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TwiceHorn   on Dec 3, 2018
replied to Grips and sweat
 
Yeah if you don't find yourself bashing trees or rocks or dipping your bar ends (and hands) through sticker or thorny bushes on turns, you may not need the extra protection of...
TwiceHorn   on Dec 1, 2018
replied to Grips and sweat
 
Not sure what kind of trails you ride, but gloves have a big protective benefit, as well as grip.  I ride in Texas and it's hot as hell three-plus months a year...
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TwiceHorn   on Dec 1, 2018
replied to New bike
 
Really need to have a look at the Marin Hawk Hill and Rift Zone.  The "1"  level is right in your budget and they did a great job with inexpensive but decent...
 
So far, not real good.  I got a Stan's kit, it's the widest "rim strip" kit they sell, for 25-28mm width (external) rims, while mine are 29mm internal width. First bad sign, the...
 
I think we may be conflating unseating a bead with getting the tire off the rim because the tire has a tight (small diameter and or stiff) bead.   The way I read OP's...
TwiceHorn   on Nov 18, 2018
replied to Seperate Frame or just Bike
 
Yep, unless you have firm opinions as to what components you want, and the patience and time to wait for them to come on sale, you will get absolutely nickeled and dimed...
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I think a couple of things are going on here.  First, tire manufacturers are making tighter beads that are harder to get over the edge of a rim.  Second, the tubeless compatible...
TwiceHorn   on Nov 18, 2018
replied to Upgrade Specialized Rockhopper 29er
 
Before you go looking at wheels, you need to consider what kind of hubs you have.  Thru-axle hubs of two different dimensions (Boost--the new, new thing, and non-Boost) are pretty standard now,...
Yeah, it's probably not going to be worth it unless you stumble onto some really good parts deals.  They can certainly be out there.  But, one of the biggest things about a...
TwiceHorn   on Oct 20, 2018
replied to Rim diameter vs tire diameter
 
Sounds good.  But, as alluded to above, and a matter of nomenclature and more, there is no such thing as 2.25" rims (well there may be, but they aren't in common use...
TwiceHorn   on Sep 13, 2018
replied to Crash on new bike
 
Completely psychological. Also, completely reasonable.  As mentioned, you are going to have to recondition yourself to riding without unhealthy fear and that may take some time.  Some amount of fear is healthy,...
TwiceHorn   on Aug 7, 2018
replied to Orbea Alma 29 H50 On Sale
 
Yeah, that really isn't a bad beginner bike.  It has an air fork and hydraulic brakes, which are somewhat unusual in a bike at that price point.  Orbea seems to be a...
TwiceHorn   on Jul 23, 2018
replied to Diamondback Release 2
 
You are going to have to elaborate on what you really want.  People say "downhill" when they mean going down hills sometimes.   Real downhill bikes cost more than five grand, typically, and they...
 
Insofar as I have gathered that you are in Texas, please stop.  Although I suppose you haven't had much opportunity to pray lately.
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TwiceHorn   on Jul 22, 2018
replied to Salsa Beargrease 2017
 
You are more or less stuck with the clearance you've got on a given bike.  Are you moving in a straight line, more or less, when you are hitting?  In that case,...
TwiceHorn   on Jul 22, 2018
replied to Diamondback Release 2
 
Check out Marin.
Those are all very nice bikes, and rather spendy for a first bike (at MSRP, but I am assuming you may have some price breaks in your sights).  The Trance and Intense...
 
Ride on the street, which bores me so much.  But I try to do sprint intervals and practice manualing and hopping and stuff.  I can't stand to ride on the road for...
Also, at the 2000 price point, there are a number of pretty decent options in hardtails and it seems more than ever in full suspension.  Marin seems to have hit home runs...
Might be easier to list a few features very worth having on a modern bike: Air fork (a lot of cheaper, "entry level" bikes have coil forks), this also implies a tapered headset/steerer...
Remarkably similar bikes.  The only difference in componentry/spec that I see that the Trek holds over the Norco is boost spacing (front and rear? hard to tell) and potentially through axles.  Boost...
TwiceHorn   on Jul 9, 2018
replied to Test riding
 
I don't know what the margins on bikes are.  The direct-to-consumer bikes aren't so much cheaper than regular retail bikes that it seems they are enormous.   There are risks to the shop of...
TwiceHorn   on Jul 8, 2018
replied to GT Aggressor Pro Upgrades
 
Shame that you had that experience, but it appears that you have a lot better bike that you wont have to think about upgrading for a while.  Congrats on the new ride....
TwiceHorn   on Jul 7, 2018
replied to GT Aggressor Pro Upgrades
 
Ride up grades, not upgrades.   Eddy Mercx.   That said, the best bang for your buck, that will actually change the riding experience for the better is to replace your coil fork with an air...
TwiceHorn   on Jul 6, 2018
replied to I Hit A Tree The Other Day
 
I have a new bike with 780 mm bars.  There are several tree gates on local trails that it won't go straight through.   I was on a group ride the other day and...
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TwiceHorn   on Jul 6, 2018
replied to This is for the Texans
 
Surprised Dinosaur Valley SP didn't get mentioned.  Bit out of your way for Centex, but not as far as Palo Duro by a longshot.   Its going to be somewhat similar to some of...
TwiceHorn   on Jul 6, 2018
replied to Entry Level Bike Opinion
 
As noted on another newbie bike thread, Marin has been pretty much killing it on budget bikes lately.  They have a San Quentin hardtail coming out that has a nice spec for...
TwiceHorn   on Jul 6, 2018
spec'd a bike: Marin Rift Zone
 
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TwiceHorn   on Jul 6, 2018
spec'd a bike: Marin Rift Zone
 
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