Posted by: Cheez1ts
Remind me again why we don't all just run tubes.
Posted by: grambo
Did TOTW, Khbyer, MON, LOC on Friday... they've added some new doubletrack width flow bits to TOTW to bypass what I remember as very chundery rocks in the flat section before HWY 86 near Stu Inn. It's well built, steep short berms that are fun to push into... First time down Khyber/MON. Really enjoyed them, more old school single track feeling like Kashmir with fun crux moves/chutes here and there... and cool again to be riding through a classic zone you can ski in the winter. LOC is super wet still, not just the mud bogs (thank you builder for the bridges) but just overall it feels like a solid week long heat wave is needed on that trail. Was in better shape when I rode it late June.
Middle of Nowhere, Kashmir and Line of Control have been crazy wet. A week ago it was a lot of work keeping any speed even on trail bikes since it was so goopy. Regretted having the fullface on for that one. Last time I rode it was typical mid-summer conditions and it was a lot better. I'll probably only ride that stuff if everything else is blown-out dry in the future. On the same day Dark Crystal zone was darn near perfection.
How is RDS these days? I've avoided it in recent years since they toned it down. I've lost interest in the bike park, but a top of the world lap is a fun option when the legs are toast.
How is this any better than just keeping this info yourself? You are transferring the info to someone else, what happens if they go out of business? or a server crashes and their backups fail? Do they even back up the data?
I casually know the Project 529 folks through trail building and advocacy with Evergreen Mtb Alliance in Seattle. They are very experienced tech folks with impressive resumes from places like Microsoft. Just based on my dealings with them on advocacy stuff, I'd have total trust in their processes.
A year+ of trail bike abuse on the LB 31.2mm/27.5" for me in Seattle area. They're still going, nice and true, and my alum rear rims are usually full of flat spots a year in, or fully dented and unusable. I'm really happy with them over all.
The stock build was aluminum nipples, and I've broken 3 on drive-side rear. Brass (as always) would have been a better choice. Next time I break a nip I'll replace all the drive side with brass. Front seems to be fine with alum nips.
Only beef is for me 31mm (inner) is too wide. Next time I'll go with something close to 27mm so that the original Minions work better. No benefit I see to going 30+. Minion 2.35 side knobs tear off faster with wide rims, both front and rear.
Magic Mary works great on these wider tires, so at least there's a good choice for front tire. Winter rear tires have been harder for me to get dialed in on these without going heavier. Purgatory is a great rear dry condition tire on these.
Spartan is high on the list as well and another board member has already made some positive comments on the bike.
I've been on Spartan for 6 months now. Carbon frame, parts from my last bike; X01, and 36 Float at 160mm. This bike rips! Best bike I've ever ridden. I thought I wanted a longer top tube, but I think maybe the trend is going too far because I love this thing. That said, they're not as long as many new 160mm bikes. I'll ride everything on the Spartan from all-day xc to anything outside of Whistler bike park.
Also impressed with the Monarch Debonaire whateveritscalled. Way better than the Float X on my last bike. Way better. From the factory it resists bottoming nicely (I didn't need to shim down the volume for first time ever), climbs like a friggin goat on steep/tech climbs, feels smooth, and is fairly lively and playful while still being able to plow. I'm not sure how this bike climbs as well as it does while still crushing the descents, its just does.
Poster above who heard it brake jacks/squats: Nope, it feels fine. Not as plush tech braking as some Horst (Knolly, etc), but not as firm as single pivot. I'm not a fan of VPPish bikes, and this suspension feels nicely consistent and neutral, if that's your thing.
I'm in low/slack with 175mm cranks. Yeah, you need to learn to time your pedals, I get an occasional smack but I personally don't want it any higher.
Downsides: paint scratches, as it seems to on all carbon bikes. I put frame protector tape on after a couple rides. Press fit BB. Water bottle mount would be nice. Was hard to find a QR seat binder (37.0mm, found a 36.9 that works). Small complaints, really.
TLDR: I wholeheartedly recommend this bike for aggressive do-everything type riders if you're OK with the sizing.
