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03-14-19, 08:50 AM
Replies: 26
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Posted By Maelstrom

"Can" is very different than "Is it as capable"...

"Can" is very different than "Is it as capable" than "is it worth it"

Trails I ride, I CAN ride a hardtrail but likely won't. Too rough, and creates some limiting factors. In my younger years, I...
03-04-19, 09:33 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,013
Posted By Maelstrom

Anything is possible. I have a slew of friends...

Anything is possible. I have a slew of friends that live there and ride. I just never make the trek. I really should take some more time there in the future. :)
03-04-19, 09:32 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,194
Posted By Maelstrom

Ride whatcha ride. :) I have 20 years on...

Ride whatcha ride. :)

I have 20 years on flats. I have tried spds on my road bike and even switched to flats. I maneuver my feet too much I guess. :)
03-04-19, 09:30 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,522
Posted By Maelstrom

Sorry always mixing up the "Midwest" of US...

Sorry always mixing up the "Midwest" of US politics vs Midwest geographically. When I ride in texas, my fuel would be perfect. The trails tend to be more flowy and less gnar. I haven't really run...
03-03-19, 07:15 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,522
Posted By Maelstrom

So does the fuel. Its obnoxious how low it is. I...

So does the fuel. Its obnoxious how low it is. I have the 27+ model in xl... pedal strikes are required. Its difficult to use in technical terrain. It ended up being a requirement of my next bike to...
03-03-19, 07:13 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,013
Posted By Maelstrom

Cool offering squamish is gorgeous. :) I would...

Cool offering squamish is gorgeous. :) I would daresay the best (at least some of) the best riding in BC. If I have any US friends coming up for a tour I will keep you in mind.
03-03-19, 07:11 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,194
Posted By Maelstrom

I am not sure I agree with the "not as good"...

I am not sure I agree with the "not as good" statement. lifelong flat pedaller, and yes ex dhiller, and I have no problems with control at speed, or in rough stuff and I ride in almost every...
03-03-19, 07:03 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,194
Posted By Maelstrom

Yep... yep and yep... cannot recommend these...

Yep... yep and yep... cannot recommend these enough. They are literally amazing.
03-03-19, 07:00 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 808
Posted By Maelstrom

Sedona Mountain Bike Festival

So I had the opportunity this year to visit Sedona for my birthday, and in fact will turn this into a yearly visit. Had a fantastic time with my family, got in some good rides. Mostly stuck to the...
03-03-19, 06:41 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,690
Posted By Maelstrom

It would be a great way to learn what steep is...

It would be a great way to learn what steep is pretty fast. Welcome to mountain biking, here is a rock face... :)
03-03-19, 06:40 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,690
Posted By Maelstrom

Whistler won't be open in April. The goal for the...

Whistler won't be open in April. The goal for the mountain is to usually dig out lower mountain for a may 24 opening. Some of the xc stuff will be available lower in the valley, but they have had a...
Forum: Foo
02-04-19, 05:32 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,760
Posted By Maelstrom

and PS, bed bugs suck... be happy you haven't...

and PS, bed bugs suck... be happy you haven't gotten them yet.
Forum: Foo
02-04-19, 05:32 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,760
Posted By Maelstrom

This is a bigger question. Wifi is generally easy...

This is a bigger question. Wifi is generally easy to explain, although people don't necessarily care. Small 100 room hotel made of mostly wood - wifi costs 25k max to install. Large resort 4 star...
01-19-19, 09:51 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,109
Posted By Maelstrom

I have a thule, not hitch mount and my xl bike...

I have a thule, not hitch mount and my xl bike has no sway. If I went hitch I would like go to north shore racks. Hard to beat and easily fits all sizes.
01-19-19, 09:50 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 904
Posted By Maelstrom

Pinkbike is the best in my area, by a large...

Pinkbike is the best in my area, by a large margin.
01-14-19, 09:50 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 332
Posted By Maelstrom

I either transfer or buy multiple pedals. I Can't...

I either transfer or buy multiple pedals. I Can't go back to a small platform and won't wear SPD's (except on my indoor trainer).

Besides, I absolutely LOVE these pedals so its well worth it to...
01-14-19, 09:14 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 872
Posted By Maelstrom

I have some fond memories of that lineup. Rode a...

I have some fond memories of that lineup. Rode a number of them over the years when I lived in Whistler. 650ish canadian seems steep based on the year of the bike. However see my note at the bottom...
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01-10-19, 04:07 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,760
Posted By Maelstrom

Staying in an airport hotel, this can happen...

