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tdryan242 pinkbikeaudience's article
Dec 5, 2016 at 19:29
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2016 Pinkbike Awards - Best Value of the Year Winner
XT still is and always has been the gold standard of how bicycle gears should shift. You simply cant go wrong. but sram shifters are much smoother and the x1 or better groups change gear faster and with less of a hiccup than shimano (Its mostly in the cassette). If you value weight and sports car performance go sram. if you value utter reliability and cost vs function, slx/xt is the way to go.
tdryan242 paulaston's photo
Nov 23, 2016 at 13:11
Nov 23, 2016
im sure if you wanted to live dangerously you could build a lighter wheelset.

tdryan242 vernonfelton's article
Nov 21, 2016 at 19:31
Nov 21, 2016
Are you Concerned About the Demise of Bike Shops? - Pinkbike Poll
You are correct sir. I'm service manager at a medium sized LBS. Shops will all eventually turn into 2 or 3 man/woman service centers that may carry a small selection of hybrids or kids bikes (simply to have something to offer when a bike is not worth repairing) and very very little clothing or merchandise. Unless however that shop is able to connect with the community and offer more an experience rather than just a place to buy things.
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Nov 13, 2016 at 15:34
Nov 13, 2016
Nov 13, 2016 at 15:31
Nov 13, 2016

Trek Session park M purple smoke very clean 30 pounds

$2899 USD
Very low hours 2014 session park size medium. fully custom build on this very rare bike. 2014 was the first year for the session park and it only came as a frame set in purple smoke. Trek put a beautiful paint job on these bikes and you can see the carbon layup through the rocker link. carbon main frame and rocker with aluminum chain and seat stays. Bike is equipped with 2015 fox factory 36 that was serviced recently with less than 10 hours on it since. Rear shock was replaced under warranty from SRAM over the summer. less than 20 hours on it... Brakes bled and all suspension bearings and pivots are tight and move smoothly and free. Drive-train is SRAM 10 speed with very low miles on it. Brake pads have a lot of life and so do the tires. Rims have a few flat spots and small dings but nothing to affect structure or performance. No cracks in rims, all spokes are tight and rims are reasonably true. Bike weighs 30 pounds and 10 ounces with its current tires ( about 1000 gram each tires) and the chainguide installed. with slightly lighter tires and if you remove the chainguide this bike drops to the low 29 pound range. very fun and capable for how light it is. very short chainstays makes this bike super easy to manual and bunny hop. Size medium would work for people ranging from 5'7 to about 5'11. Parts list: Fork, 2015 fox 36 float fit4 damper 180mm travel.| Shock, RockShox vivid air rc2 | wheels, Easton havoc UST, 28 spoke rear 24 spoke front |Tires, Kenda Nevegal Stick E 26x2.5 folding bead(set up tubeless) Also included is Bontrager G5 26x2.5| Cranks, RaceFace SIXC 24mm cro-mo spindle 170mm length | Bottom Bracket, Race Face english threaded 83mm. | Pedals, Welgo MG-1 magnesium body titanium spindle | Cassette, Sram 1070 | Derailuer. SRAM XO1 Dh medium cage type 2.1 | Shifter, SRAM x9 10 speed | Front brake, Hope tech 3 with v4 calipre 200mm g2 rotor. |Rear brake, SRAM Guide RSC with matchmaker to shifter 180mm g2 rotor. |Handle bar, Bontrager Rythm Pro Carbon 31.8 clamp 785mm wide 15mm rise 6 degree sweep. | Grips, ODI Machine 130mm ( compare to ODI x-treme)| Stem. Easton Havoc 50mm 31.8 | Seatpost, Salsa 31.8mm | Seat, WTB (not pictured) Cosmetic: Scratch in top tube close to stem from brake lever is by far the worst cosmetic issue with the bike. the scratch was carefully filled with clear nail polish shortly after it happened. The bike does have some minor chips from rocks here and there on the bike but they are small and barely noticeable. There are some chips on the drive side chainstay under the protector and the cable guide stops on top of the stay have some chain slap chips as well. These are all pretty minor. This amount of wear would be typical after just a few rides of any new bike. Some of the gold anodizing is rubbed off on the grips. The chainguide has some scratches on the protector plate. This sums up cosmetic issues. Mechanical: The rear hub is slightly loose. this is not noticeable while riding and has not progressed in the 2 years since the hub became loose. someone that works with easton hubs more than me could probably fix it but it never bothered me and never got worse nor does it make any noise so i did not address it. The Fork CSU ( crown steerer upper assembly) seems to have a slight creak. If you slow down very aggressively with front brake on pavement sometimes you can get it to make noise but other times you cant. I do not hear this creak at all while riding so i did not address it. This sums up mechanical issues. Alight folks here's a super clean and fun bike that is shocking light for a 190mm travel bike. I wish i lived somewhere to use it more. Very Special bike. 26 for life!

tdryan242 mikekazimer's article
Oct 27, 2016 at 20:48
Oct 27, 2016
You Don't Need to Learn on a Hardtail - Opinion
@DMal: Hard tail and full sus are so different in how they are handled or maneuvered that i dont believe the skills transfer well. If you plan on riding a full squish bike all the time then learn on a squish bike. if you plan on riding HT all the time then learn on it. The real debate comes to what wheel size and pedals you learn on. flat pedal 26 or 27 definitely promotes quicker learning of basics like bunny hops and short manuals. along with ease of balance this is the best for beginners.
tdryan242 pinkbikeaudience's article
Aug 9, 2016 at 20:03
Aug 9, 2016
Ask Pinkbike: Volume Spacers, Finding Motivation and Long Travel 29" Forks
My very simple way of explaining why you do not need a 160 travel or greater 29er. If you are getting 'rad' enough to need 160 travel or more on your 29er then you are putting a 29er in a situation where it is not the best tool for the job.
tdryan242 pinkbikeaudience's article
Aug 9, 2016 at 20:00
Aug 9, 2016
Ask Pinkbike: Volume Spacers, Finding Motivation and Long Travel 29" Forks
@Sweatypants: And canfield brothers had them 3 years before that.
tdryan242 RichardCunningham's article
Jul 24, 2016 at 19:31
Jul 24, 2016
Bike Yoke Cable Conversion for Reverb Dropper Posts
Fully triggered by this. Why would anyone want to take away the single best attribute of the reverb? I guess people that don't like: easy and unlimited hose routing options, low maintenance with the best lever feel on the market, easiest post on the market to install and set up, and you can raise and lower the post in the frame with out worry of scrunching the cable and making the lever sticky.
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Jun 26, 2016 at 12:18
Jun 26, 2016
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