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Sept. 21, 2020, 9 a.m.
Posts: 565
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Re: Do you Enduro full-face

Posted by: Xorrox

After face planting full force into a log in my first year back riding, I've been on removable chin bar helmets since then.  (Fortunately there was 6" of hard snow on the log so all I got was snow / ice rash!).  So far I've been on the Bell 2R, Bell 3R and Bell Super DH. 

I retired the 2R after the first year due to several bigger hits that left dents. The fit on the 3R was best but I cracked the chin  bar going OTB onto a bunch of rocks on a wet winter night ride.  It saved my face but my jaw was a little sore because when it cracked the whole chin bar pushed into my face.  I didn't actually notice it was cracked until I was inspecting it back home. I still use the helmet for riding around town or on mellow rides with the family because it is so comfortable.

I'm now riding with the Bell Super DH.  Fortunately I have not tested it too hard yet but it's taken a few small hits no problem, including one face plant into a rotten log recently.  It is kind of big and less well ventilated than the 3R but I don't really notice that much.  My biggest complaint is that with its extra weight it kind of flops around on my head when the chin bar is not attached if I decide to ride down without the chin bar on.

I found it hard to get on with the Bell 2R helmets because of how the helmet sat different on the head depending on whether you had the chin bar attached. I like to get my helmet set up and then just wear it. The Bell required one set of strap fit for full face mode and another for half-lid mode. The Switchblade didn't require that. You put that on and it stays on, the same way, whether the chin bar is on or not.

Sept. 19, 2020, 8:30 a.m.
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Re: Do you Enduro full-face

Posted by: XXX_er

FF helmets were an easy sell to parents, I told them it was cheap insurance  for the 6K they spent on orthodontic  work

Not to mention face crashes suck and even worse If you break a cheekbone, jaw or ocular.

Sept. 18, 2020, 4:25 p.m.
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Re: Do you Enduro full-face

That's exactly why. I feel like I've been very lucky over the years. I started wearing good eye protection too.

Sept. 18, 2020, 12:07 p.m.
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Re: Do you Enduro full-face

I just got an IXS Trigger full face. It's super light, very well ventilated and is one of the few of these new lighweight full faces to have a ratcheting fit adjuster just like a regular helmet. So far it's been really good. It seems like the trails are just as gnarly and I'm riding just as fast or faster though wearing less protection than I used to. This seems a good option especially on a hardtail with a much narrower margin for error.

Sept. 16, 2020, 4:57 p.m.
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Re: NSMB - 2020 - Hardtail Thread

Posted by: Vikb

Posted by: gdharries

This also makes me miss mine terribly.

A steel HT is the perfect excuse for a 2nd/backup/spare/guest bike.

If you REALLY loved yourself, er, your guests, you'd have a spare bike in ti. The law of hospitality or something. Wait was that Game of Thrones?

Sept. 14, 2020, 12:07 p.m.
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Re: NSMB - 2020 - Hardtail Thread

Posted by: Endur-Bro

Posted by: craw
Which coil fork did you order and why? I've got a new FS frame on the way and I'm trying to decide what fork should go where.  My 160 Helm 29 air is amazing. Maybe I should get a coil Helm to go with? Reviews of the Helm coil all mention how linear it is, while reviews of the new coil Z1 don't.

Which travel numbers are you wanting to hit? Is coil 100% choice?

I'm not set on a coil fork. Coil for the bike for sure. But for the fork so far air has served me well. 160 adjustable to 170 ideally.

Sept. 14, 2020, 8:48 a.m.
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Re: NSMB - 2020 - Hardtail Thread

Posted by: Tremeer023

Posted by: craw

Posted by: thaaad

You guys should check out the fuckyeahhardtail Instagram account if you're in to that. 

https://instagram.com/fuckyeahhardtail?igshid=nf771mebrl5

That's a cool account. Funny there's one in there running a Trust fork. Wasn't the one specific thing testers all agreed on was that the Trust was not good at slappy landings?

Can verify that the Trust Message is not good at slappy landings but I don't think it is a problem really as you can control flat landings to feel less harsh at the front usually.  

The main problem with the fork imo is that it excels on smooth flow trails and jumps (it makes a surprisingly good jump fork), but on those trails, you don't really need suspension at all!  On rough janky stuff, it's not good.  

