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March 6, 2015, 9:50 a.m.
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That was a sudden performance drop off.

Battery for my Gemini light. It's been good for a couple seasons, maybe three. I usually do rides of 1 to 2 hours never and issue. Usually run the brightness at all levels all ride. One ride last week using more high than I usually do it drops to low at about an hour. last night I'm riding Seymour and the light is off all the way up Old Buck. On sporadically up Baden Powell to Severed where It's on high most of the way. Halfway down Asian Adonis poof, low again. Maybe 15 minutes use. I know Li ion cells have consistent performance until they die quickly but I did not think that they would die this fast. Only recently though I have put the battery in my pack as opposed to a rear pocket where the battery is warmer.

Is 8 or 9 C cold enough to make a battery like run this badly? I wouldn't have thought so because the Niterider on the bar has worked well although it's battery is starting to drop off too. Ordered a new Gemini battery anyway. Might take a while to show up though.

My gemini light has a feature that makes it switch to low when it overheats. I guess it's a useful feature but it sure is inconvenient when actually riding. I usually experience this early and late in the night riding season when it's not freezing cold

Feb. 23, 2015, 11:25 a.m.
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stumpjumper vs. pivot 5.7/6

Funny you should say you would need a size up with the pivot. I went from large Santa Cruz's heckler, blurLT2, Nomad. To a medium carbon Pivot mach 5.7 I have been riding the 5.7 for 3 years now. Super climber, fast descender. I have this bike built as light as possible with Easton Carbon Heavens. Between 23 and 24 pounds with a lev seat post.
I'm not a fan of the press fit bottom brackets

Goes to show bike fit is personal preference! I ride a large stumpjumper but would choose an XL in any of the bikes you listed based predominantly on the tt length and reach measurements.

Feb. 23, 2015, 9:47 a.m.
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stumpjumper vs. pivot 5.7/6

Own a stumpy evo and think its great. Very versatile bike that both climbs and descends very well.

You may need to size up in the pivots. They are pretty short.

Feb. 3, 2015, 7:53 p.m.
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converting a 26" bike to 24"

2006-2010 ish Norco Fluid?

http://www.norco.com/bike-archives/2008/27/

May not be slack enough for you, but you could always throw a works components angleset in there?

Oct. 29, 2014, 9:33 a.m.
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Winter riding pants.

thru a local source or overseas??

still missing belt loops , but i guess one could get some sewn on locally .

let us know how they fit and such

Oversees, ordered them from Merlin cycles (currently having a 15% off sale on altura stuff). I looked semi diligently locally but couldn't find anything suitable for less than twice the price.

Oct. 28, 2014, 9:32 p.m.
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Winter riding pants.

http://www.altura.co.uk/products/detail/AL37ATKB3

Just ordered these. Look promising.

Oct. 14, 2014, 8:03 p.m.
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Lights - 2014-15 season (merged)

Others in this thread have mentioned that the Solarstorm batteries aren't as waterproof as they could be.

What are you using to improve the waterproofing?

surgical glove and lots of gorilla tape

Aug. 5, 2014, 9:28 p.m.
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11spd Experiments

so who here is running a real from sprocket with their 1 x10 or 1 x11 ?? i,m still doin the 2 x10 with a 24/38 and love the 38 on the trails . any one running a 34 or 36 up front with a 11/42 in the rear ??

I run a 11/42 10 speed set up and just swapped from a 30 tooth front ring to a 34.

Initial reports are positive (3 rides). It improved things going downhill and I think I can push this gear for most rides. For road trips to the Chilcotins or 7 summits I will definitely use either a 30 or 32.

If i remember correctly the 34/42 is similar to a 30/36 in terms of gear ratio.

I have found this gear calculator useful when pondering new set ups http://www.ritzelrechner.de/#

Sept. 11, 2013, 8:41 a.m.
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Anyone just say screw it and forget about adjustable seatposts?

I'm finding the same thing as you. I've been most comfortable with my 100mm Reverb because it leaves enough saddle in the way that I can stabilize and steer the bike with my thighs on the saddle.

I'm currently using a 125mm Reverb on my Enduro 29 and because of the 125mm drop and heavy curve on the seat tube I find that the saddle is a bit too far in front of my which causes me to control the bike mostly with my arms and feet which I don't really like. If I manage the drop the Reverb around 4" I definitely have better control even on the steeper shore trails.

Your reverb should have come with a shiny little clip called an "enduro collar". Its intended to be placed on the post stantion to limit the drop to fix the exact problem you're having.

If you lost/didn't get one I would imagine they're pretty easy to find/buy/borrow as nobody I know who has a reverb actually uses theirs.

Aug. 14, 2013, 10:45 p.m.
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Shout Out to Osprey

Key word: "tame".. The smell comes back pretty quickly now unfortunately.

Wash stinky bike stuff with vinegar. Kills the bacteria that cause the odour. I put it in the place you're supposed to use for liquid fabric softener

Aug. 1, 2013, 3:09 p.m.
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Wanted: Free GPS Topo Maps

It doesn't cover all of BC but I found a map called "North West Topos" that has topo info and a fair number of local trails premarked on the map. I've only used it in and around Victoria so YMMV in other parts of the province.

http://www.gpsfiledepot.com/maps/view/412/

edit: The map maker also has a trails only map:
http://www.gpsfiledepot.com/maps/view/27

July 31, 2013, 9:29 a.m.
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Crank Bros Sage Wheels? Anyone with experience?

You can find the Havoc for pretty cheap…

http://www.jensonusa.com/Mountain-Bike-Wheels/Easton-Havoc-DH-Wheelset

June 12, 2013, 11:30 a.m.
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enduro evo man enough for whistler?

Thanks a lot guys. Not that I can afford the evo expert, but do you think the lighter weight of the carbon frame might actually be a disadvantage at the bike park?
And Cheeze1ts – re your last comment about getting away with lighter weight and less travel – would you ever consider a Stumpjumper EVO at the park?

I have a stumpjumper evo and have ridden it in the park. It's fun for a while, especially on trails like ninja cougar and CIU but I wouldn't recommend it for more than a day.

Either you, or your bike will break.

May 10, 2013, 1:37 p.m.
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The 'one bike' debate.

The answer is different for everyone. The three questions I think you need to consider are:

Where do you ride? what do you need to have fun there? How much money do you have?

I have three bikes (two mountain). One, a light 6" trail bike (stumpjumper evo) sees 90% of my riding (and the majority of my investment), the other (norco team dh) sees the 10% of my riding where the stumpjumper isn't as much fun.

The dh bike is a luxury. If I had less money, I'd have an easy time choosing which bike I'd keep.

April 14, 2013, 5:51 p.m.
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Thoughts on Trail/AM 29ers

The RP23 works ok. Just wallows a bit.

Try experimenting with fox air volume spacers. You might be able to change the spring curve enough to make a difference with that mid stroke.

Super easy to install (check pinkbike for instructions), and pretty cheap as well.

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