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    https://www.universalcycles.com/shopping/product_d...

    https://www.universalcycles.com/shopping/product_details.php?id=102886
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    TB00240600 (27.5") and TB00241300 (29"). Both 2.4...

    TB00240600 (27.5") and TB00241300 (29"). Both 2.4 Exo Dissectors.
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    There was a time before the DHR II where...

    There was a time before the DHR II where practically every DHer on the planet ran DHFs front and rear. They don't brake as well as the DHR II but they work fine.
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    I'm not saying it'll make no difference, but...

    I'm not saying it'll make no difference, but it'll make less of a difference then.

    Broadly speaking, I think sticky rubber helps the most when whatever surface you're riding on is solid and not...
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    On rock slabs, definitely, especially if we're...

    On rock slabs, definitely, especially if we're talking 3C MaxxGrip (instead of MaxxTerra). Much less so in dusty, loose dirt.
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    I'm not saying you shouldn't do it. It's your...

    I'm not saying you shouldn't do it. It's your bike, and if it improves your fit and enjoyment of it, by all means.

    I do think it's reasonable to expect that something like that would be disclosed...
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    I already have two pairs of pow touring skis, but...

    I already have two pairs of pow touring skis, but if this keeps up much longer I'm going to end up getting drunk and impulsive. Someone save me from myself.
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    Yeah, I'm too lazy for that. I still have a pair...

    Yeah, I'm too lazy for that. I still have a pair of Scarpa Freedom RSs that'll I'll take on trips sometimes if I really don't want to haul two pairs of boots around, but I've got dedicated AT and...
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    I mean, if you're cutting a seat tube shorter,...

    I mean, if you're cutting a seat tube shorter, you're presumably doing it because you need to get your dropper post lower, and therefore you've got a shitload of post insertion, and not a massively...
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    I'm 6' tall with a 32" inseam, and 170s are my...

    I'm 6' tall with a 32" inseam, and 170s are my preferred length for a bike that I'm going to actually pedal on, mostly because the slightly smaller circle feels more natural. YMMV.
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    FWIW, there's probably someone on pinkbike who'd...

    FWIW, there's probably someone on pinkbike who'd be psyched to get a cheap reach adjust headset for their older DH bike with a dual crown and straight steerer, if you feel like trying to get some...
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    I just use a piece of aluminum rod, I think 3/4"...

    I just use a piece of aluminum rod, I think 3/4" diameter, and work my way around with that and a hammer. Works just fine as long as you take a little care to keep the cup straight-ish and not let it...
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    Yep. And no, ZS49/40 isn't a thing. Not enough...

    Yep. And no, ZS49/40 isn't a thing. Not enough room for the bearing.
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    The Lezyne mini tire pump with a screw on...

    The Lezyne mini tire pump with a screw on Schrader connection works okay in a pinch if you want to add some air to a fork. Control over the pressure isn't great, and it won't get you past ~90psi but...
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    49mm is the standard nominal ID for a 1.5...

    49mm is the standard nominal ID for a 1.5 straight headtube. There are a couple other sizes that normally get used for tapered headtubes, it does look like that's a straight 49mm. You'll need an...
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    What frame? A standard 1.5 headtube is 49mm...

    What frame?

    A standard 1.5 headtube is 49mm SHIS. So you'd want a 49mm EC lower cup, 49mm ZS upper.
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    My $0.02: if you're mostly skiing in a resort,...

    My $0.02: if you're mostly skiing in a resort, and want a one boot quiver to do the occasional short sidecountry tour on, get something like a Cochise and suck up the fact that they're heavy and walk...
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    The GW soles on the XTD give you more options if...

    The GW soles on the XTD give you more options if you want to ski them in an alpine binding, so there's that. Makes them worse to scramble around in though... again, tradeoffs.

    ZGTPs would probably...
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    Yup. If you're really set on using one pair of...

    Yup.

    If you're really set on using one pair of shells, a second set of liners would help a bit, but these things always come with tradeoffs.

    That said, if they fit your foot, the Hawx 130 XTDs...
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    Me too, but how much of that stuff are you...

    Me too, but how much of that stuff are you actually carrying? A tube, a pump, a multi tool, a quick link, a plug kit, and maybe a couple zip ties fits in a small fanny pack easily, and that's all I'm...
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    I have no idea if it's any good or not, but this...

    I have no idea if it's any good or not, but this is a thing:

    http://www.birzman.com/products_2.php?uID=1&cID=15&Key=174
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    Pfffffttt. $5600 is peanuts. You need this bad...

    Pfffffttt. $5600 is peanuts. You need this bad boy:

    https://www.goldgenie.com/2015-worlds-most-expensive-racing-bike/
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    You can cut them shorter if you have a lathe, and...

    You can cut them shorter if you have a lathe, and redo the seat for the o ring at the bottom, but just taking a hacksaw to the bottom isn't going to go well.

    This is assuming the design is the...
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    It starts to get a little bouncy if you put the...

    It starts to get a little bouncy if you put the full 1.5L in it, but the Evoc Hip Pack Race 3L works pretty well with 1L or so in the bladder. That plus a beer in the side pocket is enough to get me...
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    That's on you, dude. NTTAWT.

