Weird…all of the seasons World Cup races are still up…
Yeah it's strange. For some reason they announced that they were taking the replay down on the 9th, and the highlights will come online sometime later.
Picked up a OneUp ring to see what the fuss is about. For reference I'm a flat pedal masher.
Initial parking lot review:
You can definitely feel the oval when casually spinning/cruising. Kinda feels weird but I'm sure I'll get used to it.
Haven't done any real climbs with it yet but when pushing a harder gear the tires' road hum is less pulsing and more constant. Although that might just be in my head. Once the weather improves I'll give it a good mountain road climb and see what's up.
As you can see, there's not a lot of clearance from the long end (34t equivalent?) and the chainstay. Also I didn't realize these were threaded, I don't have long enough bolts handy to mount the bashring too.
How was the ride, did u like the trails, how was the Aspen, sunday was the Grand openning of the Dirtjump park with free burgers so the trails might have been more deserted than normal
Had a great time!
Spent the morning lapping the trails off Uptrack. Especially liked Long Way, Penetralia, Aunti Flo, etc.
After lunch at the Alpenhorn, I spent some time going around in circles on All Screwed Up and Soul Stripper, then followed Meanstreak to the lake. Returned back to Uptrack and did more laps there until I finally called it quits.
Unfortunately by the time I returned to the hotel, showered, etc, the Trackside Cantina was closed. Actually it seemed like almost everything was closed, so I returned to the Alpenhorn.
All told, I had a great time. I was really impressed with the Bluff trails and happy to see they're in pretty good shape.
I'm in Prince Rupert now, working. Usually I fly for work but I think I'll make this drive more often.
The Bluff trail system will have you covered in all regards, a couple of real nice climbing lines and quick and fun descents. As well as a great view of the Valley from the top of Broken Axe. The trails are really well marked but a grab a map from any of the 2 bike shops in town.
Trackside Cantina for some tasty post ride Mexican food too.
Right on, that sounds perfect! Thanks.
Question: how dumb would I be to camp around there? Forecast shows it may be rainy and cooler, which I'm fine with (also I'm not above bailing out and heading for a motel if necessary).
Hey folks, I'll be passing through Smithers this weekend and planning to spend Sunday riding.
Any recommendations for a visitor wanting to hit the highlights?
I'm a pretty standard blue/black Shore, Squamish, etc kinda rider who likes uphills (I'm slow) and downhills. Tech, flow, it's all good.
I can't commit to anything too gnarly since I'm supposed to be fit for work on Monday.
If anyone wants to sacrifice their Sunday ride to show a new guy around that'd be cool and the post-ride beers are on me!
Also: anyone have any recommendations for a bike-friendly hotel?
Anyone else have a runny nose and basically the most savage allergies even though you don't have allergies?
No allergies, but I'm starting to get a headache and feeling generally pretty crappy.
Here's the view from my living room:
Earlier this morning:
Thanks for the compliments, guys. Usually I buy used stuff, fix it up, then run that until I get bored. But I got a chance to buy something new. Needless to say I'm pretty stoked and it's sure nice to be running a fork and frame that's ~10 years newer than my previous ride!
Took it out for a trip to Squamish for a couple hours this afternoon. So much fun! We did Legacy Climb to Half-Nelson, a 2nd lap of H-N, then back up to Pseudo-Tsuga to the car. Climbing was awesome - especially after the Bottlerocket (which I thought was an OK climber with the 40t). My first lap of H-N was a bit iffy as I'm used to short hardtails or bikes like the BR. I was also farting around with suspension settings. 2nd lap was all time.
Interestingly, bunny-hops and wheelies are great but I can't seem to manual worth a damn (never was real good to begin with). I assume it'll just take some time to get used to the longer reach.
Rot… that looks really nice.
Interestingly, I'm running the 40t on the rear of my Patrol that I previously was running on my Intense Tracer 275. Setup with a moderate amount of wrap using the stock derailleur b-tension screw, i've had flawless performance.
This was my experience with the Bottlerocket…min amount of adjustment (although I did reverse the b-tension screw) and it worked perfectly. Not so much with the Suppressor. However, on the trails today I got a chance to fiddle with it and I think I got 'er licked. Shifting is still a bit lazy towards the 11t but I can live with that if it means crisp/quick shifting on the other end.
