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    Yeah, same thread sizes and all that. Quiver...

    Yeah, same thread sizes and all that. Quiver Killer inserts don't have the screwdriver flats for installation and removal, but I think their style tool (a bolt with jam nuts on it) works better...
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    Cush Core isn't bulletproof, but it holds up...

    Cush Core isn't bulletproof, but it holds up vastly better than Huck Norris. Haven't tried Rimpact.
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    Super tempting. Any chance of a rocker profile...

    Super tempting. Any chance of a rocker profile shot?
  4. Good point by jono that the death of the front...

    Good point by jono that the death of the front derailleur helped a lot. Having the line of action of the chain moving across multiple chainrings made balancing pedaling characteristics way harder,...
  5. What Toast said. The various name brand...

    What Toast said.

    The various name brand designs differentiated themselves far more 10-15 years ago, when designers were figuring out what worked in terms of kinematics. Leverage and anti-squat...
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    I still think you'd be better off buying a better...

    I still think you'd be better off buying a better bike, but do you.
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    The limitation on the drivetrain is going to be...

    The limitation on the drivetrain is going to be the freehub body. Most Sram 11 and 12 speed, and all Shimano 12 speed won't fit. I think Sram makes a cheaper 11-50t 12 speed cassette that uses a...
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    Damn. I've been able to get them off okay, if I...

    Damn. I've been able to get them off okay, if I was able to get them on in the first place. But yeah, they were straight up unmountable on WR1 Agents.

    I do really like how they work though (both...
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    I don't think the Minion SS is great. Basically...

    I don't think the Minion SS is great. Basically it feels like they just took a DHF and lopped the center knobs off, with the result that the overall profile is too squared off, and the side knobs sit...
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    I really need to get on a pair of BGs one of...

    I really need to get on a pair of BGs one of these days...

    Of course, with Wren 113s, Bodacious, Bibbys, Renegades and Protests, the fat end of my quiver is pretty crowded. But hey, more skis are...
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    Haven't skied the Confession, so I can't speak to...

    Haven't skied the Confession, so I can't speak to that comparison, but what I would say about the Bodacious is that, while I totally agree about the bold part (emphasis mine), I do think that it's...
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    Not sure about the press fit BBs, but the BSA Dub...

    Not sure about the press fit BBs, but the BSA Dub BB uses a plastic spacer between the bearing and the spindle. The ID of the actual bearing is still 30mm. The Cinch BSA doesn't have a spacer there,...
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    For real. I *wish* more of my touring setups had...

    For real. I *wish* more of my touring setups had that "problem".
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    Yeah, there's not really any reason to get deep...

    Yeah, there's not really any reason to get deep in the stroke. Basically there's a little dimple on the inside of the stanchion near the topout point, and when the seal on the air piston passes over...
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    I worked in a shop as a mechanic for years, and...

    I worked in a shop as a mechanic for years, and it still feels like I fuck that up on the first try at least half the time.
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    Agreed with all of that. Only thing I'd add is,...

    Agreed with all of that. Only thing I'd add is, make sure you're not just feeling the brake pads rocking in the caliper as the play before you start replacing bushings. From the way you described it...
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    Sounds like you buggered the caliper seal and...

    Sounds like you buggered the caliper seal and it's leaking fluid onto the pads.
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    The lighter spring being shorter is normal. It...

    The lighter spring being shorter is normal. It would be wound out of thinner wire, to achieve the lighter spring rate, and can therefore be shorter overall.

    I'm not familiar enough with CC's...
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    That's what I do. The pipe cutter does leave a...

    That's what I do. The pipe cutter does leave a little lip, but it's so much less work than a hacksaw that it's net easier, even with a little filing afterwards.

    Even more so if you've got air...
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    Dibs, PM coming. Edit: Noticed Bergen as the...

    Dibs, PM coming.

    Edit: Noticed Bergen as the location. I might pass if shipping to the US is too expensive.
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    It shouldn't matter much. If you do it right, the...

    It shouldn't matter much. If you do it right, the only thing you're changing (very slightly) is the line of action of the chain force in any given gear. The change to that is going to be minuscule...
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    That's what I'd do. Cheaper and easier, and no...

    That's what I'd do. Cheaper and easier, and no real downside as long as you do a decent job tweaking the rest of the front triangle geo to compensate.
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    https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/ZtDIlNXCggp5oz7c...

    https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/ZtDIlNXCggp5oz7cB8Wmc2-n2D48RAo0pv8r860Ox3_fOHwknvPOUhgnJGtgYVQcHONzBwEIcv2RIzqOppujnIT9RJStFdHm2AFqLd9dykM7PvBQbcaeNlvuWs7FUPMrGcwSwbPgeWolTaL2oPL5bC2iTr5NwJuF6lbsiY...
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    Pretty sure they're normal M5 SHCS. You're not...

    Pretty sure they're normal M5 SHCS. You're not going to find a 13.5mm long one, but you can probably get away with a 12 or 14mm. Grind a 14mm down if you're really OCD.
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    I'm somehow right handed, right boards goofy,...

