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    Itís a standard GX 11 speed so I donít believe I...

    Itís a standard GX 11 speed so I donít believe I can modify it or replace any cogs. I may be wrong but donít think itís possible. Having an XD driver limits cassette options but e13 and Garbaruk...
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    Ask the experts

    Speaking of cassettes, Iíd like to get more gear range from the standard 42t 11 speed cassette on my hardtail. It currently has an X1 derailleur that SRAM says can handle a max of a 42t cassette but...
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    Trillium got called out a few years ago for doing...

    Trillium got called out a few years ago for doing this and also paying their retail workers bartender wages minus the tips. Definitely shady, greedy stuff going on while charging upwards of $24/4...
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    Awesome ride yesterday. Always love giving...

    Awesome ride yesterday. Always love giving Millstone tours - I donít get why it doesnít get more rider traffic.

    Let me know about any upcoming Cochranís rides, always looking for an excuse to...
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    Yes, worth every penny getting this. Iíve had...

    Yes, worth every penny getting this. Iíve had great luck with the CC preload ring and Race Face cranks. Very solid and easy to set up.


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    The rain came, humidity is gone and it is...

    The rain came, humidity is gone and it is glorious.

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    I love Bond Brook. My MIL lives near Augusta so...

    I love Bond Brook. My MIL lives near Augusta so when we visit, thatís my go to riding spot. I know that sandy section well, itís a momentum killer. Great little network, fast and flowy and easy to...
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    Hot as fuck exploring RASTA trails the past...

    Hot as fuck exploring RASTA trails the past couple of days. Also, getting bit by a dog yesterday and coming up on a huge black bear today has filled my animal encounter quota for the season.
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    Pfft. Iíve been lubing my chain with snake venom...

    Pfft. Iíve been lubing my chain with snake venom for $300 an ounce.


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    Interesting perspectives on CC and similar...

    Interesting perspectives on CC and similar products. All my riding buddies use them but I donít feel the need too. Most of those dudes ride on 160mm+ bikes and have pricey carbon wheels.

    Iím not...
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    I tried an Ardent with the same results. Itís...

    I tried an Ardent with the same results. Itís the official tire of understeer.


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    Ask the experts

    I bought cheap cable cutters years ago and they were terrible. I wised up and eventually got these Park Tool ones. Theyíre great, sharp clean cut every time, they even cut hydro brake lines. Donít...
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    Thanks man, that link was incredibly helpful. ...

    Thanks man, that link was incredibly helpful. Greasing the clutch looks pretty straight forward so that'll be my short term solution. Good to know I can call Shimano and get a replacement if it...
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    Could the clutch in my 12 speed XT derailleur...

    Could the clutch in my 12 speed XT derailleur really be sticking after only 350 miles? I'm guessing this may be more than pull off the clutch cover and blast is with degreaser?

    Good timing...
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    I remember lusting after the Blur 4X back then. ...

    I remember lusting after the Blur 4X back then. I think it had a 69 HTA which was very progressive for mid 2000s. Hell, my "progressive" Transition TransAM hardtail from 2013 has a the same HTA.
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    20/20 NE - I can see clearly now

    Fast and dry at Perry Hill today. Had to watch out for moon dust berms.

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    Also managed to find somechoice Foam IPAs on the way home. Iíve had worse days.

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    I spent a good amount of time yesterday searching...

    I spent a good amount of time yesterday searching for a Microspline freehub body for a Hope hub. Nothing. All I could find were these cheap, Chinese versions which I don't trust.
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    Foam has been plentiful down near my neck the...

    Foam has been plentiful down near my neck the woods. Keep it coming.

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    Itís a new SC Hightower. It bugs the shit out of...

    Itís a new SC Hightower. It bugs the shit out of me because I had a last gen Hightower and it didnít creak once during 4 seasons of use.

    Fucked with a few things tonight and Iíll pull the free...
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    Cochranís is a gem and definitely getting crazy...

    Cochranís is a gem and definitely getting crazy popular. I attempted an ďeasyĒ ride there on Tuesday and ended up climbing 2.5k ft over 10 miles. Love it.


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    Probably the only part I haven't checked, I'll...

    Probably the only part I haven't checked, I'll give that a go later.



    Loctite on the chaining direct mount threads? I've had these creak before due it being not tight enough so it was the...
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    No, that was my first thought because it only...

    No, that was my first thought because it only creaks when I'm sitting and pedaling. I even put a new seat on and no luck.



    I'm sure I'll resort to his after a few more hours of swearing and...
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    Brand new fancy full suspension carbon frame with...

    Brand new fancy full suspension carbon frame with 300 miles on it starts creaking. BB, cranks, chainring, headset, cassette, seat and all linkage bolts removed, cleaned, grease then reinstalled.
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    Happy to give you a tour whenever. Drop me a PM,...

    Happy to give you a tour whenever. Drop me a PM, I ride there several times a week.
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    I imagine this thread is slow because everyone is...

    I imagine this thread is slow because everyone is riding, right? Nice stretch of weather lately. Barely cracked 70 the last couple days.

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    Besides being heavy as fuck, the NX on my wife's...

