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Bike Nerd   1 day ago
replied to New XC/Trail Tires
 
Not many years ago and for many years before that, nearly all Mountainbikes came with i18-23 rims and many came with 2.3-2.4 tires.   Only with the advent of the Plusbike did wider...
Bike Nerd   1 day ago
replied to New XC/Trail Tires
 
First off,  it's not true that you are limited to 2.2 tires because you have i19 rims.  I rode 2.4 Maxxis Ardents on i18 rims on my Specialized Epic for years and...
I like the idea of a wide range 450% or more drivetrain in 1x9 or 1x10 and especially if it is affordable. An Eagle GX cassette costs as much as the whole Box drivetrain, which is outrageous. I have an old bike with 3x9 which I keep using because the price of switching to a…
Bike Nerd   2 weeks ago
replied to Gloves without annoying seams
 
I can't speak to the issue of stitching.   However, I stopped buying bike gloves years ago.  I now get my gloves at the Home Depot.   You can buy work gloves that are...
I think that expecting Mountainbikes to get massively better in a few years is unrealistic. Are they maybe 30% better than they were 5 years ago? I think so. Look at what's happened in the last five years. Wider tires and rims. Thru-axle Boosted hubs. 29er Enduro bikes. Wide range 1x12 drivetrains. Longer travel suspensions…
For most bikes increasing or decreasing the stock fork travel by about 10mm won't affect the geometry much or cause the frame to fail.  However when you jump up 30mm you will...
Bike Nerd   3 weeks ago
replied to Winter riding layering questions
 
Were I live, winter mornings  are about 15 degrees F at about 9:00 AM.  To ride at that temperature, I would be wearing thick socks, tights with chamios, tights without chamios, baggy...
Buyer beware.  Even though the bikes are almost new,  they could be heavily used by the end of the summer season.  Think about riders going up the ski lift and riding down...
Bike Nerd   on Nov 10, 2019
replied to Your MTB plan?
 
Just keep riding!  Just keep riding!  Just keep riding!
Unless you are seriously interested in XC racing, I wouldn't buy an XC bike.  The skinny tires and the twitchy geometry make for a harsh and unpleasant ride.  XC bikes might be...
Soap and water are not friends to the bearings on your bike.  The whole point of soap is that it dissolves grease.  I never use soap to clean my bike and I...
Bike Nerd   on Nov 4, 2019
replied to Mixed standard fork and frame
 
In hindsite, I think my chart above is more useful if done in reverse. i25 rims   2.0-2.6 tires i27 rims   2.1-2.7 tires i30 rims   2.2-2.8 tires i32 rims   2.3-2.9 tires i35 rims   2.4-3.0 tires Ultimately,  every rim width...
Bike Nerd   on Nov 4, 2019
replied to Mixed standard fork and frame
 
All tires can reasonably use a wide variety of rim widths. 2.2 tires  i15-30 rims (i=internal width) 2.4 tires  i20-35 rims 2.6 tires  i25-40 rims 2.8 tires  i30-45 rims 3.0 tires  i35-50 rims However the i30 rim is...
If you're OK with dropbars and the gravel you ride could be described as flat, smooth, firm, and well maintained, then the typical full-rigid Gravelbike might be right for you.  However, I...
Since I started this forum, I've gotten more and more into Gravel biking.  I now use my XC-Gravelbike almost as much as I use my Mountainbike.  I'm now using 700x43 Panaracer Gravel...
The first geometry measurement that I want to know is maximum wheel clearance. I wouldn't buy a Trailbike that didn't have clearance for at least 29x2.6 tires. I was any early adopter of 29ers and 29+ and I've tried about every 29er tire width from 1.7 to 3.0. In my experience for Trail riding, 2.6-2.8…
 
I don't know how to convert pounds to dollars but the new 2020 $2100 Trek Fuel EX 5 wins my vote for best full-sus budget bike.
Two years ago when Jeff tested the Nomad things were very different.  Then, there were almost no 29er Enduro bikes or Trailbikes with progressive (Enduro-ish) geometry and 2.5-2.6 tires were were just...
Bike Nerd   on Oct 18, 2019
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...
Bike Nerd   on Oct 17, 2019
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...
Bike Nerd   on Oct 9, 2019
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…
Bike Nerd   on Oct 8, 2019
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...
Bike Nerd   on Oct 7, 2019
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...
Bike Nerd   on Oct 7, 2019
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???
Bike Nerd   on Oct 4, 2019
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...
Bike Nerd   on Oct 4, 2019
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???
Bike Nerd   on Oct 2, 2019
replied to help building a sl xc/trail
 
Let me add the Specialized Stumpjumper ST (Short Travel) to my list above.
Bike Nerd   on Sep 30, 2019
replied to help building a sl xc/trail
 
Also check out PinkBike.com---Video: 2020 Santa Cruz Tallboy VS Trek Fuel EX - Cage Match.
Bike Nerd   on Sep 30, 2019
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...
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