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Sept. 7, 2021, 8:04 a.m.
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Joined: Feb. 13, 2018
Re: how many people change their tires for the rainy season on the north shore?

R2 bike is another good German one. 

I swap tires for slippery season.  Maxx grip are great in the wet but if you ride Dec - Feb you might also want to look at something like Continental Der Barons or Kaisers in Black Chili compound.  Or maybe Ultra Soft Schwalbes.  I’ve found Conti rubber stays much softer than Maxxis in the cold, which IME yields more grip. Apparently Schwalbe is the same.  But the Conti tires can be had in sticky rubber at normal trail tire weights.  I think my der barons were around 1000g.  But the Schwalbe Ultra Softs are only available in the Super Gravity casing, which is around 1400g IIRC.

Aug. 26, 2021, 11:21 a.m.
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Joined: Feb. 13, 2018
Re: how bout a good ol fashioned tire thread

Posted by: andy-eunson

Has anyone used the newest Michelin DH tires? Michelin claim that with a steel bead and extra heavy casing you don’t need inserts. The steel bead is less likely to burp. The tires are certainly heavy at around 1500 grams but maybe overall weight is lower if you don’t need a pool noodle?

I'm keen to try them. I started a new thread the other day to ask about this. No answers so far ;(. The 29x2.4 version of the DH22 seems to be sold out everywhere and I've only seen them on a couple of bikes at the bike park. Maybe experience is very limited with them around these parts. At 1500 grams they're about the same weight as (or slightly lighter than) a Double Down Assegai with Cushcore pro so heavy for sure but not necessarily heavier than what it will replace if you're on a double down + cushcore setup.

Aug. 24, 2021, 11:47 a.m.
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Joined: Feb. 13, 2018
Michelin DH22 / DH34 Experience?

I'm after all the grip. Don't care about the weight. Reviews seem super duper positive as far as grip goes. But, I'm wondering if these tires will be as hard in the cold as the Magi X2 Wild Enduro was. Perhaps not all Magi X2 rubber is the same?

So, do you have experience with the DH22 and/or DH34 in North Van / Sea to Sky? If so, thoughts? Tires are going on my "big" bike. I get the wire beads, slow rolling, weight, etc. I'm curious about grip, casing feel and braking performance.

And, do these also harden up like crazy in the cold? I'll need new tires in September or October and want something I can run in the cold / slippery season on the Shore through winter.

Not looking for Maxxis recommendations (plenty of experience with those including Maxx grip varieties). Looking specifically for info on the Michelins noted above. Thanks!

July 26, 2021, 12:30 p.m.
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Joined: Feb. 13, 2018
Re: how bout a good ol fashioned tire thread

Posted by: Hepcat

Wonder if that's true though. Been running one a few weeks, wear seems normal. 

Maybe in the Maxxgrip compound they'd wear faster. Then again if wear is a top concern could always run a Dual compound.

The side knobs on the Dissector are just standard Aggressor/ High Roller 2 knobs, nothing there to make them wear faster that I can detect.

I rode an Exo Dissector 29x2.4 last year. It lasted maybe 10 to 15 rides in the Lower Mainland area before the side knobs starting degrading and undercutting significantly. IME the rumours about Dissector knobs are true, at least in that version of the tire. I also have a 29x2.6 Dissector in Exo + though and that tire did not have the same problem at all (it is wearing very nicely). I'm curious to know if the side knobs are a problem on the Maxx Grip DD version of that tire.

July 16, 2021, 10:20 p.m.
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Joined: Feb. 13, 2018
Re: Suspension Setup - Lower Mainland or S2S

Thanks.  That’s a great idea.  I’ll contact Alba to ask.  They’ve been super good to deal with on my Formula brakes.

July 16, 2021, 12:18 p.m.
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Re: Suspension Setup - Lower Mainland or S2S

Posted by: Taz123

Arthur at Suspension Therapy - I've done two bikes with him - I wouldn't look elsewhere.