Staying in an airport hotel, this can happen since the airlines are legally allowed to interfere with the cell signal in their immediate area. I have noticed this as well in major international hubs...
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01-10-19, 04:04 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,760
Posted By Maelstrom

I should note, the resort fees I am aware of,...

I should note, the resort fees I am aware of, have always been optional. You don't need to buy into it. So maybe fee was always the wrong way to reference it.
Forum: Foo
01-10-19, 03:59 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,760
Posted By Maelstrom

:)... I understand. Resort fee was an answer, at...

:)... I understand. Resort fee was an answer, at one point, to people that hated paying for extras (aka nickle and diming) but didn't pay the higher rates. So you would get the comp rate at 150$ and...
Forum: Foo
01-09-19, 06:35 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,760
Posted By Maelstrom

Personally, I generally stay in hotels around the...

Personally, I generally stay in hotels around the 150$ mark. 3 start limited service but higher end. (so not super 8, but generally not Westin either). I always... everytime look for hotels where I...
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01-09-19, 06:33 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,760
Posted By Maelstrom

I work in the hotel industry and have for 20...

I work in the hotel industry and have for 20 years (specifically in the tech space), and let me tell you this is a point of contention. For both sides. It is LITERALLY 50/50 with people complaining...
01-08-19, 02:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 442
Posted By Maelstrom

For downhill and other more.. sketchy disciplines...

For downhill and other more.. sketchy disciplines this could be more useful than fulltime armour. Of course the sheet physical movement of someone riding DH or freeriding might cause it to inflate,...
01-08-19, 10:25 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 873
Posted By Maelstrom

In general you want to avoid saving weight on...

In general you want to avoid saving weight on equipment. Most bikes will support your weight. Since you don't mention the type of riding, its tough to say what will be suitable. As a clydesdale at...
01-08-19, 09:23 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,146
Posted By Maelstrom

Thank you :) The key is to randomly yell at...

Thank you :)

The key is to randomly yell at yourself "no brakes". It helps remind you that brakes are the enemy in wet conditions. I haven't seen snow yet, so its just been rain wetness for me...
Forum: Foo
01-07-19, 09:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 395
Posted By Maelstrom

PC no... downhill domination for the sony rocks...

PC no... downhill domination for the sony rocks socks.
01-07-19, 09:48 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 829
Posted By Maelstrom

Do you have shorter legs? Shorter cranks may make...

Do you have shorter legs? Shorter cranks may make sense. Another advantage on a MTB would be less pedal strikes.

Crank length like most items on the cockpit have to be personal choice. My cockpit...
01-07-19, 01:47 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,146
Posted By Maelstrom

Haha i didn't even notice how close that came. In...

Haha i didn't even notice how close that came. In the end I regretted not wearing my shin pads. Ended up with a long scratch on my left inner shin.

Everything was slimy so quickly realized I...
01-07-19, 10:55 AM
Replies: 121
Views: 3,984
Posted By Maelstrom

Never distance. Too hard to judge what a 20k ride...

Never distance. Too hard to judge what a 20k ride on technical single track will feel like. Time generally since that is what is most limited, taking into account my drive to the trailhead.
01-07-19, 10:54 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 803
Posted By Maelstrom

As a non road rider, Zwift actually creates...

As a non road rider, Zwift actually creates useful goals. Something... interesting. I am used to trees flying by my face. Honestly Zwift gives me the training, netflix keeps me on the bike, and my...
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01-07-19, 10:47 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 747
Posted By Maelstrom

I would agree. On both counts. Happily not...

I would agree. On both counts.

Happily not wearing the blue star anymore haha
01-07-19, 10:10 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,146
Posted By Maelstrom

My Version of slippery when wet. Lots of rear end...

My Version of slippery when wet. Lots of rear end sliding on the wood obstacles. :)

https://youtu.be/RmBFgLbF9Qw
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01-07-19, 09:55 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 1,553
Posted By Maelstrom

I am looking forward to an immersive VR system....

I am looking forward to an immersive VR system. Not just goggles, or hand waving or some weird ass treadmill. Some companies have toyed with it, but none have hit the market at a consumer level IMHO....
01-07-19, 09:39 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,146
Posted By Maelstrom

That looks like perfect riding weather :). Almost...

