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?
Posted by: Cabana76
Some great suggestions in this thread. I'm just starting to stray from my usual Shore rides to the valley. Why did I wait so long?
Question about Vedder. Is there a higher shuttle parking lot? Or can you leave a car on the side of the road with no problems?
I saw a few vehicles parked on the side of the road by 2Cents when I was there on Saturday. The main road is pretty good up to that point, recently graded. The spur up to REFR and Black Forest HAM has some waterbars so you'd want a truck (if it's passable at all).
Posted by: extraspecialandbitter
Last year I raced with 2.3 Minion DHFs front and rear... but I was on a single speed so rear wheel traction while standing was important.
This year I'm mechanical doping with everyone else and I've had a 2.6" Rekon on the back (which was pretty good at first, but I've flatted 3 times this year). On Wednesday I realized it was bald and so I panic mounted a 2.6" Slaughter last night. I'll let you know how it goes in the Nimby.
The Slaughter is noticeably smaller than the Rekon. 2.41" vs. 2.54"
What tire did you end up choosing D_C_? It would be interesting to compare our impressions with the damp weather.
Hey, nice meeting you!
I went with the 2.35 Ikon Exo in back. I was perfectly happy with the traction. I did puncture it on Rudy’s though, but Stan’s actually worked and sealed it up. I’ve been riding the tire on the Shore for the past couple of weeks and it is surprisingly capable. It’s also the biggest 2.35 I’ve seen.
Were you happy with the Slaughter?
The bike’s a Devinci Django 29, 120 in back with a Fox 36 at 150. The bike will get Maxxis Exo sendy for sure, but I’ll save the Double Downs and CushCore for my Range 29.
Doing a bit more reading, it sounds like the main thing with using an aggressive semi-slick like a Minion SS for XC racing is that the side knobs contact the ground, which is the main reason they’re slower than, say, an Ikon.
Ended up ordering a 2.2 Ardent Race.
I'm doing the Nimby 50 later this month. This XC racing thing will be new for me, but XC around here is not your typical XC. What tire combos do people usually run?
I have a 2.3 DHR 2 in front, which is quite light for how much grip it provides. In back, I currently have a Maxxis Forekaster, but I find it feels a bit draggy. I am thinking 2.2 Ikon or Ardent Race. But what do those offer over a semi-slick like a Minion SS?
Another alternative, though not a tape, is Sugru: https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/sugru-mouldable-glue-5-g-3-pk-0671073p.html#srp
Posted by: grambo
Of the ones I've ridden, I would rate it easiest to hardest Room with a View, Boney Elbows, Dirks Diggler, In n Out Burger, Hueso. Have not yet ridden Gouranga, 2 stroke, Take the Do-nut, Larvacide, Penthouse or Intestinal... I understand Intestinal/Larvacide are the hardest ones.
Take the Do-Nut - mostly just a natural trail with an easy, short slab at the end.
Gouranga - steep, rooty, natural trail with no significant slabs other than the option right line rock ride at the end.
Penthouse - long slab, shorter than In and Out but a bit steeper, and you come out faster at the bottom.
Intestinal Fortitude - overall, not that hard a trail, except for the big slab at the end, which is full-on. It rolls over steeper and steeper as you go, and it’s a balance between going as slow as you can and avoiding locking up. By the end, you’re really moving.
Larvicide - steep, exposed slabs the whole way down. Probably the hardest in the area overall.
2-stroke - did it once a while ago and don’t remember. I recall the slabs being toned down compared to, say, Boney Elbows.
I think Hueso would be a good one to try. Nothing too, too crazy on there. Value Added also has some nice slabs that are unlikely to kill you.
Posted by: grambo
Had an interesting encounter yesterday morning on Seymour at the powerlines resting spot after the Old Buck/BP climb (where you ride down to Severed). I was with a buddy and there were probably 10-12 other random acoustic bikers from several groups resting and happily chatting about the amazing weather and trail conditions and general other acousticy topics. Some fit looking mid 40's dude on an S-Works Turbo Levo ($14,400CAD) comes flying up the last pitch of the climb, rides right through the middle of all the acoustic riders and immediately down the road toward Severed. Did not slow down, lift his head, make eye contact, or even say a friendly hello... No one even had time to say anything or react as the guy was moving too quickly. We all had a good laugh about this, was the guy afraid of being shit talked? Embarrassed? Feeling shame? At least slow down and say hello. If people shit talk you just kill them with kindness. Shouldn't ebike owners be setting an example to other trail users that they are a friendly open group? That's what is expected of mountain bikers with hikers (and what I do every single time, even if I get silence or snark in return). This isn't the first time I've seen this with ebikers, it seriously feels like they are just using the fast climbing ability of the bike to avoid having to interact with people who might criticize them and it doesn't look good.
There was universal dislike for ebikes amongst the 3 or 4 random groups of acoustic bikers which included some older rippers appearing to be in their 50s-60s. Surprising because the ebike marketing material has told me it's not physically possible to ride in your 60's without an ebike! One of the other people in the group mentioned this ebiker had passed them 3 times so far that day in the same manner, fast and with no greeting or warning.
To be fair, I've seen regular bikers behave like that as well. Sometimes you don't feel like talking to people.
But yeah, being friendly and saying high is good PR. The same goes for mountain bikers interacting with other user groups.
Quite a few e-bikes in Squamish Alice Lake area today. I saw one middle-aged guy who managed to get himself a good way up the mountain but clearly was not all that skilled. He went ahead along a technical section and groaned every time he had to go over a big rock or root. It was quite funny to watch.