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Sept. 22, 2014, 12:57 p.m.
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Matrix owners?

Awesome feedback everyone, thanks.

Heckler: Point taken about Class III hitch, I will definitely look out for that.

Taprider: I'm just going by online info, 36 cu ft cargo room w/ my Legacy vs 22 cu ft for 08 Matrix.

What I'd love to know is if I can chuck my XS road bike in the back with rear seats up (front wheel off).

We have a 2008 Forester, and a 2007 Vibe, and in terms of size, the rear cargo space is a little shorter on the vibe, but there's more leg room than the forester. Overall the vibe has more headroom and I would say it has the same total storage space, just in different ratio to the (slightly longer) forester. I can fit a MTB in the back without taking the wheels off.
The vibe has been awesome, handles well, not the fastest (but that's irrelevant for 99% of city driving), and it's really, really comfy.
Like Heckler, we didn't even bother looking at the Matrix, since the Vibe is identical, but a lot less money, and IMO looks better.

Sept. 17, 2014, 7:48 a.m.
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Found pad on Burke

Not sure where to post this, found a race face elbow pad on Burke today. I put it up on a branch right where it was left so it wouldn't get run over.

Put up another post on the TORCA forums: http://torca.ca/phpBB/index.php

Sept. 3, 2014, 8:19 a.m.
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FORKING Forks

ok some real world weights, thnx..

2000g divided by 454 is 4.4 lbs….the pike rct3 160 mm is claimed weight of 1835 grams..4.04 lbs…pretty close there actually…

are the new 36's back up to snuff is the question? the 20 mm axle is a nice option..the 2013 fox offerings left me with a bad taste in my mouth..

my marz 55 ta (plushest of all time while still climbable) was 2300 grams waaaaaay too heavy…cmon marz!!!!

The 350CR is 2040g, and the NCR is just over 1900g. Timmigrant just got the CR, and he seems to love the hell out of it.

Sept. 2, 2014, 1:45 p.m.
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Easy evening XC loop for newbie wife on Shore/Burnaby?

There's also the Coquitlam river trail up to Crystal Falls. Starts at Shaughnessy, just north of David, goes up for a couple of kilometers, then you come back. It can get a little busy, but is normally okay on weekday evenings.

Aug. 29, 2014, 8:39 a.m.
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Marzochi 44 ti rebound adjustment

The wrapper on the spring does come off, doesn't affect performance though. the new springs are powder coated, or plasti dipped.

5wt oil doesn't really mean anything. You need to know the cSt rating of the oil. Golden Spectro is 26.4cSt, rated at 15w, and there are some 5w oils that are thicker.

Aug. 27, 2014, 8:08 a.m.
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Offset shock bushings

I made some for my bike (hint: They are a total bastard to make ;)) and they work fine. The only downside I see, is that they slacken your seat angle too. My bike feels lower, slacker and more awesome when riding, but the slacker seat angle makes it climb much worse.

Aug. 20, 2014, 2:34 p.m.
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Fetch my frame?

^noice. which? with racing over, about time to get my rusty rig rolling again. hard tail season is coming!

It ended? You still rocking the Bagger?

Aug. 15, 2014, 2:42 p.m.
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NSMB - 2014 – Hardtail Thread

I made some updates to the Raggles; new brakes, drivetrain, bar, and fresh oil in the fork. Should be sweet, all I need is to heal up and not be broken any more.

Aug. 6, 2014, 7:48 a.m.
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Disc brake shudder? XT

I've never had good luck with Avid rotors. Have you tried systematically removing one element at a time and seeing what happens? ie: try a different rotor, then try different pads then a different wheel, then if all else fails, a bleed.

July 16, 2014, 2:01 p.m.
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NSMB - 2014 – Hardtail Thread

I'm planning on it, you can always borrow a bike Omar. Maybe get a hold of Morgan's if there is a way to get it down here and if he's not planning on being in Whistler.

I'm sad that it requires a Chromag to do it. Maybe I could put Chromag stickers on my bike :)

July 11, 2014, 4:59 p.m.
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schwalbe pro core tires

So with this low pressure tyre system, what will stop the tyre rolling and flopping from side to side under lateral force?

July 10, 2014, 10:02 a.m.
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Dropper post choice

Good points. GD needs an internally routed dropper in their lineup. And a bit of "aesthetics" engineering would go a long way to improving their market perception.

Internal routing wouldn't really accomplish much, since it already has a fixed cable. It could look a little better, but honestly, function[HTML_REMOVED][HTML_REMOVED]form for me every time.

Another thing that I like; the seat comes up fast. It's there when you need it. There's not much force in the spring, so it won't hurt you if it hits, but some of the other posts, like the Reverb (before rebuilding with lighter oil) the seat comes up too slowly. When you want the seat up, you shouldn't have to wait for it.

July 10, 2014, 8:56 a.m.
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trail + bridge building--post yer picts!

Are you the same guys doing the clearing all over the north shore?
I've seen those carved smiley faces all over.
:beer: good on ya either way

The smilies have been taken up my a lot of saw workers. THey are everywhere now.

Back to the wood signage. Birthday present from a friend for my climbing trail:

July 10, 2014, 8:28 a.m.
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Dropper post choice

I stand by my words. Every post has issues. Don't think that GD has issues…do a search in google for broken gravity dropper and you will find lots of images like this:

http://fcdn.mtbr.com/attachments/all-mountain/696731d1337055426-how-gravity-droppers-holding-up-under-clydesdales-2nd-broken-gd.jpg

I have know a few riders who have had to send theirs back. Nothing is black and white like that. For every rider who has had a ton of issues with a post you will find one that has never had an issue….the reality is that none of them are super reliable but they are getting better.

Everything will break, that's sort of irrelevant. What matters is the availability of parts and ease of service. If you can't easily get parts, or service is slow and/or really expensive, then it will mean that your post won't be on your bike in working condition as much as it should be. GD really wins at the ownership cost thing: Yeah, they are ugly, a bit clunky and industrial, and you can't be a big guy and reliably get away with using one, but, when a full rebuild costs $18+Shipping, and you can buy any part, even custom build some (for different seat heights), easily rebuild yourself and the owner of the company will respond with clear detailed answers to your questions within hours, then that's something that really needs to be considered.

I like other posts, but left to choose, it would be a GD nearly every time because of the low cost of ownership and reliability.

July 8, 2014, 3:10 p.m.
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Deactivated Trails and Stunts

Or maybe they would just prefer to see some other options to a solution to the parking issue at Coleman Street/Mountain Highway explored before dropping a 1500m2 parking lot in the forest. That was the original reason given for the parking lot idea. Now it seems to have turned into a "staging area" for tourists, events etc. There already are toilets and a drop off point.

My complaint is mainly about the size of the proposal, and how it may well change the character of the area. Other concerns were raised on other threads on this subject. I guess I'm guilty of derailling this thread early on and it's retreading old ground for some but I and plenty of other people I've spoken to feel pretty strongly about this.

Everything I've heard, it's all district, NSMBA hasn't had much say at all

As far as people's attitudes go, I've said it before. There's a lot of people on this board who need to get out more. Sometimes it seems like Fromme and Seymour are the only places they've ridden at in their entire lives…. It's a big world out there…. Go get some ideas on how other people live and ride in it.

That's silly talk. You're asking people who live in North Van to travel and cross bridges. I think they need passports, shots and visas for that.

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