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  1. FS: Tamron 28-200 f/2.8-5.6 for Sony E-Mount

    I bought this last summer and it's an awesome lens, but I'm downsizing my photo kit this year. The lens is in mint condition and doesn't show any signs of wear/use. The 28-200mm range is awesome on...
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    I know Spot has demos available from their shop...

    I know Spot has demos available from their shop in Golden ($25, I believe), so that's a good place to start. Looks like Yeti is still running theirs too, which are $40. No idea on Alchemy. GG is...
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    Seems like a bit of overkill for you with your...

    Seems like a bit of overkill for you with your local trails, no? Or do you already have a trail bike for all the main stuff you ride?
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    A lot of it depends on budget. I think overall...

    A lot of it depends on budget. I think overall though, your thinking of a "quiver of one" is a good idea... a 29er with 130mm'ish of rear travel and a 140-150mm fork will allow you to ride just...
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    Still (kinda) looking. I don't need it until...

    Still (kinda) looking. I don't need it until mid-April, so that might work for me.
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    If you're looking for a full XT drivetrain, let...

    If you're looking for a full XT drivetrain, let me know... I'll have one for sale in the next week or two.
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    Traffic looks Epikonic (*reservations required)...

    Traffic looks Epikonic (*reservations required) this morning.... just a little bit of snow in the forecast and people are going batshit crazy for skiing again, it appears.
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    Hmmm.... the forums load ok for me.

    Hmmm.... the forums load ok for me.
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    Regardless, they're still awkward and mostly...

    Regardless, they're still awkward and mostly uninteresting, especially with Ken at the helm. I'd rather watch another commercial in most cases.
  10. Thread: 2021 Supply

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    Were you one of the people who stuffed shopping...

    Were you one of the people who stuffed shopping carts full of toilet paper last spring?
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    Just pay $30 for a Tubolito... it's reusable and...

    Just pay $30 for a Tubolito... it's reusable and I don't even know it's in my pack. I never want to carry a regular rubber tube again.
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    WTB: Bell Super 2 Chin Bar

    Anyone have one sitting in the garage that they're not using? I need one of the detachable chin bars that fits the Bell Super 2, 2R, 3 or 3R for a size large helmet. Color doesn't really matter to...
  13. Thread: 2021 Supply

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    Based on what I'm seeing, the smaller bike...

    Based on what I'm seeing, the smaller bike companies are getting creative and offering alternative build options in order to get bikes out the door. For example, GG is now offering Magura brakes...
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    The snow sucks and there's nothing really in the...

    The snow sucks and there's nothing really in the forecast.... I don't think it'll be that bad this weekend.
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    I agree to a point... I think they should...

    I agree to a point... I think they should slightly alter some things to pay respect to Trebek, but also to bring Jeopardy into modern times. The producers should move away from the mid-round...
  16. Thread: 2021 Supply

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    I've bought some Cane Creek stuff lately (CC...

    I've bought some Cane Creek stuff lately (CC Inline Coil, the new Helm II) and they've been quick to deliver... usually within two weeks even with shit-slow USPS delivery lately. I just looked at...
  17. Thread: 2021 Supply

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    My go-to source of second-hand components has...

    My go-to source of second-hand components has started running out.... he didn't have most of the XT, XTR, or SLX stuff I wanted. Through PB and eBay I was just barely able to put together an XT/XTR...
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    Never raced before, but I'm thinking of dipping...

    Never raced before, but I'm thinking of dipping my toe in the enduro scene this spring and heading to Big Cedar, OK for the last race on the Southern Enduro Tour (the O'Rock Enduro). Looks like a...
  19. Thread: 2021 Supply

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    Yesterday was the first day in a long time that...

    Yesterday was the first day in a long time that the trails were empty on a weekday afternoon (Hall Ranch, outside of Lyons, which has been absolutely slammed for the last several months regardless of...
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    I owned ~16 of them last year, and I agree with...

    I owned ~16 of them last year, and I agree with you 100%... in the "short" position, they look horrible. Of all the people I know who own one, and of all the GG's I've seen in person, I don't any of...
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    Yeah, he's going to push that bike about as hard...

    Yeah, he's going to push that bike about as hard as anyone can.... great choice for GG. Yoann's a great dude and a perfect fit.
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    The ski areas are busy because of the reservation...

    The ski areas are busy because of the reservation system... it's essentially evening out the traffic they see on the weekends and pushing that excess to Thu/Fri and Monday, which are the easier days...
  23. Thread: 2021 Supply

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    Kind of like we do already? The prices have been...

    Kind of like we do already? The prices have been steadily rising for a while now... I remember when folks used to complain about shitty wheels and GX drivetrains on $4000 bikes. Now you see those...
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    This is happening more and more this year, as...

    This is happening more and more this year, as more and more people start riding for the first time. I personally don't get it, if I can't ride something (whether it's too steep, long, difficult,...
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    Bike reviews by people who are not qualified to...

