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Sept. 16, 2010, 9:29 a.m.
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Norco Empire as my Squamish "do it all bike"

For what it's worth my 09 Shore pedals acceptably well with a telescoping post. I had to ride it as my xc bike for over a month this spring and by the end of the month was clearing some fairly technical climbs. I did need to modify my technique to combat the extra squish however… it's a sit and spin bike rather than get out of the saddle bike. Unfortunately at 43 lbs it's just way to heavy for all day rips.

I imagine that the angles on the shore and the empire are somewhat similar so if the empire is lighter, you can find a seatpost that allows for full leg extension and you don't mind the fact that you'll probably have to pedal reasonable circles most of the time I'd say that it will sort of fit your requirements. It's not going to a rocket uphill though so you'll have to be prepared to "suck tit" every second or third ride.

All that said, if I were you I would try to find a closeout on this years base model specialized enduro.

Sept. 9, 2010, 8:26 a.m.
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Wet weather gear

Yeah so these glove really err..stink after about the 3rd ride. Sorry, but while you're warm the stench is just too much and I pitched mine in the garden. Those kayaker's must be filty animals to put up with that.

The ones I use have a leather palm and fingers and I haven't noticed an ungodly stink.

http://www.mec.ca/Products/product_detail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302885971[HTML_REMOVED]PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524442507823[HTML_REMOVED]bFlashEnabled=true

That said I could totally see the ones made entirely of neoprene developing a funk pretty quickly.

Sept. 8, 2010, 3:18 p.m.
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Wet weather gear

Neoprene paddling gloves! I got some from MEC for pretty cheap, kept my hands nice and toasty all through last winter.

I also agree about a nice merino base layer. You're going to get wet regardless, you might as well wear something that will keep you warm even when soaking wet.

Aug. 19, 2010, 8:15 p.m.
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RS Totem.... too much for me?

Another cheaper option would be to upgrade your domain 302 internals by adding the motion control cartridge from the domain 318.

This with the right weight spring would probably allow you to dial the fork in pretty well.

Aug. 19, 2010, 11:42 a.m.
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God I hate innovation...

Why don't you just give it a shot and see if it works.

If the 10 speed front shifter doesn't work, replace it with a 9speed shifter.

Aug. 10, 2010, 4:09 p.m.
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Canadian chainreaction.com?

Except now, bike parts are not HST exempt.

Yep, you have to pay HST just as in the past you had to pay just GST. I've found it hit and miss whether or not I've had to pay GST and I expect it'll be the same with HST.

Aug. 10, 2010, 4 p.m.
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Canadian chainreaction.com?

There is a minimum order value for free shipping.

I've been hit with duty before

There is no duty on bike parts (exception: there is duty on assembled wheelsets). However you are required to pay tax… this may or may not actually happen, my luck seems to vary with this.

If you get charged duty its because Canada Customs made a mistake. You can dispute these charges by mailing in your invoice and a form which will take about three months to process.

In addition to the form and invoice I find it more effective to include a spreadsheet that explains the mistake as Customs have in the past made mistakes while fixing their mistake!

June 30, 2010, 9 a.m.
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Stinger question

This might be a really cheap solution?

http://www.jensonusa.com/store/product/CH409Z14-N-Gear+Jump+Start+Chain+Guide.aspx

March 31, 2010, 10:46 a.m.
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08 Fluid LT shock size/stroke?

interesting, same measurement i got from the rp23 on my standard fluid. maybe they underspec'd you ted, or overspec'd me? odd that they'd be the same size

According to norco the regular fluid has a 7.875x2.0 shock.
http://norco.com/img/downloads/brochures-manuals/media/2007May/11.pdf

March 16, 2010, 2:23 p.m.
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MEC Brake Authority Disc Brake Pads... Anyone tried them?

if you switch the current pads front to back, does anything change?

sounds like a good way to contaminate both sets of pads/discs…

Feb. 25, 2010, 11:09 a.m.
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Chainlove deals Feb 25

Just a fyi that chainlove seems to be having a big sale today. Everything I've seen for the last 2 hours has been 90%+ off. Some great deals to be had if you're fast with your credit card (picked up some sombrio pinner shorts for $9.99).

Feb. 12, 2010, 11:06 a.m.
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All-mountain/light-freeride bike

Geometry listed by the websites is similar, but the visual difference in seat tube angle is bugging me. I took the images posted on the first page, added some reference lines and held a clear protractor against the screen and found the Six has a seat tube angle of ~67 degrees, while the Reign appeared to be ~71.5 degrees. I know this is not the most exact method of measuring angles, but at least I came close with the Reign. I'm a long-legged guy and I don't want to be sitting out over the back wheel when the seat is up (which was one of the issues I had when I was climbing on the Shore).

If I can try both bikes this weekend, I need to find someone with the level app on their i-phone so I take some real measurements.

Check and see if the seatposts point to bottom bracket. My understanding of seat tube angle is that it is measured from the BB. The six probably appears to have a slacker angle due to the fact the seatpost points to a point infront of the BB.

The effective angle is probably pretty close to the angle listed on the website.

Feb. 10, 2010, 7:47 p.m.
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Waterproof, breathable and durable jacket?

Saw that the other day. Wicked price for an eVent jacket.

What size did you buy and how does it fit for your height/build?

I'm 6' 180lbs and have a size large which i find fits really well. From what I can tell the sizing chart wiggle provides is pretty accurate.

Feb. 10, 2010, 4:35 p.m.
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Waterproof, breathable and durable jacket?

Does anyone have any experience with jackets made of eVent fabric?

I have an eVent jacket that I'm pretty happy with, completely water proof and breathes better than anything else I own. I can't really vouch for it's longterm durability though as I've only had it since christmas. It feels tougher than my old MEC goretex jacket…

Looks like it's on sale right now
http://www.wiggle.co.uk/p/cycle/7/dhb_Wickham_eVENT_Waterproof_Cycling_Jacket/5360037016/

Feb. 2, 2010, 1:49 p.m.
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Joplin R- heads up on steep and cheap

Chain Reaction Cycles

$144 + approx $16 shipping for the non remote
http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=25015

$188 + approx $16 shipping for remote
http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=25014

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