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Jan. 20, 2017, 9:35 p.m.
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NSMB - 2017 - Full Suspension Bike Thread

I get that everybody's concerns with Race Face reliability on the Next SL cranks but aren't the Next SL cranks one of the lightest carbon cranks on the market? That's a hefty claim for anything that I would consider on my bike when riding oh the shore.

Jan. 20, 2017, 2:13 p.m.
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NSMB - 2017 - Full Suspension Bike Thread

My ride for the next little while. Stock Warden Carbon with the Supreme Leader Eagle build. Cane Creek Coil - IL rear shock has been so plush since I got on one last summer. It will get a 2.5 DHF WT tire soon. 29.5 LBS

Jan. 8, 2016, 12:27 a.m.
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NSMB- 2016 - Mountain Bike Tread (Full Suspension)

My current ride, it's just about to flip this bad boy. Time for something new, and I have a few projects in the pipe right now. Also, less colour.

Frame: 2015/16 Knolly Endorphin. Large Blue
Shock: Fox Float DPS, Evol Can, Stock Knolly custom tune
Headset: Cane Creek 110 with Cane Creek blue spacers
Fork: Fox 34 Float 150mm Fit4
Stem: Race Face Turbine 35 60mm
Bar: RF SixC Blue. I originally had the Next SL and loved their flex pattern for this bike but I needed the width at 6"11/2' and after I shortened the stem from 70mm
Grips: Chromag Basis. Yellow
Seatpost: KS Lev Integra w/ southpaw
Seat: Chromag Lynx DT yellow
Seat post clamp : Chromag QR
Shifter: Sram XO1
Derailleur: Sram XO1
Cassette: Sram XG1195
Chain: Cram XX1
Cranks: Race Face Next SL 175mm 32t DM right
Chainguide: none
Wheels: Industry Nine Carbon Trail 24 rims on Torch hubs
Tires: F - Maxxis Minion DHF 2.3 / EXO/ TR / 3C, R - Maxxis Minion SS 2.3 EXO / TR / 3C
Brakes: Sram Guide RSC 200/180
Pedals: Chromag Scarab blk
Weight - not sure.

Sept. 13, 2015, 12:44 p.m.
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Carbon Knolly! Carbon Knolly!

The frame MSRP will technically be a bit cheaper in Canada than the USA at $3995 with a Fox or Cane Creek shock option and $200 more to get it with the Cane Creek DBA-CS or Fox Float X2.

Its been a really hard year for bike customers in Canada with the dollar taking a massive dive. So much of the bike industry operates in USD, if you haven't seen it already expect most companies to raise MSRP pricing 15-20% next year just to be able to pay the bills.


May 6, 2013, 11:33 p.m.
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NSMB - 2013 - DH/FR Build thread

Well, if we are sharing our Podiums…. Around 40lbs with DH tubes.

Feb. 8, 2013, 12:27 a.m.
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NSMB - 2013 - Enduro/Trail Bike Build thread

Full Spec.
Fork - Fox 34 Float 150mmCTD ADJUST FIT
Head Set - Cane Creek "forty" series
Stem - Thomson Elite X4 70mm
Bar - Joystick Analog Carbon
Grips (pair) - Lizard Skins Knolly Charger
Brakes - Shimano XTR Trail 180/160
Shifters - Shimano XTR 2 x 10 spd
Seat Post - Thomson 31.6mm
Seat Post QR - Chromag Aluminum
Saddle - Joystick Emulator
Crankset - Shimano XTR Trail 2 x 10, 175 x 26 / 38 T
Front Derailleur - Shimano XTR E-type 2 direct
Rear Derailleur - Shimano XTR 10 spd
Cassette - Shimano XTR 11 - 36 T
Chain - Shimano 10 spd
Front Hub - Hope Pro II EVO 15mm
Rear Hub - Hope Pro II EVO 12x142
Spokes - DT Swiss Competition Black
Rims - DT Swiss XM480
Front Tire - Maxxis Minion DHF 2.35
Rear Tire - Maxxis Minion DHR 2.35
Tubes - Welter Weight Presta

I'm considering a few changes for sure to this but parts come and go. I'm really looking forward to every single XTR part on this bike, even the cassette is so nice!

Things I might change/ add:
-KS Lev seatpost. Should be here in a couple of weeks!
-Bars, the joystick stuff is strong and light but just not wide enough for my size.
-I love the feel of the fox 34 and 36 forks when on trials not too steep like a lot of ssc, squamish, lower mountain stuff on fromme/ seymour as it does have a tendency to dive on sustained steep stuff. I've found in the past that I either sacrifice small bump or firmness to get the fork set up to handle one scenario better. This is especially true as I like to ride aggressively over the bars, but I have ridden one of the new Endorphins with a 34 float before and riding it more like a trail bike instead of my DH bike also helped it to work very well. I'll probably ride it for a bit and see if James can tune it up or I will grab a Revelation and loose up to .5 lbs while I'm at it.
-I have one of those c-guides. I'm going to put velcro on the chain contact points but if I hear noise, the guide is going on.
-1x10 for the heck of it?

