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10-29-15, 07:34 AM
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Posted By steve_cay

I have had the Suntour (recalled) and the RST...

I have had the Suntour (recalled) and the RST suspensions on the DS. The RST worked as ColdCase describes, I can lock it at any point in the travel, but it will always re-lock higher if the...
10-21-15, 01:25 PM
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Posted By steve_cay

I did not know about these ring locks, looks so...

I did not know about these ring locks, looks so discrete and convenient and always there! They even have an optional chain that plugs into it to secure it around a pole. Amazon sells the AXA, and a...
10-19-15, 07:55 AM
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Posted By steve_cay

A picture is worth a thousand words ;) ...

A picture is worth a thousand words ;)

http://i1318.photobucket.com/albums/t659/steve_cay/IMG_9966%201_zpsoez1jyzd.jpg
06-21-15, 08:39 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,677
Posted By steve_cay

Pretty much what everybody said. You want...

Pretty much what everybody said.

You want your front suspension locked on roads for efficiency. You will want it unlocked on trails to remove the buzz from the rough surface, make things more...
06-13-15, 06:05 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 6,356
Posted By steve_cay

Congrats overcoming that "non-locking fork"! Now...

Congrats overcoming that "non-locking fork"! Now the next step to FX'ing your bike is narrower tires ;). 32 should be no problem on your stock rims, and one forum member even went 25 on the stock DS...
06-10-15, 06:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,408
Posted By steve_cay

Congrats! I beleive choosing the right type of...

Congrats! I beleive choosing the right type of bike (I.e. A dual Sport), is more important than Trek vs Specialized vs Giant. The comparable models between good manufacturers are more similar than...
06-09-15, 05:12 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,882
Posted By steve_cay

Wanderer's suggestion often works. If not,...

Wanderer's suggestion often works. If not, loosen again, and eye the gap between the disk and pads ... Should be about 1mm on both sides. Center the caliper with your hand, while sighting the gap,...
06-09-15, 05:02 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,408
Posted By steve_cay

If your trails are nice hardpack, the FX can...

If your trails are nice hardpack, the FX can handle them, although the DS with wider tires and suspension will be more comfortable. If the trails are more of the loose dirt variety, with some roots,...
06-06-15, 11:09 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,176
Posted By steve_cay

Trek, Specialized, and Giant all use Suntour NEX...

Trek, Specialized, and Giant all use Suntour NEX fork, so I doubt they will be much different. Canondale uses RST and Headshok. Make sure fork has lockout, and preferably hydraulic instead of...
06-06-15, 10:47 PM
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Posted By steve_cay

Yes, I noticed that right away as well. ...

Yes, I noticed that right away as well. Especially how the Rove has exaggerated hydroformed shapely tubes at the rear triangle, vs the DS plain tubular ones.
06-06-15, 10:27 PM
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Posted By steve_cay

+2 on the lockout

+2 on the lockout
06-06-15, 09:22 PM
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Views: 2,484
Posted By steve_cay

LOL, why is everybody in the same boat (myself...

LOL, why is everybody in the same boat (myself included) !

Wives, typically being the lighter gender, I would guess 40lbs lighter on average ... should be like going from a heavy mountain bike, to...
06-06-15, 08:39 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,428
Posted By steve_cay

I love my hydraulic disc brakes, I admire the...

I love my hydraulic disc brakes, I admire the feel and stopping every time I use them!

And everybody knows that Carbon Black and Butadiene (used in making rubber) are listed carcinogens! So...
06-06-15, 08:24 AM
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Views: 600,554
Posted By steve_cay

My 2013 8.4 DS also weighs in at 28lbs (bathroom...

My 2013 8.4 DS also weighs in at 28lbs (bathroom scale subtracting my weight). My wife's Giant Rove (woman's Roam) weighed in at 30lbs for a smaller frame in the same style of bike, so the Trek's...
06-04-15, 07:47 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 18,398
Posted By steve_cay

Another option (if the Ogre does not work out),...

Another option (if the Ogre does not work out), is to get a "proper" locking fork, that was designed for these types of bikes. A Rockshox Paragon at the high end, or a Suntour/RST at the mid end. ...
06-02-15, 09:00 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,364
Posted By steve_cay

IMHO, the 8.4 is the sweet spot in the DS lineup,...

IMHO, the 8.4 is the sweet spot in the DS lineup, and if at all possible, spend the extra $$$ over the 8.3. As you discovered the hydraulic discs are really nice, 27 vs 24 speeds, and most of the...
06-01-15, 07:21 PM
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Views: 1,364
Posted By steve_cay

- Yes, Trek/Specialized/Giant are much like...

