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Old 12-01-2012, 06:02 AM   #6326
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It is a soft tail at the bottom bracket unlike the original Scalpels.
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Old 12-01-2012, 06:10 AM   #6327
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I'm an Murican.....what's a Bicycle?
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Old 12-01-2012, 07:31 AM   #6328
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Cross season complete!

Finished 4th in the Provincial series.

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Old 12-01-2012, 03:33 PM   #6329
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Yea, finally got out on the trails one week short of three months after breaking my fibula.

Wow, I got weak!
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Old 12-01-2012, 11:23 PM   #6330
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For those who ride all winter using studded tires, I highly recommend the Schwalbe Ice Spiker Pro 2.3 tire. I ordered one directly from the factory in Germany. Best front tire I've ever used. Handles awesomely and sheds snow really well. Still using a 2.1 Nokian for my rear tire to get traction.

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Old 12-02-2012, 11:05 AM   #6331
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For those who ride all winter using studded tires, I highly recommend the Schwalbe Ice Spiker Pro 2.3 tire. I ordered one directly from the factory in Germany. Best front tire I've ever used. Handles awesomely and sheds snow really well. Still using a 2.1 Nokian for my rear tire to get traction.

How much did that go for?
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Old 12-02-2012, 11:14 AM   #6332
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Just finished frame #4, a replacement for my Surly Pugsley.

Full MTBR build thread

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Old 12-02-2012, 11:16 AM   #6333
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Standard STA, custom geometry built by Mr. Moliterno!



Freeman Transport custom frame with Campy Record mix.

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Old 12-02-2012, 11:57 AM   #6334
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Just finished frame #4, a replacement for my Surly Pugsley.
Very cool and will read up on that thread when I have a bit more time, subscribed on it. Very interested in your thoughts of your build vs. the Pugsley.
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Old 12-02-2012, 11:57 AM   #6335
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Cobia 29er
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Old 12-02-2012, 12:24 PM   #6336
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franken-cx '92 Paramount series MTB 26" Tange steel rigid frame with canti-conversion to drop bars, 700C wheels and 1x10 (39x 12-29) shimano 105 drivetrain/levers.

Weighs a ton, but it's indestructible.
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Old 12-02-2012, 12:25 PM   #6337
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Why would you ever want to ride a hard tail through that ****?
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Old 12-02-2012, 12:37 PM   #6338
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Why would you ever want to ride a hard tail through that ****?
That is "cross". Road bikes with knobby tires, race through fields and somewhat smooth singletrack.
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Old 12-02-2012, 01:00 PM   #6339
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That is "cross". Road bikes with knobby tires, race through fields and somewhat smooth singletrack.
Yep, it's the sport where you spend as much in repairs as you did on the bike, every year.

I've got a few bikes, but the Mountain Cycle is the only one that gets ridden as much as it should, and now, thanks to my new light, it can get ridden at any time of day...or night. It's a Light & Motion Taz 1200 Lumen, and it has two spot LEDs for long distance and a down facing flood LED for illumination directly in front. It really is like riding in the daytime. I don't have to slow down at all. The battery is self-contained and rechargeable and lasts ~1.5 hrs. on 1200 Lumens, 3 hrs. on 600, and 6 hrs. on the 300 setting. For perspective, the 600 setting is good enough to ride in the woods with, but the 300 setting is really only good for dirt roads.



The bike in the background is a Giant STP. It's my friend's dirtjump bike. Mine is a hodgepodge of stuff; steel FSA cranks, Blackspire chainguide, X7 RD, X9 shifter, SLX front brake, BB7 rear brake, Panaracer front tire, Specialized rear, Odyssey BMX pedals...




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Old 12-02-2012, 01:27 PM   #6340
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That is "cross". Road bikes with knobby tires, race through fields and somewhat smooth singletrack.
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Yep, it's the sport where you spend as much in repairs as you did on the bike, every year.
I'm pretty sure he was referring to the post before with all the rocks.
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Old 12-02-2012, 01:30 PM   #6341
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Old 12-02-2012, 02:09 PM   #6342
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I'm pretty sure he was referring to the post before with all the rocks.
I ride my hard tail through that sort of stuff all the time. It is a lot more pleasant on FS, though.
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Old 12-02-2012, 04:25 PM   #6343
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Wasn't riding over those rocks, that was just a spot and take a picture moment.

