New posts

craw's posts

4613 posts found

Aug. 8, 2022, 7:58 a.m.
Posts: 914
Joined: Jan. 31, 2005
Re: NSMB - 2022 - Hardtail Thread...

Posted by: skooks

What do you guys think about the value proposition of a Ti vs steel hardtail frame? I'm not planning to buy one so this is just a thought experiment. A couple of friends have Ti frames and they are gorgeous and definitely lighter than my CroMo frame, but probably around 3x more $$. I love the way my steel bike rides and have never regretted getting it. If you were buying a new hardtail would you consider going Ti? If so why?

This is where I quietly suggest waltlytitanium.com. They're made in China to your exact spec. You pick tubing diameter, wall thickness, geometry, everything. And in about two months and $1000USD your frame arrives. I have two and they're amazing. Plus they're cheap enough that if you don't fully nail the configuration you can just buy another one are are still paying barely half of what a ti frame from anyone else would cost.

Also recognize that most brands' ti frame are not made in north america and those that are are even more expensive. Waltly is one of the places many brands turn to do do their ti fabrication so why not just skip that brand's logo on your frame?

Aug. 6, 2022, 7:09 a.m.
Posts: 914
Joined: Jan. 31, 2005
Re: What seats do people recommend?

Posted by: Hepcat

What makes butts go to sleep I wonder? On a recent ride at the top of a two hour climb everyone in the group couldn't feel their butts.

My guess would be a saddle that's too narrow. If a saddle is the correct width then your weight is carried through the sit bones. If anything most stock saddles will be too narrow for some which means you're carrying your weight between the sit bones.

July 30, 2022, 7:25 a.m.
Posts: 914
Joined: Jan. 31, 2005
Re: What are you doing to prolong bearing life?

Posted by: niels@nsmb.com

Is it a recurring problem on the same hub? In that case it may be a tolerance issue with the hub. If the bearing's press fit is just a little too tight it will get cooked no matter how often you clean and repack it. I've had this happen with a Hope rear hub once (long time ago).

My personal strategy is to stick with DT hubs, I've literally never had to touch their bearings, they just keep spinning smoothly and without play for years and years in my experience.

I've had the I9 hubs in my WR1 wheels for a couple of years now and haven't need to do anything with the bearings. They still spin good as new. I did manage to break a rear axle which was promptly replaced.

July 28, 2022, 8:29 a.m.
Posts: 914
Joined: Jan. 31, 2005
Re: NSMBA Strategic Plan

Posted by: DanL

The Dempsey Connector is an infuriating situation for the entire user community. There’s not only zero way out for riders short of Skull or the ‘other’ routes but there’s zero way out for hikers who are shown a green/beginner hike at the trailhead with no warning that it ends abruptly and to turn around.

Out of all the plans and ideas, I wish that there was a good solution to this for everyone who wants to connect up the dots on this mountain  

According to the DNV, the Dempsey connector to Coleman idea which has so much merit and makes such an obvious, connection, is never going to happen. That entire section is zoned for 6 parcels of land to be sold at some point in the future and is not under park’s jurisdiction.

The original road plan was to connect Coleman through up to Braemar but I think it got stymied by huge sections of granite and small creeks - there’s a set of stairs at the end of Coleman that go nowhere but mirror the pedestrian access from Kilmer to Dempsey. Last year there were DNV surveyors doing site work with theodolites etc and confirmed to me that it’s usually about 5 years from that to ground breaking.

Just continuing the Dempsey connector along the 350m topo line to the yellow gate at the top of Mtn Highway would go a long way to close the loop. Create a flat track from Braemar Dempsey and the bottom of Skull to the main gate.

July 18, 2022, 8:11 a.m.
Posts: 914
Joined: Jan. 31, 2005
Re: Outside of new bike day- what makes you move onto your next bike?

XXL bikes were absolute garbage until just a few years ago. So for the last 30 years I've been switching bikes as often as something marginally better came along sometimes 1-3 times a year. As soon as correctly proportioned XLs and XXLs became available my bike switching slowed right now. The G1 is the best bike I've had maybe ever and after two great years there really isn't anywhere for me to go from here. 

But that new Nicolai with the Lal drivetrain has sure piqued my interest. Nicolai-Geometron geometry, high pivot suspension and the first significant improvement to drivetrain technology since abandoning the front derailleur. I'm really curious to see how that drivetrain plays out in the real world. I always loved the idea of a gearbox but the Lal delivers all those benefits in a high-efficiency solution in a solution that I'd actually use.