That looks like perfect riding weather :). Almost what we ride year round. I was just out riding the past few weeks and barely stay upright on the wood work. Its the time of year when going slow(er)...
01-05-19, 01:48 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 816
Posted By Maelstrom

Shimano make them, I have a set, they are narrow...

Shimano make them, I have a set, they are narrow though. I only use them for my trainer at this point since I ride flat exclusively.
01-03-19, 10:00 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 887
Posted By Maelstrom

Its not even close I don't think. Specialized in...

Its not even close I don't think. Specialized in the past few years have had an interesting side window to the shock. Also the shock sits in the front triangle, not out of the rear. You can also tell...
01-03-19, 09:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 799
Posted By Maelstrom

Good review. That does explain the extreme...

Good review. That does explain the extreme pricing. I would love 7mesh, but I enjoy my son more. :)

They have some great mountain bike gear, would love to try sometime for sure. good to hear a...
01-03-19, 09:09 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,156
Posted By Maelstrom

I believe so. Also the direct pull vs the giant...

I believe so. Also the direct pull vs the giant loop suited dh quite a bit more imo. There was also something about the ratio, 1x1 to 2x2 of shimano. That lingers in some dark spot in my old memory....
Forum: Foo
01-03-19, 11:16 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,583
Posted By Maelstrom

Agreed (although cutting the cord in Canada isn't...

Agreed (although cutting the cord in Canada isn't very viable) prime has easily paid for itself as a total service. Not to mention deliveries.
01-03-19, 11:06 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 27,701
Posted By Maelstrom

Zombies :)

Zombies :)
01-03-19, 11:01 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,156
Posted By Maelstrom

Pick what you like/prefer. But honestly you would...

Pick what you like/prefer. But honestly you would likely have to shoot me to get me off of GX at this point. I love the bigger range with single ring and couldn't imagine going back to a 2x. The two...
12-23-18, 08:16 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 779
Posted By Maelstrom

Thank you, that's good to know, I had assumed...

Thank you, that's good to know, I had assumed they were connected. Now that you have mentioned it, I have two boost bikes with two different width rims, should have clued in.

Merci
12-21-18, 04:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 773
Posted By Maelstrom

Yes possible, you lose some range. I do know...

Yes possible, you lose some range. I do know there is a way to extend the range on a normal cassette but that would be a bit more cost. I had a "mountain ring" mounted to mine to give me a little...
12-21-18, 10:33 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 779
Posted By Maelstrom

Wider hub allows for wider rims, which suits the...

Wider hub allows for wider rims, which suits the newer bigger wheels. (as your wheels get bigger, they need a bigger base) From a pure conjecture POV, I have been able to ride, relatively...
12-21-18, 07:55 AM
Replies: 134
Views: 9,731
Posted By Maelstrom

I don't know about US, I buy most of my stuff...

I don't know about US, I buy most of my stuff stateside because of how cheap it is.

In Canada the price is seriously jacked up by chain supply. The company facilitating parts brought into Canada...
12-20-18, 09:54 AM
Replies: 134
Views: 9,731
Posted By Maelstrom

Has Shimano pulled out from all of the online...

Has Shimano pulled out from all of the online retailers? Or just the ones who undercut MSRP? While I love cheap parts, Apple, for example, does this all the time. They will only sell if you don't...
12-20-18, 08:29 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 996
Posted By Maelstrom

PS I am not personally invested in any brand. I...

PS I am not personally invested in any brand. I used to think the same thing of SR Suntour (eg. Garbage)… but their high end stuff is quite good for sprung forks :)

As for rockshox, I don't love...
12-20-18, 08:26 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 996
Posted By Maelstrom

SR Suntour has a great loaner program you could...

SR Suntour has a great loaner program you could try some of their higher end stuff out. Not sure about modern marz but their high end endure single crown was a pound lighter than my old z150. Doesn't...
12-19-18, 05:39 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 996
Posted By Maelstrom

Just curious, do you live in Europe? I only ask...

Just curious, do you live in Europe? I only ask because SR Suntour and Rockshox have great support in US and Canada. I only speak to the higher end ones. SR Suntour I was close to buying since you...
12-19-18, 03:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 779
Posted By Maelstrom

How heavy are you, how aggressive are you? How...

How heavy are you, how aggressive are you? How much do you cause deflection in your rims now?

Those will tell you if boost is needed. I warp wheels just by looking at them funny so boost is a...
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