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  1. Thread: Ask the experts

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    I can tell you from personal experience that the...

    I can tell you from personal experience that the Race Face tailgate pad fits very badly on a '22 F-150.
  2. Thread: Ask the experts

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    No experience with your trail conditions, but...

    No experience with your trail conditions, but have played around with a handful of inserts on lighter casing tires at lighter weight (aiming for sidewall stability & rim protection). The short of it...
  3. Thread: Ask the Idiots

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    I'd say yes. Were you trying to bleed them with...

    I'd say yes. Were you trying to bleed them with your mouth or something instead of the amazing SRAM kit?
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    I'm looking to get a pair of Wildcats & a spare...

    I'm looking to get a pair of Wildcats & a spare lens if anyone gets some more. TIA!
  5. Thread: Ask the Idiots

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    Every good mechanic was once a clueless idiot.

    Every good mechanic was once a clueless idiot.
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    I pretty much always find coil shocks more...

    I pretty much always find coil shocks more supportive (at least in mid-stroke) than air shocks. Less stiction means you can run a little bit higher spring rate for the same initial feel, leading to...
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    Definitely set your Smash to "Crush" mode (not...

    Definitely set your Smash to "Crush" mode (not "Plush"). Plush / Gravity modes on GG bikes aren't super progressive. I'm not sure if the Kitsuma has a bottom out bumper so if you're blowing through...
  8. Thread: $4K Trail Bike

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    This is the way.

    This is the way.
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    I haven't had any issues with removing bits of...

    I haven't had any issues with removing bits of damaged Ridewrap. I just peel it away and it usually comes off in 1 piece. Any bits of gunk in the damaged area come right off with isopropyl alcohol.
  10. Thread: Helmet advice

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    Did anything ever resolve in the case of...

    Did anything ever resolve in the case of Bontrager being sued over misleading statements regarding WaveCell marketing?
    ...
  11. Thread: Ask the experts

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    Myself and others have had Tannus inserts...

    Myself and others have had Tannus inserts permanently warp casings, so it is possible for inserts to do that. I have no issues with Cushcore and Tubolight inserts though, even on wimpy EXO+ casings....
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    Pretty much the predictable. I've ridden my...

    Pretty much the predictable. I've ridden my buddy's SB165 (also tons of pedal kick) which has DT240s and 54t ratchet on some hellaciously brake bumped trails in Santa Cruz, and some of the hits, the...
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    I didn't notice my suspension feeling any worse...

    I didn't notice my suspension feeling any worse going from DT 240s (54t ratchet) to Hydras. If anything I thought it felt better because there's no slop followed by a clunk.

    I did just order an...
  14. Thread: Ask the experts

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    I am trying to cut down on the amount that I wash...

    I am trying to cut down on the amount that I wash my bike (at least with soap) because I've found that any soap that's great at getting off greasy, clayey mud is also great at dissolving bearing...
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    I used to measure my brake lever distance (on my...

    I used to measure my brake lever distance (on my MTB). Then I realized that even when they measure the same, because my hands vary in strength and wrist straightness, I don't actually want them to...
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    I got my kid a pair of these (sm/md) when he was...

    I got my kid a pair of these (sm/md) when he was 4 and starting to ride, but he doesn't use them anymore....
  17. Thread: Ask the experts

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    Check out the Blister fork comparison. ...

    Check out the Blister fork comparison. https://blisterreview.com/gear-reviews/trail-enduro-mtb-fork-comparisons

    They do a great job of comparing basically all the enduro forks out there. It...
  18. If anyone still wants 1 or 2 pair, I'll pass them...

    If anyone still wants 1 or 2 pair, I'll pass them along for the same unit price Smokan was advertising ($25/ea or $50 for 2). I've got the light blue pair with black zippers, and black with black...
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    It's pricy as fuck, but the VHS Slapper Tape does...

    It's pricy as fuck, but the VHS Slapper Tape does a really good job of quieting things down and will definitely protect your stay. I put it on instead of the stock chainstay protector after I...
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    Yup. The Ti spindle just gobbles up the bushings.

    Yup. The Ti spindle just gobbles up the bushings.
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    I believe the Lite ones... like I said, they're...

    I believe the Lite ones... like I said, they're both irrational weight weenies. The one guy has moved onto other pedals and the other one just ponies up for rebuild kits constantly rather than ride...
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    Just don't buy the fancy magnesium spindle...

    Just don't buy the fancy magnesium spindle Vaults. I know 2 guys who got them (weight weenies) and those things need a rebuild every 3 months.
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    ^Ditto. Inboard bushings for the win. (Tenet...

    ^Ditto. Inboard bushings for the win. (Tenet Occult)
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    Nope, but I considered it. What worries me about...

    Nope, but I considered it. What worries me about them is just how crazy tall the pins are... they've got to just destroy shoes. I'd worry about them creating pressure points even through thick...
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    I have owned and extensively used a lot of...

    I have owned and extensively used a lot of different pedals (RF Atlas & Chester, OneUp plastic & alloy, Burgtec Mk5, NSB Daemon) and hands down the best grip are Tenet Occult. They have exceptional...
  26. OK I'll take the first set. I'll send you a PM....

