Ask Pinkbike - Wide Rims, Knee Pads for XC, and Code Brakes

Mar 20, 2017 at 10:40
by Pinkbike Staff  
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Here at Pinkbike we get inundated with all kinds of questions, ranging from the basic "Can I have stickers" to more in-depth, soul searching types of queries like if you should pop the question or what to name your first child. Ask Pinkbike is an occasional column where we'll be hand picking and answering questions that have been keeping readers up at night, although we'll likely steer clear of those last two and keep it more tech oriented.




Should I Switch to Wider Rims?

Question:Tcmtnbikr asks in the All Mountain, Enduro & Cross-Country forum: I've been running ENVE AMs/M70s for three years now on a 160mm 27.5 bike. I'm not an EWS pro but probably an expert level AM/DH rider that likes to pin it on the steeps and gnar of SoCal but also needs wheels light enough to pedal back up. I'm current running a Magic Mary 2.35 up front at 14 psi. E13 TRS+ 2.35 Rear at 19 psi. I almost never pinch flat or puncture a tire but then it's not terribly rocky here. I feel like I get great traction and no tire roll. My AM front has a 24mm internal width. The M70 has a 25mm width. I've heard some folks rave about even wider rims. I'd value opinions on whether 30+mm widths are a worthy upgrade and if so for what reason? Even better traction and sidewall support? I'm afraid of squaring off the tire profiles too much and not really looking for even wider/heavier tires but I'm open to thoughts.


bigquotesThere are two schools of thought that apply to your question. Almost every 2.35-inch tire was designed for and tested using rims that measure 21 to 25mm internally. For this reason, you are enjoying the tread profile and block angles that the tire maker intended, so as long as you are not rolling your tires, or having tubeless issues, you can save your money and keep your slightly outdated Enve M70 wheels. DT Swiss techs say that they run narrower rims (than fashionable) for World Cup DH because they put the rim beneath the tread, which affords some rim protection

Should you switch to wider tires, however, or if you intend to buy a new bike, I would strongly suggest upgrading to 30mm inner width rims. The extra support in the corners and stability at slightly lower pressures is noticeable, and 30-millimeter rims are much better in tubeless configuration. A wider tire benefits from a wider rim as well, and with 2.4-inch becoming the norm, 30mm IW rims will help future proof your new ride. Every rider I know who has upgraded to wider rims has never looked back. 
RC

Intense Tracer 2017 review
If you are a fan, Enve's latest M70 HV30 rims measure 30mm inside the flanges - perfect for the latest crop of AM/enduro tires.




Knee Pads for XC Riding?

Question: @killabeez66 asks in the Bikes, Parts, and Gear forum: Before people say you don't need pads for XC, I have had two major operations on my left knee and recently came back from a injury on the other knee.. And a shoulder operation! So, anyone have any recommendations?

bigquotesYou didn't mention if those injuries were mountain biking related or not – if they are, you might want to look for something with more padding and protection than the minimalist options I'm going to recommend. That being said, my two favorites for XC riding are the Specialized Atlas pads and 661's Recon pads. Both are light and well ventilated enough to wear for an entire ride, even in warmer weather.

The Atlas pads use a thin layer of foam to provide a bit of impact protection, but it's worth noting that they aren't CE certified, and are best suited for preventing scratches and abrasions. 661's Recon Pads are CE certified, thanks to the use of XRD foam that hardens upon impact to lessen the severity of a blow. That means they should offer up a little more protection than the Atlas pads in the event of a crash, but again, both of these option are on the lighter side of things and are meant to help out during smaller spills, not massive cartwheels down the hillside. All the same, your knees will be much happier if you have either of these on during a crash compared to hitting the ground with your bare skin.
Mike Kazimer

Specialized Atlas knee pad review
Specialized's Atlas pads...
661 Recon Pad Review
...and the 661 Recon.



Braking the Code?

