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Is this really a way to protect trails or a way to generate income for Jefferson county? Seems like a very large fine. Are hikers and equestrians also getting ticketed for using...
 
I think you might find snow/mud in high altitude Crested Butte in May. Spring is typically the dry season in Durango. However, if both towns were dry, I'd still pick Durango. Here...
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I will disagree. Durango is only at 6500 ft and is almost melted out now---maybe another 10 days. Crested Butte is at 8900ft. Big difference!
The areas adjacent to Boulder on both the north and south city limits have some good beginner singletrack. Also a good bike path network in town and the surrounding area, some of...
 
Colorado is a big state. You don't say where in Colorado you intend to go. Three of my favorite places to mountain bike in Colorado are Fruita, Salida, and Durango. If you...
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The current Trailbike sweet spot has 130-150mm travel, 2.5-2.8 tires on (i=inner width) i30-35mm rims, 1x12 Sram Eagle drivetrains, and progessive but not extremely long and slack geometry. I wouldn't buy a...
Plusbike Nerd   3 days ago
replied to SRAM NX Eagle vs GX Eagle
 
The Eagle NX drivetrain is designed for Shimano HG hubs and has an 11-50 cassette 455% range. The Eagle GX drivetrain is designed for Sram XD hubs and has a 10-50 cassette...
Plusbike Nerd   4 days ago
replied to Long Days in the Saddle
 
The Top Fuel is an XC race bike and trying to turn it into a Trailbike might not work. The modern Trailbike sweet spot is 2.5-2.8in tires on (i=inner width) i30-35mm rims,...
This winter, we've had below average temps and above average snowfall where I live and it's been continuous cold, mud, snow, slush, ice and rain. Just when we thought it was over,...
What I like about both bikes is that they come with 2.6 tires and they have clearance for 2.8 tires. 27 is lighter and more playful. 29 has better rollover and is...
Before 1x drivetrains the answer to that question would have been Shimano XT or SLX. But I need hubs for the Sram Eagle drivetrain which require XD drivers. So whats a durable...
We are all the same species living on the same small planet. Why do the jobs of somebody who lives on the other side of the planet have to be our loss....
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Should all pressfit bb's come with come with thread-together cups?
Many bikes now come with pressfit bottom brackets (bb's). I have a bike with a pressfit bb and that thing has always been creaking and grinding and noisy. Even after replacing it,...
What does "Made in the USA" even mean? Even if the frame was made in the USA, is the rest of the bike made here? Probably not! Components come from all over...
When I was a kid, I would strip all the parts off my Stingray. Wash the frame. Sand it with wet fine-grit sandpaper just enough to get it very clean and rough...
Bike manufacturers produce a continuous steam of new high tech gadgets. And I get it, why buy a new bike if it's just the same as the old bike. Even better for...
What a joke! We've already got that. It's called Motocross.
I'm suprised that more towns that have adjacent public lands where trails could exist don't promote mountain bike tourism. If your get 50 bike tourist spending $100 a day on lodging, dining, fuel, etc. during the 100 days of summer, that's a $500,000 boost to the local economy. With volunteers, you can build trail networks…
Plusbike Nerd   2 weeks ago
replied to What upgrades with $500
 
I always think of tires as the first upgrade anyone should do. Get a set of quality tires with heavy casings due to your weight, but also consider putting the widest tires...
When a mountain biking area is fairly new, some pirate trails seems normal. However, when an area fills up with trails, there comes a point when there are too many trails too close together. Then the wilderness feel is diminished and the area becomes degraded. Where I live new pirate/social trails are discouraged because the…
Plusbike Nerd   2 weeks ago
replied to Tyre width
 
First I would want to know the internal width of the bikes rims. A 2.8in tire needs a minumum (i=inner width) i30mm rim. A 2.6 tire needs a minumum i25 rim. A...
Plusbike Nerd   3 weeks ago
replied to What does your bike weigh?
 
When I bought my Trek Full Stache, it came with heavy 1250gm 29x3.0 Enduro tires and I switched to lighter 1000gm 29x2.8 Trail tires. I also traded the dropper post for a...
Plusbike Nerd   3 weeks ago
replied to Forks I.D help
 
From the picture it appears that your fork has a 1 1/8" straight steerer tube. Modern mountain bikes have come with tapered steerer tubes for more than 10 years. So that makes...
 
I like the Remedy better just because it is designed to for up to 2.8in wide tires. 2.6-2.8 tires on i30-35 rims is what I think is the mountain bike wheel sweet...
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Let me add the new Salsa Horsetheif to the above list. It just came out today.
 
I like bikes that have clearance for at least 29x2.6 wide tires and 29x2.8 might be better. So here's my list at your price range. Specialized Stumpjumper, Scott Genius, Ibis Ripmo, Trek...
The bigger and wider the tire the greater the weight savings you will get from going tubeless. Trading 4 oz of sealant for a 16 oz Fat tube is a lot of...
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In my opinion, the best reason to convert to tubeless is that you get many minor flats---think goathead and cactus thorns. When using tubes, if you get less that 10 flats a...
Plusbike Nerd   3 weeks ago
replied to Easier climbing
 
I live in Durango CO which has high altitude and long steep technical climbs and my bike weighs 33 pounds. I have a 26T chainring and a 10-50 cassette on my 29+...
Maybe I'm a dinosaur but I don't get wireless electric electronic drivetrains and droppers. They solve a problem I don't have. With the advent of 1x12 Sram NX and GX Eagle drivetrains, any issues I've every had with drivetrains were mostly resolved. They work great, they have good range, they're affordable and they made drivetrains…
Plusbike Nerd   on Feb 22, 2019
replied to 2018 Giant Talon 2 Upgrade
 
Why not go to the 1x12 NX Eagle with 11-50 cassette. You are already thinking of buying a new chain, shifter, chainring, and cassette so all you need to add is a...
Plusbike Nerd   on Feb 22, 2019
replied to Bikepacking CT Silverton to Durango
 
I live in town Durango and I've got 4 feet deep snow at my house. We've been getting hammered by snow this season which makes me think that the melt-out won't happen...
Because Enduro races only time the downhill portion of the course, Enduro bikes are really mostly downhill bikes with just adequate climbing ability. If where you ride has long steep technical descents...
Plusbike Nerd   on Feb 20, 2019
replied to I'm going crazy, please give advise
 
All these bikes are excellent bikes. Whichever one you buy you can't really screw up. Stop over-thinking it and take them for a test/demo ride. Then pick the one you like the...
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Plusbike Nerd   on Feb 20, 2019
replied to 29er Trail Tires
 
I'm no fan of 3.0in tires on i40-45mm rims---to heavy and slow rolling. Any tire wider than 2.8 and any rim wider than i35 should be sent to the dustbin of outdated...
Plusbike Nerd   on Feb 20, 2019
replied to 29er Trail Tires
 
I'm definitely more Trail than Enduro also. I think the benefits of 2.6 or wider tires (increased flotation, traction, roll-over, and cushion/tire suspension) more than make up for the increased weight. Go...
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