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Feb. 20, 2020, 7:07 p.m.
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Re: Best Saddle of all time

I ride a SQlab 611 Carbon Active.  I have taken out all of the elastomers as I found it quite firm with any of them in.  This makes the wings the most 'active' they can be.  I measured my sitbones with the method described on their website (with cardboard and a sharpie) at just under 11cm and ordered a 13cm.  If I were to order another, id probably try a 14cm as I suspect I might be in between sizes?  The 13cm feels a bit narrow at times, and other times just right.  Im not sure if erring on the side of too narrow or too wide is better, but I imagine its personal preference to some degree.

Feb. 19, 2020, 10:47 a.m.
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Re: Where should I ride in 2020?

Posted by: LoamtoHome

Revelstoke is good and easy access to most of the trails.

The ski resort just opened up the new '5620' flow trail near the end of last season as well if you want a day of lift assisted riding while you are there.

Feb. 18, 2020, 3:11 p.m.
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Re: Why did cush core have to be so good?

Posted by: heathen

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Posted by: RAHrider

Any light riders using cushcore on here? I want to upgrade my wife's bike but she's less than 120lbs. Currently I've got her on a minion rear 2.3 and a magic Mary 2.35 front. Both are about 800-900g. Thinking if I drop in CC I could swap her to a lighter tire. Any suggestions for a BC worthy 29x 2.3-2.4 tire that weighs around 700g? Not worried about the casing as she is easy on tires and the cc will provide sidewall support. I just want something grippy and with adequate tread.

My wife is 140ish 5,8. She is not crazy but drops 2 footers and loves mild tech. She runs Minion 2.3 winter and 2.5 summer. We still run tubes in her bike for a few reasons. #1 she is a wiz at fixing flats, so running tubes give her peace of mind knowing she can fix it easy. #2 at her weight she can run low pressure and not ding rims. We feel there is no need to go tubless or run CC. If she really starts to go bigger or faster we will reassess.

My wife is in a similar category. 125ish 5'4". Loves tech and the occasional small drop, but is not super aggressive. Runs a 2.35 MagicMary front, 2.35 HansDampf or Nobby Nic rear. Currently runs tubes for the reasons stated above, but on her new bike we are building her for this season she will likely go tubeless to enjoy the weight savings and increased traction. I dont have any fear of her dinging rims, and CushCore would be way overkill for her I think.

We might go tubless this summer.

I got a super cheap 27.5 ProCore kit last fall, and put it in my front wheel.  So far so good.  Lowered pressure down to about ~20psi from ~25psi before. Will probably throw it on the back wheel as well when I change tires for the spring.

If you only have one CC why run it in the front? I would think the rear would give the most benefit.

I actually have both.  I decided to try it on the front wheel first so that I could run some much lower pressures to give myself some more grip during the wet season.  Im not a crusher of rims or equipment, so I dont need it so much to prevent dings in the rear. Ill probably throw it in the back like I said, and see what comes of it. Truthfully, I probably dont need it at all, and will eventually just go to full tubeless to save the weight.

Feb. 18, 2020, 1:46 p.m.
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Re: Why did cush core have to be so good?

Posted by: heathen

Posted by: shoreboy

Posted by: heathen

Posted by: RAHrider

Any light riders using cushcore on here? I want to upgrade my wife's bike but she's less than 120lbs. Currently I've got her on a minion rear 2.3 and a magic Mary 2.35 front. Both are about 800-900g. Thinking if I drop in CC I could swap her to a lighter tire. Any suggestions for a BC worthy 29x 2.3-2.4 tire that weighs around 700g? Not worried about the casing as she is easy on tires and the cc will provide sidewall support. I just want something grippy and with adequate tread.

My wife is 140ish 5,8. She is not crazy but drops 2 footers and loves mild tech. She runs Minion 2.3 winter and 2.5 summer. We still run tubes in her bike for a few reasons. #1 she is a wiz at fixing flats, so running tubes give her peace of mind knowing she can fix it easy. #2 at her weight she can run low pressure and not ding rims. We feel there is no need to go tubless or run CC. If she really starts to go bigger or faster we will reassess.

