It's awesome seeing the love for Gnarnaimo these days. Somewhat of a hidden gem, having a few very long DH trail combos on Benson. Chainsaw Ridge is janky in spots no matter how many times you ride it, but it's worth the push. Upper Meat Draw has its moments, but once you know the lines it's a really good challenge, and Lower Meat Draw is f*ing amazing. Benson climbing is low angle EXCEPT the push to the summit and EXCEPT if you want to return up to the main FSR from the bottom of Rollercoaster (basically you will want to shoot yourself). The Full Duff (Uter/SF/Max Power/Hutz) is rougher than it use to be but they put a lot of work in it and its a fantastic pounding. The fast Enduro dudes are doing the Full Duff in over 10 minutes and over 30KPH, so that gives you the idea. I love Dumont for the nostalgia (most of the trails *at least 25 *years old). A little bit of everything if you know how to link up the trails. If at Dumont Hayden is fun, and climb up Ho Chi Mihn to ASOP (that is a must if in the area). Shout out to stickboy here on NSMB for building a lot of these gems :-)
I have had Boostinator (Wolftooth I think) for a couple years on my I9 on carbon hoops. No perceptive lack of stiffness (stiff AF wheels actually). Only issue is the rear cap has no sealing (just a close fit) like the OEM caps, so I killed a lot of non drive side bearings. I've moved on to DT 350s on another set, but honestly if you don't want to fork over crazy cake for new hubs...go for it. It isn't ghetto
Posted by: Ddean
Up the climbing route or Mtn Hwy to 7th shouldn't be that different (in time).
No Quarter is 6km and 600m versus Mtn Hwy (from the lot) at 6.5km and 450m.
I guess on a relative basis NQ is harder 90% of the time and for 33% more elevation than Mtn Hwy, but absolute isn't horribly different in my eyes from a time perspective. One hurts way more than the other, but I don't think that Im getting up Mtn Hwy notably faster than up NQ - but I guess Im spinning my way up the Hwy with half a smile on my face while Im about to die by the time I hit Mtn Hwy via NQ.
Yeah, I cant imagine 1:10 for that ride. That's FLYING up NQ...Id be curious for someone to figure out the average speed required to do that ride in 70min. Assume decent 50% faster than ascent and I bet that's cooking up NQ in what, 10min? 5km in 10minutes is averaging 30kph up the climbing trail. Time to plot it out.
Perhaps Spandies can help us out with data? Far did you travel and how many kms were climbing versus how many were descending?
Yeah it’s a different kind of strain :). In the fall I compared the two routes. Both from the tennis courts, but one up No Quarter, and the other up to the BP, down to Mountain Highway, then up to the NQ exit. At a decent tempo, the NQ route was 40min, and the BP/MH route was actually 45 min to the same point. 34lb Alu Sentinel at the time FWIW :-D
It’s very active when the shock is Open but it still has a lot of support so that it doesn’t wallow. Most climbing I use the platform on the shock. Pretty much like every bike I’ve ever owned—maybe it’s just preference:). It rarely bottoms out -hard- when properly set up. Feels pretty sprightly to me. I’m a fast rider, but am easy to please when it come to design and setup. I don’t need to fork out crazy cake for a yeti SB for a perceived better performing suspension (a subjective view of some). ;)
It really could use a taller head tube. These slack ass bikes have a pretty low front end and big reach numbers on paper really need more stack for taller riders
The 160/140 of the Sentinel is a pretty good sweet spot. I find mine quite nimble. At least for me I don't think the 140mm rear end gets in over its head unless you are smashing medium hits at Mach Chicken, or if you are on the brake bumps in the Park. Other than that it's pretty solid pick for a in between bike. :-)
**disclaimer this style of bike is a rear wheel destroyer. I'm on rear wheel #4. It takes you into the gnar at all the speed of a bigger bike,,,it's just kinda runs out of travel hahaha
I have the Gemini Duo and the single for the handlebar. Tons of light. For me I think the light is maybe too white/hard, but I have little experience with riding lights in recent years to know if something more expensive has a beam patter that gives more depth. But for me, they offer a crazy amount of brightness, and very long battery life.
Thanks for the review. I was considering the Firebird for next year but I am so use to my Sentinel now I thought I might as well put it on a 3lb diet for next season. Those that couldn't wait until 2019 and went with the 2018 carbon----the new ones have moar carbon (rocker). Probably the last bike I get out of the USA if we start seeing tariffs between US and China 8-)
Posted by: Taz123
My new steed - 2018 Evolve Alpha 29er - 160mm/150mm DVO suspension, Eagle and shy of 30#.
That looks really nice, 2600 bones Canadian with a Topaz shock. How does it ride? And the newest 42 offset Diamond....that won't creak....oh man does my Fox creak on my sentinel :-)
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Posted by: tallguyridesabike
Another odd thing is that I had a few bike shops completely refuse to service my faulty brakes or dropper post, even if I fully paid for the parts and labour and didn't worry about the warranty piece. They basically decided that they're busy enough with their own clientele and don't want to create longer service times by fixing direct-to-consumer brands, I guess?
sez it all ^^
you chose to be someone else's customer so if a shop is running a week behind on servicing their own customers why would they bother with someone else's customers even if they are willing to pay, sounds like tough love, they probably should have been nicer ... fixed it and charged you double
if an end loser hasn't got an extra bike to ride when their new YT shows up 2 months later than promised, if they can't do ALL their own service, if they don't have multiple spares sitting around for when shit breaks on warranty ... maybe they should reconsider YT ownership
Makes no sense. You mean to say a guy who walks into a shop with a reverb to be rebuilt deserves tough love because they didn't buy it there? I guess tough cookies for guys on their road trip from out of town?
I would love to know who the shops are this is nuts!
See Dave at Bicycle Hub, he's fast, will bend over backwards and prices are better than most if not all shops.