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    Agreed with this. If I run handlebars rolled...

    Agreed with this. If I run handlebars rolled back, it forces my elbows down and in a bit. If I roll the bar forward a little, it angles the outer edge of my hands up a bit which pushes my elbows up...
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    A lot of the talk around handlebar stiffness...

    A lot of the talk around handlebar stiffness revolves around macro level flex - how much the bar is flexing vertically in a hard compression. But I find that micro level vibrations matter much, much...
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    Thanks all. I was eyeing those Woodstock stoves...

    Thanks all. I was eyeing those Woodstock stoves - those things look well made. It seems like most people I know have non-cat stoves, but I'm not sure if there's a reason for that other than there...
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    At least on mine, the guide doesn't touch the...

    At least on mine, the guide doesn't touch the chain, so no drag there. The idler has a little bit of drag, and it's more noticeable (meaning, it gets noisier) in higher torque situations. It's...
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    I haven't ridden the druid, but I own a high...

    I haven't ridden the druid, but I own a high pivot bike (norco range). While the range is obviously in a different category, I'd generally agree with the shop owner's take - I don't think I'd want...
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    X4 or whatever on specialized eliminator being a...

    X4 or whatever on specialized eliminator being a pretty decent rear. I have mine paired with a dhf front and that combo works well.
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    Dhr2. But if it were me, I'd just run the...

    Dhr2. But if it were me, I'd just run the assegai until it was worn out.
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    I'm under the impression that you can just roll a...

    I'm under the impression that you can just roll a coat of primer over the semi-gloss without needing to prime. But I'm not an expert.
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    Bump. Starting to stove shop. We have an old,...

    Bump. Starting to stove shop. We have an old, pretty big Pacific Energy stove that works ok, but it doesn't burn very cleanly and it's oversized for our space. Some prior owner did some...
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    Drywall screws through the skis and into the...

    Drywall screws through the skis and into the boots worked decently, but you need a lot of them if you're going to avoid pull outs. Duct tape didn't work very well at all.
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    Metal doesn't necessarily make a ski demanding. ...

    Metal doesn't necessarily make a ski demanding.

    But demanding skis tend to have metal in them, because it suits the intended purpose of the ski.
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    This. If the trucks are going to tear up the...

    This. If the trucks are going to tear up the neighbor's driveway, there's probably some payment that's due to the neighbor. Of course, that gets a bit sticky because if one truck ruins the...
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    That's good to hear. Although I have to admit...

    That's good to hear.

    Although I have to admit that I'll miss gloating over my bike and ski trips to Canada while some anti-vax acquaintances were stuck back at home.
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    Fact.

    Fact.
  15. I'd guess that's a standard metric shoulder bolt....

    I'd guess that's a standard metric shoulder bolt. If you measure it with calipers, I bet you could get a replacement from McMaster pretty easily.

    Edit: nevermind. Just noticed that the torx...
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    Did you work for the specialized marketing...

    Did you work for the specialized marketing department in 2015?
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    We just need some 31's to make the 29ers feel...

    We just need some 31's to make the 29ers feel small and flickable.

    People used to complain about 27.5's being big and slow handling compared to 26's.
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    Just like how all that old 26" stuff is worth...

    Just like how all that old 26" stuff is worth tons of money these days...

    For the record, this whole conversation is almost identical to multiple threads on here discussing 26" wheels when those...
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    I don't think 27.5's will completely go away, but...

    I don't think 27.5's will completely go away, but they'll be rarer. You can already see it - companies are dropping 27.5's from the lineup, or morphing them into mullets.

    But 27.5's are still...
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    I wouldn't call 140/160 short travel in overall...

    I wouldn't call 140/160 short travel in overall scheme of bikes, but I would call it short-ish travel in the 27.5 vs 29 debate.

    A bike like the shadowcat is intended to be a do it all trail bike...
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    Yeah, stiffer chassis than the Lyrik. On the...

    Yeah, stiffer chassis than the Lyrik. On the upside, it feels very precise, and when you're hammering through rough stuff, the fork flexes a lot less so it stays smoother because your bushings...
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    For sure. Especially for shorter riders,...

    For sure. Especially for shorter riders, smaller rear wheels make sense on bikes with a bunch of travel.

    But I still think that the next generation of dh racers will be on full 29ers, with...
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    You might already know this, but keep in mind...

    You might already know this, but keep in mind that the Zeb's axle to crown is longer than the Lyriks. So going from a 170 Lyrik to a 180 Zeb will increase your axle to crown about 15mm.

    The Zeb...
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    I'm not convinced. The DH crowd are slow...

    I'm not convinced.

    The DH crowd are slow adopters. They clung to 26's, and then to 27.5's front and rear for longer than the rest of the industry. Mullet is just an incremental step to getting...
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    If you dislike the SB5 because it feels like a...

    If you dislike the SB5 because it feels like a straight line plow bike, you're really, really not going to like how most modern bikes ride. The SB5 is tiny and steep compared to almost any modern...
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    I think the higher BB would be slightly...

