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    Reply to: Casssette Longevity XT M8000 11-6n 46 -v- SRAM XG1150 10-42

    Good to hear some positive real world experience with this setup. I’ve recently ordered a XG1150 10-42 cassette, PC-X1 chain and Absolute Black 28T Oval chainring to replace a worn XT 11-46 cassette, chain and 32t chainring. Luckily my wheel came wit both freehubs.
    I’m looking forward to better gear spacing, shorter chain, lower weight, better clearance and improved wear.

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    Reply to: Woburn – where else during winter / wet weather ?

    Swinley is a good bet in winter. It’s mostly low level XC type riding but it’s sandy soil, so doesn’t get too sticky. The official routes are hard wearing, and there is a bit extra to keep you interested if you head out into Crowthorne wood, and some jumps to session on Babaymaker, Bikini Car Wash, etc around ‘The Clubhouse’ area.

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    Reply to: What’s your winter strategy?

    Ride MTB during the odd drier moments,
    Road rides,
    More time in the gym,
    Go on skiing holiday.

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    Reply to: Swinley Skills area

    Gym is open 24hours a day. I assume this will be weekends only? or 9 till 5 etc..

    Worse than that, only 5 3hr open sessions a week, one of which is I think is the family session on a Saturday morning.

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    Reply to: Swinley Skills area

    Swinley is the closest place for me to ride, so I ride there often, especially during the winter as the trails hold up remarkably well in the wet, but I’ve still only ridden there 20 times in the last year. Even if I had a play in the Summit area every ride, I still wouldn’t be getting good value from a £120 annual Sub, especially as I’m not interested in a Trail Confidence (beginners?) course included in the price.
    Secondly, There currently appear to be too many unanswered questions…
    When are the open sessions?
    Do you have book in advance?
    What is the subscription cancellation policy?
    Can you carry unused sessions forward to the next month if you are away, or working a shift pattern that doesn’t fit the 5 session times available per week?
    What if the only sessions you can attend are fully booked?
    What if you’re injured and can’t use your open session allocation?
    Will there be different training sessions available in the following years? I doubt many will want to do the same ones every year.
    Details in regard to these type of questions are non existent on the website.
    I’m sure all these will be answered once they’re up and running, and I hope it works out for Tristan and Tom, I know they’ve put a lot of effort in and the Crown Estate have been quite restrictive with the conditions they’ve placed upon them. It’s just a shame I don’t think I’ll be able to use the new facility given the current subscription model.

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    Reply to: Switching from DHF to Magic Mary?

    Both great tyres, the Mary is a better choice in winter, IMO. The Mary clears mud much better that a DHF, the tread pattern looks more like a Maxxis Shorty.

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    Reply to: Protection kit for 6 days of Spanish riding?

    I’ve done 2 trips in the last year to the Pyrenees with Basque MTB and on both occasions found 3DO knee and elbows (I use POC VPD Air) do a great job. On both trips I caught a rock to the shin once in 6 days of riding, so personally feel shin pads to be overkill for such low odds. It stings for a few minutes but that’s about it.
    Open or full face is down to personal choice and what you feel most confident in. Most riders on both my trips wore open face, I and 1 or 2 others opted for Enduro style full face. You hope not to need the extra protection, but I can tell you from experience that if yon crash in a rock garden an hit your face it hurts, a lot.

    I’d highly recommend Basque MTB’s Ainsa Winter Enduro trip in Feb/March. It’s chilly, there’s no pool, but riding is fantastic, with superb well organised guides.

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    Reply to: Recommed me a 160mm fork.

    I have a Mach 6, upgraded the stock 160mm Fox 36 to 170mm this year. Feels better on proper steep technical stuff than before, doesn’t seem to have affected the ride in any negative way. Worth having a think about.

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    Reply to: XT wandering bite point warranty return success ?

    I think the warranty on XT components is 1 year (2 years on XTR) so unless you bought them late last year you may be out of luck. I sent back my XTR M9020 brakes back to ChainReaction for the same issue, replacements haven’t been any better. I have no experience with the latest M8120 or M9120 versions though.

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    Reply to: GOOD sram gxp bbs?

    Good and cheap don’t usually go hand in hand. Invest in a Hope BB and GXP adapter then you’ll only ever need to by replacement bearings when they, eventually, need replacing.

