Bikes are so good right now you'll be wondering why you didn't get one sooner. I can't say enough good about a modern bike, especially a 29er. Old bikes are terrible. Even if your memories of riding are good, those bikes still suck. Buy a used modern bike.
Devinci was supposed to release that Troy this time last year.
I love my Hightower. 135mm in the back running a DVO Jade, and I just ordered an MRP Ribbon coil 150 for the front. The bike can do no wrong. What I find surprising is how much better a 29er corners. That's where I find the difference really is between big wheels and those unrideable 27.5's ;)
Re: Pike oil change only takes like half an hour and is easy why the hell haven't I been doing this myself regularly all along?
Owners should do this to new forks too. Makes such a difference because most fork seals are super dry from the factory. I did this to the last two DVO Diamonds I've owned and it basically transforms them into different beasts.
Myself and a couple of friends are putting in an order soon.
It is 1 piece machined steel (with aluminum large cog), only sub 300g, and only $300usd. And it looks tits! Seems too good to be true, but worth a try imo.
I have an XT with a One Up Shark right now. While it works flawlessly, those XT cassettes are boat anchors. I have to save weight anyway, since I am running a coil shock, a heavy fork, post, and Saint brakes hahaha
Large Hightower CC 135mm
DVO Jade shock set to 51mm stroke with SAR coil
DVO Diamond set to 160mm
We Are One Agent wheels with Project 321 hubs
XFusion manic post 125mm
XT drivetrain (cassette being replaced with a Garbaruk 11-48t)
Renthal 40mm stem
Joystick analog carbon bar 780mm
Posted by: Bull_Dozer
I've heard some local shops say that prices on CRC are less than their cost... I'm sure there are specific items where that is the case, but in general I don't believe that... because if so, wouldn't the obviously solution be to start buying their inventory from CRC rather than from their current Canadian distributor?
Yes, this is true for many items from multiple online sources. You don't buy from Canadian distribution channels for the price. This is why Canadian shops simply can't buy stuff like Shimano and hope to sell it at retail. Most Shimano prices on any overseas retailer is on par or less than you can find at a Canadian distributor. I recently bought Saint brakes for less than you can buy them in Canada at cost. As well, I bought a Shimano drivetrain from Jenson and it was significantly less.
When I had my bmx shop, I would routinely order through CRC just so I could access product to serve my customers. Most Canadian bike shops do it because either the prices are lower or the distributor has no stock. The whole distribution model in Canada generally sucks and I believe will eventually go the way of the dinosaur. Not entirely, but for many products, yes. You can not expect people to pay double what they can easily have direct.
T-Mack, my machinist buddy, whom you know, says that without forging, this frame will be either too weak or too heavy. Weak, because of the grain structure of aluminum and the inherent weak spots. Heavy, as they won't be able to machine enough material out to maintain strength. Can they efficiently forge blocks that big? Can they mass produce a product with that much machine time?
And this whole environmental push they are trying to create is a real funny one, as they probably don't realize the huge footprint that mining metals entails... and that's just from mining trucks alone. Pound for pound, I would guess that carbon fiber actually has less of an impact from a manufacturing stand point.