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Feb. 21, 2017, 6:03 a.m.
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Quality Kid's Mountain Bike?

I had a good look around what was available fairly recently.

I came to the conclusion that if you want a Park bike for kids, Commencal or Mondraker are your best bets. If you're looking at something more trail based Trek do a nice kids 26er full suspension.

Feb. 16, 2017, 2:34 p.m.
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Post yer rippers!

Hey DanLees, which trail centre? I plan on visiting as many as possible in two weeks time this coming season.

Pics of Jacob (Green bike/kit) are actually above Val D'Isere in the French Alps.

Pic of Dylan (Red kit/bike) are at Sherwood Pines in Nottinghamshire, England.

Feb. 16, 2017, 8:47 a.m.
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Post yer rippers!

My 2 kids are getting there with their riding.
A few pics of my eldest's first Lift accessed ride last year in Tignes…

That's Mont Blanc in the background.

This is my youngest last summer at my local trail centre.

This arrived this week for my eldest, just need the trails to dry out a bit!
I'll see how my youngest sizes up on it, if he can ride it, I'll get another before the riding season starts in earnest.

Feb. 13, 2017, 8:42 a.m.
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New Trail Helmet Time

Anyone have any recommendations?

Currently looking at the Giro Chronicle and 7idp M2.

I run a little hot so good venting is a must.

Cheers

Feb. 5, 2017, 11:40 a.m.
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NSMB - 2017 - Hardtail Thread

Slightly off topic but it IS a hardtail…

Just ordered one of these for my 8 (nearly 9 year old), it'll get some decent pedals and some Schwalbe Rocket Rons set up tubeless (hopefully) from new. Lighter bars/post will probably follow pretty quickly . Will probably fit a nicer drivetrain in the summer too.

It comes in at 10.5kg which I reckon I could get down 10 relatively easily.

Can't wait for the trails to dry out a bit!

http://www.saracen.co.uk/bikes/kids/junior

Jan. 3, 2017, 5:14 a.m.
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NSMB - 2017 - Hardtail Thread

No plans to change this despite the old fashioned axle spacing…

No upgrades either…apart from maybe a grippier bottlecage.

2016-07-31_07-36-03 by Dan and Claire Lees, on Flickr

Sept. 19, 2016, 1:42 a.m.
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Interbike Wish List

3rd the "odd stuff from the back corners of the show" suggestion.

Also softgoods!

Sept. 16, 2016, 3:02 a.m.
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Interbike Wish List

Bike parts that hold up to a full season of riding (with regular service) but without needing a warranty replacement.

Someone has been buying SRAM stuff…

Sept. 13, 2016, 8:27 a.m.
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Pike lower service. Air in negative chamber?

Did you follow the MBR service video where they tighten the foot nuts with the fork compressed?

Don't do this! You end up with a secondary negative spring.

You might find that the old cable tie down under the seal trick works.

Sept. 13, 2016, 1:58 a.m.
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Alternatives to 29er Pikes...

After spending far too much time thinking about it I want for another set of Pikes.

I loved them until they died and didn't fancy the bigger offset and basic damper in the on the Yari.

If the x-fusions had been cheaper I might have been tempted.

In the end I couldn't justify the extra cost of MRP or DVO.
Fox even a "mates rate" price came out at a lot mor than the Pikes.

Sept. 9, 2016, 7:55 a.m.
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Alternatives to 29er Pikes...

Then it sounds like a regular service, 100pounds at TFTUNED, should fix that issue. If it's just a failed cartridge.

And if the fork is otherwise in good condition -just get it repaired. Cheaper and environmentally friendlier…

Except I don't have the fork anymore, it got "warrantied" but they just gave me my money back rather replacement product.

Sept. 7, 2016, 1:24 a.m.
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Alternatives to 29er Pikes...

What DID fail on your Pike?

If it was the leaky/blown charger - which gushed damper oil into the lowers and resulted in hydro bottom out - that's fixed with the new damper rebound side seals.

X-Fusion doesn't really hit my spot, they're not cheap enough over here to "risk" something.
And if you're a hipster you'd rather buy something Italian.

The Damper failed somewhat catastrophically (oil coming down the rebound adjuster).
I have come to the conclusion that the DVO, Lyrik, MRP etc are out of my price range.

I know I like the Pike and the X-Fusion is the same price as the Pike. I'm struggling with the gold stanchions on the X-Fusion from an aesthetic point of view.

I have also heard that SRAM prices will be going up by 20% in the UK due to Brexit. So I might just grab a set of Pikes now barring an amazing price from Mr Porter on Fox.

Sept. 1, 2016, 12:47 p.m.
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Alternatives to 29er Pikes...

After my 2014 Pikes shit the bed in Tignes, they have been warrantied, well sort of, as they were out of stock the shop has simply given me my money back. Can't say fairer than that!

But it does leave me in somewhat of a quandry, what to replace them with… I have a set of 140mm Rock Shox Revs RCT3 that I got to keep me going over the rest of summer/autumn but I'm finding the 32mm stanchions etc a little flexy compared to the pike so I'm looking at 140/150mm 29er forks (non-boost preferably) with a 34mm+ stanchion. They are for my (old Mk1) Rootdown.
Does anyone have experience of the following in particular compared to a Pike Solo Air RCT3:

Fox 34 Factory (a mate is getting me hopefully a good price as he is mates with Chris Porter at Mojo)
Fox 36 Factory (ditto)
RS Yari (cheap option at £380)
RS Lyrik (£699)
MRP Stage (£799)
DVO Diamond (£799)
X-Fusion Trace Roughcut (£585)

Anything else I have missed?

Or do I just get another (but this time 2016) Pike (£580)?

Aug. 12, 2016, 7:19 a.m.
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NSMB - 2016 - Hardtail Thread

That Primer is lovely, the colour is especially nice!

Singlespeed though? :eek2:

Aug. 5, 2016, 4:48 a.m.
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RockShox Pike Oil Leak

My 2015 Pikes developed an Oil leak on the damper side coming from the rebound adjuster when I was in Tignes… I chose to leave it alone and deal with it when I got back as the forks were still working normally.

Back in the UK, so last night it was time to give the forks some attention.

Dropped the lowers off and there was still some oil in the damper side and the CSU looks nice undamaged - ace. That's a relief as they were getting some hammer in Tignes.

Did the 50 hour lowers service (followed the manual to the letter) including new crush washers and torqued the bottom bolts up to 7.3NM.

Now once the forks were put back on the bike and adjusted, I took it for a spin.

Forks felt nice but there is still a little bit of oil coming out of the bottom of the damper side.

2 things I noticed when doing the service.

1) The airspring side crush washer is in a retainer on the footbolt, however the damper side crush washer sits in groove on the with no retainer fitted from the factory, the crush washer sits almost entirely in this groove, with very little material left to deform upon tightening. Worth noting that there is no mention of the retainers in the manual and spares are sold in pairs.

Has anyone fitted their crush washer on the damper side with retainer?

2) The footbolt on the damper side is hollow (unsurprising, seeing as how else would you adjust the rebound), so if you manage to get oil in the threads of damper shaft (entirely possibly even if you angle the syringe and forks), it will come through the foot bolt and into the rebound adjuster, appearing to be a leaking crush washer. This could have happened I guess.

I think I'm going to ride them and keep an eye on them.

Is there anyway to tell if it's the damper thats leaking oil rather than the crush washer? Aside from the hopefully obvious degradation in damping performance?

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