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06-13-06, 03:51 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,761
Posted By nav

Why must you have the '07 Shimano shifters? What...

Why must you have the '07 Shimano shifters? What does it do for you that the '06 wouldn't? If you're going to be holding off on purchasing anyway, I suppose that's fine, but if you're going to wait...
06-13-06, 03:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 501
Posted By nav

Think of it visually. If the chain is at a large...

Think of it visually. If the chain is at a large angle compared to the chainrings and cogs extra pressure will be put on the chain and the chainring/cog teeth that it connects and disconnects from....
06-01-06, 07:53 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,286
Posted By nav

Agreed. (Oh, and while we're at it: I have a pair...

Agreed. (Oh, and while we're at it: I have a pair of 5050XXs on the my Komodo, also, for the last some-odd months; I don't really care for my new clipless shoes at all.)
05-25-06, 06:22 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 794
Posted By nav

If you think a mountain bike is upright, a hybrid...

If you think a mountain bike is upright, a hybrid generally has an even more upright position. Of course, stem size and angle and handle bars can always be adjusted to fix sizing issues to a degree....
05-24-06, 07:38 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 794
Posted By nav

I tried a hybrid for a bit. My conclusion: tries...

I tried a hybrid for a bit. My conclusion: tries to do it all and fails at everything. The geometry was awful for both on and off road and the wheelset and a couple other components were meant for...
05-19-06, 11:32 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 532
Posted By nav

Being the genius that I am, during a large...

Being the genius that I am, during a large thunderstorm a while back when I was at work, I decided that I'd go outside to see if I could see the tornados that were being mentioned some-odd miles...
05-17-06, 11:24 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 319
Posted By nav

The Racer-X is a Horst-link four bar design (with...

The Racer-X is a Horst-link four bar design (with extra consideration given to stiffness in that far rear pivot, if you listen to the Titus marketing). No, I have never ridden one, so I'm not much...
05-07-06, 11:24 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,087
Posted By nav

For just the frame.

For just the frame.
05-01-06, 08:26 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,306
Posted By nav

I sold an absolutely brand new (I literally never...

I sold an absolutely brand new (I literally never rode it, I just bought it due to a can't-pass-up deal; when I realized I'd never ride it, I sold it) 2004 Specialized FSR XC Pro Disc last year for...
04-29-06, 08:41 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,306
Posted By nav

You can get a good hardtail for $500 (US) new (or...

You can get a good hardtail for $500 (US) new (or a crappy full suspension, but let's ignore that option).


What brands do your local bike shops (real ones, that is) offer?


The standard...
04-28-06, 08:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 642
Posted By nav

For low-volume/high-pressure forks, just...

For low-volume/high-pressure forks, just attaching a pump increases the pressurized volume enough to noticeably reduce the pressure. You should find a low-volume/high-pressure pump to use to set your...
04-28-06, 09:16 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,550
Posted By nav

The Tora 318 is motion control, the 302 is not....

The Tora 318 is motion control, the 302 is not. Both Tora 318 models (dual air and u-turn) have a lockout. The Tora 318 does use a coil U-Turn, so one side of the fork uses air and the other does not.
04-28-06, 09:04 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 733
Posted By nav

I'd change out the fork first. The Manitou Axel...

I'd change out the fork first. The Manitou Axel Elite weighs in somewhere around ~1900 grams. Changing to a nice but not lightweight fork would save you almost a pound and, more importantly (in my...
04-26-06, 11:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 301
Posted By nav

The red plates look kind-of pink on my set. Not...

The red plates look kind-of pink on my set. Not Chris King pink, but pink none-the-less.
03-23-06, 07:47 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,245
Posted By nav

They're made by whoever makes the designs for...

They're made by whoever makes the designs for KHS. Not to duplicate the work of others needlessly: a thread with pictures (http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=169503&highlight=cadillac).
03-22-06, 06:26 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 262
Posted By nav

Depends on your opinion. For a specific bike...

Depends on your opinion. For a specific bike there is only one way to install a X-Type crank correctly. One too many spacers and the crank won't spin smoothly (and will wear out your bottom bracket...
03-21-06, 01:18 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 8,299
Posted By nav

As pictured, my custom Jamis Komodo FX, using the...

