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2022 Norco Range C1 - Nov. 11, 2021, 8:25 a.m.

Thanks for the insight. I’ve been interested in this bike for a while. Long travel downduro bike that is dual crown approved. The perfect bike for me on paper. 

The playfulness was one of the things holding me back from ordering one but it’s great to know it’s still there. I would expect it to be seeing the massive wraps the antidote dark matter got, as the bike that has clearly “influenced” the range design. 

I’m still probably not going to get one as a few details bother me. The lack of internal cable guides, and the problematic rear mech cable routing are big ones. They’re the kind of issues that make me question what other compromises have been made in the quest for production “efficiency”? Weight is another issue. I fully expect my bikes to end up heavy but they usually start from a lighter build. There is also my preference for an air shock, mainly due to my weight. 

I’m now leaning towards a propain spindrift. The fact that they’re available with smaller wheels is just the icing on the cake for me. Although I will probably end up with whatever is replacing the canyon torque soon.

The BC Bike Race Experience - Part 2 - Nov. 11, 2021, 2:34 a.m.

It’s called the Munda Biddi trail. I believe it is the longest continuous off road cycling trail in the world at over 1,000km. 

https://www.mundabiddi.org.au/trip-planning/maps/online-map

It’s really a bike packing or gravel route rather than a MTB trail. I’ve ridden large portions of it over the years, particularly the first third closet to Perth. The more southern two thirds of it has breathtaking scenery, by Western Australian standards. Although it doesn’t hold a candle to the backdrops you guys have in North America and Europe. 

The real fun is had in the fact that it connects to lots of the more technical trails in the regions it passes through. The Munda Biddi is the highway that gets you to them, and they are the real goal of this trip. We will be trying to get in as many as we can from about halfway to three quarters of the way down. There are guys that will pick us up from our accomodation, drop us off where we want to start the day, and pick us up at the end. 

I’m pretty bored with the Perth trails and looking for some inspiration as I’ve been given permission to use machinery to clear some trails in a forest reserve near my farm. Being able to use a quad bike or skid steer  to move some of the trees and vegetation that will sadly need to be cut down will make the process a lot faster. Trail digging will be almost all by hand.

With interstate and international travel being very restricted here, I can’t make it over to different zones in Australia or NZ. So we ended up setting the goal to attempt to ride all the technical trails that come off it over the next few years. That might be a story worth writing up. I’ll mention it to the old battle axe. 

Her trail butter recipe is coming along grandly. Are the ancillary seeds like sunflowers left whole in it or are they ground into a homogenous paste? I will get her to write it up and put it on her YouTube when it’s perfected. 

My other favourite power food is chia pudding. Made with nut or oat milk, berries, nuts and honey or palm syrup. It is the perfect mix of fats (mostly omega 3’s in chia), carbs, protein, amino acids, and all the good stuff. Super easy to make and consume, I will be making up pouches of it for our trail side lunches.

The BC Bike Race Experience - Part 2 - Nov. 11, 2021, 1:47 a.m.

She is one and the same person. I didn’t realise I had rambled for long enough to use both nouns!

Wolf Tooth's 8-Bit Update - Blade, Breaker, & Black Bits - Nov. 11, 2021, 12:07 a.m.

I’ve found a waterproof/padded pouch that fits in my cupboard. Given its from a now defunct local outdoors brand it must have been for something to do with hiking originally. I’m still on the fence about keeping it. I’ve ordered encase and the granite designs version. I will keep the one I like more and put the other one on my GF’s bike for this trip.

Wolf Tooth's 8-Bit Update - Blade, Breaker, & Black Bits - Nov. 9, 2021, 6:40 a.m.

I agree, I was disappointed when I had to buy link pliers a couple of years ago. When my current chains are getting towards the end of their life, I might take a file to the links to see if I can improve the action without compromising strength/shifting.

Wolf Tooth's 8-Bit Update - Blade, Breaker, & Black Bits - Nov. 9, 2021, 6:34 a.m.

This is an awesome piece of advice. Thanks for sharing. I tried it this morning on some of our bikes after you posted it. Works a charm with eagle, hyperglide+, and linkglide. I’m surprised I’ve not come across this method, but I’ve seldom needed to split a chain on the trail. Touch wood of course.

Wolf Tooth's 8-Bit Update - Blade, Breaker, & Black Bits - Nov. 9, 2021, 6:19 a.m.

I’ve received my 8bit tool. I’m not sure it’s for me, given that I prefer to not use a pack. It’s brilliant but I probably should have bought bar end plug tools. I will see if I can swap the bits around enough to make it useful to carry on my dirt bike. I should also see if I can actually plug a mx tyre leak with it. If either doesn’t work, I will return it for an encase or similar.

The BC Bike Race Experience - Part 2 - Nov. 9, 2021, 6:03 a.m.

Congratulations on getting your buckle. It really is an epic achievement. 

Another great read as always. Thanks for sharing your experience. Lots of useful info for me as I’m planning a week long mtb tour (about 50km per day) after Christmas. 