Question: Pinkbike user @loganskis asked this question in the Bikes, Parts, and Gear Forum: Has anyone else noticed all the pros still using the Avid Codes. I love my old set, but you can't find them anywhere. Does anyone have any insight to why all the pros are still using them but they aren't being produced for consumers? Doesn't make any sense, or am I missing something/out of the loop?

bigquotesThe only sense I can make of this situation is that all the riders in question want more power. The Code is a bigger and chunkier brake than the Guide and should deliver more power and also consistency due to the larger volume of oil contained in the system. The only perceived downsides being more weight and a different lever feel (depending on what the rider likes), they may also want a heavier/stronger lever in the event of a crash for safety's sake.

The Code brakes are still listed on the Avid website, but have likely come to the end of their life cycle, at least in their current form. Conveniently, SRAM recently launched a new e-bike specific brake, the Guide RE, which mixes a Guide lever and a rebadged Code caliper now with a SRAM logo. This is something that pro riders have been doing for years, taking a lighter lever with a different/preferred feel and using it with a more powerful caliper.

Although SRAM have decided this is an e-bike specific brake, I'm of the opinion that any kind of mountain bike should be allowed to have more stopping power, and I'll be mounting them to a non-motorized bike in the near future.
Paul Aston

SRAM Guide RE brakes
  E-bike specific brakes? I just received a pair of Guide RE's and they are definitely going to be mounted on a conventional mountain bike.



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126 Comments

  • 198 0
 "slightly outdated Enve M70 wheels." lol
  • 53 0
 Those are so last week! Upgrade! Wink
  • 27 0
 @vikb: It must be the grease in the bearings that make it outdated.
  • 22 2
 hahahaha, hilarious Kool aid shoveled down our throats... anyways, only new Maxxis 2.5 WT are at same widths of Schwalbes MM 2.35... whatever...
  • 1 1
 @Lagr1980: i think the biggest diference isn't the width of the tire, but shape of the tire because with a wider rim it has a different form
  • 178 2
 14 and 19 psi. how much do you weigh? 90lbs?
  • 32 1
 Right? I run like 26 and 29 because i'm gettin pretty flabby these days.
  • 40 3
 I would be more than willing to bet that pinned on a hard corner he is rolling those tires. Usually can tell by looking at the side of the tire. X's on the side wall indicate tire pressure to low. Even light weight guys can benefit from a little more air pressure. Probably not as pinned as he says.
  • 87 2
 I seriously question his "expert" level riding abilities.
  • 135 0
 30psi in my minions; i don't need your opinions
  • 21 0
 I weigh 140 and can't run lower than 25psi up front or I either burp the tire or buckle the rim, I can't see how he rides that low tbh...
  • 199 0
 If he upgrades to the wider rims he can probably just run ambient air pressure.
  • 34 1
 Please inspect your keyboard. It appears that your "2" key is stuck to your "1" key with some old pizza cheese.
  • 17 0
 Check his sig, he lives on Mars, where the gravity is 38% of Earths.
  • 8 16
flag NWshredSauce (Mar 21, 2017 at 16:39) (Below Threshold)
 atmospheric pressure at sea level is 14 psi lol. i like to keep my rims round
  • 6 6
 @adrennan: my opinion is that 30psi is crazy. You should ride lower. Or higher.
  • 6 1
 I'm 225lb and I run Minions at 28 and 26ish. No tire roll that I can detect and 1 flat in the last few years.
  • 9 3
 @kingpine: im 235 and run 30 psi and I roll tires every time I rail a corner
  • 7 2
 Last Friday I did a post work ride where I forgot to check my pressures before leaving for work. I realized this before the ride but despite the sidewall being soft as hell, I decided I didn't drive all this way to not ride. I was figuring there was at least 20psi in them. I rode trails most likely similar to the OP (Laguna/Socal) and while squirmy, tires never burped. Got home and checked the pressure... Front was 10psi and Rear was 12psi

I was pretty impressed/shocked I didn't burp coming down the rock garden. Running Maxxis tires/Stans Flows.
  • 2 0
 @kingpine: talking about flats should follow the fightclub rules...
  • 3 1
 Seriously.

I was running 32f 35r on 25mm internals. Dhf/mss

Just got a set of 30.5 internals with dhf/dhr wts and was able to drop it to 20f 23r. Might bump 'em up a bit more because they're weeping from the beads but the sidewalls are dar from flexy.
  • 3 0
 @christianlund: some of these kids don't grasp true torque.
  • 11 0
 honestly, you can run 19psi in the rear if you're smashing down a smooth loamy terrain. However, not if you're going over roots and rocks and hucking the $hit out of your bike.

