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29er / Transition Vanquish and it's chiner counterpart....
« on: April 26, 2017, 07:49:48 AM »
So Transition just released a super fun looking 29er. Long, low and slack like the rest of their bikes but the chainstay is 420mm!! The WW 062 that I have is one of the shorter ones at 430mm and it's a blast to ride. I would love to get the Vanquish but it's not in the budget at this time. I would love to see Peter or another vendor get close to it. Which I guess the CS-496 is pretty close but but it's also shorter in the top tube and reach but quite a bit.

http://transitionbikes.com/Bikes_Vanquish.cfm?Token={ts_2017-04-26_07:21:59}-cc777f12dbbf2ad6-A61BA4E2-DE92-BEEF-1B6F9ACC5B30E78A

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Steep and cheap has some great prices on Rockshox forks right now. And don't forget to factor in the $40 coupon code and the 9% cash back that ActiveJunky is offering. A 27.5 Pike RCT3 for $375 shipped with the coupon code then you get $37 back from AJ. Or the SID XX 29er 100mm fork for $396 shipped with $39 cashback. Or for $10 more you can get the SID RL in the Boost 29/27.5+ version.

http://www.steepandcheap.com/bike-forks?sort=-discountpercent

Also, the Ibis 941 carbon wheelset with a DT 350 rear hub (front hub is generic but who cares about the front as long as it doesn't fail) for $648 and $65 cash back.

http://www.steepandcheap.com/ibis-941-29in-wheelset

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After The Ride / Crazy stupid Craigslist finds
« on: December 01, 2016, 08:57:54 AM »
Just as the title says. I'll go first.

This dude is on some seriously good stuff!

http://maine.craigslist.org/bik/5899132581.html

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Component Deals & Selection / Easton Haven 35 carbon bars for $64
« on: November 16, 2016, 07:18:31 AM »
Chainreaction cycles has all colors of the Haven 35 carbon bars for $63.99. Might be narrow for some at 750mm but it's a pretty sweet price on some name brand bars.

http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/mobile/us/en/easton-haven-35-carbon-riser-bar/rp-prod125099

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26er & 27.5 (650b) / 14" 26er FM-M001 build
« on: November 09, 2016, 05:55:02 PM »
My next build has officially begun. This time for daughter #2, the AR in GKARTA.
I ordered the frame on November 7th and hopefully it's here before Santa as he is the official delivery dude. The frame is sold from a bunch of different vendors but I bought this one from Tideace or Haideli on AliExpress. It's also sold on eBay by Tideace and Dashine bikes and on Amazon by Fasteam. I had several emails with Amy and her communication has been great and she informed me that Tideace and Haideli are the same company but Fasteam and Dashine are different vendors. Here is the link for the frame I purchased.

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/carbon-mountain-bike-frame-with-headset-carbon-mtb-frame-26-size-14-and-16-For-Bike/32530200941.html?spm=2114.13010208.99999999.264.OKUMT2

So on with the build details. The frame will get the household standard of GKARTA decals with a color preference of yellow. The only thing that isn't high on the color list is the white fork. But since it was new from Amazon for $165, white it is. Unless someone has a black Reba 27.5 fork they want to trade for a Revelation RCT3.

Frame: Tideace FM-M001 14" frame 3K weave in matte finish
Fork: RockShox Revelation RCT3 27.5 100mm travel 15mm thru axle
Bar: Chiner carbon flat bar 660 wide
Grips: ESI Racer's Edge yellow
Stem: Wake 40mm
Seatpost: GUB 31.6 straight post
Saddle: Codream 230x140 kids seat from Amazon
Brakes: Shimano Deore M615
Rotors: Avid G3 160mm 6-bolt rotors (painted ones from AliExpress)
Wheels: Stans ZTR Crest 32h, DT Swiss 350 hubs, DT Swiss Competition spokes, Sapim aluminum self locking nipples
Tires: WTB Bronson Race 26x2.1
Crank: SRAM Stylo GXP 1.1 150mm (cut down from 175)
Chainring: 32T N/W gold ring
Bottom Bracket: SRAM GXP BB92
Pedals: Race Face Chester
Shifter: Shimano SLX M7000
Rear Derailleur: Shimano SLX M7000
Cassette: Shimano XT M8000 11-42 11 speed
Chain: Sram NX PC-1110

Weight: no idea but I hope it's in the 23 pound ballpark. 20 lbs would be great but some of the parts are on the portly side so I don't think it's doable with the current budget. I have thought about re-lacing the wheels to some Stan's Crest rims which would drop some weight and gain 1.5mm in inner width but I'm not sure if it's a worthy investment.

I'll keep this thread updated as the parts arrive.

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Vendor Discussion & Reviews / eBay vs AliExpress
« on: October 21, 2016, 05:34:53 AM »
I've used eBay quite a bit for the past 15 years or so but I've never used AliExpress or Alibaba. I see that AliExpress has a little more options for buying multiple items and has better pricing for the carbon frames. I'm just a little hesitant as this might be a group purchase of about 6 frames with handlebars and seat posts and involve other peoples money. What should I be looking for and are there any do's or don'ts that I should be aware of?
Thanks

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Component Deals & Selection / Shimano SLX M7000 brakeset
« on: September 29, 2016, 02:23:19 PM »
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Shimano-SLX-Disc-Brake-BR-M7000-Set-with-G02S-Resin-/291892813921?hash=item43f62ae061:g:AWQAAOSwLnBX3Gym

The price on these seems almost too good to be true. So I figured I would give it a shot.  :o  The seller has sold 31 items and all the reviews are positive so hopefully I didn't loose my money. I offered $80 and the seller accepted it. $80 for a front and rear set of SLX brakes is pretty cheap. They come with non-finned resin pads but that is fine. They will most likely end up on my daughters bike anyway.

