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Feb. 19, 2020, 12:19 p.m.
Posts: 478
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Re: NSMB - 2020 - Hardtail Thread

I'm still riding this ti monster. Turns out a 77' static STA/ 62.5' HTA Is just fine. I like riding It just as much as my big bike. For a moment there I thought I should convert It to singlespeed but can't quite bring myself to do It.

Biggest progressive ti hardtail

Feb. 18, 2020, 2:05 p.m.
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Re: Best Saddle of all time

Posted by: Hepcat

Anyone still running an SQlab (Craw?) or Ergon? My current 142mm Volt is becoming a pain in the sit bones and I'm on the lookout for something squishier for my non chamoised buttocks.

Also, on the website of one of these saddles, it says for upright MTB riding to add 2cm to your sit bone measurement to find your correct size. Sound legit?

I've still got SQLab 611 Ergowave Active S-Tube (150mm) on both bikes. Super happy with them.

Feb. 18, 2020, 1:59 p.m.
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Re: Fun "value" of new vs used; is the juice worth the squeeze?

Posted by: xy9ine

^what you replacing that with?

I want to go to the G1, get a little more of that seat angle and BB drop. Also, mutators for more geometry experiments.

Feb. 18, 2020, 9:59 a.m.
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Re: Fun "value" of new vs used; is the juice worth the squeeze?

Posted by: Bagheera

XL bikes with modern geo are hard to come by used. Also, tall guys tend to be hard on bikes (more weight, more leverage). Moreover, around here, most people ask too much for used bikes. That being said, I usually keep my bikes for 5-6 years, so buying new is not so outlandish, and I haven't paid MRSP in years (except for my Bold), even for bikes from the current model year. Buy last year's model, and it's even cheaper.
Going from a '13 Slayer to a '19 Bold Unplugged made a huge difference, but then, any modern enduro bike would have, geo has evolved so much. Did actually look at the Reign, but I love those modern steep STAs. Now looking to replace my '14 Trance. While the '19 Trance 29er and '20 Optic are notably better, the difference is nowhere near as huge as between the Slayer and the Bold. Have been thinking about just having the fork rebuilt (replaced the shock 2 months ago) and replacing some bits and pieces. New wheels, maybe. The STA (and HTA) on that Optic, though...

Ohai

https://www.pinkbike.com/buysell/2721816/

Feb. 13, 2020, 12:46 p.m.
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Re: Grips

40mm silicone from Wolf Tooth:

https://www.wolftoothcomponents.com/collections/grips/products/mega-fat-paw-cam-grips

https://www.wolftoothcomponents.com/collections/grips/products/mega-fat-paw-grips

Feb. 13, 2020, 12:21 p.m.
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Re: Fun "value" of new vs used; is the juice worth the squeeze?

I am always dreaming of new bikes but honestly, getting a new bike Is actually a hassle. You have to sell your old bike (Including whatever reconfiguration that requires and potentially a delay), get your new bike built, set up, configured, get all those minor tweaks done (bars, suspension, position, etc) over the course of many rides. Unless the bike Is a really really big upgrade I find this to be tedious; I just want to get on with being comfortable and familiar with my ride. 

I think the best value Is to spend $600 revamping your existing bike (suspension+dropper rebuilds, new tires, dual brake bleeds and new pads, massive technical overhaul and preprep for the season).

Feb. 9, 2020, 1:54 p.m.
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Re: Why did cush core have to be so good?

Posted by: Vikb

I've been on a couple rides now where CC riders had to do the "bandoleer of shame" when the KIA their tire/rim with CC inside and had to take the CC out all slimy with sealant and wear it bandoleer style for the rest of the ride while they limped home on a tube. It didn't look fun at all. Most other people did the same ride without zero issues and no inserts. Occasionally I'l read a CC article and get curious then think to myself why am I spending $$ to solve a problem I don't have and potentially add new problems to the equation?

If you are killing rims left and right I get the interest in CC, but that's not most riders I know.

For bigger/heavier riders who have to run higher pressures to prevent burping or rim strikes I bet they make sense. It would be nice to be able to run reasonable pressures for good traction along with a tire of suitable sidewall toughness then have the tire support and rim protection handled by the Insert. Kind of makes sense. So far I've only tried a Huck Norris and didn't think too much of that. I'll try Cush Core or something similar next.

