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amrskipro norcobicycles's article
Jan 16, 2018 at 13:18
Jan 16, 2018
Norco Bicycles Signs Caro and Anita Gehrig
@eldiddo: They are definitely taller than 5'9", having met them at the Trans-Provence they are taller than my wife who is 5'9".
amrskipro GravityCandy's article
Dec 11, 2017 at 9:48
Dec 11, 2017
Bikepacking the Sunshine Coast (Almost)
I guide multiday trips in the Chilcotin and carry a reasonably heavy pack most days. From my first day experience with guests I have found that the suspension sag needs to re-set with the additional weight of your gear on the bike and also the tyres need to have a slightly less than proportional increase in inflation to account for the additional weight. I also found that a click increase in low speed compression dampening (especially if the weight is on the rider) and 1-2 clicks slower with rebound dampening is a good start point. Simple gear weight divided by body weight equals percentage increase in air pressures (for sag) and maybe not so much for tyres. I typically run 22 psi front and 24 psi rear for summer riding and I took my tyres to 24 psi front and 27 psi rear (carrying a 40 lb pack on a 200 lb rider or factor of 0.2). I run a 475 lbs spring when guiding and a 450 lb spring when not just trail riding. It is not a straight out maths exercise as despite carrying additional weight you are probably riding a little slower through tech sections and downhill (and certainly should be if the route is properly remote from recovery and first aid) so maybe it is proportional to your winter settings? The best advice is to try out these settings at home on a trail that you know rather than realise on the first day of the trip that the bike handles differently with all this extra weight.
amrskipro mikelevy's article
Nov 17, 2017 at 11:06
Nov 17, 2017
Ridden and Rated: 5 Four-Piston Brakes
Shimano XTR M9000 Race levers with Shimano Saint M820 calipers and H03C Metallic pads. Best set up I have ever had. The best way to set the contact point is during the bleed anyway.
amrskipro AJBarlas's article
Oct 20, 2017 at 9:09
Oct 20, 2017
Tackling the Trans B.C. with a Stages Power Meter
Giving more $$$ to the communities they ride in or near than either Crankworx or the EWS does actually!
amrskipro mikekazimer's article
Oct 14, 2017 at 7:50
Oct 14, 2017
The Mountain Bike Technology Wishlist - Opinion
Blur TRc was awesome. Just wore it out. Slack geometry in a shorter travel bike.
amrskipro canadianenduro's article
Oct 11, 2017 at 10:15
Oct 11, 2017
Grassroots Enduro: What's it Like?
Awesome sound track!!
amrskipro paulaston's article
Oct 11, 2017 at 8:55
Oct 11, 2017
Raaw Madonna - Press Release and Interview
@Weens: In this context it means "shipped worldwide excluding USA and Canada". It is nothing to do with not being interested in North America as a market but the stupid "it must be everyone else's fault except mine" litigation culture that means it costs silly amounts of money to have insurance for a product. Most of the launch 'delays' for the European brands are because of this issue. Obviously companies weigh up the additional cost of insurance, the potential losses from a frivolous law suit and decide that the potential sales profit in this market does not add up to a risk worth taking. And there are just as many high earning recreational mountain bikers in Europe to which $3500 represents about 1-2% of their annual bonus who will happily buy this kind of bike because it is different and potentially the best designed in its class. You only have to look at all the tricked out Santacruzs (blinged with head to axle Hope parts) that turn up in Whistler under Brit riders each summer to see that there is a strong European market for high end bikes with bespoke builds.
amrskipro natedh9's article
Oct 7, 2017 at 10:40
Oct 7, 2017
Inside Ortema - The German Custom Brace Producer
@ismasan: which is about 1/10th of the cost of one knee surgery in the US so a relative bargain.
amrskipro vernonfelton's article
Aug 19, 2017 at 9:07
Aug 19, 2017
Five Ten Re-Boots a Classic - Crankworx Whistler 2017
@BryceBorlick: They can be re-soled. You just need to speak to Five-ten and find a cobbler locally that stocks their sole material. Usually they will be in an area that has a strong rock climbing community as well as the rubber on climbing shoes can wear in spots well before the shoes themselves are worn out. We have a cobbler near us that does them for C$90 which sounds like a lot but it still cheaper than a new pair of kicks and there is quite a lot of work in removing the old soles, gluing and stitching on the new sole.
amrskipro mikelevy's article
Aug 12, 2017 at 20:06
Aug 12, 2017
Prototype Hayes DH Brake - Crankworx Whistler 2017
I think the key word is "prototypes" Hayes can FEA the shit out of them once they prove that the overall concepts work and then decide on forged, machined or a combination of both. Prefer to see another company offering a mineral oil brake rather than DOT fluid.
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