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MisterCouch RichardCunningham's article
Jun 11, 2019 at 19:15
Jun 11, 2019
MisterCouch mikelevy's article
Jan 25, 2018 at 12:29
Jan 25, 2018
Failing the $2,000 Bike Challenge - Opinion
@mikelevy: You could run mechanical disc brakes like BB7s, which are about $80 per brake including 180mm rotors (about $65 or so per set with 160mm rotors). A set of inexpensive avid levers is $16 plus cables and housing for another $10. So, $160+$16+$10=$186. Hydros are great and SLX is awesome, but mechanicals work fine and cheap and easy to maintain - no bleed kit required.
MisterCouch mikekazimer's article
Nov 9, 2017 at 10:50
Nov 9, 2017
Ridden and Rated: 7 Long-Travel 29ers
@hellbelly: 4 out of 5 dentists agree with this statement.
MisterCouch vernonfelton's article
Nov 2, 2017 at 12:23
Nov 2, 2017
Don't Punch the Baby - Opinion
F*ck e-bikes!! No, wait, we should PUNCH e-bikes!! No, um, let's get BABIES to punch the f*ckin' e-bikes! It's all so confusing...I think I will just go back to work now.
MisterCouch RichardCunningham's article
Nov 30, 2016 at 11:36
Nov 30, 2016
Single-Sock Paralysis - Opinion
Richard writes with such sole.
MisterCouch pinkbikeaudience's article
Nov 30, 2016 at 10:57
Nov 30, 2016
2016 Pinkbike Awards - Innovation of the Year Winner
@fartymarty: And good dogs...and good big toes.
MisterCouch rasoulution's article
Oct 11, 2016 at 17:56
Oct 11, 2016
Must Watch: Danny MacAskill’s Wee Day Out
That part where he first gets off the train and rides seated down the sidewalk - I can do that as well as Danny. If he needs a stunt double for stuff like that, I am the man!
MisterCouch paulaston's article
Jul 29, 2016 at 18:06
Jul 29, 2016
Pinkbike Poll: Flat or Clipless Pedals, What do you Ride?
Nice! I have resoled tons of climbing shoes but never thought it would work with my Freeriders. I will have to try it out, thanks for the idea.
MisterCouch paulaston's article
Jul 29, 2016 at 17:55
Jul 29, 2016
Pinkbike Poll: Flat or Clipless Pedals, What do you Ride?
@g-42: I agree that Five Ten has not perfected the flat pedal shoe, but they have certainly done better than anyone else. Five Ten started off by making rock climbing shoes years ago and there have always been durability and quality control issues with their products from what I have experienced. That seems to be true even now that they are owned by Adidas. Having said that, they continue to innovate and their rubber is sticky as hell although it doesn't last long. For comparison, there are other rock climbing shoe manufacturers that produce excellent climbing shoes that last much longer than Five Ten: Boreal, La Sportiva, Asolo, etc., but none of these are domestic and they don't seem to realize the big potential in the flat pedal market. I use Freeriders exclusively but would definitely try out a comparable shoe that was more bombproof. And you can get rock climbing shoes resoled for about 1/3 the cost of the original pair, and it extends their life considerably. Five Ten knows this but doesn't seem to have that feature available on their Freeriders. Maybe it is the way they are stitched or something.
Jul 9, 2016 at 12:42
Jul 9, 2016

Santa Cruz Nomad XL Frame or Frame/Fork Combo

$500 USD
Up for grabs is a 2008 Santa Cruz Nomad frame (version 1) in Creamsicle Orange. This frame was handmade in the USA, one of the last before they started sending their manufacturing overseas. The frame is in good shape, say 7/10, and has the various scratches, scuffs and paint chips. Structurally it is perfect with no dents or cracks anywhere. The suspension is smooth and trouble free with no issues and this frame has many seasons left in its lifetime Given the age of the frame, it would be wise to replace all the pivot hardware in the near future. Parts are available from Santa Cruz for ~ $125. This frame weighs about 8.5 lb, has 135mm rear spacing, a 1.5" steertube and accepts 26" wheels. If you know anything about Nomads, they are famous for their ability to both climb like a goat and shred on the descent. I can tell you that this bike does all that and more and is a fantastic all-around ride. I am 6' 2" and this XL frame was just barely big enough for me, so if you are any taller you might want to consider something else. Extras Included in This Sale: 1) Chris King headset and preloader. The headset is mint and the preloader replaces the need for a starnut. Great setup and will be trouble free for years to come. 2) The frame currently has a Fox DHX 5.0 Air rear shock with pro-pedal. Also included is a heavier but burlier Fox DHX 3.0 coil shock (see photo). I will throw in three springs 500lb, 550lb and 650lb for you clydesdales out there. 3) 2012 Fox Van 36 RC2 fork. This is the "coil and oil" 6 inch fork that is super-plush and really makes this frame come alive on the descents. Fork is in great shape, with 8 1/4"steertube, 20mm thruaxle and has Enduro seals installed. Oil was changed about 200 miles ago. There is a small scratch on the stanchion where it grazed a rock (see photo), but that has been repaired and filled and the fork leaks no oil whatsoever. I have the stiffest spring installed, so it is a firm ride but smooth when you need it. 4) 3 stems that range from 50mm to 80mm. Two of them accept 31.8 bars, and the odd duck has a 25.4 clamp. I don't need 1.5" stems anymore, but you will! I am pricing this to sell! I hate to part with it, but I am getting a new bike and need the room. If you buy the frame and the fork together, you get everything listed in this ad for $500, plus you pay shipping costs that will range from $55-$100 (roughly) depending on how close you are to Arizona. If you want just the frame, then you still get the extra stuff (except the CK preloader) and the price is $350. For comparison, a complete 2008 Nomad ranges in price from $1300 - $2100, so getting a frame and fork, headset, rear shocks and stems for $500 is a sweet deal. I take Paypal and the frame will be sent UPS ground.

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