    I'm somehow right handed, right boards goofy, ride a bike left foot forward...
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    DH pros mostly corner with their preferred foot...

    DH pros mostly corner with their preferred foot forward, regardless of which direction they're turning.
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    This is true. I can confirm that the newer 2015...

    This is true. I can confirm that the newer 2015 onward chassis worked though. The older one didn't.

    29 in a 27.5 one is very much no go though.
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    It does not.

    It does not.
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    Yep, 9 speed Saint that seems to be in good...

    Yep, 9 speed Saint that seems to be in good shape. Haven't used it in ages. PM me if you're interested.
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    Pretty sure I have a Saint in the bin. I'll check...

    Pretty sure I have a Saint in the bin. I'll check in the morning.
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    I'm getting close to having burned through my 3rd...

    I'm getting close to having burned through my 3rd jar. I'm 14 months out on a Grade VI tibial plateau fracture, and this stuff helps. Thanks again dude.
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    Yeah I know, I've been trending lower too. My...

    Yeah I know, I've been trending lower too.

    My personal bikes are 32-45 and 32-40, both 27.5. I've been spending a bunch of time on a GG Smash recently, with a 32t ring and 50t cassette, and that...
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    At that point, isn't it more work to basically do...

    At that point, isn't it more work to basically do a track stand the whole way up the hill than it is to just walk? :D
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    I'd like to rant about handlebars. Specifically,...

    I'd like to rant about handlebars. Specifically, sweep. With very few exceptions, most have at least 8 degree backsweep. I want less. The old Thomson DH bar (6 back, 4 up) is my all time favorite but...
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    Dammit! How recently did you talk to them about...

    Dammit! How recently did you talk to them about the DHX2?
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    Yeah, Fox isn't selling 170mm 2021 36s...

    Yeah, Fox isn't selling 170mm 2021 36s aftermarket, but they do non-standard lengths for OE business all the time. It's just a matter of installing a different air shaft, like rideit said.
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    Doesn't the Race lever still not have servo wave?...

    Doesn't the Race lever still not have servo wave? That's an actual functional difference. You'll lose some power going to those but get a shorter stroke and more consistent lever feel.

    I've seen...
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    I think it largely depends what you're trying to...

    I think it largely depends what you're trying to get out of it. If we're talking sidewall cuts, or punctures through the tread, burlier casing, no question. Both help with pinch flats, but I'd...
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    I... don't think I buy that from a load...

    I... don't think I buy that from a load distribution perspective at all. It seems more likely that the people who want to run cush core are, broadly speaking, the same people who are more inclined to...
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    I run it sometimes. For me, it doesn't really let...

    I run it sometimes. For me, it doesn't really let me get away with running lower pressure, mostly because I'm limited on what I want to run by how the tires hold up in corners, more so than avoiding...
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    What's bad about it, out of curiosity? I've never...

    What's bad about it, out of curiosity? I've never used a jigarex for anything.
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    Yeah, you can fit a 1.5" steerer through an IS44...

    Yeah, you can fit a 1.5" steerer through an IS44 headtube if you switch to an external cup. Lots of steel frames use those still, since you don't really need a massive headtube to weld to when your...
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    Oh yeah, I don't doubt for a second that the...

    Oh yeah, I don't doubt for a second that the Suntour is a pile. That's still a fairly separate question from whether or not Manitou's more budget offerings are any good.
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    Yikes, yeah, that's spendy for that Fox. I've...

    Yikes, yeah, that's spendy for that Fox.

    I've been super impressed with the Manitou Mezzer, but have no idea how that trickles down to their lower end/XC stuff.
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    Looks like Fox will still sell you a 32 with a...

    Looks like Fox will still sell you a 32 with a straight 1.125 steerer. QR only and the lower end Grip damper, but I'm sure it's a lot better than the Suntour.
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    Haven't tried 421s, but DT's high end aluminum...

    Haven't tried 421s, but DT's high end aluminum rims are generally excellent. I've had 471s, 481s, and 511s and been very impressed with all of them. I think the 421s are basically similar...
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    Yeah, I like the e13 better than the Minion SS...

    Yeah, I like the e13 better than the Minion SS too. Biggest thing for me with the Maxxis is that it's to square unless you put one on a super narrow rim. It's like they took a DHF and just lopped the...
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    Wolf Tooth makes regular direct mount stainless...

    Wolf Tooth makes regular direct mount stainless rings.
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    So almost literally anything else? :D A 2.3...

    So almost literally anything else? :D


    A 2.3 Aggressor seems like a pretty obvious call for the rear tire. They roll pretty fast still, but definitely brake better and have more climbing traction...
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    223 you mean? It's about 80-100g heavier than a...

    223 you mean? It's about 80-100g heavier than a 203mm rotor. So, not nothing, but not a huge penalty if you want more brake.

    The smaller diameter ones are also thinner (1.8mm vs 2.0 for the 223)...
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