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Nov. 13, 2014, 12:03 p.m.
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Squamish 2014 Trail Conditions

that's just an old decoy trailhead.
climbing trail crosses upper ditch pig a couple times, i suspect that's where you saw the ramp. it was only ever 90% completed, the big step downs never really worked. there were some sweet bits of fast singletrack before the circus woodwork, but it's all largely gone now.

Nov. 7, 2014, 7:44 p.m.
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Best all rounder front tyre

there aren't that many really. been on the schwalbe/maxxis train like everyone else. tires don't last long in whistler/pemby due to punctures, some of which are from the tire bottoming out on the rim. hoping procore will help mitigate that.

Nov. 7, 2014, 7:41 p.m.
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ChilcotinTaylor cabin?

eldorado would be 100x better: http://www.tyaxadventures.com/accommodations/winter-cabin/

Nov. 7, 2014, 8:59 a.m.
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Best all rounder front tyre

quest 29er lasted 3 rides for me, big puncture. casing is very thin and low volume, rubber is firm, but tread pattern was great for a rear tire, similar characteristics as roam. not great.

Nov. 4, 2014, 8:07 p.m.
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ChilcotinTaylor cabin?

i personally wouldn't sleep in there because its gross and full of mouse shit. i'd much rather be in a turd-free tent.
there would likely be some sled traffic around there too. anyone know how much?

Nov. 4, 2014, 7:56 p.m.
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Best all rounder front tyre

i have my charge/roam mounted on 35mm derby rims too, zero burping and still no rim damage after tagging the rim hard a bunch of times.

have a roam XL in the rear, same miles as the charge up front.
its good if you like fast/loose rear tires. bit more straight-line/transition traction but less cornering traction than rock razor. the rubber is very firm. wouldn't be a good winter tire.
i'd run a charge in the rear too, i bet it would be awesome.

Nov. 2, 2014, 7:01 p.m.
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ChilcotinTaylor cabin?

i wouldn't sleep in there. how are you getting up there? what's the rough plan? heli-bumping your gear then walking in?

Oct. 11, 2014, 11:19 a.m.
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Best all rounder front tyre

yeah if you like the clutch you'll love the butcher.
good luck finding them going forward though, especially in sx flavor.

magic mary is pretty slow, same for HR2, i agree that dhr2 is faster.
i really like the HR2, especially up front.

i don't understand the magic mary love - they are so sketchy on wet slab and roots, partly due to firm trailstar rubber (i'm sure the sticky ones are better, but i wouldn't want to pedal them around), partly due to tread design. they're unreal in loam for sure, but who here rides only loamers all day every day?!

Oct. 8, 2014, 10:06 p.m.
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Best all rounder front tyre

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Oct. 8, 2014, 1:07 p.m.
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Best all rounder front tyre

…so you have ridden in front, minion, hr2, hd and mavic charger is as much grippy but with less rolling resistance? is it also big volume?

have you tried any conti tyres?

tried trail king and mtn king yrs ago, they were great but their sidewalls were awful (they've since improved). good rubber, but not as sticky as some others, and strangely terrible in mud (even worse than DHF).

have used HR2, DHR2, and of course DHF (an over-rated tire imho). i find the new "maxx terra" compound a bit firm in wet conditions (ie. not much better than 60a), certainly a far cry from butcher sx or the mavic tires, but similar to schwalbe trailstar. i really like the HR2 and DHR2 tread patterns, i'm sure the "maxx grip" versions are great, but i'd rather not pedal them around. lots of tire punctures in pemby with maxxis exo for me, i've given up. they'd be fine in smoother terrain like squamish or northern vancouver though.

i agree if you can find butcher sx's, hard to beat them for value and performance, but mavic beats them in rolling resistance and tread wear while giving similar performance. wish they made a 29er version of both.

another good option is a cut hans dampf (clip the transition knobs), really improves cornering performance while maintaining its impressive braking traction.

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Oct. 7, 2014, 10:58 a.m.
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Best all rounder front tyre

another contender would be the bontrager xr4.

Any experience on them?

what is your type of riding?

Bontrager rubber is on the firm side in general. Good sidewalls and tread patterns. XR4 looks good but I'd guess it'll be a bit slippery for a winter tire.

I ride everything in the corridor. I like to pedal but am happiest descending challenging terrain.

Rolling resistance and weight adds up on a long ride, but traction comes first.

Oct. 6, 2014, 11:05 a.m.
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29r forks?

i like my x-fusion trace, but it lacks external compression adjustment, and a lock-out is useless to me.
why not find a used pike? barely heavier than an xc fork and vastly superior damping, and a used one should fall within your budget.

Oct. 6, 2014, 11:02 a.m.
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Best all rounder front tyre

my new favorite is the mavic charge 2.4. they're made for mavic by michelin and they've really nailed it. i've been riding one, along with the roam XL in the rear, for about a month. sidewall is burly, close to 2-ply, but more supple, similar to specialized SX casing, and only 900g for the 26" version. it rolls faster than HR2, minion, HD, but has some kind of magic rubber that gives it impressive traction in wet terrain, and it has hardly worn at all. reminds me a bit of continental's black chili rubber, but a bit stickier. the tread is magic - the transition gap is a bit tighter than HR2 so its a bit more forgiving on the transition to the side knobs for aggressive cornering. braking traction is outstanding, and it remains very predictable even on wet rock and roots. it is most similar to the butcher SX but faster rolling and better wearing. highly recommended, if you can find one.

Sept. 22, 2014, 5:49 p.m.
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Carbon Wagon Wheels

lots of miles now on my derby 26" wheelset, have smashed the rim hard many times with zero damage, still getting away with 25/28 psi front/back which is crazy, still haven't burped once despite trying hard.

same goes for light bicycle wide hookless 29er wheelset. flawless so far.

will add procore setup to both when its out, and i suspect i'll be good for a long time on the same wheelset which will be weird and nice.

Sept. 18, 2014, 3:08 p.m.
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FORKING Forks

Clark what fork is the hardtail on?

you mean what hardtail is the fork on? chromag rootdown. feels so good now.

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