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Feb. 26, 2020, 1:20 p.m.
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Re: Wolf Tooth components praise

Posted by: shoreboy

Wolftooth makes some cool stuff for sure. Personally, I'd have put the $100USD toward a better post.  OneUp has 34.9 posts in stock now for those that need them.

The conversion kit was $26 USD. The remote is a non-issue as I would needed a new remote with a new post regardless.   The reverb itself has been flawless, so it would have been a bit of a waste.

Feb. 25, 2020, 4:10 p.m.
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Wolf Tooth components praise

Some context. I’ve been running a reverb B2 in 170mm guise with the trigger remote for about a year on my Specializes Enduro (34.9mm version). In that time I’ve bled the remote almost monthly and had it done at the bike shop twice. For some reason, I just couldn’t get a long lasting bleed as I’d had using the plunger remote on previous B series reverbs.  

Fed up, I decided to try the cable conversion offered by wolf tooth through their ReMote Sustain conversion kit. 

Combined with their dropper post remote. Which I’ve been enjoying on my other bike, mated to the shimano/pro dropper.

Following the instructions & video posted on the Wolf Tooth website, the entire process took about 30 minutes.

Garage test says that it works.

No more fiddling and I can keep running an otherwise reliably performing post. Only limitation is that return speed will now be modulated by my thumb and not the hydraulic system.

Feb. 20, 2020, 10:18 a.m.
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Re: NSMB - 2020 - Hardtail Thread

Posted by: earleb

Rachid why you no line up tire logo's with valve stems? I thought you were a details man? :)

The blue on the Primer looks great with the Fox fork, I don't think it would look as good with an all black fork.

I agree and you're right, I'll be more detail oriented with my next set of tires.

Feb. 19, 2020, 11:11 a.m.
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Re: NSMB - 2020 - Hardtail Thread

Still rocking the 2019 Primer in 2020. I've been riding the bike exclusively since October and I'm in love.

Feb. 3, 2020, 9:50 a.m.
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Re: Magura technical question

When I installed my MT Trail Carbon, I did so with the park tools cable cutter, lost very little fluid and didn't need a bleed. Maybe luck, maybe the air bubbles haven't traveled up in the three months of riding since install.

Jan. 30, 2020, 9:55 a.m.
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Re: Your top ten must do rides for this season

Two laps of fromme in one day while the kids are being parented by my wife.  It would be EPIC!!!!!

Jan. 23, 2020, 12:19 p.m.
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Re: Naked Bikes

Posted by: Ddean

Bumping this thread for the love of Nakeds.

Someone, anyone, who has anything to say about them, please do! 

Im still lusting for one but am having trouble with the concept of funding it. If I found a used one with modern geo in a 29+ that fit well and I liked the look of, Id be all over it. That bike is proving to be a unicorn. 

Post your pics - tell your stories -  Im doing everything that I can to convince myself I need one as a second bike or third bike. Ive got a Slayer as my trail bike and may replace the DH rig I sold, undecided.

Looking for a used custom bike with ultra modern numbers is going to be tough, people who've ordered those bikes are still in the honeymoon phase.

Maybe consider saving up and buying one directly from Naked, that suits your custom needs. Or consider or something similar from a more mainstream brand, say Chromag's Arcturian: https://chromagbikes.com/collections/29-27/products/frames-arcturian while not cheap, at 1900, it's about $1,000 less than a Naked, which is the price of customization.

Dec. 16, 2019, 4:07 p.m.
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Re: NSMB - 2019 - Hardtail Thread

Posted by: heathen

Thanks for the info. I am really intrigued by the Vigilantes.

First proper ride on them yesterday. They roll so much slower than my previous tires, good God. The traction and predictability are worth it in the rain and mud. The Vigilantes clear mud like a motha. Traction is incredible. They just take more effort to roll than I'm used to. Bonus though is that I felt more confident descending at higher speeds in the muck.

Dec. 11, 2019, 4:44 p.m.
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Re: NSMB - 2019 - Hardtail Thread

Posted by: heathen

Posted by: rnayel

https://nsmb.com/articles/wet-weather-29x28-wtb-vigilante-plus-tire/

That was one of the many things that got me thinking about the Vigilantes as an option for MID Island riding. The trails are very very soft mud, loose duff or natural hard aggregate. Not a lot of rock and the rock we do have is slick so nothing can help that. I was about to pull the trigger when I found a crazy deal for two DHF 2.6wt Maxx-Terra on pinkbike. So far they are amazing!!! Way better then the Specialized Eliminator 2.6 Black Diamond.

Nice!

Vigilantes aren't cheap and availability isn't huge locally. I ended up ordering them online and they were about $100 a piece landed. Which is a premium to what I'd been paying recently for Specialized tires (LBS) or Maxxis (TBS).

Dec. 10, 2019, 1 p.m.
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Re: NSMB - 2019 - Hardtail Thread

https://nsmb.com/articles/wet-weather-29x28-wtb-vigilante-plus-tire/

Dec. 10, 2019, 8:29 a.m.
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Re: NSMB - 2019 - Hardtail Thread

Posted by: heathen

Posted by: rnayel

Updated to 29" wheels and 2.8 tire (front), 2.6 rear. WTB Vigilante tough casing, high grip.

Where do you live? How are you liking the Vigilantes so far?

I live in North Vancouver. Bought the tires on a recommendation from Andrew Major.

Mounted the Vigilantes on Friday night and only got out for a 1hr ride with my 4 year old on Sunday so it wasn't a true test of the tire's capabilities.

Thoughts so far:

- I'm impressed at how thick/supportive the sidewalls are,

- Even though the tough/high grip is heavy (1,400g), it rolls fast enough,

- The volume is good, they are true to size (when measured with the caliper),

- The front 2.8 seated with a floor pump, without problem on both the front and rear rim, the 2.6 wasn't as tight to the rim so I had to drive over to the gas station and use the compressor.

I'd originally bought 2.8 front and rear but the rear 2.8 didn't provide enough clearance so I had to size down to 2.6.

Dec. 9, 2019, 11:40 a.m.
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Re: NSMB - 2019 - Hardtail Thread

Updated to 29" wheels and 2.8 tire (front), 2.6 rear. WTB Vigilante tough casing, high grip.

Nov. 26, 2019, 11:16 a.m.
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Re: Trail Crew Laid Off

I can speak for the years that I was on the board.  From 2013 onward, we had some trail builders on payroll over the winter.  At the time there was no formal trail crew of such a significant compliment, so there weren't as many people splitting the pie.

We had Mark (as ED and lead trail builder), Digger and Pat working through the winter, and other guys would come on/off as budget allowed. Remaining builders were all contracted through the TAP program.

Nov. 4, 2019, 4:30 p.m.
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Re: Hitch Rack Obscuring License Plate -> $230

Posted by: Brocklanders

Really took this issue into consideration when buying my rack. Sorry to hear you were dinged.

what did you end up getting?

Oct. 29, 2019, 9:59 a.m.
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Re: Hayes Dominion A4 - real live review?

Magura MT7/MT5 are a good option. I'm running the MT Trail (4 piston front/2 in rear) setup on my 29er hard tail and it's been a fantastic combo. Easily as powerful as Saints and good modulation.

Hope Tech3 V4 aren't as immediately powerful as Saints in my experience but resist fade like a mofo

Dominion, have a couple of friends on them and love them, no first hand experience. from MTBR: https://reviews.mtbr.com/hayes-dominion-a4-brakes-review

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