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Thread: Carbon dork
08-11-2011, 03:03 PM #76I'm so hardcore, I'm gnarcore.
08-11-2011, 03:08 PM #77
With ya on the ski thing Marshal.
I also only have one bike setup and like it that way... However after three days at Whistler my hands tell me they think a DH bike may be a good idea.
08-11-2011, 04:12 PM #78
I would rather have a one ski quiver for every type of conditions and 3 bikes for various kinds of riding. one ski I can get used to in powder, trees, steeps, b/c etc.
one bike, blah, need 3 minimum."A man on foot, on horseback or on a bicycle will see more, feel more, enjoy more in one mile than the motorized tourists can in a hundred miles."
— Edward Abbey (Desert Solitaire)
08-11-2011, 04:26 PM #79Registered User
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- North Vancouver
Perfect world is a quiver of three.
29er Hardtail for XC - light trail
140-160mm Trail / AM bike. Covers everything if it needs to. Your pick how much weight you want to tote around.
DH bike - For well duh DH
>90mm lightweight touring ski
90-105mm Do anything and do everything ski. Should have touring bindings
110mm+ Fatty for well skiing deep or anything you want.
08-11-2011, 05:48 PM #80
My ski quiver is more like 12 pair at this point because I have tele, alpine, and dynafiddle. I'm such a dork that I actually try to pick skis and adjust mounting locations so I don't need to adjust technique much to switch between them. They are preadjusted for the conditions of the day I will say it used to mess me up a lot to switch gear and some days it takes longer then others to adjust. The more fit I am the faster I can adjust. In the end, if I chose the right ski for the right day I feel like I can do no wrong (at the level that I ski at anyways ). I rarely felt that way when I just skied one ski every day.
Bikes are similar for me, once I started getting bikes that were more similar in geo during riding I found it much easier to switch between them. The changes I make to setup don't really throw me off in any way, they just feel right for those conditions. Throwing in the road bike once in a while keeps me on my toes but has really helped my ability to feel comfortable on most any bike in a few minutes.
In the end, I love tinkering with bikes and skis as much as using them and that's why I do what I do.
09-05-2011, 09:36 PM #81
I blame Particle. Thanks a lot J
For Trail riding...
Frame: Med HD 160 w/ Kashima RP23
Fork: 170mm Lyric Solo Air - 1-1/8" steerer - DH damper
Headset: Cane Creek 110 (Zero stack upper, external lower) - 10mm spacers under stem
Stem: 70mm Chromag Ranger
Bars: 710mm Noir Carbon Riser Bars
Shifters: SRAM XX
Brakes: Avid Elixer CR's (last gen) (203mm F, 185 R)
Grips: Lizard Skin Peaty Lock-on
Cable Housing: Jagwire L3 - Blue, (If I can't be pretty at least my bike can)
Seatpost: 4" Gravity Dropper (old now, but reliable and the cable attachment is fixed in place)
Saddle: WTB Silverado SLT
Front Derailleur: SRAM XO High Direct Mount
Cranks: SRAM XX 26/39 w/ 166Q-factor
Pedals: Crank Brother Candy 3
Rear Derailleur: SRAM XX
Cassette: SRAM XX 11-36
Chain: SRAM 1091R
Front Hub: WTB Super Duty 20mm
Rear Hub: American Classic Disc 225 - converted to 142x12mm (note - added 0.5mm shim to shift cassette away from frame)
Spokes: DT Swiss Supercomps
Rims: Stans Crest w/ yellow tape
Tires: 2.25 Hutchnison Cobra, love this tire for Utah XC riding, fast and rails corners
Sealant: Caffe Latex (while it's not gonna seal a gash I find it seals up a tire well for the long haul and doesn't soften the casing like Stans does.)
For more serious riding in places like Moab, or legit jump trails, I switch a few items...
Front Hub: Hadley 20mm (Santa Cruz logo'd)
Rear Hub: Hadley 108pt converted to 142x12mm
Spokes: DT Swiss Supercomps
Rims: Stans' Flow's w/ yellow tape
Tires: Kenda 2.35, BBG's
Pedals: Diety Decoy LT's
Chain Guide: waiting for the new MRP X2 for this bike...please, please, please Ibis and MRP
Would consider going to a coil as well, especially since I have the right size Ti spring already.
