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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: 96
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: 96
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: 96
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.
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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.
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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.
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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…

June 8, 2021, 4:53 p.m.
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Joined: Feb. 13, 2018
Re: Geometron G1 - Landed Cost?

Thanks again for the replies. I took the plunge today.

May 24, 2021, 6:44 p.m.
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Joined: Feb. 13, 2018
Re: DHRII Front and Rear?

Posted by: LoamtoHome

Troy B rides DHR2 front and rear so that tells you something.... transition knobs aren't as important as people think as the entire tire is still in contact with the ground. If you have some kind of siping on the center knobs, you are fine.

And Danny Hart, Mark Wallace, Loic Bruni, Brendan Fairclough...

I’ve probably missed other World Cup racers who regularly use a double DHR2 setup. So a very popular race setup for sure.  Probably meaningless for us mortals but...

May 20, 2021, 9:09 a.m.
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Joined: Feb. 13, 2018
Re: Geometron G1 - Landed Cost?

Posted by: craw

$1200 in duties seems like way too much. I'm almost certain mine was <$200 which seemed fair enough given the price of the frame.

About 1/2 of that $1200 is duty.  The other 1/2 is tax.  Does that still seem higher than you remember? Thanks again.

May 20, 2021, 8:41 a.m.
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Joined: Feb. 13, 2018
Re: Geometron G1 - Landed Cost?

Same frame. Geometron custom tunes the shock for rider weight, style, etc. Nicolai sells you a stock Storia with no custom valving or tuning.

CBSA has a duty and taxes estimator which includes importing bikes as an option. It doesn’t distinguish though between bikes from the UK and the EU. Basically the only distinction it accounts for is whether you’re importing from Canada, the US or Mexico. The rest of the world is lumped in as one single “other”. So, as far as CBSA’s estimator is concerned, Germany and the UK are the same for tax and duty purposes: https://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/travel-voyage/dte-acl/est-cal-eng.html

The estimator tells me that tax and duty on an approx $4500 frame, shock, headset and seat collar from Geometron would be just under $1200. Ouch. Does that seem to be around the correct amount?

May 19, 2021, 4:10 p.m.
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Re: Geometron G1 - Landed Cost?

Posted by: Sethimus

i‘d also consider getting the frame directly from nicolai, canada has a trade agreement with the eu, not with gb

Great point. I'll consider that for sure. Thanks.

May 19, 2021, 2:50 p.m.
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Joined: Feb. 13, 2018
Geometron G1 - Landed Cost?

Sorry if this is in the wrong place.

I'm close to pulling the trigger on a G1 frame. I know a few people on here have brought G1s into BC. I know Geometron will remove the VAT from the listed price when they invoice me for the frame but I can't figure out what the frame (or frame and fork) will cost me on this end (tax, duties, brokerage fees, ransom, etc). I'd be grateful if someone in Canada (preferably BC) could give me an idea of what their actual all-in cost to purchase a G1 frame or frame and fork was. DM works if you'd prefer not to post publicly. 

Thanks in advance!

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