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Plusbike Nerd   12 hours ago
replied to 2.35 or 2.6" tyres?
 
Very few tires are actually the width printed on the sidewall.  In my experience, most tires are 0.1 inches narrower then they are labeled.  So a 2.6 tire is really only a...
Plusbike Nerd   1 day ago
replied to 2.35 or 2.6" tyres?
 
I'm currently using 29x2.6 Maxxis Minion DHR2 3c EXO+ TR both front and rear.  The EXO+ adds a bit of weight but hopefully will make the casing less likely to tear or...
Plusbike Nerd   1 week ago
replied to Breaking in....
 
I think the ideal starter bike would be the full-sus $2900 2020 Trek Fuel EX 7 with 29x2.6 tires and 130mm of travel.   If you are a shorter person the full-sus $2800...
This is the worst sort of mountain bike. It's heavy. It has twitchy short and steep geometry which descends poorly. It has narrow XC tires and rims which are mostly only good for XC racing. For competetive XC racers, it is just too heavy. Nobody stands a chance of doing well on this bike. My…
Plusbike Nerd   1 week ago
replied to Help me choose a bike?
 
29er's are better because they roll over things more easily.  That's why wagon wheels are so tall.  That's also why nearly all XC-Race bikes have 29er wheels even though 27.5 wheels would...
Plusbike Nerd   1 week ago
replied to Help me choose a bike?
 
Given that you are only spending $1200, I recommend that you buy a 29+ hardtail with progressive geometry. Here are my favorites. Norco Torrent HT 29x2.6 Specialized Fuze 29x2.6 Marin Pine Mountain 29x2.6 Salsa Timberjack 29x2.6 Trek...
Plusbike Nerd   1 week ago
replied to Lies we tell ourselves
 
I look great wearing skin tight shorts with a diaper stitched in side them while wearing  a psychedelic billboard jersey while riding a neon pink-orange-yellow-purple bike???
Plusbike Nerd   2 weeks ago
replied to Small Tire Companies
 
I've had good experiences with Teravail Coronado tires but I wouldn't be able to say for sure if they are actually a small company.  Many smaller tire company tires are made by...
Plusbike Nerd   2 weeks ago
replied to Lies we tell ourselves
 
That new bike will make me faster. If I cycle a lot, I can eat all I want and I won't gain weight. If I cycle a lot, I'll look as good as I...
I'm a little confused. You call it a 29er in the title but this bike has 27.5 wheels???
Plusbike Nerd   2 weeks ago
replied to help building a sl xc/trail
 
Let me add the Specialized Stumpjumper ST (Short Travel) to my list above.
Plusbike Nerd   2 weeks ago
replied to help building a sl xc/trail
 
Also check out PinkBike.com---Video: 2020 Santa Cruz Tallboy VS Trek Fuel EX - Cage Match.
Plusbike Nerd   2 weeks ago
replied to help building a sl xc/trail
 
Sounds like you're trying to put together a Down-Country Bike---short travel, light weight, progressive geo.  Check out BikeMag.com---The 10 Best Down-Country Bikes.  My three favorites are. 2020 Trek Fuel EX 2020 Santa Cruz Tallboy 2019...
Plusbike Nerd   3 weeks ago
replied to Evil The Calling MB Bike Fit
 
Mikey, I have 2 bikes.  One is a full-sus 2009 XC bike (old school geometry, short toptube, 90mm long stem).  The other is a full-sus 2018 Trail bike(modern progressive geometry, long toptube, 35mm...
For nearly all of human evolution we were hunter-gatherers which required a high level of physical activity. We needed to move to find food and we needed an outward focus so that we didn't become food. Even when we started farming, that too invovled a high level of physical activity. But now in modern times,…
Plusbike Nerd   3 weeks ago
replied to Evil The Calling MB Bike Fit
 
