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March 11, 2019, 6:16 a.m.
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Re: NSMB - 2019 - Full Suspension Bike Thread

Posted by: Timer

Posted by: syncro

It's an existential question, but is there a point for most riders where the bike becomes too good and is actually a step backwards in the fun quotient?

I have been in a situation like that. But I consider it more of a question of choosing the right bike for the kind of riding you do.

After living in BC and riding a burly trailbike around the north shore, I moved to the Black Forest, taking the bike with me. It turned out that this bike was just far too capable for most of the trails there. The only way not to fall asleep on the downhill was to go dangerously fast, create conflicts with hikers and still not have any sense of technical challenge.

So I bought a light XC hardtail which was a hoot to ride and just the perfect bike for the terrain. Plus, no need to wear a full face helmet or armour.

Is it possible that bikes have become so good that they are too capable even for parts of the north shore?

I had the same experience when I move from Vancouver to Beautiful Fort Mcmurray. My fully made the trails just way too boring. So I built up a Cove Hand Job with a 140mm fork. That made the trails a blast and kept my skills up. I keep my full for trips to the mountains.

Jan. 30, 2019, 4:37 p.m.
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Re: NSMB - 2019 - Hardtail Thread

Posted by: RAHrider

Posted by: heathen

My all purpose CX bike. I ride this beast on local MTB trails and it is a blast. No suspension, short top tubes, steep head angle and skinny tires keep you honest and smooth.

2016 Kona Private Jake with a few burly upgrades to make it more fun in the woods. 

11x42 cassette, RF SixC bar, 100mm dropper, Guide R brakes, 90mm Chromag Ranger stem and few more Chromag purple bits.

I can't decide if I like the bike or the matching pink leopard spandex/socks. Looks like you're having a good rip.

Cyclocross racing is a riot!! Booze hand ups and thick mud.

Jan. 30, 2019, 8:08 a.m.
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Re: NSMB - 2019 - Full Suspension Bike Thread

2017 Norco Opic C7.1

I have built this bike up to be a burly BCXC bike. It is fun but I am going to put it on a diet and try some Island Cup XC races. Swap to 25mm rims and skinnier lighter tires.

Currently built with:

Pike 140mm, Azonic 50mm stem, Chromag Cutlass carbon bar 770mm, RF Next G4 175mm, 150mm dropper, Specialized Power saddle, Sram Level ULT levers with Guide calipers, DT Swiss 350 hubs laced to garbage E-13 30mm rims, Minion DHR 2.4WT, 11spd X1 drivetrain Specialized Swat bottle cage

Jan. 30, 2019, 7:57 a.m.
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Re: NSMB - 2019 - Full Suspension Bike Thread

My 2018 Norco Range C7.2.

This bike is amazing. I have racked up 1600km on everything from three of the Canadian National Enduro Series to park days to Shore to the island Enduro Series and it continues to blow my mind.

Changes from stock are:

150mm dropper, DT Swiss EM481 rims, 170mm cranks, Chromag 40mm HiFi stem, Chromag Cutlass carbon bar 770mm, Kona Wah Wah pedals, Specialized Power saddle, Minion WT.

Jan. 30, 2019, 7:40 a.m.
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Re: NSMB - 2019 - Hardtail Thread

My all purpose CX bike. I ride this beast on local MTB trails and it is a blast. No suspension, short top tubes, steep head angle and skinny tires keep you honest and smooth.

2016 Kona Private Jake with a few burly upgrades to make it more fun in the woods. 

11x42 cassette, RF SixC bar, 100mm dropper, Guide R brakes, 90mm Chromag Ranger stem and few more Chromag purple bits.

Jan. 30, 2019, 7:05 a.m.
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Joined: Feb. 24, 2017
Re: New shorts time. What you recommend? (Don't suggest RF Stage)

On a positive note. I bought a pair of Specialized "Enduro Bro" shorts and they have been amazing. Great mobility, tough outer and not bad venting. Only beef is the pockets are completely vertical so that is a bit odd.

Jan. 30, 2019, 7:01 a.m.
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Re: New shorts time. What you recommend? (Don't suggest RF Stage)

I bought the Chromag Ambit shorts with high hopes but they turned out to have a fatal flaw. The metal clip on the side used to sinch them up is a thin piece of cast metal. It can't withstand any kind of load. Emailed. Chromag and they shipped me out a fresh set of cheap cast clips, as they are well aware of the flaw. Avoid them at all cost.!!!

Jan. 28, 2019, 9 p.m.
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Re: Clip Shoes For Wide Feet

I tried on a Giro Terraduro HV size 44 and ot was awesome. I am going to try a 43.5 HV when it comes in.

Jan. 22, 2019, 9:02 p.m.
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Re: Clip Shoes For Wide Feet

The ME501 looks great. The 44 was too long. Want to try a 43.5 but half sizes are hard to find.

Jan. 22, 2019, 12:55 p.m.
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Re: Clip Shoes For Wide Feet

Posted by: Hepcat

Giro HV fit (high volume) can be found in stock sometimes, Steed had a pair in my size a few months back when last I was home. The fit is something to be experienced though- Wide forefoot sure, but also wide midfoot and heel. Bit like wearing a bag on your foot. I put up with a couple pairs of these POS's before deciding that anything would fit better.

What giro shoe did you have?

Jan. 21, 2019, 8:11 a.m.
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Re: Clip Shoes For Wide Feet

Giro might be the easiest option to find on the Island. I am going to see of I can find a pair of Giro Terraduro HV shoes

https://www.giro.com/ca_en/products/men/cycling-shoes/dirt/terradurohv.html?___SID=U

Jan. 20, 2019, 8:04 a.m.
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Re: Clip Shoes For Wide Feet

I have not seen Sidi for sale on the island, do you know anywhere in Vancouver they carries them?

Jan. 19, 2019, 10:43 p.m.
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Clip Shoes For Wide Feet

I am looking for new shoes and I have wide feet. If you have wide feet what shoes are working for you?

Jan. 10, 2019, 10:48 a.m.
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Re: NSMB - 2018 - Hardtail Thread

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. 9, 2019, 9:22 p.m.
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Re: Own a Road Bike?

Why own a road bike when you can own the magic do all that is a Cyclocross bike.

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