer than 100 subscribers.  It's mostly because I'm so spoiled for choice with where to ride and have such limited time to actually get out and ride that I like to check out what's going on at Burke/Eagle/Fromme/Seymour/Thornhill/Galbraith/Sumas/Vedder/Ledgeview/Woodlot/Bear and then see if anything catches my eye to go ride at any of these locations.

Nov. 28, 2023, 1:11 a.m.
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Pre work post lean

Edit - i'm still going round in circles re headset space colour.  I've tried blue, silver and now onto pink - maybe just keep them black and be done with it.  Any thoughts would be appreciated.


 Last edited by: fartymarty on Nov. 28, 2023, 2:36 a.m., edited 1 time in total.
Nov. 28, 2023, 6:29 a.m.
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As Henry Ford said, 

"You can have it in any color you want, as long as it is black."

Nov. 28, 2023, 7:09 a.m.
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Nice bike!

Personally, I'd go for black spacers and black grips (once your pink grips are worn out).

Nov. 28, 2023, 7:47 a.m.
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Posted by: FlipSide

Nice bike!

Personally, I'd go for black spacers and black grips (once your pink grips are worn out).

Ah but I really love the pink Longneck Supersofts....

Nov. 28, 2023, 8:46 a.m.
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Posted by: fartymarty

Ah but I really love the pink Longneck Supersofts....

Then keep them on for sure!  :)  I always prefer black grips and have color accents elsewhere, but that's just me! Also, I am boring and my "color accents" are usually clear anodized aluminum, although I am trying Pewter with NSB parts on my next build. 

I used to not care at all about the aesthetics of my bikes or strategically adding color accents on the bike, but it's becoming an aspects I don't neglect anymore on my custom builds. Maybe my wife finally succeeded to infuse some fashion into me...or I simply became shallower with age. Who knows? ;)

Nov. 28, 2023, 11:21 a.m.
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Recent NSB discounting has driven me towards a pewter + black colour scheme on my FS build. I usually never pay attention to colour matching as I buy what's available so I can ride my bike straight away, but this time I thought what the heck as it's a ground up build and I can afford to wait for the right colour part

Currently my Doctahawk is representing every colour available to the point that I'm starting to add on parts that clash horribly


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Nov. 28, 2023, 11:53 a.m.
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Posted by: FlipSide

I used to not care at all about the aesthetics of my bikes or strategically adding color accents on the bike, but it's becoming an aspects I don't neglect anymore on my custom builds. Maybe my wife finally succeeded to infuse some fashion into me...or I simply became shallower with age. Who knows? ;)

Ditto - My previous build of the Solaris had a few blue bits (because I had them) on a blue frame so quite boring albeit understated.  My Murmur has always been quite understated as well - Brit Racing Green with a few blue parts.  But then Mr Majors - Pummelled Purple Patina article got me thinking I should add a bit of colour.  The Murmur has now gone teal (Transition Spur teal) with purple and polished bits.  The Solaris is a work in progress.

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