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Oct. 14, 2021, 7:56 a.m.
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Re: winter chain lube

Posted by: Kenny

I was finding squirt got into the inside parts of my chain well but the outside would get rusty and it just couldn't seem to get the outside covered well without making a mess. Operator error I'm sure. 

Anyways I'm using wolftooth wt-1 which is a rebrand of some other lube whose name escapes me. 

Seems good.

WT-1 is the same as this stuff: https://scctech.bike

It’s good. Clean, quiet and long lasting.

Oct. 7, 2021, 10:14 a.m.
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Re: Michelin DH22 / DH34 Experience?

Well I installed some DH22s yesterday and will give them a good trashing over the coming months. We'll see how they hold up in the cold.

Oct. 5, 2021, 4:51 p.m.
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Re: Formula Suspension Thread

Posted by: Kenny

They can be had for about 900 from some of the italian distributors, and they're about 980 CAD from bike24 (fluctuates some based some based on exchange rate of course). Add some shipping to contend with of course but I'm generally buying tires or other random stuff anyways. A 2021 lyrik ultimate with low-ish use and fresh lower service should sell for ballpark 900ish, so the net will be couple hundred bucks by the time I get the right spring etc. 

Honestly I'd buy from Alba, since it'd probably be helpful for getting the right spring rate etc, but they had no stock of anything last I checked. Either way - I guess what I'm saying is changing forks is cheaper than trying to hot rod the lyrik any further via damper upgrade or coil conversion.

That all makes perfect sense and makes me want to take a second look at the Selva C and the Selva R.

Oct. 5, 2021, 10:13 a.m.
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Re: Formula Suspension Thread

Mind sharing where you can get a new Selva C for close to what you sell a used Lyrik for? I’m all ears. I see Alba has them listed for $1200. Is that near what used but loved 2021 Lyriks go for these days?

Oct. 4, 2021, 1 p.m.
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Re: 30mm ID Trail Bike Rims. "Light"

Yeah 30mm probably the ticket then. Recon is a surprisingly fun tire and those smallish side knobs punch above their weight. Another fun combo is DHR2 2.4 front with either a 2.4 Recon or 2.4 Dissector rear. Fun fast and still pretty good braking. Anyway, I’ll stop derailing the thread now!

Oct. 4, 2021, 12:46 p.m.
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Re: 30mm ID Trail Bike Rims. "Light"

Posted by: heathen

Posted by: Bushpilot

Does it have to be 30mm ID? I'm running 2.4 DHR2s on EX471s which are 25mm ID and the tire profile is really nice. I expect you would get a similar result with other Maxxis WT 2.4 tires on a 25mm ID rim. But maybe I'm wrong about that...wouldn't be the first time. FWIW I also have a 2.4 DHR2 on my other bike which has a 30mm ID rim and the profile difference of the tire between the two different width rims is very slight (on those tire and rim combos at least). That might open up more XC / light trail weight options for you.

25mm definitely opens up more possibilities but I would prefer to stick with 30mm or very close to it. 28mm at least. I ran a DHF/DHR on 25mm rims in 2018 and found them a bit drifty and when I switched to 30mm they had better bite in corners as the profile was flatter.

FWIW I tried a 2.5 Assegai on the EX471 and did not like it. I found that tire too wide for the 25mm ID rim and the profile ended up too round for my taste. And 2.5 DHF actually measures wider than an 2.5 Assegai (at least it does on my 30mm ID rim so same should be true on 25mm ID) so I’d imagine that the 2.5 DHF could be even rounder on a 25mm ID. But I don’t find that at all with the 2.4 DHR2 WT (side knobs still square up nicely for hard cornering). I guess just an additional data point. Maybe the 2.5 DHF threw you off? 

Also FWIW I have inserts in both of the wheel sets so I don’t comment on tire stability as between the 25mm and 30mm rims since the inserts take care of that. But that might also be a difference separate and apart from tire profile.

Anyway happy rim hunting.

Oct. 4, 2021, 11:03 a.m.
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Re: 30mm ID Trail Bike Rims. "Light"

Does it have to be 30mm ID? I'm running 2.4 DHR2s on EX471s which are 25mm ID and the tire profile is really nice. I expect you would get a similar result with other Maxxis WT 2.4 tires on a 25mm ID rim. But maybe I'm wrong about that...wouldn't be the first time. FWIW I also have a 2.4 DHR2 on my other bike which has a 30mm ID rim and the profile difference of the tire between the two different width rims is very slight (on those tire and rim combos at least). That might open up more XC / light trail weight options for you.

Sept. 28, 2021, 6:27 a.m.
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Re: Wet weather glove suggestion

Posted by: DangerousDave

I would suggest multiple gloves regardless of what you do. I bring a second pair of gloves in a ziploc and switch out mid ride. I find waterproof gloves to be tricky as they are either bulky, don't breathe or simply don't work very well. As with all my other waterproof gear, I've lowered my expectations from 'I'll be perfectly dry' to 'I'll be more comfortable for longer'.

After buying more high end wet weather gear than I care to admit I’ve learned that (here on the Coast at least) warm when wet and dries quick are much easier to achieve than stays dry.

Sept. 27, 2021, 8:04 p.m.
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Re: Wet weather glove suggestion

Wet and not very cold Fox Ranger is excellent. Really good dexterity with this one. Waterproofing is “okay” but probably above average for the mountain bike market. You’ll want more than one pair for real rain for longer rides. 

Wet and cold 100% Brisker Hydromatic. Dexterity isn’t as good as the Fox Ranger but this one is warm. I’ve been happy with them down to sleet. Waterproofing is also average but probably above average for the MTB market. But, these ones are warm when wet so there’s that.

Sept. 7, 2021, 8:04 a.m.
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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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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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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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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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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.

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