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Buy The Bike You Already Own - A Spring Service Story - Feb. 13, 2020, 7:20 p.m.

Tough to balance the coil in front with air in the back, I'm having more luck with a DHX 5 coil.

I suspect air front, coil rear would be nicer, but I'm sticking with 26" until my stockpile of lyrik parts are done.

Buy The Bike You Already Own - A Spring Service Story - Feb. 13, 2020, 6:53 p.m.

Have you been peeking in my head?

I have the long dropouts, and a works headset in my Hardtail... I've already been considering exactly what you suggest.

Buy The Bike You Already Own - A Spring Service Story - Feb. 12, 2020, 1:28 p.m.

This switch to coil is a nugget I'll treasure when the time comes

Buy The Bike You Already Own - A Spring Service Story - Feb. 12, 2020, 1:25 p.m.

The geo is a free upgrade on a new bike, but an expensive one on the old machine.

I'm generally happy with my min-maxed 2013 26" banshee spitfire...

(160mm coil MiCo lyrik, CCDBA or DHX 5.0 coil, 11-42 sunrace cassette on 10spd slx derailleur / xtr shifter, saint brakes, xtr m980 104bcd crankset with bash, 29mm internal spank rims on hope hubs, cheap 150mm giant wintek dropper with modded xt shifter lever) 

...But, I rode a buddies stumpy evo 27 last weekend. Significantly longer reach and steeper sta is hard to find as an update to the old steed. 

That thing went round a corner like no bike I've ever ridden. Delicious, and the first thing to get the upgrade eyes wandering for ages.

Crankbrothers Highline 7 Dropper Post - Feb. 4, 2020, 2:14 p.m.

This is good motivation to do more experiments with dropper levers.

I'm currently using an XT shifter with the ratchet and release lever removed. Good ergonomics, but no bearing and awkward to bodge a system that wants the cable head on both ends. 

It's made a significant difference to the Giant dropper, but since the keys are part of the shaft instead of replaceable brass the whole thing will be junk once they wear out.

Hayes Dominion A4 Brake Review - Jan. 29, 2020, 7:55 p.m.

Thanks for the long winded reply, other than the price and fluid, it's the only thing keeping temptation at bay.

Hayes Dominion A4 Brake Review - Jan. 29, 2020, 1:23 p.m.

So, no troubles with the master cylinder reservoir being below the piston?

On paper this looks like the obvious fault - any air in the system can't just rise into the reservoir like all the competition.

Hayes Dominion A4 Brake Review - Jan. 29, 2020, 1:18 p.m.

You're after the frankenbrake thread on Ridemonkey, it's long, detailed, awful, and contains all the answers you seek.

BikeYoke Divine Dropper Post Teardown - Jan. 29, 2020, 1:02 p.m.

You're right, but my old (really, 2004) Horst 5Spot would like one.

2-Minute Expert: How Gore-Tex Works - Jan. 26, 2020, 3:15 p.m.

Thanks for the reminder, I've just washed, patched and ironed my riding jacket.

It's easy to forget when the summer arrives.

Are Mountain Bikers Accidental A-Holes? - Jan. 16, 2020, 2:20 p.m.

My Wellington impression of arseholes is more about time as a rider than age - folks of any age who are recent to the mountain bicycle are more likely to be arseholes.

The middle aged man crew who have recently swapped golf for bikes are probably the worst, they've got the money, the gear, and the entitlement.

For the Love of Butter: Introducing the Z1 Coil - Jan. 14, 2020, 9:06 p.m.

I guess the smashpot costs more for a reason.

Race Face Aeffect R Cinch Cranks & 170mm Dropper Post - Jan. 9, 2020, 1:46 p.m.

I put an old Octalink XT crankset on a bike for a placeholder ride a while ago. I'm sure the internal BB was a big part of the experience, but man, what a noodle.

Best of 2019 - Cam's List - Jan. 8, 2020, 3:50 p.m.

Yup, Elliot is on Peak Flow. As you found, the natural surface up there is chunky. PF is groomed with machine and commercial gravel, flow trails are fine in places where the soil suits, but that's not one.

I look forward to the article.

Best of 2019 - Cam's List - Jan. 7, 2020, 9:36 p.m.

This. My limited experience of overbiking made the usual trails boring, until I got over my personal speed limit.

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