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July 22, 2019, 8:38 p.m.
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Re: What is the best HT MTB around $1,000?

Depending on the length of your legs, an XL hardtail from most of the main manufacturers (like from your initial list above) will probably fit you at 6'4". If you have freakishly long legs - that is, a long inseam - then most will be too small.

I had but recently sold a Norco Torrent HT that was awesome, but turns out it was too short in the seat-tube for me and my saddle was super high out of the frame at full height. That said, the Torrent was about $2,000 brand new and is a solid bike for big guys.

If the Torrent fits you in XL and you can find a used one for sale, it's a great option that won't break the bank.

Feb. 16, 2019, 9:39 a.m.
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Re: XC bike?

I think you really scored. A bike from 2014 is not "old" or worthless despite what others may think. Lots of life and good times ahead.

Feb. 10, 2019, 9:42 a.m.
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Re: XC bike?

Posted by: syncro

I’ve got a couple things to tweak but I think I did well.

Very nice. How does it ride?

Feb. 5, 2019, 10:59 a.m.
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Re: XC bike?

I'm 6'3". With the XL Instinct, by the time I got my saddle high enough I was peering way too far over the front hub. I always wanted to push back, and even with a saddle set in its rearmost rail position, it feel like there was never enough reach (and I didn't want to move to a super long stem to compensate).

I had looked over all of the geometry specs of the Instinct before buying it as it seemed to be close to another bike I previously owned and really liked, but I messed up on the reach and stack height (longer and taller, respectively). When you jack your saddle way up to compensate for long legs, you also need a high stack height to balance things out. Those two measurements are where I went wrong.

Feb. 5, 2019, 8 a.m.
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Re: XC bike?

Posted by: syncro

going to add a 2014 rocky instinct into the mix. older bike but more modern geometry and it's in nice shape. thoughts?

I owned a 2014 Rocky Instinct 950 (photo) and loved that bike. So versatile and just plain fun, everywhere. I sold the Instinct because it was too tight; I bought an XL when I should have had a XXL. Rocky's bikes tend to run small, so if you're looking at a Large, it will fit more like a Medium.

Feb. 4, 2019, 3:15 p.m.
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Re: XC bike?

The Norco Revolver, Rocky Mountain Element or Kona Hei-Hei are all pretty capable modern XC bikes. The Rocky and Kona both come in models less than CAD $3,000 brand new and I'm sure you could find a used model for cheaper.

Jan. 12, 2019, 6:08 a.m.
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Re: NSMB - 2018 - Hardtail Thread

@heathen I wrote a review back in June, a few weeks after I got the Torrent.

The fork took some time to break in, so now it's more plush (and I get all of its travel; an issue in the beginning) but it's a pretty simple unit. There's next to no adjustment on the Zeron and while it's torsionally stiff, if you're used to a Pike or something like that, the Zeron will disappoint. If I could afford a fork upgrade, I would invest in something better.

In regards to the brakes, I've had no complaints. I also have Tektro brakes on my fat bike and after four years in the harshness of a Yukon winter, they are still going strong and stop reliably.

As you say, these are killer bikes for the price. I wanted something that was fun, versatile, strong, reliable and cheap...and the Torrent is definitely all of those.

Jan. 8, 2019, 5:38 a.m.
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Re: NSMB - 2018 - Hardtail Thread

Posted by: FlightlessLobster

It's basically a 2016 honzo AL/DL on a 2018 steel frame. I need to get a shorter stem, and I'm considering trading out the fork for a 140mm. But so far its great.

It really feels like an updated and modern version of that old fire mountain I kept for far too long. Still tons of fun, but overall a more comfortable less hand numbing, less twitchy, and more controlled experience. It's kind of strange that what is essentially a 32 pound XC bike can warm my cockles, but it do.

Only thing I miss is that glorious orange paint.

I really dig that purple.

Jan. 8, 2019, 5:35 a.m.
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Re: NSMB - 2018 - Hardtail Thread

Photo of my then stock Norco Torrent 2 HT, size XL. I've since upgraded a few small parts here and there, but otherwise it's still just as it came from the shop. Super fun, simple bike.

Norco Torrent HT

Dec. 6, 2008, 3:19 p.m.
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Temple Cummins + Andy Hetzel train gap

The title of the movie that Temple Cummins and Andy Hetzel jumped the train was Easy Rider, produced by Fall Line Films. Here's a video clip of that gap.

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