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May 31, 2020, 9:47 p.m.
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Re: Wide, flared gravel bars

So I got a PNW Coast Bar in 480mm. Just built up the bike a couple days ago and managed to get a couple rides in,one gravel and one road. First thoughts are this width, shallow drop and flare feels great for my intended use (60% mixed road, 40% gravel). Feels good and stable on the hoods and drops at speed and feels natural with my should width. Need to experiment with stem length to see the various impacts. 

As it's a new bike with totally new geometry I can't really isolate all the variables.  

If I was bikepacking or spending more time on steeper gravel I'd look at the 520mm but for day-to-day this seems to hit the mark.

May 14, 2020, 9:36 p.m.
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Re: Sramano- Franken Drivetrain - Covidiot or no..

Posted by: UFO

My drivetrain of choice right now is 10 sp xt and xtr shifter, 11 sp xt rear derailleur, 10 sp sunrace 11-46 cassette. I had 11 sp shimano shifters with 11 sp 11-46 sunrace cassette as well but I didnt like the more clickety feel of the 11sp shifters

I run a 10 speed XTR shifter as well -- IMHO the shifter makes most of the difference. There is negligible difference between the XT vs SLX rear

May 14, 2020, 6:44 p.m.
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Re: Wide, flared gravel bars

Posted by: XXX_er

https://www.pnwcomponents.com/collections/coast-collection/products/the-coast-handlebar

So you can get these in the 480 ( 18 3/4" ) or 520 (20.5") so wider but if you read the yada they also have a shallower drop

Got one of those coming in. Ordered the 480.  Will report once I get he bike put together.

May 13, 2020, 9:51 p.m.
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Re: Sramano- Franken Drivetrain - Covidiot or no..

If you’ve got the parts give it a whirl. I’ve mix matched lots over the years. It’s been a function of needing something now, having a decent bin of parts, several bikes in the family, and just enjoying tinkering. 

Some good info On Sheldon Browns site on the topic, what works and what doesn’t. I’ve mixed things that are not supposed to work (8 speed dura ace rear d with 10 speed 106 Brifters) as an experiment and some things stick and some don’t. The dura ace mix actually works against all common beliefs. 

That said, I try really hard to keep shifter-derailleur brand matches and pull ratio matched. This makes a world of difference. And in the end nothing really beats a complete and new matched gruppo.

May 13, 2020, 5:05 a.m.
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Re: Online Mattress In A Box

Posted by: mrbrett

Posted by: Poz

It’s got a really nice plushness off the top but good support midway into it. 

Are you talking about a fork or a mattress here?!

Hahaha. The lines have been blurred. 

That was not intentional in the least. Probably reading too many reviews lately!

May 12, 2020, 6:33 a.m.
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Re: Online Mattress In A Box

Just went through this earlier this year. Researched a bunch and ended up taking the plunge based on the ability to do a return if not good.

We Tried the Cocoon from Costco and the plush was really firm. Almost felt like we were just on top of the mattress, never in.  Took it back. Really tried to get along with it but couldn’t. I think it was less comfortable for my wife as I’m a lot heavier than her so sunk in easier  

Ended up with a Haven and it is great. It’s got a really nice plushness off the top but good support midway into it. Definitely a bit more money but sleep is something I rank high in value and the cost gets amortised over many years.

May 8, 2020, 6:02 a.m.
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Re: Wide, flared gravel bars

Posted by: Heinous

Geo (trail) and tyres play a massive part. I just find on all my gravel/cx bikes I run 40cm, but I do have a track background with drops. I run 760-780 on mtbs.

Having said that I find with hydro discs I don't need the drops for brake leverage and am happy on the tops 90% of the time. 

If you can't decide between drops and flat bars, there's always this:

https://www.curvecycling.com.au/products/walmer-bars?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI9tSgqbyj6QIV0xwrCh1vswAfEAAYASAAEgLKV_D_BwE

Holy those are big!

May 8, 2020, 6:01 a.m.
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Re: Wide, flared gravel bars

Posted by: Couch_Surfer

I swapped out standard drops for the Spank 25 flare on my CX bike.  Much prefer the wider stance of the flare on gravel descents, especially at speed.  If your rides are less tarmac and more mixed, it’s a good move imho.

I think I’ll be 50/50 tarmac and gravel. Most of the tarmac being in your typical Canadian rough and potholed stuff.

May 7, 2020, 6:02 p.m.
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Re: Wide, flared gravel bars

Fair enough. PNW actually said wide drop bars was the Wild West as well.

May 7, 2020, 4:31 p.m.
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Re: Wide, flared gravel bars

Cool to hear that riding the drops is comfortable. 

PNW told me for every 20mm gain I bar width you should drop stem by 10mm. I may just get a bar and then try the stems I have in the bin (50-70) and get a cheap 90 to test. Find what works then get a nice stem.

May 7, 2020, 9:52 a.m.
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Wide, flared gravel bars

Just ordered a Cotic Escapade for all around road riding and exploring the less travelled roads and paths that a mountain bike is overkill for. Maybe even fail at a CX race this fall. 

Going to put on a flared drop bar and tempted by the wide offerings like the PNW Coast bar at 480 and 520mm or a Salsa Woodchipper. I’m 6’2” with wide shoulders so this should be more comfortable than the old school narrow bars I have on my road bike now. I care more about comfort and confidence at speed than I do about aero.

Anyone try these? Did you make subsequent changes to a shorter stem? Any feedback on ride quality?

May 2, 2020, 8:13 a.m.
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Re: Recycling oils and fluids

I’ve always kept the fluids separated but probably don’t need to. For disposal you can drop off at many recycling centres and Canadian tire.

May 2, 2020, 7:56 a.m.
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Re: long travel wagon wheelers

I ride with a guy that has one. He loves it and ended up selling his wreckoning as it was capable for pretty much everything a mortal needs other than full on DH. 

I’ve only tried it for a quick spin and s as t 6’2” the large felt good and it definitely has a nice feel when pedalling up. 

They sure are pricey though. At the price of a frame I would be looking at the Druid as well.

March 28, 2020, 6:21 p.m.
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Re: Here's a fun one. What was the first mountain bike you owned? Second bike?

1994 KHS Comp.Blue with 21 speeds and purple bar ends.  And v-brakes made better with a purple anodised brake booster I won at a sprockids race. Panaracer smoke tires.

March 23, 2020, 3:01 p.m.
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Re: NSMB 2020 - Full Suspension Bike Thread

Right on. Yes I’ve heard great things dealing with them. Too bad things need to be scaled down now but best to not see what that bike can really do and get into trouble. Hearing my local trails are on the do not go list soon so I’m planning to keep the road bike on the stationary a while longer.

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