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March 8, 2020, 3:51 a.m.
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Joined: Jan. 22, 2019
Re: I've plateaued...what to do about it?

Don't know if the obvious has been mentioned but, if there is one close to you, regular pump track or bmx track practice will really help. It won't be much fun at first but stick with it and your pump/manual/jump skills should improve. You don't really need a specific bike either (although a proper DH bike won't be much use) - just run your summer tyres with 40psi +.

I grew up riding bmx before switching to mtb in my 20's. However I found that after having kids, and reaching about 40 (I'm 43 now), I shy away from bigger jumps, particularly doubles.

March 1, 2020, 7:13 a.m.
Posts: 33
Joined: Jan. 22, 2019
Re: NSMB - 2020 - Hardtail Thread

Posted by: michel77

Posted by: Tremeer023

My old Ragley:

Lot of cool stuff happening on that bike! Singlespeed? And digging that underseat dropper lever!

Thanks, this is my one bike for all so parts swapped over, always evolving and upgrading. The latest is a set of Raceface Turbine wheels on the Moxie.

Been single speed for 4 years straight now (well, on and off for the last 30 yrs). The lever dropper post is because I have a tag-along for my son so need to swap it out sometimes.

The bikes are quite similar but just went to a slightly longer frame and steel frame for change.

Feb. 29, 2020, 1:53 a.m.
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Joined: Jan. 22, 2019
Re: NSMB - 2020 - Hardtail Thread

My new Pipedream Moxie:

Feb. 29, 2020, 1:40 a.m.
Posts: 33
Joined: Jan. 22, 2019
Re: NSMB - 2020 - Hardtail Thread

My old Ragley:

Sept. 18, 2019, 5:46 a.m.
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Joined: Jan. 22, 2019
Re: NSMB - 2019 - Hardtail Thread

New Pipedream Moxie built up last week:

Feb. 28, 2019, 12:49 a.m.
Posts: 33
Joined: Jan. 22, 2019
Re: NSMB - 2019 - Hardtail Thread

Posted by: craw

Posted by: Tremeer023

I'm a fraction under 6ft and have tried a 29r hardtail but went back to 27.5 with 35mm rims and 2.6/2.4 tyres for more playfulness.  Still provides good rollover, but this is probably the exception to the rule as my trails are very tame (no rocks or proper hills even), plus a small bike park which is tight and twisty.  

Horses for courses. If you have 'proper' trails available to you then I would expect 29 is the way to go - buy a Rootdown.  However, if you are also the exception to the rule (or maybe have a sus rig for big hills and just want a HT for jumping and messing around on) then consider the Stylus.

Which is funny because for the longest time 29ers were only suitable for dirt roadies on lycra smooth trails. Look how far we've come.

Yeh. Shows just how much difference frame geometry and other minor tweaks can make.

Feb. 27, 2019, 1:56 p.m.
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Joined: Jan. 22, 2019
Re: NSMB - 2019 - Hardtail Thread

I'm a fraction under 6ft and have tried a 29r hardtail but went back to 27.5 with 35mm rims and 2.6/2.4 tyres for more playfulness.  Still provides good rollover, but this is probably the exception to the rule as my trails are very tame (no rocks or proper hills even), plus a small bike park which is tight and twisty.  

Horses for courses. If you have 'proper' trails available to you then I would expect 29 is the way to go - buy a Rootdown.  However, if you are also the exception to the rule (or maybe have a sus rig for big hills and just want a HT for jumping and messing around on) then consider the Stylus.

Feb. 13, 2019, 12:42 a.m.
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Joined: Jan. 22, 2019
Re: NSMB - 2019 - Hardtail Thread

Ha, cheers. We're pretty happy with the slide. Keeps the kids entertained whilst I mess around with the bike.

My fork is a 140mm 29r Yari with 51mm offset. Works pretty well even with a slack (64 -65 degree sagged position) head angle. Bit of flop at low speeds but better stability at higher speed. 

From what I've read, a 5mm difference in offset is so marginal in terms of feel on the trails.  As noticeable as running a bit more or less sag, or a slightly fatter rear tyre.

Feb. 12, 2019, 6:32 a.m.
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Joined: Jan. 22, 2019
Re: NSMB - 2019 - Hardtail Thread

Last one, I'll stop now:

Feb. 12, 2019, 6:30 a.m.
Posts: 33
Joined: Jan. 22, 2019
Re: NSMB - 2019 - Hardtail Thread

Drive side:

Feb. 12, 2019, 6:15 a.m.
Posts: 33
Joined: Jan. 22, 2019
Re: NSMB - 2019 - Hardtail Thread

Red detailing:

Feb. 12, 2019, 6:12 a.m.
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Joined: Jan. 22, 2019
Re: NSMB - 2019 - Hardtail Thread

New paint job. Supposed to be matte black but I was misled by the powder coaters:

Feb. 12, 2019, 5:47 a.m.
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Joined: Jan. 22, 2019
Re: NSMB - 2019 - Hardtail Thread

Posted by: fartymarty

I don't notice the lack of travel as it is really progressive.  What I do miss is the slacker HA and longer WB.  It is a bit twitchier at high speed but not a deal breaker.

Another thing to consider would be an angle set.  I have a Works -2 and it drops the bars and steepens the STA.

Hmmm, thanks.  An angle set could be worth trying at some point.   Yeh, a longer wheelbase does provide a bit more safety I find.

Feb. 11, 2019, 1:08 p.m.
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Joined: Jan. 22, 2019
Re: NSMB - 2019 - Hardtail Thread

Posted by: fartymarty

Plus my terrain (in Surrey UK) doesn't warrant much more than 120mm (I have just changed back to Pikes after 2 months rigid)

Hi Marty.  I live in Hampshire which is also very tame.  Been running a 140mm 29r fork on my Ragley but need to run about 35 - 40% sag for the perfect geometry.  I think reducing the travel and chucking in more tokens (+ bit more air) as you have done could be the way to go.  Quite like the over-forked ride for downs but definitely not on the climbs.

Have you noticed much less forgiveness over the rough stuff?

Feb. 9, 2019, 2:41 p.m.
Posts: 33
Joined: Jan. 22, 2019
Re: NSMB - 2019 - Hardtail Thread

Posted by: Kenny

I think it's wierd people want longer stays. If you want a super stable plow bike, get a full suspension bike. Imo the short stays suit the riding style and use case for the bikes. On that same note I don't see the use for the doctahawk personally, because I'm not trying to replace my full suspension bike. Don't get me wrong I think it's rad they are building it, but it doesn't fit my use case, personally.

The Doctahawk is definitely at the extreme end of the spectrum and not really for me either. I can understand taller people who love hardtails being interested in this for the reach though, but 180mm fork on a HT? Surely if your trails can justify that much travel up front you would be better served with a full sus.

Also agree with the long chainstays comment, HT's are about manuals and goofing around.

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