- Yes, Trek/Specialized/Giant are much like Chevy/Ford/Dodge ... Giant does give a bit more for the money, but they may cut back somewhere else (would that be like Dodge?). For example the Giant Roam...
06-01-15, 10:47 AM
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Views: 600,554
Posted By steve_cay

My 8.4 comes with the same Bontrager Evoke 1, as...

My 8.4 comes with the same Bontrager Evoke 1, as the 8.6. No issues, and I find it comfortable. I also seem to remeber a formal review, that said it was rather good for a stock saddle. But every...
06-01-15, 07:31 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,279
Posted By steve_cay

Hmmm ... I said earlier that I have never been...

Hmmm ... I said earlier that I have never been ridiculed or harassed ever ... But I also wear "mountain bike shorts" (which hide the tights with a layer on top), and bike shirts without logos. Could...
06-01-15, 07:25 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,289
Posted By steve_cay

Mine are very comfortable. My "junk" is not the...

Mine are very comfortable. My "junk" is not the smallest, and my bike shorts are not the most expensive!

Like many have said, go to the store and try different models and sizes. They should not...
05-31-15, 11:50 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 12,490
Posted By steve_cay

For all the people saying dieting is the only way...

For all the people saying dieting is the only way to lose weight, I have no trouble losing fat just doing more physical activity!

Simple, you consume so many calories a day, and burn so many. If...
05-31-15, 09:40 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 470
Posted By steve_cay

There are friction grips (cheaper ones), and...

There are friction grips (cheaper ones), and clamp on grips (better ones).

If it is friction, just twist it really hard and it will slowly move, or use the above trick. I have also heard...
05-31-15, 07:22 AM
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Views: 600,554
Posted By steve_cay

if you want roadability, trailability, comfort,...

if you want roadability, trailability, comfort, and a durable enjoyable bike that can handle almost everything ... The DS 8.6 sounds like a great choice. But if speed is your priority, you want the...
05-30-15, 04:46 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 472
Posted By steve_cay

Trek DS 8.4 Specialized Crosstrail Sport Disc ...

Trek DS 8.4
Specialized Crosstrail Sport Disc
Giant Roam 2

All these have Hydraulic discs, 700c, trigger shifter, front shock with lockout. You will need to by an adjustable stem quill for your...
05-29-15, 08:16 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,953
Posted By steve_cay

I would say you are in between and possibly...

I would say you are in between and possibly leaning towards the 17.5. Definitely try the 17.5 as well (make sure everything is adjusted right including seat fore/aft), and see which one feels right....
05-29-15, 08:05 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 989
Posted By steve_cay

Giant Roam 2 has: - hydraulic vs mechanical...

Giant Roam 2 has:
- hydraulic vs mechanical disc brakes (big difference).
- 27 vs 24 speeds.
- better Acera vs lower deraileurs.
- beefier 31.8 vs 25.4mm handlebars

Basically the Roam 2 seems...
05-29-15, 07:40 PM
Replies: 1,889
Views: 600,554
Posted By steve_cay

Hmmm ... In Canada Trek MSRP on 2015 8.5 is...

Hmmm ... In Canada Trek MSRP on 2015 8.5 is C$1249
8.5 DS - Trek Bicycle (http://www.trekbikes.com/ca/en/bikes/city/dual_sport/ds_series/8_5_ds/)

Yet Canadian LBS usually advertise their...
05-29-15, 05:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 773
Posted By steve_cay

Sorry, but you probably made a $500 mistake! I...

Sorry, but you probably made a $500 mistake! I doubt you will even be able to standover it, since it has a 31" standover. I am guessing your inseam is no more than 28-29" at 5'5. You would...
05-29-15, 01:07 PM
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Posted By steve_cay

re: your pic. At first I did not want a white...

re: your pic. At first I did not want a white bike, but it was the only discounted leftover bike from previous year that they had so "savings over colour". But now I am glad I got the matt white, I...
05-29-15, 05:09 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 10,372
Posted By steve_cay

No issues either, absolutely tight and solid. ...

No issues either, absolutely tight and solid. Not one small bolt holding it per say, rather one small bolt tightening one large clamp that holds it in place.
05-28-15, 07:38 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,279
Posted By steve_cay

I have to ask ... You folks that get...

I have to ask ...

You folks that get purposely run off the road, drinks and diapers thrown at you, yelled and screamed at, fingered and slapped and spat on from windows, homophobic slurs and...
05-28-15, 04:24 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 18,398
Posted By steve_cay

LOL, corrected! Must have been looking at my...

LOL, corrected! Must have been looking at my dirty shirt when writing that :)
05-28-15, 12:37 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,279
Posted By steve_cay

Yes, it is a running joke how ridiculously polite...

