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Feb. 21, 2020, 1:19 p.m.
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Re: NSMB - 2020 - Hardtail Thread

This is me for this season or less, hopefully. I'm trying to transition to FS bike (again) this year, I think I've finally found the right bike to do it.

So my Surface has been de-specced and built up with utilitarian parts. It has been surprisingly difficult to sell this winter, but hoping the Spring/Summer season will help her find a new loving owner.

Feb. 20, 2020, 7:38 p.m.
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Re: Why did cush core have to be so good?

Unexpected squirminess from poor traction does not a fun ride make. I choose to extract fun from other areas of my ride experience

Feb. 20, 2020, 11:29 a.m.
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Re: NSMB - 2020 - Hardtail Thread

Posted by: Cheez1ts

I do have another Kona Steely frame with a pike 454 coil u-turn that I’m planning to build into a commuter that’s tough enough to ride Burnaby mountain trails on.

I'd love to get my hands on the steely that came the year after the blue one, could also accommodate a tapered steer tube. Raw steel finish with brass brazed bosses and cable guides I believe, similar to the '16 Honzo.

Jan. 24, 2020, 9:17 a.m.
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Re: T47 Bottom Bracket Help

With these options, can't you just leave the cups in and replace just the bearings when time comes?

Jan. 19, 2020, 9:14 p.m.
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Re: Saint/Zee vs. Magura MT7/MT5 : mini review

I'm not sure you can get away from the Magura hoses. The Shimano banjo fitting does not work at the Magura caliper as I recall, though the Shimano barb and olive will fit the Magura line

Dec. 27, 2019, 8:54 p.m.
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Re: 30t down to 26t chainring cause pedalling issues? Kickback?

Yeah really hard to stomach the frame only price of the Ibis/SC unless you're 150% committed to this genre. And at that same price you can move to the Ripmo/Hightower which is undoubtedly more capable, minimal weight penalty, and virtually same geometry.

Well I've got another few weeks/ months to build up and rehab from a frustrating Fall of injuries

Dec. 25, 2019, 9:37 a.m.
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Re: 30t down to 26t chainring cause pedalling issues? Kickback?

I'll be swapping most of my current build over. 10 speed 11-46 drivetrain with a 28t oval ring that the frame will hopefully clear. Old XTR brake levers with Deore 4 pot calipers front and maybe rear if needed

Dec. 25, 2019, 9:32 a.m.
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Re: 30t down to 26t chainring cause pedalling issues? Kickback?

Thanks for the feedback; I ride primarily Eagle and Burke,  but have expanded out to the Fraser Valley a bit too. I don't often get my wheels off the ground intentionally, so huckability isn't huge on my criteria. I just wanted something to take a bit of the sting out of the hardtail (more than a 2.8" tire) and more climbing traction is never a bad thing. 

I think the gyst of the reviews was that it's more capable than a 115mm bike should be. The other bike on my radar was the new Tallboy, but being so new there have been virtually none on the used market and even then it's at minimal discount compared to new.

My Trance is coming with the DVO shock, I really like the DVO fork I've been using the past 6 months and I've also had good experiences with the Topaz on a more recent trail bike too

Dec. 22, 2019, 5:20 p.m.
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Re: 30t down to 26t chainring cause pedalling issues? Kickback?

OT, how do you like the Trance 29? I have one on the way as a do it all trail bike, to replace the various Chromags I've been on over the past 3 years. Everything I've read indicates that it rides like a 130-140 bike

Back on topic, I'm hoping it will work with the 28t oval rings that work well for me

Nov. 21, 2019, 12:01 p.m.
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Re: Onda tire blowout

I've used a 2.4 Ibex in the rear, no complaints

Nov. 14, 2019, 1:54 p.m.
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Re: speaking of saddles...

I have a Trailmaster DT that has worked well for me and more importantly looks awesome.

I did also have an original Trailmaster LTD with the ti rails that didn't work as comfortably for me, I'm not sure why.  And the ti rails creaked incessantly.  I don't know if the new LTDs are any different, but at that price premium I'm not about to find out.

Nov. 14, 2019, 1:48 p.m.
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Re: Coil vs Air shock

Posted by: heathen

I am not the only one to thi k about this.

I had a quick look at the leverage curve charts. The Range is actually quite progressive and should work well with a coil.  The Patrol is less so, around the same ball park as the Stump evo.

Although leverage curve is very important,  the shock's compression tunes now also add another variable.  

So at the end you need to look at the overall sum of the parts and how they all play together. 

I trust Transition have gone coil because of a defined performance benefit, they as a company are pretty good with not following the trends generally speaking.  I mean at the end of the day they gave us modern slack geo with decreased offset forks which they pretty much cobbled together in their garage to R&D

Nov. 13, 2019, 2:50 p.m.
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Re: Coil vs Air shock

Posted by: heathen

Norco Range and Transition Patrol both have 160mm frames.

Range has 205mm x 60mm rear shock

Patrol has 205mm x 65mm rear shock

So the Patrol is more linear then the Range. Yet transition only offers the Patrol with a coil now. I think that is a recipe for disaster. That's why I made the meme. I personally dont feel the Range is progressive enough to run a coil either.

It's not as simple as dividing the travel by the shock stroke, that only gives you an average of the leverage ratio.

Through the modern voodoo of linkage design, where in the travel the design begins to ramp up is also an important consideration.

Nov. 13, 2019, 11:27 a.m.
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Re: Any leads for media blasting a frame on North Shore or nearby?

I had an old Chromag stripped and repainted by Dekerf; easy process and he did a fantastic job. I'm not sure if he blasts or chemically strips the frames, I'm guessing he blasts it. $350 is the cost for a wide array for 'standard' colours

Nov. 11, 2019, 1:41 p.m.
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Re: What is the difference between XT 8020 brakes and Saint Brakes?

FWIW the Saint/Zee are still on the older style master cyclinder design, which seem to be less prone to the wandering bite point issues of the M7/8/9xxx series brakes

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