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June 17, 2017, 2:11 p.m.
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Lost air cap from Rockshox Pike

Hey guys,

Kind of a long shot, but I lost my air cap to my pike this afternoon at Hyannis drive.

Added a bit of air after my ride and stupidly forgot to put the cap back on (left it on the bumper) and didn't realize until I got home.

Any chance anyone found it? Not sure how easy it is to get replacement caps so please PM me if you found it!

Thanks!

June 14, 2017, 9:31 a.m.
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Joined: Dec. 13, 2016
Re: Are enduro bikes needed on the shore?

I did end up getting a 160mm Norco Range C7.4. Totally happy with it..if anyone else is in the same position as me im finding it to be perfect so far for north shore riding! More playful than expected and climbs pretty well considering!

June 11, 2017, 2:16 p.m.
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Re: Are enduro bikes needed on the shore?

So I ended up getting a new 2016 Range C7.4 with fork and shock upgraded to Pike RC and Monarch RT from the stock X-fusion setup.  Couldn't be happier with the purchase! First ride today and it was the most fun I'd had on a bike in years.

Thanks for all the help

June 9, 2017, 3:49 p.m.
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Re: Are enduro bikes needed on the shore?

Definitely good info, thanks for all the replies.

Im thinking an enduro bike might be what i go for, something that can handle anything i throw at it, and help build my fitness on the way up :).

Ive actually got my eye on a clearance 2016 Norco Range C7.4 with a RS Pike RC upgrade, have heard great things about the ranges and think its probably the best bet for me! Carbon frame with room for upgrades when parts wear out years down the road.

June 8, 2017, 4:07 p.m.
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Joined: Dec. 13, 2016
Re: Are enduro bikes needed on the shore?

All good info..im definitely not a "rip the trail as fast as possible" type of rider, definitely like to have fun more than barrel through stuff. Definitely want a more playful bike than a super plush roll over everything bike..but want something slack enough to ride the steepest stuff on seymour/fromme. 

Im currently on an old giant AC with double crown fork..super heavy..not at all playful, very sluggish..not very "fun" inspiring. Would love a new stumpy but the new one in my price range (alloy comp) looks to be a bit under-forked..and not a fan of the looks of it that much..

June 8, 2017, 12:45 p.m.
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Joined: Dec. 13, 2016
Re: Are enduro bikes needed on the shore?

Okay cool nice, im 6ft so im assuming id be good on a Large.

What did you have before? How does it compare?

June 8, 2017, 11:38 a.m.
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Joined: Dec. 13, 2016
Re: Are enduro bikes needed on the shore?

Welcome! How do you like the Range? Hows the climbing? I don't ride the park all that often, maybe once a year.. this is why its a hard decision as there is no real "one bike to do it all" haha.

June 8, 2017, 8:35 a.m.
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Re: Are enduro bikes needed on the shore?

hmm good to know, thanks for the info guys. Still trying to decide on a enduro or shorter travel machine...guess il have to try out some demos! Bikes in mind are Norco Range A7.2, Transition Patrol, Giant Trance Advanced 2, (also still have my eyes on YT Jeffsy)..tough decision buying a bike!

June 7, 2017, 11:43 a.m.
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Joined: Dec. 13, 2016
Are enduro bikes needed on the shore?

Take the word "needed" lightly, im more wondering whats the general consensus on whether the shore is one of the few places where its actually justified riding a 160-170mm enduro bike vs a ~150mm trail bike. Everywhere you read about how most people are over-biked for the majority of their riding, and how most places are probably better suited for a trail bike vs an enduro bike...but i feel like the type of technical riding in our little pocket (the shore/whistler) isnt quite like the rest of the world (or maybe it is, i could be wrong..i dont get to travel much :( ). 

I know you can ride any trail basically on any bike (i grew up riding the north shore on a hard tail and V-Brakes for example) but im wondering who out there there went for the "trail" category of bike and finds it to be ample bike for the north shore..(more talking seymour/fromme/squamish/whistler...cypress is a bit of a different beast).

asking as im about to invest in a new bike within the next few months that i will ride for years (wont be swapping bikes every year or two).

March 30, 2017, 8:56 a.m.
Posts: 20
Joined: Dec. 13, 2016
Re: Ghost Bikes

Posted by: rideitall

Posted by: Kthorpe

Posted by: rideitall

Posted by: Kthorpe

Posted by: JBV

'best descending trail bike'.  shouldn't you be looking at the new Remedy, Troy, and Bronson? and maybe about 5 others?

