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04-16-12, 12:02 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 400
Posted By Hocam

They steepen the seat tube to fit fatter tires...

They steepen the seat tube to fit fatter tires and suspension travel with the bigger wheels and the same wheelbase compared to a 26. That puts more weight on the front end which can be a good thing...
04-10-12, 01:08 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 683
Posted By Hocam

I have a fuel ex8 for going on a year, no...

I have a fuel ex8 for going on a year, no cracking or slope in the pivots yet. I ride pretty rocky stuff but no jumps, weigh around 180.
04-05-12, 09:08 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 790
Posted By Hocam

Totally application driven. A full...

Totally application driven.

A full suspension frame could be made out of concrete and not feel much different than Al or steel or whatever. You've got pretty huge shock absortion so the...
03-14-12, 12:48 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,375
Posted By Hocam

What are you riding? Tires are very specific to...

What are you riding? Tires are very specific to conditions.
03-13-12, 09:15 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,375
Posted By Hocam

Assuming everything functions correctly and...

Assuming everything functions correctly and generally meets your riding needs (ie suspension travel, fit, etc) I'd say brakes and tires. Wheels are probably third.
02-27-12, 06:43 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 6,646
Posted By Hocam

^^ Glad to hear your garage was ok.

^^ Glad to hear your garage was ok.
02-26-12, 04:18 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 6,646
Posted By Hocam

Calfee is well known in roadie circles (aka...

Calfee is well known in roadie circles (aka carbon circles) for doing carbon fiber repairs. I don't know offhand of any aluminum shops that will weld cracked frames though.


/still won't be...
02-20-12, 09:42 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 310
Posted By Hocam

I love the threads that will inevitably end in...

I love the threads that will inevitably end in someone buying a bike online that they either won't be able to to assemble, won't fit, or is not what would suit them. All of this because it's X%...
02-16-12, 04:08 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 8,219
Posted By Hocam

Don't think I have the same model you're talking...

Don't think I have the same model you're talking about but my hydration pack goes up to 100 oz. and has a chest and a belly strap. I usually fill it to 30 oz and have plenty left over for an hours...
02-15-12, 12:22 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,062
Posted By Hocam

Couple-o-things: 1-Rotational weight has way...

Couple-o-things:

1-Rotational weight has way less influence than people want to claim. In fact so does non-rotational weight. It's really just manufacturer marketing trying to sell you more...
02-14-12, 08:18 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,375
Posted By Hocam

I think there's a big gray area between in riding...

I think there's a big gray area between in riding on smooth dirt roads/trails vs. letting loose with fat knobbies and suspension over roots, rocks, drops, jumps, etc.

Call it whatever you want,...
02-10-12, 12:13 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,084
Posted By Hocam

Yeah definitely try it. Chemical toe warmers...

Yeah definitely try it.

Chemical toe warmers are always a good last resort.
02-10-12, 09:10 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,084
Posted By Hocam

Ah, see I ride hills and little tiny mountains,...

Ah, see I ride hills and little tiny mountains, nothing long enough to get cold on the way down of. Are your shoes too tight? It sounds stupid but if you tie them too tight you'll reduce blood flow...
02-10-12, 09:00 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 631
Posted By Hocam

Size Large and up I assume?

Size Large and up I assume?
02-09-12, 06:48 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,084
Posted By Hocam

-5 degrees c?? That's almost shorts and...

-5 degrees c??

That's almost shorts and t-shirt weather! At that temp I have a thin zip up fleece over a t-shirt and thin long underwear underneath hiking pants. The only important part is...
02-08-12, 01:53 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 280
Posted By Hocam

Oh sure, do it the easy way.

Oh sure, do it the easy way.
02-08-12, 12:23 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 280
Posted By Hocam

You can't use a threadless headset because the...

You can't use a threadless headset because the fork steerer is too short for a stem so you still have no way to hold the bearing preload.

