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    Outbound Lighting is having their black Friday...

    Outbound Lighting is having their black Friday sale - 10% off.
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    I had one of those Leatt convertibles. It was...

    I had one of those Leatt convertibles. It was narrower than both Fox and TLD from what I recall, but not as much narrower as Bell.
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    I've got a huge head for my size (size XL/XXL...

    I've got a huge head for my size (size XL/XXL Stage, but only 5'8" and wear size medium everything else). My head is pretty oval, and is a bit over 59.5cm. I wear it with the thickest neck and...
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    I have. Simply slapping a 27.5 wheel on a 29er...

    I have. Simply slapping a 27.5 wheel on a 29er makes a very large change in the geometry. In almost every case, it makes some part of the geo kind of shitty. About the only way it'd still feel...
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    I haven't bought Stan's sealant or tape in years,...

    I haven't bought Stan's sealant or tape in years, but that was because I hate the giant Stanimals that form. I've been using Orange Seal Endurance. I change what kind of tape I get frequently but...
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    I already had a Stage, and really had no...

    I already had a Stage, and really had no complaints with it, so got the same thing again. When I got it, the only really light, breathable full faces were the TLD and Fox Proframe. I liked the...
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    I ordered a new TLD Stage after I did a header...

    I ordered a new TLD Stage after I did a header into a tree. No concussion or injuries, but there's a small dent in it. I figured it did its purpose, so time for a fresh one.

    I also grabbed an...
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    Yup, this sums it up well. My unicorn light...

    Yup, this sums it up well. My unicorn light would be a Hangover that weighs and has same beam pattern the same but about 50-100% more lumens. I'm sure that's just not possible with current battery...
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    I started out using a Magic Shine light for trail...

    I started out using a Magic Shine light for trail riding. It got supplemented with a Taz1200 on the helmet, then replaced with a Taz2000 on the bars. The L&M put out closer to their purported...
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    Easy. You just peel back the sticker plate, then...

    Easy. You just peel back the sticker plate, then gently tap out the pivot pin with a punch. I recall there being a video from Magura with some tips on it.
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    Yeah, I groan every time I'm riding with someone...

    Yeah, I groan every time I'm riding with someone and they mention that they're "thinking of getting some carbon wheels to make their bike lighter." They seem really dubious when I say my Unions are...
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    My most recent clicking diagnoses turned out to...

    My most recent clicking diagnoses turned out to be worn out bearings in the derailleur jockey wheels (tried that after the bottom bracket). Pulling the covers off, the grease had been all flushed...
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    My brother-in-law has a Garbaruk cassette with...

    My brother-in-law has a Garbaruk cassette with X01 Eagle, setup properly by a mechanic, and it shifts like crap compared to the real thing. He only got it cause the shop was out of stock of SRAM.
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    That's great! Every now and then, the hive mind...

    That's great! Every now and then, the hive mind here offers some advice more useful than "get the red one."
  15. Swapping setups potentially involves: *new chain...

    Swapping setups potentially involves:
    *new chain and/or adjust b-tension on RD (different setups have different lengths)
    *swap shock (easy)
    *swap fork (easy)
    *align brake caliper(s)
    *potentially...
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    WAO historically does a black Friday deal,...

    WAO historically does a black Friday deal, usually announced on the Downtime podcast.
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    I think 9sp with something like: 50, 46, 42, 36,...

    I think 9sp with something like: 50, 46, 42, 36, 30, 24, 18, 14, 10 would be my ideal. I'm no engineer, but I'm guessing that it's probably kinda hard to have smooth shifting of more than like 4...
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    Haha... Yeah, I've got one of those bells with...

    Haha...

    Yeah, I've got one of those bells with the on-off switches but a) the damn thing turns on when I don't want it to, b) it's distracting to me, and c) the damn thing is a hazard to me and/or...
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    Interesting. I haven't had any issues with just...

    Interesting. I haven't had any issues with just using the Dumonde oil, but I'm not trying to make it quiet (the opposite in fact).
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    You jest, but the Better Bolts guy is looking...

    You jest, but the Better Bolts guy is looking into doing it for bolts. The problem is: which color of Kashima to match? The very bright gold of the dropper? The medium gold of the forks (which...
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    I really doubt Transition will do a new Smuggler...

    I really doubt Transition will do a new Smuggler soon. Too much overlap with the Spur and Sentinel. Next will be Carbon Patrol then a TR12.

    Tallboy with Cascade link and maybe overforked, making...
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    What Toast said sums it up nicely. I'd also add...

    What Toast said sums it up nicely. I'd also add that you can consider slightly higher rise bars when you transition to normal width (~35mm rise with ~750mm bars), as that will bring them closer...
  23. It's literally just changing the stroke of the...

    It's literally just changing the stroke of the shock (by I think 5mm) and fork by 20mm. The frame itself is the same. Trail Pistol stays are shorter than the Smash, and BB is lower.
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    In my experience, I feel like I have to shake out...

