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  1. Thread: Ask the experts

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    What's your current bike, and how does it feel...

    What's your current bike, and how does it feel both climbing and descending?
    I have a Ripmo 2 on order also. I'm 5'8" and ordered a medium, but "demo'd" a friends large Ripmo AF. It didn't feel...
  2. Thread: what trail bike?

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    A few thoughts on the Smuggler (I own one...

    A few thoughts on the Smuggler (I own one currently as a second bike, and am trying to sell it locally because of quiver overlap).
    1) It pedals acceptably unlocked, provided you remain seated. ...
  3. Thread: Santa Cruz

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    Bronson 3 is not very progressive. But Cascade...

    Bronson 3 is not very progressive. But Cascade Components makes a new link that LTs it and makes it progressive. A buddy has it and says it's great.
  4. Thread: Ask the experts

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    This is very good to know, and makes sense for...

    This is very good to know, and makes sense for what I'll be doing. Why I came here!
  5. Thread: Ask the experts

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    Thanks. My buddy has an ancient Kona that he...

    Thanks. My buddy has an ancient Kona that he converted to a DJ, and it doesn't feel nearly as good as another guy's Norco Rampage I rode (the Kona has higher TT, and longer overall), so I was...
  6. Thread: Ask the experts

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    One of the neighbors put in a professionally...

    One of the neighbors put in a professionally built pumptrack on his second lot, and will open it to locals once he gets the waivers worked out. The county is going to build a pumptrack at the park...
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    I liked it better than the Aggressor, but it...

    I liked it better than the Aggressor, but it wasn't enough braking for me. The side knobs are better than Aggressor. The center wears fast though.
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    I'm thinking of unloading my '18 alloy Smuggler...

    I'm thinking of unloading my '18 alloy Smuggler while the used bike market is hot. It's a fine bike, but I almost never felt the desire to ride it over my Sentinel. The Sentinel's getting replaced...
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    I've got about 35 rides now on the Front/Rear...

    I've got about 35 rides now on the Front/Rear combo (both Gum-X) now, and would agree with all of the above, with the exception of break away. I actually have a much harder time getting the rear to...
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    Obligatory "looks like a Minion."

    Obligatory "looks like a Minion."
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    How's your flexibility? Do you stretch at all? ...

    How's your flexibility? Do you stretch at all? Pain in one area is almost always caused by muscle tightness above or below the area that hurts. So lower back is often gluts and hamstrings.
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    FS: Push 11-6 for Transition Sentinel

    EDIT: SOLD (via Pinkbike)

    I've got a 2019 Push 11-6 shock for my Sentinel that I'll need to sell sometime in the next few months. I'm giving my Sentinel frame to my brother in law (with the stock...
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    FYI, the knuckle padding on the Leatts will peal...

    FYI, the knuckle padding on the Leatts will peal off eventually.
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    Yeah... the local shop owner's 16 year old...

    Yeah... the local shop owner's 16 year old shredder son regularly complains about corners on the local trails get "clapped out" (mostly from him "schralping" them excessively because that's what's...
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    Beaten to death already, but I love my EDC tool &...

    Beaten to death already, but I love my EDC tool & pump. For me it's mostly because I hate having a sweaty pack on my back unless I absolutely have to. I put my helmet & glasses on, put my water...
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    Vital also recently compared 5 short travel...

    Vital also recently compared 5 short travel 29ers, which included the Norco Optic. Their budget for the builds was a bit higher (about $4-5k US), but their impressions are still valid for how the...
  17. Thread: Ask the experts

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    Alloy? It's a bitch. I had to remove the BB,...

    Alloy? It's a bitch. I had to remove the BB, and stuck a rolled up piece of paper down the seat tube to block off the hole where the top tube connects, cause the bend was making the housing want to...
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    WTB has a nice online fit guide that is easier to...

    WTB has a nice online fit guide that is easier to do than measuring sit bones (it uses wrist width measurement, and some questions about body shape and riding position). I'd suggest using that to...
  19. Thread: Ask the experts

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    I just do a vaccuum bleed on my MT5s & MT7s...

    I just do a vaccuum bleed on my MT5s & MT7s anytime other than replacing the caliper. See: https://nsmb.com/articles/2018-magura-mt-trail-sport-bleed-how-first-impressions/
    I'm surprised you're...
  20. Thread: Ask the experts

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    Well it definitely needed it. Oil that came out...

    Well it definitely needed it. Oil that came out looked like Coke. Foam rings by the wipers were almost completely black. And riding it today, it felt way better (mostly more active over brake...
  21. Thread: Ask the experts

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    How do people convert suspension manufacturers'...

    How do people convert suspension manufacturers' recommendations for service (in hours) to trail riding time (most easily measured in miles, with, say, Garmin Connect or Strava)?

    My gut feeling...
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    You'll want a OneUp 150 dropper then. I'm also...

    You'll want a OneUp 150 dropper then. I'm also 5'8" on a medium, and my OneUp 150mm only has ~10mm more that I could slam it in the frame before hitting the bend in the seat tube. I tried the 170...
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    I have an alloy one of the SBG version, and would...

    I have an alloy one of the SBG version, and would echo what Toast said. It's a very fun bike, but the rear will be active when standing up unless you flip the climb switch. Rides better than you'd...
  24. Serious question, why should we be directly...

    Serious question, why should we be directly contacting gearheads? As opposed to just directly ordering, or using the chat thingy if you need something swapped? Are they able to sometimes give...
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    I put Michelin Wild Enduro Rear on a couple weeks...