For sure...I've done at least 3 bikes with him over the years and have always been impressed. Unfortunately it doesn't seem like he's taking appointments currently (or he must be screaming busy) because I have a few unreturned emails over the last couple of weeks. Just looking for alternatives in case Arthur is unavailable for the foreseeable future.

July 16, 2021, 10:46 a.m.
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Suspension Setup - Lower Mainland or S2S

Who offers suspension / bike setup assessments between Vancouver and Whistler. I'm aware of Suspension Therapy in North Van. Anyone else? 

Thanks!

July 13, 2021, 3:13 p.m.
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Joined: Feb. 13, 2018
Re: Wolf Tooth (ReMote) Props

Delivered about an hour ago. That’s less than 48 hours from the U.S. to my door during COVID. Incredible service.

July 13, 2021, 11:25 a.m.
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Joined: Feb. 13, 2018
Re: 2021 - Full Suspension Bike Thread

Posted by: craw

Posted by: Bushpilot

Posted by: craw

I knew they made medium Geometrons but I think this is the first time I've actually seen one that isn't L/XL/XXL. Which makes sense since they're really the only good option for XL+. Can you say more about how a M person chose a G1 over a more conventional option?

I’m 5”10 with short legs and a long torso. For suspension bikes I went from a large Hightower LT (443 reach) to a large SB130LR (about 476 reach). And on my hardtails I went from a M/L older Rootdown (457 reach) to a M/L new Doctahawk with a +5 mm reach adjust headset (about 480 reach). The longer the bikes got the more comfortable I got. I felt like there was too much overlap between my SB130LR and my Doctahawk, which were both sort of set up as trail bikes with 160mm forks. I wanted something with a coil, more travel, made of metal and have sort of lusted over the G1 for a couple of years. Something about the old school raw welded look I guess. I also wanted to keep trying longer and was attracted to the adjustability of this bike. It was a process getting here and I considered this build a bit of an experiment.

As far as fit goes, the M G1 is almost identical to the seated position on the Yeti I just sold and my Chromag. So the main difference for me is wheelbase (and head angle) and reach. Knowing how nimble my Doctahawk rides (and the Yeti I got rid of) I figured the extra length of the G1 would still be manageable but would be more stable in steeps, chunder and fast stuff. That’s basically how I got here.

I have 10 rides on the G1 now, all at Fromme, Seymour and Eagle. Not once have I felt like the bike was a handful. I haven’t found it difficult to wheelie or muscle around. I guess long story short I didn’t (and still don’t) buy into the whole “Geometrons are only for humongous people” thing. Interestingly the sizing / geo of the M G1 isn’t that far off from the sizing of a large Commencal Meta AM 29 Team (495 reach), large Knolly Chilcotin 167 (490 reach) and S4 Spesh Enduro (487 reach).

Also interesting is that at 5’10” I could have gone M or L G1 according to Geometron’s size chart. So far I’m glad I didn’t go any bigger.

Those are all pretty good reasons! From my G16 to my G1 I gained 2' of ESTA which reduced the ETT by 2cm so in the end my G1 is actually a bit smaller than the G16 at the same reach. Looks like you had a similar effect. I much prefer this kind of weight distribution over a a longer wheelbase. I think objectively the trails around here get tight when the WB gets to 1330+ - that's when you have to be particularly precise on some berms and switchbacks. 

Glad it's working for you!

Totally. Definitely a forward weight bias when seated and I probably wouldn’t be super comfortable for a long ride on flatter / rolling terrain on this bike (i.e. I won’t be taking this bike to the Chilcotins!). But I have no intention of riding this bike on flat / rolling terrain and around here everything I ride is pretty much straight up and then down! It’s perfect so far.

July 13, 2021, 11:18 a.m.
Posts: 87
Joined: Feb. 13, 2018
Re: Wolf Tooth (ReMote) Props

Quick update. Just got a notification that my order is out for delivery. So, ordered Sunday and delivery here in Vancouver by Tuesday. I’m super impressed.

