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May 24, 2016, 9:51 a.m.
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Minion SS for the shore

Aggressor is the other tire I'm looking at. Might be a much better choice for me.

I've been running the Aggressor on the rear for a few rides now. Good all arounder, dual compound so it rolls relatively well and should have decent tread life, lighter than the HR2 but slightly heavier than the DHR2. Seems predictable in loose over hard conditions. So far I'm really liking it.

I'm putting it up front and using a Minion SS on the back for the dry season/summer, which seems to be pretty much already started. I also ran a Slaughter Grid last year, liked the faster rolling but the weight was overkill for most of my riding. (If anyone wants a used one with 90% tread, hit me up.)

I like a business up front/ party in the back tire setup for summer, the lighter minion ss might be the ticket.

April 4, 2016, 11:43 a.m.
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The Evil Thread

Sorry Craw… fixed it! Wouldn't want to pin that on the wrong guy…

Don, glad you got your Strava game tuned up… sorry to be that guy but it's good to keep those off record. Don't think we've met but we probably know a lot of the same people.

April 4, 2016, 11:09 a.m.
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The Evil Thread

Did two of the hardest trails on Seymour. Not going to name but you can guess…

You don't need to name them, we can just see them on your Strava.

Feb. 12, 2016, 2:34 p.m.
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make or break

Ok I'm convinced. Let's just do away with cranks all together.

Feb. 12, 2016, 2:22 p.m.
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make or break

The argument I've used before is try convincing dirt bike that they should have their feet 350mm apart.

There's no arguing with me on how I prefer my pedaling and bike handling to feel but thanks for the tips. The moto point is apples and oranges. Try convincing a surfer they should surf with their feet together.

Einstein agrees with you though…

Feb. 12, 2016, 11:49 a.m.
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make or break

Longer cranks feel good when you have longer legs.

BUT SCIENCE!!!

Not buying the short crank idea for anything other than road, pure xc or marathon. A minor gain in power that's only accumulated while pedaling long distances isn't worth feeling like I'm riding a kid's bike.

Cornering feel with shorter cranks and vertical body movement is arguable as well - different strokes….

I like my weight more distributed across the wheelbase when coasting/descending or tech handling, more weight to the inside of a corner with the longer cranks up higher in 12 and 6 - ish o'clock and having more leverage towards the downstroke when pedal stomping up tech climbs, too. Pedal strikes are user error…

Feb. 11, 2016, 10:21 a.m.
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make or break

lack of water bottle mount.

not even kidding. there's not many current bikes that are so wonky in the number dept that you can't massage things into acceptable territory with anglesets, offset bushings, slamming seats on rails (or even reversing posts, as dumb as it looks), stem swapping or frame upsizing, but if there's no place for a bottle, i have no interest.

Also my only deal breaker.

Jan. 18, 2016, 5:02 p.m.
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No Respect

Straveeg has a private setting for that, of course.

Jan. 18, 2016, 4:48 p.m.
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No Respect

Now if only there was an app that could track a Vegan's sense of self righteousness.

Animals saved/day, indignation scores, maximum smugness…

Vega? Straveeg? Just spitballing here.

Then we'd all have something to blame for those bad interactions at the local Farmer's Market.

Jan. 11, 2016, 12:28 p.m.
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No Respect

It's not about ego, legends or whatever overly intellectualized, wordy, psuedo-poetic tagline you want to attach to it (for your ego, you obviously relish in a good e-debate to polish your own legend in the bathroom).

Neither of us were there, but I do know the intersection very well, and I know how ridiculous it is to block someone coming down there.

There didn't need to be a conflict here. The smart thing to do would have been to keep the group clear and aware at the intersection, failing that after the fist rider came down and you heard more coming, most people would tell their group to make some space and heads up. Stopping the rider coming down and endangering everyone and then taking to the internet to take the moral high ground and smear a sponsored rider is just ingnorant. That's why he's getting flak…

Jan. 11, 2016, 11:51 a.m.
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Props, Shout outs and Respect

Huge thanks and respect to the nsmba and all the builders for so much good stuff happening on Seymour right now! Climbs, rock rolls, hip, hits… it's never been better out there!

Jan. 11, 2016, 11:48 a.m.
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No Respect

Whining, entitled, hapless trail boner stops at a high speed intersection and has the nerve to put more riders coming down in harms way by blocking the trail on purpose, then has even more nerve to claim the downhill riders have "no respect" and "were not concerned about possible risk to other trail users".

Just because you think you're entitled to tea and crumpets with your knitting circle wherever you please because "trail users" doesn't give you the right or moral high ground to be trail cop. If you were clear of the intersection and someone came through and scared you, that's on you. If you pull a convoy of vehicles over on the side of the highway to take in the view, and someone goes by at highway speeds and scares you, who's in the wrong? If you then park your car in the middle of the highway to slow down the next car, you're not only stupid and wrong, you're liable. You could have stopped shorter or further and have avoided the problem entirely. Instead you chose to actually put people in danger to prove your point. Sounds like you were in the wrong to me buddy. Normally most people would give it a pass as a typical busy day trail conflict, but if you take to the keyboard like an accusatory, entitled prick, you're gonna get some flak.

Nov. 20, 2015, 10:47 a.m.
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What bike will make me faster/bolder?

Definitely hardtail or BMX. Skills clinics and riding with faster people will help too, but you need to put in the work.

Don't listen to people telling you a more aggressive mtb will make you a better rider. That's like saying buying a faster car will make you a better driver. You're only going to have false confidence and get hurt.

Dial in skills on a hardtial or 20" and when you get back on a decent mtb it'll feel like a motocross bike. You'll have loads of confidence with the slack geo and suspension but won't be relying on it to save your ass.

Sept. 29, 2015, 11:02 a.m.
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Metro continuing work ?

Dale's should stay as is but I wouldn't mind if Ned's got the full flow make over. Good way to keep the Seymour shuttle crowd contained and there's no reason to cut a new line all the way down that side.

Sept. 22, 2015, 1:44 p.m.
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Strava love/hate discussion

I hear the next update has a feature that tracks boredom.

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