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    1. 07-26-2019 09:28 AM #1701
      Here's the new bars.........violating the big-ring and other photo rules, but whatever.**











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    3. Member Samson's Avatar
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      07-31-2019 10:14 PM #1702
      ^ That thing looks fast.

      On the other end of the spectrum, we have this ridiculous thing and the "road tires" that I bought for it. Why are the tan sidewall tires always the ones on sale? They're a bit tacky looking. But, then again, so is the bike.




      (yes, I realized that one was on backwards... oops)

      I have to say that these are the easiest tubeless tires that I've ever installed. Combined with Easton's awesome sealed rim beds (all rims need to be like this), they went on easily and inflated with a floor pump, valve cores and all. I haven't added any sealant yet, and they've held air for hours now. We'll see how they are tomorrow.

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      08-02-2019 04:46 PM #1703
      Shipped the Monocog to it's new owner.

      More money for Volvo money pit. Woot.

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      08-12-2019 12:29 PM #1704
      After killing my hands, upper body from racing a rigid fat bike decided it was now time to get a suspension fork. Since ill be running 27.5x4.5 studded tires in the winter, bought the Manitou Mastondon Comp EXT fork with 100mm travel. This is the only fat bike fork that will fit 27.5x4.5 or 26x5.05 tires. My summer setup are 27.5x3.8 with Minion FBF (Front) and Bontrager Hodag (rear)

      Ride - Feels almost like cheating. You just blow over rocks and you feel nothing. Take the F U line, just monster truck it. Awesome mid-stroke. Hard hits towards the top of the travel is a bit harsh might need to play with tire pressure or tokens. My first ride, I tied my PR on my local loop (over 40 attempts using full suspension) and feel I can push harder.



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      08-12-2019 01:40 PM #1705
      Bike looks great! I've been super happy with Manitou forks. Great value compared to RS and Fox.

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      08-15-2019 10:13 PM #1706
      Received my 1up roof carrier for the 244 today. The bike looks ridiculously high up there.

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      09-09-2019 01:26 PM #1707
      Recently, I was tempted to buy a new CX/gravel/drop bar bike/frame that can take big tires. A 2020 Crockett, specifically. I soon realized this was almost entirely due to the fact it came in a nice, bright color. When it came to being a bike for how I ride, it would likely be worse than what I currently have, and I'd sell it in 6 months. So in an effort to save a couple of grand and yet another "just buy what you really want, you idiot" from my wife, I bought some bright green bar tape, renamed the bike after my awesome and much-missed german shepherd that passed away a few months ago, and ordered a lime green seat post clamp. $40, and I think I'm good... even if I messed up the wrap job a tiny bit.



      I made the decals with waterslide paper and a laser printer. It's not the most durable thing in the world, but it works for now. It already looks worn enough to match the rest of the frame. I'll probably do die cut vinyl eventually.

      Edit - I also took off those ugly and slow-rolling Vittorias and swapped the Havens for EA90 XCs and the tried and true Fast Trak/Renegade.
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      09-19-2019 06:16 PM #1708
      Patched a flat during coffee break.

    10. 09-19-2019 06:19 PM #1709
      https://imgur.com/SacMF7d

      got this bike up and running. Picked up the Zonda wheels used off Ebay for a steal.

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      10-15-2019 09:28 PM #1710
      3D printed a presta adapter when I discovered I didn't have one after replacing an inner tube.


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      01-07-2020 11:32 AM #1711
      ^ Pretty cool. Did it work well?

      I finally caved and bought non-tubeless tires for my bastard bike. I didn't feel like spending $70-$80 each on 700x50 tubeless slicks. Instead, I opted for $22 each Conti Contact Speed e-bike tires. They're narrower than I'd like (43mm) and look really out of place, but I don't care. It's great, and aside from gearing limitations in certain situations, has totally made my road bike obsolete. I'm debating getting a 42t chainring (has a 40t now) or even 2x, but I'd rather stick with 1x. It needs more top end, though I'm not sure spacing the ring out even more to make the 42t fit is a good idea.



      Like I said, it looks a bit dumb. I still have the 2.0 Fast Trak/Renegade combo for gravel on the other wheelset. Looks better and works better there.



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      01-14-2020 08:45 AM #1712
      Setup the Niner Jet 9 RDO into Mullet Mode - 29x2.35 business up front, 27.5x2.8 party in the back.
      After two rides, my thoughts: A blast on the downs, bike super slack 65.5 degrees. Having the 29er up front makes the bike track real good but the small back almost gets the bike to oversteer, drifted a bunch of times. Tons of fun on fast non-technical downs.
      Does not climb well due to seat tube and headtube slacked out and lowers the bottom bracket so much I need to keep my shock in firm mode. So if I was riding a park that had nice mellow doubletrack climbs to get to fun downs, will likely use this setup. Stick to 27.5 Plus or all 29 for 90% of my rides
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    14. 01-23-2020 03:20 AM #1713
      I rode my bike for only 2 miles today. I got a call from home that a package I ordered arrived. So right now I'm taking some rest because I just finished installing protaper handlebar that I got earlier. I might replace the wheels this February and I'm saving up for it.
      Finally installed my new set of wheels and tires. It's going to be a nice year for driving.

