For the kids, I have found it is as cheap or cheaper to buy used. Especially if you can hand down from one to the other. North Shore Sports Swap had a pretty good selection when I was in.
Posted by: bux-bux
Posted by: syncro
Going all the way to the top of grouse is epic and not necessary imo.
In my view a true triple would be CBC elevation on Seymour, 7th elevation on Fromme and 2nd switchback elevation on Cypress.
You'd also have to touch water at the bottom of all three mountains, so start in Deep Cove and go from there
To make it a truly evil suffer fest I'd say have to dip your toes in Deep Cove, ski hill parking lot on Seymour, ski hill on Fomme and ski hill lot on cypress. That's a bigly day tho.
Done the down to Marine on the road bike, on the MTB that would really crank it up a knotch.
Last summer our route was: Bro's house near Inter-river up to Ricelake, down across Seymour:Hyannis, Bridal, CBC, Neds- Fromme: Up NQ ( ugh)...Executioner, Dreamweaver. Cleveland Dam thru BP's up Millstream to 1st lookout, road to Meat sweats, Stupid Grouse, Spirit Trail ( The best part) : Black Kettle, Greenleaf, Bridge, Home for BBQ.
I thing the last part here needs to be added!
Soccer goalie gloves used to have little pieces of plastic in them (they may still, I havent worn a pair in 20 years) that were supposed to help prevent breaks while still allowing movement. The were curved and hinged to allow forward movement while preventing backward movement.
Posted by: Ninjatarian
The truant looks interesting; I like the multipurpose-ness. You wouldn't happen to have any shots of them on somebody, would ya? Kinda hard to tell the fit from just seeing them, and stock photos make everything look photo-shop perfect which is misleading.
I'm a pretty skinny dude (5'7", 32 waste), so fit can be a PITA for me sometimes.
I'm a similar size but I tend to find that length is more my issue. Shorts all seem to be for guys 6' plus. I've had good luck with Sombrio. My neighbor also gave me a pair of the Troy Lee Terrain shorts that were too thin in the legs for him. They are a 36" (I'm usually a 32") but sinch in the elastic and they fit well. Can't imagine who they are actually designed for.
Posted by: PaulB
I defintely wouldn't want to see ascent trails like No Quarter or Penny Lane / GSM become e-shuttle routes.
This was more my thinking. Old buck is wide enough and developed enough to likely accommodate in most sections but I am not sure the other climbing trails are. There isn't exactly a lot of space to pass either. Saw a guy with one getting ready to ride Seymour on Sunday as I was getting to leave.
Posted by: rideitall
I had a new Reign for a short while. Depending on what you are coming from or what you expect it may or may not work for you. I was on a Trance SX (140 back / 160 front) with 1 x 10 spd and 30x42 gearing 175mm cranks, the Reign had similar components, both nicely spec'd gearing was slightly lower 1x10 with 28x42 gearing, and 170mm cranks, both size medium bikes.
For me, the Reign climbed up smoother trails similarly to the Trance SX in a similar gear (either needed the 28 vs 30 or the 2 tooth drop didn't make much of a difference), on more tech climbs R&R / Fromme climbing route or anything requiring short hard efforts the Reign felt sluggish compared to the Trance. I also had more pedal strikes in the 5-6 rides I had the bike than I can remember in a long time. It also felt sluggish on tighter trails (not really surprise given the long and low stance of the bike), but it felt very good on higher speed corners and held them almost without effort (again not really a surprise given the long an low stance of the bike).
In the end I sold it as it didn't suit me. I see loads and loads of them in the area so I must be in the small minority of folks that didn't like the ride. I have been a big fan of Giant bikes for years and still am. The Reign is a fun bike, just be honest on what you expect from it.
I have been on mine since the beginning of 2015 and would agree with most of this. You are trading climbing performance for uphill performance. I was coming off a much older bike so it made a ton of difference to my climbing ability. You want to make use of the trail and climb settings due to the slack angles and low BB. You do get more pedal strikes but you adjust. I've done most of the Fromme / Seymour climbs and it's fine - if anything my fitness is more of the limiting factor. It still have a ton of fun every time I am on the bike.
Posted by: craw
Some great new gold smoothing out some of the lower bits of For The Kids (lowest section of the climbing trail). On Dreamweaver some of the little reroutes just below the skid road that allow you to bypass that chunderfest are much appreciated. That lower section of Dreamweaver could use some fresh signage to keep things flowing better. Everything is running really well!
I get lost every time I ride Dreamweaver. Lower Expresso was a blast.
Posted by: fun-house
Posted by: grambo
Still a bit confused as to why so many hikers/walkers go to Fromme. Other than big cedar/kennedy falls or fitness training by running up/down mtn highway what is the appeal?
They must be the nudists headed to the tan club.
I think those guys have gate keys. I wonder if all the parking at the Headwaters being closed down is having a bit of an impact.
I'm going to guess you need a 150mm if you like your seat low. I am 5'9" with a 30" inseam (on the high end) and I am on a 150mm dropper. It is really nice to be able to get the seat right out of the way.
Posted by: norman
Posted by: rnayel
Thanks for the reply Cam.
I remain logged in on mobile. The new forum is quite a bit more functional on the phone than the old one.
My log in issue is with chrome on Windows 7. I can double check my settings tomorrow when I'm back on my desktop.
Apologies for the delays. I believe I've tracked down the forum login problem so it should remember settings. Can you please let me know if the problem persists?
Seems to be working for me now. Thanks Norman.