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Dec. 9, 2020, 10:36 a.m.
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Re: NSMB - 2020 - Hardtail Thread

Posted by: twk

Now all you slow-to-conform single speeders will have the ‘option’ to ride bikes a better way!

Covid wants you to single speed! Why else would there be no Eagle chains until July!?!?!?!??!?!?!???

Even Singlespeed spacers have to be scavenged from the dark corners of various parts bins. And the cleaning gnomes in my workshop are on strike...

I'll post a proper picture of the build once I have it all together ;)

Looking forward to seeing the whole thing.  I'd recognise that frame anywhere.

Nov. 8, 2020, 4:40 a.m.
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Joined: Jan. 22, 2019
Re: NSMB - 2020 - Hardtail Thread

Posted by: bicycle_batman

New bike day, and thanks to this site and contributors for some great info.

- Nordest Bardino 2 Ti

- Portuguese/Spanish company with frame made in Taiwan

- SQ Labs 610 Active saddle + 29x2.6” tires (this particular brand) + Ti frame for compliance

- Bike feels as comfy (if not more) as a loaded Surly ECR

- Nordest were kind enough to accept my request for rack mounts and triple bottle cage mounts. I give you Enduropacktouring!

- No plans to go near dirt or dust anytime soon

Looks lovely.  The grey tyre sidewalls against the grey downtube - nice.

Nov. 6, 2020, 1:05 a.m.
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Joined: Jan. 22, 2019
Re: NSMB - 2020 - Hardtail Thread

Posted by: heathen

Posted by: Tremeer023

I've had quite a few hardtail frames and always seem to gravitate back to steel with thinner seatstays for good comfort as a general rule of thumb. I'm really interested in rear end frame flex design and would like to see more options. Production Privee manufacture flex into the back of their Shan steel frames.

The Production Privet frames look awesome but the Geo is soooo 2012...... It would be nice if they updated the hardtails to match there fullies

Yes, it's a shame about the short reach numbers on those frames.

Nov. 5, 2020, 1:57 p.m.
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Joined: Jan. 22, 2019
Re: NSMB - 2020 - Hardtail Thread

I've had quite a few hardtail frames and always seem to gravitate back to steel with thinner seatstays for good comfort as a general rule of thumb. I'm really interested in rear end frame flex design and would like to see more options. Production Privee manufacture flex into the back of their Shan steel frames.

Sept. 15, 2020, 2:10 a.m.
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Joined: Jan. 22, 2019
Re: NSMB - 2020 - Hardtail Thread

Posted by: craw

Posted by: Tremeer023

Posted by: craw

Which coil fork did you order and why? I've got a new FS frame on the way and I'm trying to decide what fork should go where. My 160 Helm 29 air is amazing. Maybe I should get a coil Helm to go with? Reviews of the Helm coil all mention how linear it is, while reviews of the new coil Z1 don't.

I've ordered a Marzocchi Z1 coil partly due to cost, and because I had a load of them back in the 2000's so there's a bit of nostalgic value. I nearly went for the Ohlins rxf but not convinced it's worth the the price difference from the Marzocchi. The MRP Ribbon looks good too but I wanted 36mm stanchions (purely for vanity/aesthetic purposes).  I can live with the extra weight.

Sept. 12, 2020, 7:12 a.m.
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Joined: Jan. 22, 2019
Re: NSMB - 2020 - Hardtail Thread

Posted by: craw

Posted by: thaaad

You guys should check out the fuckyeahhardtail Instagram account if you're in to that. 

https://instagram.com/fuckyeahhardtail?igshid=nf771mebrl5

That's a cool account. Funny there's one in there running a Trust fork. Wasn't the one specific thing testers all agreed on was that the Trust was not good at slappy landings?

Can verify that the Trust Message is not good at slappy landings but I don't think it is a problem really as you can control flat landings to feel less harsh at the front usually.  

The main problem with the fork imo is that it excels on smooth flow trails and jumps (it makes a surprisingly good jump fork), but on those trails, you don't really need suspension at all!  On rough janky stuff, it's not good.  

I've just ordered a new coil fork to replace the Message as I realise how much I miss the comfort up front and ability to ride the fork occasionally over rough bits.  The Message will hang on my wall as a piece of mtb history.  It may be put on another bike in the future though as it does suit a hardtail frame well.  I'd never bother putting it on a sus frame.