As pictured, my custom Jamis Komodo FX, using the floor scale method, ~28 lbs. Hey, I don't use any really fragile parts, it's not the world's lightest frame (4-something lbs), and it's a coil/air...
03-20-06, 10:15 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 573
Posted By nav

But if you really want a new crank anyway... ...

But if you really want a new crank anyway...

The XTR isn't worth the price difference over the XT. The XT will be stiffer and it uses a normal chainring bolt pattern (so that you don't have to buy...
03-18-06, 11:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 416
Posted By nav

Sounds like a rather mediocre price to me based...

Sounds like a rather mediocre price to me based on the components. Not horribly bad, but not screaming good either. Fuji's website always lists over-inflated MSRP, so I'm not entirely sure of the...
03-18-06, 07:58 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 214
Posted By nav

I paid about ~$300 for my Hope XC hubs laced to...

I paid about ~$300 for my Hope XC hubs laced to Mavic XC717 Disc rims (32 Wheelsmith spokes and brass nipples all in black) from these guys...
03-16-06, 12:42 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 911
Posted By nav

Hydraulic shifting device...

Hydraulic shifting device (http://weightweenies.starbike.com/articles.php?ID=28). The author is a member of that forum and has a webpage somewhere, but I can't remember it off hand.
03-15-06, 08:49 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,333
Posted By nav

Anyway, to actually contribute something to this...

Anyway, to actually contribute something to this conversation:

The important thing with buying a first bike is buying it from a person or store that actually knows more than you. At a place like...
03-15-06, 08:45 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,333
Posted By nav

It's a bad picture, but I thought it was funny...

It's a bad picture, but I thought it was funny when I took it. Yes, it's of a Mongoose. Look harder if you don't see the funny part.
03-14-06, 09:27 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 522
Posted By nav

Once upon a time, there was a company called Amp...

Once upon a time, there was a company called Amp Research (actually, they're still around, but it starts better if I start the story like this). An employee of Amp Research, Horst Leitner, decided...
03-13-06, 11:30 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 496
Posted By nav

I have a pair of Specialized Hemisphere...

I have a pair of Specialized Hemisphere Armadillos that I use for commuting (although, I'll admit that I've taken them offroad for some pretty easy excursions once or twice due to laziness). I've...
03-13-06, 09:18 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 332
Posted By nav

A Cove Foreplay...

A Cove Foreplay (http://www.covebike.com/foreplay.html) maybe?
03-13-06, 09:13 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 496
Posted By nav

Slime seemed to work relatively well when I tried...

Slime seemed to work relatively well when I tried it a year ago. But it makes a huge mess (apparently it's water soluble, but it gummed up a cheap-o pump I used for it) and I could noticably feel...
03-12-06, 12:41 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 519
Posted By nav

I have full length brake housing front and back....

I have full length brake housing front and back. If your frame's cable routing makes it difficult to run full length housing, I probably wouldn't bother doing so. Instead, just change your housing...
03-11-06, 07:57 PM
Replies: 3,715
Views: 314,326
Posted By nav

Yeah, that's exactly what it's doing. If...

Yeah, that's exactly what it's doing.

If it's a point-and-shoot digital camera with no macro mode (a little flower symbol normally denotes the macro mode), hold the camera to your face (yeah, the...
03-09-06, 09:21 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,175
Posted By nav

Only some models have frames that are US-made....

Only some models have frames that are US-made. Many of Trek frames are Taiwanese or Chinese made. Not that that is necessarily bad or anything.
03-08-06, 09:29 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 837
Posted By nav

Some-odd years ago in the Denver area there was a...

Some-odd years ago in the Denver area there was a man who owned a warehouse that was being repeadedly burglarized. He rigged up a shotgun in a window. Soon after, the thief returned and was killed by...
03-08-06, 05:09 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,359
Posted By nav

The 2006 model has improved standover compared to...

The 2006 model has improved standover compared to the 2005 El Santo (and a much nicer paint scheme in my opinion). I don't know which he owned. I know I'd definately prefer a Blur if I was given the...
03-08-06, 03:32 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 715
Posted By nav

For some reason Specialized's site is timing out,...

For some reason Specialized's site is timing out, but luckily I have their 2006 catalog sitting next to me.

2006 Rockhopper base model:
Tektro rim brakes and levers.
SRAM 3.0 front derailleur,...
03-08-06, 02:33 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 715
Posted By nav

I'm of the opposite opinion. In this specific...

