Love riding gravel bikes. Started riding them because I didn't want to end up in hospital with COVID going on and just love it now. True adventure, one bike, go anywhere rides like when we were kids. Here's my current ride, 2021 Brodie Romax Carbon.
I blew my shoulder out almost 25 years ago now doing dual slalom on Seymour one summer. 3rd degree separation. It took about 2 months for me to get mobility back and I was rock climbing again in 3. For years after that the shoulder bothered me. Not so much in day to day or mountain biking but thing like I couldn't carry a bundle of slalom gates down the ski hill on that shoulder and I would always get a kink under my right shoulder blade for years.
Finally a trainer I was seeing started me exercising the shoulder more specifically, flys, shoulder press, etc. and I stretched a lot more. Much better. To this day though I still can't sleep on my side comfortably on that side. Not good for my wife when I sleep on my back and snore like a down shifting semi! LOL.
2017 Norco Range 7.3 in full winter mode. Not much left stock. XT cranks + shifter + derailleur + cassette, XTR BB, SLX brakes, RF Turbine stem and SixC bar, CB DH pedals and RF Chesters, Blackspire chain thingy.
I put a Charger 2 damper and Debonair into the Yari making it a Lyrik (also bumped the travel to 180mm but jury is out on that) and Monarch RC3 rear shock. Replaced the stock 2.3 with a 2.6 DHF front tire as well but I think I'm going back to a 2.5 as I find it too bouncy unless the air pressure is spot on. Mudhugger rear and old school THE front fender off my old Banshee Scream. This is my first new bike since 2002 so it's been great!
Like others my favourite saddle of all time was a Flite Titanium. It moved between 5 different bikes before it was toast. I've hated every saddle since until the stock saddle on my Range, a SDG Circuit that I actually like a lot.
Current bike is a 2017 Range and my old bike is a 2002 Banshee Scream. I guess my turnover is 15 years!
Well I rode the tire today at SFU just for a short ride as I had things to do and the weather was brutal. Tough to say in the slop to be honest. I started the day off at about 22psi and it felt too hard with too much rebound. I dropped the pressure down to about 17 and it felt much better. Not too sure I'd ride it this low all the time and only some better conditions testing will tell. With a max pressure of 40 or 45 psi this is a high volume tire where I think I can go low.
Profile wise the tire seems to be similar to the 2.3 and not overly rounded but I'm sure it has to be more rounded as the increase in width with no corresponding increase in I.D. It doesn't seem out of place for me anyhow after riding years on Sun Rhyno Lites (ID27.5) and 2.5" tires. Hopefully some better weather soon so I can get a better idea of the best tire pressure to run.
Just an update for the Maxxis DHF 2.6 mounted onto a 29mm ID rim (WTB i29). I think it'll stretch out a bit more still. It's not too much wider than the 2.3 but seems to have greater volume. Riding this weekend so I'll have some ride impressions then.
This is the DHF 2.6 newly mounted and not stretched out (38psi).
Here it is after a day and mounted up as tubeless (35psi).
So bringing this back up again. The Giants were sold out at the warehouse so now I'm looking at Devinci's. The Troy has almost the same angles as the Trance but now I'm also looking a the Spartan. I'm at a loss as to what to order (if they're in stock in the warehouse). Do I go short with the Troy or go bigger with the Spartan. I don't ride park often at all, may ride it once this year at Sun Peaks) and I don't shuttle. Suggestions?
I hear you. I bought a set of RF Indy's from MEC then went to Lynn Valley Bikes and they were 18 bucks cheaper there.
Thanks for the tips. The Commencal site looks cheap. The DH casings are heavy though!
Looking for deals on tires and some other parts. Best place? Cove? John Henry's? MEC?