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    Until you go for a gritty rain ride and then...

    Until you go for a gritty rain ride and then forget to move your bike from the non heated garage into the heated house to dry, and find the...
  2. Just chiming in to say that TacX makes good shit....

    Just chiming in to say that TacX makes good shit. I have the not-smart trainer and have been quite pleased.

    One way to get better about actually using the trainer is to have a TV with Bluetooth...
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    Anyone know how to find the special use permit or...

    Anyone know how to find the special use permit or their application?

    I'm curious if that starts opening up more lift served mountain bike potential. It seems quite obvious to do so, considering...
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    Heh, the reach on the Medium GG Pedalhead I'm...

    Heh, the reach on the Medium GG Pedalhead I'm building is 451mm compared to 403mm on my Medium v1 Bronson.

    And the Pedalhead is gonna have a head angle of 64 degrees with a 150mm fork, appropriate...
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    Probably itís more like a seat tube that extends...

    Probably itís more like a seat tube that extends above the top tube and doesnít have a gusset relies on minimum insertion depth to transfer shear load to the top tube.
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    Aww, what a buzz killer. This stay at home dad...

    Aww, what a buzz killer. This stay at home dad needs more entertainment when the baby is sleeping. Back to Netflix and bike building I guess ...
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    Fine, how about seated 15 degrees over small...

    Fine, how about seated 15 degrees over small root/rock step-up - I do that all the time. The rest of my pontification is still largely valid, especially the dynamic force transfer part of it.

    But...
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    You can apply only normal force when you ride a...

    You can apply only normal force when you ride a sagged / suspended bikeís seat tube??? When climbing uphill?

    What magical frame is this that sags to a 105 degree effective seat tube angle???
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    Budget dropper posts

    Californiagrown, all reasons to get an external cable dropper thatís easy-on / easy-off so you can pull it off and run a standard post for shuttle and bike park days!

    Our mid descent climbs are...
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    Actually a lot of Oakridge trails are just like...

    Actually a lot of Oakridge trails are just like that, 3000í constant grade fire road uphills and then 3000í downhills with 1-2 climbs where itís not the end of the end of the world to dismount and...
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    Budget dropper posts

    Just set the post height to 2/3 of max and then spin the lever upside down and go for a ride, so that you canít unconsciously hit the lever.* Dismount every time you want to adjust the height using...
  12. That too, sure. But then you rule out the...

    That too, sure.

    But then you rule out the possibility of ever getting it on with a chubby girl, and you know how they are in the sack ...
  13. Wheels that don't suck on non-dentist salary

    Hey, for moon dust midsummer conditions in Tahoe, if you canít cram a plus tire in your frame/fork then at least you can run 2.35-2.6Ē tires on that rim and have a higher traction setup than on a...
  14. Ibis S35 Aluminum wheels are $500 shipped, uses...

    Ibis S35 Aluminum wheels are $500 shipped, uses Ibis Logo hubs.

    Pretty hard to beat that price for a reputable made 35mm IW brand new wheelset. But the rims are so new I havenít seen much in...
  15. I think Hoodoo 5 packs are gonna be selling on...

    I think Hoodoo 5 packs are gonna be selling on discount at $200 (normal $220)... at least thatís what the deal will be at Eugene Swap the following weekend.
  16. Maybe not a great time for a project experiment...

    Maybe not a great time for a project experiment if you're trying to eek out last bit of the season! See if your shop has time for a quick re-lace build before ordering new rims! Also check to see if...
  17. Wheels that don't suck on non-dentist salary

    Hey, if you get the non-dentist carbon rim with the correct layup, cross section profile, and decent hubs, and it works for your terrain (no jagged and/or flying rocks) that might actually be less...
  18. Also, see Sethís post on the I9 Backcountry 360....

    Also, see Sethís post on the I9 Backcountry 360. If you run 2.6 front back I donít know if you can get a better wheelset for the money. 36mm IW should give you pretty decent midsummer grip if you are...
  19. Wheels that don't suck on non-dentist salary

    In addition to toastís question about the hubs -

    How wide of tires are you typically running?
    Whatís your budget?

    I wouldnít be afraid of carbon on SLT glaciated/worn granite rolls and stuff,...
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    No more Cow Valley huh? What part of AZ? I was in...

    No more Cow Valley huh? What part of AZ? I was in Tucson recently and Canada De Oro off the north side of Lemmon looks pretty dope. The landscapes there all look like Joshua tree ... without the...
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    That looks dope. I couldnít quickly see it in...

    That looks dope.

    I couldnít quickly see it in a quick scan of the page, but I assume at half power that thing could run for closer to 4 or 5 hours.

    As dope as it looks, Iíd still recommend...
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    New Season, New Tires, New Thread

    If it keeps the Schwalbe trend of seriously understating weight, the 2.6 Supergravity would be well over 3 pounds actual weight! (Listed weight is 2.97 lbs) Yikes.
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    Is there anything you donít like about how they...

    Is there anything you donít like about how they handled the winter, or just trying something new?

    Just curious because it seems like the on the British forums the folks who ride in UK wet mud...
  24. PSA - Sick deal on a Pike 29" DPA 120/150, but it's 15 x 100

    A double-PSA:

    1) Bikewagon is selling a brand new in box Pike 29" DPA 120/150, RCT3 Charger 1 damper, 15 x 100mm fork for $550 shipped. They have one in stock and I'm about to return the one I...
  25. want to borrow, rent, buy Ė beater 29" front wheel 15 x 100 (non boost)

    Does anyone here have an old beater 29″ front wheel, 15 x 100 (non boost), that I can borrow/rent for 2-3 months, or buy off you for cheap? With or without tire is okay, tube-only or tubeless is okay...
  26. Not to mention MTB capital of the Southwest! And...