You might be able to find another 1 1/8" threaded headset...
02-08-12, 10:36 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 712
Posted By Hocam

10 bucks says the bike is going to be too big and...

10 bucks says the bike is going to be too big and it'll come in the mail and you won't be able to put it together yourself or will break parts trying.
02-06-12, 07:00 AM
Replies: 4,411
Views: 300,780
Posted By Hocam

Northern California is friggin beautiful. If...

Northern California is friggin beautiful. If you're not too far away the King Range has some excellent looking trails. I say looking because I saw them but didn't have a bike.

The mechanic at my...
02-04-12, 08:37 AM
Replies: 3,201
Views: 1,389,525
Posted By Hocam

Norway rocks! I've XC ski'd around Oslo but have...

Norway rocks! I've XC ski'd around Oslo but have yet to mountain bike there.

Nice bike too!
02-03-12, 07:01 AM
Replies: 4,411
Views: 300,780
Posted By Hocam

Debating buying some studs so I can hit the local...

Debating buying some studs so I can hit the local ice rink/trails at night during the week...

Thoughts?
02-03-12, 07:00 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,165
Posted By Hocam

I think you lose way more time braking on sketchy...

I think you lose way more time braking on sketchy descents than you gain by not adding 1-2% of your total body and bike weight for a mountain bike or suspension.
02-02-12, 12:04 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 753
Posted By Hocam

235866

235866
02-02-12, 09:22 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 753
Posted By Hocam

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02-02-12, 08:50 AM
Replies: 4,411
Views: 300,780
Posted By Hocam

I don't think you would need to drop your saddle...

I don't think you would need to drop your saddle on a 29er, the wheel size is so much bigger you would just roll right off that stuff and not even notice it.
02-02-12, 07:52 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 753
Posted By Hocam

^^ First you ride clipless, then you wear...

^^

First you ride clipless, then you wear spandex, then no one talks to you.
02-01-12, 07:53 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,018
Posted By Hocam

I came for the Danny Mac videos, left...

I came for the Danny Mac videos, left disappointed.
01-31-12, 02:33 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 698
Posted By Hocam

Training isn't required to race... Do you...

Training isn't required to race...

Do you mean to win? That's a different question.
01-30-12, 12:51 PM
Replies: 4,411
Views: 300,780
Posted By Hocam

Normally I'm on XC ski's this time of year but...

Normally I'm on XC ski's this time of year but the snow drought has me still on the bike.

I did my first real snow ride yesterday, everything from the odd dry patch to 1-3 inches of granular...
01-30-12, 12:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 895
Posted By Hocam

You may find that a firmer saddle is actually...

You may find that a firmer saddle is actually more comfortable than a very soft saddle (less chafing). It also takes a little time to toughen up the nether regions.
01-27-12, 03:11 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,242
Posted By Hocam

Thanks for the fork adapters!

Thanks for the fork adapters!
01-27-12, 11:47 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,242
Posted By Hocam

I know, I just wanted to hijack the thread for my...

I know, I just wanted to hijack the thread for my own selfish purposes.

Bolt ons are nice if you always have a 15mm wrench.
01-27-12, 10:36 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,242
Posted By Hocam

My only concern with the 15mm axles is whether...

My only concern with the 15mm axles is whether they'll still work with my car's roof rack... I have one of those Yakima racks you take the front wheel off for with a 9mm solid axle/QR that goes...
01-24-12, 11:36 AM
Replies: 3,201
Views: 1,389,525
Posted By Hocam

I had to cut the stock bontrager post down on my...

I had to cut the stock bontrager post down on my Trek Fuel to get it low enough for a trip to a downhill bike park here in NH.

Did I mention I crashed? A lot?
01-23-12, 03:35 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 678
Posted By Hocam

I find cup an cone hubs to loosen up with time on...

