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phobospwns Rupertpumpkin's photo
Jul 20, 2017 at 15:18
Jul 20, 2017
I like what you've done with this whip.

phobospwns gojammedia's article
Jul 20, 2017 at 12:02
Jul 20, 2017
US MTB Nationals - Dual Slalom Seeding Results
@bizutch: I mean, if that's the case, the quali rules should probably be reviewed. If only 10 people meet the requirements, can it truly be a "National" competition? Full disclosure, I have no idea what the rules are, it just seems off.
phobospwns mikekazimer's article
Jul 20, 2017 at 10:18
Jul 20, 2017
1 Question - What's Going on With 27.5+?
I don't own one, but I think a 27+ hardtail would be a super fun bike. Like the new DMR Trailstar? I bet that thing is a blast.
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Jul 20, 2017 at 9:43
Jul 20, 2017
Jul 20, 2017 at 9:41
Jul 20, 2017

Sinister Shenanigan - 160

$850 USD
Up for grabs is a really rad bike, something that anyone who appreciates niche brands and hard to find gems will appreciate - the Sinister Shenanigan! Not only is this bike hand crafted by the likes of Frank the Welder... but it's got some nice custom bits beyond the typical Shenanigan (for how few were sold, even)- zerk fittings for greasing the main pivots are built into the frame, the bike will come with a grease gun and grease to boot. For those of you who have been around long enough to know of FtW and Sinister, you know how good this deal is. Specs: Frame: Sinister Shenanigan, horst link, 160mm travel via Rock Shock Monarch + (comes with spare sleeve/seal kit) Grips - LizardSkin Moab (the old, superior, pattern) Bar - Sunline 745, gold Stem - Nukeproof Warhead, 60mm Fork - SR Suntour Durolux RC2, 35mm stanchions, 160 mm of air sprung travel, high/low speed compression adjust, low speed rebound adjust, 20mm Q-loc thru axle (best QR 20 style out there, tbh) Brakes - Hayes Prime Pro, white/gold, 160 mm rotors. Seatpost - KS Supernatural Dropper, with Southpaw Remote (there's maybe 5mm sag, I won't lie) Seat Collar - Nukeproof Warhead Seat - Kore I-Beam Crank - Shimano Zee with 32 tooth Race Face Wide/Narrow Chainring Pedals - Crank Brothers Candy (included) Shifter - Shimano Saint, 10 speed (rear only) Derailleur - Shimano Zee, short cage (high capacity model) Casette - Shimano SLX, 10 speed, 12-36 Chain: SLX 10 speed chain Wheels - Front: Nukeproof Generator DH, yellow Rear: Easton Haven, black/champagne Tires - Front: Hutchinson Squale, 2.35 Rear: Kenda H-Factor 2.4 (tubeless), both in nice shape Geo: HA: 67 degrees SA: 74 degrees CS: 430 mm (16.9 in) TT: 580 mm (22.8 in) WB: 1151 mm (45.3 in) BBH: 364 mm (14.3 in) Stand Over: 743 mm (29.2 in) Head Tube: 120 mm (4.7 in) This is a super fun bike, probably the most versatile rig I've ever owned. I've done some light DH on it (a small hill by my house which is open 2-3 times a year for lift access, Swain), but mostly typical NE trail riding (predominantly Hunter's Creek, some Ellicotville). If you want to take your trail riding descents to another level, while still being able to climb up to the top with relative ease (this isn't a cross country race bike up hill, but it won't kill you thanks to the decent seat tube angle, and solid lockout/gate switch on the Monarch, not to mention how good Horst Link suspension is in general), this is a great choice for you. It's currently my only bike, so it's been a quiver killer of sorts (I've sold a DH bike and a 5" travel trail bike in the time I've owned this, because I can fill those with this whip). Honestly, I just want a new bike, and to be able to afford one, I've got to part ways with this one (crazy how expensive bikes have gotten!), along with several other bike frames/parts I've had kicking around for a while. Moving on with life, and I've got to consolidate the massive amount of bike stuff I own. Guys who are looking at this bike probably get it, I'm sure. At any rate, the 850 is firm, plus shipping. I've priced it extremely fairly, so we can save ourselves the trouble of trying to haggle over it. This is a great bike for the money, just filter 850 as the max on PB and see what comes up. You'll find this bike is head and shoulders above the rest. Thanks for looking, folks!

