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    I'm giving the Dissector another go. I didn't...

    I'm giving the Dissector another go. I didn't hate it, but also didn't love it the first go. I liked it a lot better than an Aggressor in NorCal spring/summer conditions (better cornering and...
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    Ditto. Although I have stumpy legs FWIW. A...

    Ditto. Although I have stumpy legs FWIW.

    A buddy just got a pair of 165s after somersaulting into the bushes a couple times from pedal strikes with 175s. He said they felt really weird at...
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    Purisima Creek is full of hikers, especially now...

    Purisima Creek is full of hikers, especially now due to Covid. Corte de Madera (AKA Skeggs) is perfectly fine for blue groomers. I learned to MTB there. Sure there's a few rocky parts but they're...
  4. Someone I know here (SF Bay Area) has an Ibis...

    Someone I know here (SF Bay Area) has an Ibis Mojo HD4 frame w/ fork, size small, red. I think it's got an X2 and Pike. She's not an aggressive or frequent rider, so I imagine the condition is...
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    Your rear tire is mounted backwards. ;)

    Your rear tire is mounted backwards. ;)
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    Not enough experience running it yet to offer...

    Not enough experience running it yet to offer broad opinion, but I will say that I just installed a Cushcore XC, rear only, and the installation was nowhere near as difficult as I was lead to...
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    Nice, that looks fun.

    Nice, that looks fun.
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    Really wasn't that bad. I gave each side a spray...

    Really wasn't that bad. I gave each side a spray down but not sure how much it helped. Total process was like 15 minutes including taking the old tire off. I could see this being a lot harder with...
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    Thanks, good to know.

    Thanks, good to know.
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    I've got a Cushcore XC and their uber lever...

    I've got a Cushcore XC and their uber lever sitting on my bench waiting to be installed. Not cause I flat, but so I can run silly low pressures without squirmy sidewalls. I'm really unsure how much...
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    If you've really got a M675, this should work. ...

    If you've really got a M675, this should work. $26 is in line with shift adapters I've found (usually $20-30 each). ...
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    What brake do you have? There's lots of adapters...

    What brake do you have? There's lots of adapters from i-Spec II shifters to different brakes (SRAM MMX, i-Spec A, Magura, Hope, Hayes, etc.).
  13. Thread: YT Jeffsy Input

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    Their size chart looks to be about 1" off or so...

    Their size chart looks to be about 1" off or so (skewed pushing people up a size), based on my standard of looking at ETT. They say I'd be on a size large.
    I'm 5'8" and almost always on bikes...
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    A recent video with Jordie from Fox had him...

    A recent video with Jordie from Fox had him saying, just do a dozen very short pumps of fork (5mm or so), until you hear/feel the equalize of chambers.
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    Food for thought: CC XC generally weighs less...

    Food for thought: CC XC generally weighs less than going from a Maxxis EXO to DD for the same tire in 29. As a never-flatter, I just ordered a single XC to run in the rear for sidewall stability. ...
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    I've used detachable chinguard helmets and...

    I've used detachable chinguard helmets and they're not worth the penalty in terms of weight and venting over a good enduro FF (Fox Proframe, TLD Stage). Stowing the chin bar kinda sucks, and...
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    Puddles are an excuse to practice manuals, even...

    Puddles are an excuse to practice manuals, even if you're bad at them like me.
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    Is there anything special about Shimano shift...

    Is there anything special about Shimano shift clamp bolt? I bought an XTR setup for a new build, with EV mount before I realized it was incompatible with match-up clamps to other company brakes. So...
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    I wasn't aware that you could modulate it, just...

    I wasn't aware that you could modulate it, just turn it off or on. Mine basically rings non stop when open. If it doesn't shut up when closed (up position), that's a warranty issue and the guy will...
  20. FS: RideWrap kits for Ripmo2 (med) and '21 Fox 36

    I've got a couple of RideWrap kits that I bought for a Ripmo 2 and Fox 36 before I canceled my order out of impatience. Both brand new in box, unopened. I have no use for them, but would like to...
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    Because front derailleurs are fucking garbage...

    Because front derailleurs are fucking garbage (unless they're controlled by robots).

    I'm on 30/50 right now on a 29, will be forced to go to 32/51 when my XTR setup gets here because my choice of...
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    Nikki emailed me Monday this week saying they...

    Nikki emailed me Monday this week saying they were delayed. She did offer up a discount on an 11-6 instead, but I wanted to try an EXT. EXT-USA is saying about 4-5 week lead time, which matches up...
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    Yeah, ever since last year (?) the 29er 36 could...

    Yeah, ever since last year (?) the 29er 36 could go up to 170mm with just an air shaft swap. Fox is just probably trying to steer people towards the 38 now because a) it costs more and b) they will...
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    Never used it, but I only weigh like 165 and the...

    Never used it, but I only weigh like 165 and the local trails don't have much in the way of rocks. I never flat, run about 19F/21R in Michelin enduro casings, 1-2 PSI higher for Maxxis EXO casings....
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    Nope, currently on a Sentinel, and just sold my...

    Nope, currently on a Sentinel, and just sold my Smuggler. I did demo a pre-Revved Trail Pistol a couple years ago, that's the extent of my GG experience. The Revved ones came out literally 2 weeks...
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    Well I took the plunge and switched directions...

    Well I took the plunge and switched directions from Ripmo 2 to a RidEgg Smash. I'm going with my gut and getting the more progressive bike. I ordered a Smash with silver decals and a '21 DHX2, and...
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    Yeah, in my experience, the more stripped down a...

    Yeah, in my experience, the more stripped down a bike is, the more difficult it is to sell it. I bet it's even harder right now with so many new people getting into the sport (or upgrading off 10yr...
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    Where are you seeing discounted complete XTR...

    Where are you seeing discounted complete XTR HD5s? In a shop? Quick searching online didn't turn up anything. FWIW, they removed the XTR buildkit for the Ripmo too. Not sure why, unless Shimano...
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    Haha, I'm in the same boat waiting on my Ripmo V2...

    Haha, I'm in the same boat waiting on my Ripmo V2 frame+fork. Are you waiting on a frameset or complete build? What I've been most tempted by to cancel my order would be a GG Smash. I spoke to GG...
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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...
  31. 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. ...
  32. 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.
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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!
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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