I think I'm having this same problem on an X01. Derailleur doesn't like going into the smallest cog, even with slack in the cable right at the derailleur. Limit screws are set properly. Hopefully a full clean/lube will fix it, but it seems like the spring is the issue. Curious to see if new springs are available.
This is freaking brilliant. I'm skeptical about the tolerances, so I bought two of them on Kickstarter. I'm in for no other reason than this guy's entrepreneurial spirit MUST be supported. I have a bro-crush on him.
Product line could be expanded in the future to have T-25, 2.5 and chain breaker. I can visualize a second key with an extenerally threaded round-shaft t-25 that can run a chain breaker that is part of the body. (too lazy to draw what I mean) Inside this T-25 you could have a little 2.5 than pops out for brake levers and the like. I trust his school already filed patent papers.
Probably April before I get them, but I'll post back here on how it goes. I don't expect shop quality, but for trail side or beer runs on the commuter, I'm hopeful.
Reviving this thread. Heading up this Fri-Mon, and Saturday looks like it'll be a soaker. Thinking of throwing in the trail bikes and riding Pemberton in hopes of better weather that day. I don't mind some rain in the park or valley, but 2 inches might be on tap, that's a wee bit much.
Anyone got a good wet weather loop they recommend in Pemberton? We're fit and like lots of tech. Not scared of wet roots, just don't want to ride something that should be avoided when rainy.
Hope hubs are great, but the rear is LOUD. Some people are OK with it, but it drives me nuts. Except when I'm behind someone, then I like it… Most of the times I like it quiet in the woods, the birds chirping and the sound of my side knobs tearing off when I rail corners.
Totally. I'm closer to 230 all geared up and my alloy rims were having a hard time. 35mm deep carbon seems like an acceptable option. I'm leery of 40mm+ in the same way I am skeptical of 27.5+ and 29+ wheels - these are all wait-and-see ideas that someone else can explore.
We'll see how these carbon rims hold up. If I blow up the rear too soon, I'll probably lace over a normal alum rim the rear and keep the carbon up front. I really don't care if my rear tire flops around a bit - but I'll never go back to 21mm inner width. Those sucked.
1+ year out of a $180 rear rim, and I'll be happy. The front better last a lot longer than that. That way I'll only be paying about $100 a year more (since I go through about 1 rear rim a year anyway) for saving a good chunk of weight. My bike is heavy alum, the only time I ever think about weight is in the wheels, and even at that it's just so I can run heavier rubber. It sounds insane, but it makes sense to me.
The one thing that is totally legit are hookless beads. They've been perfect so far running tubeless, and they sure seem more durable.
I'm probably 210lbs when geared up and went from 21mm inner alum rims to the LB cheapie carbon 32mm inner/38mm outer when I blew up my existing wheels. Love them! I can run any pressure I want now without my front tire flopping around. I usually run 23-25 psi with a Spec Butcher Grid (900+ gram tire). On the 21mm rims I had to keep them at 27+ psi. I don't care about the stiffness either way.
21mm is just way too narrow. Flows feel fine at 25mm or whatever they are. The old Mavic 729s were awesome on the DH bike at 29mm. I wouldn't want any wider than the LB's at 32, and I'll probably never go narrower than 26mm again.
So yeah, a little hype and a little reality. I think they're taking a little too far, though.
edit: the only reason I went to carbon is I wanted wide-ish and durable, but the alum rims were pretty heavy in that width.
I'm south of you guys in Seattle, but ride similar stuff to the shore and get up there a fair bit.
I'm a Minion DHF fanboy, but not as keen on the 650b version. It's too narrow and the side knobs are just a tiny bit whimpier that the 26 version.
This time around I went a Butcher Grid on front of the 27.5 bike. Grid is 900-ish grams, so the sweet spot for my do-all bike. It's as good as the 26er 2.5 3c EXO Minion DHF (can you have any more descriptors on a tire model? Jeebus). The Grid version is also stickier rubber, and is holding up pretty good on the front.
I've also been running the Special-ED Purgatory Control (control = light) on the rear. Not the stickiest, but not bad, and it's braking is way better than Minion DHF. I'm weird, I'd rather save weight on the rear and have a nice sturdy tire on front. All tubeless.