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  1. Thread: Ask the experts

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    What are you looking to accomplish by upgrading?...

    What are you looking to accomplish by upgrading? There's a lot of weight to be saved from the cassette, if you want that. If you're after better shifting, the shifter will make the biggest...
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    I'd be tempted to try one if it were my personal...

    I'd be tempted to try one if it were my personal bike, but it's not — just been testing it.
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    I've got one in front of me, 1010 g for a...

    I've got one in front of me, 1010 g for a 27.5x2.35 Super Trail NN.
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    Did you ever bleed the brake with semi-worn pads...

    Did you ever bleed the brake with semi-worn pads in it? You probably just have the brake overfilled, so you can't reset the pistons all the way.

    Put a little fluid in the funnel that comes with...
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    I'm really into the Specialized 2FO DH. Really...

    I'm really into the Specialized 2FO DH. Really good middle ground stiffness, decent protection, pretty light for what they are, very good fit (for me).
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    Haven't been on the current one at all.

    Haven't been on the current one at all.
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    I'm certainly not Jesse either, but yeah. It's...

    I'm certainly not Jesse either, but yeah. It's not like there are trails that I ride regularly where it's not enough bike for me to manage or anything, but I mostly ran it in the slackest position...
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    I've spent a bunch of time on the new Altitude...

    I've spent a bunch of time on the new Altitude too. My overall take is that it's really good if you want your 160mm travel enduro bike to also be a really versatile trail bike. It gives up a little...
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    Yeah they've teased something being in the works....

    Yeah they've teased something being in the works. I'm not sure of the particulars.
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    I'm a pretty directional skier, and really like...

    I'm a pretty directional skier, and really like the Bibby on the line, but would definitely be more inclined to go back than forward if I was going to mess with anything.
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    I'm also surprised. Great seller too. I...

    I'm also surprised. Great seller too.


    I *really* don't need these but I'd be super tempted if they were 189s.
  12. Thread: 21/22 Gear Rumors

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    So far just the Head Raptor that I've seen, but...

    So far just the Head Raptor that I've seen, but they've been doing that with Booster licensing for a while.
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    Now that I'm too late, I'll chime in and say that...

    Now that I'm too late, I'll chime in and say that I've been really liking HTs. I've got T1s, T1 SXs, and X2 SXs. Longtime SPD guy, haven't used anything Time in probably 15+ years.

    The HTs,...
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    Keith estimated ~1900g for my -1 187 UL...

    Keith estimated ~1900g for my -1 187 UL carbon/veneer Protests, FWIW.

    My current 192 MAP veneer flex 3s are perfect for my 165lb. I just want a lighter, touring-specific build that's easier on my...
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    Amusing that you're going for the +10 GPO, while,...

    Amusing that you're going for the +10 GPO, while, I'm scheming a -10 Protest. Different strokes, eh?
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    One, on the drive side, assuming it's a 73mm wide...

    One, on the drive side, assuming it's a 73mm wide bottom bracket shell. You use all 3 for a 68mm shell, but there aren't many modern mountain bikes with those.

    Measure the overall width of the...
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    Assegais roll worse, brake better, and have more...

    Assegais roll worse, brake better, and have more consistent grip across lean angles than DHFs, but less grip once you fully commit to leaning them over. They're also less good on wet roots.
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    Not sure which models you're talking about...

    Not sure which models you're talking about specifically, but Norco in particular has a history of making bikes with pretty low anti-squat values too. I'm totally on board with the point that your...
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    It is a tradeoff, but it's also a tradeoff on DW...

    It is a tradeoff, but it's also a tradeoff on DW link or whatever other design you care to mention. Pick any design you want, and you can choose how you want to balance that tradeoff. Formulating...
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    Air shocks, specifically. There have been pretty...

    Air shocks, specifically. There have been pretty good coils for a long time, and just to stick with the Santa Cruz example, the V10 has also had a reasonable leverage curve for a long time. All their...
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    Yep. Got a bunch of time on T9 Grid Trail...

    Yep. Got a bunch of time on T9 Grid Trail Butchers, 2.6f/2.3r. First Specialized rubber compound that I've liked. They're really good. The 2.6" is well under 2.6" wide, FWIW. The 2.3" is pretty true...
  22. Thread: Ask the experts

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    You want the stainless one then.

    You want the stainless one then.
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    https://i.giphy.com/media/l378hQDm0Fd41gb4c/giphy....

    https://i.giphy.com/media/l378hQDm0Fd41gb4c/giphy.webp
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    The finned ones don't. The actual pad shape is...

    The finned ones don't. The actual pad shape is the same though, so the non-finned versions are a go.

    TRP uses the same pad shape too, so those are another option.
  25. Thread: Ask the experts

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    A while back Shimano changed the ID of their...