    I put Michelin Wild Enduro Rear on a couple weeks ago I think. Crazy grip in dusty summer conditions. That bastard just refuses to slide. It doesn't roll as fast as some weenie tire like a...
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    sold locally

    sold locally
  27. Thread: Ask the experts

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    A trick from Darren at Push is to rotate your...

    A trick from Darren at Push is to rotate your bike backwards before your ride (rotate on rear wheel past vertical) for a few seconds so that the oil in the bottom of the fork and shock drains towards...
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    https://www.tetongravity.com/forums/showthread.php...

    https://www.tetongravity.com/forums/showthread.php/330007-Ask-the-experts?p=5969996#post5969996
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    The Ripmo also just has a good pedal platform. I...

    The Ripmo also just has a good pedal platform. I rode one back to back with my Sentinel. Both have similarly steep seat angles (~76-77 range), similar travel (145 vs. 140), same fork length (160),...
  30. Thread: Ask the experts

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    The DPX2 is fairly noisy when you run either the...

    The DPX2 is fairly noisy when you run either the rebound or compression mostly open. It kinda depends on what the sound is. Squish = ok. Slurp = needs service. I'm sure that's not terribly...
  31. Thread: Ask the experts

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    Take a photo of how you've got it installed. ...

    Take a photo of how you've got it installed. First time I did it, I had the C-clip or retaining clip on backwards somehow and it was moving around. Only thunk you should hear is at bottom out, when...
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    FS: DVO Topaz T3 210x50

    $165 shipped.

    210x50 standard mount (non-trunnion). I believe a shim can be taken out to make it 210x55. I bought it used and have only ridden it about a dozen times. Might need service - holds...
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    I had a set of the older Light Bicycle 31.8...

    I had a set of the older Light Bicycle 31.8 internals laced to DT240s on my Nomad, and am now on a set of We Are One Agents with DT 350s. The Agents actually cost me less (were $1k shipped) and I...
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    Getting in line behind SJK, but don't need it...

    Getting in line behind SJK, but don't need it until this fall (when local pump track is supposed to be built). I'm 5'8", no clue about DJ sizing. Normally ride a medium for MTBs. I'm also in the...
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    One of my buddies has one for his Bronson. He...

    One of my buddies has one for his Bronson. He loves it, took his bike from like ~0% progression to 12%. Looks very well made. I definitely would be getting one for mine if I hadn't already ordered...
  36. Thread: Ask the experts

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    OK, my ask the experts question. Are Chris King...

    OK, my ask the experts question. Are Chris King headsets really any more durable (specifically, water resistant) than others? I'm choosing parts for a new build. I kill CC 40s in about 6-9 months....
  37. Thread: Ask the experts

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    Neither the Aggressor or Dissector are very good...

    Neither the Aggressor or Dissector are very good on steeps that require braking, IMO. They both also disintegrate quickly. I just took off a Dissector after about a month of quarantine use, and...
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    Pretty sure I have a 34 130mm air spring sitting...

    Pretty sure I have a 34 130mm air spring sitting in my parts box you can have for shipping cost. Do you have the "normal" version or Rhythm?

    Edit: I have a 2018 34 130mm for Factory/Performance...
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    I still have the DPX2 Performance Elite that it...

    I still have the DPX2 Performance Elite that it came with, and I swap back and forth between the two frequently. I like tinkering and tuning, and when I pass the frame on to my brother in law, he's...
  40. Thread: Ibis Ripmo V2

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    Congrats, I've got an order in for a gray frame...

    Congrats, I've got an order in for a gray frame with X2 also. Shop has no idea when it will ship, probably summer.
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    Fox Flexair are nice also. I wear them up into...

    Fox Flexair are nice also. I wear them up into the 60s, often for poison oak protection. 2 pockets, elastic back, ratchet front (doesn't come undone like snaps). Knees are articulated and slightly...
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    This is true, but it mostly seems to be around...

    This is true, but it mostly seems to be around the pivots and the inside of the chain & seat stays. Go nuts with protective tape and it'll be ok.
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    Its a really great bike for certain riders /...

    Its a really great bike for certain riders / conditions. You just need to be honest in your evaluation. It's ridiculously stable, and will make up for a lot of shortcomings in chunk and steep. ...
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    321762 This has been my steed for a bit over a...

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    This has been my steed for a bit over a year (picked up demo model from Transition). It does an adequate job of compensating for my lack of skills. Dentist shock was obtained at their...
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    Local shop has the "open" sign off and front door...

    Local shop has the "open" sign off and front door locked, but back door open, and are doing service. I ride with a couple of the mechanics, so glad to see that they're still getting some hours. I...
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    Needs reflectors on the spokes and stem.

    Needs reflectors on the spokes and stem.
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    Good recommendations here. I'm running my shock...

    Good recommendations here. I'm running my shock at around 195 psi (weigh 165ish, like 3-4 clicks from closed LSC, and rebound pretty fast (I think 1 click faster than Fox recommends for that PSI). ...
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    Congrats, it's such a stable rig. I really...

    Congrats, it's such a stable rig. I really suggest reaching out to the guys at Transition for help setting up the DPX2, it's a bit tricky to get the right balance of pressure and LSC.
  49. Heavy duty zip ties are a must. I ran across a...

    Heavy duty zip ties are a must. I ran across a guy about 10 miles up a trail in Tahoe who had managed to lose the rear saddle clamp bolt. I put a couple zip ties on for him and he was able to ride...
  50. pads & GE1s gone too.

    pads & GE1s gone too.
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