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March 21, 2017, 10:22 a.m.

Posted by: KazYamamura

Posted by: rideitall

Yes, a very nice paint job on the bike. What's the cost to get something like done and where? It looks like you have ditched the Reverb dropper. Is that a Fox dropper on there?

After hearing the pros and cons on the Reverb I was planning on running the stock 150mm Reverb dropper that came on my Bronson, but after a handful of rides it crapped the bed. I picked up another Lev Integra as I have had relatively good luck with KS products. Going to get the Reverb fixed and sell it.

The one good thing that came from the Reverb is how the push button under the bar was so much better than the standard KS Lev lever on top of the bar. The Lev I picked up had the Southpaw lever with it, so nice as compared to the stock lever.

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It's actually not a paint job; it's just a vinyl wrap. Sure, it'll add a few grams, but it weighs less than 3M protective clear tape, and basically does the same job. It cost me $50 to print at the local print shop, and probably spent about 15 hours total wrapping the whole bike. I started out with sort of a "Ride The Lightning" look, but then the 80's influence completely took over on the logos...

I've personally had some bad luck with Reverbs and KS posts, so I decided to go for the Transfer - plus it matches my front and rear uppy-downy bits (and comparable cost to a reverb). I also never really liked the Reverb remote; it felt like it needed a little extra thumb power to start to push the remote, plus it sticks out a little too much for my thumb's liking, whereas the Transfer remote just feels like a regular shifter.

15 HOURS!? Wow, Kaz. It looks amazing.

March 21, 2017, 8:36 a.m.

Posted by: syncro

Posted by: kalisto

I see it as:

D must also be checked because, like 7, the other side could be a vowel and would therefore break the rule of a vowel being paired with an even number.

There's no rule saying there must be a number/letter pair per card...

this is where i get to vilify my prof tomorrow in class. the test is know as the Wason selection task and is a well know behavioural psychology test/experiment. when we went through it last week the discussion was somewhat hilarious. anyway, as presented to me we were told there could be anything on the back of the card - but such is not the case! if you do some checking on the wason test, all the sites i check stated that the cards have a letter on one side and a number on the other - my prof missed that bit. 

so as presented here - kalisto would actually be correct! he gets a prize from the top shelf.

What's on the top shelf? Other than dust.

March 21, 2017, 6:51 a.m.

Posted by: tashi

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Posted by: tashi

I'm all over the Specialized pumps: good price, reliable and easy head, decent longevity and easily rebuildable with parts from the LBS if necessary.  My newest one even has an accurate and precise pressure gauge.

I'd be willing to pay twice as much for a longer lasting ultra durable pump, but I haven't found one I like yet.  I have a super high quality Lezyne that sits in the corner due to it's PITA head and ridiculously low air displacement.

Which Lezyne do you have? I've had great luck with the Lezyne Alloy Drive (the high volume version which is MTB specific). The screw-on head is a PITA but does prevent ripping out valve cores. Sometimes I use the chuck that comes with it which is fast but not as foolproof. It fills a high-volume tire quickly and I've also used it to seat a lot of tubeless tires (I don't think it's ever not come through in that regard). http://www.lezyne.com/product-fpumps-hp-alloyY9.php#.WM11xhjMxE4

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I have an Alloy Floor Drive HP (or something like that).  Just can't stand the screw on chuck; the threads always seem to catch or loosen in the wrong places; seems like it's always coming unscrewed from the hose, or winding the hose up 'cause it won't swivel, or grabbing at the  the valve and then unscrewing it when unscrewing the chuck or...bleh, just give me a thumblock that can adapt to either presta or schrader. When Specialized, Topeak, Axiom etc. seem to make reliable ones at the $60 price point I seem to just keep reaching for my Specialized...

I feel your pain. Then I started twisting with the rearward knurled part and all my problems went away. It took a few times to get out of the habit of twisting near the valve head where the release is located, but once I got it, it's much easier now. Incidentally, can confirm that the Alloy Floor Drive also does a magnificent job on car tires - I have a slow leak in 2 of my winter tires and keep the pump in the trunk. Every few weeks I give it a few blasts and keep it topped up.

Also: http://www.lezyne.com/product-dpumps-acc-speedchk.php#.WNEvBRjMyV4

And: http://www.lezyne.com/product-dpumps-acc-abs2chuckhv.php#.WNEvCRjMyV4

March 21, 2017, 6:22 a.m.

