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Old 01-24-2011, 05:43 AM   #18631
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Whatever you do DO NOT ride the Epic S-Works with the 2x10! Trust me on this one


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I got a new ride on friday! Not quite an sworks but it is still an Epic.




2011 Epic Comp 29er. I am going to order some Stans wheels up for it tomorrow.
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Old 01-24-2011, 05:49 AM   #18632
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I got a new ride on friday! Not quite an sworks but it is still an Epic.




2011 Epic Comp 29er. I am going to order some Stans wheels up for it tomorrow.
Very nice.

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Old 01-24-2011, 06:11 AM   #18633
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I got a new ride on friday! Not quite an sworks but it is still an Epic.




2011 Epic Comp 29er. I am going to order some Stans wheels up for it tomorrow.
Ooooh, shiny! Congrats!

What's the spokey thing on your steerer top cap?
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Old 01-24-2011, 06:17 AM   #18634
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I was stranded in LI for a couple hours this wknd, made the mistake of going to a big LBS that had many many MTN bikes.

I haven't had a MTN bike since my Klein around 4 years ago, but man have they changed....!?!?

I tried out a few hardtails, as they seemed much less expensive, and rode a few Specialized that were around 2k.

So what's the consensus on best bang for the buck MTN bikes? Probably hard tail is all I would use/need. Do I really need a 4th bike? Nope.

Fuck - Pugsley is out of the question as I live in a tight 4th floor walk up, and it's too winter specific anyway.
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Old 01-24-2011, 06:18 AM   #18635
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Ooooh, shiny! Congrats!

What's the spokey thing on your steerer top cap?
That is Specialized's version of a top cap. it has an offset hole because the stem has an eccentric inside of it. by changing the position of the eccentric or swapping it out with another I can change the rise of the stem. The stock one is 8 or 16 degree, they make a few other eccentrics I can replace it with.
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Old 01-24-2011, 06:19 AM   #18636
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So what's the consensus on best bang for the buck MTN bikes? Probably hard tail is all I would use/need. Do I really need a 4th bike? Nope.
Personally: used.

How tall are you again? I may have something you may be interested in...



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Old 01-24-2011, 06:21 AM   #18637
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Personally: used.

How tall are you again? I may have something you may be interested in...



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5'8" 29/30 inseam, probably use a 17" frame...

Whatchya got?
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Old 01-24-2011, 06:21 AM   #18638
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I was stranded in LI for a couple hours this wknd, made the mistake of going to a big LBS that had many many MTN bikes.

I haven't had a MTN bike since my Klein around 4 years ago, but man have they changed....!?!?

I tried out a few hardtails, as they seemed much less expensive, and rode a few Specialized that were around 2k.

So what's the consensus on best bang for the buck MTN bikes? Probably hard tail is all I would use/need. Do I really need a 4th bike? Nope.

Fuck - Pugsley is out of the question as I live in a tight 4th floor walk up, and it's too winter specific anyway.
For how much snow you have been getting this winter you might need a Pugsley.

The Specialized Stumpjumper 29er hardtail is less than 2k and is nicely specked. The Gary Fisher by Trek bikes are pretty nice also, Paragon or the X-cal depending on what you want to spend.
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Old 01-24-2011, 06:27 AM   #18639
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For how much snow you have been getting this winter you might need a Pugsley.

The Specialized Stumpjumper 29er hardtail is less than 2k and is nicely specked. The Gary Fisher by Trek bikes are pretty nice also, Paragon or the X-cal depending on what you want to spend.

I got x country skis for that already this yr....

I tried out a few Fisher (by Trek they call it now), and they seemed nice too.

I'll look into them, thanks.
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Old 01-24-2011, 02:41 PM   #18640
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Spring is here!

I have made some progress.



The Mavic's were a bit of a pain to get the tires on since they were narrower. Tough getting the schrader valve through the rim without it pulling back. Got the front together though. I'll have to wait a little while for the rear as I still need to get a chain whip. The new wheel is a huge improvement over the old one. It feels stronger and the best part, the rim runs true! I'll still have to swap the magnet tone ring for the Avocet. I'm not sure if it will clip on as the Deore hub looks a bit larger.

Oh and I shaved a 1/4" patch off my knuckle from those Mavic's. Hand slipped and the edge on the rim brake might as well be a cheese grater.

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Old 01-24-2011, 04:01 PM   #18641
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Update: Yay! (And by yay, I mean no more excuses!)

I'm somewhat allergic to doctors (yes, I'm an idiot), but after two weeks I finally saw one. Yesterday was the first day I was 100% pain-free - I gave myself the two weeks to fully recover, swimming almost daily just to keep moving. My scabs have already fallen off (my knees and left hand), and I'm feeling strong as ever. Anyway, after the doctor was done examining my back and chest, asking questions about my mobility, knees, etc, and listening to the noises my chest makes, he saw no need to xray and had no reservations about me resuming training at full intensity.

So I'm back in full swing! My cyclocross bike is here, set up and rearing to go, with the Speed Concept on order (and my insurance check reportedly in the mail). I may be two weeks behind, but this week's training schedule looks perfectly manageable - and I have plenty of pent-up energy to spend!

So, nothing but good news. Woohooo!
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Old 01-24-2011, 04:03 PM   #18642
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That is Specialized's version of a top cap. it has an offset hole because the stem has an eccentric inside of it. by changing the position of the eccentric or swapping it out with another I can change the rise of the stem. The stock one is 8 or 16 degree, they make a few other eccentrics I can replace it with.
Oooh, very cool. Makes it a lot more tweakable, I guess. Thanks!
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Old 01-25-2011, 08:48 PM   #18643
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Worth a laugh. Hope its not 205.
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Old 01-25-2011, 11:20 PM   #18645
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Whatever you do DO NOT ride the Epic S-Works with the 2x10!
I was questioned about my desire for SRAM 2X10. Ya' know: won't be low enough gear, gained clearance won't be much, the shift performance can't be all that, yadda yadda yadda. Then, they saw it in action. One went to the LBS and inquired about swapping over. And, was actually bragging about the stuff.
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