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    Is that true for 12x150? I think that is the...

    Is that true for 12x150? I think that is the reason to move to 157.

    Agreed 10,000% on your final sentence. This is a no-brainer. 157 is better than 150, but even 150 is vastly superior to a...
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    You have obviously not held a 12mm through axle...

    You have obviously not held a 12mm through axle in your hands. Quick release is only 9mm at the very ends. The middle part, the part supporting your 300 lb of tandem humanity, is more like 4mm.

    Go...
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    Lots of detail here: 2016 Axle Standards, Part 1:...

    Lots of detail here: 2016 Axle Standards, Part 1: Rear 148mm Thru Axle Coming Fast & It?s About More Than Just Better Wheels

    Of course, they are talking about it as it relates to MTBs. You can...
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    Hmm, looking at the OP's avatar and bikes, I...

    Hmm, looking at the OP's avatar and bikes, I wonder if this is for a tandem?
  5. Definitely file tread. I forgot to mention...

    Definitely file tread. I forgot to mention something important about my Vittoria XG Pro tires: they were a gift. :lol:

    If I had paid for them, I'd be riding something else. The tread they have is...
  6. Unlike your thread title, none of the tires you...

    Unlike your thread title, none of the tires you mentioned are actually slicks. You did comment on the fact that the fastest ones have file tread, which work great on hardpack and dirt roads which...
  7. It doesn't take much deflection on a bent hanger...

    It doesn't take much deflection on a bent hanger to cause problems. Shops use an alignment tool, because eyeballing can be tricky.

    Glad to hear it's sorted out now.
  8. Thread: Boardman MTB

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    I didn't know Boardman was making MTBs, to be...

    I didn't know Boardman was making MTBs, to be honest. It looks pretty good for $813.

    In order to get the sizing right, you could check the published geometry and compare to bikes you have ridden.
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    I've had two sets of BB7s; one is still on my CX...

    I've had two sets of BB7s; one is still on my CX bike and I love them. The other set went to my BIL and he likes them a lot, also.

    I can't vouch for the rotors, either, as I bought both of my BB7s...
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    Normally backsweep is in the 8-9 degree range. So...

    Normally backsweep is in the 8-9 degree range. So I think Doug was saying that the Kona bar was a bit flat.

    I'm currently using an Answer Protaper carbon AM 720 flatbar. In googling for it, I saw...
  11. hmm, it could be bent. does it go into the...

    hmm, it could be bent. does it go into the smallest cog when there's no tension on the RD cable?

    what's your full list of parts you're using? derailleurs, cassette, shifters, cranks, chain.
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    :lol: I have a 1990-ish Trek 830 with cantis...

    :lol:

    I have a 1990-ish Trek 830 with cantis and they don't compare to newer v-brakes even with new, good quality pads. But maybe being 25 years old has something to do with that...
  13. Wait. I can't believe I didn't mention this...

    Wait. I can't believe I didn't mention this before -- I'm blaming a lack of coffee. I'm properly caffeinated now and much sharper. :D

    ...When you say the rear derailleur is bent, how did you...
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    Both of these require that trails are overgrown...

    Both of these require that trails are overgrown and neglected. If you stick to mainstream trails with a lot of traffic and regular (probably volunteer) work to trim them, this won't be an issue...
  15. Unfortunately the shift indexing is different...

    Unfortunately the shift indexing is different between SRAM's 9 and 10 speed rear derailleurs. So you'd have to swap the shifter as well and downgrade to 3x9, and use a 9 speed chain. That would be...
  16. Thread: MTB Tire ?

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    I read a lot and see what locals are using. I've...

    I read a lot and see what locals are using. I've been interested in the Ardent Race for a while now and I've heard great things about it.

    Maxxis has made great tires for a long time, but only the...
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    But the problem is that hardtails have been...

    But the problem is that hardtails have been pushed down in price so much relative to the rising component costs, that almost no hardtail bikes come with even an entry-level trail ready fork. (I think...
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    ^^ any 10 or 11 speed group is going to be solid...

    ^^ any 10 or 11 speed group is going to be solid today. Deore has always worked fine, it's when you get down into the stuff like Altus or Acera that things are a little wonky and a lot heavy.
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    Shadow is rear derailleur with a roller clutch,...

    Shadow is rear derailleur with a roller clutch, which helps minimize chain slap and dropping it. Shadow plus is the newer version of it. Equivalent in SRAM will be type 2, or type 2.1. They work, I...
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    Depends on your local market. Around here, that...

    Depends on your local market. Around here, that bike would not last for a day on CL at $180. But most likely someone would be commuting on it rather than taking it to the trail...

    I wouldn't put...
  21. Thread: MTB Tire ?

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    Interesting. What made you guys so anti...

    Interesting. What made you guys so anti Bontrager? Or is it anti Trek?

    Just curious.


    Bought a new rear tire yesterday-- my Michelin Wild Racer Advanced doesn't look like it is even going to...
  22. Thread: MTB Tire ?

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    I feel the same way. I rode my dad's bike and his...

    I feel the same way. I rode my dad's bike and his Rocket Ron shoulder blocks tore off when cornered aggressively on hardpack or loose-over-hard. I felt a little bad about it, since he doesn't corner...
  23. By published ETRTO numbers, the 27.5 bead (584)...

    By published ETRTO numbers, the 27.5 bead (584) is 4.5% larger than 26 (559).

    To find mounted tire height & width, you have to read test reviews. I've never seen such a review show that a 27.5...
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    Yes, and it bears mentioning that it is...

    Yes, and it bears mentioning that it is Rockshox's cheapest air fork. So, IMHO, if people want to upgrade they should consider something better still. Manitou Marvel or Minute, for example.
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    I am not sold on the Suntour OEM trade-in...

    I am not sold on the Suntour OEM trade-in program, but if you get a new bike with a Suntour XC-series and decide that you want to replace it, you certainly have a variety of options. I replaced a...
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