09-06-2011, 01:57 PM #82
Damn, that is a sweet ride, phatfreehealer.
One thing I've noticed is that very few people have the 140/140 HD set up. Nor are there any reviews of that set up. I wonder why that is.
09-06-2011, 03:41 PM #83
I believe it is because most people who would want the strength of the HD and only 140mm of travel also want <68 deg HA and <13.5" BB. If I had gone that route I might have just waited till next year and bought an SL-R, but I was a bit scared it would not survive long with me riding it and casing jumps
09-06-2011, 07:20 PM #84
So those of you who have ridden the HD with a coil shock and the RP23, how does the pedaling experience differ?
I've had a couple rides on a couple different HDs, both with RP23s ("low" tune), and I was left wanting a coil on the descent- the frame is soooo solid that the overdamped RP23 felt like it was the weak link in the operation.
I played with the pressures, and found that what worked well on the climbs was 10-15psi too much for the descents. That still doesn't fix the overdamped shock though....
Is an HD with a coil shock an acceptable "enduro" bike or is it just to soft/plush/active to pedal for extended periods of time?
Think a Cane Creek DBair fits in there?
09-07-2011, 09:56 AM #85
09-07-2011, 10:29 AM #86
09-07-2011, 11:24 AM #87
I totally would have been down to switch bikes at N*. My Rose-to-Toads attempt was a spectacular failure--I fucked my (literally) brand new derailleur within the first 30 minutes and ended up cutting out at Chimney, which still made for a good ride. There's a chance I might be in the Bay Area this weekend. Is Solstice open yet?
09-07-2011, 01:30 PM #88
it was 29something when I weighed in for the DV race, which included 900g of tires and a Reverb seatpost. 27 and change with a Thomson post and lighter tires setup tubeless.
I haven't been up to Solstice in months but maybe I'll check it out this week. I don't think it's officially open yet, though. regardless there's good stuff to ride, hit me up if you make it down here.
09-07-2011, 02:01 PM #89
I ran mine in 140 (RP23) with a 160 fork for just over half the season, loved it. Then switched to an Elka coil in 160 mode, 170 fork (same fork, just pulled out the travel limiter).
In short, the Elka really made me realize how the RP23 skipped around in the back. Not badly, but the Elka just keeps the rear planted on any and all terrain, no matter what. I did notice a significant loss in pedaling efficiency going from 140 air to 160 coil though. It still pedals great, but I was really happy with the angles on the 140/160 and the efficiency and the smaller, fun bike feel.
Basically, I think I'm going back to air 140/160 very soon here, and leaving it at that. And I also think a 140 rear with 150 Revelation with 20 mm axle and an angleset would be SICK.
I will still keep the coil around for burly rides like Dark Hollow and UPS/LPS/Porcupine though.I'm so hardcore, I'm gnarcore.
09-07-2011, 02:28 PM #90
Good looking rig PFH!
Next spring I'll get on the Mojo (or SB-66 carbon!) bandwagon.
09-07-2011, 04:19 PM #91
09-07-2011, 05:16 PM #92
mojo hd 140 + monarch plus + revelation 150 = hotness
09-07-2011, 05:20 PM #93
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09-13-2011, 01:28 PM #97yelgatgab
Remind me. We'll send him a red cap and a Speedo.
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- Shadynasty's Jazz Club
09-13-2011, 02:15 PM #98
BTW - trying to make the trip south work out...would be good to get the band back together for a weekend...We'll see
10-10-2011, 08:18 PM #99
Hey, how tall are you carbon dorks riding the HDs and what size frames did you go with? What size would a 5'10" dude be riding? Just curious...
10-10-2011, 09:59 PM #100Registered User
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- Aug 2006
6'2" riding an XL. I think at 5'10" you'll be good on the L. Ibis has a fairly short top tube and I actually wish it came with a shorter seat tube. If I were to get a 5" drop post, it would be sitting right on the collar. Otherwise stellar bike and an even more stellar customer service. I'm interested to try the SB-66 out due to its longer TT on the Large, but it would be VERY difficult to leave Ibis' CS.
Since I'm writing, anybody have a good suggestion for a November bike trip? Have never ridden in the States and thinking of taking a week during the shoulder season.