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April 15, 2019, 9:45 a.m.
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Re: the future of mtb's

pretty much agree with everything craw says. and while I am riding 75+ degree ST angle bike now, my next bike will be a Pole, because I want it steeper. My partner really appreciated the climbing benefits when she went from a 73 degree ST trail bike to a 75 and she is a hair under 5'8". So maybe 75-76 is good for average sized riders and it needs to be adjusted from there.

I think Forbidden is a great example of where the industry is going. Riders want more choice and we will increasingly see these small brands eat away at the custom and big brand market because they will offer bikes that have semi-custom geometry off the shelf with different seat tube angles and rear centers in each size. It means some bikes will get even more expensive, but we have seen that people are willing to pay for it. I would take a size-specific geometry alloy bike (Pole just happens to be making what I think will work best for me at 192cm) with a nice GX build over a carbon superbike any day (and then put really nice carbon wheels on it). That is what is going to be the best performance to cost ratio for me.

So I think we're going to see more of what Forbidden is going in terms of geometry offerings.

I also think tire damping is a thing and we will see more tire companies launching their ideas for it in the next few years. I think there is likely a lighter way to incorporate damping into the tire and that will be the way it goes, but we'll see.

I also think we reached peak hardtail popularity and it will not begin declining in popularity but always maintain a low-level market share.

May 15, 2018, 2:07 p.m.
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Re: long travel wagon wheelers

Posted by: bmak

Anyone ridden the new Instinct?

I guess you mean BC edition since this is a long travel thread, but yeah I am riding the new A70 and I think it is a great value. As a super tall dude I wish it had more reach, but it's not bad with a 60mm stem and a bit of rise. I had a 2015 BC edition previously which was a great bike, the new bike is way nicer. Climbs better and more fun/agile than the old bike. I won't comment on the suspension since I went from XFusion -which was great for the price point- to Fox performance elite and of course it's way better in every aspect. 

2018 XL Instinct A70

March 27, 2018, 10:41 a.m.
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Re: crank length

Posted by: craw

I'm 6'6" and tried 180s for a while. I liked the way they rode but the clearance issues were enough that I switched back to 175. 170 just felt too small. 175 is a good compromise for me.

Damn! What do you ride at that height? I would think almost all production frames are really too small for you?

March 27, 2018, 10:39 a.m.
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Joined: June 13, 2017
Re: crank length

I'm 6'3.5" and most XL bikes are not big enough for me. We still have a ways to go on reach. I need it longer. Pedal strikes keep me from riding longer cranks but I would not give up 175 mm cranks. I run 185 mm cranks on my monster cross and 180 mm on my other two road bikes. I have 180 mm cranks for touring too. I love the power of the longer leaver and at my height I don't have to worry about closing out my knee angle on the top of the stoke, it's just a non-issue. 

So it comes down to personal preference. I see everyone here has a full range of preference.

Fixed gear I have run 165 mm but prefer 170 mm and I have run 172.5 and 170 mm on the boards. I even have 177.5 mm cranks on one vintage road bike.

June 25, 2017, 6:04 p.m.
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Re: Light Flexible Knee Protection

I have the Dainese trail skins, the first ones. The second ones look like they address my only grip with the originals in that they are more formed to the knee cap. They stay in place. have side protection, move well and aren't irritating, but the fit it a little awkward as they are not cupped enough to fit nicely on the knee. I would recommend them and figure the new ones are the way to go if you can find them. I live in the North so I pretty much have to buy online anyway since local options are extremely limited.

June 19, 2017, 10:21 p.m.
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Re: Recommendations for a good pair of riding sunglasses?

Pretty happy with my riders thorn anti-fog photochromatic glasses. They're a bit big but the anti-fog really works and I can't live without photochromatic lenses anymore. I lost pair of specialized berm's which were photo chromatic last winter on a back country ski trip. I was super bummed. Those were my favorite all time MTB glasses.

June 19, 2017, 10:19 p.m.
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Re: Budget Dropper Posts?

My partner road a giant dropper on her 2014 trance for three seasons. Never serviced, worked like a charm and sold the bike this spring (the black stanchion one). My friend had the older version with a gold stanchion and it wore out. Some people clamp their post too tight and damage their droppers. I did it with my first X fusion and didn't make the same mistake twice. My partner got a new trance this year with another giant dropper and I hope it holds up as good as the old one. I like the performance of my Xfusion better but it does need more frequent service.

June 13, 2017, 10:59 p.m.
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Re: Do you buy from CRC?

Posted by: mrock

Posted by: shoreboy

Ordered about $500 of parts and apparel from them on Apr 3rd.  Shipped out Apr 4th, delivered in Vancouver Apr 8th.  I always choose the Canada Post option.  I got charged $9.95 handling and another ~$22 in taxes (which is lower than what it should have been).  Fast and cheap, no complaints at all here.

I'm at 18 working days now, and nothing has showed up for me. Ordered about $200 worth of Shimano drive train parts. My first order with CRC as well, and it's taking wayyyy longer than I expected. Hopefully better luck on some future orders, or better yet, I hope this order even shows up!

Don't start to worry yet. It can often take 3 weeks.

June 13, 2017, 10:57 p.m.
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Re: (+) 30mm on the bars - am I going to notice?

Is there hard evidence that wider makes you faster? Shouldn't we first ask how tall the rider is and if they have broad shoulders? 

It seems like everyone is going wider and wider and riding similar bars, but bars should be sized to suit the rider. I'm 6'4" with broad shoulders and am happy with 740mm bars though I do ride some tight trees. 

