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Old 01-26-2013, 03:36 AM   #27001
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Only thing is at 6'7", I cannot really fit on a downhill bike
What frame size fits someone of your height?
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Old 01-26-2013, 04:01 AM   #27002
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Holy crap!!!! You're alive.
For a few more hours anyway.

http://www.noquemanon.com/snow-bike/

I've skied it before. If conditions are solid, should be way more fun on a bike!
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Old 01-26-2013, 06:42 AM   #27003
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What frame size fits someone of your height?
My XL reign does a pretty good job, I know I look too big for it still but it feels like it fits. I have 2" riser bars to help my back. I grew up riding bmx bikes so I actually like having a smaller frame than I probably should. I really wanted a reign x, but since they only go up to large, I didn't feel like spending that coin on a clown bike. Came of a large rockhopper before my reign, the Xl felt too big.

Next time around I'd like to test a 29er before I buy.
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Old 01-26-2013, 07:26 AM   #27004
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My XL reign does a pretty good job, I know I look too big for it still but it feels like it fits. I have 2" riser bars to help my back. I grew up riding bmx bikes so I actually like having a smaller frame than I probably should. I really wanted a reign x, but since they only go up to large, I didn't feel like spending that coin on a clown bike. Came of a large rockhopper before my reign, the Xl felt too big.

Next time around I'd like to test a 29er before I buy.
Biggest rider I ever met stood 6'-5', and weighed about 300 lbs. My 19.5" frame 29er looked tiny with him on it.
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Old 01-26-2013, 07:39 AM   #27005
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I did some lift-served riding last rummer aboard my Reign and then rented a proper DH rig. Big difference (obviously). Only thing is at 6'7", I cannot really fit on a downhill bike, so I'm looking at options to make my reign a little more suited for bombing. Thinking a thicker stantion fork, as fork flex was the biggest thing i noticed... just not sure the frame could handle the extra stress? Somtimes being a giant blows.
Devinci offer an XL DH rig.

I wouldn't dream of upgrading your Reign for that type of terrain. You've got a really nice bike, for what it was designed for. Furthermore, you're talking a substantial amount of money, when going to the big tube forks that are suited for the job. Then, you gotta' look at the impacts you'll be subjecting the bike to. When you start breaking stuff or finding other shortcomings, you'll be spending more money. If you think you'll be doing that type of riding, on a regular basis, it makes sense to by the proper piece of equipment.

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My XL reign does a pretty good job, I know I look too big for it still but it feels like it fits. I have 2" riser bars to help my back. I grew up riding bmx bikes so I actually like having a smaller frame than I probably should. I really wanted a reign x, but since they only go up to large, I didn't feel like spending that coin on a clown bike. Came of a large rockhopper before my reign, the Xl felt too big.

Next time around I'd like to test a 29er before I buy.
At your size, you'll find wheel flex to be the biggest 29er issue. I'd plan $1000 on a proper wheelset purchase, as well.

There's plenty of "big guy" info on the MTB forums. It's my understanding that Foes is the bike of choice, as they have their linkage ratio (2.3:1) setup to be very progressive (gets stiffer further into travel).
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Old 01-26-2013, 07:44 AM   #27006
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The problem has been with me almost from the start, and back when I bought it (March 2012), I was still recovering from a broken hip, so I wasn't able to pedal that hard. Fiddling with the barrel adjuster always cured it, but only for about two rides, and then it would start up again. I've had no problems with the gears in front; only the ones in back.
Woke up this morning and thought "B screw.". If this is set too far in, it'll actually unwrap the chain from the cog. The smaller the cog, the less teeth engaged, and the more apt for the chain to skip. Generally, ~5mm is the gap you want from the derailluer pulley to the smallest cog. However, you can adjust this tighter, so long as pulley doesn't get into any of the cogs and it still shifts fine. Experiment with this setting, by backing it out.


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Old 01-26-2013, 07:45 AM   #27007
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For a few more hours anyway.

http://www.noquemanon.com/snow-bike/

I've skied it before. If conditions are solid, should be way more fun on a bike!
Good luck and have fun!
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Old 01-26-2013, 08:15 AM   #27008
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Devinci offer an XL DH rig.

I wouldn't dream of upgrading your Reign for that type of terrain. You've got a really nice bike, for what it was designed for. Furthermore, you're talking a substantial amount of money, when going to the big tube forks that are suited for the job. Then, you gotta' look at the impacts you'll be subjecting the bike to. When you start breaking stuff or finding other shortcomings, you'll be spending more money. If you think you'll be doing that type of riding, on a regular basis, it makes sense to by the proper piece of equipment.



