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Added a comment about video NEW BIKE DAY! Unboxing the $4,000 Canyon Torque CF 7.0 8/16/2018 7:36 AM

@anotherbikerguy yeah dude. The big brands aren’t direct to consumer. They pack their bikes to be assembled at a bike shop by skilled mechanics with an arsenal of tools. Canyon, YT and the likes are sold and shipped direct to consumer, you literally only need to tighten a couple bolts and you are ready. Its like comparing apples to oranges at this point. Yeah, like jeff says below, its not foolproof but these bikes really take 10 minutes out of the box before you can ride them. They are assembled and tuned by a mechanic at the factory before they go in a box...

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Liked a comment on the item A Better XTR? Vital Rides the New Shimano M9100 Group in Crested Butte 7/26/2018 9:28 AM

Agree, Saint is due. That said, the current Saint derailleur and crankset are so damn reliable and bomb proof I feel the only major improvement would be in the weight category.

Added a comment about feature A Better XTR? Vital Rides the New Shimano M9100 Group in Crested Butte 7/26/2018 9:27 AM
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SRAM released XX1 and X01 Eagle groups concurrently

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Liked a comment on the item A Better XTR? Vital Rides the New Shimano M9100 Group in Crested Butte 7/26/2018 9:06 AM

Everyone has their own opinion about what the best drivetrain is—that's essentially what Shimano determined, they asked a whole bunch of racers what they wanted and determined there was no ONE unanimous winner so they created a couple options to satisfy a broader range...more

Added a comment about feature A Better XTR? Vital Rides the New Shimano M9100 Group in Crested Butte 7/26/2018 8:57 AM
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Ok, true, but does anyone running high end product even want a front derailleur? How many XC pros are running 2x drivetrains, much less the enduro crowd? It just seems like bragging rights about something no one wants, just to say "hey we have it, the other guy doesn't." Many many new frames aren't even able to mount a front derailleur, so its beyond me why a company would design a new system for it. I thought we were getting to the unanimous point of evolved 1x systems that make front derailleurs obsolete.

Also, doesn't it seem mornonic for Shimano to say "we don't think 12x drivetrains are necessary because of x, y, and z. But we made one anyway."?

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Added a comment about feature A Better XTR? Vital Rides the New Shimano M9100 Group in Crested Butte 7/26/2018 8:42 AM
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"While SRAM seems resolved to only offer 1X drivetrains on its high-end kits, Shimano is pushing choices" seriously? NX Eagle, full kit under $400, and uses your existing 9-speed Shimano freehub. Even Shimano couldn't design a 12x that fit their old freehub. Sure there are different casette and derailleur options, but only one pricepoint if you want to go with Shimano for 12speed. Choices would have been to release all the way down to SLX 12 speed with the XTR. SRAM trickled down from the highest tier XX1 Eagle to the lowest mountain groupset in 2 years. I won't be holding my breath for a Deore 12x drivetrain. Shimano has been playing catch up for years. No doubt their product is stellar when they finally release it, but they're stuck in the past.

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Added a comment about feature From the Workbench: At-Home Tubeless Conversion 11/1/2017 10:53 AM
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sounds like you're making this way more complicated than it needs to be with the contact adhesive and heat guns and all that. keep it simple. I've had the best luck with the DT swiss tape, but the stans stuff works pretty good too. the key with real rim tape is to tension it as you place it on the rim. I usually have the wheel on the ground and pull vertical with about a 2 foot section of the tape off the roll, keeping the tape pretty tight as i lay it on the rim bed. making sure you are using the correct width tape for the rim is also important. you don't want any tape rolling up onto the sidewalls of the rim. The stans youtube instructional video on going tubeless shows what I'm talking about as far as tensioning the tape as you lay it. Its a bit tricky to start, but if you get about a 4 spoke overlap, having a bit of loose tape to start isn't a big deal. IMO gorilla tape is not the way to go, its too sticky and will gum up your rims making changing the tape a huge hassle.

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Added a comment about feature From the Workbench: At-Home Tubeless Conversion 11/1/2017 12:03 AM
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often the max pressure of the tire is much greater than the max pressure the rim is designed to take. check your rim specs before you just go blasting up to 60 psi. My DT Swiss XM481 rims for example have a max pressure of 45ish psi.

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Added a comment about feature From the Workbench: At-Home Tubeless Conversion 11/1/2017 12:01 AM
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sharp exacto blade has always worked fine for me. how do you cut "too far" if you're using the valve hole as a guide? I cut a circle out of the tape for the valve to pass through, I've had issues with the X method not sealing.

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Added a comment about feature From the Workbench: At-Home Tubeless Conversion 10/31/2017 11:59 PM
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been doing tubeless for years, never had to do this, ever, had tape last for several tire changes. I assume you're cleaning your rim with rubbing alcohol and a clean lint free rag before your first install?

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Added a comment about slideshow First Look: 2013 Kona Bicycles Launch 9/18/2012 7:58 AM
First Look: 2013 Kona Bicycles Launch

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Added a comment about slideshow Ridden: SRAM's XX1 Drivetrain - Simply Incredible 9/18/2012 7:56 AM
Ridden: SRAM's XX1 Drivetrain - Simply Incredible

35mm bars are tits. I put a set of havoc carbon bars on my dh rig and the difference is huge, even over the haven carbon bars. i bet they stay around. i'd put another pair on a different bike thats for sure

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