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I love my local trails, and they are a very big reason I chose to move to my current location. However, those big destination rides where you truly feel "out there" cannot be understated. You only get to ride a trail for the first time once, but those big back country rides can feel new…
rhut   on Aug 26, 2019
replied to Entry level MTB upgrades
 
Everyone else is spot on. Tubeless first, cockpit preferences next. Ride it til it dies after that. Pedals, grips, and saddle change it from a bike you like to a bike you...
rhut   on Aug 26, 2019
replied to night riding
 
I have used a lot of different lights for night riding and have learned that manufacturers can claim whatever they want for lumens and battery life with no oversight, so reading reviews...
Seven of the ten bikes in our garage are from Craigslist or similar venues. My wife is much more particular about fit and geo than I am, so new from a shop where she can demo multiple bikes makes sense for her. My current trail bike retailed for over 3x what I paid for it…
rhut   on Aug 21, 2019
replied to Fully Rigid
 
My rigid gets riden more than my full suspension for a few reasons. The biggest reason is that it always works, not much to break with no gears, no suspension, and mechanical...
rhut   on Aug 21, 2019
replied to Best Bikepacking Hardtail (front suspension)
 
Surly karate monkey. You can swap some parts and make it anything you want. Geared 27.5+ with a 140mm fork for the Colorado Trail. Fast rigid 29er for the Tour Divide. SS...
I get that we have an expensive sport, but $160 for shorts? Honestly whatever is on clearance in the climbing section at REI is what I buy. Super durable, super stretchy and usually under $30 a pair. I bought two pairs of the same Royal shorts last spring and they still look brand new after…
rhut   on Jul 19, 2019
replied to Water available on Monarch Crest IMBA route?
 
I ride the Monarch Crest every year and I have found that a 3L hydration pack and a bottle in the frame is the perfect amount of water. I carry a Steripen...
 
I crash or bail off of my bike semi-regularly, twice in one ride recently. The biggest thing I learned about crashing safely is to have a complete disregard for my equipment; let go of the bike and let it fly wherever it is going and keep yourself safe. Who cares if your bike gets scratched…
As a fellow Front Range inhabitant, I run into this all the time. It's hard to correct someone who is just trying to be nice. How do you say "Thanks for moving out of the way, but that soil is really fragile, please stay on the trail" and not come off as a complete ass?…
rhut   on Apr 29, 2019
commented on All Bikes Are Gravel Bikes, Are They Not?
 
All bikes are gravel bikes, just as all bikes are mountain bikes, all bikes are road bikes, and all bikes are commuter bikes. Where you are riding determines what that bike is at that specific time. Sure, some are better than others at a specific task, but who cares when you're out riding and having…
rhut   on Mar 21, 2019
replied to Best trails to hit in Colorado
 
If you plan to go in May, Crested Butte and Durango aren't going to be great options. With the snow pack this year you're going to be looking at the Western Slope,...
While I do have my carbon full suspension with all the latest and greatest on it, I find myself riding my rigid single speed just as often. I bought it with an...
rhut   on Mar 6, 2019
replied to Moab vs Bryce / Zion / Sedona
 
I'll second flying into Vegas, riding there a couple of days, then heading to southern Utah. In Vegas, Bootleg is amazing, and the Blue Diamond area is also pretty great. In Utah, Gooseberry...
rhut   on Mar 6, 2019
replied to What upgrades with $500
 
Sounds like you've already got a pretty sweet bike. I'd recommend using that $500 to pay for a long weekend in Moab instead! After gas, food and lodging you should still have...
rhut   on Jan 10, 2019
replied to e*thirteen 9-46 Cassette Stuff
 
Sorry, let me clarify. I understand the cassette is made for an XD driver, I was saying that it was also designed to be used with a long cage Shimano deraileur. I...
rhut   on Jan 9, 2019
replied to e*thirteen 9-46 Cassette Stuff
 
The 9-46 cassette is designed primarily for Shimano, I don't know of anyone using it with a SRAM 11 speed derailleur, but YMMV. Also, if by extra $50 you mean buying an...
rhut   on Jan 8, 2019
replied to March Trip - Struggling for Ideas
 
One more vote for Sedona. My wife and I went there last April and the weather and trails were about as perfect as you can ask for. You can also make a stop...
rhut   on Jan 8, 2019
replied to What are your mtb goals for 2019?
 
