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Nov. 18, 2019, 1:52 p.m.
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Re: Who makes a decent bolt on through axle

These people make some in many sizes: https://robertaxleproject.com/

Nov. 16, 2019, 10:17 p.m.
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Re: Handlebar height?

Pretty easy to play around with headset spacers while out for a ride. I find 5 mm is noticeable.

My observations:

Lower:

- better for flat corners

- worse on steep and rough trails (hips drop back to compensate for being pulled forward)

Higher:

- front end feels a bit more vague on flat corners

- more intuitive handling on steep and rough terrain 

- a bit easier to shift weight around fore-aft since you’re not being pulled forward

So I think a lot of it depends on the trails you’re riding and how you want your bike to feel.

Nov. 13, 2019, 3:25 p.m.
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Re: I feel bad for the Hikers...

About a year ago, I was climbing Good Sir Martin. A hiker moved out of the way to let me by. I gave a smile and a friendly "hello" and kept going. She responded grumpily and said "you're welcome." I thought I was being friendly but neglected to say the words "thank you." She was likely having a bad day, or maybe I encountered her after a dozen other bikers had gone by her. But her reaction was a wake-up call. Saying "thank you" goes a long way.

Oct. 27, 2019, 7:18 a.m.
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Re: Coil vs Air shock

I also think of the impact on geometry/ride height. Coil shocks probably need to be run with less sag than an air shock to avoid excessive bottom-out, whereas an air shock can be run at something like 35% sag if desired, and have progression adjusted by spacers.

In theory, a coil shock has less stiction so it will still feel sensitive with less sag, but you end up with a bike riding higher in its travel, which can be a good or bad thing depending on your bike setup goals.

This is purely theoretical, though. I haven’t tried an air and coil shock on the same frame.

Oct. 11, 2019, 1:53 p.m.
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Re: New Kilmer Creek Bridge on the Baden Powell on Fromme - Why no bicyle ramp like the old one?!?

Looks like it’s getting fixed:

https://www.instagram.com/p/B3feT3oHvJL/?igshid=1d4j2iusjl2wj

Oct. 9, 2019, 10:23 a.m.
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Re: Light tires with sticky rubber

I was doing a bit of digging on the Michelin Wild Enduros. I've seen a couple reports of side knobs tearing at the base. Have any of you experienced that?

Oct. 5, 2019, 11:58 p.m.
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Re: how much stanchion

Yeah, I’ve been through this. I ordered an out of package 36 From CRC and thought they sent me a different travel fork from what I ordered.

The 36 doesn’t bottom out all the way to the crown. There’s about 1 cm more stanchion exposed than fork travel.

Oct. 4, 2019, 10:35 p.m.
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Re: Work on Fromme Climbing Trail

Posted by: taprider

12 people climbing it at one time just shows we need more non-secret black diamond climbing trails

Or a way to climb from Mushroom to the road. The current choices are to climb Corkscrew or push up Incline, neither of which are ideal.

Sept. 24, 2019, 7:10 p.m.
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Re: Light tires with sticky rubber

Posted by: Ouch

Posted by: D_C_

Nice, I see the DHF 29 Exo Maxx Grip on bike-discount.de. A bit strange they wouldn’t be listed on Maxxis’ product page.

When I look at Maxxis website, they have the DHF 29 Exo MaxxGrip listed.

I only see the DH casing in 29 with Maxx Grip on their site.

Sept. 24, 2019, 12:16 p.m.
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Re: Light tires with sticky rubber

Nice, I see the DHF 29 Exo Maxx Grip on bike-discount.de. A bit strange they wouldn’t be listed on Maxxis’ product page.

Sept. 24, 2019, 8:20 a.m.
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Light tires with sticky rubber

As discussed in the Maxxis Assegai review recently posted on the front page, there is quite a difference between Maxxis' Maxx Terra and Maxx Grip rubber compounds, but Maxxis only offers Maxx Grip in their heavy Double Down and DH casings, with the faster-rolling Maxx Terra on their lighter EXO and EXO+ casings. Maxx Grip is preferable in the wet, to the extent that many will lug around 1300 g tires on their trail bikes just for the sticky rubber. But there must be a better way.

Which brands make tires in the 1000 - 1100 g range in 29 with rubber compounds similar to Maxx Grip?

Sept. 23, 2019, 11:49 a.m.
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Re: Exporting Bike to WA

I’ve gotten buyers to meet me just north of the border (e.g. in the parking lot of the Campbell River Store). They’re importing it to the US so let them deal with it.

Sept. 20, 2019, 1:02 p.m.
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Re: Work on Fromme Climbing Trail

The climb route has gone from a once-in-a-while feat of extreme endurance and skill to something I'm likely to ride on any given ride. I'm a fan of the current direction.

Sept. 15, 2019, 7:51 a.m.
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Re: New Kilmer Creek Bridge on the Baden Powell on Fromme - Why no bicyle ramp like the old one?!?

I don’t know the answer, but it’s probably worth asking the nsmba as a starting point. They for sure know what’s going on. They’ll either tell you it’s in the works, or that it requires a politely-worded email from you to the land manager to help make it happen (like the teeter totter situation).

Sept. 10, 2019, 11:44 a.m.
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Re: rear tires

Posted by: Bull_Dozer

Are any of you guys using the Assegai for general use (not just for DH) - is it overkill or a good all around tire for places like the Shore? Noticed that the new aluminum Ripmo comes stock with Assegai front and rear and it got me thinking about trying it to replace DHF/DHR2.

It’s a good front tire, but I couldn’t imagine pedalling it around as a rear. I think DHF or DHR2 is a better call unless your shuttling or riding chairlifts.

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