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Feb. 26, 2021, 7:21 p.m.
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Re: Trade bikes/parts/gear for auto body work?

Posted by: syncro

Posted by: tashi

Posted by: rnayel

In my ideal world, I would buy a V8 lexus IS500 so that my boys (5,4 &2 at the moment) can hoon it when they are driving age.

Mmmmmmmm, someone just find me a reliable RWD stick BMW wagon and I’ll keep that thing purring until my kids are ready for it. 

Says the guy looking to ditch his Subaru for something more reliable. 🤦🏻‍♂️

I recently picked up a saweet ml500 for cheap as temp transportation. It's an auto but it's the sport model with the AMG package so I can shift it like a stick without having to use a clutch which is nice. There are deals to be had if you're patient.

Diesel? I have a 2015 ml350 that goes 1000km on one tank of gas. Best suv for road trips! The diesel also rips and can tow something like 6000lbs. I love that vehicle

Feb. 22, 2021, 8:28 p.m.
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Re: Trade bikes/parts/gear for auto body work?

Posted by: cam@nsmb.com

Does anybody know a keen mountain biker who owns or works at an auto body shop and is interested in contra? I currently have a lot of great stuff to trade, and a daughter who is learning to drive!

This is the mountain bike equivalent of the dad that gives his kidney to his daughter. Except you are giving bike parts, and not so she can live, but drive. None the less painful for the dad though.....

Way to be a great dad. My dad didn't freak out when I put a ding in his car door. I thought I was in so much trouble buy he was cool. He didn't trade bike parts though, he just called his insurance company.

Feb. 22, 2021, 6:11 p.m.
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Re: Forking decisions

Posted by: craw

This is a good deal for a 29" 160mm coil Helm:  https://www.jensonusa.com/Cane-Creek-Helm-29-Coil-Fork?avad=193258_f202d7dd1&rpi=24399&utm_medium=AVLK

I was looking at that but suspensionwerx is taking care of me. They are keeping my old fork but are putting in the right spring and dropping the travel to 150, where I want it. Natalie is the best. I rarely have customer service that is consistently better than I expect. I also rarely pay less than I expect, without even asking. I will keep buying suspension from them because the peace of mind is better than any $100 I save by buying online.

Feb. 19, 2021, 5:58 p.m.
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Re: Where do I start?

Posted by: FatBear

You're probably right, especially about buying from a local company and local bike shop. I guess I just really wanna get out and ride right now, no more waiting, ya know? I have a few questions to follow up with: why a 29er, and why a deore drivetrain?

The Knolly Fugitive LT is what I want most, and it's neither of those things, I can also order one on their website right now and have it delivered to my Mom's place so that it's waiting for me when I get back to Canada. Could you recommend a specific bike that fits all the criteria you think is most important?

As said above, fugitive is 29 so checks that box. I think it will get a geo update in the near future, which may or may not be an issue depending on what you want to ride and how cutting edge you want your geometry. I have a knolly and think the world of their quality and the thought that goes into them. As for the shimano drivetrain, I have not been overly impressed with my wife's eagle stuff. If I was going to go 12 speed, Shimano would be for me. Rear derailleurs are a weak point in bicycle design. They often get smashed, especially by beginners. You can get better shifting from a deore drivetrain than top of the line sram, so that was my thinking there. If I got a bike with sram I wouldn't pay money to convert to Shimano but if I had a choice, Shimano.

If I was going to buy a bike, I'd buy it from a knolly dealer before buying it from the website. I think its worth it to have a good relationship with a shop who takes care of your interests. When you get a creaky csu and need your fork warrantied,  the shop you bought your bike from will give you better service than just some random shop.

Feb. 18, 2021, 9:11 p.m.
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Re: Where do I start?

Posted by: FatBear

I talked to a local (Guangzhou) bike shop. They offered me a sweet deal on a Santa Cruz 5010 X01 and Chameleon package. They basically offered me a carbon chameleon as a bonus if I buy the 5010.