At your size, you'll find wheel flex to be the biggest 29er issue. I'd plan $1000 on a proper wheelset purchase, as well.

There's plenty of "big guy" info on the MTB forums. It's my understanding that Foes is the bike of choice, as they have their linkage ratio (2.3:1) setup to be very progressive (gets stiffer further into travel).

Thanks ducnut. As much fun as it was, I can't justify a dh rig for the few times a summer I'll use it. Figure I'll either use my reign and go slower or rent a too small dh bike when I go. Santa Cruz makes a Xl v10 dh sled, but it's approaching $8k

I'm actually technically 6'8" and around 275 lbs, but I've been told I ride very smoothly, and have been perfectly happy with my reign. I think if I started plowing stuff, I'd break things quickly, but I just don't seem to ride like that. Suspension travel has been great, though my rear shock is at max psi and I have managed a few bottom outs off a 4' drop to ride out that is on my normal loop. Although I don't plan on buying another bike for 2-3 seasons, I'll give foes a look.

The only real issue I have is on long, intense dh runs at speed... I get a lot of lower back pain. Just comes with being a giant I guess.

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Old 01-26-2013, 08:19 AM   #27009
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Tell him to man up and quit being a pussy.

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That really doesn't look like fun

I'm pretty familiar with that whole area and there isn't much flat ground.
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Old 01-26-2013, 08:42 AM   #27010
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Suspension travel has been great, though my rear shock is at max psi and I have managed a few bottom outs off a 4' drop to ride out that is on my normal loop. Although I don't plan on buying another bike for 2-3 seasons, I'll give foes a look..
My MTB partner, who's 6'4"/~250lbs, sent his shock and fork into Fox. They revalved everything, for his weight. You just need to call them and they'll give you the details on what to do.

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The only real issue I have is on long, intense dh runs at speed... I get a lot of lower back pain. Just comes with being a giant I guess.
I suspect it has to with your riding position, on steep downhill terrain. You're really far back, on the bike, offsetting the slope. That's partly why a DH rig is "leaned back".
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Old 01-26-2013, 01:09 PM   #27011
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First ride report on the TCR:

Its like the smilie... There's an angel on one shoulder sayin 'today's an easy day' and there's a devil under me sayin 'go faster! go FASTER!'

Man does this thing shout 'go faster!'

Stiff with a capital 'if you have an erection that lasts more than 4 hrs call a Dr.' 'S.'

...but there's a fly in the ointment. Its a few mm (~5mm) too high in the seatmast. I have to decide whether to stay with Bont shoes or go with something else. If I stay with the Bonts, there's a pair of Vaypors in my near future and I need to cut the seatmast.

If I go with Shimano, I have a pair of first gen Poggios I can wear till the new shoes end up in my possession and I don't have to cut the seatmast.

I don't like the way the Poggios feel any more. They used to be comfy, but the heat molding of the Bonts has spoiled me. Those Bonts fit my feet like they were custom made. ....because they were! (sorta) IDK if there's a spacer you can put under the topper 'cause I haven't actually been to a Giant dealer to discuss this. Its not like it'll be a huge amount of spacers, but... There's the old adage of 'its easier to cut it shorter later than it is to stretch it' at work.



Thoughts?

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edited to add: pics are on the camera and I can't seem to find the cable. I'll post em up when the cable's found.
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Old 01-26-2013, 05:17 PM   #27012
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I had a good CX/gravel grinder ride going today.




Saw some nice scenery.




Then the Unfortunate Incident occured.




I was less than pleased.




I really liked that derailleur. Ended up calling TheWifester for the Ride Of Shame. Looks like I'll be darkening the LBS doorway this week.
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Old 01-26-2013, 06:28 PM   #27013
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That really doesn't look like fun

I'm pretty familiar with that whole area and there isn't much flat ground.
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Old 01-26-2013, 07:11 PM   #27014
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Went riding at a trail system outside of Atlanta today. About 10 miles into it, I got behind a racer on a brand spanking new Scott Scale carbon 29er. Followed him for maybe 100 yards and his bike started making an awful squeaking sound. After checking over the bike, we discovered his bottom bracket literally locked up. He just got the bike today and this was it's maiden ride. He said he bought a bike shop last October so he wouldn't have to spend so much money on bikes. Poor guy had a long walk back to the parking lot.
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Old 01-26-2013, 07:34 PM   #27015
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Watching RAGBRAI route announcement party tonight.

Apparently they've decided to make more time for boozing and cut out a lot of that pesky riding.
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