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Shimano XT shifter, SLX derailleur, Sunrace 11-50

$95 USD
Selling off my 11sp Shimano drivetrain that served as a stopgap between wearing out the stock NX and upgrading to Shimano 12sp. Shifter is XT m8000, derailleur is SLX m7000, and cassette is Sunrace 11-50. The setup has about 100 miles on it, and has minimal wear. Shipping is the buyer's responsibility, but I'll keep it as cheap as I can.

airdonut41 sarahmoore's article
Jul 29, 2020 at 8:56
Jul 29, 2020
Field Test: 2021 Cannondale Scalpel - Deceptively Fast
I have a feeling that if the Lefty weren't proprietary to Cannondale, we'd see a lot more of them out there. Such an awesome fork, and other than the price and the unique hub pairing, I don't see much downside.
airdonut41 brianpark's article
Jun 25, 2020 at 9:39
Jun 25, 2020
MTB on a Budget: Where to Spend & Where to Save on Mountain Bike Clothing - Part 1
Quick hip pack tip: I bought at $10 pack on Amazon that fits a bike bottle perfectly and sewed some elastic loops on the bottom to carry a pump. It fits everything I need (multi tool, tire lever, tube, spare hanger, spare cable, quick link, food, etc.). The zipper levers are crap quality and break right away, but the fabric is fine. I even use it on longer rides by pre-mixing some Aquamira in a tiny bottle and purifying my own water along the way from streams. Link for those interested
airdonut41 mikekazimer's article
Jun 15, 2020 at 9:45
Jun 15, 2020
First Ride: 2021 Commencal Meta TR - Is Mini-Enduro a Thing?
It seems to me like 200mm rotors and 2-piston brakes would be more powerful than 160/180mm rotors on 4-pistons from a pure torque perspective. And with Shimano being known for a strong early bite point, this setup could make for a smoother transition when you want to ease onto the levers. I know 4-pistons are all the rage and that I would certainly spec them on a bike like this, but I'd be very curious to compare the setups I mentioned. As a side note: I love the new Shimano 4-pistons. I had problems with my old M8000s, but I "upgraded" to the no-name Shimano 4-pistons (because who actually wants that free stroke adjustment?) and they have been extremely consistent and reliable.
airdonut41 pinkbikeoriginals's article
Jun 3, 2020 at 7:21
Jun 3, 2020
The Matchup: 2020 Norco Optic or Sight? - Trail Bike vs All-Mountain Bike
Wow. Superimposing those two bikes, I'm amazed at how hard it is to see the differences. I wonder: if you were to put the longer fork on an Optic, how many people (outside the PB comment section) would be able to tell the difference between it and a Sight?
airdonut41 mikelevy's article
Mar 30, 2020 at 9:12
Mar 30, 2020
Field Trip: Calibre's $1,400 Bossnut - The Boss of Low Cost
@mikekazimer: My experience has been that the low end SRAM drivetrains punch well above their price tag... until they suddenly don't. I was determined to make the NX work that came on my Ripmo (didn't care too much about the weight, and definitely wasn't going to pay extra for bling). It shifted beautifully for 6 months of hard riding, until it literally blew up on the trail. A pulley ejected while pedaling. Ok, well, that's a bummer. Bought a new rear derailleur, loctite-d the pulley bolts before ever using the derailleur, and rode for another few months before the same damn thing happened. I gave up and bought 12 speed SLX. My Chameleon still has NX, though, and I'll keep running it until it eventually SRAMs me over mid-ride.
airdonut41 mikelevy's article
Mar 24, 2020 at 7:06
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First Look: SRAM's AXS Web Tool Tracks Your Shifting and Dropper Post Usage
I thought there weren't any metrics I wouldn't be interested in knowing about my ride. But, lo and behold, SRAM has stepped up and proven me wrong.
airdonut41 pinkbikeoriginals's article
Jan 16, 2020 at 7:17
Jan 16, 2020
Video: 7 Ways to Carry Tools on Your Bike Instead of Your Body
I agree. I got a $10 hip pack on Amazon and sewed some loops on it so it can hold a pump. It's very small but can carry a tube, C17 multi tool, 3-4 energy bars, my phone, some quick links, spare shifter cable, and a full size bottle. And all of those I can just leave in there permanently without having to worry about which bike I'm riding. If I'm going on a really long ride, I'll throw some Aquamira in there to purify water on the way so I don't have to carry so much. I still have a backpack for very long rides with no opportunity to fill up on water, but I find those are pretty rare.
airdonut41 danielsapp's article
Jan 15, 2020 at 6:46
Jan 15, 2020
Field Test: Affordable Hardtails - Marin San Quentin 3 vs Specialized Fuse Comp 29
@scferg: It's still fairly new to me, but so far I haven't been able to use up all the travel. I haven't gotten it dialed, but I suspect a 140 Fox 34 might actually be a better fit for me (~5'10", 165 lbs). I do tend to ride a little bit rear-heavy, I think; I use the factory recommended pressure on my Ripmo in the rear, and run the fork a bit softer. That said, I really like the head angle that the longer fork gives the Chameleon. Supposedly it's right around 66 degrees with a 150mm. That won't change a huge amount with a 140mm fork instead, but definitely something to think about.
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