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NSMB - 2023 - Hardtails Leaning Against Stuff Thread

March 11, 2023, 10:13 a.m.
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The Scat belt style is generally my favorite, as I can always throw it on either with or without a pack (though I’m not a hip belt guy). Also, I feel very strongly that bear spray should always be on you, not on your bike, as it’s pretty easy to get separated from the bike in an animal encounter.

March 11, 2023, 11:05 p.m.
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I rode the past seven years with the bear spray in the water bottle cage. I grabbed an old water bottle and cut it at the part where it narrows (it took a few tries to get the hole large enough for the bottle to fit). You need one of them $5 nylon bear spray holsters that MEC sells - this is key for a tight fit. You can easily grab and pull the spray out of the cage with the plastic part attached. I tested it a couple times :S

Yes, it looked super ghetto, thank you, but our trails were way off the beaten path so there was never any risk of running into fashion police. Bears on the other hand were a regular occurrence. Somehow I also managed to not spray myself but that was probably just dumb luck.

I've since moved into cougar country, so now I'm trying to figure that out...


 Last edited by: Unkas on March 11, 2023, 11:12 p.m., edited 2 times in total.
March 12, 2023, 7:03 p.m.
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My Manzanita leaning against some urban decay.

March 12, 2023, 11:58 p.m.
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Joined: Nov. 20, 2020

Posted by: Unkas

I've since moved into cougar country, so now I'm trying to figure that out...

Cougars and moose scare me way more than bears do. I've seen cougars twice and don't want to know how many times I haven't seen them. Once it was a cougar kitten, running up the road away from me, which had me very concerned where mom was. The other time, I glanced over into the woods at night and saw a pair of glowing eyes that moved in that particular catlike way.

March 13, 2023, 2:16 a.m.
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Posted by: Bondseye

My Manzanita leaning against some urban decay.

Manzanita is a new one on me. Good looking bicycle, got some numbers and details to share?

March 13, 2023, 6:36 a.m.
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Kona Honzo ESD

A little early morning snowmobile trail spin yesterday before boiling sap all day long.

March 13, 2023, 7:17 a.m.
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Posted by: velocipedestrian

Posted by: Bondseye

My Manzanita leaning against some urban decay.

Manzanita is a new one on me. Good looking bicycle, got some numbers and details to share?

That's one tasty looking HT.  Just check their www and the do some nice looking bikes.  We defo need more photos of this one.

What's the colour of the frame (RAL / Pantone etc) - it reminds me of the Gary Fisher I used to have back in the 90s.

March 13, 2023, 9:44 a.m.
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Thanks! Nick is the Man behind Manzanita, he does custom steel out of Reno.

Mine is

64.5 HA

75.7 SA

479 Reach

Stack 660

435mm chain stay

With a 130mm fork.

The paint is tropical Teal with a grey base.


 Last edited by: Bondseye on March 13, 2023, 11:34 a.m., edited 1 time in total.
March 13, 2023, 9:54 a.m.
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Thanks! 

It’s Tropical Teal on a Grey Base

March 13, 2023, 10:15 a.m.
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^Sexy

March 13, 2023, 4:36 p.m.
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Here’s my dadwagon on a rainy SW day.

March 13, 2023, 9:15 p.m.
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Joined: Dec. 2, 2013

Posted by: Flatted-again

Here’s my dadwagon on a rainy SW day.

That is one beautiful-looking machine.

You can really see how slim the chainstays are from this angle. Looks like it should be a pretty smooth-riding rear end despite the short chainstays.


 Last edited by: Unkas on March 13, 2023, 9:16 p.m., edited 1 time in total.
March 13, 2023, 9:41 p.m.
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Joined: July 21, 2020

Yeah, the seat stays are actually ovalized/flattened a bit in the center too. It’s no substitute for suspension but holds its own in the rough stuff.


 Last edited by: Flatted-again on March 14, 2023, 4:58 a.m., edited 1 time in total.
March 14, 2023, 12:09 a.m.
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Posted by: BC_Nuggets

^Sexy

Very

March 14, 2023, 12:33 a.m.
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Joined: Sept. 25, 2020

Here is my Ragley Big Al, mostly stock. I'm thinking about adding sq lab 16 deg sweep bars. I usually use Oury mountain grips, but I'm trying out chromag wax grips. The trails near where I live are so hard packed that they're basically a pump track, ideal for a hard tail.  I put a 2.3" minion SS on the rear and I should probably consider a faster rolling front as well (currently DHF II).

The spec is not bad for the price of the bike: Z2 fork, deore drive train and a DB8 (Sram mineral oil) brakeset which has been ok so far.

I have the steel version in Canada (Big Wig) which is a great bike too.

big al

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