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bradwalton bradwalton's photo
Jan 26, 2016 at 10:35
Jan 26, 2016
Whole new ride! Build took 3 months to acquire all the parts. Bike is totally dialed and so fast and fun! Doesn't even have that awkward 29er feel in the air. 130mm Pike, XT brakes, sram 11, SixC cranks and bar, RaceFace Turbine dropper, Chromag Trailmaster ltd leather saddle, WTB Asym 35mm rims and 2.5 Minions. Love it!

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Jan 25, 2016 at 23:02
Jan 25, 2016
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bradwalton dirteveryday's photo
Jan 19, 2016 at 17:34
Jan 19, 2016
True story!

bradwalton vatosteve's photo
Jan 17, 2016 at 16:51
Jan 17, 2016
Bringing back the skinnies, nice!

bradwalton dirteveryday's photo
Jan 17, 2016 at 3:20
Jan 17, 2016
When does your hardtail frame become available? ;)

bradwalton mikelevy's article
Jan 14, 2016 at 22:06
Jan 14, 2016
Sam's Modified Norco DH Bike - New Zealand Nationals
Neat, but we are all bike mechanics. How's your BB holding up? Better not take your cranks off when you replace the bearings.
bradwalton mikelevy's article
Jan 14, 2016 at 8:54
Jan 14, 2016
Sam's Modified Norco DH Bike - New Zealand Nationals
I would bet it takes the same time if not quicker to change a DM ring. DM is lighter than the setup pictured above, and in the event the ring takes an impact, the carbon tabs will not be affected (how I broke my last carbon cranks). I always had to use loctite on chainring bolts or else they would wander out, which sometimes made for difficult removal. Race Face axle interface is fine, not going to wear it out. Removing drive side arm provides a good opportunity to inspect the inside of carbon crank arm for damage, as well as the hidden BB area of the frame.
bradwalton mikelevy's article
Jan 12, 2016 at 14:29
Jan 12, 2016
Sam's Modified Norco DH Bike - New Zealand Nationals
38t, that makes sense. @gabriel, no I have never needed to do a quick chainring swap, but I can't imagine it being more simple than unbolt 8mm to remove crank, then use a bb tool to remove chainring. Two bolts. Less than the 4 needed for standard chainring. You ever try to do quick ring swap with seized chainring bolts?
bradwalton mikelevy's article
Jan 12, 2016 at 7:36
Jan 12, 2016
Sam's Modified Norco DH Bike - New Zealand Nationals
I am wondering this as well. DM ring is lighter than spider+bolts+ring, and you don't have to deal with/worry about chainring bolts. Why would a pro racer run old tech?
bradwalton mikelevy's article
Jan 11, 2016 at 19:55
Jan 11, 2016
Sam's Modified Norco DH Bike - New Zealand Nationals
I second that emotion. Never ridden a bike that accelerates on landings and in the rough like the Jedi
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