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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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