I experimented with 19 psi in the rear once and I weigh 145lbs and what I learned is that if I'm riding faster than 15mph-17mph and hit roots I can FEEL the roots banging on my rims. Never again, that's the last thing I want is to dent my rim and walk back to my car.

He says he's aggressive? How aggressive, I wonder because he would either be burping the tires or cracking his Enve rims by now.
  • 1 0
 @ewan-price: dude I run 22.5 psi up front and I weight 145lbs you must be more aggressive than I am haha
  • 2 0
 @SoDiezl350: Same story for me, riding in SoCal, except I checked my pressure when it was uncomfortably squirmy at 14 psi F and 18 R. I weigh 135 lbs without gear and ride 29x2.3 DHR2 on Havens at about 19 and 23 psi most days. Everyone's "expert" is different. I'm believe I'm far from expert; it depends on who you're being compared to.

www.pinkbike.com/photo/14531423
  • 6 0
 Super low psi for filming instagram cutties.....

Kid came to our FR spot an couldn't get through the jumps.
"How much pressure you running?"
"15psi".............
Stuck 30 in,an cleared the line on his next run
  • 5 1
 I weigh about 155 and runnin' 35F/40R, hardtail, tubed. 2.35 HD with 2.25 NN, both performance compound. Ride them aggresively. No problems
  • 2 0
 @christianlund: +1 I run the same psi and weigh 215lbs - I burp anything lower on a set of Spank Spike 28
  • 4 0
 @kingpine: I'm 210lbs, I rip the bead under 30psi, I'm afraid to go lower than 35 on the rear, especially at the bike park- I don't run DH tires, just the regular Minions to keep it light.... I was really intrigued by those foam FTD inserts, it sucks putting a tube in brand new tire because you ruined it riding low pressure on the first tubeless ride....
  • 2 0
 @acali: Yeah he can punch a hole in the tyre and make the air pressure equalize with the atmosphere.
  • 2 0
 I was thinking the same :o

I am ~210lbs geared up and ride 26-28 front and ~30-32 back on my Voltage (I use Spank Race 33 rims). Anything less and I'd destroy tire and rim alike! I can only assume that the guy asking the question has a faulty gauge or pump... or he rides in locations with less than earth's gravity.
  • 2 0
 For the metric-lovers out there. christianlund's comment translated: «0,96 and 1,31 bar. how much do you weigh? 40kg?»
  • 1 0
 Those pressures can be used for slow riding on trails with not many rocks and roots, I use exactly such pressures for local trails (75kg) when it gets wet. But the key here is a word "SLOW" (I mean, for me it is fast, but I am just a pussy).
  • 1 0
 @USMC: Are Xs on the sidewalls really an indication of too low PSI? Never heard that before.

I don't bottom out on my rims and tires feel great (2.35 DHR2 EXO casing), but I often see the X pattern in the sidewall of my rear tire. I weigh 190, running 26 PSI on my Hightower 29er
  • 1 0
 @Trouterspace: pretty sure you just read BSC.
  • 1 0
 @bizutch: Don't know what that BSC is.. enlighten me?
  • 1 0
 @Trouterspace: B.S. auto correct. As in BullShlt
  • 88 0
 I think I dented my rim from just reading 14/19 psi.
  • 2 0
 I weight 180 and run at 100psi. When I sneeze the tire explodes. Just wanted to hear something as logical on the opposite side of the spectrum
  • 74 3
 14 & 19 psi on 2.35 tires? Is this real life?
  • 45 2
 or just fantasy
  • 23 1
 @TopperharleyPT1: caught in a landslide...
  • 23 1
 @VwHarman: no escape from reality....
  • 21 1
 @SlodownU: open your eyes
  • 3 31
flag meesterover (Mar 21, 2017 at 16:50) (Below Threshold)
 Well 14# according to my crappy Park Tool pump (that is never used anymore) is really about 26#. Maybe he does not use a pressure gauges and naively trusts the blue pump.
  • 10 2
 @ibishreddin: percocet, molly percoce- Oh my bad
  • 13 1
 @ibishreddin: look up to the skies and see...
  • 12 1
 @Granitematt: I'm just a poor boy, I need no sympathy,
  • 11 2
 Because I'm easy come, easy go, Always High, never low...
  • 10 1
 @aoneal: anywhere the wind blows doesn't really matter to me
  • 8 1
 @ryanandrewrogers:Mama, just killed a man
  • 7 1
 @chadgmail: Put a gun against his head, pulled the trigger now he's dead
  • 19 0
 @LiquidSpin: Mamma, life had just begun...