July 14, 2022, 8:26 a.m.
Posts: 914
Joined: Jan. 31, 2005
Re: NSMB - 2022 - Hardtail Thread...

Posted by: UFO

Posted by: craw

They still make the KS Lev https://kssuspension.com/product/lev/ which would save you having to drill anything. You could probably run the housing along with the rest under the top tube.

Thanks, appreciate that tip. I'm fully engrossed into min/maxing my stuff, and especially so for my kids' stuff. If pnw offered a 100mm external post and had it available in their refurb program, that would be a strong consideration. I picked up this take off Bontrager post for $50, so drill it is ☺️

The Lev is hardly a new product. I first got one in like 2012 because the Lev was a good choice back then for bikes without stealth routing. It was a pretty good post too, just a little finicky to set up the cable. I bet there are cheap ones around. But $50 is $50 :)

July 9, 2022, 8:07 a.m.
Posts: 914
Joined: Jan. 31, 2005
Re: NSMB - 2022 - Full Suspension Bike Thread

Posted by: DanL

Out of interest, has anyone got any experience with the G19 DH version - I know it's not on topic for pedally all mountain FS bikes right now - but I'm wondering if it exhibits the same characteristics as the G16 or if it's a more pointed DH plough/speed machine

I have had both. From the G16 the G1 was a big leap forward, a very different bike despite how similar they looked. The G1 already has the option to run between 162 and 172mm rear travel while still being pedalable. I would guess that if they still make the G19 as a dedicated 200mm+ DH bike that it's pure plough/speed to make it worth existing with the G1 so close.

July 7, 2022, 3:28 p.m.
Posts: 914
Joined: Jan. 31, 2005
Re: NSMB - 2022 - Full Suspension Bike Thread

Posted by: xy9ine

Posted by: craw

I don't care about water bottles so for me that's no big deal.

*gasp*

the saturn14st is actually the first nicolai i'd seriously consider. looks rad.

I don't like strapping tons of shit to my bike and I don't care about water bottles one way or the other. Still have to carry phone, keys, tool, pump so a hip pack or regular pack is fine with me. During the winter I need to carry more (i.e. jacket etc) and in the summer 1-2 bottles often isn't enough. So I just stopped caring. It helps that my pack is super light, very comfortable and stays exactly in place.

July 7, 2022, 11:27 a.m.
Posts: 914
Joined: Jan. 31, 2005
Re: NSMB - 2022 - Full Suspension Bike Thread

Posted by: Endur-Bro

Posted by: craw 

They just introduced the new Saturn 16 and they're abandoning that platform? My understanding is that the S16 frame is about 400g lighter than a comparable G1 frame, which makes sense. If I lived anywhere but the S2S corridor the S16 would be my top pick.

Nicolai is continuing with the S16 platform. Geometron was about to release a S1 based on the Saturn but with 140mm rear travel.  Geometron posted on FB about abandoning that frame after further testing close to it's release date.  Sounds like Geometron believe the G1 platform is superior. Sounds like mutator/linkage kit to reduce rear travel to ~140mm for G1 is in the works.

Nicolai site specs show M G1 @ 3.6kg w/o shock Saturn 16 @ 3.6kg.  Saturn 14 & 14 ST are slightly lighter frames seem to run DPX shocks exclusively.

That's interesting. For me there's not much point in losing a bunch of travel if the frame is the same weight and geometry but maybe that makes sense in some places. I don't care about water bottles so for me that's no big deal.

July 6, 2022, 10:26 a.m.
Posts: 914
Joined: Jan. 31, 2005
Re: NSMB - 2022 - Hardtail Thread...

Posted by: BC_Nuggets

Posted by: craw

Posted by: BC_Nuggets

Just glad I didn't have to go with something as gauche as a 60 ;)

In my defence, it's got some bears scratching their nuts on it so I've got SOME bike forum cred right? :)

Who am I to judge? Run what works :)

July 6, 2022, 7:59 a.m.
Posts: 914
Joined: Jan. 31, 2005
Re: NSMB - 2022 - Full Suspension Bike Thread

Posted by: Endur-Bro

Posted by: Heinous

I’m torn. I’ve been on a Druid for a couple years but really starting to feel like some with a little more travel, slightly more efficient, a little more reach in Large. The Druid has always felt shorter than I’d like.

In many respects, I’m realising that I really liked my Devinci Spartan 29 with coil - the geo was solid, and running it with a little less sag it was a really enjoyable bike for almost anything.

