As an athiest I do struggle with how to teach my kids to respect others' beliefs while also explaining why a frightening number of apparently sane "grown ups" believe a bunch of made up crap.
I haven't had a problem with the time cleats eating the shoe, but did find they sat too proud of my 5:10's so all the weight was on the cleat and none on the sole. I ground down the back of the cleat a little so they sat lower in the sole of the shoe and I get more contact between the sole and the pedal.
Those look good. Did you manage to find them anywhere local?
I got mine in Europe last year, not sure who carries them locally, but they are available online. Sizing is pretty true, I was right between med and lg and went with the med after trying both on. They have loosened up a very small amount but not much. There is good adjustment with Velcro straps top and bottom.
If you're here in Squamish and want to try them on for size, drop me a message.
I think they had M/L and L left when I ordered, but this first run was pretty small. Sizing is basically the same as the Surface - M/L is 18.5" seat tube and 23.5" top.
I got them to add ISCG tabs and stealth routing as originally it had neither.
gweb, is that spec from Chromag or did you just get the frame and build it up yourself? I'm strongly considering one this summer/fall but I'm pretty sure I'm not going to go the complete route from Chromag (tires/wheels/fork/frame only if possible).
I got the frame, fork, wheels, headset, cranks and chainring from Chromag and sourced the rest myself or had it lying around from previous builds. Chromag's prices on wheels and the fork were better than anywhere else I could find.
Just finished building up a new toy. Only done a quick lap on her so far, but really happy with it. Just a fun, flickable hardtail feel, but with endless grip. Way more fun than the Aperture I had before, and it feels like it's covering the ground just as quick, both up and down.
Really happy with the dianese trail skins, had them for about 7 months and they are the first set of pads I forget I'm wearing even on long climbs. Comfortable, no rubbing at all, good ventilation and just enough protection that I've walked away from each crash so far.
I bought a set of the O'Neal zipper pads thinking I'd like the way they can go on and off easily, but have been so impressed with the trail skins I'm selling the O'Neals unused.
You won't go too far wrong with a Hope and Flow combo, and CRC's builds are amazing value.
That said I did find that when I moved to that combo in 29" I was having to straighten them far more than I did with the same setup on 26". Not a reflection on the rims, more the wheel size I think.
I got some carbon hoops from Nobl (https://noblwheels.com) and they have been bulletproof for nearly a year now. The stiffness was notable (in a good way) over the Flows as well. Just had a look at the website and their prices have gone up a bit, but I would suggest if you are thinking of spending 1K, try and go carbon if you can afford it, the Ibis wheels are meant to be good too.
Hopes [HTML_REMOVED] Flows are a great setup, easy to service and strong rims.
If you are a lighter rider and/or don't care about the extra width in the rim, then an Arch rim will save a bit of weight, but for fit and forget Flows have lasted me for years, including light use in the park.
I have been running a set of the 29er hookless 30/35mm rims built up by Nobl Wheels since June, and they have been flawless.
Switched the tires out a couple of weeks ago and inspected them closely, a couple of scratches, but running perfectly true and spokes still tensioned evenly. Very happy with them.