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  1. Thread: Ask the experts

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    XTR cassettes are made out of cheese. Soft...

    XTR cassettes are made out of cheese. Soft cheese.
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    Most 35mm bars are uncomfortably harsh. Avoid...

    Most 35mm bars are uncomfortably harsh. Avoid anything Race Face or Renthal in 35mm - they are extremely stiff. The OneUp bars are good. I've heard the newer Santa Cruz 35 bars are a good balance...
  3. Thread: Ask the experts

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    Just make sure you get the 2.3 version. It's...

    Just make sure you get the 2.3 version. It's bigger than a Maxxis 2.4, and the 2.6 is a legit 2.6. And even at full retail, you'll probably be able to get them for $20-25 less than a Maxxis these...
  4. Thread: $4K Trail Bike

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    The Druid is super interesting to me, but I've...

    The Druid is super interesting to me, but I've managed to avoid impulse buying one. Its amount of travel coupled with the high pivot would let it erase bumps but still be poppy for my local trails. ...
  5. Thread: Ask the experts

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    Assuming it's not an mullet setup, just pull the...

    Assuming it's not an mullet setup, just pull the rear tire and save it for a new front. Then put on a fresh DHR. Dissector is much faster rolling but will wear out really fast in desert. If you're...
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    If anyone else is looking at this, I found a set...

    If anyone else is looking at this, I found a set of Mallet E Long Spindle on eBay to try, and grabbed a set of 0 degree/easy release cleats. I haven't had a chance to trail ride them yet (I'm solo...
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    I just put on Schwalbes (MM Super Trail Ultra...

    I just put on Schwalbes (MM Super Trail Ultra Soft / BB ST Soft) after not having really run them since the "Super" revision. Man I forgot how much positive feedback they do when leaning over in...
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    I'm 5'8", rode full 29 for a couple years and...

    I'm 5'8", rode full 29 for a couple years and have been on a mullet setup for a year and a half. I really appreciate the less frequent DHR ass tickles on steep bits. The cornering of mullet feels...
  9. Thread: Ask the experts

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    IMO drop a spring rate and add a click or 2 of...

    IMO drop a spring rate and add a click or 2 of LSC to your taste for climbing. I could see 24% rear sag in 2 cases: you're only riding flow trails, or you're hitting massive hucks all the time. ...
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    What is the trait you're trying to get? And why...

    What is the trait you're trying to get? And why are you at ~24% sag?

    The reason the + angleset slackens seat angle is because it pulls the front wheel closer to the headtube. The fork is a fixed...
  11. Thread: Ask the experts

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    I certainly don't torque my rear GG axle to 25NM....

    I certainly don't torque my rear GG axle to 25NM. I'd guess I run more like 10NM or so. Like they said, I tighten it enough to snug up and not back out, and nothing more. I've been running a Hydra...
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    Soooo... new bikes tomorrow? lol

    Soooo... new bikes tomorrow? lol
  13. Thread: Ask the experts

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    Mine are all breaking within the nipples, usually...

    Mine are all breaking within the nipples, usually when landing a little bit sideways. There's one particular little jump that sorta kicks your rear end to the right while you're trying to go left,...
  14. Thread: Ask the experts

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    I've blown out about 6 spokes all on the drive...

    I've blown out about 6 spokes all on the drive side of my rear wheel which is 1.5 yrs old. The local mechanic chalks it up to Fanatik doing a 3x/2x lacing pattern. These are WAO Union offset rims...
  15. Sold for $275 on PB

    Sold for $275 on PB
  16. Thread: Shigura brakes

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    Yes, several times. I've also found for whatever...

    Yes, several times. I've also found for whatever reason, Maguras seem to be more susceptible to sticky pistons, in the same conditons.
  17. Bump with some updated info that people on...

    Bump with some updated info that people on Pinkbike requested:

    The Ti bolts are the long clamp bolts, the MMX bolts, and the pad retaining bolts. Didn't go all in on the tiny bolts.
    I'd guess...
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    Yeah, the strip happened because it takes a fair...

    Yeah, the strip happened because it takes a fair amount of force to advance the retention to the next click. I wanted to see if max retention helped at all with the float feeling, so went from full...
  19. My experience with the MT7s was mostly with the...

    My experience with the MT7s was mostly with the HC3 levers, which Magura acknowledge reduces leverage in favor of adjustability. I rode a buddy's ebike which had the longer Bruni / HC-W levers on...
  20. Yes, Cascade cams definitely firm up the lever...

    Yes, Cascade cams definitely firm up the lever feel, for better and for worse. Makes the bite feel more pronounced, but also feels like the pull force increases. Their statement that they're...
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    He already paid, so he gets a whack at it. I...

    He already paid, so he gets a whack at it. I thought about trying to find some special tool at the hardware store, but then figured I'd still need to replace the worn out screw if I was to sell it,...
  22. FS: Code RSCs w/ Cascade cams, rotors, MTX pads

    Seeing as how I've joined the Cult of Dominions, I'm selling a set of Code RSC brakes upgraded with a Cascade Components North Fork cam set (makes them bite sooner/firmer - more on/off), Better Bolts...
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    Cleats, screws, and spacers are in the box too....

    Cleats, screws, and spacers are in the box too.
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    FS: XT PD-M8120 SPD pedals

    Got these to experiment with going clipless, and don't like the feeling of Shimano float. They've only got a bit of time in the backyard and 1 trail ride on them. BUT, in messing around with...
  25. Thread: Ask the experts

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    Can anyone confirm that the '22 Fox 38...

