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NSMB - 2023 - Hardtails Leaning Against Stuff Thread

Jan. 24, 2023, 4:51 p.m.
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Posted by: yardrec

Cross post for 24" Meat Engine Hardtail. Set my kid's bike up with proper aggressive tubeless rubber for trail gripping fun.

Awesome! Little hand-me-up Thomson dropper action too!

Jan. 24, 2023, 4:53 p.m.
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Posted by: Vikb

Posted by: AndrewMajor

Oof. Hate to jump on the bandwagon here Scofflaw-Vik but derailleur issues or otherwise the drive side lean is a tough pill to swallow. There are still a few things in life that are cut-and-dry right v. wrong.

Perhaps back in the day when that dogma was established and people used rim brakes and cheesy hangers/derailleurs it even made sense. That said if I look back on my bike issues I can't remember the last time I needed to adjust my shifting or tweak my hanger. On the other hand brakes have seen a reasonable amount of attention. So if I was going to establish a religion around laying my bike down on one side or the other it would be the side that protected the brake rotors best.

I have straightened the Clairebarian’s rotors a lot more times than her hanger, so there’s logic here for sure. Though that’s always been from crashing.

Jan. 24, 2023, 5:51 p.m.
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Posted by: Vikb

Posted by: yardrec

I feel like a idiot because I couldn't figure out why they were so freaked out sliding around on the trails. I'm taking inspiration from Andrew to give them proper gear like I'd want to have fun times. We'll see when it warms up enough for them to want to go ride bikes with me! :)

Young people and new riders need good gear. The old paradigm of putting the least capable folks on the worst gear made no sense. My GF's first ever MTB was a Santa Cruz Nomad.  It was the same brand/model my buddy and I rode so when she was on the trail she knew she was on the same equipment as us. Looking back I am really glad we made that choice instead of getting her some sort of introductory bike. Especially given the savagely technical trails she had to learn to ride on.

Why a while ago had found a Gary Fisher hardtail and stripped it of all the crappy parts and rebuilt it for my daughter. When she outgrew it she eventually took over daddies NS Surge. Which for a bit prior was the one my wife borrowed on the rare occasion we rode together,

Meanwhile Joely took over the NS eccentric I had when got the Stylus. Had swapped saddles when she took it over. Hopefully now am doing better. This year will get to do some rides with her.

Jan. 24, 2023, 11:43 p.m.
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Bike and the boozer.Bike and The Boozer.

Jan. 25, 2023, 6:22 a.m.
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Not on the Shore...

Canfield Epo

Jan. 25, 2023, 8:03 a.m.
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ESD leaning against a tree at the entrance of a brand new trail.

 Last edited by: FlipSide on Jan. 26, 2023, 5:30 a.m., edited 1 time in total.
Jan. 25, 2023, 9:07 a.m.
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Surface on January 2. First ride of the new year! 

It's a new year!

Jan. 25, 2023, 9:19 a.m.
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Posted by: SteveR

Surface on January 2. First ride of the new year! 

It's a new year!


Jan. 25, 2023, 9:49 a.m.
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Posted by: joseph-crabtree

Posted by: Tremeer023

Posted by: kavurider

Posted by: fartymarty

Posted by: Vikb

Posted by: kavurider

On the hardtail...mind blown.

I was an insert skeptic, but ya rear wheel of the hardtail is a game changer for sure.

Have you guys tried DH rear tyres? I'm currently on WTB Tough Judges (F+R) on my HT. I've got it down at 19psi for my 94kg lardy ass.

Haven't been able to find a lot of DH 27.5 plus tires. I am running the Rekon EXOs that came on the bike when I bought it, they seem to work okay here in the desert. Adding the insert has made them awesome.

I do run a DH tire on the rear of my Ripmo AF, but I might try a lighter tire combined with Cushcore for that as well.

I've got Rekon EXO (2.6) with Cushcore on the rear (27.5 mullet). It's much better with the insert but I'm always struggling with psi. The typical tracks I ride are a combination of semi rough and rooty but with some fast hard berms. I can get more comfort with lower pressure for the rough straights but still manage to squirm the tyre in corners.

Maybe a wider rim is the answer (currently 30mm id), but I might try a dh tyre for comparison. As long as it doesn't feel too 'wooden'. I've read the new Conti's are good for feel.

You might try the newer EXO+, it's 60 tpi instead of 120 tpi and has a lot more support. I'm running a Cushcore Pro with a i30 rim and it feels solid it the corners.

I've also run the Dual Compound version in the summer on the rear that uses a 60 tpi casing with good results.

Thanks. I've got an EXO+ (Assegai) on a front wheel and like it a lot. I'll probably try all at some point no doubt.

 Last edited by: Tremeer023 on Jan. 25, 2023, 9:50 a.m., edited 1 time in total.
Jan. 25, 2023, 1:45 p.m.
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Seriously impressed by these Continental Kryptotals in the Trail/Endurance casing. Tires this light and fast rolling have no business having so much grip in winter conditions! I do miss the 2.6 comfort though. Probably swapping to something wider and heavier over the weekend.

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Jan. 25, 2023, 5:33 p.m.
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Posted by: Hepcat



It could be worse. The bike could be upside down.

Jan. 25, 2023, 5:36 p.m.
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In the middle of todays snowstorm and the first Snow Lightning Flash.

Jan. 25, 2023, 5:55 p.m.
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Posted by: andy-eunson

Posted by: Hepcat



It could be worse. The bike could be upside down.

What's wrong with upside down? I often do that while resting pre-descent style, it help lube the fork bushings and seals for extra smooth action.

Jan. 25, 2023, 6:17 p.m.
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I had some friends visiting town today and I showed them some of the less travelled local trails. Turned into a bit of an unplanned epic as we encountered some freshly constructed and under construction trails. Mega loamy and very soft/slow. Lots of blowdown as well. We moved what we could, but quite a few large trees came down that will need a chainsaw. I didn't slide off any wooden features/bridges today so I am going to call that a win! ;-)

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Jan. 25, 2023, 8:28 p.m.
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/\ What are you using for cable keepers? My zip ties are not fashionable enough.

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