My wife is in a similar category. 125ish 5'4". Loves tech and the occasional small drop, but is not super aggressive. Runs a 2.35 MagicMary front, 2.35 HansDampf or Nobby Nic rear. Currently runs tubes for the reasons stated above, but on her new bike we are building her for this season she will likely go tubeless to enjoy the weight savings and increased traction. I dont have any fear of her dinging rims, and CushCore would be way overkill for her I think.

We might go tubless this summer.

I got a super cheap 27.5 ProCore kit last fall, and put it in my front wheel.  So far so good.  Lowered pressure down to about ~20psi from ~25psi before. Will probably throw it on the back wheel as well when I change tires for the spring.

Feb. 18, 2020, 9:13 a.m.
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Joined: Sept. 30, 2006
Re: Why did cush core have to be so good?

Posted by: heathen

Posted by: RAHrider

Any light riders using cushcore on here? I want to upgrade my wife's bike but she's less than 120lbs. Currently I've got her on a minion rear 2.3 and a magic Mary 2.35 front. Both are about 800-900g. Thinking if I drop in CC I could swap her to a lighter tire. Any suggestions for a BC worthy 29x 2.3-2.4 tire that weighs around 700g? Not worried about the casing as she is easy on tires and the cc will provide sidewall support. I just want something grippy and with adequate tread.

My wife is 140ish 5,8. She is not crazy but drops 2 footers and loves mild tech. She runs Minion 2.3 winter and 2.5 summer. We still run tubes in her bike for a few reasons. #1 she is a wiz at fixing flats, so running tubes give her peace of mind knowing she can fix it easy. #2 at her weight she can run low pressure and not ding rims. We feel there is no need to go tubless or run CC. If she really starts to go bigger or faster we will reassess.

My wife is in a similar category. 125ish 5'4". Loves tech and the occasional small drop, but is not super aggressive. Runs a 2.35 MagicMary front, 2.35 HansDampf or Nobby Nic rear. Currently runs tubes for the reasons stated above, but on her new bike we are building her for this season she will likely go tubeless to enjoy the weight savings and increased traction. I dont have any fear of her dinging rims, and CushCore would be way overkill for her I think.

Feb. 11, 2020, 7:44 p.m.
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Re: Cheapest whistler day passes

Posted by: Stuminator

https://www.piquenewsmagazine.com/whistler/letters-to-the-editor-for-the-week-of-january-30/Content?oid=14979805

Damning letter to the editor from Ben Cherniavsky from Vancouver, about Edge cards not being accepted on MLK weekend. Those Edge card holders in the line up must have been supremely pissed when they got turned away.

Im not in anyway saying that we should be observing American stat holidays, but the blackout dates are clearly defined on the website. It shows Dec 26-31,2019 and Jan 18, Feb 15-16.  So if it is true they were denied on Jan 18, it is in line with what they have stated on their website.

Feb. 11, 2020, 9:22 a.m.
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Re: Fun "value" of new vs used; is the juice worth the squeeze?

Posted by: JBV

i'm highly biased, with a bike up for sale, but i can't believe how many high end bikes linger for sale forever. i have a premo custom build on a 2016 'bike of the year' mtb and i'm selling it for a song.  a 16 Patrol is essentially a current Bronson, but with a nicer build kit and wheels, Vorsprung shock and Factory 36 fork. 200mm dropper. not a nibble for months.  maybe it's not enough of a park sled?

Its an XL and its 27.5.  Thats going to be a tough sell at anytime of the year in my opinion.  29ers are hot, 27.5 is not right now.  Maybe once spring rolls around you will have better luck!

Feb. 7, 2020, 3:48 p.m.
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Re: Shimano XTR 9100 Hubs - Cup and Cone FTW?

I have several sets of CK hubs, and they are all at least 10 years old and on their original bearings and still smooth. They've been overhauled maybe twice in that time frame.  I think that answers the question for me.  Cup and cone don't scare me, but you definitely have to stay on top of the maintenance more.

