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    I wasn't particularly impressed with the E13 hubs...

    I wasn't particularly impressed with the E13 hubs that came on my Sentinel. I sold the complete wheelset pronto, to someone who was only going to use them as backups. I thought they were very...
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    Given that even their normal headsets creak like...

    Given that even their normal headsets creak like crazy after 6 months, I wouldn't hold my breath. When I've emailed a couple frame companies about using anglesets with their frame, they both...
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    bearingprotools.com They will have a set of...

    bearingprotools.com

    They will have a set of pullers and presses for your particular bike (all the 4 different size bearings). Cost me 65 GBP (I think that's like $75). Beyond that, you'll need a...
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    OneUp's v1 dropper can be found for $170. I have...

    OneUp's v1 dropper can be found for $170. I have one on my second bike, and it feels better than a KS, Reverb, Fox/Race Face. If any of my buddies were building up a bike on a budget, that's the...
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    I will mount and ride my MM's as soon as we get...

    I will mount and ride my MM's as soon as we get the first good rain, and use them until I wear the tread down. It could be all winter; it could be a couple months. I loved them in the tail end of...
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    Thanks. Price on 'em looks good ($50 from WWC). ...

    Thanks. Price on 'em looks good ($50 from WWC). The weight on the Enduro Fronts looks tolerable (spec'd 1,030g for 29er), vs. 1,160 for the Rear. They must make the Rear tougher since that's where...
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    If one were to sip the Michelin kool-aid for...

    If one were to sip the Michelin kool-aid for winter tires (NorCal, so not winter compared to most), how would the Enduro Front work as a rear? If I can interpret their nonsense rubber compound names...
  8. Thread: Ask the experts

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    Not a vest, but I'm very happy with my CamelBak...

    Not a vest, but I'm very happy with my CamelBak Repack bum bag. It doesn't move. I use it on 3+ hour rides in combination with a large bottle on my frame. The pack comfortably holds 1.5 L of...
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    I'm also on Maguras (MT7s, also have MT5s and...

    I'm also on Maguras (MT7s, also have MT5s and have run MT Trail Sports). I previously ran XT M785s (experienced wandering bite point and on/off), and briefly Code RSCs (experienced fade, don't like...
  10. I'm really curious how the leverage rate curve...

    I'm really curious how the leverage rate curve got changed for the AF, and whether it's really actually well suited for a coil shock, or whether they just gave it a nudge and called it good enough. ...
  11. Thread: Ask the experts

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    It's my understanding that coil forks have lagged...

    It's my understanding that coil forks have lagged because of lack of bottom-out control systems. Frames can be designed to be progressive, so that with the right frame, you don't need a bottom-out...
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    Toast's recommendations are good. I'd add that...

    Toast's recommendations are good. I'd add that you can shortcut the rebound setting by looking at the manufacturer's charts depending on the pressure you find by setting sag. That should get you a...
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    Magic Mary is what I'll be running F/R once the...

    Magic Mary is what I'll be running F/R once the rain starts (NorCal). They shed mud much better than Minions last year (I did side by side comparisons with friends riding the same trail).
  14. Thread: Santa Cruz

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    Just get a new air shaft assembly? It's like a...

    Just get a new air shaft assembly? It's like a $40 part and 1 beer job.

    Also, interesting to see these issues with the paint. The Nomad I used to have had a bunch of what appeared to be fading...
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    Based on what you're saying, another combo...

    Based on what you're saying, another combo (non-Maxxis) could be something like a Hans Dampf / Nobby Nic (or Rock Razor). Their tires are fucking light, usually like 50-100g lighter than similar...
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    SOLD

    SOLD
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    FS: Bikeyoke Revive dropper 31.6 x 160

    BikeYoke Revive dropper, 31.6 dia. x 160mm travel
    * the smoothest, most reliable dropper post on the market. I'm only selling this because I got a good deal on the 185mm version.
    * just serviced...
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    Have you actually asked the lady in question...

    Have you actually asked the lady in question whether she would prefer something predictable and grippy, vs. something easier to pedal?

    I know if I managed to get my wife to mountain bike with me,...
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    I'm always amazed at how much she dominates...

    I'm always amazed at how much she dominates considering how tiny she is. You'd think one of the bigger girls would, like how the bigger guys tend to.
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    Yeah, I snagged an OEM Performance takeoff at...

    Yeah, I snagged an OEM Performance takeoff at Bike-Discount.de for like $320. I've also seen a fair number of new or nearly new Rhythm or Performance 36 takeoffs on Pinkbike classifieds, usually for...
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    Yes. It's in Rhythm, Performance (not...

    Yes. It's in Rhythm, Performance (not Performance Elite), and Marzocchi.
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    Awesome features ^

    Awesome features ^
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    Echoing that 34 is too flexy for your weight /...

    Echoing that 34 is too flexy for your weight / new bike. I've got a 140mm 34 and notice it flexing. The GRIP1 damper it has feels pretty good for a budget damper, so I'd add the Marzocchi Z1 to...
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    I ran 28h DT Swiss Comp spokes & brass nipples on...

    I ran 28h DT Swiss Comp spokes & brass nipples on Light Bicycle carbon rims for 3 years, riding NorCal trails and never broke a spoke. I also weigh 10-15 lbs more than you. The wheels didn't even...
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    I picked up Fox Flexair pants this spring after...

    I picked up Fox Flexair pants this spring after getting tired of getting poison oak on my shins. They pedal great, and succeeded at keeping off the poison oak. They breath pretty well, good enough...
  26. It was the carbon paste, the Park Tool stuff...

