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Feb. 10, 2019, 3:26 p.m.
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Re: NSMB - 2019 - Hardtail Thread

Some more Chromag love, having this Sakura as my forever bike (unless they release a Sakura v2 with modern geometry but this same HT badge) made it easier to let the Primer go. This is a purely XC bike now, I'm redoing the build this off season so stay posted.

Feb. 7, 2019, 10:49 p.m.
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Re: NSMB - 2019 - Hardtail Thread

Posted by: nouseforaname

If there ends up being a Taiwanese version and I'm still dumb enough to think I can ride hardtails I'd buy one.

After much time on my Primer, I learnt enough about hardtail geometry, where and how I ride, to find out that it wasn't ideal for me. I really like the Cotic Solaris Max ideology and geometry, just couldn't justify dropping the coin to bring one over from the UK.  But if one were to pop out gently loved, I'd be all over it.

Feb. 4, 2019, 7:53 p.m.
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Re: XC bike?

Posted by: syncro

That's a good point - thanks.  I'm probably going to nix that Satori as like you say there's too much overlap with my Warden and I want to push a bit more to the lighter/xc end of the spectrum. That Rootdown is a possibility. The advantage of getting just a frame/fork/wheels for what I'm after is finishing the bike off with parts I have which puts the build under the $1000CDN mark which is ideally where I'd like to be.

One bike that marked a lot of my check boxes was the Commencal Meta AM HT. $530 brand new, threaded bb, lightweight, 29/27.5+ compatible, slackish geo with 150mm fork, or quicker xc geo with a 130mm fork.

Feb. 3, 2019, 4:35 p.m.
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Re: XC bike?

Posted by: syncro

thanks but I'm after a large

Keep in mind you've got a mix of bikes on your list with older and newer geometry. I had a 2014 M/L Satori (same geo as your 2012) to get a modernish reach in most 2016/17+ mediums. The Satori is quite a bit of bike, it handled Whistler Park duties for me with 27.5x2.8 tires. I'd suggest there could be a lot of overlap with your Warden.

A 2019 Chromag Rootdown m/l popped up on pb today for $650, that's a great starting point for what you want

Feb. 3, 2019, 10:23 a.m.
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Re: XC bike?

If you're interested in a pretty mint 2017 Devinci Django in medium with most parts new from my Specialized Fuse, feel free to PM me for details

Feb. 2, 2019, 11:57 a.m.
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Re: NSMB - 2019 - Hardtail Thread

So I swapped out the Primer I've been on the last 2 seasons, for this Specialized Fuse (with most parts repatriated from the Primer). I felt a bit dirty initially, but she fits my needs for a lighter duty and nimbler trail bike better. Just waiting on my 27.5+ rear wheel to go back to my ideal setup.

Jan. 27, 2019, 10:58 p.m.
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Re: NSMB - 2019 - Hardtail Thread

Posted by: pedalhound

Here's my Chromag Rootdown. Every ride I am amazed at the capabilities of this bike....so much fun!

The Primer/Rootdown are so capable. It's actually why I sold mine and moving to something lighter duty this season after getting a Range 29... The Primer overlapped a lot of what I'd use the Range for.

Jan. 25, 2019, 3:42 p.m.
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Re: Commencal Cda

Commencal CS has been good to my inquiries the past couple of months. Most of the feedback I'd heard about Commencal's support has been quite positive.

Nov. 29, 2018, 10:56 a.m.
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Re: Need new hub

I have been a huge fan of DT Swiss star ratchet over the years, the 350 is best bang for the buck. They have been the epitome of reliable and value, above average bearing life too. As mentioned the 36t stars are the sweetspot, nice enough upgrade over the stock 18t without the durability concerns or cost of the 54t.

The only beef I've heard of the rear hubs is difficulty removing the drive ring to get at the bearing for replacement, but this is a job I would leave at the shop anyways. Everything else is super easy to service at home without any specialty tools.

I also have a P321 quiet rear wheel and that thing is a real treat, not as much time on it thus far though but from what I've read the current ones seem quite reliable.

Nov. 16, 2018, 9:51 p.m.
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Re: long travel wagon wheelers

Posted by: Ddean

To that I ask “so what?”

None of us get the max from our bikes. It doesn’t mean that we should not be riding them. You deserve that Evo. Go get one right away and report back on the size of your smile. Don’t delay! You’ve earned this!!!

Oh don't worry I'm not ever adverse to treating myself. 

My comment was more about the compromises in the SJ Evo that make it what it is. For my intents and purposes, I'm looking less for a downhiller's trail bike but more for a hack's do everything bike -- I ultimately ended up on a Range 29 with more conventional geometry to create more separation from my Chromag.

Nov. 16, 2018, 2:07 p.m.
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Re: Magura MT5/Trail/MT7 questions

I was looking heavily into the MT Trails as well, great value and generally well reviewed. 

I ultimately decided on some TRP Slate T4's mainly due to a stock of Zee/Saint pads I still have on hand. Just throwing something else in to consider

Nov. 12, 2018, 10:11 p.m.
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Re: long travel wagon wheelers

I was super excited about the prospect of the Stumpy Evo. Much like how when the original Banshee Spitfire came out it was touted as the DHer's trail bike, the Stumpy Evo is exactly that.

Then I realized I probably don't ride near hard nor aggressive enough to get the most of it.

Nov. 5, 2018, 12:29 a.m.
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Re: Local RockShox Damper Tuning

Www.blueliquidlabs.com I hadn't heard of him until recently, appears to be very well regarded and seems to be the current underground choice

Nov. 4, 2018, 10:26 p.m.
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Re: Anyone ride a Rocky Element on the Shore?

A 2019 norco fluid would work quite well, 130/120 29er at 66.5 HA and 76 SA with good reach figures. If you want to go a bit further over into that spectrum even then perhaps an Optic?

If/when my Chromag Primer becomes too much for me, the Fluid would check a lot of boxes off for me

Sept. 21, 2018, 11:26 a.m.
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Re: long travel wagon wheelers

The Stumpjumper EVO 29 carbo is coming, at $7500usd for the build below. This leaked onto MTBR last week but since has been taken off Spec's website.

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