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    Three generations out today....

    Three generations out today....
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    I'm looking for a recommendation for a new gravel...

    I'm looking for a recommendation for a new gravel tire. I'm looking for something ~40mm similar to the WTB Venture but that corners better. I have Byways on there right now and they corner better but...
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    That's a great deal. I bought and use my 530 a...

    That's a great deal. I bought and use my 530 a ton and really like it. Good luck with the sale!

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    It's hard to sift through the reviews of...

    It's hard to sift through the reviews of Hightower vs LT. Many feel that the LT is a big improvement - better suspension kinematics and support of a larger tire are the two big ones. But like most...
  5. I have this exact bike in the same color. How is...

    I have this exact bike in the same color. How is the clearance on those 42s?

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    This is great. Thank you! Found a thread on...

    This is great. Thank you! Found a thread on MTBR that I've been working through slowly that seems to suggest the same. Thanks for the info!
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    Sorta. The shock length is the same but the...

    Sorta. The shock length is the same but the stroke is longer. Incidentally, 5mm longer. I originally planned on putting the 5mm spacer into the shock - when I bought it, there was only the longer...
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    Got in a great ride with my wife this last week...

    Got in a great ride with my wife this last week and a great ride with the 9yo today. Not ready to be done yet....
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    This is possible. I have the flip chip in low....

    This is possible. I have the flip chip in low. I'll check both to verify - can't remember if it *just touches* in low or high. Thanks!

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    I've checked the compression without air in the...

    I've checked the compression without air in the spring. It *just* touches. My guess is that there is probably some additional flex when a deep compression occurs that might make the issue worse.
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    I bought my oldest a Vitus Nucleus 24 last year...

    I bought my oldest a Vitus Nucleus 24 last year when he was 8. The quality and build was good for the price with the exception of the Spinner fork. That thing is crap and I should have replaced it...
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    That's simply not my style. :-) Sent from my...

    That's simply not my style. :-)

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    Hightower V1 and Hightower LT V1

    I have been riding a long-shocked hightower for this year season and it's been great. But in the back of my mind is the worry that I'll buzz the seat tube on a deep compression. I found someone...
  14. I have a Yakima swing out adapter that, when...

    I have a Yakima swing out adapter that, when paired with either a Yakima or Kuat rack, completely swings out of the way of my tailgate on my F150. There's also no noticeable slop - even on rough...
  15. I've heard that lighter riders benefit more from...

    I've heard that lighter riders benefit more from a coil than an air spring. I believe the thought process is that lighter riders have a harder time overcoming stiction whereas a coil would offer...
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    Whoa. That looks a lot like a GT TT bike that I...

    Whoa. That looks a lot like a GT TT bike that I ride for a while - even the carbon fork and the aero cut out seat tube. Is that 650c or 700c?

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    I have one of the specialized posts and can...

    I have one of the specialized posts and can confirm that it takes the edge off. I also bought a 27.2 carbon dropper for the gravel bike (also specialized) that I likely won't ever install. If the OP...
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    No worries - I appreciate the input. I bought the...

    No worries - I appreciate the input. I bought the small drip lube bottle ($15?) because it's stupid expensive but I had already started down this road and wanted to give it a try. I'll take a look at...
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    https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20210930/34bb4b72...

    https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20210930/34bb4b72d352235a1a42919392db9e5d.jpg

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    Good info, thanks! I have been using the hot melt...

    Good info, thanks! I have been using the hot melt and then adding the drip when needed. I'll take a look at the Silca. Do you have a link to the tests?

    Seth

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    I've been using the graphene stuff from Absolute...

    I've been using the graphene stuff from Absolute Black this year. Really like the freshly waxed feel but in dry and dusty conditions feel that they could use a drip application of some sort. The...
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    Post back on how this goes. My daughter is on a...

    Post back on how this goes. My daughter is on a 20+ bike. I tried to set up tubeless but struggled with the loose fit of the tire also. Didn't think about ghetto with the smaller tube...

    Sent...
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    Funny. I use(d) hairspray quite a bit with non...

    Funny. I use(d) hairspray quite a bit with non lock ons and never had them slip... Mostly running lock ons now.

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    Don't have any experience with this but saw this...

    Don't have any experience with this but saw this is my Facebook feed and thought of this thread. Looks like it can mount either to seat stays or fork lowers. I know this is exactly what you said you...
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    I wasn't either. In my case, the shock was only...

    I wasn't either. In my case, the shock was only available in the longer stroke. I bought the shock and Manitou sent me a spacer that would reduce the travel. But as DTM pointed out, I deflated the...
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    Long shocking is essentially choosing a rear...

