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    2 rides on the Wild Enduros now. Still trying to...

    2 rides on the Wild Enduros now. Still trying to get them to hold air long term (added 1 more oz of sealant to each). Holy shit, these side knobs are incredible. When you really lean over, they...
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    Is it normal for Michelins to loose a ton of...

    Is it normal for Michelins to loose a ton of pressure the first night? I mounted up the Enduros (very snug, required a tire lever), put in 2 oz of fresh Orange Seal Endurance, and left them at 30...
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    Do you have a truly wide foot, or just looking...

    Do you have a truly wide foot, or just looking for wiggle room for the piggies?

    I have wide midfeet due to flat feet, and have found 5.10s the most comfortable (also worn Freerider VXi and...
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    I'm aware that most of the Michelin fanboys here...

    I'm aware that most of the Michelin fanboys here prefer the Rock'r, but there were some saying good things about the Enduro also. I wasn't interested in the Rock'r one due to weight and mud clearing...
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    Well, I decided to try a pair of Enduro Fronts...

    Well, I decided to try a pair of Enduro Fronts (GumX) a try. Still no sign of rain, and these look like they have a similar tread pattern to the Assegai (which I like), but without the pork. My...
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    I'll try and get some photos next time I ride it...

    I'll try and get some photos next time I ride it in the day time.

    The easier one (where a water bar will probably work, but just need frequent muck-outs) is right after a catch berm. Water...
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    It hasn't started raining here yet, but while I'm...

    It hasn't started raining here yet, but while I'm dreaming that it will, I'm also aware of a few spots on our local trails that had awful natural drainage last year.

    How do people add drainage to...
  8. Thread: Santa Cruz

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    All very good reasons. Last point on it's own is...

    All very good reasons. Last point on it's own is a pretty good reason to try a new Santa Cruz, as they're pretty easy to sell.
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    Most of my rides I eat nothing. I eat like 1 or...

    Most of my rides I eat nothing. I eat like 1 or 2 blocks when my rides go significantly more than 2 hours. I only bother with bars when I'm looking at a 3-4+ hour ride.
  10. Thread: Santa Cruz

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    Just curious: what pushed you towards the Mega...

    Just curious: what pushed you towards the Mega vs. any number of other good enduro bikes right now?

    I ask because I've had incredible experiences with SC in the past, but have been really...
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    Ooof that's rough. Heal up. Lost time...

    Ooof that's rough. Heal up. Lost time concussions are fucking scary. You end up questioning your memory for months after.

    x2 to a light FF with the latest tech if he's going to ride silly shit....
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    I avoid energy blocks / gels with caffeine as it...

    I avoid energy blocks / gels with caffeine as it has a weird aftertaste (they use concentrated tea extract usually) and "sets off" my stomach.

    For gummies, also Clif margarita flavor. For gels, I...
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    The reviews I read (NSMB for example) said...

    The reviews I read (NSMB for example) said there's a slightly perceptible amount of drag when you turn the cranks with your hand but they never noticed it on the trail.

    A Forbidden/WAO colab...
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    I know. But... Yeti. See comments RE: ...

    I know. But... Yeti. See comments RE: Specialized.
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    You're right, not that many. But it does rule...

    You're right, not that many. But it does rule out some of this year's popular ones, like the Hightower v2 and Ripmo. Santa Cruz is so fucking stupid undersizing the shock tunnel so that you can't...
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    Bikes with STA 65, and aren't coil...

    Bikes with STA <77, HTA >65, and aren't coil compatible don't do it for me after having ridden my Sentinel for close to a year. (Yes, I know Sentinel isn't great for a coil, but with an 11-6 it gets...
  17. Thread: How do you Tape?

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    Lately, I've been using a small rectangle of...

    Lately, I've been using a small rectangle of Gorilla tape on top of my regular tape (3M) at the valve hole. This has stopped the leakage around the stem every time. The extra thickness / cushion of...
  18. The correct answer is to get the thing serviced,...

    The correct answer is to get the thing serviced, not buying some overpriced snake oil.
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    Wait, what? What part is fiddly? Tightening the...

    Wait, what? What part is fiddly? Tightening the set screw, crimping the end, or using the barrel adjuster?
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    I had CC 40s on both my Mojo HDR and Nomad 3. I...

    I had CC 40s on both my Mojo HDR and Nomad 3. I live in NorCal, so we probably get as much rain all winter as anyone in the NW or east coast get in 2 weeks. I had to replace both 40 bearings on the...
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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...
  28. 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...
  30. 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. ...
  31. 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).
  34. 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...
  46. 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...
  47. 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...
  48. 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...
  49. 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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