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May 1, 2014, 1:28 p.m.
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Testes

A few comparison head to head tests of gear like knee pads, gloves etc. The type of stuff that doesn't cost a fortune, but is really annoying if the details are wrong.

Our course with a head to head test there's going to winners and losers so advertisers might not like it…

April 25, 2014, 5:19 a.m.
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29er Tires for BCBR

Spec Ground Control on the rear for something a bit quicker rolling than the Purg but still has some bite. I was impressed with mine and will run it again when it drys out this year.

I only have a few rides in using a Ground Control on the back, but really happy with it so far. Rolls quickly and plenty of grip for anything outside of winter slop. I went with the GRID tubeless ready version for a bit beefier casing, but it's still plenty light enough.

April 16, 2014, 6:26 a.m.
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Extremely Easy 'Mountain Biking' above Squamish?

If you want to go from the Uni to Alice Lake via the roads, you can. You can ride up Mamquam to the FSR that leads to Half Nelson but instead of going right at the first fork, you go left. Keep riding and you will pass the bottom of Pseudo - keep climbing past on the road (it will go uphill for awhile). Eventually there will be another split, you can then go left (right heads you up towards the bottom of Skookum) towards Alice Lake. You will end up behind Made in the Shade - close to where Scheizzen ends.

This route was hard going when I did it in the other direction around 10 days ago, muddy and churned up by logging trucks.

March 19, 2014, 9:32 p.m.
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Buying a bike from Whistler?

Depends what you're looking to ride, and what size frame you need. If you're only going to hit the park the glory could fit the bill. If you need a small frame and are going to pedal up at all, then the faith will be (very slightly) easier.

Jan. 2, 2014, 6:48 a.m.
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NSMB - 2014 – Enduro / Trail Bike Thread

I haven't had any ride time on these wheels yet. The rims are certainly light (around 390grams), seem to be very stiff and are reasonably priced. Setting them up tubeless was a breeze. Definitely looking forward to spring.

Thanks, I might have to give the rims a go, the 29" hookless, reinforced rims with an extra layer of carbon are still not much over 400g each and are meant to be even stiffer.

Jan. 2, 2014, 4:35 a.m.
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NSMB - 2014 – Enduro / Trail Bike Thread

My Intense Carbine 275..

Nice bike. What do you think of those rims? I have been considering getting a set of the new 29" hookless ones.

Jan. 1, 2014, 4:01 p.m.
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NSMB - 2014 – Enduro / Trail Bike Thread

A couple of months old now, but so much fun. Might have to splash out on some carbon hoops though, the bigger wheels are definitely not as strong…

Nov. 28, 2013, 9:14 p.m.
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29ers

Question for the taller 29er riders out there: In general when descending steep technical terrain do you feel more comfortable on a long travel 29er or a 27/26er with more travel?

At 6'2" I've been riding an XL HD for 4 seasons now and its time to order something new. I've had a few days each on a Bronson and a Tallboy LT, both of which I really liked and felt more comfortable and confident than the HD, especially at high speeds. My only experience on 29 is with the LT and a day on a Yeti 95. Unfortunately I wasn't able to get either of those 29s in steep terrain, the little I did get I found I could stay much more centred over the bike which I liked as opposed to over my rear wheel of the HD, essentially I'm assuming due to the OTB feeling on the smaller wheels from us taller guys.

I'm a Calgary rider but some local to you specific trail examples that come to mind are Gargamel and Kush(only ridden it in the wet which I'm not used to) in Whistler.

One thing I've found as well with the LT is I feel very comfortable jumping it over my HD, due to its inherent stability and no OTB feeling, especially off drops. And I like the idea of a shorter wheelbase of the LT compared to the Bronson.

Pivot 6 and Norco Sight are other options but I'm leaning towards the SC's as I want a fast climber. If I go TBLT, I would probably throw a 1degree angle set and possibly a 150 fork. Bronson I would leave as is with 150 fork. And as much as I would love to take more time to demo, it just seems like frames are selling out too quick these days so I want to get something ordered before the new year.

I'm 6' on a large TBLT. Tried a Bronson, but preferred the LT. Have never felt so balanced and comfortable on a new frame so quickly. I was riding a Dixon with a 36 float and offset bushing kit before (very slack head angle [HTML_REMOVED] super comfortable on steep stuff and at speed) and the LT is every bit it's equal on the steep stuff, and is much much better at everything else. I am running the LT with a Pike 150 and for me it's a great match.

Oct. 7, 2013, 9:57 p.m.
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shoes. clipless. bc xc/trail.

Especially when you tuck them in…

That's the look I'm after!

Oct. 7, 2013, 9:26 p.m.
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shoes. clipless. bc xc/trail.

I went for Shimano M162s. They're fairly efficient and have good heel hold but still walk quite well. They can be found fairly cheap online. Once I was going clipless, I didn't want to give up too much efficiency by going with a skate-style shoe.

+1 for the M162. Very happy with them for a summer shoe, but have just picked up some MW81's for the winter.

Oct. 4, 2013, 9:53 a.m.
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carbon bar end plugs?

That type of clamp puts nasty uneven forced into a bar. Too bad you had to find out the hard way
Minor damage though.Keep riding it but change grip type and check it periodically.

Yup new grips on the way. Shame, the Chromag's were a nice comfortable sticky grip.

EDIT - After looking at the damage again, I think the damage was caused by the impact not over tightening. The slam forced the grip further onto the bar and tried to lift the end cap off. This rotational lifting motion pushed the end cap/clamp into the bar cracking it. The Chromag grips are actually a fairly good clamping design, at least I've seen far worse.

Oct. 4, 2013, 9:44 a.m.
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carbon bar end plugs?

I think it's from over tightening the end clamp. if you look at where it's cracked, its exact shape of the clamp on the inside.

Damn, you're right. Just goes to show how little force you need to tighten those. My torque wrench doesn't go low enough, but didn't think a 2.5mm allen could torque enough to crack the bar.

Oct. 3, 2013, 9:19 p.m.
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29ers

Just made the move to bigger wheels and could not be more stoked with the new ride. Will have to drag it down the shop to weigh it at some point, but guessing just under 30.

Oct. 3, 2013, 8:27 p.m.
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carbon bar end plugs?

Have about 8-9 rides on some Chromag grips and manage to smash them up today. Not a huge off by any means, OTB but rolled out of it and didn't notice the damage until I got home.

Very end of the bar (Havoc Carbon) shows cracking in the carbon from where the end cap was pushed into it. Whether it's due to the metal end cap I don't know, but can't help but wonder if a plastic end cap would have been destroyed but wouldn't have passed the impact to the bar?

I'm a little wary now in case there's any unseen damage to the rest of the bar. Would you guys ride on or replace?

July 13, 2013, 10:44 p.m.
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Low key Squamish XC trails?

park at the sorca sign on Perth Dr. Ride down Lumberjacks, up Jacks, up 50 shades, down Mikes loop, down Tracks From Hell and u can finish on Rollercoaster.

Good loop, though depending on how mellow you want it to be, you could miss out Lumberjacks (fairly tech blue trail) and just head up from the SORCA shelter and take the first left, then follow that trail and it will turn into Jacks eventually.

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