Hey, any coincidence that this song is in B Flat?
  • 4 23
flag ibishreddin (Mar 21, 2017 at 21:10) (Below Threshold)
 Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?
Caught in a landslide, no escape from reality
Open your eyes, look up to the skies and see
I'm just a poor boy, I need no sympathy
Because I'm easy come, easy go, little high, little low
Any way the wind blows doesn't really matter to me, to me
Mama, just killed a man
Put a gun against his head
Pulled my trigger, now he's dead
Mama, life had just begun
But now I've gone and thrown it all away
Mama, ooh, didn't mean to make you cry
If I'm not back again this time tomorrow
Carry on, carry on as if nothing really matters
Too late, my time has come
Sends shivers down my spine, body's aching all the time
Goodbye, everybody, I've got to go
Gotta leave you all behind and face the truth
Mama, ooh, I don't want to die
I sometimes wish I'd never been born at all
I see a little silhouetto of a man
Scaramouche, Scaramouche, will you do the Fandango
Thunderbolt and lightning, very, very fright'ning me
(Galileo) Galileo, (Galileo) Galileo, Galileo figaro magnifico
(I'm just a poor boy, nobody loves me)
He's just a poor boy from a poor family
Spare him his life from this monstrosity
Easy come, easy go, will you let me go?
Bismillah! No, we will not let you go
(Let him go) Bismillah! We will not let you go
(Let him go) Bismillah! We will not let you go
(Let me go) Will not let you go
(Let me go) Will not let you go
(Let me go) Ah, no, no, no, no, no, no, no
(Oh mamma mia, mamma mia) Mama mia, let me go
Beelzebub has a devil put aside for me, for me, for me
So you think you can stone me and spit in my eye?
So you think you can love me and leave me to die?
Oh, baby, can't do this to me, baby!
Just gotta get out, just gotta get right outta here!
Nothing really matters, anyone can see
Nothing really matters
Nothing really matters to me
Any way the wind blows
  • 4 0
 He must have been reading the wrong dial.. 1.4 bar and 1.9 would be in the range... It's like 21psi and 27psi.. ish.
  • 37 0
 at those pressures he's either deluded about his "shredding" or needs a new pressure gauge! that's a recipe for rolled tyres if you even think about cornering.
  • 6 0
 Gauges differ massively . especially cheap ones found on bike pumps. The 3 I have all Read differently. Hoping Santa will get his shit together and buy me a silca floor pump.
  • 5 0
 @gcrider: seriously!! I just went thru this... 3 of my gauges: 20-15-10psi. Turns out the 20psi was correct and the 10psi was supposed to be the best tool. LBS replaced for free. Luckily I've been running with the 20psi gauge. Everybody should double check the gauges occasionally.
  • 1 0
 @ajjrsons: how do you check them?

i have a topeak smartgauge d2
  • 1 0
 @tiagomano: I just ordered a topeak. To check them I went to my LBS (floor pump and gauge purchased there).. had them check with a high end new floor pump. 30PSI on the new floor pump was 20psi on the gauge purchased from them. they gave me a new one and the tech told me how easily the mechanical gauges can lose accuracy. I use a presta-inflator for my air compressor -- it was accurate.
  • 1 0
 @ajjrsons: mine seems to be acure. way more precise than the pump, and tried other friend's topeak to compare and was the same
i always know the pressure, normaly 24/25 front 28/29 back , but last year had a race so sleek that i had 18 f and 21 r
  • 15 0
 I wear knee pads even on XC rides, because I've hurt my knees before on low speed falls during technical climbs. I've gotten so used to them, I feel pretty naked without pads now.

