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Feb. 27, 2020, 7:43 a.m.
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Re: NSMB - 2020 - Hardtail Thread

Posted by: Jabbi

2017 NS Eccentric Cromo, love this bike so much I sold my FS and decided against another, used the money to properly tart this up instead!

I didn’t see this image until I viewed on mobile. Very nice bike!

Feb. 20, 2020, 7:17 a.m.
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Re: NSMB - 2020 - Hardtail Thread

Posted by: AndrewMajor

This thing makes my palms sweaty. It doesn’t have the sliding drops though a la Honzo for running single speed!? Too bad.

Guessing it’s not a 44mm headtube but rather the older 34mm? Must know more!!!

No sliding dropouts, and a 34mm headtube are correct.

I do have another Kona Steely frame with a pike 454 coil u-turn that I’m planning to build into a commuter that’s tough enough to ride Burnaby mountain trails on.

Based on where I work, I ride SFU a fair bit. I barely make it up Cardiac Hill with gears. I can see myself walking more if I had a single-speed setup. I’ve walked my single-speed Kona Cowan up Cardiac Hill quite a few times, but it’s geared for dirt jumps.

Feb. 15, 2020, 9:22 p.m.
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Re: NSMB - 2020 - Hardtail Thread

I did the opposite of you with my hardtail michel:

  • 2012 Kona Steely built with old DH and Enduro parts.
  • Old coil-sprung boxxer cut to 135mm + a newer Charger damper.
  • Mavic EX521 rims laced to Hope Pro 2s
  • Shimano 1x10 with Zee shifter/derailleur
  • Saint Cranks
  • Specialized Hillbilly DH tires that are brutal for climbing but great for descending
  • Currently running Code brakes with 1 Elixer lever, but will be putting TRPs DH brake on soon

Feb. 11, 2020, 7:45 a.m.
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Re: Fun "value" of new vs used; is the juice worth the squeeze?

I've cracked new frames and I've cracked used frames. I've also cracked brake levers on bikes that I purchased used. It's nice to have warranty when that happens. But it doesn't normally happen during ski season, and waiting around for a replacements isn't fun.

If I can find what I want when I need it on the buy'n'sell, I'll go that route. Sometimes the used prices are so close to MSRP that I'll happily get what I need from a shop though. Shop bikes and parts are ready for you to ride. Mid-summer, that means more hours riding and less hours in the shop tweaking a worn drive-train, bleeding brakes, and rebuilding suspension.

My last two bikes, I got exactly what I wanted used. I picked them up in the winter, had time to wrench on them, and saved enough on them to eat the cost of replacing failed brakes, worn-out drivetrains, and the frames when they inevitably fail. This is only because the bikes were each a good deal though. The average buy'n'sell bike does not seem to be a good deal and not every buyer is going to come out ahead buying used over a direct-to-consumer or year-end-blowout from a shop.

Jan. 29, 2020, 9:47 a.m.
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Re: Home Gym

I found Craiglist to be the same price as just buying new weights from the fitness depot.

I'm not sure how often you're in Vancouver, but from their website it looks promising that you can find what you need for ~$1/lb.

120lb dumbells come in cheaper than that: https://www.fitnessdepot.ca/B11BCB0907600/northern-lights-rubber-hex-dumbbell-120lbs-dbhr120.html

Give them a call and see if they have any 150lb dumbells and what they go for.

Edit: I have no idea if they have urethane weights, this might be walmart quality

Edit 2: looks like they don't have rubberized 150lb dumbells: https://www.fitnessdepot.ca/B11BCB0907600/northern-lights-fixed-cast-steel-dumbbells-150lbs-df150.html

Dec. 30, 2019, 10:07 p.m.
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Re: Free standing bike rack

Ooh that one looks awesome ^ 

What was the problem with it/why is it no longer used?

I drilled a 2x4 into the wall of a small den and then drilled 4 hooks into the 2x4. In practice it’s slightly inconvenient to get bikes in and out of. The roommate and I each have one bike half-wheeled into the den, and any bikes we ise infrequently are hung on the hooks. I guess it’s better than having those infrequently used bikes hung in a place they’ll be stolen.

Dec. 19, 2019, 1:34 p.m.
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Re: Oops..

Reign has my vote. I was very impressed by the Giant Trance that I took to all the bike parks around Salt Lake City (it was the worst rental Go Ride had available and the only bike they were okay with me taking to the bike parks). AJ seemed to quite like the new Trance too. If I was intending to mostly bike park, but still wanted to pedal a bike, I'd buy a Reign. More travel. Great suspension platform.

Dec. 12, 2019, 2:01 p.m.
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Re: Norco Aurum A7 .... any good?

The XL Aurum A7 appears to be slightly shorter than the '18 XL Demo. Solid Strike is even shorter if I understand the stack/reach relationship correctly.

When I was looking for a new DH bike in early 2018, the XL Demo was the longest aluminum DH bike that I could find.

Everything has since gotten longer. Having done some looking into it, (but not comparing the changes that altering stack would have on reach) I think that if you want a longer DH bike than the 2018 XL Demo, you're going to have to look newer than 2018. In 2018, the Carbon YT Tues was long, but their aluminum frames were shorter than the Demo. This is very different now with an XXL that has nearly 500mm reach. The New Nukeproof descent is up there too. That being said, that frame is double the price of the Aurum.

Dec. 12, 2019, 10:14 a.m.
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Re: Norco Aurum A7 .... any good?

Hey Mic, how tall are you?

The reach on the A7 isn't very long, only 452 even on the XL.

That was my biggest gripe with my DH bike when I got a modern enduro bike: I couldn't stand having the DH bike feel shorter.

It might be fine now, but as you upgrade the rest of your fleet, you might really start to dislike the Aurum.

Nov. 27, 2019, 6:06 p.m.
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Re: Running Inserts

Convert to coil 😂

Nov. 27, 2019, 12:14 a.m.
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Re: Running Inserts

I find being wrong a good learning experience. 

And fair enough. I’ve had two pinch flats this year, and one tube in a tire explode in the sun in my car. All tubes had 40psi in them. I probably could have avoided all 3 with rim strips. Does sealant dry out in a hot car?

Nov. 26, 2019, 5:08 p.m.
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Re: Running Inserts

Remind me again why we don't all just run tubes.

Nov. 25, 2019, 10:47 a.m.
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Re: fork air tokens or bottomless

Dunbar had a RockShox Monarch air Adapter Tool in stock last week when I rebuilt my shock and had no way to pump-up the piggy-back. 

Either it was dumb-luck, or they keep suspension parts stocked.

I’d give them a call first if they’re near you.

Nov. 12, 2019, 8:39 p.m.
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Re: Any leads for media blasting a frame on North Shore or nearby?

Go with your original gut and raw your frame. As long as it’s done right and doesn’t cause your frame to oxidize, I don’t think it would cause people to pass on your bike in the buy’n’sell.

Oct. 29, 2019, 1:13 p.m.
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Re: TN Visa Question with Corp 2 Corp with US company

In my experience, the Canadian company did have the US incorporation. The US company then sponsored some employees from the Canadian company to do some work in the US.

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