I think a better way to get the fit right is to add effective toptube length plus stem length.  For any given bike that fits you, that sum should be about the...
I think the perfect 2 bike quiver would have a 50-70mm travel full-sus Gravelbike for pavement, gravel, and easy singletrack and a 120-150mm travel full-sus Trail/Enduro bike for more technical singletrack. You could add a full-rigid Fatbike if you have the right winter snow conditions.
I think Gravelbikes are mis-named. The name, Gravelbike, makes it seem that they are really just for riding gravel roads. However, they are much more versatile. A Gravelbike can be almost as fast as a Roadbike on pavement while still being quite capable on singletrack as long as it doesn't get too steep, loose, and…
Plusbike Nerd   on Sep 16, 2019
replied to Buying a frame
 
Unless you really know your bikes, there are so many different standards that you could be challenged.  In addition, it is unlikely that will save any money over buying a new bike. ...
Plusbike Nerd   on Sep 16, 2019
replied to New entry level SRAM/Rockshox
 
I've been using the Sram Eagle GX drivetrain (with the 500% range 10-50 cassette which requires Sram XD hubs) for about 18 months and it has performed almost flawlessly.  The Eagle NX...
Plusbike Nerd   on Sep 10, 2019
replied to Dropper post on All Mountain bikes?
 
I'll likely be in the minority here but I don't use a dropper post.  While I think they will help you descend more easily and quickly, I don't think they are are...
Plusbike Nerd   on Sep 10, 2019
replied to front shock pressure thoughts
 
I have a hardtail with a fork that just didn't feel right using the standard 25-30% sag rule.  The way I set the fork pressure was to see how often I bottomed...
Plusbike Nerd   on Sep 6, 2019
replied to Supercaliber commercial
 
You got to love a gal that wears pearls while she Mountainbikes and I love those Bad Ass Bears!!!!!!!
Plusbike Nerd   on Sep 6, 2019
replied to Tubeless rims problem
 
I went tubeless for a couple of years and then went back to using tubes.   Going tubeless was so much hassle and mess that I decided it wasn't worth it.  In my...
Plusbike Nerd   on Sep 6, 2019
replied to New Rider
 
You're not spending enough to buy a descent full-sus bike.  For that you need a about $2500 dollars.  In the $1000-$1500 range, the best Trailbike would be a Hardtail with 29x2.6-2.8 tires....
I am profoundly interested in this bike but not as an XC-Race bike. Imagine putting a 60mm travel fork and a set of Gravel tires on this bike and you get a 60mm travel full-sus Gravel bike capable of using up to 29x2.2 Gravel tires. Now that's the Gravelbike that I want! Trek just invented…
Plusbike Nerd   on Sep 1, 2019
replied to Mountain bike upgrades
 
Making significant upgrades to any Mountainbike is seldom worth it because parts cost so much.  Wheelset $500+, drivetrain $400+, fork $400+, dropper post $250+.  Making any of those upgrades cost almost as...
Plusbike Nerd   on Aug 29, 2019
replied to Lets talk...TIRES!
 
ChainReactionCycles.com has 955gm 29x2.4 Maxxis Minion DHR II EXO-TR's on sale for $40.95 each.  Put this tire on front and rear.  $82.00 for a complete set of tires is a great deal. ...
Plusbike Nerd   on Aug 29, 2019
replied to Lets talk...TIRES!
 
Because Enduro has been the big thing for the last few years, there hasn't been much development of Trail tires.  Enduro tires have large widely spaced knobs and thick durable casings and...
Let's compare  riding "Light" vs "Heavy". Heavy.   White knuckle death grip on bars.  Bloodflow restricted to fingers.  Cramping hands. Light.    Firm but relaxed grip on bars.  Good bloodflow to fingers.  No cramping Heavy.  Clenchted...
I guess I'm lucky because I have six local bike shops and they are mostly well stocked and carry most of the major brands---Trek, Specialized, Santa Cruz, Kona, Pivot, Salsa, Ibis, etc. I prefer buying at the LBS for two reasons. First, because I'm very particular about fit and the only way to get that…
Why would you wash your bike after every ride.   Water is not a friend to moving bike parts, especially bearings.  I only wash my bike when it is very dirty.   If I've...
For years, I've thought of the Fuel EX as the definition of Trailbike. It's the perfect middle ground between XC and Enduro in terms of travel, geometry, and tire. And this latest 2020 edition with more progressive geo, wider 2.6 tires, increased 140mm fork travel, and a budget model that sells for only $2100 redefines…
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