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May 9, 2015, 9:48 p.m.
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Wide Rim Revolution or Fad?

you guys are missing the point. wide rims don't make the tire bigger. the minor profile change is insignificant on the trail.

you can run lower pressure (5-ish psi) without the tire feeling like its "rolling" during cornering - more traction, smoother ride. that's it.
and the hookless beads are very very hard to burp, even at these lower pressures.
and the hookless beads are thick and tough and difficult to damage, even smashing them really fucking hard on rocks at high speed, even at these lower pressures.

my new bike came with 21mm internal rims and they feel ridiculous coming from 30 and 35mm rims. i have to run high pressures and they still feel awful cornering.

if you can't tell the difference then you have nothing to worry about. team robot would say its because you suck at riding and you should kill yourself. i say some people are just less sensitive to what their bike feels like. if you haven't tried wide rims then your "observations" are irrelevant to this thread.

May 5, 2015, 2:29 p.m.
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Wide Rim Revolution or Fad?

I'm a believer in wide hookless carbon rims.
Lower pressure, no bead damage smashing rocks, no burping.

April 18, 2015, 12:30 a.m.
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3 month old 1x system starting to drop chains

tighten the derailleur clutch and replace the chain

March 31, 2015, 8:05 a.m.
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Rotorua enduro...

Blind format is far more interesting to me.

they all have mad skills and fitness, but I think cornering skills wins enduros, even more than in DH racing. Inefficiency through corners adds up big time, especially on a pedally course.

March 25, 2015, 9:53 p.m.
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New Leaf Springs Needed

can you stuff some airbags in there instead punky? perfect preload no matter what.

March 24, 2015, 8:56 p.m.
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Whistler Blackcomb conditions Winter 2014/15

the last 5 days has been really fun.
still some nice cold snow up high at the end of today (skied phalax ridge).
tomorrow am will still be good, then we're gonna have a bit of an avy cycle as summer starts this weekend!

March 19, 2015, 7:07 p.m.
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Whistler Blackcomb conditions Winter 2014/15

day of the year for me. good day to be wearing a patrol jacket, step ahead all day. rare to have the last run be as good as the first. one of my best laps ever down pipeline, very loaded.

apparently everyone has given up or forgot how to assess spring conditions. pouring rain all night and 3 degrees = good times up high.

March 18, 2015, 10:17 p.m.
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Matt Hoffman and The Lars Ligament

that story is complete bullshit

March 16, 2015, 10:36 p.m.
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29er 1x10 question

i've given up being so stubborn and put a 28T on my 29er hardtail, replacing a 32. rear is 11-42. got tired of grinding away up the nasty climbs in whistler/pemby. i know its not cool but i love it, much easier spinning up long steep climbs, and the only place i spin out is on paved roads going downhill, a non-issue for me. my riding buddies are all running 28's too.

i see the OP is from comox, in which case a 32 would work well, much nicer climbs there!

March 16, 2015, 2:20 p.m.
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Whistler Blackcomb conditions Winter 2014/15

Some fine backcountry conditions right now. Awesome lap down decker main today, the entrance is way steeper than normal. Nice speed pow with some variable crunchiness to keep you alert. Sadly, that's the run of the year for me.

March 9, 2015, 9:57 p.m.
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Saint/Zee vs. Magura MT7/MT5 : mini review

i replaced a finicky set of xtr's with some MT7's and have a few rides on them. used the same ice-tech rotors.
they are the best brakes i've used.
power is perhaps slightly greater than my trusty zee's, with a bit less fade.
the lever feel and modulation is ridonkulous. it is a perfectly linear feel with linear modulation, very smooth and sensitive. there's no sudden catch like on most brakes, just a smooth increase in power as you pull harder. the reach is very far out, but that looks easy enough to modify with a bit of blade dremelling.
we'll see how reliable they last. my zee's have been incredible. bleed with fresh pads and they feel perfect until the pads are worn.

March 8, 2015, 11:09 p.m.
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Dropping chains

try a new chain, easy test.
i know my chain is toast on my 1x10 setups when they start dropping.
maybe yours is defective, could be even just 1 link.

March 7, 2015, 10:46 a.m.
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Who sets the rules?

this thread has become poisonous (TM)

March 6, 2015, 10:21 p.m.
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who services KS posts?

yeah it was loose too, but tightening it didn't help.
i'm pretty happy with 2 full seasons of trouble-free performance, just needs some love now.
i guess i'll try lambert, no time for DIY, can barely keep 1 of my bikes running at a time right now.

March 5, 2015, 6:10 p.m.
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Who sets the rules?

just when i thought you guys must be close to running out of "issues" down thereā€¦

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