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May 17, 2021, 12:55 a.m.
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Re: Clipless shoes that last

Shimano AM9, had to replace one of the quicklaces with Salomon but the uppers and soles are bomber.

To be honest I only replaced my previous Shimano AM45 as I wanted a change.

May 7, 2021, 4:52 a.m.
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Re: I'm old, and I don't understand anything anymore

They are doing the Budget Field Trip Test on the other site at the moment which might be helpful.

To be honest most 150mm Enduro/All Mountain bikes are quite well sorted these days.

https://www.pinkbike.com/news/tags/field-trip/

April 15, 2021, 12:54 a.m.
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Re: Inexpesive Mineral Oil for brakes

Posted by: syncro

Posted by: DanLees1978

LHM is definitely more viscous than shimano mineral oil at room/garage temp.  This can make bleeding more challenging.  Just buy a big bottle of Shimano and it will last you years, if you use Shimano/TRP/Tektro/etc brakes.

Based on what? Data sheets indicate the density is the same and Shimano doesn't list a viscosity for the mineral oil

Based on having both in my garage at the same time, it was visibly more viscous.

Also you can't use a density figure (at a given temp) to make assumptions about viscosity.

April 14, 2021, 1:06 a.m.
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Re: Inexpesive Mineral Oil for brakes

LHM is definitely more viscous than shimano mineral oil at room/garage temp.  This can make bleeding more challenging.  Just buy a big bottle of Shimano and it will last you years, if you use Shimano/TRP/Tektro/etc brakes.

April 12, 2021, 2:04 a.m.
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Re: 2021 - Full Suspension Bike Thread

Posted by: HeyZeus

First 29'er. just need the snow to go away now. 

Nice and stealthy!

I have the same forks and they are great for the relatively low price point.

April 1, 2021, 5:30 a.m.
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Re: 2021 - Full Suspension Bike Thread

My new full suspension bike for this year...

Banshee Prime V3...

Appears to be brilliant!

Specs for those we care about such things.

Frame: Banshee Prime V3 Size: L, Shorter (CS are still long) Dropouts, set in Low/Slack.

Shock: Fox DPX2 Performance Elite

Fork: Marzocchi Bomber Z1 160mm

Headset: Banshee Munro

Seatclamp: Chromag NQR

Stem: Chromag Ranger

Bar: Chromag OSX

Grips: SDG Thrice

Dropper: Brand-X Ascend 150

Saddle: Chromag Trailmaster

Wheels: DT Swiss E1900 (boosted with Mt Zoom Centrelock boost kit)

Tyres: Maxxis Minion DHF EXO (MaxxTerra 2.5 on the Front, Dual Compound 2.3 on the back)

Brakes: Shimano XT 4 Pot, 203mm rotor up front, 180mm out back.

Drivetrain: Shimano 10 speed mixture of SLX, XT, Zee, Deore with a Superstar Components chain ring

Pedals: Saint clips

Bottle cage: Zefal from a French Supermarket in the 2000s that i have loving hand bent for extra grip.

Mudguard: RRP Bolt On Mini

April 1, 2021, 5:25 a.m.
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Re: Full Suspension replacement for aging Chromag Rootdown?

Banshee Prime build is finished!

New forks were justified based on the fact that old ones were a bit short in the steerer and I could hand them down to the eldest, which means we would have a spare pair of forks for the youngest when he inevitably outgrows his current bike. #trickledownbikeonomics in full effect.

Fox own Marz now so that’s the mismatched OCD placated and it’s a BOMBER! Just seemed right for a Banshee.

The Chromag was stripped unceremoniously of her bits and hung on the garage wall and parts moved over to this build.

The build went smoothly (despite me forgetting to order a different front brake adaptor) with only the internal routing proving to be a learning curve and one of the tiny internal routing cover screws disappearing down the chasm of the routing port into the frame, necessitating removing the forks to retrieve it. I don’t believe I’m the first to do this…

Traditional First Ride Pic:

I mean, just look at it, it’s magnificent.

After the first ride I have reasonable base settings sorted for the suspension and the bike feels ace, but I’m sure I can wring more awesome out of it.