    Bike reviews by people who are not qualified to provide bike reviews.
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    It is a Shimano chain and nope, none at all. ...

    It is a Shimano chain and nope, none at all. I've been running the same setup (with these same cranks) on my GG Trail Pistol all year and didn't have any issues.
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    Given the timing of the vaccines for the "common...

    Given the timing of the vaccines for the "common folk" (later this summer), I'm not sure airlines can afford to let that happen. My guess for int'l travel starting in the spring will be either proof...
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    No clue. Somewhere around 126 give or take a...

    No clue. Somewhere around 126 give or take a couple.
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    I don't claim to be an expert, but my...

    I don't claim to be an expert, but my understanding is that only a few teeth of the chain ring bear the brunt of the stress/force/engagement. My guess is that's the first few the chain comes in...
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    It's snowing today, so I took the upgraded Druid...

    It's snowing today, so I took the upgraded Druid out back for a glamour shot in the snow:

    https://photos.smugmug.com/Personal/Various-Personal-Images/i-5DvMrSK/0/857307ac/XL/Druid2-1-XL.jpg
  31. It doesn't mount directly to the chain ring, it...

    It doesn't mount directly to the chain ring, it attaches to the ISCG mounts. I can't tell from the picture if your wife's frame has those mounts.
  32. 34T max... thanks for asking that. It was...

    34T max... thanks for asking that. It was installed on a bike with a 32T ring.
  33. FS: e-Thirteen LG1 Bash Guard w/ Lower Chain Guide

    Took this off a bike frame that I bought used since I don't need it. It's in good condition, but it's a bash guard so it obviously has some scratches. Along with the bash guard and chain guide, I'm...
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    Quick update on the Forbidden Druid that I built...

    Quick update on the Forbidden Druid that I built up a couple of months ago and posted about a page or two back. I originally posted the bike for sale but after thinking about it, I decided to keep...
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    Not necessarily true... IME, Shimano has the...

    Not necessarily true... IME, Shimano has the shortest lead times on a lot of parts when it comes to putting together builds, at least when using my connections. SRAM/RockShox is the worst culprit by...
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    Can't imagine living in tourist hell in Summit...

    Can't imagine living in tourist hell in Summit County, yet many do. Different strokes for different folks and almost everyone has a reason for living where they do: if everyone could just accept...
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    ^^^ That and the Spur are SUCH nice looking bikes.

    ^^^ That and the Spur are SUCH nice looking bikes.
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    Relatively speaking, the Front Range is pretty...

    Relatively speaking, the Front Range is pretty fucking awesome actually. I always complain about what we've got here, but then I talk with a lot of friends and clients who are avid mountain bikers...
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    Ha, I was going to say the same thing. Low...

    Ha, I was going to say the same thing. Low torque setting, never had a problem. Just don't try to unthread the bolts with a drill (without loosening first by hand), that's where you can run into...
  40. I don't check MTBR often, it looks like they have...

    I don't check MTBR often, it looks like they have some new forums that are pre-populated with tons of posts. Did someone go through the old/existing posts and reclassify all of them? I bet that was...
  41. Thread: Shiffrin

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    ^^^ I fucking loved that. She's back.

    ^^^ I fucking loved that.

    She's back.
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    Funny, I said the exact same thing about riding...

    Funny, I said the exact same thing about riding the Ripley up there. Totally doable, but not nearly as much fun. Although it did make those hellacious climbs a little more tolerable. :)
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    Take it off any sweet jumps?

    Take it off any sweet jumps?
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    FWIW, they've had some really good sales...

    FWIW, they've had some really good sales lately... I'd expect something around/after Xmas too. I picked up a couple of shirts on Cyber Monday for 75% off, pretty stoked about that.
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    $11,000 for the "XTR" build and you get a handful...

    $11,000 for the "XTR" build and you get a handful of XT-level parts (cranks, cassette, etc) and some Pivot-branded shit.

    Oh and like you said, and it's ugly as sin.
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    Yep, just read the Forecast Discussion and you're...

    Yep, just read the Forecast Discussion and you're all set. They do it without all the BS and ads, too.
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    Yep, we should probably just all stay away from...

    Yep, we should probably just all stay away from every other human being within 20 feet of us while indoors. That way we can all be safe.

    Oh, and in the meantime we can destroy every business in...
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    If not Rideski, shoot me a PM... my good friend...

    If not Rideski, shoot me a PM... my good friend is down on the south side of Denver and does tree removal. Way more affordable as it's his second job.
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    That project was clearly a marketing play, and it...

    That project was clearly a marketing play, and it obviously worked. Everyone and their brother posted about it and stirred up discussion. It was the ultimate click bait for all the MTB media sites.
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    Nope, no delays on existing orders (still ~8...

    Nope, no delays on existing orders (still ~8 weeks out). BUT- they're not taking new orders for another 4-6 weeks while they make the transition.
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