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03-14-19, 08:50 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,851
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: 1,242
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: 3,173
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: 3,408
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: 3,408
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: 1,242
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: 3,173
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: 3,173
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: 1,075
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: 2,146
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: 2,146
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...
01-19-19, 09:51 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,389
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: 1,071
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: 1,101
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: 3
Views: 2,330
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...
01-08-19, 02:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,251
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: 1,694
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: 1,501
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...
01-07-19, 09:48 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,441
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: 1,501
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: 7,720
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: 2,514
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...
01-07-19, 10:10 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,501
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
01-07-19, 09:39 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,501
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: 1,057
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: 1,092
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: 4,514
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: 1,784
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....
01-03-19, 11:06 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 34,907
Posted By Maelstrom

Zombies :)

Zombies :)
01-03-19, 11:01 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,784
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...
12-21-18, 04:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,152
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, 07:55 AM
Replies: 134
Views: 15,482
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: 15,482
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: 1,871
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: 1,871
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: 1,871
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, 03:30 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,871
Posted By Maelstrom

I would also say, in response to why to the guy...

I would also say, in response to why to the guy two messages abo, I bought a Trek Fuel for example, I loved the bike but hated the Rockshox fork, so I bought the bike sold the fork and bought a fox...
12-19-18, 11:22 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,295
Posted By Maelstrom

I still say the same thing. Unless you can see...

I still say the same thing. Unless you can see and touch the bike (or they are a high end direct sell manufacturer) then I wouldn't touch it.

Have you checked out pinkbike.com for any used bikes....
12-19-18, 09:39 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,295
Posted By Maelstrom

Never heard of it. And without specs we can't...

Never heard of it. And without specs we can't even help you know if it would be capable of anything off road. Blind buying a bike is risky, you may be better off just going to a wallmart and grabbing...
12-19-18, 09:37 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 988
Posted By Maelstrom

I am lazy, seating tubeless tires and brake...

I am lazy, seating tubeless tires and brake bleeds I pay the pros.

Everything else, I would agree with. Good set of metric allen keys, torx, good torque wrech with adaptors if very handy. 15mm...
12-19-18, 09:30 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 13,435
Posted By Maelstrom

I wear body armour almost every mountain bike...

I wear body armour almost every mountain bike ride. So new trend really depends on where and how you ride.

Would I wear it on my road bike, no.

Excluding helmets I assume. I always wear a...
12-19-18, 09:28 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,871
Posted By Maelstrom

Totally depends on the riding. Slacker HA allows...

Totally depends on the riding. Slacker HA allows you to sit more aggressively over the front end (think MX) and rail through corners and rough steep sections. Longer length bikes add to this by...
12-18-18, 09:46 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,441
Posted By Maelstrom

Some of my favorite trails last year ...

Some of my favorite trails last year

Business Time in Whistler
https://youtu.be/geHxNJGHqMg

Nicoles on Burnaby mountain
https://youtu.be/Rij5ucjhPlk

Squid line on sumas mountain...
12-18-18, 09:43 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,871
Posted By Maelstrom

I have changed my forks on almost every bike I...

I have changed my forks on almost every bike I have owned :)
12-17-18, 09:38 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 833
Posted By Maelstrom

I guess it depends on what kind of riding you are...

I guess it depends on what kind of riding you are doing. 180mm is a lot. :).. .For my size and the way I ride 150 to 170 seems like my sweet spot. Any less and I blow through travel, any more and...
12-16-18, 04:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 833
Posted By Maelstrom

Being I am in Canada and own the big brother bike...

Being I am in Canada and own the big brother bike to the sight, I am biased and would say Norco. I also tend to prefer the horst link for pedal efficiency. I will say, all things created equal in...
12-15-18, 02:40 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,952
Posted By Maelstrom

Practical... no sorry likely not. Convert it into...

Practical... no sorry likely not. Convert it into something else, definitely. Rigid fork and voila you breath different life into it :)
12-15-18, 10:17 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,432
Posted By Maelstrom

I guess the other question is, how much do you...

I guess the other question is, how much do you want to travel. Atlanta really isn't that far from North Carolina. And if I remember my geography at the tail end of the Appalachians? Maybe head to...
12-15-18, 10:10 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,110
Posted By Maelstrom

Enjoy it, I have considered one but my lungs, for...

Enjoy it, I have considered one but my lungs, for now, are still healthy. I have a lung disease which could change that so would make use of one. Demoed one, lots of fun. The only warning I have is...
12-15-18, 10:08 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,110
Posted By Maelstrom

Its why I put that in there. :) At one point I...

Its why I put that in there. :) At one point I read an article on the history, in fact I think there was an early group of offroaders trying to have the buzz word changed. It doesn't make a lot of...
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