My major takeaway was trail butter. I’d not heard of it before. I would much rather eat something like that than my standard epic exertion food of jelly (gummy) snakes. I sent the link to my Mrs and she was whipping her own version up before I had finished the article. I own a spice grinder I bought in Sri Lanka that we use for making our own nut butters, so I’m looking forward to trying what she comes up with. I can also use my vacuum food sealer to create pouches, something I’ve done in the past for hiking. 

It’s also nice to know that Uswe packs are good. I’d never heard of them until recently.  I picked up the Vertical 4, and their waist pack for this trip. I’m impressed so far. Which one I go for on a particular day will depend on the weather and how frequently we will pass a river/creek. I’m generally a bareback rider but really like their harness/strap concept. It is much more comfortable than the traditional backpack with belt layouts for me so far. 

The waist pack just fits all my stuff in it. I’m only bringing my: wolftooth 8bit set, flint, space blanket, nitecore micro torch, personal locator beacon, basic first aid (water purification tablets, iodine, bandaids, tourniquet, etc), ID, phone, electrolyte tablets, spare GoPro battery (and memory card) and some food. On the bike I have a tube, inflator kit, zip ties, spokes with nipples, and some duct tape on the top tube.  I get to carry all that because my GF is insisting that she needs to bring her camera gear. 

I’m not sold on the wolftooth, as my normal riding is without pack. It would be pretty handy to reconfigure and use on my enduro motorbike. I might return it and get bar plug tools instead. If I do, I will probably carry a tiny and light leather man style tool I have.

Race Face Next SL Wheelset - Nov. 5, 2021, 5:01 a.m.

I will probably get Hope pro 4 hubs for my next wheel builds. Front and rear for just over $200usd total. My cousins will post them to me. I’m waiting to hear back from a shop for pricing on hydra’s, but I don’t think they will be anywhere near as cheap as the Hope.

Race Face Next SL Wheelset - Nov. 5, 2021, 4:57 a.m.

Well firstly Shimano costs nothing there. Literally 60-80% less than the cheapest North American online pricing. There are tiny stores hidden in industrial parks filled to the brim with everything shimano has ever made for no cost. A couple of months ago I picked up two sets of xt linkglide cassettes, mechs, shifters, and twelve chains (LG and 12x) for a grand total of about $200usd. Im thinking about selling the 12s chains to make my money back haha. 

A couple of years ago I got Front and rear dominions with 200mm rotors for a total of about $180usd. The day after I got the drivetrain stuff, I picked up front and rear Hope V4’s with matching rotors for $160usd total. I haven’t even gotten around to installing them yet haha.

The real bargains are a result of MTB’s being all about posing there. I get “2nd hand” but never ridden off anything higher than a kerb, parts all the time. My best are the dorado’s a couple of years ago. $500usd. The guy had a V10 fully kitted out. He “used” the forks for a couple of weeks then decided he wanted Boxxers to match his shock and traded them in. I swooped and have been in heaven ever since.

Wolf Tooth's 8-Bit Update - Blade, Breaker, & Black Bits - Nov. 4, 2021, 8:51 a.m.

Thanks. I guess I’ll just see how I find it when it turns up. The actual holding on it would be done by a Velcro strap. A bit of a shame they don’t have an external mounting solution for it.

Wolf Tooth's 8-Bit Update - Blade, Breaker, & Black Bits - Nov. 4, 2021, 6:04 a.m.

I have similar thoughts regarding the bits. TiN gold would have been a better choice IMO. I have plenty of spares in all colours to swap in if I think I will lose them.

Wolf Tooth's 8-Bit Update - Blade, Breaker, & Black Bits - Nov. 4, 2021, 6:02 a.m.

I have one of these on its way to me for an upcoming trip/tour. I had a hard time stomaching the price but nothing seemed as comprehensive as this without taking up a lot more space. 

My normal riding tends to not involve a pack however. It doesn’t come with any mounting accessories, does it? Do you foresee any issues strapping this under my top tube when I’m back to my usual riding? I will probably 3d print a small cradle for it to prevent the tool scratching my frame.

Race Face Next SL Wheelset - Nov. 4, 2021, 5:40 a.m.

I had never heard of them before. Shipping from China works perfectly for me in Australia. I think I might have to order some as the price is so good. Do you run the pro version or the standard?

Race Face Next SL Wheelset - Nov. 4, 2021, 5:31 a.m.

Thanks guys. I am happy on alloy rims atm, I just wanted to know who to keep an eye out for when it comes to deals as I wander through the various LBS in Perth and Singapore. You wouldn’t believe some of the bargains I pick up in Singapore. 

FWIW I think my rims have long lives mainly to the higher than average pressure I run in my tyres and also the DT Alpine3 spokes with 14mm brass nipples I build with. 

I mainly deal with hard pack or loose over hard in my corner of Australia. Previously I would need new rims every 12-18 months when I ran competition or revolution spokes. I switched to the alpine3 spokes four wheel sets ago and all four are still working beautifully with probably 15,000km on them total. They’re well worth the negligible extra weight and cost over regular spokes IMO. 

My two most ridden wheel sets are due to be retired soon as a precautionary measure, as I believe the rims are close to the end of their fatigue life. With that many km on them, I don’t feel bad about putting them in the rack to use as spares.

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