July 12, 2021, 2:40 p.m.
Posts: 87
Joined: Feb. 13, 2018
Re: 2021 - Full Suspension Bike Thread

Posted by: craw

I knew they made medium Geometrons but I think this is the first time I've actually seen one that isn't L/XL/XXL. Which makes sense since they're really the only good option for XL+. Can you say more about how a M person chose a G1 over a more conventional option?

I’m 5”10 with short legs and a long torso. For suspension bikes I went from a large Hightower LT (443 reach) to a large SB130LR (about 476 reach). And on my hardtails I went from a M/L older Rootdown (457 reach) to a M/L new Doctahawk with a +5 mm reach adjust headset (about 480 reach). The longer the bikes got the more comfortable I got. I felt like there was too much overlap between my SB130LR and my Doctahawk, which were both sort of set up as trail bikes with 160mm forks. I wanted something with a coil, more travel, made of metal and have sort of lusted over the G1 for a couple of years. Something about the old school raw welded look I guess. I also wanted to keep trying longer and was attracted to the adjustability of this bike. It was a process getting here and I considered this build a bit of an experiment.

As far as fit goes, the M G1 is almost identical to the seated position on the Yeti I just sold and my Chromag. So the main difference for me is wheelbase (and head angle) and reach. Knowing how nimble my Doctahawk rides (and the Yeti I got rid of) I figured the extra length of the G1 would still be manageable but would be more stable in steeps, chunder and fast stuff. That’s basically how I got here.

I have 10 rides on the G1 now, all at Fromme, Seymour and Eagle. Not once have I felt like the bike was a handful. I haven’t found it difficult to wheelie or muscle around. I guess long story short I didn’t (and still don’t) buy into the whole “Geometrons are only for humongous people” thing. Interestingly the sizing / geo of the M G1 isn’t that far off from the sizing of a large Commencal Meta AM 29 Team (495 reach), large Knolly Chilcotin 167 (490 reach) and S4 Spesh Enduro (487 reach).

Also interesting is that at 5’10” I could have gone M or L G1 according to Geometron’s size chart. So far I’m glad I didn’t go any bigger.

July 12, 2021, 1:45 p.m.
Posts: 87
Joined: Feb. 13, 2018
Wolf Tooth (ReMote) Props

I have Light Action ReMote levers on 2 bikes. I've found them to be the easiest to set up in the right position and best functioning dropper levers if you want to integrate with your brakes (I have the Magura version).

On Friday, in an awkward crash, I broke the part that clamps to the brake lever / master cylinder around the handlebar but the actual lever seemed to be fine. I thought I was stuck buying a whole new ReMote assembly. Not so fast. Wolf Tooth sells ReMote replacement parts so I was able to just buy the specific part that broke (for way less money) instead of a whole new lever assembly. Amazing. And, also amazing, I ordered the part I needed yesterday and it shipped today.

So, props to Wolf Tooth for ease of service / availability of replacement parts (and lightning fast turnaround).

July 12, 2021, 11:54 a.m.
Posts: 87
Joined: Feb. 13, 2018
Re: 2021 - Full Suspension Bike Thread

Here's my 2021 squishy ride. Parts mostly ported over from a previous build. Geometron G1, size M, 170mm front, 162mm rear, 29/29 mode currently with mullet wheel setup and new sticky rubber going on later this week.

June 21, 2021, 12:36 p.m.
Posts: 87
Joined: Feb. 13, 2018
Greasy / Dirty Rags

I’m tired of throwing away so much single use shop towel maintaining my bikes. I’d like to switch to some kind of reusable cloth / rags to do stuff like wipe down chains, service my hubs and fork, etc. Problem is I can’t use my home washing machine to clean the rags once greasy / dirty and, once greasy / dirty, they aren’t much help to me clearing up my parts. Anyone have any creative solutions?

June 14, 2021, 10:46 a.m.
Posts: 87
Joined: Feb. 13, 2018
Re: Geometron G1 - Landed Cost?

For anyone who is interested, I just paid my bill through FedEx. Frame should arrive tomorrow. Looks like charge is only GST + a $10 fee from FedEx. No customs charges from what I can tell (unless a customs bill comes separately with the delivery itself).

Also, review up on that other website today…

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