This is more of my style of riding.


That's not my video, just a random youtube video of trails ive been on.
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Old 12-02-2012, 05:56 PM   #6344
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^^^Nice trails, that looks like great fun.
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Old 12-02-2012, 06:11 PM   #6345
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^^^Nice trails, that looks like great fun.
It's super fun until you mess up. Last week a friend went down on a steep downhill doing 30mph, broke his wrist, and fractured his shoulder... Not pretty.
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Old 12-02-2012, 07:20 PM   #6346
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Just took the Scalpel 29er out for my first ride. Wow, what a bike. It just begs to go fast. The wide bars and 2x10 took a bit to get used to, but I'm completely smitten. Just as fast as my hardtail 29er uphill and sooooooo much faster downhill. My Caffeine 29er does nothing better. Should I even keep it? Do you guys keep a backup mountain bike?
I demo'd a 2013 Scalpel Carbon 2 today. Holy **** that thing is fast. The acceleration is truly amazing. I love everything but the price! Immediately after that I demo'd a 2013 Giant AnthemX carbon 29er. It goes downhill better than the Scalpel, and the XT brakes are better than the Elixir's, but it accelerates and climbs MUCH slower than the Scalpel. I may pull the Trigger this week...
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Old 12-02-2012, 07:22 PM   #6347
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It's super fun until you mess up. Last week a friend went down on a steep downhill doing 30mph, broke his wrist, and fractured his shoulder... Not pretty.
Try lift assisted riding. Nobody finishes a season unscathed :-)
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Old 12-02-2012, 11:06 PM   #6348
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Motherf*cker

A light bracket failed and the light fell into the wheel. I hadn't zip-tied/wrapped the cable to the bars and bingo. The fork has some damage, but it seems to be purely cosmetic.

A shout out goes to the bus drivers who made me walk 4kms in the rain.
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Old 12-02-2012, 11:40 PM   #6349
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I demo'd a 2013 Scalpel Carbon 2 today. Holy **** that thing is fast. The acceleration is truly amazing. I love everything but the price! Immediately after that I demo'd a 2013 Giant AnthemX carbon 29er. It goes downhill better than the Scalpel, and the XT brakes are better than the Elixir's, but it accelerates and climbs MUCH slower than the Scalpel. I may pull the Trigger this week...
Agreed on the acceleration. It was immediately apparent when I first hammered down on it that this bike likes to fly. My first ride out on the Scalpel, I was having trouble with the handling on tighter technical stuff, but I cleaned an uphill triple switchback that I sort of use as my litmus test for low speed handling on my 2nd ride despite the wheelbase being about an 1" longer than my Caffeine 29er. Good to know I'm quickly adapting. The Scalpel isn't plush going downhill, but it is very precise. I guess it depends on what trails you have local.

The specs on the Carbon 2 seem pretty solid. I have those rims on my hardtail 29er and have been very happy with them other than managing to taco one in a wreck a couple years ago. They stay very true. I'll have to put the DT swiss on my Scalpel on the scale against the Stans/Hope set I have for the Caffeine 29er. One thing that is painfully clear is that I need to buy a new set of bars for my Caffeine. They are only 580mm wide and I think that will make a painful transition back and forth if I don't make them common. The stability of the 700mm bars going downhill was a pleasant surprise.

I was baby sitting in the morning and it rained in the evening so I didn't get to ride today.

Speaking of Trigger, did you demo a Trigger 29er? 5" travel front and rear.

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Old 12-03-2012, 12:13 AM   #6350
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The stability of the 700mm bars going downhill was a pleasant surprise.
I know we shouldn't be riding around on 22" wide brightly colored Easton Hyperlites, but this trend seems to be getting a little crazy. 700mm is wider than MX bars.
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