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vapidoscar   22 hours ago
replied to Your best crash story
OTB into rock garden, broken helmet is a different level than hands out in dirt.
vapidoscar   1 day ago
replied to 1x10
Depends how you do it. Zee shifter + SLX derailleur + sunrace cassette should be under $150. Can you put a narrow-wide ring on your current crank? I considered doing this piece by...
I hate the machine marks. Seems unfinished. I have worked in a machine shop though. That would not pass QC. I get that is a choice they are making but I can't get over it.
vapidoscar   4 days ago
replied to Trek Marlin 7
Depending on the trail, I agree plus could be an advantage. I have demo'd a Specialized Fuse at a trail system with fairly smooth trails. It was a nice bike but it...
How much do you think it would have cost to make it internal routing for dropper? Eid it really push the cost over the magic $1,000 mark. Opens a lot more options.
vapidoscar   5 days ago
replied to Trek Marlin 7
Two of my riding buddies have Marlins. They have a more relaxed geometry than many bikes in their category, which is good for trail riding. This is not a cross country race...
I'd go with the Breezer. Not everyone needs the slackest bike, I'm one of them.
vapidoscar   1 week ago
replied to DB Mason 1 vs Hook
Mason. My wife had the women's rely. I was shocked at every feature it had. Really great bike. Make sure you get the thru axle version though. Regarding trail grading. It is all...
vapidoscar   1 week ago
replied to Sanity check
Finally fixed my bikeBroken things replaced since new: frame, wheels, rear derailleur, saddle. <p style="text-align: left;">Upgrades: tires, wide ratio cassette, crankset, shifter, brake levers, grips.</p> Next: pedals, stem, handlebars, dropper, fork.
vapidoscar   1 week ago
replied to Trail Hardtails
A little late to this hot topic but I completely agree. You can find 29er hardtails with 70-71 degree head angles all day. Even Ritchey and other custom frame builders you will...
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vapidoscar   1 week ago
replied to Grab bag of questions
Update on Nashbar bikes. They are starting to show up on So if you had your eye on one before they went under, you might get one more chance.
vapidoscar   on Mar 11, 2019
replied to Trail sabotage, or just rocks and logs?
If it involves riding as many trails as possible and counting the trees that fell on the trail vs away from the trail; then I am in. I think $200/hr ought to...
vapidoscar   on Mar 11, 2019
replied to Grab bag of questions
Couple more questions to throw into the mix. 4) I replaced my wheels and I am in the process of setting them up. I need to tape them and I am going to...
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vapidoscar   on Mar 11, 2019
replied to Trail sabotage, or just rocks and logs?
@Jeff +1 Wind won't stop sabotaging the trails. I am amazed there are any trees left. And why do they always land on the trail.
vapidoscar   on Mar 11, 2019
commented on Review: VeloToze Waterproof Biking Gloves
Looks like something a high school wrestler would wear to shed that pesky knuckle weight before the big weigh in.
Yes we have pirate trails; however, they are used for trail running races so they are not completely unofficial. It seemed to me that there was room to cut in some new trails but when I scouted them I realized the existing trails are exactly where they should be and there are no obvious places…
Go Pro effect at 8:00? Or is that why they call it slick rock?
vapidoscar   on Feb 25, 2019
started a topic: Grab bag of questions
1) Anyone know who is liquidating Performance/Nashbar? 2) If possible should PF30 be avoided? Been looking at frames and one of the top contenders has PF30. I have heard horror stories. Since I...
vapidoscar   on Feb 25, 2019
replied to Canyon torque 2019
Canyon Torque looks really cool. I would love to borrow one for a week and hit the features that scare me on my local trails (wearing full body armor). From a completely uninformed...
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vapidoscar   on Feb 25, 2019
replied to Grab bag of questions
Hey Jeff. Thanks for the answers. For 1), the performance and nashbar sites have already switched over to amain's platform and with their inventory. Shame because I thought the nashbar website was...
Brian Gerow did a budget guide earlier this month: 10 Affordable Mountain Bikes Priced Under $1000 That Are Worth a Look Having bought a bike that is slightly better than the ones that...
took my bike for a walk in two Medina county parks (Huffman and Austin Badger). Snow too deep and rutted. I did notice I could make progress if I was...
vapidoscar   on Jan 19, 2019
replied to First ride photos of the new year
First ride of year Bedford Reservation near Cleveland OH.
I am very disappointed to hear that trash is piling up at federal lands. If you can bring something in with you, you can bring it out. This should be the general rule, always. It's not the government's job to clean up after you. If you believe it is, stay off the land until the…
Define a few minutes away? How close are your local trails?
Mohican is on me and my riding partner's list. I would join in if someone organizes a Singletracks group ride. I will have to train though to do the full 25. Singletracks IMBA...
Did the push up on a yard stick test and came out right at 740mm. I could see going to 760mm and cutting down if needed but can't see 800-840mm as other measurements have suggested. Partly because I ride tight trails but push up position-wise would feel very odd.
vapidoscar   on Dec 31, 2018
replied to Manitou Marvel Comp 120
My understanding is Marvel is adjustable in 20mm increments. 80 - 100 - 120. Certainly seems like if you got the right size spacer you could go 110.
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Hoping to go to the world cup in Snowshoe WV, assume I will be able to get some riding in there or on the way. Definitely going to ride all the trails at...
Thanks Matt. I was more thinking about a rule of thumb for measuring the distance between the chain stays and seat stays plus room for mud? Would like to apply it to multiple bikes when I need to replace tires (kids, wife, etc.).
It is an entry level 29er with qr135. Just got new wheels, mangled both of the originals. New wheels are 27mm. But haven't seen how centered in dropout they sit. The old one had 2.1s. Front derailleur was biggest issue but that is coming off.
Any tip for determining if wider tires will fit in frame? Rear specifically. Would like to go 2.4" but concerned 2.25" might be more appropriate. Will save me $25-$50 if I can figure out ahead.
That last bullet point was my problem. I actually broke a chain on a really steep paved hill. I believe the chain break cracked my chain stay and bent the frame. ASE didn't want to warrantee my frame because they claim that kind of damage can only happen in a car wreck. Trying to figure…
vapidoscar   on Dec 3, 2018
commented on Listen: Mountain Bike Skills with Phil
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