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Old 09-04-09, 05:15 AM   #1
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I may not know art, but I know what I like:

Not really about art, but the quote fit. I've been spending most of my MTB time this year on a 1 X 9 bike that I built for relatively flat trails. There are a couple of bad sections, but I'm not too proud to walk up when the 32/32 low gear fails me. There was only one sharp edge on the bike that bothered me. I had installed a SRAM X.7 push/push shift lever back during the original build and I never got used to it. To be fair, I have spent years riding with SRAM twist grip shifters (X.9 and X.0) and even have them installed on my flat bar road bike.

Well, to make a long story short, changed over to a brand new X.9 twister last weekend and..........you guessed it, happy again. Many of us have favorite pieces of equipment that we have adapted to over the years. I guess this is one of the advantages of building my own bikes. I get to try lots of different things.............and then I get to go with what I like....
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Old 09-04-09, 06:47 AM   #2
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Many of us have favorite pieces of equipment that we have adapted to over the years. I guess this is one of the advantages of building my own bikes. I get to try lots of different things.............and then I get to go with what I like....
I absolutely agree! And the nice thing about being addicted to bicycles is that it's comparatively affordable. Personally, I hate twist shifters but I'm not the person that bike is designed to make happy.
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Old 09-04-09, 07:37 AM   #3
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Like you, I build and modify my own bikes. It sometimes amazes me how some people will put up with something they don't like about their bikes in stock configuration when it could so easily remedied by a simple part change.

I know what you mean about favorite parts. Suntour friction bar end shifters have found their way onto many of my road builds. I happen to like the push-push shifters on my SRAM equipped MTB, but to each his own.
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Continued in the spirit of change today. Up early to put a new front end on Dormouse. For a year and a half, I've been riding a rigid front end with a short fork and a very steep head angle. It made me a better rider because I couldn't take anything for granted. Today I put the Marzocchi EXR suspension fork back on and restored the bikes original geometry.


WOW


I had forgotten how fast you could go with a good fork. Minor ruts, don't hop them, just smash through. Traprock.......ha. I like it better this way. Thanks for the practice rigid fork, but this is super.

One more change to go. Dormouse is a 9 speed bike with an 11/32 cassette and a 32 chainring. While playing in the tough stuff, I've just run out of gear lately...........or perhaps I've run out of leg..........hmmm, must be gear. Anyway, sometime around the end of the month I'm going to put a 2 ring all mountain crankset 26/36 on and restore the front derailleur. The more things change, the more I come back to the normal setup. At least I've tried the others and know what I like.

Cowabunga.............1000 calories burned today.....
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