    Can anyone confirm that the '22 Fox 38 Performance forks don't have the ovalized steerer tube that the Factory & Elite models have? I've been pricing out stuff for the N+1, and when in conversations...
  26. Thread: Ask the experts

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    I haven't ridden a Lyrik other than a couple...

    I haven't ridden a Lyrik other than a couple demos, but compared to the 36, it's quite a bit stiffer and has a lot more damping. But by tuning the ratio of the + to ++ chamber, you can get a nice...
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    Good to hear. I rode my Impact Pros again for...

    Good to hear. I rode my Impact Pros again for first time in several months after being on the Tallacs. They definitely feel like big, vague boats. Rubber feels stickier. The midsole had less...
  28. Thread: Ask the experts

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    I have an EXT Era which has a similar air chamber...

    I have an EXT Era which has a similar air chamber setup. I love it for being able to set mid-stroke support while keeping small bump compliance, without a huge wall of progression at the end. I'm...
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    How about the Mallet E's with the 0 degree float...

    How about the Mallet E's with the 0 degree float / easy release cleats? That seems like it would check most of my boxes. I like the idea of the adjustable height traction pads to eliminate side to...
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    OK that's what I thought. I may as well stay...

    OK that's what I thought. I may as well stay with what works and feels right (flats).
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    So, I did my usual ride Thursday with the XTs,...

    So, I did my usual ride Thursday with the XTs, had an obligatory spill. (Indirectly attributable to the clips - a corner where you kinda drift into a rut, and because my position was hesitant, the...
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    Trailcross are anything but stiff. Their fit...

    Trailcross are anything but stiff.

    Their fit is nothing like the usual 5.10... super low volume and narrow.
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    Agreed. In a perfect world, I'd love to be able...

    Agreed. In a perfect world, I'd love to be able to ride the lift for powder laps, but living 5 hours away from Tahoe means that the chances of getting more than 1 powder lap are about the same as a...
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    Do you put your foot on flats so that the ball of...

    Do you put your foot on flats so that the ball of your foot is more or less lined up with the spindle, or do you put the pedal more under your arch? I'd suggest you want pedals that are concave...
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    Thanks. First thing I did was dial the retention...

    Thanks. First thing I did was dial the retention fully minus (both sides). I'll adjust angle if necessary after first real ride, but I usually try to run my feet squared up, so guessing that 0...
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    So, got shoes and pedals, got them installed. ...

    So, got shoes and pedals, got them installed. Tried them with the cleats fully back and that felt weird as fuck, so I slammed them all the way forward. It seems like whenever I read people talking...
  37. Thread: Shigura brakes

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    "These new Shimano levers are I-spec EV so they...

    "These new Shimano levers are I-spec EV so they are close enough of a fit, you can use them with the Sram matchmaker system, no adapter needed. Thats a Sram match maker nut in the Shimano stock lever...
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    I ended up returning the Enduro casing Contis. ...

    I ended up returning the Enduro casing Contis. I'm a bit too hooked on stiffer casings and lower pressures - the sidewalls just felt too thin. And the DH models are heavier than DD, even though the...
  39. For the hands, that sounds like the saddle is...

    For the hands, that sounds like the saddle is pushing her weight forward onto the bars. I'd tilt the saddle nose up slightly (guessing it's actually down, try to get it level). Bring the bars up a...
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    Big Betty is more DHR shaped and will corner...

    Big Betty is more DHR shaped and will corner better. HD is more round profile and will drift more. Check out the Blister Review comparisons.
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    Can you elaborate? Is Bosch's warranty directly...

    Can you elaborate? Is Bosch's warranty directly to them? Or you're saying Bosch motors don't have problems (I find that hard to believe)?
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    Yeah, I'm leaning hard towards a full...

    Yeah, I'm leaning hard towards a full power/battery model. One of my friends who was doing coaching and repairs just opened his own shop, and is a Yeti dealer, and I know he'll look after me if any...
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    As I start to window shop for ebikes, am I too...

    As I start to window shop for ebikes, am I too far off base in assuming that just about any ebike will likely need motor warranty work? So basically, all other things being equal, you gotta get one...
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    I measured my Silverado & SM Enduro. Came up...

    I measured my Silverado & SM Enduro. Came up with 67mm on the Silverado from bottom of rails at the center of rails to the top of saddle at that point. The SM Enduro was only 61mm. Visually it...
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    Damn, pic 3....

    Damn, pic 3....
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    Yeah plan was to slam cleat all the way back...

    Yeah plan was to slam cleat all the way back because that's how I like my foot on flats. The tip about wiggling side to side to check if the cleat rotation is ok is good though. I know I run...
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    I have a Silverado and Ergon SM Enduro at home...

    I have a Silverado and Ergon SM Enduro at home and will try to remember to measure them. They both seem pretty low profile.
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    Yeah, so I basically only do fire road climbs on...

    Yeah, so I basically only do fire road climbs on my local rides. I'm sure that they will be a bit more efficient on the steeper bits, but that would just be gravy. I mostly do rides with friends...
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    Thanks. Managed to even find a pair in stock at...

    Thanks. Managed to even find a pair in stock at REI, which shocked me considering it seems like anything Shimano is unobtainium right now.
  50. Thread: Ask the experts

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    I think you want something like a Secus or DSD...

    I think you want something like a Secus or DSD Runt. You're looking to tune the mid-stroke and ramp up to give you the support you want, while running damping more open for small bump. Damping...
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