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      02-02-2020 02:24 PM #1714
      Misjudged my width and smacked the wire basket of my grocery getter against a pole. Had to bend the hook back to shape. Oh well, at least I didn't buy any eggs.



      Quote Originally Posted by Samson View Post
      ^ Pretty cool. Did it work well?
      Thanks. The 3D printed valve adapter worked pretty well in a pitch. It's pretty convenient to have a 3D printer.

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      02-03-2020 11:47 AM #1715
      Quote Originally Posted by dr_spock View Post

      Thanks. The 3D printed valve adapter worked pretty well in a pitch. It's pretty convenient to have a 3D printer.
      I've been tempted. It would be fun to make custom light mounts, at least when it comes to bike stuff. I imagine it's useful for all sorts of stuff around the house.

      I swapped the skinny, tubed Contis for some wider, non-tubed Somas (48mm Shikoros). They ride much better, but again, why can't somebody make a not ridiculously expensive wide tubeless slick that isn't skinwall? I'm not paying $80 each for a Compass, and the Schwalbe option is supposed to last about 50 miles before disintegrating. I was hoping the sidewalls would be darker like they are in photos online, but whatever. The bike is going to look goofy regardless.


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      02-05-2020 02:16 PM #1716
      That looks great! Have you considered maybe a faster rolling more gravel type multi terrain tire?

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      02-06-2020 08:11 AM #1717
      Quote Originally Posted by A1an View Post
      That looks great! Have you considered maybe a faster rolling more gravel type multi terrain tire?
      Thanks. I have had good luck with the 1.95 Renegade S-works on pretty much every surface. I think they actually roll faster than the Shikoros (and weigh about 200g less per tire). They're just hard to find and a little noisy, plus pavement wears them out really quickly. I took the Shikoros on a short gravel ride the other day. A little sketchy in the turns, but that keeps things interesting. I'm not sure how well they'll hold up though... that one ~20 mile ride cut up the tread a bit.

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      02-07-2020 09:17 AM #1718
      Vittoria is releasing a cx/gravel tire with their Mezcal tread pattern on it this year (if not already). A friend of mine has used the MTB version on a lot of those multi terrain bikebacking races and says they are excellent rollers on concrete. Noise will be there but I suppose it's a trade off for having good off-road grip.

      My Maxxis Rambler has about 1900 miles on it and it's finally about time to replace (photo below). Been super happy with it's performance and longevity considering how much road it is exposed to. My front Ravager still looks hardly worn at 1900 miles.

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      02-07-2020 10:08 AM #1719
      Impressive wear. Why is it that Maxxis tires always ooze sealant like that? Every one that I've owned (TR casing) has done it after a while, anyway.

      I have the Mezcals in a 2.6, and I agree... great tires on pavement. I like them better there than on the dirt. They are pretty quiet and get up to speed quickly. With the Somas, I made the assumption that slick = fast on pavement, but that doesn't really seem to be the case. We'll see. Maybe the Shikoros are sensitive to tire pressure, or maybe they're just sluggish feeling tires.

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      02-07-2020 12:22 PM #1720
      These didn't start leaking like this until I rode some really trashy unimproved single track last year. They never seem to seal but never really loses air either so I've just continued to ride it until it needs to be replaced.

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      02-07-2020 03:27 PM #1721
      Quote Originally Posted by A1an View Post
      My Maxxis Rambler has about 1900 miles on it and it's finally about time to replace (photo below). Been super happy with it's performance and longevity considering how much road it is exposed to.
      I really like the Ramblers--light, fast rolling, and great grip, but they just didn't hold up well for me. I slashed three of them on the gravel around here before I called it quits using them for a rear tire. I still have one on the front though, and I'm rocking a Specialized Pathfinder on the rear that is pretty awful for grip but smooth riding and seems to be fairly durable.

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      02-22-2020 10:42 PM #1722
      I personally made the call - Winter is over in New England. Not banking on anymore snow. Pulled off the 27.5x4.5 fat bike setup and swapped in 29x2.35 on new WTB i29 wheels. Fat bike in dry hardtail mode til October!
      Yet this evening noticed we had major snow events in mid-March last 3 years....so maybe im a dumbass
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      03-10-2020 09:53 PM #1723
      New tires and cush core. Now if the damn trails would dry up!

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      03-11-2020 10:04 AM #1724
      Quote Originally Posted by B3passatBMX View Post
      New tires and cush core. Now if the damn trails would dry up!
      I really need to try a cush core insert. My back wheel takes a beating since my bike is a hardtail, I just have to swallow my inner weight weenie pride and do it.

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      03-12-2020 05:22 PM #1725
      Not today, but installed a dropper post a few days ago and finally had a chance to try it out today, albeit on-road and not off-road. Bought a used Rockshox Reverb last year but after buying it (and the bleed kit, and installing the thing) discovered it leaking both air and oil, rebuilding it looked like a PITA and not exactly cheap, so went back to a fixed post for a while. Browsing classifieds found a 2020 take off Specialized Command Post IRcc, perfect fit on my Stumpjumper and cable actuated. Wish I had gotten one sooner, coming down a steep hill it's so nice being able to drop the seat out of the way. Can't wait to really put it through its paces on some trails.

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