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    Reply to: Fresh Goods Friday

    I’d really like to give one of those EXT Storia shocks a try, but my frame “…was designed to work with the progressiveness of an air spring.” “Any frame damage occurring due to issues related to any shock that is not what is supplied with the bike or offered as an upgrade…will not be covered under warranty.” Grrr.

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    Reply to: Which fun HT?

    I’d have a look at a Cotic Bfe too (edit: as SharkAttack mentioned earlier). Would need to custom build with a few recycled bits to squeeze under budget though, I think.

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    Reply to: 2020 Enduro Racing Thread

    I’m not really a racer type but like to do a couple each year, preferably in locations and on trails that aren’t available to ride outside the event. Southern Enduro’s at Milland is a great example.

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    Reply to: SPD footwear for hike a bike

    XM9’s for me too. Did a 2 hour hike-a-bike in the Pyrenees over boulder fields to get to a trail last week and plenty of other wet scrambles throughout the week. Boots were comfy, dry and grippy throughout. Bit heavy duty for summer riding though.

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    Reply to: Help me choose my new fork decal colour

    Looks bang on!
    Stealth black with no accent colour is only for ninjas and the unimaginative.

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    Reply to: Interesting E-Bike article on the BBC

    I have no problem with E-Bikes when they are used in the same way an unassisted bike would be. Whether it’s enabling riders to complete loops faster, or help those who need it, all great stuff.

    Where I often ride we have some tucked away trails (that walkers don’t use) that have always been descents because they are too steep or loose to climb or because there is an easier climb or fire road nearby. Now, for the first time, I have seen E-bike riders climbing up them. We can argue all day about ‘it’s not a trail centre’, or ‘you should be in control/able to stop’ etc, but it increases the chances of a collision occurring in a manner that had never previously existed. Secondly, bike wheels, motor assisted or human powered, going up hill under load result in levels of trail erosion far greater than those caused when freewheeling down hill, particularly in woodland areas where the ground is soft, loamy or muddy. This behaviour will most likely lead to resentment and conflict with other riders and landowners in the future if it continues.

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    Reply to: Anyone fancy going to Madeira with me?

    I often travel solo for bike trips myself. It can sometimes make things trickier in terms of cost and logistics.
    Freeride Madiera is on my ‘Must Ride’ list, but February is not possible for me. Good luck in you search :0)

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    Reply to: Swinley, that’s the best fun EVER !

    @DezB where the hell did those big logs come from? I loved jumping off those drops! :0(

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    Reply to: Help me choose my new fork decal colour

    I’d go with Turq and Orange.

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    Reply to: Riser bars vs spacers

    Yes, but unlike an increase in frame size, you are also moving the bar forward relative to your contact point on the ground which effects handling also.

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    Reply to: Fox 34 at 150m travel – are they a bit wibbly wobbly?

    I run my Fox 34s at 150. Never felt particularly noodley but not as good as my 36’s either.
    They do seem to have developed a creak somewhere in the crown of late but whether this is related to them having the longer airshaft fitted I couldn’t say.

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    Reply to: Spanish winter riding

    Not Spain, but Sospel is open year round. If you can get a few of you together (4 minimum), for 45 euros per person per day, you can get Coolbus to run uplift for you.

    Also look at DH Guide Canarias http://www.downhilldays.com Not used myself, but looks like they offer what you’re looking for.

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    Reply to: Source for tubeless repair plugs in bulk?

    Ebay. Get the big ones. I just cut or rip them down to the size in need. You can mend some pretty big holes with them. I got a cut while in the Peaks that took 3 to fill but still in there and perfectly sealed 6 months and 1000km later.

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/100x-Tubeless-Tire-Tyre-Puncture-Repair-Kit-Strips-Plug-Car-Van-Truck-Bike/123586680000?epid=23008392441&hash=item1cc65714c0:g:Wd0AAOSwOStddiwE

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    Reply to: Inspirational Euro singletrack ideas for late October/November – where?? how??

    Basque MTB – Hign Pyrenees or Ainsa Enduro, depending on when you want to go in either October or Novemnber. Bike hire is available too.

    Edit scratch that, these are week long trips. 🙁

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    Reply to: Geometry Fiddlers Assemble!

