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Aug. 8, 2019, 1:20 p.m.
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Re: NSMB - 2019 - Hardtail Thread

After a two year hiatus from hardtails I am back and man do I not know how to ride a hardtail anymore. My Norco Range spoiled me. Picked up a Chromag Wideangle. The build is nothing crazy. 160mm Pike Minion DHF/DHR widetrails. 150mm Reverb. 165mm Black Spire cranks. Can't wait to get good at hardtails again.

https://nsmb.com/media/photos/2019/08/08/20190808_103646.jpg.1024x1024_q85.jpg

July 17, 2019, 7:28 a.m.
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Re: What is the best HT MTB around $1,000?

If you can spend a few more dollars I would highly recommend the Giant Fathom 2. You get solid components that will last and you get plus size tire to help cushion.

https://www.giant-bicycles.com/ca/fathom-2

June 11, 2019, 5:52 p.m.
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Re: ONE UP Plastic Bars. Bar Feel?

Posted by: Endur-Bro

I started wiring on Slip-on grips this year. What an improvement

I CA glue the outer edge of the grip and ziptie the inside edge. Never had an issue. Doing it for 8 years.

June 8, 2019, 9:39 a.m.
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Re: ONE UP Plastic Bars. Bar Feel?

Posted by: legbacon

No, I haven't been down there for a while.  Want to soon though.

So there is more then one Fugitive in Courtney. The more you know. 😉

June 8, 2019, 8:42 a.m.
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Re: ONE UP Plastic Bars. Bar Feel?

My stem finally arrived..... Ordered May 8 arrived June 4. Race Face warehouse is terrible!!

Anyways, I am 200 geared up I ride a Norco Range and ride the fast enduro trails in Nanaimo. I have one 18km ride on the bar so far. It is definitely stiffer then my 31.8 Chromag Cutlass. But way better then a 35mm alum bar. 

One funny thing happened while on that 18km ride on Tzoo. I hit a patch of high speed brake bumps and they must has resonated at a frequency they bar didn't like because the feed back through the bars was crazy. I am going to try rotating the bar a bit more as I understand the angle of the bar is critical to the way it flexes.

June 8, 2019, 8:01 a.m.
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Joined: Feb. 24, 2017
Re: ONE UP Plastic Bars. Bar Feel?

Posted by: legbacon

I am 190  and ride a Fugitive in Cumberland.  I wanted a couple of weeks on the bar to make sure it wasn't a placebo effect.

Did I ride with you in Nanaimo on Tuesday?

June 5, 2019, 1:58 p.m.
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Joined: Feb. 24, 2017
Re: ONE UP Plastic Bars. Bar Feel?

It has nothing to do with Canada post. Race Face was given the order May 8 and only shipped June 4. They need more people in their warehouse. Terrible service.

June 1, 2019, 10:54 a.m.
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Re: ONE UP Plastic Bars. Bar Feel?

Over 20 days and the stem has still not arrived from Race Face to my LBS. What is the hold up.

May 26, 2019, 7:35 a.m.
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Joined: Feb. 24, 2017
Re: BC XC tires

I run Minion DHR ll front and rear on my BCXC bike right now. But I think I am going to switch back to a 2.3 Butcher Slaughter combo. Lighter faster rolling and love the way they work.

May 22, 2019, 10:25 a.m.
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Re: ONE UP Plastic Bars. Bar Feel?

Posted by: craw

Posted by: heathen

I bought one. Couldn't pass up the price and chance to try something new.

So how is it?

The bar is still sitting on my bench waiting for a Raceface Turbine R stem. Race Face has become terrible with shipping. They are right here in BC but takes 7-10 days to arrive at the shop. I will report back once I get some time on the bar

May 8, 2019, 6:30 p.m.
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Re: ONE UP Plastic Bars. Bar Feel?

I bought one. Couldn't pass up the price and chance to try something new.

May 6, 2019, 4:44 p.m.
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Re: ONE UP Plastic Bars. Bar Feel?

I am 200lbs all geared up to ride. I run a 31.8 carbon bar as I like the flex. 35mm alum bars are way too stiff. I don't want two inches of flex. I just want a bar that helps take the edge off the rough stuff like my 31.8 Chromag Cutlass does.

May 1, 2019, 10:09 a.m.
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ONE UP Plastic Bars. Bar Feel?

Who has real world feed back on the ONE UP carbon handle bars. Too flex? No noticeable difference? What do you notice.

One local said they are great but if you don't set it up in accordance with your bikes head angle the flex is very odd felling. They have detailed info on how to set the bars up.

March 11, 2019, 6:16 a.m.
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Joined: Feb. 24, 2017
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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Joined: Feb. 24, 2017
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.

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