Sept. 9, 2020, 6:21 a.m.
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Joined: Jan. 22, 2019
Re: NSMB - 2020 - Hardtail Thread

Posted by: thaaad

You guys should check out the fuckyeahhardtail Instagram account if you're in to that.

https://instagram.com/fuckyeahhardtail?igshid=nf771mebrl5

That's a monster truck of a bike - love it. If somebody were to describe the paint job in writing it would sound awful but it actually works really well. Congrats! I vaguely remember the colour from the late 80s.  

Oops, I quoted the wrong post.  Comment relates to the Arcturian.

Sept. 2, 2020, 11:55 a.m.
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Joined: Jan. 22, 2019
Re: NSMB - 2020 - Hardtail Thread

Yes I've seen the Daambuilt bike before, she's a beaut.  Understandable that it's your go to bikepacking rig.  170km in a day, you're fitter than me.  My longest rides are only up to 30k or so plus some playing on jump lines in the middle.  I don't tend to do all dayers.

3 bottle cages, didn't know it had that!  Maybe they've been paying too much attention to Mike Levy at PB.

Sounds like my bike will handle as much distance as I can manage and then some which is good to hear (still loving the Moxie).  I can always go back to gears.   I used to drive to trails every weekend but in recent years really appreciate longer rides from the door.

I have two sets of wheels (cheaper than 2 bikes), one with Maxxis Rekon/Ikon and the other with DHF/DHR and softer compound (dh set up).  First ride of the year with the dh wheels and, jeez what an amazing difference tyres can make.  Easy to forget once you get used to lesser tyres shortcomings.  Riding them on the road is another matter of course...

Sept. 2, 2020, 4:55 a.m.
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Joined: Jan. 22, 2019
Re: NSMB - 2020 - Hardtail Thread

Good looking Cotic Vik. Double bottle cage; are you planning any longer bikepacking type rides with this? I'm in the middle of transforming my Moxie to a winter set up with 150mm fork (have to wait until late Oct for it), but it will end up with similar geometry to this I think. Would be interested to know how much distance you can comfortably cover with it.

July 14, 2020, 2:47 a.m.
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Joined: Jan. 22, 2019
Re: NSMB - 2020 - Hardtail Thread

Posted by: Vikb

RAH - regarding 12 deg vs. 16 deg bars I'd say it's noticeably different. Cant really say better or worse. Depends a lot of the specific bike it's going on. I like having both options.

I have ridden 17 deg bars on all the techy stuff I'm comfortable riding and after an adaptation period it wasn't a problem. I don't dirt jump so I can't speak to that. 

I plan to put a 16 deg SQLabs bar on the Cotic and it'll be used for shreddy riding. This bikepacking rig will also get ridden on very challenging natural terrain. I don't expect any issues due to the backsweep.

Thanks for the info.  I feel like I've reached a sweet spot with front end set up so don't want to spoil it really but would love some bars with a brace, but the good ones all have at least 15 deg backsweep.

I still like to throw the bike around a bit though.  I guess there's only one way to find out for sure...   As you say, good to have the choice, can always go back to the current set up.  Reduced reach could become an issue if it's too extreme a change maybe.

July 13, 2020, 7:07 a.m.
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Joined: Jan. 22, 2019
Re: NSMB - 2020 - Hardtail Thread

Posted by: Vikb

After a year of riding overhauled the Daambuilt Mega Krampus:

- fresh 11 speed XT drivetrain

- Chromag Magna 40 rims + Hope Pro2 hubs + Woltooth Boostinator kits + Sapim Race spokes

- Rekon+ tires in 29 x 2.8"

- RRP front fender

- SQLabs 16 deg bars [vs. old 12 deg bars]

- Chromag 31mm stem [vs. old 35mm stem]

- Some inboard bar ends for alternate hand positions when touring

- fresh brake pads in rear and bled both brakes

- Selle Anatomica saddle [my old touring saddle]

- custom Porcelain Rocket half-frame bag [wider than standard model for more capacity]

I'm heading out for a week on this bike shortly. I'm excited to get her dirty and break in all the new parts. :-)

Never tire of seeing this bike.  Matching hoses, nice work.  Also love the seatstay/tube brace.  The older I get the more my bike seems to be evolving into a bikepacking rig, currently looking at a new frame bag for mine.