I feel like when I shortlist I end up with a spectrum that looks like

Shorter travel: 130LR (would take my existing push)

Rides sprightly: Ripmo v2 (would take my existing push)

Arrival

Revel Rail 29

Atherton

Longer/ rides burlier:

Rallon

SB150 (I expect a mid life revision in the short term and suspect it will address my main gripes with the 150 platform).

This is t necessarily the perfect thread, but I’m curious on perspectives and experiences here.

Throw the Nicolai Saturn 15/16 and G1 into the mix as well. Have heard now that Geometron abandoned the S1 platform that they plan a G1 short travel kit.

I was looking at a S1/Saturn 15/16 but it appears according to the Nicolai website at least that the S15/16 and G1 frames are the same base weight.  

Arrival and Atherton are top plastic bikes imo. I really considered a Robot a few years ago.

They just introduced the new Saturn 16 and they're abandoning that platform? My understanding is that the S16 frame is about 400g lighter than a comparable G1 frame, which makes sense. If I lived anywhere but the S2S corridor the S16 would be my top pick.

July 6, 2022, 7:56 a.m.
Posts: 914
Joined: Jan. 31, 2005
Re: NSMB - 2022 - Hardtail Thread...

Posted by: BC_Nuggets

Thanks for the observations. I know I now run an unfashionably long stem (60 mm) from a previous 50mm and even that additional 10mm has really helped me as far as comfort, climbing, weighting the front wheel, aggressive positioning and descending doesn't seem too bad except for pucker moments on the really steep but an angleset and bigger fork should help. It's fun to experiment.

Funny how stem lengths can become fashionable. I was told that my bike was designed for riders to run a 35mm stem. When I upgraded from the old version of my bike to the new version the only thing that changed was ESTA (went from 77 to 79) so the bike was the same except I lost 2cm of ETT. I couldn't get right on the new bike with a 35mm stem even after trying a bunch of different rise bars. I switch to a 50mm stem and it was perfect. It even looks proportional. Just glad I didn't have to go with something as gauche as a 60 ;)

July 5, 2022, 10:52 a.m.
Posts: 914
Joined: Jan. 31, 2005
Re: NSMB - 2022 - Hardtail Thread...

Posted by: UFO

I put together a kids Kona Kula 24 earlier this year that is still too big for my kid, but came across the opportunity to upgrade to a more proper modern kids HT frame which also fits a deeper post. The Honzo 24 sports a 67.5 HA and 74.5 SA with the stock 24 fork, with the 100mm 26 fork it's right around 65 and 72 now

My next project is to figure out how to route the dropper cable.

They still make the KS Lev https://kssuspension.com/product/lev/ which would save you having to drill anything. You could probably run the housing along with the rest under the top tube.

June 23, 2022, 8:03 a.m.
Posts: 914
Joined: Jan. 31, 2005
Re: 1990's Mountain Bike Thread (aka the gravel bike thread)

Posted by: RAHrider

That bike looks sweet craw. The drop from saddle to bars is insane. Who makes the frame?

The steel norco is really nice as well.

This new Chinese factory direct frame is weird. Super flexible around the headtube/top tube while being relatively stiff around the bottom bracket. At first I found all the flex concerning. If you torque on the bars the whole front end twists a fair bit. Once I get on trails though, it really hugs the ground around corners. My theory is that when you turn the bike, the flex works like a bit of suspension keeping the front wheel in contact rather than bouncing on bumps. It's got me thinking about the positive attributes of a flexy frame that I might have overlooked in the age of super stiff carbon bikes with oodles of suspension.

Mine was made by https://waltlytitanium.com/. I think I'll make a fresh one soon with a further 1cm of reach and bigger top and down tubes and lose the rocker dropouts (sorry Andrew). I'll return this one to SS/city duty.

I've got pretty long arms so that saddle-bar height difference isn't as extreme as it looks.

I think on these bikes a little controlled flex is nice.

June 21, 2022, 5:29 p.m.
Posts: 914
Joined: Jan. 31, 2005
Re: What seats do people recommend?

Posted by: Bushpilot

SQ Lab 611.

+1 for this. Getting your sit bones measured before dropping cash on a fancy saddle is a good idea. Most saddles, like handlebars are roughly the same length and width and if you're outside of that you'll always be uncomfortable. There are a few companies that offer more options but you to get measured to know.

4613 posts found

Forum jump: