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07-14-20, 02:01 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 65
Posted By Kapusta

Good observations. I would add a couple...

Good observations. I would add a couple qualifiers:

In terms of getting your weight back, it mighy be better to think of getting your weight low. Think about keeping your upper body in the same...
07-13-20, 06:11 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 145
Posted By Kapusta

Tires with lockouts?

Tires with lockouts?
07-13-20, 12:40 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 746
Posted By Kapusta

The silver piston thingies are called...

The silver piston thingies are called “stanchions”.

It is fine to look at the sag for *****s and giggles, but what really matters is how it feels, and how much travel you are using when riding.
07-13-20, 07:08 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 746
Posted By Kapusta

You might consider some tuning options on the...

You might consider some tuning options on the fork you already have. Two suggestions:

1- Your Recon has the Turnkey damper (thus the “TK”) The Recon is also available with the Motion Control...
Forum: Fatbikes
07-11-20, 04:51 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 587
Posted By Kapusta

IMO, If your wishlist starts with - and revolves...

IMO, If your wishlist starts with - and revolves around - weight, your doing it wrong.

Start with:
4” or 5” tires?
26” or 27.5” wheels?
Rigid or suspension fork?
Tires for mud/snow or smooth...
07-11-20, 12:09 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 711
Posted By Kapusta

I am not recommending trying to find a gauge that...

I am not recommending trying to find a gauge that measures absolute pressure. It is the relative pressure difference that pumps and gauges measure that is the relevant number for how the tire feels...
07-09-20, 05:58 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 711
Posted By Kapusta

When doing the above calculations, if you want to...

When doing the above calculations, if you want to be more accurate, you need to use the actual pressure inside the tire, which is the pressure you see on your tire gauge, plus the ambient atmospheric...
07-09-20, 04:47 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,479
Posted By Kapusta

I have not heard of this in regards to the...

I have not heard of this in regards to the Spyres. In fact, when this came up before, others with Spyres have said theirs are perfectly smooth. This may just be a bad run of Spykes, I don't really...
07-09-20, 02:56 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,479
Posted By Kapusta

As a follow up to this.... I saw a decent...

As a follow up to this....

I saw a decent deal in Nashbar for Spykes, so I figured I’d try another set. These came in the proper packaging, and they seemed legit.

But the bearings were still...
07-08-20, 12:42 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,102
Posted By Kapusta

eBike.

eBike.
07-08-20, 09:31 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,027
Posted By Kapusta

They make FS mtbs well under 30 lbs, you know.

They make FS mtbs well under 30 lbs, you know.
07-08-20, 05:48 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 634
Posted By Kapusta

32, because a narrow tire is better than a really...

32, because a narrow tire is better than a really narrow tire.
07-08-20, 05:41 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,413
Posted By Kapusta

I think prices will come down after Covid is...

I think prices will come down after Covid is behind us. But good luck guessing when that will be, and until then... who knows.
07-08-20, 05:39 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,413
Posted By Kapusta

I’ve heard it said the two best days you own a...

I’ve heard it said the two best days you own a boat are the day you buy it and the day you sell it.
07-07-20, 01:36 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,027
Posted By Kapusta

No. F'ing. Way. Rigid is fine on occasion to...

No. F'ing. Way.

Rigid is fine on occasion to bring life to otherwise less challenging trails (and I do have a rigid fat bike), but for me there is no greater joy on 2 wheels than riding...
07-07-20, 12:49 PM
Replies: 197
Views: 9,623
Posted By Kapusta

I once duct taped my feet to the pedals and had a...

I once duct taped my feet to the pedals and had a terrible time getting out of them in time, and they took forever to get back in to.

I'm never using foot retention again.

Sounds absurd? Yes it...
07-05-20, 09:20 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 328
Posted By Kapusta

This^^^^ is the correct answer.

This^^^^ is the correct answer.
07-03-20, 01:04 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,027
Posted By Kapusta

Why is there no option for eBike? :innocent:

Why is there no option for eBike?

:innocent:
07-02-20, 12:11 PM
Replies: 197
Views: 9,623
Posted By Kapusta

I find these debates of who can get stuck at the...

I find these debates of who can get stuck at the next stoplight sooner to be kind of entertaining.
07-02-20, 08:33 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,027
Posted By Kapusta

Clarify "general mountain" and add...