Those Atlas pads look just like the Fox Enduro - if they are, I'd say they're worthless for anything other than avoiding abrasions. Not that avoiding abrasions is a bad thing - but for any sort of impact (the kind of thing to be worried about with pre-existing knee injuries), that's just not going to do. The 661 looks like a G-Form knockoff. Those (the G-forms - don't know about the 661) are remarkably protective - that funky gel/foam/pad stuff actually works. That said - I had G-forms that turned out being too small for me (alert - they run smaller than you'd think from the size chart).

For decent protection that's easy to pedal in, I then found the POC VPD 2.0 - and those were awesome. Bomber in a fall, light and remarkably non-sweaty/nasty/chafey. Just as comfortable as the G-forms. Alas - that didn't last. They got super stretched out after only a few months, and even washing didn't help. I replaced the elastic velcro straps with something beefier, but that wasn't enough to make up for the body of them having stretched out way too much. They fit perfectly before - so it's not a sizing issue (any smaller would have been crazy tight and uncomfortable).

And then I found the DaKine Slayers. I've been riding those for a year now - seen tons of use. Good protection for something so light, good fit, stay put. After about a dozen rides or so they get a little loose - so I stick them in the wash and in the dryer, and they fit like new. Got a few snags in the fabric from runins with pedal pins, brush, etc. - but so far that's only cosmetic. Reasonable price for how well they work, comfortable for all day rides even in warm conditions (I don't bother pushing them down even for dirt road climbs on warm days - yes, they're a little warm then, but not enough to really be an issue).

DaKine also have a beefier version (Hellion) - thicker pad, and more protection on the sides. Those are a bit heavy to pedal in, but more comfortable than the Fox Launch Pros (and provide similar levels of protection).
  • 4 0
 I'm a big Slayer fan as well, actually have 2 sets. They don't recommend machine drying, but I'll have to try that to see if the original pair will shrink up a bit.
  • 2 2
 @bde1024: Been working like a charm for me.
  • 1 0
 I'm on Poc, and agree that they're so comfortable that I wear then for everything. Most of the falls you have are stupid so it just makes sense to pad up, especially now I'm mid-late 30's! I've not had the issues you've had, but I've heard good things about the Slayers too...
  • 3 1
 Yes, the Slayer pads are a great option, although for pure XC riding they're a little heavier than both the Atlas or the 661 pads. They were included in our Ridden and Rated article: www.pinkbike.com/news/trail-knee-guards-ridden-and-rated-2016.html
  • 4 0
 I'm loving my Fox Launches for XC.
  • 2 0
 @killabeez66: Best pads hands down in my opinion are the Leatt Airflex Pro. Great fit and good protection on the sides of the knee and also above the knee. Most airflow I've felt in any pad because of all the perforations in the pad. www.leatt.com/shop/body-protection/knee-leg-3df-soft/knee-guard-airflex-pro.html
  • 3 0
 I have the Atlas knee pads - the stitching started to come undone on both pads after 1 ride. After 2 it had unraveled quite significantly on most seams on both legs.

I emailed Specialized and sent pics, but they never got back to me at all (I sent 3 emails over 3 weeks), the Dealer I bought them from told me to contact Specialized as it was a warranty claim... I never managed to get a response, with the knee pads now sitting in a bag with my spare parts.

I can't recommend the knee pads as mine just disintegrated, I can't recommend Specialized either as I don't think they have a computer at this point.

