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March 14, 2011, 10:17 a.m.
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Gear Shots #70

I had the exact same thing happen with my straitlines, too.

It's definitely concerning as that's a great way to rip out the threads on your cranks. And yes, the pedals were properly installed, and they are installed to new style saints as well.

One other thing, it's really lame that the straitlines don't have an allen key in the back of the axle. When my pedals unthreaded, I didn't have a pedal wrench and almost had to go home and skip my ride.

for as much as these cost, they should be perfect.
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Jan. 2, 2011, 10:41 a.m.
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truck questions - 4x4 vs. 4x2, etc.

I've always had a 4wd for off-road use up until summer of 2008 when I sold my last 4runner and drove only my full-size Dodge ram van. We had a decent amount of snow that winter and I did tons of riding in places with pretty decrepit roads (big water bars, lots of big rocks/crawling, etc), and with meaty all-terrains, a gentle foot, and a methodical approach I was able to get the big, lumbering van through just about all of it no problem. You can get 2wd's pretty much anywhere with good tires and technique, but you have to put a lot more care into driving hazardous conditions.

That said, I decided I wanted a 4wd again just to make rowdy shuttle roads easier on the bike, and so I didn't have to be so careful when offroad. Not wanting to spend a lot of money, I crossed the Toyotas off my list and ended up with a Nissan. I really like my '99 Frontier for shuttling, road-tripping, camping, etc. It handles great on the logging roads, does pretty good in the snow, has good mid-range power for winding roads/fireroads, and it was a hell of a lot cheaper than a Tacoma.

If you go for an older Frontier, I'd avoid the 3.3l V6 if you're shopping for an older one. I searched for months for a KA24 (4cyl) and couldn't find one in 4x4 pretty much at all, so I sucked it up and bought the V6. Not only does it have a timing belt that I'll need to spend $900 to have changed in a few years, but the mileage is pathetic. I'm getting about 17mpg with stock size all-terrains, driving mostly highway with the cruise control on, though I have a hightop (albeit aero) canopy. My bud's Tacoma 3.4l gets 22mpg driving like an idiot. I also have just the regular extended cab and the room in the back is pretty limited.

Also, most importantly, absolutely no way should you buy one with the dogshit worthless 4ft bed. It's sketchy putting two dirtbikes (gotta rest em on 2x8's) in the back, you can't close skis or bikes in the back at all, and you can't sleep in it. If you need good interior space, you'll want to go for one of the 01? or newer when you could get a quad cab with a 6' bed.

All that said, for under 10g USD, if I were to do it again, I'd buy an older 4cyl hardbody Nissan, a 2wd Tacoma, or a Silverado. I have a few friends with Silverados and they can manage 20mpg pretty easy, plus you have a real backseat, and way more bedspace. The Fords seem a lot harder on gas than the Chevys, and the Chevys feel more capable off-road.

May 24, 2010, 9:17 p.m.
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Washington/Oregon road trip advice?

It's by no means epic, but once you get across the border, Galbraith in Bellingham has some really fun all mountain riding, and now features a machine built jump trail. There are also the chuckanuts right south of Bellingham, with Blanchard and Chuckanut both offering some great AM rides. Pretty rad for a spot to break up a long drive. There's a few great rides around Mt. Rainer (Ranger Creek, Suntop, etc), and I rode Mt St Helens prob 5-6 years ago and remember that being pretty great.

Never ridden AM in Oregon, but I've heard there is some great stuff. Bend and the Mackenzie River trail always get mentioned.

May 10, 2010, 2:10 p.m.
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Transition TR450

Question about the TR450 - does your rear wheel clear much mud [HTML_REMOVED] crud into the shock/linkage area? I've seen V10's with little fenders on the back to help keep the important bits clean. Was wondering if this is an issue at all? If it is you could probably fashion some sort of fender using an inner tube and zip ties.

I couldn't see how much mud, if any, could get past the upper swing link and onto the shock. When it comes to keeping mud out of where it's not supposed to be, I don't think Transition left any stone unturned. It's actually quite impressive.

May 9, 2010, 7:15 p.m.
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Transition TR450

Man, you spent all that time on the flashy decals and still just have a tube for your chainstay guard?? That is pretty NASCAR! Make sure you find a way to throw some 100mph tape on there, too!

Good looking bike, get some velcro pads for the stays!

May 6, 2010, 9:25 p.m.
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So, it's official. C-c-c-carbon V-10

Yeah, if you've ever hopped on a V10, you would definitely know those things can pedal! They pedal significantly better than a lot of trailbikes I've owned.

I would think the aluminum swingarm is in place partly because of scratch resistant (carbon is tough as hell, but swingarms scrape rocks constantly), and also simply for having fewer line items in inventory. Also remember that these are not the production bikes - they very well may bring the carbon swingarm to those!

And in terms of adjustability - I wouldn't consider it devolution. I think its much more of an issue of broadening their customer base to people with varying tastes and ideas about what's "right" in a bike. Some people are sold on the 10" bike, while some people want a firmer setup and won't consider the 10" bike. Same with the geometry adjustment. It's just like every other manufacturer offering adjustment - it opens up your frame to a MUCH larger market. I'm all for it.

That bike is fucking hot!

May 3, 2010, 5 p.m.
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09 Norco LT2 or 09 Pitch Comp?

Dirt called the Pitch one of the best trailbikes they have ridden.