Specs for those we care about such things.

Frame: Banshee Prime V3 Size: L, Shorter (CS are still long) Dropouts, set in Low/Slack.

Shock: Fox DPX2 Performance Elite

Fork: Marzocchi Bomber Z1 160mm

Headset: Banshee Munro

Seatclamp: Chromag NQR

Stem: Chromag Ranger

Bar: Chromag OSX

Grips: SDG Thrice

Dropper: Brand-X Ascend 150

Saddle: Chromag Trailmaster

Wheels: DT Swiss E1900 (boosted with Mt Zoom Centrelock boost kit)

Tyres: Maxxis Minion DHF EXO (MaxxTerra 2.5 on the Front, Dual Compound 2.3 on the back)

Brakes: Shimano XT 4 Pot, 203mm rotor up front, 180mm out back.

Drivetrain: Shimano 10 speed mixture of SLX, XT, Zee, Deore with a Superstar Components chain ring

Pedals: Saint clips

Bottle cage: Zefal from a French Supermarket in the 2000s that i have loving hand bent for extra grip.

Mudguard: RRP Bolt On Mini

Possible upgrades/changes

1) Sturdier rear tyre probably Maxxis DD casing (Probably a 2.4 DHR2) or fit the Specialized Blck Dmnd Butchers I have in the garage on this wheelset for rocky rocky smashy smashy terrain . Also have some other slightly lighter wheels currently being rebuilt that I could swap the EXO tyres onto. Options...

2) Maybe a longer dropper, can justify that when the 150mm one gets passed down to the kids.

3) Boost wheels with Microspline Freehub when I run out of functional wheels...

4) ...Shimano 12 speed once i have run out of functional 10 speed parts.

March 27, 2021, 12:35 a.m.
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Joined: March 14, 2017
Re: Full Suspension replacement for aging Chromag Rootdown?

After getting a quote for the G1 (came out at more than I could responsibly spend), deciding the P4 sized Privateer would be too big and reading ALL of the bike reviews I have ordered the Banshee Prime! 

I did toy with the idea of the banshee Titan but came to the conclusion that a bit less travel would be more fun for my riding overall.

March 26, 2021, 2:14 a.m.
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Joined: March 14, 2017
Re: Deore MT520/510 series

Loads of riders run them in the UK as they were (until Brexit) available for about £40 an end from some German sellers.  The general feeling is that they are good and powerful but with less bells and whistles (no bad thing with Shimano brakes imho) and with a slightly less nice finish (eg pad retaining split pin not threaded screw) than say XT.

Just check the pads that they come with, they might be the crappy soft not sintered ones.

March 24, 2021, 9:51 a.m.
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Joined: March 14, 2017
Changing Spring and Travel on Marzocchi Z1 Coil

Considering this fork for the new bike but they come as stock as 160mm and I may need a 150mm fork depending on which frame I go.

Has anyone done changed the travel on the new Z1 coil? There doesn’t seem to be much info online and Marzocchi don’t actually have the manual on the website.

Judging by the diagram and https://nsmb.com/articles/marzocchi-bomber-z1-coil-29-160mm/, spring swap looks easy, it’s just undo top cap, pull out old and put in new having greased it.

If I want to reduce the travel on the fork from 160mm to 150mm (they come as 160 only by the looks of things) , it looks like you have to drop the lowers off and swap the spacers round? Not overly complicated but do i need any special tools? Circlip pliers?

Cheers

Dan

March 24, 2021, 5:24 a.m.
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Joined: March 14, 2017
Re: Full Suspension replacement for aging Chromag Rootdown?

I did consider Knolly...they don't seem to be brought into the UK anymore either...

Posted by: craw
What would be the benefit of running at G1 in shorter travel mode? It'll still be a heavy bike with very aggressive geometry. You may as well enjoy the extra travel!
This! I'm on a G16, year 3. I wouldn't recommend short travel on the G1 either. Inquire about the G13 if you're bent on the "trail" category. I ride my long travel setup like an XC bike;-)

I suspect if the rough price comes back that's ballpark reasonable I'll head down to their base and test the bikes and probably come back with something nearer to a "normal" G1 than a G13.