I had to put narrower bars on my girlfriends bike because the stock ones are ridiculous for a 5'7" women for trail riding.

June 13, 2017, 10:50 p.m.
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Joined: June 13, 2017
Re: Trail hoe

Also keen, are they available currently? Sending PM.

June 13, 2017, 10:47 p.m.
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Joined: June 13, 2017
Re: How To Be A Road Biker

Posted by: JBV

and i gather road riding helps build and maintain fitness that crosses over to mtn biking? today is a big day. New Bike Day! as soon as i finish typing this, get changed, head down to the LBS and pick up my Devinci Hatchet groad bike.  i'm hoping that (besides regular bicycling joy) it helps build miles on the knees in a good way and gets the legs n lungs in shape for a better mtn bike season. as i age i find the knees are more sensitive to hard early season grinding climbs and the inevitable 'too much too soon'.  maybe frequent road biking will mitigate that. the big 5 oh this yr, kinda blows.

I believe it helps. I like being able to sustain a high heart rate and work the cardio. I find it helps the MTB riding for sure. But I also just like Road biking, watch out!

June 13, 2017, 10:40 p.m.
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Re: Budget Dropper Posts?

The basic Xfusion hilo that came on my rocky was a boat anchor, but I already have a HiLO strate which was way lighter, so I swapped it in. Unfortunately it requires special tools to service, but I have been able to get away with one yearly service. I hear the new XFusion will feature a replaceable cartridge for servicing. I also have XFusion suspension and have liked their products overall.

June 13, 2017, 10:20 p.m.
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Re: Forum Testing: Suntour Auron 34 RC2 PCS

Hi, I am a new member and a regular reader of content. I have been active on MTBR more recently and I have been on bikeforums for over 10 years. I'm getting more into the MTB and NSMB forums of late. This test product was the spark I needed to join and I look forward to contributing regularly.

1. Bike I own are many (road, track, fixed, cross, monster cross, fat, touring, vintage, modern etc...) but I would mount this on my 2015 Rocky Mountain Instinct 750 BC Edition, which currently has an XFusion Trace RL2, 140mm. The fork is currently at suspension werx and will come back with the RLX roughcut damper. I'm a 29er guy, I tried 650B when it was the new thing and went back to 29" ASAP. I'm 6'4 190lbs and live in Whitehorse, YT. Trail range from rolling XC, to all mountain (Carcross) to epic alpine. I like it all and like to get a bit rowdy but nothing to big.

2. I do not currently own any, SR suntour product, but am certainly familiar with the company from the Suntour of old (XC pro anyone) to the reformed SR suntour that came about in the 1990s.

3. Very comfortable setting up, I used to be a full time mechanic and regularly helped customers set-up. However, I wouldn't quite call myself advanced. I have serviced lowers and done dampers once with guidance. These days, time and tools keep me from digging deeper but it is a goal to start doing more of it myself. I would service the Suntour fork and document it for the purpose of this review. Only reason I didn't do my xfusion this time around is I wasn't expecting to blow the damper and Summer is my busy season at work so most of my spare time is riding with little to spare so I sent it off to Suspension Werx.

4. Currently, going ahead with the damper upgrade on my XFusion which would be a very relevant direct comparison to the SR Suntour fork. I'm consider a new 29er next season... maybe a hardtail.

5. I usually buy and sell as a whole, but begin changing parts almost immediately. I like the rocky BC editions because they tend to have a pretty good spec to start then I can change up the cockpit and whatever else. Currently, I have swapper, post, bar, stem, cranks and tires from stock on my bike since it has solid working DT and brakes. Next piece would be better wheels (I'd build myself). I am considering building a hardtail from the frame up, but it's hard to compete with the value of a complete bike.

6. RACE FACE AEFFECT CRANK SET

Race Face introduced the Aeffect crank as a budget-conscious direct mount crankset in 2016. The Aeffect utilizes the same cinch interface as their more expensive offerings, but at a much lower price. It uses a familiar 24mm spindle making it interchangeable with Shimano bottom brackets that can cost less than the Race Face offering and will typically last longer. Forged from 6066 aluminum, the Aeffect crank comes in at 650g (claimed) with a 32T chainring.

Spending about $100 more will get you a Turbine crank forged from 7050 alloy with a 30mm spindle. What does this mean? The claim is stiffness, but I dare you to tell the difference in a blind test. The extra CNC finishing and red and blue anodized options do give the Turbine some cool retro points, but as much as I love the 90’s, my wallet won me over to the Aeffect crank.

The Aeffect replaced the stock Ride crank on my 2015 Rocky Mountain Instinct BC Edition. The Ride crank has an unusually large protrusion around the spindle, and after a week of wet spring riding on the BC coast my ankles were bruised from knocking that protrusion during hasty dismounts. I needed to get a different crank and (let’s face it) the direct mount ring looks way cooler than the 4 bolt arms. Swapping cranks was straightforward and seamless. A couple spacers and one already installed self-extracting 8mm bolt and it all goes on in seconds. If you need to change the ring just grab your trusty old cartridge bottom bracket tool. Thanks for not making us buy another tool, Race Face. Over more than a year of riding the Aeffect it has performed flawlessly, meaning I never think about it when I’m riding. Chain retention on the Race Face 30T narrow wide ring is excellent also.

Expensive cranks save weight but often don’t offer any real performance advantage to the average rider. The Aeffect is a perfect budget crank that will perform loyally and save you some coin that will be better spent on fresh rubber or better wheels.

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