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Reply to new here just got my first mtb 3/2/2015 8:04 PM

I started out full rigid and U-btakes back in "88. It doesn't matter where you start, only how much fun you have. Strive! And you're girlfriend too. Doubly so.

Reply to new here just got my first mtb 3/2/2015 6:53 PM

Welcome to mountain biking where all wheel sizes are welcome. I love the all work and no play top cap. I've got a couple of the "Cheap, light, strong, pick two." caps from Bontrager. Gotta find some of those. You'll soon figure out that you want more ... more »

Reply to Old Man's Awesome Skill 3/2/2015 6:38 PM

That's the elusive "High speed stability" that all of the bike companies seem to be striving for. Personally, I'd rather be able to turn on a dime and be strong enough to be able to go straight at high speed. That's just me.

Reply to Sprocket guard thing 2/26/2015 8:53 AM

Congratulations! You've just lightened your bike. As long as your front derailleur is properly adjusted, there's no need for that, unless you ride in long pants I guess.

Reply to Upgrades 2/24/2015 8:07 AM

I don't know if I'd bother going all the way to carbon, as it's quite expensive. Some basic aluminum bits will serve you fine. The thirty inch range is where most people are ending up with. Perhaps paired with a 50mm stem?

Reply to Upgrades 2/23/2015 7:52 AM

I generally feel that the stem and handlebars should be the first upgrade to consider on any bike. It does the most to make a bike fit you and feel right. I'd start by annoying other riders by asking to feel their bars so that you can find the sweep, ... more »

Reply to Wyn bests Graves? Wow! 2/22/2015 6:11 PM

Thanks for that and yes, Wow! Win or lose!

Reply to 29er Single Speed 2/22/2015 6:09 PM

Single speeding is sink or swim. All or nothing. Nobody likes to be seen walking a bike. So run if you must.

Reply to Good Karma Survey 2/21/2015 7:16 PM

Donner.

Reply to 29er Single Speed 2/21/2015 7:12 PM

I should clarify that I used to be a climbing lover. I've done thirteen miles of just up on many occasions in the past and that bike would have been great fort that. But it was always for the downhill, which would beg more. If you're not in a big hurry, ... more »

Reply to 29er Single Speed 2/21/2015 6:02 PM

I wish I could help you with first person knowledge, but I've never ridden a rigid niiner. But from science, if you're coming from a 26" rigid, the niner will be smoother and faster rolling, but a little harder to steer. On the single speed angle, I've ... more »

Reply to Post Office Jumps to Finally Close, February 2015 2/17/2015 7:51 AM

From what I've heard, the county is on board to help build a new spot. They're just working on finding the right spot. The Office shall rise again!

Reply to Mountain Bikers don't read books? 2/15/2015 6:30 PM

Will do Sir. I have $50 Amazon Bucks burning a hole in my pocket from the Holidays.

Reply to Post Office Jumps to Finally Close, February 2015 2/15/2015 7:35 AM

So, is there an actual date set for a final jam/party/barbeque before the bulldozers roll in?

Reply to 2015 Racing Rumours - MTB Musical Chairs 2/14/2015 7:28 PM

Yes Sir, quite silly. Personally, I don't obey silly laws. So, lets revolt!!! How about all of the industry teams just give up their industry status and just send all of their riders to the World Cups with a fresh bike and a pocket of cash as privateers. ... more »

Reply to Need help! 2/13/2015 6:55 PM

Sorry. I was distracted by the syndicate news. By "Trail Geometry" they probably mean "Now it has a more fun and stable, slacker head angle than we used to make." The slightly smaller wheels will be a bit stronger as a system and a bit livelier on the ... more »

Reply to 2015 Racing Rumours - MTB Musical Chairs 2/13/2015 6:45 PM

Thanks Kathy and Spomer. Lead from behind Syndicate! You can have louder parties in the back of the pits!

Reply to Need help! 2/13/2015 6:33 PM

Let's just start back at the beginning. Give me some time to look them up.

Reply to 2015 Racing Rumours - MTB Musical Chairs 2/13/2015 6:27 PM

Yeah... Does this mean no Syndicate team at all on the World Cup? Or is it no more fancy team privileges like they've enjoyed in the recent past? If the prior, is there time and is it possible for three world class athletes to find new rides or just ... more »

Reply to Rampage course idea. 2/8/2015 5:36 PM

I went back and looked at some videos of people hitting the canyon gap. They're definitely landing side hill on a ledge or fire road. The hill to the right isn't as steep as I was hoping, so no "Massive" step up, but there's still a lot of momentum coming ... more »