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Plusbike Nerd   3 hours ago
replied to Trek Marlin 7
 
I agree that a fork would be better but many of those cheapie forks are total junk and not worth having. Given my choice, Plusbikes would come with 2.8 tires and i35 rims. ...
A Gravelbike is just a Mountainbike with dropbars. Didn't John Tomac win Mountainbike races with dropbar Gravelbikes. His old bikes look just like modern Gravelbikes to me. Please cover Gravelbikes but no Roadbikes thank you.
Plusbike Nerd   6 hours ago
replied to Trek Marlin 7
 
I can't help but think that you would be happier with a bike with Plus tires.  In 27+ and at that price point, consider the Rocky Mountain Growler or the Framed Marguette...
Plusbike Nerd   5 days ago
replied to Riding on horse trails
 
Whenever I encounter equestrians, I immediately stop, dismount, pull way off the trail at least 15 ft, and give the horse/rider the full right of way.  Horses can be unpredictable!  Cyclist should...
Plusbike Nerd   1 week ago
replied to Looking for help/guidance
 
OOPS!  I said that Ibis bikes come with i38 rims but they actually come with i34 rims which is even better!
Plusbike Nerd   1 week ago
replied to Trail Hardtails
 
In my opinion, the best budget 29er hardtail is the Salsa Timberjack.  The cheapest model retails for $1250.  The bike comes with 2.6 tires mounted on (i=inner width) i29mm rims and has...
Plusbike Nerd   1 week ago
replied to Looking for help/guidance
 
Brandon Welcome to the sport!   As long as you're not into Enduro, Downhill, or XC racing what you probably need is a Trailbike.  So what defines the modern Trailbike? Trailbike wheel size.  In my...
Plusbike Nerd   1 week ago
replied to Rear cassette swap
 
Have you considered converting to the Sram Eagle NX  drivetrain with an 11-50 cassette.   You would need a new shifter, derailleur, cassette, and maybe a new chainring.   Eagle NX is not expensive....
 
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...
Plusbike Nerd   on Mar 21, 2019
replied to Best trails to hit in Colorado
 
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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Plusbike Nerd   on Mar 21, 2019
replied to Best trails to hit in Colorado
 
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...
Plusbike Nerd   on Mar 21, 2019
replied to Best trails to hit in Colorado
 
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   on Mar 20, 2019
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   on Mar 19, 2019
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   on Mar 6, 2019
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   on Mar 3, 2019
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   on Mar 2, 2019
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   on Mar 1, 2019
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...
Plusbike Nerd   on Mar 1, 2019
replied to Giant reign sx1 vs trek remedy 8
 
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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Plusbike Nerd   on Mar 1, 2019
replied to Best Full Suspension Mountain Bike
 
Let me add the new Salsa Horsetheif to the above list. It just came out today.
Plusbike Nerd   on Feb 28, 2019
replied to Best Full Suspension Mountain Bike
 
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...
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