If only I could afford a Bronson, but I'm looking for the best value in a good do it al trail bike. I don't think I'd be disappointed with the new trance!

Haven't been on the new Trance, but had a Trance SX a rode for a couple of years.  Great bike, I had the aluminum version with upgraded suspension bits.  Worked well for everything I ride on the shore, solid technical climber, really digs in for traction if you stay seated and spin up the climbs.  

I think the new version will be a little stiffer, which is something I really never noticed until I got time on my new bike a Bronson with carbon frame.  The Bronson is much stiffer than the alu version of the 2014-2016 Trance.  I know not a straight up comparison.  Part of the reason Giant went to the new mount was to make the bike stiffer.   Both bikes are around the 29-30lb mark, so no really lightweight components.  The new Trance will be much lighter as noted at 27.5lbs.

Can't really go wrong these days with so many really good bikes out there.  Find one that fits well and you should be good to go.

Thanks for the insight. Im thinking if i go with the trance, ill run a more aggressive cockpit, 2.6 tires and eventually put the yari up to 160mm.

The only thing that put me off of the new Trance was the use of boost with the given fork, and the metric trunnion mount shock.  

Have been using Fox 36 RC2 forks for a number of years and iterations and quite like them.  Having the Fox 34 CTD (or equivalent didn't thrill me), with the boost wheelset, very nice wheelset I might add, finding a fork I would like Float 36 160 RC2 or Talas 36 160 RC2 would have been very pricey.  For the rear shock, given the use of new "standards" means a limited selection of shocks for the next little while.  

Have had enough Fox Float RP2, RP3, RP23, CTD ... to know I don't like them.  I did have a Monarch Plus RC3 on a Reign that worked better, but was not great.  So what other options are there on the rear shock with a metric size and trunnion mount.  

I might have been happy with the 34 Fit4 fork and the Float rear shock while I waited for other reasonably priced options to catch up, instead I kept looking at other bikes, Knolly Warden, Devinci Troy / Spartan, Transition Patrol ... Somewhere along the way the Bronson popped onto my radar and after searching for a while I found a good price on a Bronson.   Ironically, it has the Monarch Plus RC3 Debonair, I am still tweaking with it and will add some bands to see if I can get more out of it, but overall am thrilled about the fit and ride of the Bronson.  

To throw you in a totally different direction, if going 27.5 or 29 is not 100% required, there seem to be some smoking deals on 1 -2 year old very well spec'd 26" bikes.

Its not required to go 27.5 or 29, But im current on a Giant AC from 04, so you can see how often i get the chance to buy a new bike. This will be my bike for probably the next 5 years so I do want to get most of the new standards/features.  Im not one that will change the suspension a ton...ive heard decent things about the rear shock and I can always put a charger damper in the Yari if I find some money to upgrade the bike. I wont be looking to upgrade the shock any time soon so the fact that its a trunnion mount doesnt bother me.

Ive been looking at other bikes like the Stumpjumper, Trek Remedy, Bronson (but got driven away from the price..havent found any good deals), RM Altitude, Scott Genius, etc. But I keep coming back to the value of the Giant.

March 30, 2017, 8:51 a.m.
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Joined: Dec. 13, 2016
Re: Ghost Bikes

Posted by: goodwrench

I still have the Trance Advanced 1 in my possession. I have to give it back soon, probably after the weekend.  Just sayin...

Really appreciate the offer, unfortunately this weekend im too swamped with work related stuff to even get out for a ride :(. Thanks though!

March 29, 2017, 3:32 p.m.
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Joined: Dec. 13, 2016
Re: Ghost Bikes

Posted by: rideitall

Posted by: Kthorpe

Posted by: JBV

'best descending trail bike'.  shouldn't you be looking at the new Remedy, Troy, and Bronson? and maybe about 5 others?

If only I could afford a Bronson, but I'm looking for the best value in a good do it al trail bike. I don't think I'd be disappointed with the new trance!

Haven't been on the new Trance, but had a Trance SX a rode for a couple of years.  Great bike, I had the aluminum version with upgraded suspension bits.  Worked well for everything I ride on the shore, solid technical climber, really digs in for traction if you stay seated and spin up the climbs.  

I think the new version will be a little stiffer, which is something I really never noticed until I got time on my new bike a Bronson with carbon frame.  The Bronson is much stiffer than the alu version of the 2014-2016 Trance.  I know not a straight up comparison.  Part of the reason Giant went to the new mount was to make the bike stiffer.   Both bikes are around the 29-30lb mark, so no really lightweight components.  The new Trance will be much lighter as noted at 27.5lbs.