I used to own a Fluid LT (and am now on a Fluid), and it was a pretty killer bike. My 5" travel Fluid is stiffer out back than my brand new DH rig.

I think it comes down to where you're riding. I have a DH bike, so for me, the trail bike is meant to be ridden on trails. I found the 6" bike was just too much bike to feel comfortable pedalling all day when most of my friends are on 5" bikes. There's also less overlap between the DH and the 5" bike.

If it's going to be your only bike and you're riding somewhere steep or rocky, I'd definitely go for the 6" (LT). If you're riding smoother trails with more berms and features, the Pitch would probably be more fun.

March 29, 2010, 7:31 p.m.
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e-spec time...

Single pivot axle path, that from the sag point will be all forward and up. Just because someone has figured out a patentable way to remove braking forces from a design is only halt the equation IMO.

Man, that really isn't always true. For an older Turner, Blindside, Kona, etc that rule will follow, but even on that spooky, I seriously doubt your sag point will make the pivot in line with the axle. It certainly doesn't on a Morewood/Orange, and absolutely doesn't on a Superco/Zerode/Appalache and a whole bunch of others.

March 29, 2010, 6:39 p.m.
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newfangled wide bars

I find it's a little hard to really get over the front and dig the tire into corners with too short of a stem (sub 40mm). I know it works great for a lot of people, but it feels weird to me.

The wide bars do stretch you out more, but as trails get faster, I like the feeling of a longer cockpit, so it's all good for me. I am 5'10", on a 23" TT, with 31" bars and a 50mm stem. Life is good!

March 15, 2010, 6:43 p.m.
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Something really wrong here.

"In order to pay for the enormous amounts of food she is eating

March 15, 2010, 6:42 p.m.
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Something really wrong here.

In order to pay for the enormous amounts of food she is eating

Jan. 15, 2010, 10:37 a.m.
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Pump fists not gas.

This is that same show where one of these guys punched out a chick? Man, tv makes me lose faith in humanity.

I don't hit girls, but if I did it would be snookie.

Jan. 2, 2010, 10:11 a.m.
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Elixir CR vs. new Saint

I used Elixirs from the beginning of 09 to mid-july when I sold that DH bike. I've been using the new Saints since the beginning of September when I got my new DH bike.

I switched from Hope Mono 4's to the elixirs and had a lot of trouble adapting to the decreased modulation and extra power for the first couple rides, but once I did, I thought they were great. Lots of power, didn't heat up too much, modulation was decently usable. Pretty good brakes overall - except the fact it seemed like I had to bleed them every 3 rides and often just the bouncing around in the truck driving up a shuttle road would leave you needing to sit down and pump up the lever for a few minutes to get pressure again. Not a huge deal, but it wasn't something I wanted to do.

When I started riding the Saints, I again had trouble with modulation and power for the first couple rides and had a lot of times where I would try to feather coming into a corner and the front would lock (never had brakes that would do that before!). That said, when I got used to the new Saints, I realized its not the modulation that I was having trouble with - it was just the power. The new Saint brakes just have so much power its unreal. On the other side of it, I have NEVER felt the slightest hint of fade with the Saints, whereas I could get the elixirs pretty hot with a few specific fall-line trails. I bleed my Saints ONCE, and am still running the stock pads 4 months later (though I only ride on the weekends). My elixirs would get only a handful of rides on each pad-set.

So far, the Saints are the first brakes I've owned where I honestly don't have to think about my brakes before I ride. Once you get used to having the power, you learn to love it, and they don't generate much noise at all. I've been really happy with them so far.

Jan. 2, 2010, 9:54 a.m.
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Wheel builders, info please!

I'm pretty hard on everything I own and I'm 255lbs right now, and the Hope/721 combo works just great for me. I've been running primarily 721's for the past 6 years and everytime I go with another rim, it's usually heavier and/or more expensive with no additional life-span. Plus the 721 gives a great tire profile.

I bought mine from CRC, too, and paid very little extra to go with DB spokes (which are more resistant to fatigue failure), and have only had to tune them up a few times this past season.

That said, if you don't normally work on your own bike, it might be worth it for you to pay an extra $100 to get the shop support - not sure about the canadian exchange rate with the UK, but right now you can find shops in the US that'll sell the same combo for only about $100 more.

Jan. 28, 2009, 10:51 a.m.
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shredventure

This year hasn't been too good to me thus far and instead of whining about it, I want to take advantage of this recession and buy some tickets to somewhere ****ing badass to go shred. I'll be leaving after finals are over 3rd week of March. I want to go with my full DH setup.

I've never gone anywhere but Canada to ride, but am going to Mexico soon to ride bigger bikes with my paps…so somewhere else.

Where should I go? I got about $1300 total for the trip. Round trip tix to Barcelona are 680, Buenos Aires is 855, Santiago is 1000. Rome is 647. I want to spend like 10-14 days.

Also, does anyone have an inside line on any of these places? Hostels, transportation, parks I can sleep in. I have no problem sleeping outside every night if I have a way to keep my bike safe and a stream to bathe after riding. I also don't know where to ride. Maybe a link to Argentinian, Chilean, or Spanish forums would be nice. I spoke Spanish back in high school, so I could probably pick it up pretty quick.

Any help is appreciated!

I want to point it down this:

then fight this thing and eat it

then point it down all of these

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