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July 2, 2018, 2:01 p.m.
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Joined: March 25, 2011
Re: EThirteen 29 tire local?

Posted by: DemonMike

Posted by: awesterner

Thanks guys, the TRS+ was on sale for $50 USD so I did 1X race and 1X TRS+.  Totally reasonable prices IMO.  I'm definitely not unhappy with my Minion 2.5WT/Aggressor 2.5DD.  It's just that they are getting haggard.  Apparently to arrive Friday July 6.  Not holding my breath though....but fingers crossed for TransBC.

I ran the same Maxxis combo and switched to a Shorty2.5WT and a HR2 2.4WT and love the combo much better.

HAven't tried a Shorty in the 29er size yet.  Have had DH2s on the front and back.  I do like the traction, but I burn through the rears in about 2-3 weeks.  And this year, for whatever reason, I've had bad luck killing EXO tires at the bead.  After moving to Double down, I'm killing rims...unrelated I'm sure.  The bonus of DD though is that I can ride out on a broken wheel (thrice), and still reuse the tire (even tubeless)!

July 2, 2018, 11:41 a.m.
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Re: EThirteen 29 tire local?

Thanks guys, the TRS+ was on sale for $50 USD so I did 1X race and 1X TRS+.  Totally reasonable prices IMO.  I'm definitely not unhappy with my Minion 2.5WT/Aggressor 2.5DD.  It's just that they are getting haggard.  Apparently to arrive Friday July 6.  Not holding my breath though....but fingers crossed for TransBC.

July 1, 2018, 9:56 a.m.
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EThirteen 29 tire local?

Anybody have any luck finding a shop in the North Van/Van area that carries these? I'm curious to try these in 29.  T-mac mentioned Velocity in Langley.  Any others?

June 25, 2018, 3:52 p.m.
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Re: Grouse Mountain Resorts introduces “Scenic Mountain Biking “

There is a sign above the 7th for them to turn around.  Hope they aren't too adventurous and drop into the seriously steep old stuff on that side...or maybe they are given NSR business card with the rental hahaha

June 1, 2018, 8:26 p.m.
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Re: ebikes on the Shore

Do you think perhaps that NSMBA is in a bit of a sticky situation not wanting to bite the hand that feeds, so to speak? A few of the big shops on the shore have been selling and demoing them for a couple years, Rocky guys noddle around on them unapologetically.  Tough spot to be in, lots of angles to satisfy.

Jan. 29, 2018, 9:07 a.m.
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Re: full sus alloy frame general lifespan

If I were to listen to everybody that tells me how heavy my Sentinel is...it should last forever!!! Haha as long as it outlasts all the carbon bikes Ive owned, which on average for me has been 1 cracked Carbon wunderbike every 2 seasons.

There are a lot of variables in play.  As long as you don't crack at the welds there's no reason you can't have a solid Aluminum bike for many many years if you so chose.  You won't noodle out your bike if well maintained (and the bearing clearances remain tight).

Sept. 14, 2017, 8:27 a.m.
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Joined: March 25, 2011
Re: Comor takes over Different bikes NV

If you guys are happy with the current staff and service at Different Bikes you'll be happy with the service on the rebadged Comor. Same staff. Holy shit it's stated as such in the blog linked in the first post 👍

Aug. 15, 2017, 12:55 a.m.
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Joined: March 25, 2011
Re: fanny-pack / hip pack

High Above Hand made buy a real nice guy in Bellingham. Top quality workmanship. Perhaps a bit retro for you, but check out the offerings on his site. I have his first generation Rad packed it is very low profile, fit's under a shirt. I also have their newer gen with a bit more space and a ventilated back (also takes a bottle). Fits very well, no budge as they are designed not being very deep in profile. If anybody has a dakine with a bladder you'll know how floppy they are;)

July 26, 2017, 11:29 p.m.
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Re: anyone else in here on 29ers interested in reduced offset forks?

Perhaps because the the frame is a bit short in reach compared to current standards.  With the 46mm offset and a 50mm stem on mine, it was money. But perhaps something lower still in offset would be best matched with a shorter stem...and a longer bike.  I can't wait to try their new one as well.

July 23, 2017, 10:35 p.m.
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Re: anyone else in here on 29ers interested in reduced offset forks?

150 is pretty common on the Smuggler.  I had it at 140, and just wanted a bit more.  They have a pretty low bb, a quite steep STA, and low stack so they play nice with the longer fork.  With the 51mm offset it's a wee bit light on the front on tight switchbacks, but hardly worth a complaint. Yesterday I noodled up to the top of Middle Earth in Pemby and the geo never even crossed my mind.  Also, I send myself off the same stuff I use to on my bigger bikes, so I just wanted a little bit more jam on my one bike all mountain bike.  It's also fitted with a topaz shock.  Quite a rocking setup:-)

July 23, 2017, 3:56 p.m.
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Re: anyone else in here on 29ers interested in reduced offset forks?

I'm now on a standard 150mm 51mm offset DVO on my Smuggler. I do have a 46mm offset Pike 140 that I used both on my old Process and on the Smuggler. I will admit that I liked how the 46mm offset cornered, especially extended to 140mm (originally 130mm). DVO will be offering a low offset upgrade (lowers) for next season. I love the DVO, the damping outweighs the slightly lighter bar feel (over the pike). Pike's in storage wink wink nudge nudge

June 6, 2017, 3:59 p.m.
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Re: Rocky joins the fray...

I didn't think they were for sale here in Canada, but I saw the new Rocky E-bike on Fromme yesterday. Passed me on the No Quarter climb (skid road section). It's the most nondescript looking E-bike I've ever seen. Funny enough, in the Fall the same thing happened with a Specialized Turbo Levo. Passed at the same spot haha

Feb. 21, 2017, 8:48 a.m.
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Joined: March 25, 2011
Cheap Carbon Fibre?

http://techau.com.au/mass-production-of-carbon-fibre-solved-by-csiro-and-deakin-costs-set-to-crash/

Are we looking at a price crash in carbon fibre?

The prices for raw carbon have been going down for years. But bike companies have been telling us the opposite. However, the cost for manufacture in Asia is obviously going up overall.

Edit: but some companies like Trek and Specialized are using pretty high grade stuff on their high end road frames….and the drop in super mega high frickin modulus is still very high relatively speaking.

Feb. 20, 2017, 5:13 p.m.
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What do you carry to remove tight tubeless and procore Presta valve locknuts?

That's a handy little piece of kit for anyone who doesn't have the space/desire to carry a Leatherman.

Space in even the smallest fanny pack…

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Feb. 19, 2017, 9:42 p.m.
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Flat Tire Defender or Huck Norris

I like the Defender better. I'm a heavier rider and it just makes more sense to me. The Huck Norris just seems a little DIY for the price.

Procore doesn't really do deep carbon rims. I have an uninstalled 29er Procore kit for sale if anyone's interested (PM me).

I'm not able to use my ProCore either with my Nobl wheelset. But I'm not to keen on thrashing said wheel set in the wet months, so I'm considering building up a light-ish arch EX or Easton 27mm and running the Procore in that setup. Something to consider [HTML_REMOVED]#128077;[HTML_REMOVED]#128077;

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