    In my experience, I feel like I have to shake out my hands after long pedaling bits when:
    *the more I have to lean forward, the more weight gets carried by my hands and less by my core. If you...
  25. FWIW, I wash my D3O pads nearly every ride. It...

    FWIW, I wash my D3O pads nearly every ride. It really helps with the stank. They seem to work the same.

    I'm guessing the tag says no washing because D3O is worried that heat will somehow affect...
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    I'm a reformed fanny pack wearer. Camelbak Chase...

    I'm a reformed fanny pack wearer. Camelbak Chase vest is great. Doesn't move around, doesn't get me too sweaty (tested 90 degree NorCal heat). 1.5L of water plus a bottle on the frame is enough...
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    I agree with this.

    I agree with this.
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    Yeah, them and horse people are definitely...

    Yeah, them and horse people are definitely fighting for the crown of King Funhater.
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    I organized another trip up to Downieville. In...

    I organized another trip up to Downieville. In prior years, mid-October is perfect as the temps cool down a bit and there's usually been the first rain or two to tack down the dust. No luck on...
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    FTFY

    FTFY
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    Yeah. I wasn't advocating he do it, just thought...

    Yeah. I wasn't advocating he do it, just thought it was funny that same day this discussion was posted, I saw someone who'd gone the opposite direction with a Spur.
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    Weird, works fine from my other computer. It's a...

    Weird, works fine from my other computer. It's a Spur with an EXT Storia & Helm fork.
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    Just going to leave this here to muddy the...

    Just going to leave this here to muddy the waters:
    https://www.vitalmtb.com/community/edylan,50376/setup,44714
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    Amen. There fuckall for good legal trails where...

    Amen. There fuckall for good legal trails where I am, but I can ride 4 blocks to the illegal ones. Every time we've talked about moving, the thought of having to actually DRIVE to ride, especially...
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    I've ordered stuff from there before. It was...

    I've ordered stuff from there before. It was cheap, but took a while to ship and then travel time was pretty slow of course. I'd order again provided I didn't need said item in a hurry.
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    N/M, got a local guy who wants it.

    N/M, got a local guy who wants it.
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    I dunno if it's a bad batch or just an inherent...

    I dunno if it's a bad batch or just an inherent problem with the Tannus design, but I just pulled mine out, remounted the same tire, and the wobble is gone. (Still very small amount, but just 1mm or...
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    FWIW, I didn't have this issue with Cushcore last...

    FWIW, I didn't have this issue with Cushcore last year. I sold it though when I went from 29 to 27.5 rear, and thought I'd try something different.
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    Hmm. I guess I'll know after I take the insert...

    Hmm. I guess I'll know after I take the insert out. If it's got a wobble then but didn't before I installed the insert, I'll know that the tire lever work with the insert fucked up the bead or...
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    Do you pop the bead on the tire to try and...

    Do you pop the bead on the tire to try and straighten it? Or just massage it? Both beads of the tire itself are fully seated and I know from mounting just the tire before that the casing isn't...
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    God, fuck Tannus. I'm sorry I gave it a second...

    God, fuck Tannus. I'm sorry I gave it a second chance. Mounted a brand new DD Dissector up, it spun clean on my bike. Popped driveside bead, lubed up the insert and started wrestling it in. ...
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    Can't beat free. I'm sure she'll be a lot more...

    Can't beat free. I'm sure she'll be a lot more comfortable and have a better time on even a slightly older full suspension than a newer cheap hardtail.
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    I got a set of Race Face Sendy pads for my kid...

    I got a set of Race Face Sendy pads for my kid last Christmas (4 at the time). They fit ok over his sweatpants, but he prefers not to wear them due to bulk. I've also got a set of TLD Stage adult...
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    Goddamnit, I know I'm going to hate myself for...

    Goddamnit, I know I'm going to hate myself for this, but I just ordered a TT to try again in rear for my trip to sharp rocks next week. Last time I tried it, I had a wobble, so of course I pulled...
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    Fall? What's fall? We're just starting to move...

    Fall? What's fall? We're just starting to move out of fog season. (Pacifica, CA)

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    Meanwhile all us guys who enjoy a post ride beer...

    Meanwhile all us guys who enjoy a post ride beer or just have dad-bods still do a hard pass on these trendy new skinsuits.
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    Awesome. Great looking bike. He must be super...

    Awesome. Great looking bike. He must be super stoked.
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    Interesting. How big was the different in terms...

    Interesting. How big was the different in terms of percentages?
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    Zwift sounds like a shitty fake version of road...

    Zwift sounds like a shitty fake version of road biking, which I also have no interest in. Not saying I'm fast, just that I'm less slow than the guys I ride with.

    Point was more to be realistic...
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    As appealing as the geometry, weight, and...

    As appealing as the geometry, weight, and efficiency of these downcountry bikes are, I've recently realized that of the guys I regularly ride with, I'm already the fastest one to the top. Yeah,...
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