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Dec. 23, 2011, 9:56 a.m.
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Fromme tire advice

Winter time on the little bike. 2.35 42a minions.

Only use these when its wet and you need the grip because they roll so slowly it feels like you're peddling in molasses.

Specialized also makes some good tires. Butcher sx, clutch sx and clutch control are all worth looking at depending on how beefy of a tire you're looking for.

Nov. 11, 2011, 11:51 p.m.
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Riding shorts - for wet days?

Or you could buy $10 tights from walmart and crash all winter for next to nothing

Nov. 4, 2011, 1:56 p.m.
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winter xc/am tire options

YES, 900gr isnt HEAVY but it certainly much heavier than what other manufacturers are offering in the same size-iiish and also a few hundreds gr heavier than 2.35 foldable Minion…

Had no idea they would come out with a 2.2 version, would be nice if it'd be in the 6-700gr range :dizzy:
I couldnt care less about the weight of a tire on my DH but on my 6" bike, I often wish I could get at least the same weight as my back tire ( Minion 2.35 60A )up front where it makes more sense to shave a bit of rotational weight..

Right now the only tires Im tempted to try is the Butcher Control.All of the other Butchers wouldnt make sense as a replacement tire since they weight just as much but this version as good weight and thread pattern @ a reasonable price :

http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/SBCEqProduct.jsp?spid=64097

…not sure about the compound at this point though.:???:

Based on the numbers (50 duro) it should be close in "stickiness" to a stickee nevegal. If you want something softer try the spec clutch control (45 side/ 50 centre duro)

Oct. 26, 2011, 7:59 p.m.
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What was your favorite bike you never could afford?

http://www.pinkbike.com/buysell/934718/

Pipeline! I knew a guy who had one of these with a zyzzx fork. It seemed pretty sweet at the time compared to my gary fisher joshua

Aug. 20, 2011, 10:26 a.m.
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Marzocchi 55 TST2 Air 2010

There is a big thread somewhere on mtbr with rebuild/tuning instructions for the tst2 cartridge

July 18, 2011, 3:57 p.m.
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~'1.5' ply tires

This post on ridemonkey might be what you're looking for?

http://www.ridemonkey.com/forums/showpost.php?p=3662504[HTML_REMOVED]postcount=99

50a single ply tubeless butchers

July 8, 2011, 2:27 p.m.
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Dual ply front tyre, is it overkill?

Pick up a Butcher SX 2.3. It's the same width as a minion 2.5 and comes in a 45/50 dual compound versus the 70/60/50 3c

April 12, 2011, 2:22 p.m.
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tire?

i'm running tubless on my am bike. i like the crossmark ust on the rear. i have a conti mt king on the front but i'd like to put a 2.35 maxxis highroller or minion. do they make them in ust in a 2.35? is there such a thing as EXO ust? i would be looking at 2.5's for my dh bike. i thought i might shave some weight with either EXO and/or ust if thats even possible. a lot of variables with maxxis. any beta would be appreciated. hopefully my wording/? wasn't too confusing

Since its your front tire why not try running just a single ply rather than an exo or ust casing? Most people rarely flat their front tire and you'll save even more weight…

March 28, 2011, 12:24 p.m.
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Blur TR, Tallboy AL - new bikes from Santa Cruz!

A Talas 150 has an ATC of 521mm. That's 20mm, which would slacken the head angle by just over 1 degree - not quite 2 degrees. If you can't ride a 67 head angle on the Shore, the bike is not the problem.

I don't think I was disputing the fact that a 67 degree head angle is completely ridable on the shore. My comment was intended to point out that the "real" (local part spec) geometry of the bike is slacker than the geo chart indicates.

When you swap the fork you will certainly be making compromises elsewhere in the geometry. As others have pointed out having a steeper seat tube isboth trendy and functional. Taking a 72.5 degree seat tube and making it slacker by raising the a2c doesn't seem ideal. (although you can likely play around with a zero offset post and your seat rail positioning to get the angle you want)

March 28, 2011, 10:50 a.m.
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Blur TR, Tallboy AL - new bikes from Santa Cruz!

In fairness the geometry chart indicates that the head angle is measured with a silly 501mm axle to crown height.

When you put a real fork on the bike (even a 140mm fork which are almost all around 520mm a2c) it would probably slack it out to close to 66 degrees.

This would also raise the BB quite a bit and slack out the seat angle at the same time.

All things considered it's probably not the bike I would choose for my daily driver but could be nice third or fourth bike (light weight xc bike that I ride once a month?).

March 11, 2011, 10:51 a.m.
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2011 Giant Reign 2

If you're not totally set on the Giant another really nice lower price point 6" bike with great looking geometry is the Specialized Pitch. It has a traditional threaded bb and your SLX cranks will definitely work.

http://www.specialized.com/ca/en/bc/SBCProduct.jsp?spid=52804[HTML_REMOVED]scid=1000[HTML_REMOVED]scname=Mountain

I was seriously considering buying one of these after I cracked my current frame and found out that the stock bike weighs almost exactly 30lbs (without pedals). Looking at the spec sheet I think with some minor changes you could pretty easily get it down close to 29 with pedals (cassette, headset, saddle) or even lighter if you want to spend a bit more money and invest in a new wheelset.

http://www.bikerumor.com/2010/07/15/2011-specialized-mountain-bikes-actual-weights/#more-19935

Feb. 28, 2011, 1:08 p.m.
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cheapest place to get five ten

Not as good as the $35 freeriders I picked up but there are a couple of decent deals at hucknroll right now… especially if you like yellow hightops.

http://www.hucknroll.com/mens-mountain-bike-shoes#app=price%7E+group%7E100000344+brand%7E100000092+sortby%7E+cat%7E100000010+subcat%7E100000052+offset%7E+on_sale%7E+page_name%7EMens-Mountain-Bike-Shoes

Oct. 13, 2010, 1:54 p.m.
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Weight Weenies enter here.

Recently I've been trying out different 29'ers that my shop loans me while I wait for my bikes to return from warranty.

I'm now a believer (although with the same caveat as kperras). If I had the $$ to afford a pure xc bike to fill out my stable it would 100% be a 29'er.

29'er wheels really smooth out the small stuff and make short travel bikes more comfortable. I haven't found them to be super confident descenders, but for rolling singletrack they're great.

Oct. 7, 2010, 3:18 p.m.
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Race Face Triple ring half bash gaurd...

I would think it could move if you hit it just right (wrong?) I had a double ring chain retention thing from e-thirteen I think on my VP free and it would get shoved back all the time to the point where it interfered with the pivots on the lower linkage. Still a clever way to attach a bash guard that doubles as an inner anti chain derail device.

I had the same problem. Had to grind away a bunch of plastic which completely fixed the problem.

Sept. 20, 2010, 10:18 p.m.
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AM bike?

Finally had a chance to finish building this and take it out for a quick ride. It feels super nice! measured at 66* hta with my iphone angle finder, and 13.5" static bb. I'm liking how it all adds up!

Did you measure these with a pike? or with a 160mm fork?

I may be in the market for a new little bike and I'm thinking that the pitch might work really well with my lyrik.

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