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11-04-18, 05:29 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 18,431
Posted By JonnyVain

Jenson is by far my favorite. They don't have...

Jenson is by far my favorite. They don't have quite the selection but EVERYTHING they list is in stock. And they are honest about product age (ie, tires) and put things on good clearance when...
11-04-18, 05:25 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 18,431
Posted By JonnyVain

I've purchased a couple things at Universal...

I've purchased a couple things at Universal Cycles. It's hard to tell what the selection is like vs Niagara, because Niagara had about 3/4 of their listed items out of stock.

I purchased a few...
11-02-18, 08:12 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 534
Posted By JonnyVain

Most closeout parts are going to be old tech. 9mm...

Most closeout parts are going to be old tech. 9mm hubbed wheels, 9x or maybe 10x drive. Good luck finding replacement parts in a couple years, if not already.
09-24-18, 02:49 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 210
Posted By JonnyVain

Got a response, everything is cleared up.

Got a response, everything is cleared up.
09-20-18, 09:06 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 210
Posted By JonnyVain

Works components

Seems a lot of people have purchased from them. Ever have an issue? I made an order over two weeks ago and have yet to receive a shipping notification. They responded to my email before i made a...
09-20-18, 08:59 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 489
Posted By JonnyVain

The idea is to go as wide as you can...

The idea is to go as wide as you can (comfortably) on the trails you ride.

​​​​​​I clip less stuff with wider bars due to better control.
09-20-18, 08:54 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,573
Posted By JonnyVain

Five tens are the #1...

Five tens are the #1 (https://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=1) choice. Personally i don't like a solid shoe, i want to feel the pedals. I wear Newbalance Ninimus 20...
09-03-18, 02:00 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,332
Posted By JonnyVain

Yep. I calculated 2 teeth difference over 90...

Yep. I calculated 2 teeth difference over 90 deg, which is exactly what it's advertised as (Absolute Black and Works).

Well I was right about one thing, this was an airplane on a treadmill type...
09-03-18, 01:03 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,332
Posted By JonnyVain

Yeah that's the point i was missing, that the...

Yeah that's the point i was missing, that the gear ratio change happens within and only within each 90 degrees rotation.

I'm honestly surprised i didn't think of that myself given that it's...
09-03-18, 11:16 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,332
Posted By JonnyVain

I just bought a cheap oval chainring from amazon....

I just bought a cheap oval chainring from amazon. Probably won't last on the trail but I'll be able to do some testing with it.
09-03-18, 06:40 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 521
Posted By JonnyVain

I've been down this road. My recommendation is...

I've been down this road. My recommendation is to ride as is on mild off road a few times. If you enjoy it, buy a new bike. don't start dumping money into that to try and make a trail bike,...
09-03-18, 06:36 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 449
Posted By JonnyVain

The question is, spend low $ on a crap bike and...

The question is, spend low $ on a crap bike and see if riding sticks before you splurge, or spend higher money on a nice bike and sell if you stop biking?

IMO you'll be less likely to enjoy...
09-03-18, 06:19 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,673
Posted By JonnyVain

Most bikes that price range will probably have a...

Most bikes that price range will probably have a Rockshox Recon.

Look for boost spacing and tapered steerer, and a 1x drivetrain. Also look for a modern geometry, ideally a head angle of 68...
09-03-18, 05:08 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,332
Posted By JonnyVain

Is that due to a change in gear ratio, or chain...

Is that due to a change in gear ratio, or chain slap? The chain is whipping up and down twice per rotation.

Same number of teeth per half.

Image screenshot from this video:...
09-02-18, 09:44 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,332
Posted By JonnyVain

Btw, if they actually do work, they would indeed...

Btw, if they actually do work, they would indeed not increase power or speed (ideal). They would actually decrease peak power and increase low power. This would benefit in two ways.

1. Decrease...
09-02-18, 09:26 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,332
Posted By JonnyVain

Oval chain rings are the "airplane on a...

Oval chain rings are the "airplane on a treadmill" of the bike world.

The whole problem with plane on a treadmill was that people got hung up on the wrong thing: namely, that if there is no...
09-02-18, 08:21 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,332
Posted By JonnyVain

You know, it would probably vary power output if...

You know, it would probably vary power output if the axle was not centered to the gear. Look at the 2nd picture down:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non-circular_gear

But that doesn't work with...
09-02-18, 07:41 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,332
Posted By JonnyVain

It was a joke. Absolute black chainrings... ...