Yes, it is a running joke how ridiculously polite Canadians are. Then again I am from Quebec "a distinct society", a little less polite than those stereotype Canadians!
BTW the pickup truck had US...
05-28-15, 12:29 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 18,398
Posted By steve_cay

Aside from the weight, many of the issues are...

Aside from the weight, many of the issues are from going towards the lower end of the DS range. I have a DS8.4 (which I consider the sweet spot).

1) A lock-out suspension is a must to me (starts...
05-28-15, 12:05 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,279
Posted By steve_cay

I have never been pestered or hollered at while...

I have never been pestered or hollered at while biking alone, ever. But I don't get in peoples way, and probably don't look like a "target".

That being said:

When I bike with my daughter who I...
05-28-15, 10:26 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,000
Posted By steve_cay

$30 a week is worth, well $30 a week. Improved...

$30 a week is worth, well $30 a week.
Improved health and physical condition from cycling everyday, priceless!
Not to mention getting to work totally alert, and clear minded ... no coffee needed!
05-27-15, 10:29 PM
Replies: 1,889
Views: 600,554
Posted By steve_cay

How is this for a match! ...

How is this for a match!

http://i1318.photobucket.com/albums/t659/steve_cay/IMG_7544_zpsxcbsxkmu.jpg
05-27-15, 09:52 PM
Replies: 1,889
Views: 600,554
Posted By steve_cay

This is getting spookier limbot! Not only do we...

This is getting spookier limbot! Not only do we have the twin 2013 white/blue DS's with the same ergo bar ends (after we both did not like the bigger bar-ends) ... but just two weeks ago I bought my...
05-27-15, 03:35 PM
Replies: 1,889
Views: 600,554
Posted By steve_cay

Either could probably fit. Try em both, and see...

Either could probably fit. Try em both, and see which one feels best for you.
I am 5'9.5" / 31 / 69 and the 2013 17.5 fits me nicely, but I think I am at the upper end. Since you have a more of...
05-27-15, 05:44 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 16,578
Posted By steve_cay

The said sports store constantly runs promotions,...

The said sports store constantly runs promotions, like 15% off everything, 30% off all Deadora bikes, etc. (also bringing it close to mid US$500 levels if you are lucky). So while your price seems...
05-27-15, 05:05 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,261
Posted By steve_cay

I managed to get a higher end bike for my budget...

I managed to get a higher end bike for my budget on two LBS purchases in the last year. Saved ~$200 each, at two separate LBS's when they listed previous years models at big discounts. Both times...
05-27-15, 04:55 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 856
Posted By steve_cay

Look at Trek, Specialized, Giant and others...

Look at Trek, Specialized, Giant and others mentioned at LBS.

Schwinn (while good back in the day), is mostly department store low-end now.
05-26-15, 07:15 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 10,372
Posted By steve_cay

Our bikes are twins! I also had some...

Our bikes are twins!

I also had some standard metal curved horns in my hand at the LBS, that the sales guy recomended. Walked over to a Trek DS they had on the floor, held the bar ends to the...
05-26-15, 06:23 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 10,372
Posted By steve_cay

I heard those add on drop bars have to be placed...

I heard those add on drop bars have to be placed towards the inside (like your last pic). If placed on the outside like bar ends (as in your first few pics), it will be way too wide and just feel...
05-26-15, 06:19 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 13,084
Posted By steve_cay

That is pretty much exactly my regular ride as...

That is pretty much exactly my regular ride as well, with my Trek DS. If I had a road bike, I would have to stop at the trail. If I had a mountain bike, I would not much enjoy it on the road, or...
05-26-15, 04:00 AM
05-26-15, 03:45 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 16,578
Posted By steve_cay

Where I live, Deadora is sold by the local sports...

Where I live, Deadora is sold by the local sports store chain:
Diadora Firenze Comp - Equipment - Bike - Road bikes | Sports Experts...
05-25-15, 12:36 PM
Replies: 1,889
Views: 600,554
Posted By steve_cay

Yes, there is a small bump up in durability as...

Yes, there is a small bump up in durability as well as ride ability. But you are only talking one level up, so I don't think it is huge. That being said, my 8.4 has not needed repairs in the two...
05-24-15, 11:20 PM
Replies: 1,889
Views: 600,554
Posted By steve_cay

Shimano brakes are better than Tektro, and Deore...

Shimano brakes are better than Tektro, and Deore is better than Alivio/Acera.

How much better exactly? Hard to quantify.
Will you notice a difference? Depends how discerning you are. ......
05-24-15, 10:46 PM
Replies: 1,889
Views: 600,554
Posted By steve_cay

LOL, gpburdell is absolutely right! I bought a...

LOL, gpburdell is absolutely right! I bought a DS8.4, so I can play the "no" role. I found the 8.4 gave me everything I really wanted, including must have items that the lower versions do not such...
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