Posted by: heckler

I've been holding off on this comment, in the hopes Norm's all over it.  I'm having real trouble reading the forum on my iphone 5s. Far too many dates and user names showing, it's impossible to navigate. To the point of "i'm cured of my bb.nsmb addiction".

Oh, and where did "attachments" go?

screenshot of my bitchiness.

Can't see the screenshot, but would like to so we can address this.

March 18, 2017, 11:02 a.m.

Posted by: tashi

I'm all over the Specialized pumps: good price, reliable and easy head, decent longevity and easily rebuildable with parts from the LBS if necessary.  My newest one even has an accurate and precise pressure gauge.

I'd be willing to pay twice as much for a longer lasting ultra durable pump, but I haven't found one I like yet.  I have a super high quality Lezyne that sits in the corner due to it's PITA head and ridiculously low air displacement.

Which Lezyne do you have? I've had great luck with the Lezyne Alloy Drive (the high volume version which is MTB specific). The screw-on head is a PITA but does prevent ripping out valve cores. Sometimes I use the chuck that comes with it which is fast but not as foolproof. It fills a high-volume tire quickly and I've also used it to seat a lot of tubeless tires (I don't think it's ever not come through in that regard). http://www.lezyne.com/product-fpumps-hp-alloyY9.php#.WM11xhjMxE4

March 17, 2017, 12:05 p.m.

michel, that Surface looks so dialed! The colour-matched decals on the fork tie it together really nicely.

March 17, 2017, 11:46 a.m.

Thanks to all of you for your feedback - positive or negative.

Yes, we care. Believe me, we're hard at work, both on the Forum experience as well as what's going on on the front page and with content. I don't expect sympathy for this, but I think it's worth pointing out that a big part of the reason that the pace of change/improvement around here is not at the same level as what you might expect from, say, google docs, is that we don't have the resources of a lot of online experience providers that you've come to be used to.

The reason for that is twofold. One, we have always shied away from doing things that would pay a lot more money, but that would also compromise our principles with respect to things like unbiased gear reviews or spiking our content with shitty suggested reading articles like "10 photos of people you wouldn't believe exist". There are other websites that exchange money for content. They may not be getting paid to post favourable reviews specifically, but they're taking money and saying "we'll review x amount of product for you this year" as a part of their ad deals. This is how print mags work as well. We may be naïve, but we also have ideals. They hit us in the pocketbook. We're working on it (not sacrificing ideals, but figuring out how to preserve them and still make money).

The second is that our business model - right now - is based on ad revenue. If you use an ad blocker, just know that while we don't make a lot from any one user anyway, you're not helping. I'm not saying "enable ads you, leech" because we want you around whether our ads serve to you or not. It's totally your prerogative. But just...think about who and what you support with what you do. Anyway, there are other things you can do. Contribute to the community. Buy some socks. Just be you. But maybe also be nice to new people because we do have a problem with welcoming newbies around here. 

I want to give a big thank you to Norman and Niels who have put a gargantuan effort into these changes. Some of them were "ripping off the band-aid" type changes that were done in order to set up future plans. Without these changes, we wouldn't have been able to keep improving the site. As Niels pointed out, we're now in a good position to continue improving and you'll see the evidence of that over the next few months.

Lastly, while Cam and I may not post on here as much as has been the case in the past, it's because there is a lot going on behind the scenes that keep us from writing articles or spending time on here. Social media has put a dent in forum traffic everywhere but that doesn't mean we don't value this community. Soon we will add some more features that will show you that we care and we're working on making it a better experience around here.

In the meantime, please keep sharing your feedback. We're listening and we do appreciate it.

March 6, 2017, 8:49 a.m.

Posted by: Bryce

Its nice to not have a pack on hot summer days

On regular presta stems (tubelss or non) I usually put a little o ring between the knurled lockring and the rim - keeps the lockring snug and it always comes off easy.

Yeah, everyone should be using that o-ring on all tubeless setups, or there is a good risk of either small leaks or sealant filling that space for you, which will gum things up.

Carrying pliers and a small blade have proved as important as a multitool recently because everyone carries a multitool but not a lot of people have pliers or a blade. My pliers came out twice in the last three days - apparently mtb media suck at carrying tools, too. I carry one of these: https://www.sogknives.com/industrial/multi-tools/reactor.html

That leatherman for $32 weighs only 44 grams, has a blade, and is TSA approved for carry-on. That's pretty much perfect and lighter than that SOG above by at least 60 grams. But the SOG's pliers are damn good.

March 1, 2017, 6:31 p.m.