    It was the carbon paste, the Park Tool stuff that's clear blue with beads. For whatever reason, over the course of a few months it hardened into a hard white crust. I couldn't scrape it off with a...
  27. Cleaning off carbon assembly compound residue?

    Probably dumb question, but what's the best way to clean off carbon assembly compound? I serviced my dropper last week, and noticed that it was a real bitch to remove it from my frame. The last...
  28. Thread: Santa Cruz

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    Santa Cruz's warranty dept is awesome. I had the...

    Santa Cruz's warranty dept is awesome. I had the dropout mount separate on my '17 Chameleon, they offered to replace it for shipping cost, and gave me the option to upgrade to the carbon model for a...
  29. Good review. I test rode an alloy Trail Pistol...

    Good review. I test rode an alloy Trail Pistol before I bought my Sentinel & Smuggler, and would agree with your assessment of how it rode. Which is interesting because when they did the media...
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    What Toast said, without the purple. That said,...

    What Toast said, without the purple. That said, there are some smaller brands that make good, quality stuff across a variety of components.

    OneUp makes a variety of clever, well-built parts. ...
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    I'm 5'8" on a medium. If all you do is flowy...

    I'm 5'8" on a medium. If all you do is flowy trails, a large would be fine. I notice the long wheelbase on really tight corners already, so would not recommend sizing up if that's what you usually...
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    I think Push recommends using 10wt in both. ...

    I think Push recommends using 10wt in both. https://www.pushindustries.com/collections/suspension-tools/products/complete-lower-leg-service-kit?variant=43569962190
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    OneUps are great. I've got 2 pairs of alloy, 1...

    OneUps are great. I've got 2 pairs of alloy, 1 composite. The comp feels slightly bigger since it doesn't have a "bearing bump" inboard. I haven't had to replace any bearings yet in like 2 years...
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    I've been running EXO Assegai and DHR for 2...

    I've been running EXO Assegai and DHR for 2 months in dusty blown out NorCal, and really liking this combo. The only thing I'd really fault them for is the Assegai is pretty heavy (1.15kg on my...
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    I must have a Race Face BB that got extra special...

    I must have a Race Face BB that got extra special attention during manufacturing. It's from 2014, guessing it has several thousand miles, and has outlasted 2 Cane Creek 40 headsets and 1 CC 110. ...
  36. I've got a buddy who's tentatively interested in...

    I've got a buddy who's tentatively interested in this. We're pretty close by (Half Moon Bay), so you wouldn't need to ship. If you still have this, shoot me a PM and I'll get you his cell number.
  37. Joetron on this forum is selling a medium carbon...

    Joetron on this forum is selling a medium carbon Smuggler with forks brakes & dropper for $2k. Check that out if you ride a medium.
  38. That's a hell of a deal for the Smuggler. Good...

    That's a hell of a deal for the Smuggler. Good thing I already have one.
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    Fox Flexair shorts would probably work for what...

    Fox Flexair shorts would probably work for what you're looking for. They're very light weight, and the back is an elastic band. The front closure is a ratcheting strap that works well. The side...
  40. 1) There's like a 1% chance you could sell an...

    1) There's like a 1% chance you could sell an old bike and pick up a new one that rides better for the same or less money, unless you are willing to compromise and go from carbon kool-aid to alloy....
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    I had a pair of their alloy wheels that came with...

    I had a pair of their alloy wheels that came with my Sentinel. They were noisy as fuck and felt draggy compared to my DT350s. That said, they'd survived 1 year as a demo bike without being...
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    Pull 2. Was running my 170 with 0, 160 with 1 at...

    Pull 2. Was running my 170 with 0, 160 with 1 at the same weight. Add a bit of pressure when you do this. I can post full settings if you care.
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    I've had a hell of a time with mine on certain...

    I've had a hell of a time with mine on certain wheels and tires, others I don't even need to use the chamber. What I have found works on the stubborn ones is taking out the valve core (to allow...
  44. https://bikegeo.muha.cc/ That's a nice little...

    https://bikegeo.muha.cc/

    That's a nice little calculator for figuring out geo changes if you use an angleset or change fork length.
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    Not using TRPs, but what I've found to get a...

    Not using TRPs, but what I've found to get a perfect bleed on my brakes (Maguras):
    1) remove the caliper syringe when you're holding the caliper above everything else (may require rotating bike or...
  46. Thread: Ohlins TTX

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    FWIW, I just got an 11-6 (Push was selling "blem"...

    FWIW, I just got an 11-6 (Push was selling "blem" models for 25% off) for my Sentinel, which is also a pretty linear bike. I have 2 rides on it. They put me on a pretty large spring (475#) for my...
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    Probably HSC, although it could also potentially...

    Probably HSC, although it could also potentially be LSC. Honestly though, one recommendation I've seen often that makes sense to me is to open both compression settings fully, then focus on air...
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    On my DPX2, I got the my tune talking to one of...

    On my DPX2, I got the my tune talking to one of the guys at Transition.
    biggest volume token (1.02) - yours will have the second largest (0.86) if it's a 2019 which should be fine unless you...
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    I'm just under 170 lbs without gear. Running my...

    I'm just under 170 lbs without gear. Running my GRIP2 36 x160 at:
    74 psi (fully extended & equalized)
    7 clicks LSR (from closed)
    7 clicks HSR
    10 clicks LSC
    15 clicks HSC

    I have a Luftkappe...
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    Ride it first for a while. I have never once...

    Ride it first for a while. I have never once said while riding mine, "gee, I wish this had a steeper HTA." Whereas on my Smuggler, I have wished it was slacker.
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