My two goals for 2018 where to go to a downhill park 5 times over the summer to increase my descending skills and no stitches. A broken collar bone from a truck running...
rhut   on Jan 3, 2019
started a topic: Colorado Springs - January
 
I'd love to hear from some locals. I will be in Colorado Springs for most of this month for work. I will be staying on the north side of town near Pulpit...
rhut   on Sep 7, 2018
replied to How hard do you push when you ride?
 
Depends on the bike, on my hardtail I am usually hitting singletrack on my way home from work or doing an all day ride with my wife, so I try to slow...
rhut   on Aug 16, 2018
started a topic: Crested Butte Shuttle Aug 25-26
 
Hello folks!   My wife and I will be in CB 8/24-8/26. We can only do one full day of riding, and one half day of riding. I'm hoping we can find some shuttle...
 
Can we all finally agree that modern bikes are getting crazy cheap? A solid component spec including a dropper for $1700 is a great deal on a hardtail, let alone a full suspension. I convinced a new cyclist at work to get a timberjack for his first mountain bike, but I think this is a…
rhut   on Jul 4, 2018
commented on Santa Cruz Announces Updated Bronson and 5010
 
The 5010 is one of my favorite bikes I've ever ridden. Oddly enough, the thing that gets me most excited about this new model is the second bottle cage mount. Can manufacturers start giving us a place to carry two bottles again? Honestly, half the reason I ride my hardtail more than my FS is…
 
Top spec Evil Calling... I made a terrible mistake of demoing one while in Sedona, haven't been able to get that bike out my mind since even though I already have a...
rhut   on May 14, 2018
replied to Midwest biking trip advice..... UP MI or AK?
 
Literally, disregard what everyone else said... Mongwolf gave the best advice for the Midwest. It sounds like you'll have fun either way unless one has nasty weather.  
rhut   on May 11, 2018
replied to Midwest biking trip advice..... UP MI or AK?
 
I am going to echo what Jared13 said. I've ridden Copper Harbor and the surrounding area multiple times and it is phenomenal. It is incredibly unique and the culture is fantastic. The...
rhut   on Apr 8, 2018
replied to How's your riding year going?
 
I sold my full-sus end of last season so I've been putting in a lot of road and gravel miles. As others have said, unusually mild winter in Colorado, so the wife...
rhut   on Apr 4, 2018
replied to Trek Fuel Ex 8 vs Scott Genius 740 27+
 
I've demoed both of those bikes and honestly, they are both great. Both bikes work so well that you forget about the bike while you are riding and just focus on the...
rhut   on Apr 3, 2018
replied to Cassete Width
 
Yes, Shimano 9, 10 and 11 speed all use the same hub. Keep in mind that you'll be investing a decent chunk of change into the cassette, derailleur, shifter and chain.
The most shocking part of this ordeal for me is how much money Vista Outdoor Brands donates to politicians that actively oppose and vote against public land protection. There's a good article on Outside about this, with a link to see the company's political contributions. If you don't oppose Vista for some of the brands…
I usually end up tearing a sidewall before anything else. That's a mix of my location of trails with sharp rocks and my lack of skill in avoiding them.
rhut   on Jan 28, 2018
replied to Solo Mountain Biking Road Trip. Needing tips
 
Hop on the forums here a couple weeks before you go to a new destination. I'm sure tons of people on here would love to show you around their local trails. If...
rhut   on Jan 19, 2018
replied to Ragley vs Nukeproof - hardtail playbike
 
I don't have any experience with either bike, but I appreciate your sentiment. I have a Kona Honzo, and currently it is my only mountain bike. I go through a different FS...
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