I have had some email discussions with Chris Porter and my friend was involved in the design and testing of the first Geometrons and they suggested as much.  Porter no longer stocks the G13, he reckons you can make a better "trail" bike with the G1, (a shorter shock, mutators etc) than the G13 that is too slack at the back and too steep (all relative terms).

March 23, 2021, 6:53 a.m.
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Joined: March 14, 2017
Full Suspension replacement for aging Chromag Rootdown?

Looking at getting a new bike to replace my 2015 Chromag Rootdown and have decided on going for a Full Suspension bike for the first time in well over a decade.

I've I want a burly-ish trail bike, 130-140mm rear and 140-150mm front.  Something for Trail Centres, big rocky days out and hopefully the occasional trips to lift accessed trails in France.  

Happy with metal be that alu or steel or carbon.  Prefer to go Frame only or Frame and Fork as bikes are like Hen's Teeth at the moment in the UK and an I can move some/parts across from the Chromag.

I'm not light at 103kg with riding kit on and I tend to hang onto bikes for a long time.

Something like a Norco Optic would be great but they no longer have a UK distro, same goes for Devinci.

Options being considered:

Banshee Prime V3 - Frame price £1949 inc headset, Fox DHX2 Perf Elite Shock

https://www.bansheebikes.com/prime-v3

Cotic Jeht - Frame Price £2284 inc headset, Cane Creek Kitsuma shock

https://www.cotic.co.uk/product/jeht#blue-steel

Geometron G1 (in Trail guise 140/150mm) £Expensive waiting for quote inc headset, EXT Shock and Formula Fork, I know a guy but not sure how much % that will help..https://geometronbikes.co.uk/bikes/g1/

Pipedream Full Moxie £2400 inc DVO Topaz T3 shock and DVO Diamond D1 Fork

https://www.pipedreamcycles.com/shop/the-full-moxie/

Guerilla Gravity Trail Piston £2339 inc Headset and Shock Cane Creek Air IL (TBC)

https://ridegg.com/products/trailpistol

Privateer 141 £1499 inc Fox DPX2 Perf Elite Shock and headset

Anything else I should consider?  Anyone had time on any of the above?

March 21, 2021, 6:38 a.m.
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Joined: March 14, 2017
Re: NSMB - 2021 - Hardtail Thread

Treated the Chromag to a new saddle and grips.  Saddle is standard Trailmaster and grips are SDG Thrice.  Not used those grips before and I'm super fussy about diameter, clamps and what not with grips due to hand issues but initial ride was positive.

I'm looking at full suspension frames at the moment and most of the parts will get shifted over when I decide what I want and can actually get hold of one, so this will be it's final season probably.  It's done everything I have asked of it and doesn't owe me anything after 5 years.

March 19, 2021, 4:34 a.m.
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Re: NSMB - 2021 - Hardtail Thread

I have a set of the 32mm Revs that were "spare" forks before I handed them off to my son.  I found them a bit twangy after riding a 35mm Pike.  The Motion Control Damper isn't a patch on even the first Charger damper.

Maybe try them both?

March 16, 2021, 9:43 a.m.
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Joined: March 14, 2017
Re: NSMB - 2021 - Hardtail Thread

Anybody here try a rigid fork on their hardtail, worthwhile experiment?

After riding 26er Hardtails with 140mm forks for a few years, I have had a couple of fully rigid 29ers. A Surly Karate Monkey and a Surly Krampus. They were good at some things and awful at others. Unsurprisingly they were good at long non-technical rides. Somewhat more surprisingly, the Krampus in particular was very good at slow techy sections. However, obviously as soon as anything got rough and fast things got pretty squirrely. The Krampus was very very sensitive to getting tyre pressure wrong, and even if you got it right (about 12PSI if i recall) you could occasionally feel like you were chasing a beach ball down the trail.

After they were stolen from my garage I went to a Chromag Rootdown with a 140mm Pike, it's better at absolutely everything.

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