It was a joke. Absolute black chainrings...

Yeah you get plenty of chlorophyll if you eat your veggies.
09-02-18, 06:56 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,332
Posted By JonnyVain

I think when you say "long axis", that doesn't...

I think when you say "long axis", that doesn't exist, or mean anything. The chain isn't being pulled by one link, it's being rotated. Long or short doesn't matter, it's overall radius, averaged...
09-02-18, 06:26 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,332
Posted By JonnyVain

Absolute green?

Absolute green?
09-02-18, 03:59 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,332
Posted By JonnyVain

Are oval chainrings a gimmick?

I'm usually pretty good at geometry and mechanical type stuff, but I can't wrap my head around the oval chainring. It seems like they're using basically an optical illusion to convince you it has...
06-30-18, 10:13 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 985
Posted By JonnyVain

Water Granola bar Phone use bug spray ...

Water
Granola bar
Phone
use bug spray

I think phone gps works even if you have no cell signal.

Try Meetup groups. Maybe some riding groups in your area.
06-30-18, 10:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 532
Posted By JonnyVain

https://youtu.be/WW87e4OIMjs Clip in give...

https://youtu.be/WW87e4OIMjs

Clip in give you control over the back of the bike. Tip your heels down over rough stuff and you won't slide off. But you can still come off them vertically on a jump.
06-08-18, 11:07 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,831
Posted By JonnyVain

Have you looked at facebook marketplace? Lots of...

Have you looked at facebook marketplace? Lots of bikes in our area.

Pontiac rec is tough on a hardtail due to being both fast and rocky. Otherwise most trails are fine. I was riding Highland on a...
06-08-18, 11:01 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,024
Posted By JonnyVain

Craigslist or Facebook marketplace. I'm not...

Craigslist or Facebook marketplace. I'm not really up on the 27.5 models.

Just make sure it's in good condition, note what might need replaced and the cost. You don't want to expect a ready to...
06-08-18, 08:44 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 404
Posted By JonnyVain

Put a 27.5 rear wheel on my 29er... great results

I'm 6' and purchased a used 2017 XL Trek X Caliber 7 (oversized for me). Swapped the 110mm stem for a 35mm. Overall it was better than my 2014 Hardrock, but it still felt like it was pushing me...
06-08-18, 08:28 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,096
Posted By JonnyVain

Does it have rebound adjustment? Contact...

Does it have rebound adjustment? Contact suntour. or your bike shop.
06-08-18, 08:25 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 529
Posted By JonnyVain

What type of riding? I like getting used at that...

What type of riding? I like getting used at that price. You may have to put in some work tuning. I got a 2017 trek x caliber 7 for $500 this year. That's like half price.
06-08-18, 08:22 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,024
Posted By JonnyVain

Not for hard singletrack, but it will work for...

Not for hard singletrack, but it will work for cross country. The fork is lacking and heavy and derailleurs are low end, but they'll function on mild trail. If it were me for trail I would get a...
05-27-18, 07:43 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 295
Posted By JonnyVain

Thanks. I had an adapter for the Shimano's but it...

Thanks. I had an adapter for the Shimano's but it doesn't seem to fit exactly. Not sure if the bolts or the bracket is the problem. Now I've stripped the fork because there wasn't enough bolt in the...
05-27-18, 05:49 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 295
Posted By JonnyVain

Can't install BB5' on post mount Rockshox 30

I found the user manual online and tried to install as specified with 180mm rotor and post mount. The brake bottoms out on the rotor edge. Is there some sort of adapter i need? Seems it should be...
05-09-18, 12:47 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 904
Posted By JonnyVain

Well, either way I can't get behind my seat on a...

Well, either way I can't get behind my seat on a bike that should be a good fit.
05-09-18, 11:00 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 904
Posted By JonnyVain

2014 hardrock vs 2017 x caliber. Reach is as...

2014 hardrock vs 2017 x caliber. Reach is as spec'd on the sites.

Companies are, in general, lengthening the frames. But frame A may have always been shorter than frame B, so you can't just assume...
05-09-18, 10:48 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 904
Posted By JonnyVain

Are dropper posts feasible to use on a 3x setup? ...