    A while back Shimano changed the ID of their hoses, and changed the barb material so there was a visual difference between the two. The stainless ones are the newer version.

    Which generation brake...
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    No, they didn't, at least not until recently....

    No, they didn't, at least not until recently. Specifically, they didn't just design in more anti-squat. Just like everybody in this thread has been saying. Their whole spin on it was that the...
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    Wait, you mean Powdah Snek Black, but with the...

    Wait, you mean Powdah Snek Black, but with the black subbed for a transparent color?
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    A buddy of mine grenaded a bunch of the pawls in...

    A buddy of mine grenaded a bunch of the pawls in his 1/1 in fairly short order. I9 sent him replacements, and I think said something about a bad batch that had something wrong with the heat treatment.
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    Powdah Snek White over cherry is my current...

    Powdah Snek White over cherry is my current frontrunner. Anybody else have suggestions for a graphic that looks good on veneer, to complicate my decision making? ;)

    After talking with Keith, I'm...
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    Progressive, in a straight line (i.e. not some...

    Progressive, in a straight line (i.e. not some weirder shaped curve).

    People do use "linear" to mean "flat", but it's shitty terminology. Linear just means a straight line, not necessarily a flat...
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    Right, and we're saying that's incorrect. Mini...

    Right, and we're saying that's incorrect.

    Mini link designs do open up a wider range of traits that a designer can target than some other layouts, but in practice, the types of kinematics that...
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    Check your seatpost clamp torque. Having that too...

    Check your seatpost clamp torque. Having that too tight can make droppers bind up, though the Transfer isn't particularly susceptible, in my experience.

    Carbon assembly paste can help stop the...
  33. Thread: Ask the experts

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    I'll respond in more detail later, but: Yes.

    I'll respond in more detail later, but: Yes.
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    What's even the point, if they're not going to...

    What's even the point, if they're not going to use a weird, unnecessary 6 bar layout?
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    Regrettably, Felt appears to have gotten out of...

    Regrettably, Felt appears to have gotten out of the mountain bike business. Can I interest you in the Polygon e-bike though?


    Dibs on the Atherton, for me.
  36. Thread: Ask the experts

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    Yup. There's still some variation in kinematics,...

    Yup. There's still some variation in kinematics, for sure, but the range of stuff that most modern bikes fall into has gotten WAY smaller.

    And your earlier point about how it's almost entirely...
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    What on earth? There are still a ton of excellent...

    What on earth? There are still a ton of excellent horst link bikes out there.

    Also, looking at them as a monolith is dumb. A lot of 2010s Specialized bikes pedaled pretty poorly, but that was all...
  38. Thread: Helmet advice

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    Fit is, if anything, even more important with a...

    Fit is, if anything, even more important with a full face, since they're generally less adjustable, and there are more variables that matter, since it interfaces with more of your head and face....
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    Apart from some really shitty cheap stuff that's...

    Apart from some really shitty cheap stuff that's notably flexy, no. It's weight and bling.
  40. That'll probably take a little bending, but...

    That'll probably take a little bending, but shouldn't be too bad. Unless there's a major price/availability difference, I'd do 100s though.
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    Great touring boot. Not interested in skiing them...

    Great touring boot. Not interested in skiing them inbounds.
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    This is correct. In this era of terrible bike...

    This is correct. In this era of terrible bike availability, anybody who can't have a good time on Ribbon should be forced to relinquish their bike to someone who actually likes bikes.
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    Is your quick link fastened properly? I've had...

    Is your quick link fastened properly? I've had that happen [ETA: not on a OneUp ring, specifically] when I spaced out and forgot to snap the quick link into place in the stand.
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    That's basically my take from skiing stock 192s...

    That's basically my take from skiing stock 192s as well, at 6', 165 lb. I'm seriously considering a 187 UL, maybe -1 width as a dedicated touring ski.
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    Per their site, the Rail and Rascal have a mount...

    Per their site, the Rail and Rascal have a mount for a 180mm rotor directly. The Ranger is 160mm.
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    IS used different front and rear versions because...

    IS used different front and rear versions because dumb. Post mount is just post mount. So yep, that's the right adapter to go from a 160 mm post mount to a 180 mm rotor.

    Of course, lots of frames...
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Bmk-WrYJKc&ab_cha...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Bmk-WrYJKc&ab_channel=dastan89
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    That was great. Bikes are fun.

    That was great. Bikes are fun.
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    Bike videos that are good thread

    As discussed in the Real MTB thread, we don't have one of these, but should. I'll start.


    https://youtu.be/9sha8AVzJtY
  50. Thread: X-Games Real MTB

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    Brage's is absurd, and the more raw, shooting in...

    Brage's is absurd, and the more raw, shooting in the backyard vibe fits the format really well.

    Cam, Danny, and Semenuk all show off some great riding, but I think I'm somehow judging all three on...
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