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Nov. 14, 2012, 12:06 p.m.
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Wade's ride

E=MC^2… the faster u ride, the more energy your suspension (and body) soak up… pretty straight fwd… the biggest thing i hate about soft suspension is how my geo steepens at exactly the wrong moment… proper suspension setup means a rider can shred more aggressively and with more confidence

Nov. 14, 2012, 11:59 a.m.
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A New Breed of Shore Hardtail

If by challenges you mean "dumbing down the shore"…

sure existing climbing lines are easier… no biggie… because IMO 29rs have opened up new, previously thought unrideable, harder climbing lines!

Nov. 14, 2012, 11:47 a.m.
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An Open Letter To Chain Reaction Cycles

problem = multiple levels of small national distribution cannot compete with large flat global distribution.

CRC pretty much offers one thing - cheap parts and gear within a week or so. However, they are not always the cheapest source for the price conscious buyer. For people who just need parts and can wait a bit, CRC is great. Clearly CRCs huge sales volume and size means more choice for customers.

For people who need more than just parts or need parts immediately, local shops offer the extras that CRC cannot provide.

One possible solution to the existing inequity would be for CRC to offer parts directly to local shops at a reduced profit margin. ie. less than a final customer can buy for. Any shop that is buying a part is doing so because they are also providing something in addition to their customer - service, installation, post-sales support, etc. This will bring customers back to local shops. CRC should and can do this because they won't have to deal with any post sales support (now the local shop's responsibility) and will have another level of distribution which fits their business model.

The CRC model is not going anywhere and (based on their success) is something bike comsumers clearly want. Obvioulsy shops don't like the competition but the legacy distribution system they work within ain't their fault. If i were a bike shop owner, i'd round up as many shops as i could get on board and sit down and meet with both CRC and the legacy distribution players to hammer out a new distribution system that works for local shops and not just CRC.

Nov. 14, 2012, 10:59 a.m.
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Night rides, rain, fog=I hate glasses

was out night riding in the rain last night… with contacts… and no gogs or shades… at one point it was torrential and the most valuable piece of gear on my bike (besides lights) was my DIY front fork mud guard… old tubes work good but neoprene is the best IMO… cut up an old Skinz chainstay guard and shred in the slop!

Nov. 14, 2012, 10:50 a.m.
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A New Breed of Shore Hardtail

i don't necessarily have more fun on my hardtail, but i appreciate the added challenge. in terrain that's fast and rough i find it fatiguing, and i'm faster and less tired on my squishy bike.

surface is really versatile, can be xc raced or ridden in nasty terrain with a dialed setup like pilecki's.

sure, a 29 HT presents different challenges on the way down but feels like cheating on the way up!

anyone know the difference between a Surface and Rootdown?

Nov. 8, 2012, 11:11 a.m.
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bike weight significance

Let's try again…

1. There is such a thing as too light when it compromises handling, durability and/or expense.
2. Yes, they are definitely worth it as long as durability is retained.
3. Suitability to riding style is important as long as the part is light.
4. Some of us enjoy nerding out on lightweight gear. Shops should embrace this because we're the ones willing to fork out the $$ for new but completely unnecessary gear.
5. Not really - it is called XTR Trail! OK, maybe not for DHing but true everywhere else.

point 3^^^ = very true…
IMO, to really nerd out on bike gear one needs to look further than shops… i am amazed at the number of tiny boutique online sources for cool bike parts…

Nov. 8, 2012, 10:59 a.m.
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bike weight significance

Let me correct/adjust that.

1. There is no such thing as too light, might be too fragile and too expensive though.
2. Yes they are worth it.
3. Absolutely no question there.
4. That's why I ride alone.
5 You betcha.

LOL. nice… when i said there is such a thing as too light i was thinking of the sub 1600g wheelset i ran on my nomad for a few months… they weren't too fragile or expensive but rather just didn't work with the character and intended us of frame IMO… i found the wheels limited how hard i was willing to push the rest of the bike… perhaps that's another way of saying too fragile… or that XC wheels can hold back a bigger bike… see 5 - compromises - that's what it really comes down to

Nov. 8, 2012, 10:46 a.m.
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special 29er tire thread

Hans Dampf in 26 are a good grippy tire but heavy. In 29er they'd be too heavy for my tastes. Might have to hit up LV to see what they have. I have used Mountain Kings in black chili and liked them just fine.

my 29 x 2.35 HansD in EVO/Tubeless ready/Pacestar was 870g…

Nov. 7, 2012, 2:25 p.m.
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bike weight significance

i've done my fair share of geeking out on lightweight stuff… what i learned:
1. there is such a thing as too light
2. the last 1-2 lbs aren't worth it
3. suitability to riding style is WAY more important than weight in making component choices
4. someone with a way lighter bike and someone else with a way heavier bike will skool you no matter what… and then you will realize that you should have been out riding instead of nerding out on lightweight gear
5. every component is a choice about what compromises you are willing to ride with

Nov. 7, 2012, 2:08 p.m.
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special 29er tire thread

have u tried 2.35 Hans Damphhhhf?

Nov. 1, 2012, 1:16 p.m.
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KS Lev in stock anywhere?

been running KS posts for 3 years now on the shore… easy maintenance to keep 'em going thru the winter can be found here:
[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VodHTo5zxls[HTML_REMOVED]feature;=plcp](http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VodHTo5zxls&feature=plcp)

Oct. 29, 2012, 11:34 a.m.
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26in wheels could soon be dead for trail riding, say bike industry bigwigs

i'd be bummed if the "industry" dropped any wheel size options… i've ridden all sizes - 26,650B, 29 here on the shore and they all rip just in slightly different ways… different strokes for different folks!

July 5, 2012, 12:41 p.m.
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Steve Smith 2nd at Windham! Replay here...

Stevie - you are doing us proud! keep kickin ass and takin names… you're next Gwinner!

May 31, 2012, 11:27 p.m.
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Rocky Element RSL 29 BC Edition

the want is high!… numbers look good… sub 70 degree HA with a 120mm fork (BC edition)… prob more with a 34 chassis lowered… 4.4lb frame! wow.

can someone translate the "bb drop" spec to static bb height? -39.5mm is that below the axle of a 29?

http://element.bikes.com/en/story/

May 25, 2012, 2:32 p.m.
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1x11

personally, i think this is sweet and makes a lot of sense.

IMO 10 spd shifts and rides just as good or better than 9 spd. based on that, i'm open minded on 11 speed.

420% gear range and 13% gear increments = bang on.

the only thing better than this is would be a light weight gearbox/CVT integrated thru a mega large BB shell/pivot, belt drive, no derailleurs, wide rear spoke flanges. but that's just me dreamin and now that i think about it, space might be a problem.

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