I changed for some POC VPD2 pads... yes they are larger and bulky, but the difference in quality is staggering.
  • 2 0
 Leatt Airflex Pro, super ventilated, no velcros but don't slip, main kneecap-padding CE-certified, plus thin side padding. Always wearing them on XC rides, even on hotest summer days, put on and forget about them.
  • 2 0
 Solid review thanks
  • 2 0
 i wear my G-Form knee and elbow pads every ride, XC, trail, or bike park -- just cant take another hit on either knees or elbows.. The G-forms are great -- lightweight, stay put, dont chafe, and work well. slammed down hard on both elbows onto asphalt and the g-form material sucked it up - not even a bruise.
  • 1 0
 I have tried Dakine Slayer, but unfortunately found out that my calf circumference is not proportional to thigh circumference (at least for Dakine designer apparently) and neither size matched. Funny thing, I have the opposite problem with my RF pads, but those are adjustable (means not lightweight). So, to sum up, lightweight pads are great but the fit tends to be tricky. What is more, you cannot tell if the size is right for you untill you actually use them (crash). So now I use Trailskins as lightweigh pads, those are adjustable, but the straps tend to iritate skin (so they are not comfortable).
  • 11 1
 I personally LOVE my Derby AM 40mm wide wheels.

I've heard and read that "some" people don't like wide wheels and that they are for "beginners", but all I know is that I'm riding harder and faster and looser (in a good way) here in SoCal (where it's slippery loose over hardpack almost everywhere) than I did before I got them.

I say go for it!

FYI: the Maxxis Minion WT (wide trail) might be the best tire I've ever ridden. They changed the tread profile to accommodate wider rims and they are legit in loose, hairy conditions.
  • 7 0
 Adding onto this. Running the Ibis 742 wheelset with a DHF WT 2.5 front and DHR WT 2.4 rear at 24/27psi (at 175lbs) and love them to an absurd amount. No hesitation ripping into anything and while rolling speed might not be the fastest i'll take the traction and bite over any other tire set up.
  • 3 0
 2.4 DHR WT front and rear, 22/20PSI @ 200lbs riding weight on rocky and rooty terrain, enough pressure that I never pinch, lower than that I can hit the rim pretty regularly over sharp edges. Never a problem with tire roll, the best traction I've ever experienced, a new favourite.
  • 1 0
 Oooops, 30mm Easton Heist rims...perfect with the WT's
  • 1 0
 @bikeorski4me: im similar maybe another 10lbs and run 22/25psi on Flows MK3. DHR2 are the bomb - thanks @paulaston
  • 1 0
 I could definitely drop some psi, but have plenty of traction and like they way they ride. Might be dropping down to a 30mm rim for the next rig though.
  • 11 2
 I recently switched from Roval carbon Traverse Fatties (30 mm I believe) to WTB ci24 (24mm). So I did it backwards. I actually have been loving the ci24s, and feel that 24mm is a great width.
  • 5 0
 interesting. literally the only account I've discovered of this mythical migration. heathen!

no seriously - did you change up tyres, pressures or anything about where/how you ride as a result? I'm curious...
  • 2 0
 @coney: I've gone from 30mm to 23, 21mm front, rear. I haven't noticed any downsides and have to run the same psi as the wide rims (26/29).
  • 12 1
 Also, please send me those Enves. They're too thin for you.
  • 7 0
 21mm internal width mavic crossmax sx 26" i bet your surprised im even still here to report back that there still round and turning as good as new.
  • 3 0
 I'm pretty underwhelmed by my Guide RE brakes. They don't have much bite initially but respond well to a good pull and have huge power, enough to pull a few nose-manuals. However I've cooked them on every steepish Dh run I've done and when they get hot the power drops off markedly, even on some short 2 minute tracks. I'm 220lbs and running 203mm rotors. I never usually cook my brakes apart from when following a slower rider. I'm now back on my Guide RS and happier for it.
  • 1 0
 You riding organic pads?
  • 3 0
 @Rubberelli: Metal pads for everything.
  • 5 1
 Noooo SRAM! Don't get rid of the Codes! The Code lever is vastly better the the Guide. They are, hands down, the best DH brakes ever. WC riders seem to know this, how doesn't SRAM?
  • 2 0
 Hey RC, I looked back. I went 35mm and it was too much man...drag got me bad. Never again. Went back to 29mm and yeah it was almost good again but I'm just building some 24mm brand spankers. Maybe I'll look back again to 30mm or maybe I'll look forward?? It's mainly Labrador?
  • 1 0
 I'm 200 lbs and used to run 35-38r and 32f on narrower rims for gnarly trails / bike park. Now with 30mm internal rims I'm at 30r 28f and considering going lower. It feels awesome.

