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July 25, 2016, 9:24 a.m.
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conti der baron tires

They're decent from what a friend says about them but they blow off rims easily and consistently.

I liked them a lot until they blew off my UST specific rims. They rolled quite fast for the amount of grip. I'd be pretty nervous putting them on to be honest, without a ghetto tubeless situation or procore. Especially on the front

July 16, 2016, 11:03 a.m.
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Long travel 29er for the shore?

I love that manufacturers are doing all they can to get a bottle inside of the frame triangle these days. BUT, aesthetics, at least for me…meh. What's the point of designing a frame that attempts to have the shock and linkages as low as possible, only to have almost 2lbs of bottle and water high up on the triangle?

Santa Cruz and Specialized seems to have the design dialled with a bottle. I'm sure there are others…

June 26, 2016, 6:13 p.m.
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NSMB - 2016 - Hardtail Thread

I fully don't understand the carbon honzo. It looks awesome, but I don't understand the huge investment in a carbon mold for this bike. Unless I'm completely off base, is there such a demand for them, especially now that it isn't SS-able? At the expense of a full redesign of the Process into the 2018 MY (with a slight refresh coming up), I'm confused.

June 22, 2016, 11:14 p.m.
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NSMB - 2016 - Hardtail Thread

That's what I'm thinking. These new bikes are built for chimps. Long arms and short legs, please make bikes for humans! Still would love to try one.

I'm a chimp, and the Process line fit almost perfect with a 40mm stem for me. I'm actually happy they are going a bit longer in reach as I just need a bit more room, without going to a much longer seat tube. Mind you most modern designs in the XL size do have decent ST length (as in less than 20cm).

Yeti's have appeared to strink in reach….or maybe I just remember my large SB66 being longer than it actually was:-)

June 18, 2016, 8:07 p.m.
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Trailer hitch Bike tray rack- Advice

Off duty cops do not have to be concerned with minor infractions such as obscured plate.

She didn't seem to care about my infraction. YMMV

Maybe when I get a Tacoma, I can get a 1up. Then I'll truly be North Van. It's more Enduro than the gate pad ;-)

They are seriously nice BTW, and not too too much more than the Kuat NV now days

June 17, 2016, 11:47 p.m.
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Trailer hitch Bike tray rack- Advice

$270.00 ticket if it covers your license plate.

Parked at Moja earlier this week with a Kuat on the subaru, right between the NV Bike police van with at NS rack, and an SUV with a rear tray rack that covered the plate…driven by an off duty cop. Your luck may change when you cross the bridge though (I've been warned in Vancouver a couple times in recent years).

Have had a Kuat NV for 5 years now. Very solid but keep the bits lubed and you'll be good to go. I had the ratchet arms replaced this year do to the internals being corroded, free of charge. Almost every part can be ordered for these racks as well, at a very reasonable price on their website.

June 2, 2016, 5:16 p.m.
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Schwalbe Procore

Post Brexit…..perhaps even cheaper [HTML_REMOVED]#128526;

May 31, 2016, 11:29 p.m.
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Schwalbe Procore

you're going to kick yourself for not getting a complete kit for yourself. OR at least try it out on your front wheel:-)

May 31, 2016, 12:48 a.m.
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super boost plus

26+ for nimble traction, 29 for fast traction. You heard it here first!!:dizzy:

May 29, 2016, 11:01 p.m.
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Cumberland

Might give DCC a call from the ferry Sunday and see if I can knock off work early enough to stop in Monday night.

Plan is to hit Queso on Sunday. Is it worth it to go all the way up to Furtherburger then through Wookie Toothpicks to Queso? Trailforks has an early April report saying Wookie is in poor condition due to logging activity.

Plan for weeknights is Blockhead/Numbskulls/DCDH one night, Thirsty Beaver/Truffle/Vanilla/Dam Trail another and Bucket of Blood/Bear Buns/Broadway/Buggered last night. These might be a bit ambitious but weather is looking awesome for it.

Alternative to Wookie--Blockhead, hang a left on Cupcake, then access road up to Queso. Blockhead is a sweet, sweet line when it hits the trees. Loosie goosie in the clearcut in the dry :-)

May 27, 2016, 3:16 p.m.
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super boost plus

The offered Q-factor not great for an all day pedal machine, at least for my knees :S

May 25, 2016, 9:53 p.m.
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Fromme 2016 Conditions

It was near the start of Crinkum on Saturday and still there on Sunday. I wouldn't be surprised if it was put there by trail vandals (seen it happen on trail running races). Some of the tape was solid coloured (light blue?) some had the RM logo.
If it's not marking anything upcoming, [HTML_REMOVED] it's still there on my next lap, I'll pull it down.

BC Enduro's tape is green with Smith logos FYI.

May 21, 2016, 6:52 p.m.
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Minion SS for the shore

I have one on a narrow set of XC rims (21mm internal), really like it. I approve of the non-3C compound with Silkworm. It might actually last a month :-). Really strong cornering bite, just like the slaughter. Very square profile and honestly, I'm not sure I would want it on my wider wheelset…

May 20, 2016, 1:49 p.m.
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Schwalbe Procore

Well my leaky valve situation seems to have solved itself. After hitting my tire with a pump a few times last night at the Fiver, it seems to be fully sealed. I'm still trying to adapt to the feel of softer tires, but the support is there with the thin snakeskin tires, surprisingly so. However I'm limiting the pressures to 23 front, 25 rear (Magic Mary, HD rear). When it was at 20 on the front traction was great but was a bit vague in corners. Not fold over vague just not enough feedback vague? 23/25 seems to be a nice compromise.

Judging by the 27+ flats last night it might be a good purchase to prevent burps?

May 18, 2016, 11:39 p.m.
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Schwalbe Procore

Those with Procore….did you have issues with the valve stem sealing? I've attempted to set it up several times this week. Air up the Procore chamber, no issue. Add air to the tire and I'm getting leaks (it seams) around the stem shoulder. I've used the supplied tape and re-taped with Gorilla tape. The valve stem has an aluminum shoulder, and possible isn't playing nice with the profile of the rim. Rail 50 FYI. Maybe the system works better with wider rims, or maybe I need a stickier interface with the valve stem shoulder.

I honestly thought the stem would never be an issue as the procure chamber and the tire bead should be really tight to each other…but evidently air is passing though and out the stem/rim interface. :|

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