I’m thinking it might be worth it to buy here in China and ship em back home when I move back. It’ll let me cruise some of the very limited trails out this end of the earth

Any thoughts on the bikes, and the shipping home idea?

I will try to answer your question. I think it is silly to buy two 1st bikes at the same time. Also, buying those bikes means you are not only not buying from a local company you are also not buying from a local store. Something you said was important to you. Getting the bike you will want in 1-2 years right out of the gate is low. If you buy 2, you will probably have 2 bikes you want to replace in a year. The 5010 is not the bike most here would recommend for the shore. It is also silly to get a free hardtail bit get the wrong suspension bike.

Here is my advice to you:

1. Get a 29er.

2. Get something that has had the geometry updated in the last year or so. This will avoid FOMO

3. 150-170 front travel, 140-160 rear. If you are thinking you mostly want to ride blues, go for the lower end. If you want to work up to mostly blacks and doubles, go longer travel.

4. Don't look for something to handle bike park riding unless that is what you want to ride the majority of the time. Any shore bike can handle a few days in the park per year.

5. Spending over 5k on your first bike is probably excessive. You will break stuff. An xx1 rear derailleur is about 500 bucks. People's first bikes take a lot of wear and tear. I'm not saying buy crap, but spending over 5k will not buy you that much more performance and I can guarantee you that whatever you buy, you will be coveting something else within 6 months to a year.

6. If I was going to look at brands, norco, santacruz and knolly would be at the top of my list for a grade a aluminum learning bike for the well to do individual. I'd recommend something with decent suspension and brakes and a Shimano deore drivetrain.

That's my 2 cents. I don't follow my own advice, but that's after over 30 years of riding and figuring out what I like to ride. The fact that I don't follow my own advice is good reason to take it though. Whatever you start on will not be the last bike you buy. It will take you a little bit to figure out what you like and what turns your crank.

Feb. 18, 2021, 8:17 p.m.
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Re: 2020 Fox 36 grip2: play in compression

Does suspensionwerx still do fox bikes? I thought they inky did moto.

Feb. 18, 2021, 3:01 p.m.
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Re: 2020 Fox 36 grip2: play in compression

My 2020 36 had play in the lowers. I figured it was bushings and they replaced the lowers and my shop was told that the lowers were too big. That was it, the lowers were too big. I think they mean the tolerances of he lowers were too sloppy. It's better now. If you have a funny sound or play, send it back before warranty is up!!!!

Feb. 18, 2021, 2:59 p.m.
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Re: Forking decisions

Posted by: Vikb

Posted by: RAHrider

I always thought it was the opposite.

I prefer shorter offset forks in slow speed tech. There is a lot going on with changing offset...as well as changing the front end steering geo you are affecting the WB, weight balance, etc... So I don't think there is an easy one sentence description of how your bike will perform with different offset forks that applies to all riders and all bikes equally. On the other side of the coin I don't think the change is so dramatic you'd love one and hate the other. Humans adapt to stuff like how their bikes handle after a few rides. So if you are unsure just go with whatever seems like the right answer based on the info/experience you have.

Interesting....this is the opposite of what Knolly says should happen. I did some reading on trail and rake and now it makes more sense to me. The offset is not so much about wheelbase or HTA but about the distance between the contact patch of the tire and the axis of steering. I tried both a 44 and 51 on my Primer and I don't know that I could tell a whole lot of difference between them.

Feb. 17, 2021, 5:40 p.m.
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Re: Forking decisions

Natalie at suspensionwerx has gone way above and beyond and I am going to move to a helm mk1 coil. It gets mostly good reviews. Thanks for the feedback.

In a related topic. I was reading g about fork offset on the knolly website and it says the following:

With a longer offset (51mm) the bike corners better in tight singletrack and has slightly quicker handling but it gives up a bit of stability at high speed. 

In the shorter offset (42 to 44) the bike is more raked out so it is more stable and performs better at high speeds but in tech climbs, switchbacks, and slower stuff, the bike is a bit more to get around and the front end can feel floppy. 