Are dropper posts feasible to use on a 3x setup? Where do you mount the lever when you have a shifter on the left? Or should I just get something like this:

KS Eten Lever Seatpost | Jenson USA...
05-09-18, 10:35 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 904
Posted By JonnyVain

I agree with what you're saying if you're talking...

I agree with what you're saying if you're talking about new models of the same bike, but my reach did increase by about 2" going from one bike to the next. For example, the reach is 55mm different...
05-08-18, 07:56 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 904
Posted By JonnyVain

Longer/Lower/Slacker MTB trend - drop post required?

I'm 6'0. I've been riding a specialized Hardrock in large. When I'm going through switchbacks, my knees nearly interfere with steering and I couldn't get the saddle back far enough. Found a used 2017...
05-08-18, 07:52 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 402
Posted By JonnyVain

That's it. Thought I measured but obviously I...

That's it. Thought I measured but obviously I didn't. Have another on the way.

Thanks!
05-07-18, 09:43 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 455
Posted By JonnyVain

Longer/Lower/Slacker MTB trend - drop post required?

Little bit of a data dump to start...

I'm 6'0. I've been riding a specialized Hardrock in large. When I'm going through switchbacks, my knees nearly interfere with steering and I couldn't get the...
05-07-18, 09:25 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,678
Posted By JonnyVain

Perinium. Getting a new saddle might fix the...

Perinium.

Getting a new saddle might fix the issue. I really like my Ergon. $55.
05-07-18, 09:20 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,043
Posted By JonnyVain

I use a Krampus fork to replace a cheap Suntour...

I use a Krampus fork to replace a cheap Suntour XCT. Love it.
05-04-18, 07:13 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 402
Posted By JonnyVain

Bottom bracket length

I replaced the square Acera crank and bb on my x caliber. Put an octalink Alivio on it. The new one is almost 1/2" longer, all of it on the drive side. I've been having trouble shifting and wondering...
04-10-18, 10:58 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 533
Posted By JonnyVain

I did find 2017 on the UK Trek site. ...

I did find 2017 on the UK Trek site.

https://www.trekbikes.com/gb/en_GB/bikes/mountain-bikes/cross-country-mountain-bikes/x-caliber/x-caliber-9/p/16943/?colorCode=black_green
04-10-18, 08:42 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 533
Posted By JonnyVain

2017 Trek x caliber geometry spec

Anyone know where I can get detailed sizing info for this bike? When they archive, Trek only carries over general sizing info, not all the measurements.

I'm looking at upgrading my 2014 Hardrock...
02-08-18, 01:51 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,338
Posted By JonnyVain

Like Herr said, what do you mean by TRAIL? Like...

Like Herr said, what do you mean by TRAIL? Like dirt path, gravel etc or singletrack with rock gardens, log jumps?

IMO, don't get a bike with a cheap suspension fork. They can weigh 5-6lbs,...
12-11-17, 10:20 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 376
Posted By JonnyVain

Spindle lengths

I have a 2013 or 14 specialized hardrock disk 29er. I wanted to replace the crank, looking at these two:
...
12-07-17, 07:52 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 904
Posted By JonnyVain

Thanks! Are the hydraulics that much...

Thanks!

Are the hydraulics that much better? I like the idea of simplicity of maintenance over a small bump in performance.
12-07-17, 10:52 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 904
Posted By JonnyVain

Upgrade Tektro Novella to BB5 or BB7?

I have a pretty cheapo bike, 2014 or so Hardrock with Deore XT drive and rigid fork, WTB frequency i25 wheels. Brakes suck, so I want to upgrade. The trails I ride have a lot of descents. Is it...
11-14-17, 09:55 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 535
Posted By JonnyVain

I also need to know if I can use the 15mm axle...

I also need to know if I can use the 15mm axle fork with my 9mm QR hubs. I have these wheels:

WTB Frequency TCS I25 29" Wheelset | Jenson USA...
11-14-17, 09:36 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 535
Posted By JonnyVain

Tapered fork into 1 1/8 tube

Can someone post a link to what I need to put a tapered fork in a plain 1 1/8" tube? I'm looking to put this clearanced fork into a Specialized Hardrock:

Marzocchi 320 LR 29 2017 | Jenson USA...
10-27-17, 10:01 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,041
Posted By JonnyVain

Do you need to increase offset on taller forks?...

Do you need to increase offset on taller forks? Taller fork=more trail=more wheel flop, correct?
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