    Besides being heavy as fuck, the NX on my wife's bike is functional. The cassette doubles nicely as a boat anchor.
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    Iíd be curious to try the new Deore 12 speed. ...

    Iíd be curious to try the new Deore 12 speed. Thatís a slick drivetrain for the $$$.


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    I have a decent Garmin gps I use to export a gpx...

    I have a decent Garmin gps I use to export a gpx file to when I make a route. I don't do it often as I find it a PIA to be constantly checking a gps but its handy if you want to put together a big...
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    For those Strava users, the latest update to...

    For those Strava users, the latest update to their route finder differentiates between dirt and paved roads and also has a feature where you can modify a route to use as much non paved surfaces as...
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    Crazy dry, fast and dusty at Perry Hill...

    Crazy dry, fast and dusty at Perry Hill yesterday. We need rain! Never thought Iíd say that this time of year. 329889


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    I got my wife a lower spec'd Scott Scale for...

    I got my wife a lower spec'd Scott Scale for mellow rides and bike paths. Its a damn light and fast bike for only $1k - I would have to problem ripping it around as a budget XC bike.

    Getting...
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    Iíve got 2 sets of the Race Face ARC 30 rims on...

    Iíve got 2 sets of the Race Face ARC 30 rims on Hope hubs. Very solid rims, reasonably light and theyíve held up over a few seasons of daily use.

    Youíll see the RF AR rims for short money but...
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    Sounds like and Ibis DV9 or Santa Cruz Chameleon...

    Sounds like and Ibis DV9 or Santa Cruz Chameleon maybe what you're after.
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    20/20 NE - I can see clearly now

    Gave the mtb a rest and hit some gravel and trail. Upped my 1x front ring to 40t and felt strong. 30 miles and 3k of up.

    Weather is finally getting good up here.

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    Which one of you Massholes was breaking...

    Which one of you Massholes was breaking quarantine at Millstone today? Black Suby with a TGR sticker.


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    Itís pretty impressive so far but itís new and...

    Itís pretty impressive so far but itís new and Iím still getting it dialed. Itís a coil so setting sag and preload involves some tinkering. Itís remarkably smooth for the first portion of travel...
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    Those Tubolito things costs 5 times what a...

    Those Tubolito things costs 5 times what a regular tube costs because they pack down smaller is my understanding. No thanks, I'll just use a regular tube like I have been without issue for the past...
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    Iím waiting on a couple parts for the gravel bike...

    Iím waiting on a couple parts for the gravel bike and the trails are too wet - double track on the hardtail was the only option today. Still nice to explore. 328288


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    I picked up an XT 12 speed (shifter, cassette,...

    I picked up an XT 12 speed (shifter, cassette, derailleur and chain) for less than a GX Eagle for my Hightower. Its smoother, lighter and more reliable than the SRAM 11 speed I was used to riding. ...
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    We woke up to 2 inches of wet snow here. Cold...

    We woke up to 2 inches of wet snow here. Cold and windy as fuck; I donít think it got over 35. Back on gravel or maybe trails tomorrow.

    Iíd definitely be into an Ascutney meet up, great spot...
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    Iíve had my eye on one of those DV frames. Good...

    Iíve had my eye on one of those DV frames. Good deal for a carbon frame and it would build up nicely as a burley XC bike.


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    Ascutney posted an opening date on 5/15 a little...

    Ascutney posted an opening date on 5/15 a little while ago. Sounds like they'll stick to that.
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    Yeah there's a few non-VMBA trail networks that...

    Yeah there's a few non-VMBA trail networks that are riding great. I won't share where those are but they've riding great since mid April.

    Edit: VT bike trails are open!!!
  44. FS: Race Face Next Single Drive Side Crank Arm, Spindle, Bolts and Boots

    Selling a single Race Face 175 mm drive side crank arm with all necessary hardware, preload ring, 134 x 30 mm spindle and cranks boots. Excellent shape. $100 + shipping or best offer.

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    Going a little nuts the bike upgrades lately: ...

    Going a little nuts the bike upgrades lately:

    New 150 mm Marzocchi Z1 coil and new Race Face crank for my hardtail
    Shimano GRX upgrade to my gravel bike (cranks, shifters/brakes, derailluer)...
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    Hot damn, always wanted one of those. My...

    Hot damn, always wanted one of those. My neighbor growing up had a one and I immediately fell in love with it.

    My dad had a Ď99 540i wagon. It was auto only for that body style in America but...
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    Yep, fucking soaked here too. Tomorrow would be...

    Yep, fucking soaked here too. Tomorrow would be a great day to hit the gravel but I'm waiting on some parts for my gravel bike......fuck. Sunday afternoon trail ride for sure.
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    How you liking your Z1? Iím currently sitting...

    How you liking your Z1? Iím currently sitting here impatiently waiting for UPS to drop off my Z1 coil for my Chromag.


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    Any rec's for a solid set of 1x cranks for gravel...

    Any rec's for a solid set of 1x cranks for gravel riding - around $150? I don't care about chaining or BB compatibility as I'll have to buy each of those. I'm leaning towards the Shimano GRX 600s...
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    Iíve had the ski vs. mtn bike conversation with a...

    Iíve had the ski vs. mtn bike conversation with a few friends and this is really the best conclusion.


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