Hi everyone,

I know, I know. We moved your cheese. Things are a bit different. Trust us, it's for the best. We loved our old site and the old BB too, but we needed to make some changes in order to move forward.

This site is made to work better on your phone. A lot better. Including the BB. We have also - finally - merged your login so that you can post here, comment on an article, list your bike in the buy n sell and, soon, use that same account if you decide to buy some wool socks or some #longlivechainsaw stickers in our store (oh, and there's some good stuff coming soon there, too).

The Buy n Sell is not yet renovated, but that's coming soon. So, go ahead and keep using it, or start using it, and have faith that soon it'll be easier to use and look a lot better. What else?

Well, we're going to make it easy again to upload and look at each other's photos, but we'll also be adding video capability to that part of the site. Stay tuned, we'll let you know when it's ready or close to ready - and maybe we'll need some beta testers, so polish off those GoPros. Of course, photos and videos are nothing without words, so we'll also let you input your own content, whether that's an article, a trip report, or something else.

So that's where we're headed. I know that in recent times it seems like we haven't paid enough attention to this BB, and that's true. But we're swinging the wrecking ball around a little so we can build it back up again. You may notice some posts went missing. And your PM's. That was an unintended consequence of these changes. We're really sorry about that. But the band-aid's off now, and we're ready to slap some Polysporin onto that wound and regenerate some nice-looking skin. Or something like that. I haven't slept.

Thank you for your patience, and for understanding. We promise, it's gonna be great.

Feb. 14, 2017, 3:06 p.m.

This might seem like an odd suggestion but Ive ridden a few times in these babies over the winter: http://nativeshoes.com/ca/adult-boots/jimmy-winter-jiffy-black-solid-plaid (the name is just coincidental)

They are lighter than pretty much any other shoe and stick to flats incredibly well not to mention totally waterproof. I even modeled them for some of the nsmb boys during parking lot beers last sat on Seymour.

They looked sweet right guys??! lol

Hiya Jimmy,

They looked good to me as post-ride shoes but very thin and light for actual pedaling. However if they work for you, that's great.

Mic I think you got sorted but here's my review of the Giro Alpineduro: http://nsmb.com/giro-alpineduro-winter-shoes/

I used them again this winter and they were great, although I've been riding more on flats and this is my new go-to for winter conditions or otherwise (for flat pedals only, unfortunately): http://nsmb.com/own-fr-01-shoe-review/

Jan. 31, 2017, 1:43 p.m.

Isn't it easier to build compliance into a carbon vs. aluminium rim?

Yes, but that doesn't mean it's the way they're designed. Since the major benefits of carbon are stiffness and strength (at a given weight), those are the traits that are pursued more rigorously. There is certainly a difference in compliance across different carbon rims, but it's a lot more noticeable on a hardtail, and it's not a priority.

Jan. 24, 2017, 10:43 a.m.

Chromag Surface 27.5+…. my only bike at the moment. I love this ride. Soon to add Eagle and hopefully some carbon hoops to the mix.

I'll be curious to see which carbon wheels you choose and how they ride. Some are so stiff that I wonder how the back end will feel. Will be trying some carbon wheels on the Primer at some point but can already say that something like an Enve M70 would be brutal on the backside.

Jan. 17, 2017, 11:28 a.m.

strange you feel the explorer is too big, comparatively speaking it's not that much longer than the xt5

I drove one last year and it is significantly bigger than the older ones (like late 90s, early 00s version). However I was also impressed with it.

Jan. 17, 2017, 11:20 a.m.

I'd be in a Forester with the 2.0L turbo so it'd go like stink around town and on the highway. A Highlander would be better off road as the Forester is only really a car. Would I cross a shallow creek in a Highlander? Maybe. In a Forester? No way.

Having owned Subaru's AWD, Toyota's AWD, and Toyota's 4WD I can say Subaru's AWD is the best on snow and ice.

I don't know why you would do anything in a Highlander that you wouldn't do in a Forester. The Highlander is certainly not a truck, nor a proper SUV. It is built on a car chassis. Ditto the Forester, but its shorter wheelbase would make certain things marginally easier.

Agreed on Subie AWD. In bad snow conditions my WRX laughs while the SUVs follow each other in a line up the sea-to-sky, I'm makin' tracks and kickin' ass.

Jan. 17, 2017, 8:44 a.m.

Or go skiing because its been years since the conditions have been this good.

But if you have less time on your hands or a hankering to ride your bike, it's still legit. And if you're curious about them newfangled wide tires, now is also a good time…