I find cup an cone hubs to loosen up with time on rough trails. Kind of annoying because your disk brakes squeal when the hubs are loose, and the races get beat up. Never had that problem with the...
01-23-12, 06:38 AM
Replies: 170
Views: 7,601
Posted By Hocam

Like many I came to MTB from road, even did some...

Like many I came to MTB from road, even did some road and track racing. So I initially treated mountain biking like road biking in terms of clothes and bike setup.

I found other people on the...
01-08-12, 01:42 PM
Replies: 3,201
Views: 1,389,525
Posted By Hocam

The guys at Spooky are awesome if you ever get up...

The guys at Spooky are awesome if you ever get up to Western MA, big ups for having a frame.
01-08-12, 01:41 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,253
Posted By Hocam

Thanks all, always nice to have a place to get...

Thanks all, always nice to have a place to get fresh ideas. Even if some of them involve donating money to financial institutions.
01-08-12, 01:33 PM
Replies: 153
Views: 60,665
Posted By Hocam

Most brand new cross bikes come with brifters so...

Most brand new cross bikes come with brifters so the cable pull won't work out for V-brakes. You need to pull more cable with a V brake than with canti's. On MTB brake levers there's a little cam...
01-08-12, 08:41 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,253
Posted By Hocam

r e a d t h e w h o l e t h r e a d

r e a d t h e w h o l e t h r e a d
01-08-12, 07:18 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,253
Posted By Hocam

I forgot about the RLC conversion, that might...

I forgot about the RLC conversion, that might happen later in the winter if we ever get some snow and I go full XC ski mode.

I definitely have not outgrown my 5" FS bike, and doubt I will for a...
01-07-12, 02:13 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,253
Posted By Hocam

There is a lot of angst attached to my LOL. ...

There is a lot of angst attached to my LOL.

I'm going to my LBS to discuss my problem with them, since obviously they won't tell me to give my money to a bank.
01-07-12, 07:42 AM
Replies: 153
Views: 60,665
Posted By Hocam

I do everything to my bikes and still suck at...

I do everything to my bikes and still suck at adjusting cantilevers. In 2007 I bought a cross check frame set and built it up for touring and commuting, went with V-brakes (full size brakes and...
01-07-12, 07:33 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,253
Posted By Hocam

Can push do much with an Float RL fork?

Can push do much with an Float RL fork?
01-07-12, 07:31 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,253
Posted By Hocam

While I'm impressed with the general moral...

While I'm impressed with the general moral righteousness of everyone, there seems to be a misunderstanding, see my previous post:



This is money that I earned but was not paid, it was not...
01-06-12, 08:39 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,253
Posted By Hocam

Good god people stay on track! Bank error was a...

Good god people stay on track! Bank error was a metaphor (and a monopoly reference), it was a payroll error where they weren't paying me what they said they were paying me until I checked finally. ...
01-06-12, 06:19 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,253
Posted By Hocam

Yeti sounds cool but the nearest dealer is 2,000...

Yeti sounds cool but the nearest dealer is 2,000 miles away so I've never ridden one. Also the geo is the same as my trek on their 5 inch bike, just a better suspension pivot.

The wheels are...
01-06-12, 02:47 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,253
Posted By Hocam

Rich man's problem here

Situation: You have a mostly stock 2011 Trek Fuel ex8 (Shimano SLX, elixir 5 brakes, Fox 120mm RL fork, RP2 with DCRV shock). Bank error in your favor, you’ve got $1000 burning a hole in your...
01-06-12, 09:07 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 328
Posted By Hocam

Just picked up a contintental x-king for the...

Just picked up a contintental x-king for the front and mountain king for the rear, both 2.4x26" and am loving them. I haven't ridden/don't ride in straight up mud but they do great in wet rocks and...
01-05-12, 06:36 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 801
Posted By Hocam

So you're asking whether a bike not built for...

So you're asking whether a bike not built for trails (wrong geometry), with rims not meant for trails but with tires that are meant for trails will hold up ok?

If you're a ninja on the rough stuff...
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