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New "trail bike" rides for 2015 (No DH bikes allowed!)

Discussion in 'Downhill & Freeride' started by kickstand, Feb 22, 2015.

  1. trial-sin

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    I love the adjustability of the Inline...I think I have it dialed in pretty well, but I'm waiting to see what Turner's settings look like, and see how close I came. That said, I didn't really have much issue with the way my Fox felt, I just wanted to try one of the Inlines when they were released. That's the blessing and curse when you own a shop...you can swing deals to get the latest goodies, but my customers expect me to have some working knowledge of those parts.
     

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  2. kickstand

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    @ChrisKring has been torturing me with teaser pics.

    Picked this up last night.

    No complete build pics yet, should have it finished tonight.

    Stock "Solo" Carbon S build. Though I will likely get rid of the front derailuer and second chainring and add a chain guide.

     
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    i just put my small sprocket back on and release my clutch and drop the chain down for the long climbs , and back up to the N/W for the trails made climbs alot nicer .
     
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    I live in Michigan. Long sustained climbs are fairly rare. Especially local to my house. I may regret this decision on a couple of trips out east this summer, but hopefully my legs are strong enough by then to get over it.

    currently just running the stock 34t chainring. I have a 32t spare I can toss on, and probably will for those trips.

    I need to trim the dropper hose down, but otherwise it's all done.

     
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    captainspauldin intrigued by a pole

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    looking to run that same combo on my 167 when it arrives , i know a few guys have been running the new NN and love them .some guys running them front and rear with great success , also few guys stated they have been running the RR all winter on the shore with great success .
     
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  8. Sandro

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    Not entirely novel, but new shock, fork, 30t NW ring instead of a chainguide and a color coordinated dog for 2015:

     
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  9. kickstand

    kickstand Turbo Monkey

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    I also opted for the dog option with my bike.



    New bike rides well. Put a few quick rides on it this weekend. Looking forward to getting out on it a bit more as our trails dry up and the snow stops falling.
     
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    It's a fun set up, and handles like you'd expect. The razor has decieivingly good braking performance when it's fresh, and cornering is consistent throughout its lifespan. The greatest tradeoff is climbing traction, which is noticeable. The Mary stays up front and never comes off.
     
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    The Razor really is surprisingly good until it gets either really steep or more than a little muddy when climbing. I only run the Magic Mary for downhill days though since it takes quite a bit more effort to pedal around than a Hans Dampf or Minion.

    Has anybody here experimented with a DHR2 up front? I'm really liking the one I'm running in the rear and recall some pro running a cut version up front.
     
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    kickstand Turbo Monkey

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    On a trail bike no, but that's the tire that Santa Cruz put up front on the complete V-10's this year. Haven't had it on the trails yet, but my wife's V-10 has that combo.
     
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    kidwoo Celebrating No-Pants Day

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    Yeah you're probably thinking of me. :D

    I did do a cut that's a little different than what some endurpo guys were doing with them in chile last year. Mine was to narrow up the widest center knobs, there's was to cut off the inside part of the 'L' shaped sideknobs. Both open up the channel more and should make them hold corners better.

    But yeah running them unmodified works well too. Don't be scared of the R. Good designs are good designs. It's actually a really good braking tread on the front.
     
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    mtg Green with Envy

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    About the DHR2...
    Wouldn't the removal of the 'L' shaped bit on the side knobs effectively make it an HR2?

    Also, have you tried the DHR2 vs HR2? They seem pretty similar. Maybe M327 is some sort of density decreasing substance, as the M325P is apparently about 90g heavier.
     
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    The HR2s are just kind of floppy on hard surfaces.........cornering, braking. You live somewhere relatively dry, you've felt the squirm yeah? I think they're good on soft dirt but suffer when it gets hard.

    There's very little squirmy with anything on the dhr2s. They grab, they break loose, they drift pretty predictably. I could see taking the short part of the L off making them a tad more squirmy but it's only every other knob. I haven't tried it though.

    I've ridden the HR2s a bunch but they were the first run versions. Maxxis beefed up the sideknobs on them since.
     
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    Probably the best 29er out there.
     
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    Completed a couple months ago. But this is how its built as of now. 07 6 Point, Lyrik RC2DH SoloAir, Vivid Air RC2, mostly well thought out build. 32lb without dropper. If I can get a dropper and make a few component changes to keep it at 32lb, I will be happy. Hope to retire it to a high quality loner bike after this season, and get a Capra to replace it for next year.

     
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    Interesting. I'm no tire gu-ru like the woo.....but I find that I really like the high roller II's on firm hard pack trails and opt back to the minion dhf's when things soften up a little bit.

    try again kickstand, you're doing it wrong.
     
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    sworks enduro 29 IMG_0615.JPG IMG_0617.JPG
     
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    I bought a 3C Dual Ply 2.4 when they first came out and the side knobs did tend to get squirmy on hard pack. I keep hearing that the EXO versions are great on hard pack but I've been hesitant to drop coin on a set based on my experience with the DH version. All we have around here in the summer is baked clay.
     
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    I liked them until things got damp. I've got a set on this years bike, not sure if they are 3c or exo, or what not.

    I do suck at cornering, so maybe I'm just not pushing them beyond their limits.
     
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    60a Exo 2.4 HR2s work great for me in the front...ride allot of hardpack and loose dry stuff..
     
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    I just borrowed a newer EXO tire from a buddy with the newer thicker sideknobs. I'm curious to see if they still act like the OG ones I rode.
     
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    pic? or just numbers how much thicker? is it a 2.4dh or 2.3 trail buddy?
     
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    FWIW, I measured some knobs, and the 27.5x2.4 EXO knobs are 1mm taller than the 27.5x2.3.
     
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    I thought I was in the 29er forum for a second. NTTAWWT
     
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    jackalope Mental acuity - 1%

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    Actually, you bring up a good point. I think we need a "Post your aggressively gay and unrideable bikes" thread for wagoneers and VPP bikes.
     
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    You see those ribs on the outside of every other sideknob? Those weren't there on the first run ones.
     
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    Good call. Until then I'll just leave this here.
     
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    Might be unrideable but it is damn sexy
     
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    I'm balls deep when it comes to aggressively gay and unrideable bikes

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    I don't know how you people even make it out of the driveway on those things.

    Dogboy: happy with those wheels? They stay tight?
     
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    jackalope Mental acuity - 1%

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    SUPER GHEY!!!
     
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    Full Trucker Frikkin newb!!!

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    New bike day.

     
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    kidwoo Celebrating No-Pants Day

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    Damn, that was quick
     

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    Full Trucker Frikkin newb!!!

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    nice pedals evan!
     
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    Are 636s the only product from the 90s that people would still buy today no questions asked?

    Judging by Shimano's latest prototypes they are one iteration away from going full circle:
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    Very happy with them Woo. I've been on this set about a year and before that a 26" set. Never had a problem with spoke tension and the rims, spokes, and hubs are all quality. Super easy tubeless (if you're into that sort of thing) and probably about as stiff as you can get short of carbon. A lot cheaper to replace a rim too if needed.