I always thought it was the opposite.

Feb. 16, 2021, 6:06 p.m.
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Forking decisions

My many year old dvo diamond is going to need 400 in service. I have e some options on an update and I really don't think it's worth dropping 400 on a non boost fork. All three of these options will cost me about the same. Thoughs on the following options?

1) dvo diamond

2) mrp ribbon air

3) cane creek helm mk1

With regards to another dvo, I’ve never been totally in love with it. And the csu is gone after three years. I think I'm leaning towards the nrp but I read a review on this site that said it was pretty flexible. So the helm would seem to check the right boxes as I'm 225lbs and the increased compression damping is probably not to far off for me.

Thoughts?

Feb. 15, 2021, 7:58 p.m.
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Re: How low is the snow?

Posted by: thaaad

Not sure where else to post this, and not really worth it's own thread but I took my little guy on his first snow rides the past couple days :)

Edit - also the snow at the top of Seymour is about 3-4 inches on Corkscrew, gradually getting less and less on the way down. Very slippery today. 

https://www.instagram.com/p/CLVXS9WBX6x/?igshid=1hra6a90m7noc

https://www.instagram.com/p/CLSbZWsBtQY/?igshid=1mtakexw2jt14

Best bike videos I've seen in months. Your kid is having an absolute blast! I assume he is hooked?

Feb. 14, 2021, 12:31 a.m.
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Re: ebikes on the Shore

Posted by: thaaad

I'm incredibly lazy, I hate climbing, I have absolutely no desire to work out to get stronger or work on my climbing skills, but I love coming down.

Do I buy an ebike next year?

I guess it depends on whether you value fitness. I think we can all agree that it's good to stay healthy and fit. If you know you don't like "exercise" but know that the fun of riding downhill is enough to get you to pedal to the top, maybe you keep it that way until you are actually old or debilitated. It will also save you a bunch of cash you can spend on your kid's bike. Also, what kid would want to bike with an out of shape dad who needs a motor to get to the top? I say, stay young as long as you can. Getting old is not for the faint of heart. Doing it well takes lots of work and if you don't put in the time when you are young you will age less well. Getting an ebike will get you to the top of the mountain but will let your body become a heap. I'm saving the ebike for my 80s. Maybe late 70s.

Feb. 13, 2021, 9:26 p.m.
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Re: NSMB - 2021 - Hardtail Thread

We had about 8" here next to the ocean. Our trails (up higher) would be unrideable (similar to vic's experience).

Wife and I made the most of it and went for a backcountry ski. Was fabulous. Snow was good. Avi risk was low. Sometimes you just have to choose the right tool for the right conditions.

Feb. 13, 2021, 9:55 a.m.
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Re: Two seemingly unrelated questions

Posted by: Vikb

Looking good RAH. A couple purple bottles maybe?

Thanks vic.

Feb. 13, 2021, 9:42 a.m.
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Re: NSMB - 2021 - Hardtail Thread

Posted by: Vikb

Excited for some snow riding I set of for a dawn patrol to some local trails. Lights charged. All bundled up! I made it a block before I had to help the first stuck car and that was on a main road. When I got onto a side street I had trouble riding and the bikepath was 100% pushing. After a couple KMs of pushing I gave up as it's 9kms+ each way to the closest trails. Usually that's a chill bikepath spin. Not today.

I recalibrated and went to the mall and rallyed there for a while. There was enough plowing to make big sections rideable. Sliding out the backend around corners was entertaining and while it's not quite the first tracks I was looking for I was the first cyclist to smash the snow berms! ;-)

With snow falling hard and steady I'm not holding out much hope for trail riding before Mon/Tues, but I will try and head downtown later today and tomorrow for some urban assault riding. That could be fun!

My question is, if you are already done your ride before the sun comes up, what are you doing with the rest of your Saturday?

Also, is that a speaker on your bar beside the GPS?

At least your bike is clean now. Sorry the ride didn't really work out. A for effort though.

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