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Nashbar is running one of their standard 25% any item weekends. However, Shimano stuff is actually included this time. The 11-42 XT cassette, normally $87 is marked down to $70. Use the coupon on their homepage and it takes it to $52.49 with free shipping. Just thought I would share.

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Classifieds / SRAM GXP Crankarms, Chainrings, and bottom brackets.
« on: August 12, 2016, 05:06:42 PM »
I just put up a couple of parts on Pinkbike. All parts are brand new.

SRAM 1400 GXP crankset 175mm
Chinertown price is $75 plus shipping
http://www.pinkbike.com/buysell/2031973/

SRAM GXP 2x10 spider and rings (2 available)
Chinertown price is $30 plus shipping
http://www.pinkbike.com/buysell/2031967/

SRAM GXP Pressfit BB92 bottom bracket (2 available)
Chinertown price is $12.50 plus shipping
http://www.pinkbike.com/buysell/2032028/

Thanks

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Classifieds / DT Swiss X470 29er rims, rebranded as XR-RS
« on: July 14, 2016, 06:56:57 AM »
Since I just relaced the wheels to some Crest MK3 rims, the original rims off of my SS are up for grabs. One is 32h and one is 28h and the internal width is 18mm and the ERD is 606 according to the DT Swiss page. They have 400 to 500 miles on them and are in great shape. The original black nipples are included too. Just cover the cost of shipping and an after ride beverage and they can be yours.

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After The Ride / I think I am officially a "Bike Snob".....
« on: July 07, 2016, 08:59:21 AM »
So awhile back, my wife started calling me a bike snob. Why? I think it's because I have been working on helicopters for 20+ years and I am very particular when it comes to things working properly. I don't need the best brands, heck, 2 of my bikes aren't even a brand at all. She thinks it's because I need to have the best bikes and tweak them until they are perfect and then either 1) start tweaking her bikes, 2) buy a new bike, or 3) start tweaking the same bike all over again. Who is correct is still up for discussion.

I do think that I am starting to win though. She had never expressed any burning desire to try my bikes. Well one day a few weeks ago, I convinced her to go on a women's group ride that was happening about a mile from our house. It is pretty flat but also very technical with all the rocks and roots and I mentioned that she should take the 29+ bike. Well she comes home glowing from how the ride went and how she loved the bike. So now that she has the Tallboy 3 frame and we are getting all the parts ordered, she is wanting the build to be similar to the 29+ bike. She is now starting to see how too much weight, poor shifting, and poor suspension setup can kill a bike. So maybe, just maybe, she is becoming one too....

Am I alone or is there a place where there are others like me and we can have meetings or something?

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Component Deals & Selection / CX-Delta spokes
« on: June 24, 2016, 02:47:36 PM »
Who is using them? I see that Peter is using them in his wheel builds but I can't find much on them. I was hoping to use CX-Rays but if these are cheaper, I may try them. I can't find much but what I can find is that the weight is the same but the profile is rectangular instead of bladed like the Rays.


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Component Deals & Selection / Elliptical Chainrings. Thoughts?
« on: April 05, 2016, 01:15:54 PM »
Having never used one, I decided to put one on my plus bike. I went with an AbsoluteBlack Sram direct mount 32t ring. It is paired with an XT M771 11-36 cassette. As far as negatives go, I can't find any. I went for an 8 mile first ride on the plus bike last night and I had about a 1/4 mile of grassy road left when I thought "Crap, I never payed attention to see if I like the ring or not". Which, to me, means I didn't even notice it on the trail, and that is a good thing. But once I started paying attention to it, I really started to like it. 99% of the "rigid bike bounce" is gone! And the pedal stroke does feel quite a bit smoother. Now I can't really tell if it makes my legs more or less tired but if it isn't bouncing, it must be good. And I would think that the bouncing would be some sort of efficiency loss but I really don't know.

What is every's take on these?

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So far I have made a bunch of purchases from Chinese vendors. Not all of them have been carbon but they have all been bike related. I have had great luck so far with pretty quick shipping. My first purchase was from Nextie a few years back and it took roughly 2 weeks to ship but I was informed before ordering that they were not in stock and it would take a couple of weeks. After that, they arrived in less than 2 weeks. Both of my Workswell frames have arrived within 2 weeks of ordering, they did forget to include a fork but that was at my door a week later. Handlebars from Workswell on a separate order took about 2 weeks to ship and 3 weeks to arrive. I think those got hung up in customs according to the tracking locations. All of my other smaller purchases like aluminum stems and handlebars for my daughter’s bikes have always shown up within 3 weeks or so. Not all of them were tracked so it is hard to tell when they were actually shipped. So overall I have been happy with the shipping times.

But now I am getting a little concerned. I first contacted the seller just before the Chinese new year and I said I would wait until after the holiday. The following Friday that they were back to work, I placed my order. That was on Feb 26th and the items still haven’t shipped. I waited 12 days and then contacted the seller on March 9th  which was a Wednesday. I was told that they just moved to a new office and they would be shipped on Monday or Tuesday. So I waited until Wednesday to contact the seller again. This time I was told “Sorry, too busy, your rims will be ready today and ship tomorrow” (this was 9am their local time on Thursday). I asked for a tracking number when they were shipped and he agreed. Come Friday morning at 9 (9pm their time) I sent another message asking if they had any luck getting it shipped. And, no response. This is all via FB messenger so I can see that the message was read shortly after sending it.

So all of that being said, how would you forum members proceed with this and what have you been experiencing with shipping times?

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