I've just ordered a new coil fork to replace the Message as I realise how much I miss the comfort up front and ability to ride the fork occasionally over rough bits.  The Message will hang on my wall as a piece of mtb history.  It may be put on another bike in the future though as it does suit a hardtail frame well.  I'd never bother putting it on a sus frame.

Which coil fork did you order and why? I've got a new FS frame on the way and I'm trying to decide what fork should go where.  My 160 Helm 29 air is amazing. Maybe I should get a coil Helm to go with? Reviews of the Helm coil all mention how linear it is, while reviews of the new coil Z1 don't.

Sept. 10, 2020, 8:13 a.m.
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Re: NSMB - 2020 - Hardtail Thread

Posted by: thaaad

You guys should check out the fuckyeahhardtail Instagram account if you're in to that. 

https://instagram.com/fuckyeahhardtail?igshid=nf771mebrl5

That's a cool account. Funny there's one in there running a Trust fork. Wasn't the one specific thing testers all agreed on was that the Trust was not good at slappy landings?

Sept. 10, 2020, 7:28 a.m.
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Re: Clipless shoes that last

Posted by: Cabana76

I've been wearing the specialized DFO cliplite for 3 seasons now and they're going up great.

+1. Best shoes I've had by a very wide margin. Expensive for sure but they're incredibly tough, BOA closures mean you can make nice adjustments while riding, walkable, stiff but surprisingly light, cleat slots are well placed so you can get the cleat pretty close to flat pedal positioning. When my current 3 season old pair dies I will buy another pair.

Sept. 7, 2020, 8:43 a.m.
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Re: 2020/2021 Sight sizing and builds

Posted by: breakdance32

Not sure where you live, but if it's Lower Mainland, I believe Kinetik Cycles in Coquitlam had a Sight demo program this summer. 

I also made the jump from a five year old 27.5 to new modern geo 29er recently. Went from a reach of 440 to 480 and a wheelbase of 1188 to 1248. It was a big jump for me and I was worried it would be too long, but feels really nice. Definitely way more of a charger than my old bike. A few strikes though, not as nimble in the tight old school trails and not as flickable on jumps. And don't rely on a parking lot test, these new long bikes feel like tanks in the parking lot. You really need to get them onto the trails with some serious vert to see how they really feel.

Pretty sure you can rent them from Fanatykco in whistler as well.

Sept. 6, 2020, 12:53 p.m.
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Re: 2020/2021 Sight sizing and builds

Remember to consider ESTA when you're looking at those huge-seeming reach numbers. The steeper seat angle will reduce effective top tube so sometimes those big reach numbers don't always mean a bigger bike, just a shift of the rider forward on the bike.

Sept. 2, 2020, 8:59 a.m.
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Re: Mountain Highway has turned into...a highway.

Posted by: taprider

Posted by: mudrunner

I suspect more mountain bike people are using the Braemar climbing trail and heading back down to Expresso/Ladies/Oilcan/etc... but there are a few non-gravel bikes coming down from above the 6th switchback. And their gear doesn't ring "hardcore rider". I'm not bashing anyone...just curious if there is a movement afoot of new-to-trails-folk that are riding Mountain Highway just for the sake of riding Mountain Highway? I mean....every once in a while, I've been known to head up the gravel way to Grouse for a pint. It's a worthy ride.

... otherwise it feels like the Downhill of Shame  ;-)

It's the downhill of shame if you're a mountain biker. If you're a new person on an ebike it's the descent.

Aug. 22, 2020, 1:57 p.m.
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Re: NSMB - 2020 - Hardtail Thread

Posted by: Bushpilot

Let's try that again...

Very nice.

Aug. 21, 2020, 12:35 p.m.
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Re: The Evolution of the Ebike

If you were going to spend that kind of money you'd be way better off with one of these E-Foils. Though TBH It feels like a lot of money to just tool around on flat water.

https://liftfoils.com/efoil/

Aug. 21, 2020, 8:49 a.m.
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Re: Cypress Upper Lands Development

Why couldn't this block of forest be allocated to mountain bikers? It's mostly steep. Eagle Lake Rd zigs and zags through there for access/emergency medical. 

Cypress

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