    Not to mention MTB capital of the Southwest! And who knows maybe theyíll start digging Brionhead skiing one day ...

    Great advice thanks, Iíll be sure to have her wear her teddy bear bike helmet...
  27. Yeah but the MVP has a stiffer continuous flex...

    Yeah but the MVP has a stiffer continuous flex from underfoot through the tip and tail while the BC is a touch more clown shoe shaped and in flex, so the 187 MVP will ski much larger than the 180 BC...
  28. 2018-19 Praxis Skis Info and Resource Thread

    More thoughts for you 3pin,

    I donít want to scare you about the 180 BCís feeling ďtoo smallĒ - the #3 flex and veneer will help keep the ski stable, as the BCís core profile is pretty progressive...
  29. 2018-19 Praxis Skis Info and Resource Thread

    That BC is going to ski a LOT smaller than the MVP. Itís only got something like 115cm of camber contact, and the dual radius tip splay makes the front feel really short and only elongate as the ski...
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    I canít speak for beaver but if I had a 2015...

    I canít speak for beaver but if I had a 2015 Reign and was running a blown out single barrel Monarch on it, Iíd say an old Fox Van R Coil with the right spring weight and a fresh damper service would...
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    Shock question

    Does that Trance have the same i2i and stroke size as Beaverís 2015 Reign??? ;)
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    Yeah, thatís a great route if you canít find a...

    Yeah, thatís a great route if you canít find a cheap takeoff. I mainly recommended the above on basis of being able to find cheap OEM takeoffs in the proper length and tune.
  33. Youíre probably an Ibis medium with a 40mm stem ;)

    Youíre probably an Ibis medium with a 40mm stem ;)
  34. Anyone with time on Ibis Ripmo and Santa Cruz HTLT?

    Just some random thoughts:

    -An AF GX Build retails for $4300 and the wheelset isnít as good as Smmokanís demo. I9 hubs are the shit! For whatever reason the Ibis build selector doesnít offer...
  35. Did you see smmokan is selling his RipMo builds...

    Did you see smmokan is selling his RipMo builds for $4k?

    Also, XL frame and Supermodel 159 do not compute to me. I rode a Supermodel 159 (three to be exact) over the years but I fit a Medium bike...
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    Hey, their folding bike multitool with...

    Hey, their folding bike multitool with chainbreaker I first bought 16 years ago has always been a very well engineered and built product!!!

    Also their founder Colin Esquibel started a cool wheel...
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    Iíve had both the XTs and the XTRs. The XTRs are...

    Iíve had both the XTs and the XTRs. The XTRs are noticeably more solid. However my XTs were stolen so I couldnít do a side by side.

    But meter and lightranger will be able to!
  38. Cool. Just consider that youíre not gonna have...

    Cool. Just consider that youíre not gonna have the same consistency and supportability in Tahoe 3D backcountry snow that varies with every 300í of vert, so youíre not gonna be constantly pressuring...
  39. What a great build and great deal. Thankfully...

    What a great build and great deal.

    Thankfully Iím unemployed and can use the old, ďmy wife will kill meĒ excuse. And yes, she will notice the difference between this RipMo and my green Bronson ;)
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    Shock question

    What shock size? What factory tune?

    Those numbers seem high to me. What part of Canada are you in? Seems like you need to find a better shop that really knows how to service shocks and forks.
    ...
  41. 7-years later BUMP! I'm wondering why both...

    7-years later BUMP!

    I'm wondering why both manufacturers and market are slowly trying to kill off dial-travel-adjust forks. It's now somewhat difficult to find certain Dual Position Air builds of...
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    Supposedly the main difference between XT and XTR...

    Supposedly the main difference between XT and XTR isn't weight, but feel and precision machining/assembly.

    The XTR gives such a solid "click" engagement feeling when I step in. Have spent plenty...
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    Too embarrassed on my behalf to admit these are...

    Too embarrassed on my behalf to admit these are blingy XTR trail 9020ís that needlessly cost wayyy more than the XTs? ;)

    Actually the new 9120 XTR Trails available now look like they have a...
  44. Looking for drivable warm weather mountain bike destination

    Evdog nailed it.

    And donít underplay NorCal. It can ride amazingly in mid November with perfect weather. UC Santa Cruz, Soquel Demo / Nisene Marks, Annadel SP, Henry Coe, Camp Tamarancho, Napa...
  45. WTB Touring Setup for PNW/Tahoe Area

    Having never skied them - but having extensively toured around Tahoe for 10 years before moving to Oregon - Iíll say donít worry about the weight on those Atomics and jump all over that.

    For 7...
  46. ^ Yes, agree. Then next step on the fork: If...

    ^ Yes, agree.

    Then next step on the fork: If you are blowing through travel but have to add so much air to avoid bottom out, that (a) you're too high in the fork's stroke most of the time or (b)...
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    The way my life is right now, I'll be lucky to...

    The way my life is right now, I'll be lucky to get 400 miles on this bike between now and May when we go into dry season! Sad life of an internet skiing/biking full time dad ...
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    Replace that thing with an Aggressor. Iíve been...

    Replace that thing with an Aggressor. Iíve been really happy with it for a rear.
  49. Fair. I just think on a totally new setup you...

    Fair. I just think on a totally new setup you donít want to get too deep into suspension until you really have fit setup and ergonomics dialed. And we donít know if the OP has done all that.
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    Of course! But I do promise to report my...

    Of course!

    But I do promise to report my completely irrelevant experience in an overly biased manner, and to also remain self righteously indignant when I eventually replace this setup with a...
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