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.
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).
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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Posted by: grambo
As a follow-up, we did two rides:
Mountain Station pedal: climbed up Badger, Honey, Shasta etc. and rode Skirt, Fat Chance, Tiger Buckle/Five Knuckle, Legalize It. Awesome trails, nice steep fall line tech with well built jumps and drops. Surprised some of the stuff was rated blue, could be a rude awakening even for people used to Sea to Sky blues.
Powerslave shuttle: got dropped at the lower entrance to lower part of Powerslave, shuttle guy said upper wasn't worth the ride but I think next time we would go for it anyway. Bottom part of Powerslave and Bear's Den outstanding trails, more fall line tech with fun doubles, option lines and cool wood work on Bear's Den. Pedaled up Toughnut which was a grindy climb that mellowed higher up. Got confused by a new logging road and missed Upper Goldmember, jumped into Lucky Charms and Gold Rush, fun more rocky trails and then into Waldorfian which was awesome steep tech, highly recommended.
Nelson is amazing, so glad I got to finally ride there. Will be back every summer for sure.
Headed there next week. Who shuttled you up to Powerslave? Did you try the Vein trail at Mtn. Station? Looks super techy :)
I rode the Vein when I was there in June. I found it to be worthwhile, a fun, steep loamy rip. It's a light double black (as opposed to the blues in that area, which could be blacks). If you want steep and fast, also check out Space Junk. It's steeper than the Vein, though not as long.
I just finished building up my Rootdown. I went from a 2016 M to a 2019 M/L, which is also 2 degrees slacker. With its steep seat tube angle, the old bike always felt a bit cramped while seated (I’m 5’8”), so I’m happy to be on the next size up.
I only have a couple laps on it but it feels like a rocket on the way down, though it requires a more active riding style to drive it through corners. But between the longer reach and slacker head angle, any nervousness the old bike had is gone.
The fork is a 51 mm offset Fox 36 FIT4 at 150 mm travel, and I went from a 50 mm stem on the M to a 40 mm on the M/L.
The first BB is a good option for 30 mm spindle cranks (e.g. Race Face Turbine Cinch). Fitting a 30 mm spindle in a BB92 bb shell, which was originally conceived for smaller-diameter spindles, makes the bearings thin and prone to wearing out quickly, so a bb like that where the bearings press directly into the frame results in more room for bigger bearings. Enduro Bearings makes a similar one.
The Aeffect cranks have a 24 mm spindle, same as Shimano cranks. So you need the second bb.
Oh man, Fernie is awesome. I was back there again earlier this summer. The general flavour is steep, fast dirt. Not a lot of technical gnar or jank, but a nice change from the shore. Your Jeffsy should be good for anything you come across.
A good longer pedal is to park at the Provincial Park and ride Verboten, P9 and Slunt/Brokeback. Slunt/Brokeback is the best of those 3, followed by P9. Verboten's great too but cut that one out if you want to shorten.
I also loved Big Money, but I've heard the end is bit of a mess right now due to logging, so I'd do a bit of research on that.
Hyperventilation to Hyperextension is a good pedal loop, about 5-600 m elevation with singletrack climbing and nice views. There's also a new one above that called Today's Special that I've heard is good.
Three Kings/48 Hours is rad but more shuttle territory.
Have fun! Let me know what you ride.
Posted by: LoamtoHome
"Loamers" can be made sustainable. It just requires maintenance and proper alignment so that requires effort which is severely lacking with most rogue builders and riders. If you ride the trails, at least try to maintain them to a certain extent. It's really not that hard.
Some of the trails on Vedder are a good example of this.
Pile of Rocks? You'd have to get up there but it would be quick to lap. It's surprisingly fun.
As an aside, if I wanted to replace my Flow MK3 (605 ERD) with a Flow EX3 (602 ERD), can I reuse the same spokes or do I need shorter ones?
The older Easton/Race Face ARC rims dent like they’re made out of cheese. The new ARC Offset are made out of a different alloy that they say is stronger. I have an ARC Offset 25 but haven’t really put it through the paces yet, so we’ll see.
I ran Stans Flow and Arch MK3 last year and both have been pretty good but like to crack at the eyelets if spokes are over-tensioned (doesn’t seem to take much).
This is going back a few years, but I’ve been happiest with Stans Flow EX and WTB i23. Both of these rims worked well without much fuss. The Flow EX3 looks like a good idea for a rear wheel, but man is it heavy.
If I were shopping for wheels, I’d take a good look at We Are One Movement wheels. You get Agent or Insider rims on i9 101 hubs for $1275 CAD. WAO has some new rims out and these are the old ones, but the price is comparable with a set of high-end alloy wheels, and there’s a lifetime warranty and a track record of people riding them hard over the past couple of seasons without issue.
What about upgrading your calipers to something 4-piston and using your current levers?