Feb. 7, 2013, 11:06 p.m.
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NSMB - 2013 - Enduro/Trail Bike Build thread

Am I doing it right?

The frame is too bright and my camera phone can't handle it. I'll try to get some more HQ ones with a scale shot.

28.1 lbs plus chain resting on the saddle with full XTR Knolly spec (all claims for the time being). With the XX kit, my large with paint would be under 28lbs but this is so sexy.

I still need to finish putting it together but I'm injured so I'm in no rush. I have never owned clips but I guess its time to buy a set for something like this. A KS lev is coming to add some more weight on.

Nov. 14, 2012, 11:59 p.m.
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Fedex and UPS shipping fees

you guys make it sound like all UPS shipments rape you with brokerage fees. Not true. Only the regular UPS delivery is bad. Most US places that use UPS will use International Expedited which doesn't have any extra brokerage fees.

You just need to be aware of the service they use.

Same thing with Fedex express. Depending on the value, brokerage can be covered. Not as nice for ground though.

Sept. 24, 2012, 1:34 p.m.
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CRC - Wheel Build Quality?

you might be surprised how competitive some of the LBS are with CRC pricing on custom wheel builds….

I wish this were true, last I checked, approximate msrp in Canada on a Hope pro2 150x12 rear hub was around $350 (2010). CRC quotes the build (with same hub and 729) for $315.When I worked in a shop, it would be about the same price to order a DH wheelset off of CRC than it would be for me to buy it at an employee rate, then I would have to spend my time to build it.

This of course doesn't include any possible duties associated with shipping, but sometimes chainreaction blows the competition out of the water.

Sept. 24, 2012, 12:17 a.m.
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DH bike color change?

Knolly's in the past were painted by spectrum pre 2010 (and i believe Toxic when the first gen was completely done in Vancouver). For the 2010/2011 Podiums and deliriums, they were all painted at dekerf in Richmond. Chris Dekerf knows how to paint the frames and can do some exotic colours. However, I know some people weren't over the moon with the paint durability. You can get decals for underneath the clear coating from Knolly (by ordering them through Different bikes or Lynn Valley Bikes).

Be aware when you consider stripping down your anodized black frame. The anodizing is a harder surface finish than normal paint, it will take more effort and more money than normal to do such a thing.

And most importantly, make sure to show us the finished product!

May 10, 2012, 3:07 p.m.
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Potential Bike park at Mount Seymour?

Its not that they don't have the money to do it… The legal reasons that has already been touched on is why.

And seymour already has income from the summer months that requires time and attention. I would much rather be paid on contract by the provincial government rather than hoping some bikers will give me money to ride trails when there are a bunch of free ones just below.

April 12, 2012, 9 p.m.
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Fave part of you DH rig and why?

Cane creek double barrel on my Knolly Podium frame. I can't wait to get my hands on a 2012.
Odi rouge grips for softness.
Highroller rear tire (I just understood the cornering on it so well that i was easy to rail a corner and deal with the speed that I wore them out. I cant wait to try a new highroller 2).
Chromag OSX bar.

Everything else gave me a reason at one point in time or another to complain.

Nov. 23, 2011, 9:17 a.m.
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Looking for advice on a Fromme bike

If you just moved into the Lynn Valley area, walk down to Lynn Valley bikes and get any of the awesome guys there to set you up on a Knolly Chilcotin (or a rocky slayer). I had a chance to ride around on a chili for a few months early spring and summer, mostly on fromme, and it was amazing.

I've spent some time on a rune also, I can't say I was super impressed with it. Sacrificing plushness on the trail going up or down the hill for the ability to ride on the road with little or no bob is not necessary. The chilcotin proves such a thing by being more plush going down yet the chilcotin's suspension works when you are technically climbing also, contrary to what I felt from the rune.

And of course, there will be many more recommendations but I'm also liking the Santa Cruz Carbon Nomad. Of course if price range is in consideration, maybe something big box like a specialized Enduro comp.

Just cause I am excited to ride a new chilcotin in a few months, a photo of me riding one in the summer on Ladies only.
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June 17, 2011, 12:22 a.m.
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David Lang's photos from the riots

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June 11, 2011, 10:08 p.m.
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UN-1 Battles the VPD

Man, where were the cops last night when I got my pizza kicked out of my hands by some stranger for no reason.

It has been said already but I will say it again, you have to be doing something seriously stupid to get arrested in such a manner by the cops on granville on such an evening.

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