For XC type kneepads I'm surprised G-Form weren't thrown in the mix. I've taken some pretty heavy falls in them and they stayed put and offered great protection.
  • 3 1
 As long as your rims don't come in 700c sizing just go ride on whatever damn hoops you have and I'm sure they will work fine. As stated almost all current tires were not designed with 35 ID rims in mind so go shred!
  • 2 0
 the more valid question would be tires that work well with wide rims... i've been running Ibis 741's for about 2 years now and found tire choices that work with the wide rims hard...
  • 2 0
 What has and hasn't seemed to work well for you?
  • 2 0
 @NateMob: WTB vigilante / breakout work, Hans dampf are meh, Continental's don't work at all with the profile... i work at sea so have just returned from 6 months away and interested in what to try next Shorty / mary / ?
  • 2 0
 @likeomg:

Maxxis WTs are money
  • 1 0
 I found Vigilante to be terrible on wide rims and superb on something narrow.
  • 1 0
 Question: So when having the 30+mm internal width rims, is it recommended to have "wide rim" tires for those (e.g. those special WT (?) minions), or would any 2.35 or 2.4 tire work just fine on such rim?
  • 2 0
 I've had good luck running 2.35 minions on my 30.5mm internals. Not going to lie, the WTs are way better.
  • 4 0
 I can't believe G-Force pads didn't make the cut. Incredible.
  • 4 0
 Old school.. Sun Ringle Double wide's
  • 2 0
 I had a 2015 enduro evo and specialized speced it with guide levers and code calipers and called then Guide DH. Were way better then the Guide RC I have now.
  • 2 0
 RC - don't agree about the rim width. I am running Derby carbon rims and they are 40mm. No pinch flats, great performance and even looks cool Smile
  • 7 3
 No no and deffo no
  • 5 3
 Definitely never going back to narrow rims. Low pressure tire squirm during cornering is gone.
  • 3 1
 For sure - I'm 230#, and a 29" Minion sets up very differently (and is a hell of a lot more resistent to squirming, burping, and generally making a nuisance of itself when cornering) on my 29mm rims than it did on my previous 23mm ones. My Process doesn't quite have enough clearance for anything wider than a 2.35" Minion - on my next bike, I'm assuming that won't be an issue, so I'll probably go even wider.
  • 4 12
flag TugboatComplex (Mar 21, 2017 at 15:57) (Below Threshold)
 @g-42: how much does 230 hashtags weigh?
  • 22 1
 @TugboatComplex: #, also known as a pound symbol. You kids get off my lawn...
  • 4 0
 Get out of my swamp you kids!
  • 4 0
 @Apecush: lol, damn millennialis
  • 3 0
 E*thirteen tires were designed to be used on 24-31mm IW rims. @rc
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 Those Guides are very tempting! Love the modulation and consistency of the guide levers but loved the power of the code calipers! I might have to make the switch for my V10
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 They are great! I have a set on my non-motorized long travel trail bike. Easily as much power as Shimano Saints.
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 I have guides and I have codes, guides are great brakes but codes are miles better in every way. Pros still have code brakes cause they want the best. Not the same junk they try to convince us all to buy.
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 ixs assault full knee shin all day, every day. Very light and not as hot as others. Things are serious.
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 I think I'm a bad person. My first thought when someone asked about pads for XC riding was to quit falling down so much.
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 Trail skins are what you want for most riding - a lot of these lightweight pads don't have any side protection
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 The first guy, You're not an expert if you don't know what upgrades to buy. The second guy Just compare kneepads by weight. The lighter ones are for xc The third guy Doesn't really want new brakes just wanted a way to show off how he knows what kits the 'pros' ride. Like having the same kit somehow makes you better at riding.
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 you sound angry
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 E-brake
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 Shimmano saints ftw
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 Saints brake calipers and XT levers are on of the best upgrades I have made..Fantastic modulation -- less locking up and awesome stopping power. Gives me way more confidence in all situations
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 @RichardCunningham what about riding 30mm internal width front and 27mm internal width rear?...any idea of the ride?
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 I'm running 36 int front and 31 rear. Seems good. But liked the 36 mill front and back just the same
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 I don't wear knees but I do wear shins
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