    Long shocking is essentially choosing a rear shock that has the same overall length but with a longer stroke than the stock shock. This gives you more travel than stock configuration but there can...
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    I'm all square at this point. Thanks. Sent...

    I'm all square at this point. Thanks.

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    I never think about this but should. Thanks for...

    I never think about this but should. Thanks for the reminder.

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    I think this is a really descent option. You can...

    I think this is a really descent option. You can get most/all of the wide range availability with 10 or 11 speed - not necessary to go straight to 12. The microshift is reasonable priced and weight...
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    Anybody have a Smith code?

    Looking to buy a new mtb helmet.

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  31. Just closing the loop on this one. Ended up with...

    Just closing the loop on this one. Ended up with a SRAM Red crank and a new Quarq DZero PM spider. The interesting thing for me was recognizing that the difference in weight between the Red crank...
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    I figured. Mine was as well. :-) It is kind of...

    I figured. Mine was as well. :-) It is kind of funny that it *almost* matches SRAM's model assignments though.
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    Got my first ride in with the power meter. This...

    Got my first ride in with the power meter. This one was focused on just making sure that it worked - I didn't do any VO2 or Threshold-specific training. It got me thinking about a few things:

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    I thought XT was just a little better than XO and...

    I thought XT was just a little better than XO and not as good as XX?

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  35. I'll take the Rock Razor. Have been wanting to...

    I'll take the Rock Razor. Have been wanting to try that one out. PM incoming.
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    Bumping this back up. I ended up picking up a...

    Bumping this back up. I ended up picking up a set of SRAM Red cranks for my gravel bike and have a perfectly good SRAM Force 1 crank in a box. I could sell it, but they have a much straighter crank...
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    WTB: 26" Size Small for grom

    Hey,

    Looking for a size Small hardtail (or light full suspension) 26" bike for my 9yo. His younger sister and brother will be inheriting this bike when he's done so I'm looking for something that...
  38. I have a few Yakima Frontloaders (1st pic) that...

    I have a few Yakima Frontloaders (1st pic) that are really good for this. They adjust for all wheel sizes from about 16" on up and grab the wheel, not the frame or come in contact with the fork. They...
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    Found a good deal on a barely used crank. Seller...

    Found a good deal on a barely used crank. Seller extended a good shop discount on a power meter as well.https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20210829/75ecb2db146f296b8b74d58b61613552.jpg

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    Just jumping in here to say thanks to the...

    Just jumping in here to say thanks to the collective for the advice and the training plan. The "Last Best Ride" was today and it went great. I took the last two weeks super easy and I was rested,...
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    As a Montana native I would appreciate knowing...

    As a Montana native I would appreciate knowing what ride that is prior to it being recommended to me. :-)
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    I totally agree. Funny how memory works - it...

    I totally agree. Funny how memory works - it takes a while to forget the difficulty but you tend to remember the high points. There's a ski tour like that that I'm ready to go back and do again. ...
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    Some really fun, technical riding - steep, loose,...

    Some really fun, technical riding - steep, loose, and rocky. Cool ridge-line riding in spots, marshy in some areas, very different than a lot of riding in this area.

    There was also a ton of...
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    Ralph Thayer Memorial...

    Ralph Thayer Memorial...
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    Here are two pictures of the crank arms installed...

    Here are two pictures of the crank arms installed on my Hightower and my Diverge. I suppose I'm not looking for an absolute Q factor number but wondering whether my knees would be better if I could...
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    I *might* have something also. I'll try to...

    I *might* have something also. I'll try to remember to take a look when I get home tonight. I sold the fat bike but think I have a few things (tubes, for example) laying around.
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    What's your Q Factor?

    I recently took an older SRAM XO carbon crank, swapped the spindle for a wider one, and installed it on my trail bike. The crank arms have a much more significant flare/jog from the BB spindle to...
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    Got a good storm cycle that cleared the smoke. ...

    Got a good storm cycle that cleared the smoke. First precip for several months. I didn't even mind getting hailed on - just stopped and looked out over the valley thankful for the moisture.
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    This might be short sighted, but I honestly never...

    This might be short sighted, but I honestly never feel it. My eyes get dry, but that's about it. Over the last few years living in NW Montana we have had bad fire years. Unless it is over 200 I am...
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    All good thoughts. The current XT 2 pistons are...

    All good thoughts. The current XT 2 pistons are going to go on my wife's bike and I got word back from TRP that the pistons can go right back in without issue. I'm going to give them a shot (since...
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