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Ended up going to Laurel Hill instead to avoid the mud. The mud there wasn’t too bad. The ride was pretty good overall."ChiliPepper" wrote
What is that, like 9" steerer tube?….😆
That’s what she said.
Long steerer aside it looks nice."Hooligan" wrote
I hate that I don’t get paid to do it.
@CP: Sweet! I’ve really gone all out on the SS. I’ve been having a blast riding on the local paths and streets. Now all I need is for the snow to melt and trails to dry up so I can go play.
@dgaddis: What do you think you’re going to do for cranks? I really like my ENO It’s solid and simple. gets the job done and relatively light weight too. The only bummer is that you need a special tool to swap out the chainrings. Also I can vouch for the Phil Wood BB’s.
Nice DJ bike CP!"jtorlando25" wrote
Have you been to Rosaryville lately? I’ve been wondering what kind of shape it’s in.
I’ll be going to Rosaryville on Saturday. I’ll let you know how the trails are. I’m hoping that all the sun and warmer weather will help dry them out a bit.
The pushed forward crown on the G2 fork will give your bike a longer wheelbase and supposedly give it more trail. For a bike not designed to handle this it will probably make the steering feel a bit more sluggish. I would assume it would detract from the climbing capabilities but make descending feel more stable."camair2112" wrote
If i were, however, to get a remedy, would it be stupid to put xc shimano m770s on it?
If you like riding clipless than go for it. I rode with my Shimano clipless pedals on the Remedy all weekend and it was great. This really comes down to personal preference.
I’m not sure what the Remedy weighed in at, but I do know my EX 9 is 27.8 lbs. I would guess that the Remedy I rode was ~5 lbs heavier and it was obvious. Also the Remedy had wider, nobbier tires at 2.3" as opposed to my 2.1" XC tires I run on my EX. The combination of the weight and tires plus the slacker geometry just made it tough to climb. With the right tires and lighter components on the Remedy I’m certain the tank like feel could be tuned out. Even so I really don’t think that the Remedy in it’s current iteration is as good of an all around trail bike as the EX. The Remedy really feels like a more downhill oriented trail bike.
I had a little bit of that buyers remorse hanging over my head after my EX 9 purchase. The main reason I rented the Remedy for Moab was to really get a feel for what I missed by not getting the Remedy. After spending a couple long days on the Remedy I am incredibly happy about my EX decision. These are just my thoughts and I would expect you would want to demo both bikes before you made a final decision.
I just finished a memoriable weekend in Moab with a rented Remedy 7. That bike is a beast compared to my EX 9 at home, and not necessarily in a good way. The Remedy was definitely the right choice for bombing down porcupine rim from Hazard TH. It was also a pain to force it up the hills on slick rock and every other trail for that matter. While I did enjoy the extra travel and weight on the massive down hill I think that the EX would have been able to handle porcupine rim without any trouble.
After riding both I think the EX is an all around more versatile bike."camair2112" wrote
So much help! Thanks you guys… and yeah I was pulling for the ex all along I just didn’t know if my retarded self would kill it 😀… Now that I know an EX can fare better than I thought I think I will go with the fuel ex 9. And to dozzer: yeah I really like to watch the "bike-to-me" weight ratio, and I’d kill for a carbon frame (who wouldnt haha) and that’s why im going with the ex 9 over the ex 8… a whole pounds difference! And not to mention the fox 32 rlc / deore xt upgrade 😃
I’m not sure how set you are on the XT components, RP23 and RLC fork. You may consider the EX 9.7 it’s about the same price and you get carbon for the main frame, just with lesser components.
As an owner of an EX 9 I can say that I am very confident in it’s ability to take some big hits, and I’m no small rider at 200 lbs. The EX line is really a trail bike so it falls between XC and All-mountain. I think the frame is very solid and I would not question taking a 3 foot drop on it. The uphill capability is definitely excellent and it bombs down technical descents. I considered the Remedy as well, but there just isn’t enough downhill where I live to need the stronger and heavier frame. To me it sounds like the EX would be able to handle the kind of riding you want to throw at it."mnetz" wrote
I have a question regarding this also. How hard is it to unclip, say in a "oh shit" situation? Now in my 2nd year back on the bike, I am getting a little faster, and have noticed my feet slipping around a lot on roots and in some of the rock gardens. Been thinking about some clippers but been hesitant just cause I am un-informed! Are they like ski bindings, where you can adjust the tension?
That depends on what brand/model you get, but most are very adjustable. You can set them up so that with the slightest twist you unclip. Also you can get pedals that are platforms on one side and clipless on the other. I used a pair of these for about 6 months before I went fully clipless. It helped me get used to riding and let me use the platforms when I wasn’t confident in my ability to unclip if I needed to bail.
Looks like you can watch the entire thing online here…
Reviving this thread.
The cold weather is coming! How does everybody’s training routine cope with the cold weather?
I know way more riders that ride clipless for XC than those who use platforms. For me I like the clipless because it makes me feel more connected to my bike and I get better efficiency when pedaling which is crucial for long climbs. I would definitely recommend going clipless.
You will definitely experience some stretch in your cables, not usually after 2 or 3 rides but it will happen with new cables. You can tune it out using the barrel adjuster on the derailleur. you should be able to pull down the tech manual from Shimano’s website and it will provide you some instructions on how to properly adjust."iamrta" wrote
+1 for BB7’s. Stick with 160’s. Levers? Sure. Cables? Never. Reusing old cables is like putting on a dirty pair of socks.
Totally agree. I LOVED my BB7’s I ran 160mm’s front and back and had no complaints about the stopping power. Definitely put on new cables while you’re swapping the calipers and rotors it is inexpensive and doesn’t take that long to do. When I installed my BB7’s I put on cane creek direct curve levers and they were awesome.
My Gary Fisher hardtail came with a deore rear derailleur on an 8 speed. I know the Deore 591 is 8 speed compatible and a bit nicer than the Alivio, Altus or Acera.
Check it out-
Also if I’m not mistaken the derailleur is just a dumb component anyway. The shifters are what determine how much travel there is when shifting between gears. Eg. a 9 speed shifter will move the derailleur in smaller increments than an 8 speed shifter. I would think that any rear derailleur would work as long as you have the proper shifters. Someone with more experience can verify though.