I've recently gone from 9 deg backsweep bar to 12 deg and it does feel better.  

Question for you if I may please Vic, how much difference does 16 deg make over 12 in your opinion?  I thought 9 - 12 deg was quite noticeable, but I can still 'get rad' on 12 deg.  Do you think 15 or 16 deg would hinder dirt jumping or general trail/dual track shredding, or is it something you could get used to?

July 13, 2020, 6:57 a.m.
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Joined: Jan. 22, 2019
Re: NSMB - 2020 - Hardtail Thread

Posted by: Znarf

Lockdown-Bike (more pics in my album)

My Lockdown-Gravelroad-Rocket. It is a Pipedream Moxie 2020 size Large with 29“ wheels.

Very nimble and super snappy compared to my Raaw Madonna. Also super light in comparison. The geometry makes it very capable, but I can tell you my wrists and hardtails in harsh terrain don’t mix. I can ride almost all the trails/stuff I can ride with the Madonna. But I’ll pay dearly with several NO-Bike-days, because of wrist problems. I can ride the stuff with the Madonna no problems for a couple of days in a row. It’s not a fork issue, the Pike Ultimate works great.

I was going to sell the frame, but now I’ve settled on another use case and am super happy:

I use it it on bikepaths, gravelroads, fireroads and only the mellowest of trails, attach lots of water and snacks with straps and enjoy riding it with only a helmet and no pads like the 15 year old kid I was 20 years ago. Very uncomplicated and innocent fun. And with higher rise bars it’s very comfortable. Love the 78deg seat angle...

Nice to see another Moxie - looking good. I've got the older teal colour but prefer that blue. Oh well, good excuse for a new paint job at some point. The stack height is low on the Moxie, I've just put a 3 inch riser on mine with the stem slammed. Running a shorter fork than you though. If you're just riding gravel and mellow singletrack I agree with the high rise bar. It's really comfy when seated.

June 11, 2020, 3:03 p.m.
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Joined: Jan. 22, 2019
Re: NSMB - 2020 - Hardtail Thread

Posted by: Kenny

Posted by: RAHrider

Posted by: Vikb

Gratuitous BFeMAX photo. I got my shipping notice from Cotic today. Frame is on its way over the ocean. Exciting. :-)

Now I have to see if the fork on my old winter bike can take a 27 x 2.8" tire with or without some dremel tool persuasion. ;-)  If it can't I'll shell out for a new 29er/27+ fork, but I'd like to avoid that expense a year or so if possible.

Drool,

What colour did you get? What do you  think  about the 73.5 STA? Most north American bikes are much steeper as  you know but  my lynskey was a one off made for a UK distributor and it has a similar STA. I'm old school so I like it just fine but many on the sites think anything less than 75deg is super slack.

I find steep STA way less relevant on hardtails. I have a full suspension bike with a 76 degree STA and I would not want it any slacker, my hardtail is around 72, and it's fine.

Love the Cotic frames.  I'm sure you'll be happy with it Vik.

I went from a 73 degree ST angle (though overforked so closer to 72 deg), to a 77.5 degree.  I have to say that, by sliding the seat to the preferred position the difference in climbing and general riding is marginal really.

June 8, 2020, 3:19 p.m.
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Joined: Jan. 22, 2019
Re: NSMB - 2020 - Hardtail Thread

Posted by: craw

Interesting! The reviews all suggested that the one thing that fork does particularly weirdly is rear-wheel-first landings where the fork gets slapped down, which is something you're generally more likely to do on a hardtail. Have you found this to be the case?

Yes, it feels stiff, rides high in its travel and acts more like a rigid fork in a lot of situations, like the one you described.  I've had a couple of rides so far and relieved to say it works well on my local trails which are smooth and flowy, quite flat and jumpy. Zero rocks. If I were riding mountains I'd probably have gone with something plush and comfy instead.  The cornering stability is impressive though, you can push into the front end to help get the rear around a flat turn more easily.  Less understeer if you like.  That's the main benefit I've noticed. 

Apparently the UK importer has a lot of spare parts but fingers crossed it holds up.

June 8, 2020, 12:23 p.m.
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Joined: Jan. 22, 2019
Re: NSMB - 2020 - Hardtail Thread

Amidst lockdown fever this accidentally happened to my bike:

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