Feb. 4, 2020, 9:40 a.m.
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Re: How good is your shop?

We're pretty lucky In BC to have so many amazing bike shops but even among so many good choices I have definitely favourites.

Jan. 31, 2020, 9:41 a.m.
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Re: Chromag fully?

Posted by: jon

By the way if you email Joe at Starling he may be selling off some demo frames with a fresh paint job. My XL Murmur frame arrives next week.

Interesting. Please do a post about your frame when It arrives.

Jan. 28, 2020, 11:02 a.m.
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Re: T47 Bottom Bracket Help

Why didn't this standard catch on? It seems like a better extension of the standard BSA threaded BB than all the pressed standards that followed Instead.

Jan. 11, 2020, 1:33 a.m.
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Re: EXO + vs Double Down for rear tire

Posted by: Kenny

Posted by: craw

I'm 220lbs before gear and have been riding EXO+ happily. I was originally on EXO and periodically got punctures and tears. I worked through a set of DD (before EXO+ came out) and was happy with them but the weight was noticeable. Now I'm on EXO+ and they've been great so far on my enduro bike and HT. On my HT now I'm definitely hankering for something more on the rear - maybe an Insert but definitely not a Cushcore.

What sort of pressures? 

I'm an intermediate rider and had never had issues with wheels or tires until this year I crossed some sort of threshold. 

After eventually denting my rear rim beyond repair (and getting tired of unmounting the tire and straightening it out after almost every ride) I switch from Bontrager xr4 to se4, which is similar to exo+. 

At the same pressure its definitely more supportive but I really miss the traction and suppleness of the lighter casing. 

At 26psi it feels like a rock, might as well be solid rubber with no air. It's a 2.6", my old tire was a 2.4, so I am going to experiment with less air but worried that I'll basically end up with no better protection than before due to the lower pressure, just a heavier tire. 

I'm more interested in support against rim strikes than flats...

27 In the summer, a little less In the winter.

Jan. 8, 2020, 11:54 p.m.
Posts: 478
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Re: EXO + vs Double Down for rear tire

I'm 220lbs before gear and have been riding EXO+ happily. I was originally on EXO and periodically got punctures and tears. I worked through a set of DD (before EXO+ came out) and was happy with them but the weight was noticeable. Now I'm on EXO+ and they've been great so far on my enduro bike and HT. On my HT now I'm definitely hankering for something more on the rear - maybe an Insert but definitely not a Cushcore.

Dec. 20, 2019, 1:30 p.m.
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Re: aftermarket axles

Definitely do not use an axle from Rocky https://www.pinkbike.com/news/field-test-2020-rocky-mountain-slayer-carbon-90.html

Dec. 20, 2019, 1:29 p.m.
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Re: Oops..

Posted by: DemonMike

Posted by: syncro

oh snap!

looking at the break in the video (2:09) the chainstay failed at the horst point, and the material there seems a bit on the thin/light side compared to the rest of the rear end. it will be interesting to see what Rocky has to say about the failure.

I don't think the double bearing set-up helped either. And I think Rocky has released a statement with the regard, We have no issues to be concerned with. This is a isolated incident. When they broke the Pole on the paper thin gusset. That was a whole shit show.

Pole's reaction to that Incident didn't win them any fans.

Dec. 16, 2019, 12:29 p.m.
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Re: ebikes on the Shore

Posted by: D_C_

Posted by: peterk

hypothetical question: I'm sure rebates for e-bikes are not too far away. Sure, they should be intended for commuting to take cars off the roads, but I bet that can be stretched to that 160mm eMTB. Say you get $1000 back for buying an e-bike, bringing them closer in line with a similar spec mtb, but with a motor! Would you? Will tempt a lot of even the hard line riders.

I wouldn't be tempted at all. Cost is not the main reason I don't have an e-mtb.

Seriously. We have chairlifts and trucks and yet most people still like to climb. Once bikes improved and we got more climbing trails people went back to climbing rather than shuttle. Chairlifts and sleds exist and yet people still want to go ski touring. Adding a motor somehow dilutes and alters what people really like about riding.

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