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Feb. 15, 2017, 11:47 p.m.
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Size doesn't matter?

A similar top spec from the competition would be 10K. Pretty dialled! That being said, OOPS a Fox 34 and not a 36 on the extended top spec?

Feb. 9, 2017, 11:29 p.m.
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Brand new pivot bearings - pack with grease?

after the varsol, or initial solvent degreaser, what's the next chemical cleaner to remove the first one? how many rinses n baths before you get down to the final MEK super high volatility squeaky clean leave no residue to contaminate the new stuff end rinse?

:nerd::nerd::nerd:

air dry baby

Feb. 9, 2017, 8:20 p.m.
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Brand new pivot bearings - pack with grease?

Some dilute dishwashing detergent or diluted orange cleaner in warm/hot water.
Leave it on for an 8 min cycle, repeat if necessary. It doesnt do as good a job as the solvents in a parts washer, but it definitely loosens everything up such that a gently rubbing or scrub with brush makes it come off easily. Great for chains, and cassettes.

Our ultrasonic cleaners in our facility use varsol. Works a treat!

Dec. 24, 2016, 12:51 p.m.
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of bars n stems

You may find that fork offset will play a part as well. My recent experienced with setup is a large Process 111 with a 40mm stem (spec'd length from Kona), 780 bars with a Pike 140 that has a 46mm offset (Kona spec). I've recently had a fair amount of time on a Santa Cruz Hightower, also size Large. The Hightower had 800mm bars, 50mm stem, and a 51mm offset Pike at 150mm. The reach and general fit between the two was almost identical as spec'd. I could not tell the difference in steering response between the two stem lengths, likely because of the differences in trail between the two. I'm comfortable on the 460 reach of the Kona as spec'd, but to be honest I don't think I would upsize a Hightower to an XL and go with a super short stem. It's feels good as designed.

Nov. 21, 2016, 11:07 p.m.
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Dreaming of an aggressive 29er for the North Shore and PNW

I rode a 29'er for the first time with the Supressor at the Transition demo. Only had time for a quick Crinkum/Kirkford/Bobsled lap but I was pretty damn impressed all around. Climbing was obviously great, just did Roadside/Mtn Highway and set a PR but I was really blown away with the roll-over and how the thing carried speed. I also didn't find it at all unwieldy in the switchback turns on Crinkum/Kirkford. Rear end felt plush given the short travel, not harsh at all somehow.

I was on a medium which probably helped it feel more nimble. I usually ride larges (5'10 with long torso).

Got two laps on a large Scout carbon after which climbed almost as well and was more playful descending although it didn't feel as fast. Both bikes were just a dream to pedal around compared to my 36lbs Trek Scratch 180mm/170mm "trail bike".

Even though it was just a few laps I gotta say I feel like my eyes are more open now.

The short travel 29ers (Smuggler, Process 111, etc) really play nice with longer forks. It may be a surprise to some, but I find the balance better on those bikes with a longer fork. The Process is dynamite with a 140 fork. The bonus with the Smuggler is the ability to use a piggyback shock. The Process has a goofy shock length.

Oct. 31, 2016, 1:15 p.m.
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Cost of bikes

I bet the markup is huge on carbon bikes and components.

I'm wondering that as well. And I wish more manufactures did mid to high spec on aluminum variants. What would the cost of that exact Giant trance Advanced 1 build be on an aluminum frame? I've ridden all sorts of high end carbon jobs over the years (Ibis, Yeti, Santa Cruz). I'm more than happy with my 'less sophisticated' Kona (to quote a friend), with high end components ;0)

Oct. 28, 2016, 10:40 p.m.
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Fromme 2016 Conditions

Picked up the "Sea to Sky photo epic" edition of Freehub magazine… this is one of the routes that was featured in the magazine:

http://www.trailforks.com/route/freehub-magazine-ladies-only-loop/

Thought the starting/ending point was quite interesting. Never considered starting from Skyline Drive. Is this a logical starting point? Would be curious to try it out.

Huh, I guess if I did that loop I'd swap that road route return with a little climb back up to Executioner and down lower Executioner to Skyline. With that amount of KM on that loop, if one were to park a bit closer, one would be able to do 3X the amount of trails, at least :-)

Oct. 21, 2016, 10:47 a.m.
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9point8

Am I the only one who could use a smaller travel dropper? I have a 125mm and could be happy with 100mm and I'm only 5'9". But some bikes mixed with taller people, would have an issue with shorter posts I guess.

I'm OK with a 125mm dropper on my Konas. The lowered saddle is at knee height when standing, which is pretty ideal for me. We all sit down and pedal at times with the saddle dropped, don't we? I have a bit of a mobility issue with my left leg (as in I can't fully kneel), so pedalling with the 150mm post is uncomfortable with 175mm cranks. I guess it's a combination of my anatomy, bike size and seat angle, who knows.

I will admit, on the short travel 29er, it can snag my shorts on gnarly terrain. But on the endurbro bike that isn't an issue.

-for me- ;-)

Oct. 19, 2016, 11:15 p.m.
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zee vs guide rsc

I have Guide RSC this year and I'm quite happy with them actually. For the last three years I was on XTR trail. Power is similar, and (with the Guides) the bite point stays consistent throughout the whole life of the pad. For all the years of the XTR, I had to perform bleed tricks to get the contact point I liked.

And about those rotors; the Centreline ones are decent and wear well, and stay straight. FWIW, the Shimano ice tech rotors do wear quicker (I use to go through 2 rears a season), and they have an annoying tendency to temporarily warp (and return) during hard runs.

I am in no way a SRAM fanboy, just pleasantly surprised this time around.

Oct. 17, 2016, 12:46 a.m.
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Parable

the vast majority of trail users that ride lower Seymour on a regular basis might never even encounter a sign, riding/hiking the most popular loops.

Oct. 12, 2016, 9:26 a.m.
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Top rated trails

My favourite line right now: 4794, 1143, 6937, and 6386; looped in this order. But as usual, nothing to see in Nanaimo, move along 8)

Aug. 27, 2016, 9:46 a.m.
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Carbon Rim Lifespan

This.

EX511 is more new school wide. 30mm inner width I believe

511 started to appear on WC DH bikes a round or so ago. Rude ran it in CO and Whis.

EX511 front, EX471 rear. That's pretty Enduro;-) Noticed them on the German sites. 50ish Euro a pop (Including nipples and washers). Not a bad option if you are building up a set.

Nice to see a lot of option now!

Aug. 26, 2016, 8:52 a.m.
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Shore Climbing Routes

Saw an older gent crushing the NQ climb on a Specialized E bike last week. He was giving it a good effort, which made his climbing speed almost cartoonish on the skid road

Aug. 25, 2016, 7:13 p.m.
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Carbon Rim Lifespan

What model DTs did you have 1000+km on?? Interested.
Thanks
DS

If you are looking for a burley yet reasonably light rim, look to something like the DT Swiss EX471. They are designed to bend inward when dented, but they are a lot harder to dent than the new Easton's. Not new school wide though…..and not very vertically compliant (read: very rigid). Stan's Flows (and the new Easton's) have a nicer ride but are easier to dent, in my experience. I am not friend of rear rims 8-)

Aug. 23, 2016, 8:22 p.m.
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Ooooooooo.............

I wonder if their rock solid warranty applies to these high end bikes. Like, hypothetically; you leave it on the roof of your car and try to go into your underground. Can I bring this thing in in pieces and walk out with a new one? Not so sure about that…:dizzy:

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