Feb. 6, 2020, 11:21 a.m.
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Re: Shimano brakes

Posted by: Kieran

Posted by: shoreboy

I do a similar method to this, but usually push fluid up through to the funnel first with a syringe.  After that, I attach a bag with a hose to the caliper and allow it to gravity bleed down and out like he is showing.  Im not a huge fan of letting mineral oil pour all over my caliper, though lubing the pistons is a good side benefit.  Depending on how much air is in your brakes, I would fear that a simple gravity bleed wouldn't get all of the air out of the areas near the lever. Im sure these mechanics are bleeding the racers brakes on a much more regular basis than any of us are, so probably only need a quick gravity bleed to get things right.

I didn't read your reply before writing.

Yes, if you have a large amount of air in the system it would be useful to push some fluid through first.

You shouldn't be worried about getting fluid on the pistons though, I was at first, but making sure that you double clean is all you need. Benefit - no more sticky pistons!!!

Now I have this method, I'm bleeding all my brakes every time I install a new set of pads. It really should help with overall consistency.

Im not worried about getting the oil on the pistons, in fact I usually lube up the pistons with some oil and a q-tip or string during the bleed.  Id be more worried about not getting every last drop of oil off the piston when trying to clean it up and contaminating my new pads.  The hose and bag idea is the same, just less of a mess in my opinion.

Feb. 5, 2020, 3:14 p.m.
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Re: Shimano brakes

I do a similar method to this, but usually push fluid up through to the funnel first with a syringe.  After that, I attach a bag with a hose to the caliper and allow it to gravity bleed down and out like he is showing.  Im not a huge fan of letting mineral oil pour all over my caliper, though lubing the pistons is a good side benefit.  Depending on how much air is in your brakes, I would fear that a simple gravity bleed wouldn't get all of the air out of the areas near the lever. Im sure these mechanics are bleeding the racers brakes on a much more regular basis than any of us are, so probably only need a quick gravity bleed to get things right.

Feb. 4, 2020, 12:28 p.m.
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Re: Shimano brakes

I ride Saints as well. Love them. I have read of the wandering bite point phenomenon, but have never experienced it myself. It could be that I am accustomed to their feel, and am immune to it as well.

Feb. 3, 2020, 10:35 a.m.
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Re: Cheapest whistler day passes

Posted by: three-sheets

189 bucks????

Holy fuck. People actually pay that?

Who else remembers stopping at the 7 11 in squamish for 19.99 passes?

My days at whistler dont go back quite that far, but I do remember being able to get a 10 day edge card for ~$400. I also remember being able to get more than 5 runs in in a day cuz we didnt have to wait in 45min-1hr lift lines after every run.

Feb. 2, 2020, 6:14 p.m.
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Re: Magura technical question

Id just seal the cut brake line with something. I use a product called Parafilm, which is like a stretchy waxy sealer that is waterproof. No point in dumping out all the oil in my opinion.

For cutting the cable, id use a very sharp Olfa type blade if you dont have a dedicated cutter. You can probably get away with the cable cutters, but I find they will always crush/deform the cable somewhat even if they are good and sharp. The most important part is making sure the cable is cut flush (no angle) so that the barb seats properly.

Good luck!

Feb. 2, 2020, 6:02 p.m.
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Re: Bashguards?

I run one of the V1 bashguides from ONEUp.  I dont hit it all the time, but there have definitely been a few times where it has saved me some damage Im sure. The added bonus to the bash, is the top guide to make sure you never drop a chain.  They are also nice as they have interchangeable bottom bash plates to more or less custom fit to whatever front chainring you are using.

Feb. 1, 2020, 3:35 p.m.
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Re: How good is your shop?

Cables themselves don't actually stretch. Its just the term given to the symptom.  Its the housing and ferrules that need to be seated properly that is usually the culprit.  Pre 'stretching' the cable ensures that all the housing is properly bedded in (if that makes sense).  Putting tension on the cable before doing any derailleur adjustments will seat everything, and there is less chance thinks will go out of whack.

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