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March 8, 2014, 5:04 p.m.
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11spd Experiments

I have been obsessing over gearing for a new build, and I though I would post up my visual aid: a plot a gear inches on a log scale, for various drivetrain configurations (all points are for 26 inch wheels). Ideally the points would be equally spaced on this scale.

The first set of points, the blue triangles is the gearing for a 12-32 8 speed cassette with 22T/32T chainrings, which I used for many years.

The second set of points is the standard 11-36 10 speed cassette with 24T/32T chainrings up front, which I have been using more recently.

The next set of points, the red circles, is the SRAM 11-speed configuration with three different chainring sizes.

The purple triangles are the 10 speed 1x conversions: a 10 speed 11-36 cassette with the 17T cog removed and a 42T cog added, again plotted with three chainring sizes.

The green circles are for a Canfield micro-drive hub with the Canfield 9-11-13-16 cogs mated to the bottom end of a 10-speed 11-36 cassette.

The x's are for a Canfield micro-drive as above but with a 42T cog added and the 21T cog removed. Not sure how easy that would be to do, as the cassette would have to be drilled to separate the cogs. I think I saw someone saying they had done this on MTBR.

The final row is a Leonardi 10-speed 9-42 cassette for a SRAM HD style freehub. I don't know if or when that cassette will be available.

Jan. 4, 2014, 8:31 a.m.
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Fromme 2014 Conditions

I did not ride either Bobsled or Expresso yesterday, but I did not see any closure signs posted when I rode by the entrances. I saw people rolling into Bobsled last Saturday.

Jan. 3, 2014, 2:46 p.m.
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Fromme 2014 Conditions

Fromme? I know it's not GC, but it will always be Grouse to me.

Friday Jan 3: the road is snow free up to the top of Upper Oil Can. There are some compact snow [HTML_REMOVED] ice patches from there to Seventh. Seventh is snow and ice free other than the roll-in at the start. It will probably be a different story tomorrow if it freezes tonight.

Jan. 1, 2014, 1:43 p.m.
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Seymour 2014 Conditions

Happy New Year NSMB! Pedalled up to Boogieman and Pangor today. Both are in great condition. Thanks Tapsters! Baden Powell from the Old Buck junction is pretty solid now.

June 9, 2012, 8:15 a.m.
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how to swap forks on 2 bikes... 1.5 vs. 1 1/8

I have an orbit extreme pro in a 1.5" headtube. When I swapped from a 1.5" to a 1 1/8" fork a couple of years ago, I found all I needed on the FSA website, and ordered the three parts direct from FSA. You need a new top cap, crown race, and compression ring. It is easy for me to swap back to the old fork, when my current fork has to go in for service.

June 15, 2011, 12:37 p.m.
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How do you like Expresso (Espresso?)

found old friend on facebook who knows history of espresso's origins.
joe buchar (claire's cousin). waiting to hear back on who he built it with and what year it was.

Twelve or so years ago, one of the original woodlot builders, Bill (Toadstool, Tsuga, Shotgun) told me he helped build Expresso. My memory may be faulty though, so I am curious to see if you come up with the same name. Last I heard Bill was living in Kelowna.

Dec. 9, 2010, 12:39 p.m.
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2010 Marzo Forks

Picked up my 66rc3 ti couple days back in Blaine and had a good ride at Galby while down there. Declared it at the line and got waved through with no taxes. Hopefully the rain will hold off tomorrow long enough to introduce it to Randy's. :rocker: It is only .25 lbs heavier than the totem solo air it is replacing.

Hey burke ryder, did the send you the 1.5 version you ordered?

Dec. 3, 2010, 5:17 p.m.
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1.125 inch vs tapered steerer

Thanks for the replies! I cannot say if the 1.5 Totem is overkill for me or not, as I do not really have anything to compare it to. The bike I had before this one four years ago had a dual crown fork and I do not recall noticing any positive or negative difference specifically in fork flexiness, but the ride in general was much improved. I do really enjoy the steep Cypress kinds of trails, and I suspect if I were to notice a difference it would be on those sorts of trails; for example picking my way down the steps on fifth horseman.

Cost: US$488, free shipping to Blaine WA, minus US$50 HnR coupon applied retroactively; so, US$438 to Blaine.
I drove across the border and picked it up in Blaine. Coming back across the border, I had to pay CDN$59 HST.
The total cost to me is about CDN$520, accounting for the exchange rate.

I have not done much checking around but the 2011 66 RC3 Ti tapered is currently listed at CDN$1326 on chainreactioncycles.com. HucknRoll does not have it listed.

Dec. 3, 2010, 9:14 a.m.
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1.125 inch vs tapered steerer

Greetings nsmb gear gurus. Short story/question: Would there be any noticeable ride difference, on the same bike with a straight 1.5 inch headtube, between the following two setups:
marzocchi 66 1.125 inch steerer, reducer headset;
marzocchi 66 tapered steerer, and appropriate headset, assuming the forks are otherwise identical.

Longer story: I have Knolly DT, 1.5 inch headtube, with an 07 totem with 1.5 inch steerer. My totem has caused several bike-use outages over the past 3.5 years, but SRAM/Norco/Different Bikes has each time been fantastic about getting me going again. However, the last outage disrupted a road trip this summer, and I feel it is time to find something more reliable. I was thinking I would do something about it next spring and I had pretty much already decided it would be a 66. In anticipation I started looking at the 2011 forks a few weeks ago, and realized the 2011 66 is not going to be available with a 1.5 inch steerer.

Then this weekend I saw the thread mentioning the HucknRoll sale, and I saw I could get the 2010 66 RC3 Ti with 1.5 inch steerer for $488 (minus another $50 for the coupon they sent after the order, thanks burke ryder!). I went for it. It arrived yesterday, but HucknRoll shipped the 1.125 inch steerer version, and it turns out they do not have the 1.5 inch version any more. So I was getting ready to ship it back this morning, but then I thought why? If I ship it back and get a 2011 with tapered steerer I am going to have to get a new headset anyway, and will it really make a difference to the ride? My gut feeling is no, but I am interested to hear what the gear gurus here have to say on this topic.

May 8, 2009, 10:15 p.m.
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Good local shop for spokes?

Different Bikes North Van has a good selection of DT. Competition for sure and Revolution I think. I Just bought some spokes there last week.

Sept. 7, 2008, 7:54 p.m.
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Time for new leg armour, what to get?

CraigH, what did you end up buying, and how have they worked?

March 29, 2008, 7:48 p.m.
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romic owner's manual

Romic owner's manual is still on their website:

http://www.romicmfg.com/Tech%20Support.htm

Jan. 15, 2008, 12:09 p.m.
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Lee Valley doesn't have the saw

Thanks TheGiggler, I will check out Pacific Arborist to see if they have one.

Jan. 14, 2008, 12:40 p.m.
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Lee Valley doesn't have the saw

Resurected thread: Has anyone here ordered the K24 direct from Fanno? If so, any issues to report? My crappy old saw just didn't cut it yesterday on my seach for blowdown and drains to clear.

Aug. 8, 2007, 5:04 a.m.
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Removing Totem lowers?

The tech manual in the link I posted previously contains sections on mission control damper service, and solo air spring service for the totem. Is that not what you are looking for?

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