What's your take and why??
What the hell happened to all our former post counts?? New ownership?? No biggy - just kinda funny... "Member since 2008, 3 posts" LOL
Posted by: shoreboy
Money no object? I cannot see why I would spend an extra $2800 on the Trance 0 vs the Trance 1. Likewise the T-bolt is $2200 more than the Trance 1. Havent ridden any of them, but I thought you were a Giant guy?
Money's always an object, but if it's justified, it's justified... I'm not big on the Fox kit - flamesuit on - but between riding a couple different rides last season and the season prior, I have to say, the RS stuff performed better and more consistently. But overall - spreading my scope a bit - might end up with the Giant again - but that T-Bolt BC Edition is getting some lung and limb cats excited. Seems a good ride - just interested...
Opinions, forums...you know the dance ;)
Been a while....
If you could, for all mountain and technical and long day "do all" riding, one bike, what would you pick:
Giant Trance Advanced 1
Giant Trance Advanced 0
RM Thunderbolt BC Edition
I've narrowed my scope to these. The T-Bolt would have the front fork upped to by 1cm to 150mm.
Thoughts on which bike and why.
Posted by: rasheed
Posted by: Endur-Bro
Ordered a frame manufactured in the EU. Picked it up today with GST, PST and Duties all added on. Fuck CBSA.
Ordered some offset bushings as well for more fun times.
Currently waiting on an order from Bike-Discount; dropper post, grips, some tools and carbon grease. Tracking says it's with CBSA now for review. Hope they don't rape me with extra charges. Should find out in a few days when it gets here.
The more you hope you don't get the Zed and Gimp gag-ball treatment, the more likely you are going to get the Zed and Gimp gag-ball treatment.
Ah opening day. The worst day to be a patroller, as all the over hyped dipshits huck themselves onto rocks and stumps just below the snow surface.
Quite a spectacle.
How very, very true.
We've got a mega warm/wet/subtropical front on us right now - it's a bit more than just the hoped for "wet shrink wrapping" system we saw last week. It's too warm. Hopefully it'll pass - but hey, if not? I've still yet to hang the MTBs :idea:
How's the snowline looking these days? Can't imagine November 10th is happening with the inbound pineapple. Was hoping to get some turns somewhere next weekend but don't fancy walking to 2000M for rain crust.
No dice. It's getting 50/50 on the top down to "maybe" base of Emerald. After that it's a slushfest mudslide. We need everything to drop 4-6C and things will start making sense. But the good news is, there was about 2m of snow up there before this pineapple came into play. From what ops have told me, the wet and warmth is just gluing it all to the hill as a pretty awesome base. So this is at least an optimistic perspective.
But my rule of thumb has always been, screw the opening day - 1.5m of base at Pig Alley is when I "consider" going up; 2m is a definite "ON".
I didn't want to come across as a dick - so I apologize if that was the tone of my last two posts.
And knowing pretty well everyone here is actually pretty 'core into their biking, I should assume everyone here is pretty 'core at getting it on in the back/slackcountry of skiing.
What irks me is seeing full tour gear and Patagucci and Arc'amex and everything else "bling" for the heavies - standing in the lift queue and not even able to do a pillow drop without backseating. It's soooooooooo much marketing mentality out there, just makes me laugh and sad all the same.
So - carry on - everyone here is righteously cool (I mean that!!) and I shouldn't have painted things with such a broad brush stroke. I was talking about "them"….not "us".
You can boot pack in waist deep snow. I will skin up. Also, if one is new to the sport, asking questions is kind of relevant.
And therein lies the paradox. I'd not be skinning up jack if I was already in waist deep pow :smokey:
I can't help but blurt it out…
I've been involved in the ski industry for more decades than I wish to admit. Either as a competitor, a sponsee, an athlete, in product development, in marketing, in engineering, in testing - in many many capacities. I only say this because to me?? This whole front side vs backside vs back country vs slack country vs freeski vs freeride….it's all just a bunch of horseshit for the most part.
The products - not all, but most - being designed today and marketed to a specific performance niche are just make-overs of already existing gear with some tweaks. They're not made to be pushed into the physical/environmental niche - they're made to be pushed into the psychological niche of the consumer. The consumer runs the show (or, their dollars, at least) - and since skiing has had its peaks and valleys (no pun intended) - went dead with snowboarding, came back due to snowboarding with the parabolic ski, then went dead with the half-pipe, then came back with twinners (thanks Brothers Mike and JP (RIP) and JF), then went dead on race courses only to come back as fatties and do-alls, moguls died down, cliff drops ramped up. It's all just finding the next mental landscape to exploit in the collective mind of the consumer. Fucking electric socks?!?!?!?! Give me a fucking break people…. Just "leave"!!
The 'core riders and skiers know their shit - and know what they need - and have gotten their jobs done on the gear they've had for years….some decades. Improvements are just another form of mass marketing - yes - some of it is kickass; but since when did everyone really start wanting to "earn their turns"?!?!?! It's horseshit. It's "fashion". Those who have earned their turns sure as shit know what they want and how to get it. And for the record - I'm not a skinner, nor a free-heeler….I just bootpack my ass to whatever ridge is necessary through lung and limb and don't care about the cardio kill. It's just me, call me old school. Whatever. It works, and costs me "nada" to convert :)
The air canister sleeves are also rotating on the X2 shocks. Apparently the new ones have an allen screw to prevent that.
Pumping out new tech before properly and effectively ironing out the creases through beta bashing is in my opinion crappy business. Either they're hurting in the income department, or have moved house without the oversight of critical engineering being maintained.
Thanks. Reps if I wasn't on my phone.
Surprising that Michelin doesn't list the ETRTO sizing on their site.
Which is the sticky compound; GumX or MagiX? The site makes two conflicting statements.
And this under performance
Tire companies need to come out with a standardized durometer/compound rating system. :lol:
Seems they need to figure out what front and what rear means.
Computer glitch, no humans work at answering questions anymore.