    Thanks for the replies.
    I’ve just seen the new Ibis Mojo HD5 specs. It’s a 6″ travel DW link bike just like mine. The geo on it is almost identical to what I have planned, so I can’t be far wrong.
    Angle Headset ordered, 36 Forks go for 170mm Airshaft, Vorsprung Luftkappe and Fractive damper upgrade tomorrow.

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    Reply to: Geometry Fiddlers Assemble!

    Yeah it’s a Pivot Mach 6, uses ZS44/56 headset as standard.

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    Reply to: Do I need a full face helmet?

    Depends where and what you ride. My local trails are all Surrey Hills and surrounds, where it’s almost all dirt and loam so I don’t feel it’s necessary to where a full face. If away riding rocky terrain, riding at a bike park where there are lots of jumps and drops to deal with, or racing so pushing hard, then I feel much happier in my Proframe FF.
    As has been said, you don’t need a full face until you really need it!

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    Reply to: Oneup or revive dropper

    One up is possibly the shortest for a given size but if you have to shim a One-Up 180 down for use as a 170 or 160mm extension, you still have the longer body of a 180 under the collar, which can be a problem on frames with a kinked seat tube.

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    Reply to: Oneup or revive dropper

    This thread has been quite timely for me, as I’ve been thinking about a longer post for a while, for more clearance on super steep descents and jumps. The 125mm Fox Transfer I have works well but is long for the amount of drop it provides.
    I’ve ordered a 160mm Revive which should fit my frame with a few millimetres to spare in terms of insertion length for my saddle height. The ‘Triggy lever that come with the Revive also mounts directly to Matchmaker, which is handy for me.
    One-up looks good value, but the 150mm wasn’t enough in terms of increased drop and a 180mm shimmed down to 160mm would be too long to fit my frame.

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    Reply to: Bike park wales

    Alternatively you could ride somewhere else on the Saturday. Black Mountain and FOD both do uplift and are quite near BPW. Or you could do a big day out in the Brecon Beacons or at Afan.

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    Reply to: Kids Bike For 8 Year Old

    We got our eldest a Early Rider T24 for his eight birthday. Pricey, but light and we’ll get good use out of it, as it’ll get passed down to his younger brother, just as the Belter 20″ has.
    Our boys are both 91st centile on the growth chart, so tall for their age but even so at 8 years old the eldest was only just big enough to ride the 24″ wheel bike even though he was 135cm tall when he got it. I think 26″ wheels are too big for their age.

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    Reply to: Anyone been on a trip with Wildbike?

    I rode the Peak District with Wildbike in May. They were very helpful and patient guides and the trip was well run. I hope to do trips again with them next year.

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    Reply to: GXP bottom bracket that doesn’t suck?

    Yeah, Hope with GXP adapters is the way forward. I have 2 bikes with this setup, both running smooth through all conditions.

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    Reply to: Someone explain brake jack to me

    This article explains almost every different suspension design and their various characteristics, including anti-rise aka brake jack
    https://www.bikeradar.com/features/the-ultimate-guide-to-mountain-bike-rear-suspension-systems/

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    Reply to: European riding destination

    Not self guided, but I’d recommend a long weekend in Molini di Triora with Riviera bike. 90% uplifted (we only did one 30 minute climb). Flights to Nice are pretty cheap and the transfer time is only around an hour and a bit.

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    Reply to: MTB specific tops vs just tops

    I don’t think there is any real benefit over generic sports tops. The cheap tops I’ve bought in Sports Direct have been no worse the Endura or Royal Racing MTB tops I have.
    In summer, when there lots of bramble and gorse encroaching on the trails, I prefer them as I’m not bothered if a £5 top gets snagged.

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    Reply to: Tech question – Fox 36 Float Performance Elite.

    You shouldn’t be pumping them all the way up to the required pressure in one go. Put in 20psi at a time and then compress the fork slowly as possible several times to allow the positive and negative chambers to equalize

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    Reply to: 100 Day Challenge – Exercise every day for 100 days til Christmas

    I usually exercise every day, so in theory this should be easy, but in reality doing 100 consecutive days is hard.
    I don’t think I’ve ever managed it. Things like a travelling on holiday or full day out with family/friends will often scupper you.

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