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Sellers Remorse - Nov. 7, 2019, 3:41 p.m.

That sounds awesome, I love the old GT’s!

I had a mid nineties Avalanche. The cheap Zaskar. 

Ball burnished Alloy frame and team blue and yellow logos, aghhh! It was awesome! The Mag21 forks may not have aged as well however.

Jack Moir's Turbo Diesel Nissan Navara & Intense M29 - Nov. 4, 2019, 4:30 p.m.

Ha! I’m looking for a petrol after a lifetime of clattering diesels. No such thing as a smooth powerful V6 petrol around here! 

I was surprised by the number of people that would ask me about it on the climb up Fromme. “You’re from Australia? Man, I love your diesel trucks!”. To which I’d reply  “Naa they’re a Ute Mate!”

Riding Motorbikes in the Alps: Part 1 - Aug. 12, 2019, 5:26 a.m.

Great story about an amazing trip! Bikes are bikes and a bit of variety never hurt anyone. 

Now I got to hook me up some junkets!

Vorsprung Smashpot Coil Conversion For Fox 36 Reviewed - July 6, 2019, 4:16 p.m.

I’ve got a Cane Creek coil Helm on my SJ Evo and am pretty chuffed with it. I looked at conversions for my Lyrik but it was cheaper to sell my old fork and buy a whole new one. Any idea how they compare? Conversion vs off the shelf mrp or Cane Creek? The CC is the only one with the sexy Cherry Bomb coloured crowns though!

Are Tire Inserts a Solution or a Band-Aid? - May 8, 2019, 9:58 p.m.

There's a 2.35 DHF in the shed, perhaps I'll throw it on. I do like the fat ones on my hardtail... I am talking about tyres still.

Are Tire Inserts a Solution or a Band-Aid? - May 8, 2019, 9:56 p.m.

Seems to happen on both my Stumpjumper EVO "Big" bike and my Chromag Stylus Single Speed.

I've had cuts on both the sidewall and tread, on various models from two different manufactures. So I don't think that the inserts will be a game changer, but they're the only thing that I haven't tried!

I'd love to believe that I'm getting faster but I'm pretty sure that it's just a bunch of bad luck. 

It's cool, I've just come back from an awesome bike trip and am having more fun on wheels then ever. So don't give me too much sympathy! I'll just keep reading your writing on this subject, looking for a magic bullet but otherwise I'll just keep riding!

Are Tire Inserts a Solution or a Band-Aid? - May 8, 2019, 9:40 p.m.

I'm a little heavier (86kg out of the shower) and run 20-25 from and 25-28 rear. I've been told by various riders (most faster than me!) that I'm running them both to hard and too soft.

30mm rims and 2.6 tyres, though I've got a 2.35 to try on the rear. It may help!

2019 Santa Cruz Carbon Chameleon - REVIEWED - May 8, 2019, 6:37 a.m.

I’ve always liked the gear reviews on NSMB but I do believe that they have gone to a new level. Some really cool and interesting bikes that I haven’t seen reviewed elsewhere and some neat concepts like the min/maxing. Hell, I live in the desert and will still enjoy the wet weather gear reviews! 

Great show NSMB crew!

Are Tire Inserts a Solution or a Band-Aid? - May 8, 2019, 6:32 a.m.

I am so @#$ing sick of flat tyres!

I’ve thrown out 5 $95 tyres over the last six weeks, ruined a race and spent SO long cleaning Stan Race Day off of my 2 bikes!

I’ve been running 2.6” tyres from 800 grams to 1200 grams and they all get slashed. Both on the side wall and on the tread. Plugs sometimes help but only until the next hole. 

I ride in the centre of Australia. Hard pack trails with lots of sharp rocks. I don’t think that I’ve EVER worn out a rear tyre. But that’s ok, I can live with that but the flat streak that I’m currently on is going to cause me to loose it!

Ive just ordered a set of Huck Norris but know that they will only help with pinches.

Everyone gets the odd flat tyre around here but it’s getting to a point that my mates don’t even comment as they wait for me to shove in another tube and wipe as much white Stans off my pants as I can before we get to the bar! (Always an awkward look). 

Help me!

Specialized Stumpjumper EVO Carbon - March 8, 2019, 3:48 a.m.

Having a ball on the S3 650b Evo in lowly alloy.  The sizing is awesome and the bike has seamlessly transitioned from double black DH to local blue XC trails much better than I thought it would. 

The short seat tube is cool, but a bit pointless when the insertion depth is so shallow. My legs are on the short side for a 183cm fellow and the stock 150mm post is about all I can manage, even with 100mm or more post showing. 

And why the shorter reach on the 29’er?!? I would have loved a 29’er with the longer cockpit or the 60b!

and there are all all my complaints.... it’s a short list! This isn’t an Enduro. The geo is very progressive but the back end is more efficient than plush. People looking for an Enduro racer have had a lot of luck long shocking it for a plush ride, but I’m pretty happy with the awesome climbing + perkiness on such a big bike.

The stock alloy build is great for a bike bought from a dealer. Spending more money really only shaves weight. Performance is brilliant out of the box!

Dear Uncle Dave: My Roadtrips have become Petty Arguments Disguised as Vacations - Oct. 5, 2018, 5:55 a.m.

The easiest way to split fuel and expenses on road trips that I’ve found is to get everyone to throw in the same amount of cash. That kitty covers all of your fuel and the like with any extra split or used for beers. Start with a full tank and finish with one (and a broken bike and a hangover!) 

But it doesn’t sound like these guys would do that, these guys kinda sound like dicks.

Starling Murmur 29 Factory Reviewed - Sept. 24, 2018, 1:12 a.m.

I just picked up my cromo Chromag from the panel beater after denting the top tube and it looks as good as new. You won’t hear anyone saying that about the latest carbon wonder bike!

Best of 2017 - Pete's List - Jan. 1, 2018, 4:39 a.m.

I play in a male dominated sport but have two daughters that love their bikes. I do hope that things keep changing for the better so that they may have the best chance of finding something special like I've found in this silly little hobby.

Coil Forks VS Manitou IRT Air - Nov. 16, 2017, 3 p.m.

I may have the chance to pick up an ohlins fork at a decent price. I assumed that I was going to get the coil as it's the latest and greatest but perhaps the air is the way to go? 

I think that my local terrain works pretty well with a slightly more linear rate then is currently fashionable (desert terrain with lots of mid size bumps and constant vibrations at the handlebar, not a lot of really big compressions).

But it's going to be on an all mountain hardtail that I'm guessing would suite a progressive system that doesn't dive too much to maintain geometry.

It's an awesome choice to have to make!!

Do We Need Man-Specific Bikes? - Jan. 18, 2017, 4:14 a.m.

Absolute highlight of my day. This is why I love NSMB.

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