    That's on you, dude.


    NTTAWT.
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    Yeah, same thread sizes and all that. Quiver...

    Yeah, same thread sizes and all that. Quiver Killer inserts don't have the screwdriver flats for installation and removal, but I think their style tool (a bolt with jam nuts on it) works better...
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    Cush Core isn't bulletproof, but it holds up...

    Cush Core isn't bulletproof, but it holds up vastly better than Huck Norris. Haven't tried Rimpact.
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    Super tempting. Any chance of a rocker profile...

    Super tempting. Any chance of a rocker profile shot?
  29. Good point by jono that the death of the front...

    Good point by jono that the death of the front derailleur helped a lot. Having the line of action of the chain moving across multiple chainrings made balancing pedaling characteristics way harder,...
  30. What Toast said. The various name brand...

    What Toast said.

    The various name brand designs differentiated themselves far more 10-15 years ago, when designers were figuring out what worked in terms of kinematics. Leverage and anti-squat...
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    I still think you'd be better off buying a better...

    I still think you'd be better off buying a better bike, but do you.
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    The limitation on the drivetrain is going to be...

    The limitation on the drivetrain is going to be the freehub body. Most Sram 11 and 12 speed, and all Shimano 12 speed won't fit. I think Sram makes a cheaper 11-50t 12 speed cassette that uses a...
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    Damn. I've been able to get them off okay, if I...

    Damn. I've been able to get them off okay, if I was able to get them on in the first place. But yeah, they were straight up unmountable on WR1 Agents.

    I do really like how they work though (both...
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    I don't think the Minion SS is great. Basically...

    I don't think the Minion SS is great. Basically it feels like they just took a DHF and lopped the center knobs off, with the result that the overall profile is too squared off, and the side knobs sit...
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    I really need to get on a pair of BGs one of...

    I really need to get on a pair of BGs one of these days...

    Of course, with Wren 113s, Bodacious, Bibbys, Renegades and Protests, the fat end of my quiver is pretty crowded. But hey, more skis are...
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    Haven't skied the Confession, so I can't speak to...

    Haven't skied the Confession, so I can't speak to that comparison, but what I would say about the Bodacious is that, while I totally agree about the bold part (emphasis mine), I do think that it's...
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    Not sure about the press fit BBs, but the BSA Dub...

    Not sure about the press fit BBs, but the BSA Dub BB uses a plastic spacer between the bearing and the spindle. The ID of the actual bearing is still 30mm. The Cinch BSA doesn't have a spacer there,...
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    For real. I *wish* more of my touring setups had...

    For real. I *wish* more of my touring setups had that "problem".
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    Yeah, there's not really any reason to get deep...

    Yeah, there's not really any reason to get deep in the stroke. Basically there's a little dimple on the inside of the stanchion near the topout point, and when the seal on the air piston passes over...
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    I worked in a shop as a mechanic for years, and...

    I worked in a shop as a mechanic for years, and it still feels like I fuck that up on the first try at least half the time.
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    Agreed with all of that. Only thing I'd add is,...

    Agreed with all of that. Only thing I'd add is, make sure you're not just feeling the brake pads rocking in the caliper as the play before you start replacing bushings. From the way you described it...
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    Sounds like you buggered the caliper seal and...

    Sounds like you buggered the caliper seal and it's leaking fluid onto the pads.
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    The lighter spring being shorter is normal. It...

    The lighter spring being shorter is normal. It would be wound out of thinner wire, to achieve the lighter spring rate, and can therefore be shorter overall.

    I'm not familiar enough with CC's...
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    That's what I do. The pipe cutter does leave a...

    That's what I do. The pipe cutter does leave a little lip, but it's so much less work than a hacksaw that it's net easier, even with a little filing afterwards.

    Even more so if you've got air...
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    Dibs, PM coming. Edit: Noticed Bergen as the...

    Dibs, PM coming.

    Edit: Noticed Bergen as the location. I might pass if shipping to the US is too expensive.
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    It shouldn't matter much. If you do it right, the...

    It shouldn't matter much. If you do it right, the only thing you're changing (very slightly) is the line of action of the chain force in any given gear. The change to that is going to be minuscule...
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    That's what I'd do. Cheaper and easier, and no...

    That's what I'd do. Cheaper and easier, and no real downside as long as you do a decent job tweaking the rest of the front triangle geo to compensate.
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    https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/ZtDIlNXCggp5oz7c...

    https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/ZtDIlNXCggp5oz7cB8Wmc2-n2D48RAo0pv8r860Ox3_fOHwknvPOUhgnJGtgYVQcHONzBwEIcv2RIzqOppujnIT9RJStFdHm2AFqLd9dykM7PvBQbcaeNlvuWs7FUPMrGcwSwbPgeWolTaL2oPL5bC2iTr5NwJuF6lbsiY...
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    Pretty sure they're normal M5 SHCS. You're not...

    Pretty sure they're normal M5 SHCS. You're not going to find a 13.5mm long one, but you can probably get away with a 12 or 14mm. Grind a 14mm down if you're really OCD.
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    I'm somehow right handed, right boards goofy,...

    I'm somehow right handed, right boards goofy, ride a bike left foot forward...
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