    I think the higher BB would be slightly noticeable, but if you went to a softer spring and sagged more, that'd probably more or less cancel that out. The seat angle probably isn't super noticeable,...
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    Absolutely. Every group has its share of...

    Absolutely. Every group has its share of assholes, and mountain bikers are certainly no exception.

    The difference is, when confronted with user conflict, mountain bikers tend to acknowledge...
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    I've never, in 30-ish years, been hit by a...

    I've never, in 30-ish years, been hit by a descending rider. If it's happening to you every year, I question the trails you're riding up.

    And if horses are on popular multi use trails, they're...
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    My only issue with those magnetic fidlock buckles...

    My only issue with those magnetic fidlock buckles is that over time as they get dirty, little bits of magnetic stuff get stuck in there and kind of gum everything up. And it's kinda hard to clean...
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    I liked this part: Because obviously bikes...

    I liked this part:



    Because obviously bikes are an environmental catastrophe, but horses are great.

    Maybe if we all rode 1000 lb bikes that had little noxious weed seed dispensers under...
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    Are you in Whitefish? If so, I have an...

    Are you in Whitefish? If so, I have an Arbitrator that you're welcome to try on. After your puffiness goes down, of course.

    Heal up dude! that picture is gnarly.
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    I have an S22 (the regular one. The higher end...

    I have an S22 (the regular one. The higher end models are too damn big unless you carry a murse). Got it last winter when it first came out on some sort of promotion.

    It's...ok. It does...
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    Agreed with that. Mostly what I was getting...

    Agreed with that.

    Mostly what I was getting at is that low spoke tension isn't the issue. Tension on my carbon rims is as high (or higher) than on my aluminum rims. So... [shrug]
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    Traditionally, the main failure mode for breaking...

    Traditionally, the main failure mode for breaking spokes from fatigue was when the tension was too low. The spokes would drop to zero tension when they're opposite of the wheel load, and then snap...
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    My vague recollection from the olden days is that...

    My vague recollection from the olden days is that 4x is only very, very marginally stronger than 3x. And really, the number of crosses mostly affects strength in the rotational plane - pedaling and...
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    My stock ones were butted. Replaced with bladed...

    My stock ones were butted. Replaced with bladed cx-rays. Just replaced again with butted dt competitions.
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    Just relace it. It's like $40-50 worth of spokes...

    Just relace it. It's like $40-50 worth of spokes and 2 hours of time at a semi-distracted pace. And then you don't have to worry about it for a while.
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    Yeah, mine weren't breaking during traumatic...

    Yeah, mine weren't breaking during traumatic events either. On my recent round of spokes breaking, 2 popped in quick succession on a smooth climb. I rode the wheel like normal on the descent...
  39. This. Especially on older maxxis stuff.

    This. Especially on older maxxis stuff.
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    Usually a torx head is a little lower profile, so...

    Usually a torx head is a little lower profile, so sometimes it makes sense in that regard. And I don't have any problem with torx if everything is torx. I just don't like this mix and match hodge...
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    Seems similar to my scenario. On my raceface...

    Seems similar to my scenario.

    On my raceface next r wheels (fairly light for a heavier duty wheelset), I've rebuilt the rear twice now in about 4 years. Those wheels have seen a fair amount of...
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    Crazy clip of Melamed's crash in Crans Montana. ...

    Crazy clip of Melamed's crash in Crans Montana. (Sorry for the insta link)

    https://www.instagram.com/reel/Cis8DfMAl1R/?igshid=ZjE0ZGRhNjQ=
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    Sram pisses me off with this. Plenty of their...

    Sram pisses me off with this. Plenty of their parts have both torx and hex, which is just silly. And their rear derailleur hanger bolts are the worst - they were 5mm hex forever, then they...
  44. Ha! A perfect use for things.

    Ha! A perfect use for things.
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    Maybe I'm way off base here, but this seems like...

    Maybe I'm way off base here, but this seems like it combines all of the annoying finicky rubbiness of the magura caliper with the annoying wandering bite point and necessity of frequent bleeding of...
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    That whole thing reads like an accident that they...

    That whole thing reads like an accident that they tried to make a joke about, but the joke didn't land and now the whole thing is a clusterfuck.
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    I'd have to dig around a while to find that bit...

    I'd have to dig around a while to find that bit in my shop. I definitely know where my drill bits are though. I'd probably just drill those fucking things out and replace with normal bolts.
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    [person donates billions to good causes] ...

    [person donates billions to good causes]

    [broke motherfuckers in this thread]: "yeah, but..."
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    Negative 1 billion points for using a pinterest...

    Negative 1 billion points for using a pinterest link in an argument.
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    There's no magic solution. Your preferred setup...

    There's no magic solution. Your preferred setup is almost entirely dependent on personal preference and your body's proportions. Longer arms tend to like a lower bar, shorter arms like a higher...
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