phobospwns gojammedia's article
Jul 20, 2017 at 8:18
Jul 20, 2017
US MTB Nationals - Dual Slalom Seeding Results
Couldn't manage (or didn't want to do) a full field of 16 men? That's weird, right?
phobospwns mikekazimer's article
Jul 20, 2017 at 7:37
Jul 20, 2017
1 Question - What's Going on With 27.5+?
When it comes to winter and spring, I love riding my fat bike. In the summer and fall, I love riding my trail bike. If I didn't have room for both, or if I continue to cut down my "fleet", I might get a 29/27.5+ to try covering my year round riding. I don't see why people think that's a problem. The fact of the matter is, people are more upset with MTB industry marketing as a whole, rather than 27.5+ bikes in particular. If they get more people into the sport; which it seems when it comes to beginners, they do- it's a good thing. Don't be a snob just for the sake of it.
Jul 17, 2017 at 14:29
Jul 17, 2017

BMC Trailfox 01

$350 USD
I've got a Trail Fox frame that I have not ridden in several seasons, and which I only used for a limited time. I bought this frame to tide me over while I had a warranty claim going through on a different bike. It has approximately 30 rides on it, and is in great condition, with very few cosmetic blemishes. The shock and pivots are all in excellent condition. I bought it brand-new on mega clearance, so I'm looking to pass those savings on! The frame has 120mm of rear travel, designed for a fork between 120 and 140 mm. If you like a playful ride, I would recommend a 140. I ran it with a 120 SID, and while it was very light, it was not as playful as the GT Sensor which was undergoing the warranty. I think at 140mm fork would have done wonders for it. The frame will come with a headset in excellent condition (internal 1 1/8" steerer) and built-in seat collar (31.6 mm). The rear Dropout is 135mm quick-release, and the bottom bracket is a 73 mm threaded variety. The price does not include shipping, although it is negotiable. I can throw in a Thomson Masterpiece seatpost for $70 in addition to the frame. Thanks for looking, feel free to p.m. me with any questions, and have fun out there! Cheers, Geoff

phobospwns vernonfelton's article
Jun 30, 2017 at 10:01
Jun 30, 2017
Mike Jones' Nukeproof Pulse - Vallnord DH World Cup 2017
That's a great looking bike. Long live Alu!
phobospwns pinkbikeaudience's article
Jun 28, 2017 at 11:38
Jun 28, 2017
We Went To Taiwan and Started a Bike Company...
The cost of bikes is out of control, there's no two ways about it. I'm an engineer, I work in a manufacturing environment on a product which is shipped all around the world, and built here in the US. I don't buy for 1 second that bike companies aren't making a nice bit of coin these days, but it's not just the final company, it's everyone down the line. It doesn't necessarily have to be 100% about profit margin reduction, btw. How much scrap and re-work are companies racking up? How up to date are their manufacturing and quality control aspects? How much lean manufacturing do they do? How can they partner with other arms of the industry (component suppliers + frame companies, for purposes of integration, for example) to deliver a great product for less? You can streamline your processes, from design to manufacturing, and reduce or steady price while keeping your margins the same, or maybe even better. The bike industry as a whole needs to stop figuring out "how much can we charge" and "how can we deliver products more effectively (faster, less expense, more reliable) without passing so much of the cost down to the customer." 2011: A comapny's top offered 120 mm alu frame, 5" trail bike, full XT build (der's, shifters, brakes/rotors, hubs; truvative crank, Richey seapost/stem/bar), with Fox (32/Float) suspension was $3,000. A to notch part spec on an Alu frame, which I still own. I bought it as someone in the industry at the time, so I paid a lot less for it, but let's stick to the sticker price. 2017: If I want a bike from the same company, in the same category, that has an XT build with Fox suspension, I can't get it in an aluminum frame- I've got to jump up to their carbon offering, whose price is: $5,680. So, if you take into account inflation from 2011, they added $2,300 to the price to switch from carbon to alu (which 90% of riders don't really need) to offer the same level parts. You can't get a nice bike for 3k from the big companies anymore- they're the ones who should be able to flex their volume muscles and reduce pricing! That's where I see a problem. No wonder people are flocking to YT, Rose, and Canyon. If I ever get a new bike again (I honestly probably won't, PB buy/sell is my wheelhouse), it will be from a direct company like them. At least I can make sense of their prices. 4K for the YT Jeffsy ALU 1 or $2600 for the ALU 2 is so much more fair than most of the "big" companies out there.
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