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10/29/2020 11:35 AM

Dextreme wrote:

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TOGS - I've only ever seen XC people with these things, but I run them on my enduro bike specifically ...more

So regardless of where you fall on Sram vs shimano holy war, how can you blame SRAM for a brake line failure? Wouldn't any brake fail if the hydraulic line was compromised? Or was it something in the brake piston itself that failed?

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10/29/2020 1:57 PM

As a Shimano brake evangelist, I must admit my SRAM codes and guide REs that came on my last 2 bikes have been perfectly functional.

Top tip: stay 1 number of gears less than the current maximum. I rode 10speed 11-36 cassettes until 2 years ago, now on 11speed 10-42 (removed a 12speed group that came with my bike, it was absolutely trash SRAM nx). Other than tyres, these are the most frequently replaced parts, staying 1 gear behind saves you massive amounts of money, and quite a bit of weight/dollar. Also other than matching shifter + cassette, you can mix and match all other components (i.e. chainring, chain and cassette) with little to no performance impact. Overall bike weight does not matter much, but cassette weight in particular can really help a bike feel more playful.
Furthermore: shorter derailleurs hit less rocks, smaller chainrings also, I had never topped out my 30 tooth chainring on a trail.
There are almost only advantages to riding smaller cassettes if you have the fitness to get up steep hills in tough gears.

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10/29/2020 4:03 PM

This might warrant a new thread but has anyone tried the Vorsprung Secus yet? I saw the Luftkappe mentioned upthread and I love mine but really intrigued by the Secus

Upgeraditis is real folks, talk to your doctor about it.

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10/29/2020 7:09 PM

As someone who has zero volume reducers in their 170mm Fox 36 and still can't get full travel, I'm thoroughly curious about the Secus. Steve at Vorsprung is playing it unusually close to the vest with HOW the Secus works, but it sounds like it opens up the lower leg air space and increases lower leg air volume, thus reducing the buildup in air pressure in your lowers. If that's how it works, that's exactly what I'd like to see with mu current 36. Right now it runs more sag than I'd like and still runs into a wall 2/3's of the way through the travel, with zero reducers. LAME.

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10/29/2020 9:29 PM

pinkrobe wrote:

Worst:
Maxxis Aggressor - sucks for climbing, doesn't stop well, should have gone with a Minion SS, 'cause at least it can ...more

Kelz87 wrote:

Which Guides were you using? I have the RSCs and thought about switching to Magura MT7s. I’ve had pistons stick twice to where ...more

I've used RE and RSC. Underwhelming. I've heard good things about Magura, but the price....

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Hung over, off the back.

10/29/2020 9:35 PM

dolface wrote:

This might warrant a new thread but has anyone tried the Vorsprung Secus yet? I saw the Luftkappe mentioned upthread and I ...more

I have terrible GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome).

I'm tempted to put a Secus on my 36, but it's 96% dialled, so maybe I just suffer once in a while for a few minutes at a time? If I get a new bike, then it makes sense.

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Hung over, off the back.

10/30/2020 2:22 AM

Eoin wrote:

As a Shimano brake evangelist, I must admit my SRAM codes and guide REs that came on my last 2 bikes have been perfectly ...more

I agree with you on the keeping to 11 speed instead of 12 for money and smaller cassettes and derailleurs are lighter and less prone to getting damaged. That said for where I live a 30/50 gear ratio isn't enough. Since there aren't 60tooth cogs yet I have to run a 22/32 chainrings with a 15-52 cassette (11 speed cut down to 9) to be able to make most of the ridiculous climbs over here. I'd rather pedal uphill than push.

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10/31/2020 5:02 AM
Edited Date/Time: 10/31/2020 5:04 AM

TEAMROBOT wrote:

As someone who has zero volume reducers in their 170mm Fox 36 and still can't get full travel, I'm thoroughly curious about ...more

Nah, it's a negative spring thing. "enlarged negative air spring chamber delivers a soft, supple initial stroke for ultimate small bump compliance"
as for what's inside the can, no idea on that one.

One guess is some sort of IFP that bottoms out partway through the travel, so the negative chamber volume is effectively reduced to increase support. Setup manual talks about pressing some button "Midstroke support valve" so would make sense to be equalizing the 2 chambers? I have no idea really. I see some small humps in the spring curve, dunno if that means anything. Photo

Quick glance at installation manual, i see a new foot nut needing to be installed that has a hole in the side. maybe i'm completely wrong. i wonder if it would be so stupid if it used lower legs air volume as negative chamber volume...
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I think the best solution to your problem is a good old fashioned metal spring instead of these newfangled air "springs" :D


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i, too, enjoy eating dirt

10/31/2020 11:35 AM

Best mod...put a Bosch CX motor in a mtb.

Worst mod? Need a chairlift to use your mountain bike.

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11/10/2020 3:00 PM
Edited Date/Time: 11/10/2020 6:52 PM

Avalanche damper kit. I've had one in my coil sprung boxxer for a few years now and it's amazing, Whistler bike park washboard is nearly nonexistent, all I feel is a gentle vibration. I just put one in my Lyrik with the hybrid coil and the FvAT/HSB valve. The difference from the Charger damper and stock spring is unreal, the improved mid stroke support is dramatic. Small bump sensitivity is better than the charger damper but not quite as good as the AVA set up in my boxxer, but I think that's probably due to the HSB, but the trade off is how supportive it feels hitting bigger jumps. Unlike with the stock internals I don't have to crank my LSC up and run too much air anymore to compensate for the lack of support, it just stays high in the travel but still soaks up the chatter.

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11/10/2020 7:46 PM

Old-schoolNW wrote:

Avalanche damper kit. I've had one in my coil sprung boxxer for a few years now and it's amazing, Whistler bike park washboard ...more

i've been doing my best not to buy one for a while now.... want that hybrid coil z1 !

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i, too, enjoy eating dirt