Can't really go wrong these days with so many really good bikes out there.  Find one that fits well and you should be good to go.

Thanks for the insight. Im thinking if i go with the trance, ill run a more aggressive cockpit, 2.6 tires and eventually put the yari up to 160mm.

March 28, 2017, 7:59 p.m.
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Joined: Dec. 13, 2016
Re: Ghost Bikes

Posted by: JBV

'best descending trail bike'.  shouldn't you be looking at the new Remedy, Troy, and Bronson? and maybe about 5 others?

If only I could afford a Bronson, but I'm looking for the best value in a good do it al trail bike. I don't think I'd be disappointed with the new trance!

March 28, 2017, 7:57 p.m.
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Joined: Dec. 13, 2016
Re: Ghost Bikes

Posted by: goodwrench

Posted by: Kthorpe

Posted by: goodwrench

I had a Trance Advanced 1 on loan for a while. The drivetrain and suspension brands are different between the trance 1 and 2 but here are some general thoughts I had. It's light, the large Trance Advanced 1 I had was light 27.5 lbs with pedals! I found it very easy to pick up the front end to get over rocks and roots and such - especially on the climbs. The seatpost works well, its a bit clunky compared to others and the lever is a bit old school ( I prefer under the bar levers), I noticed the narrow bars right away ( I ride 800mm bars), but after a few rides I got used to them, the grips felt nice and the tires hooked up well enough for me. The wheels felt solid, I didn't think that they accelerated faster than my DT Swiss stuff but to me they definitely felt stiffer laterally.   It's definitely not a monster truck.

On both bikes I have no issues with the GX drivetrain or the guide brakes - I run these. The Giant has a newer spec trunion mount  Rockshox deluxe shock. The Ghost specs a KS Lev which is a nicer feeling seatpost IMO. The Ghost says it only comes with a 760mm handlebar, I'm pretty sure the giant was a 750mm.

How did you find its descending abilities? Im looking for the best descending trail bike without going to an enduro bike. 
Thanks for the info though...im currently on 750mm bars (i was actually shocked when i double checked their size) and am decently happy with them at 6ft tall..never ridden any wider.

It descends well, it's very capable. Like I said it's not a monster truck, you can't plow over everything. I good rider could ride it virtually everywhere, it's probably outgunned at the bike park though. Do you live in the lower mainland? My neighbor works for Giant, it's how I got to ride the Trance while waiting for Specialized to send me a warranty frame. If you do, i'm sure I could set up a demo ride for you. Also speaking of warranty, I just checked the Ghost site, they are 5 year warranty (possibly MEC warranty is better?) , Giant is lifetime (frame only of course). From what my neighbor says Giant bikes in Canada include 2 years of service, but don't quote me on that.

That's good info, thanks! I'm in the lower mainland yeah, definitely keep you in mind for a demo! Not necessarily looking for a monster truck, just a trail bike that can descent the shore well.

March 28, 2017, 2:52 p.m.
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Joined: Dec. 13, 2016
Re: Ghost Bikes

Posted by: goodwrench

I had a Trance Advanced 1 on loan for a while. The drivetrain and suspension brands are different between the trance 1 and 2 but here are some general thoughts I had. It's light, the large Trance Advanced 1 I had was light 27.5 lbs with pedals! I found it very easy to pick up the front end to get over rocks and roots and such - especially on the climbs. The seatpost works well, its a bit clunky compared to others and the lever is a bit old school ( I prefer under the bar levers), I noticed the narrow bars right away ( I ride 800mm bars), but after a few rides I got used to them, the grips felt nice and the tires hooked up well enough for me. The wheels felt solid, I didn't think that they accelerated faster than my DT Swiss stuff but to me they definitely felt stiffer laterally.   It's definitely not a monster truck.

On both bikes I have no issues with the GX drivetrain or the guide brakes - I run these. The Giant has a newer spec trunion mount  Rockshox deluxe shock. The Ghost specs a KS Lev which is a nicer feeling seatpost IMO. The Ghost says it only comes with a 760mm handlebar, I'm pretty sure the giant was a 750mm.

How did you find its descending abilities? Im looking for the best descending trail bike without going to an enduro bike. 
Thanks for the info though...im currently on 750mm bars (i was actually shocked when i double checked their size) and am decently happy with them at 6ft tall..never ridden any wider.

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