I'm of the opposite opinion. In this specific case (Manitou Axle Comp versus Rockshox J3): while the J3 isn't exactly high end, I'd still take it over the Axle Comp any day.

Before all of the '05...
03-06-06, 09:51 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,075
Posted By nav

I stopped using clear tape on my headtube because...

I stopped using clear tape on my headtube because when it wore through the top layer it caused a sticky mess; maybe my tape was defective ;). Electrical tape really does seem to last longer (lucky us...
03-02-06, 11:35 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 603
Posted By nav

Titanium chainrings normally are replacing...

Titanium chainrings normally are replacing aluminum chainrings, so they'll last longer. Steel chainrings should last even longer. Inexpensive disc rotors use steel for the entire rotor or at least...
02-28-06, 09:48 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,280
Posted By nav

The non-Horst four bar could be refered to as a...

The non-Horst four bar could be refered to as a linkage-driven single pivot. Look at the Astrix Solo or Monk (which actually have a real design and reason behind the extra linkage), it's kind-of...
02-26-06, 07:53 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 6,605
Posted By nav

I haven't heard of the bike or its manufacturer...

I haven't heard of the bike or its manufacturer before either. From what I found online, it seems like a bike more commonly found in Europe (mostly german registered websites turned something up). It...
02-25-06, 06:58 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,167
Posted By nav

According to what I've heard, "Dual Release" is...

According to what I've heard, "Dual Release" is apparently meant to be Shimano's retreat from Dual Control. It's like the old and familiar Rapid Fire but also allows (with appropriate trigger...
02-25-06, 08:26 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 439
Posted By nav

I've heard that the new Moment frameset (with the...

I've heard that the new Moment frameset (with the new rocker arms) is lighter than the '05 and older Truth framesets or at least roughly the same (I haven't seen numbers to prove this yet, so this is...
02-23-06, 12:37 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 2,307
Posted By nav

Everything Thomson makes is a work of machinist...

Everything Thomson makes is a work of machinist art ;). After having used single bolt seat posts in the past, a two bolt clamp is essential. Thomson seat posts have a textured exterior and won't...
02-21-06, 09:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 388
Posted By nav

As long as they're dry, my BB7s are as close to...

As long as they're dry, my BB7s are as close to silent as I could imagine them being.
02-21-06, 07:45 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 324
Posted By nav

As far as I'm aware, all modern front derailleurs...

As far as I'm aware, all modern front derailleurs use a 1:1 cable pull ratio. SRAM only makes one current front derailleur design (although it's available in a couple models), a high-mount top/bottom...
02-20-06, 10:09 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,044
Posted By nav

A couple brand new Blizzards ('05 closeouts,...

A couple brand new Blizzards ('05 closeouts, presumably) sold on Ebay recently. I thought about buying one (two were in my size), but I'm really trying to save up to pay off my ridiculous income...
02-20-06, 09:51 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 793
Posted By nav

I could be wrong, but I think you're refering to...

I could be wrong, but I think you're refering to the Hayes purchase of Sun Ringle (different entirely from SR Suntour).
02-19-06, 09:52 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,044
Posted By nav

Here's some more: Rocky Mountain Blizzard...

Here's some more: Rocky Mountain Blizzard (Reynolds 853), Cove Handjob (Columbus Custom, slack head angle), Cotic Soul (Reynolds 853, long travel), Banshee Scratch (mystery steel, pretty heavy duty,...
02-19-06, 02:20 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 291
Posted By nav

Oops, I think you're correct :).

Oops, I think you're correct :).
02-19-06, 01:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 291
Posted By nav

Personally, I wouldn't want an aluminum frame...

Personally, I wouldn't want an aluminum frame with an existing crack. Even if you fix the crack (say, if it's in the swing arm or something and you replace that) who knows how much abuse the frame...
02-18-06, 10:05 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 576
Posted By nav

It's simply just another Ebay scammer, likely...

It's simply just another Ebay scammer, likely through a stolen account. The auctions will be shutdown and the original owner given back his account eventually. These (attempted bike scams) are...
02-17-06, 10:02 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 863
Posted By nav

It only took one major crash (on my head and...

It only took one major crash (on my head and right upper arm; no broken bones, lots of blood and I couldn't really move my arm for a while) to convince me of the need of a helmet (I was riding the...
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