Note about the Monarch Plus RC3 Debonair - great shock! BUT… it took significantly longer to break-in than any Fox I've had in the past. Like a good solid 10 or 12 rides. I thought it was way over-damped - both compression and rebound. But then it almost sort of suddenly broke in and I added a few clicks of each and it's been brilliant since. I'm still getting some blow-off a oil residue on each ride, but less and less. I've read that this is also typical with RS rear shocks. We'll see.
Good to know that the shock might need some time to break in. It felt OK today but I can't say I was super impressed. But then, new bike and all so I wasn't sure what to expect.
How did you add clicks of compression? Isn't there just the open-med-firm lever? Can't say I played with the lever much, I turned it a couple times just because it was there but I left it in the open position all day and forgot about it.
Also thanks for the bit about the oil blow-by. I had a fair amount on the o-ring at the end of the day and was kinda worried I might have a problem. I'll keep an eye on things and hopefully it'll settle down (or run out of oil I suppose).
Finally got the silly thing built! This has by far been the longest and most frustrating build I have ever done.
A mix-up at the shop meant that I had to scramble to get the fork (2015's are all cleared out locally to make way for the 2016's) and the last three days was a slow death of a thousand cuts as I ran from shop to shop looking for an adapter here, a single bolt there, brake hose (and begging for barbs/olives), a right-out-of-the-box warranty of the seatpost, among many other roadblocks and hassles.
Working on the floor of my parking garage didn't help matters. "One of these days I'll get myself a work stand!", I promise myself every time I do something like this.
Anyways, here it is:
All tarted up as I go for the coveted sea wall KOM.
So far it feels great but I haven't had a chance to take it out on the dirt. That should be happening today.
A few things still need to be sorted:
Shifting isn't great. The OneUp 40t + Zee combo worked awesome on my Bottlerocket but it's going to take a bit more tuning to get right on this frame.
Cables and hoses need to be trimmed.
Suspension needs to be tuned for trail riding.
Re-convert the wheels to tubeless.
White decals for the fork to be all matchy.
Here's the build spec:
Frame Transition Suppressor (m) (+ shock) Fork Fox 36 Float RC2 Headset Chris King I2 44/56 ZS Saddle Chromag Moon Seatpost KS Lev Integra (125mm) Seatclamp Diety Cinch Handlebars Spank 777 Evo Grips ODI Rogue Stem Pro FRS (50mm) Brakes Shimano Zee Rotors Shimano 203mm(f) & 185mm(r) Wheelset Sun-Ringle Charger Pro Tires Schwalbe Hans Dampf (2.35) (f&r) Bottom Bracket E13 XC+ Cranks E13 TRSr (+ 32t nw) Pedals Race Face Atlas Chain Shimano CN-HG95 Cassette Shimano HG81 + OneUp 40t Derailleur Shimano Zee
Calculated weight is approx 28lbs. Still need to get it onto a scale.
Thanks for all of the advice. I'll probably take the risk with MEC and their return/warranty policy.
Regarding the remote, I'm planning to use a modified Shimano Ispec front shifter, so hopefully that will address some of the concerns posted here. I'll report back when installed and ridden!
The ones at MEC are a newer design and don't accept the under-the-seat lever anyways, it's remote only.
In my experience at least, the lever itself causes no issues (and I like it but that's a personal thing). The problem seems to be either under-servicing or cable routing.
Just an FYI, I have seen more than one Supressor running 27.5s. Tire clearance looked fine with a Rock Razor on a Flow.
Good to know.
I'll stash that information away for down the road.
Has anyone here got any time on these? I run a Lev on my other bike but need a 27.2 for the hardtail (and don't have $500 for a Thomson). They are cheap at MEC @ $199. Do they function well and are they reliable or should I not waste my time/money?
I have one.
Like you, I needed something in 27.2 (and I knew I was going to get a new frame so I didn't want to spend too much).
For the price, I'm fine with it. It goes up and down and the lever, while looking kinda wonky, is actually pretty good as you can trigger it in any direction which is handy (pun!).
The saddle attachment could be improved, it creaks and there's a bit of play. I don't notice the play when on the bike.
Apparently the air spring needs to be charged from time to time but I haven't had to yet. But I only have a handful of rides on it. You do have to lube the seal once in a while (I used a drop of Triflo and it works perfect again).
At first I was bummed about the cable attaching to the seat and it's sort of sensitive to how you secure the cable. Too tight and it'll hold the seat down. I did that accidentally but it turned out that it stops right at a good middle height. I have to stand up and give the saddle a tug to raise it to climbing height but I'm cool with that.
My only real complaint is that you can pull the saddle up when manhandling the bike around but I learned to deal.
Recap: ok for the price