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  1. carvegybe

    WTF is up with those SRAM brakes?

    So I got my dream bike in November and I freakin' love this thing. It is orgasm on wheels. The bike also marks a complete switch from everything Shimano to everything Sram. But I don't want to turn this into another Shimano vs Sram debate. But what I do wonder about is the brakes. I love the XT...
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    2018 Merida 29er MTB for sale (with power meter and dumb trainer)

    Hi All, I just bought a new bike and prefer to do indoor rides in the gym now that this is possible again, so I am thinking to sell this bike/kit. It still serves a purpose so sale depends on appetite for a bike that is not known in the US (to my knowledge Merida has an anti-compete arrangement...
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    GoPro settings advice for a MTB trip

    Will be doing some riding in Cape Town area towards the end of October and will only get one chance to get GoPro settings right. The GoPro is model 8 and will be chest-mounted upside down so I can get more of the horizon when in lower hinge position. Any advice on resolution and frame rate to...
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    Preparing for the winter...

    With global warming and all I might need to be thinking about chigger protection during the winter, but assuming we still have a winter or two to go, I'm wonder what you peeps use for mtb pants when you're expecting it to be both cold (high 30s) and wet. That's the only weakness in my clothing...
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    Bad snakes at Baldpate

    https://www.nj.com/mercer/2021/08/rare-venomous-snake-bite-on-nj-hike-put-college-student-in-icu-hes-now-recovering-at-home.html
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    Braking power meter?

    Any thoughts about this? https://www.brakeace.com/ The idea seems sound, but could this actually help learn to brake better?
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    Question for SRAM Eagle AXS users

    I have a set of Santa Cruz Reserve wheels with a Shimano hub. I am looking to get a new bike with XO1 AXS on it (including a set of wheels with XD driver in the rear). The idea would be to be able to switch out wheelsets to change from XC to more aggressive tires. I hear AXS works with Shimano...
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    Scott Spark RC 2022

    https://m.pinkbike.com/news/2022-scott-spark-integration-for-the-next-generation.html Scott is establishing 120mm travel as new XC standard. Rear shock has a house now. Cockpit has visually interesting solutions. I bet this is a sweet ride but ouch...the price. $13,000 for top of the line...
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    The Spring XC Fair Hill race - 2021

    Does anyone have the results? Tx
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    MTB airline bags

    I would appreciate advice on bike air travel bags to fit a MTB 29er. Need the bag to meet 3 criteria: 1) protect the MTB adequately, 2) be lightweight - trying to make bike and bag fitb under 50lbs so roughly 20lbs for bag and 30lbs for bike - might require putting cassette etc in normal checked...
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    Trailside repair anxiety

    With the temps dropping I've had some anxiety over dealing with a possible puncture on the trails. I've got bacon strips and tubeless and a spare tube, but the prospect of not moving for what might be a while (and with a wet wool base layer) makes me a bit nervous. I am not a fast user of tire...
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    Looking to get back to vinyl: any turntable recommendations?

    Something tells me this question is best placed here rather than in some audioholics forum. I trust MTBers with their choices....after all, you chose to be MTBers! So which turntable? Looking for sub $500 price level (even better if good quality and below $300), no preamp, belt driven, moving...
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    H2H Mayhem 2020 - It finally happened

    So that was a lot of fun and still managed to race in shorts thanks to global warming. Thank you also to @MissJR for pointing out the race to me when I was looking for my first ever race event around December last year. Did 13 miles at 5:25/M pace, including a dropped chain (I now understand...
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    Hard tail vs full squish

    I'm sure this has been debated many times. In context of riding in the North East and assuming no focus on DH/enduro riding, I'm starting to think HT is the better bet. On any technical descents I would be out of the saddle anyway, so a dropper post would be a must. Sightly fatter, tubless tires...
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    Wanted: used 29' rear wheel with boost 12 x 148 hub for 11sp shimano cassette

    Hi All I got my hands on a used mechanical trainer (Cycleops Fluid 2) for indoor rides but this thing was designed for roadies and is way too loud with a knobby mtb tire. I also don't want to be changing tires each time I want to get on the trainer, so I need a 29' rear wheel with 2.0 smooth...
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    Stand up mountain bike?

    https://www.elliptigo.com/products/elliptigo-msub/ Does anyone have experience with this as N + 1 bike? I can imagine there is some value in learning to ride corners without a seat...
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    Racing Mayhem with Minions?

    Hi Folks, I could use some wheelset/tire advice...thanks in advance. So I signed up for my first race ever (Mayhem) and after a few rides with guys that have XC set ups, I'm seeing I might have a problem with the Minion collection on my bike (and my rims are very narrow). The two wheels with...
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    Help with organizing my "back to basics" approach for first half of 2020...

    Hi All Following 1.5 years on Trainnerroad building up muscular endurance for MTB-ing, I think I reached that 80/20 point where incremental power improvements will demand time and effort that is probably better dedicated towards addressing weaknesses, such as skills, flexibility, core strength...
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    MTBNJ + Trainerroad Folk

    I see more and more MTBNJ folk post TR rides on Strava. My personal experience with TR has been very positive and translated to big gains in fitness, power and weight loss. But I am still getting dropped on the trails, which is the skills part that TR can't address. That said, it may be useful...
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    Brendan T Byrne Forest, Batsto Trails and the Batona Trail...

    So in my search for MTB trails that are rideable during periods of thaw, I rode the 17 mile Batsto loop and the Mount Misery Trail this week for the first time. The trails are an awesome surprise and provide opportunity to practice sustaining speed on fast, flowy singletrack. I'm definitely...
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