    OK I'll take the first set. I'll send you a PM.

    I'll split off the grey pair with green zippers for $25 if anyone wants.
  27. Can you fit an iPhone in those hamstring pockets?...

    Can you fit an iPhone in those hamstring pockets? Is the medium a typical medium? (For example, I have to downsize to a 30" from 32" for TLD shorts/pants, but wear a 32 / medium in everything...
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    I really like my TLD Stage. On my second one...

    I really like my TLD Stage. On my second one (first I retired after going OTB into a tree). I live in coastal CA, so it's often warm but seldom desert hot, but humidity is always around 80%. I...
  29. Thread: Ask the experts

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    I tighten by feel anything I might adjust on the...

    I tighten by feel anything I might adjust on the trail (stem to steerer clamp, brake clamps, seatpost clamp, pedals, axles, etc.). I figure if there's a chance I'd have to, say, readjust brake...
  30. Thread: $4K Trail Bike

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    It does feel that way for me. Geometry seems to...

    It does feel that way for me. Geometry seems to be consolidating around acceptable ranges, with a fairly defined lower bound (~63 for DH bikes) that extremely aggressive freeride/enduro bikes get...
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    Knowing this guy, it's entirely possible that...

    Knowing this guy, it's entirely possible that when he put the Galfers on new, he didn't bother doing the bedding in process, and instead just went for a ride.
  32. Thread: Ask the experts

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    Thicker rotors have better stopping power (better...

    Thicker rotors have better stopping power (better heat management) and are less prone to warping. Magura HC Storm and SRAM HS2 seem like a solid choice for most common brakes. One of my buddies...
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    Yup, my dislocation was on something slow and...

    Yup, my dislocation was on something slow and stupid too (tried to gap over a ditch, landed a bit front heavy). It was weird, even though I landed front heavy and stuffed the fork, the shoulder...
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    Did not remove the chainring and apply fresh ASC,...

    Did not remove the chainring and apply fresh ASC, but that makes sense. I'll give that a shot too. Pedals are flats so no springs or cleats to be creaking.
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    I'm trying to track down a creak. It sounds like...

    I'm trying to track down a creak. It sounds like it's coming from left side of crank area. Only happens when pedaling under load (seated or standing). No noise bouncing up and down. 2 weeks ago,...
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    Not the same injury, I dislocated my shoulder...

    Not the same injury, I dislocated my shoulder badly Thanksgiving of '20. It took forever to heal, even doing all the PT that was assigned. Shoulders are amazingly complex and when you fuck them up,...
  37. Thread: Ask the experts

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    No, but I am friends with my local mechanic, and...

    No, but I am friends with my local mechanic, and do a lot of my own service. If I didn't want to bleed my own brakes, it wouldn't cost me any more than a pack of beer and a requirement that I drink...
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    I think the sticker needs to include a pink Vespa...

    I think the sticker needs to include a pink Vespa as well.
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    When I eventually get an ebike, I'm totally...

    When I eventually get an ebike, I'm totally putting an "ebikes are mopeds" sticker on the toptube, to trigger all the fat guys wearing jeans, lazily spinning their bow legs with seat halfway down.
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    I want to join the club. Also, non-ebikes are...

    I want to join the club.

    Also, non-ebikes are not "analogue bikes." They're bikes.
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    Yeah, I've got an old one of those. It threads...

    Yeah, I've got an old one of those. It threads onto the Fillmore top fine. I just wasn't able to apply enough fluid pressure with it to push the insert off the end piece to add sealant. It should...
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    No, you can't. You've got to break a tire bead...

    No, you can't. You've got to break a tire bead to check. You *might* be able to add sealant through the valve stem, if you're not using inserts (they push down on the bottom of the valve core...
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    I have a set, been running a couple months. The...

    I have a set, been running a couple months. The flow rate is legit, as advertised. Only quirks I've noticed are: 1) I've got to remember to squirt sealant directly into the tire, rather than...
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    The 2 guys I know who have (past tense) tried HT...

    The 2 guys I know who have (past tense) tried HT flats said that they lasted only a few months between needing rebuilds. Given the amount of riding you do, I'd be really wary.
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    Did you find a certain orange former president?

    Did you find a certain orange former president?
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    Fair enough. I ride typical Norcal conditions,...

    Fair enough. I ride typical Norcal conditions, where it's dust over hardpack about 80% of the year. Not a lot of rocks. I'm heavily biased towards preferring grip over fast rolling. MaxxGrip is...
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    I've had the same experience. And the DD...

    I've had the same experience. And the DD Dissector is very light for a DD (65g more than a EXO+ DHR in 27.5). So win-win.
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    My opinion is Shockwiz is pretty worthless, but...

    My opinion is Shockwiz is pretty worthless, but if you're going to use it:
    1) expect it to be very, very stupid. Remember, it doesn't know where you are (climbing vs. descending).
    2) reset it...
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    sold to tgapp

    sold to tgapp
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    Yes. Size 43 Euro. Their conversion chart...

    Yes. Size 43 Euro. Their conversion chart translates it as 9.6, which seems accurate... a smidge longer than my size 9.5 freedum units.
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