Clarify "general mountain" and add "fatbike".
07-02-20, 07:38 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,027
Posted By Kapusta

I assume “General Mountain” means a FS Trail/AM...

I assume “General Mountain” means a FS Trail/AM bike, so I voted for that.

Is it the most versatile? No, and definitely not the way I set it up. I’d probably drop nearly all my road and most of my...
07-01-20, 11:13 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,183
Posted By Kapusta

I second this recommendation. I run mine...

I second this recommendation. I run mine tubeless. Older versions had issues with tubeless, but it seems that the new ones have it worked out. I run the superlight version.

In my experience it...
07-01-20, 02:39 PM
Replies: 197
Views: 9,623
Posted By Kapusta

Inherently means it is an essential quality of...

Inherently means it is an essential quality of the thing itself. If they were inherently better, then they would be better regardless of who is using them.

So how can something be inherently...
07-01-20, 01:31 PM
Replies: 197
Views: 9,623
Posted By Kapusta

You keep missing the point.

You keep missing the point.
07-01-20, 01:29 PM
Replies: 197
Views: 9,623
Posted By Kapusta

Well, now I think you are confusing personal...

Well, now I think you are confusing personal preference with "inherently better".
07-01-20, 06:40 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 272
Posted By Kapusta

As mentioned above, using a 2x4 to span the studs...

As mentioned above, using a 2x4 to span the studs horizontally will let you mount a hook anywhere you want.

loosening the stem and turning the bars every time you take out and put away the bikes...
07-01-20, 06:11 AM
Replies: 197
Views: 9,623
Posted By Kapusta

That right there is sig worthy :lol:

That right there is sig worthy :lol:
07-01-20, 05:34 AM
Replies: 197
Views: 9,623
Posted By Kapusta

Yes, clipless are better for racing. While this...

Yes, clipless are better for racing. While this should be news to almost nobody, it is also irrelevant to the point I was making:

The idea that flats pose a real risk of slipping off on a road...
06-30-20, 06:47 PM
Replies: 197
Views: 9,623
Posted By Kapusta

Do folks not realize that many people mountain...

Do folks not realize that many people mountain bike in the wet, in the mud, and over insanely rough terrain with flat pedals without slipping off? Climbing, sprinting, in all those conditions.
06-30-20, 08:11 AM
Replies: 197
Views: 9,623
Posted By Kapusta

Yep. The problem is that for most people,...

Yep.

The problem is that for most people, "flats" means running/tennis sneakers with cheap pedals with no pins.
06-29-20, 01:59 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 725
Posted By Kapusta

OP: If you can get a Recon RL in your price...

OP: If you can get a Recon RL in your price range, you will be doing very well in the fork dept. Motion Control is a good compression damper, it has 32mm stanchions (many budget forks are 30mm) and...
06-29-20, 01:49 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 725
Posted By Kapusta

Seriously? You are going to recommend a fork...

Seriously?

You are going to recommend a fork with 30mm stanchions and no compression adjustment over a fork with 32mm stanchions and Motion Control?

Sure, OK :foo:
06-29-20, 12:58 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 725
Posted By Kapusta

Well that is just over $1200 USD, and Europe is...

Well that is just over $1200 USD, and Europe is not where the OP is buying.

No way you are getting a Reba on a $1000 bike in the US.

Again, show the OP what he can get for under $1000 that...
06-29-20, 12:40 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 725
Posted By Kapusta

You not going to get a Reba on a $1000 bike. ...

You not going to get a Reba on a $1000 bike. Even Bikes Direct specs Recons as that price point.

Not sure what your issue is with the Recon. It is a solid fork with adjustable compression, a...
06-29-20, 12:22 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 725
Posted By Kapusta

There are a lot of different Recon models. Some...

There are a lot of different Recon models. Some with Debonair and Motion Control. I don't think those are much to complain about on a $1K bike.

Out of curiosity, what do you think one should be...
06-29-20, 10:43 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 183
Posted By Kapusta

I believe that the rear suspension shares common...

I believe that the rear suspension shares common parts (and design) with the Klein Palamino (sp?).
06-29-20, 10:28 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 183
Posted By Kapusta

It was an interesting/unusual bike and by all...

It was an interesting/unusual bike and by all accounts the rear suspension worked well for the time. Does it have the inverted fork?

My one concern owning one is that service parts for the fork...
06-29-20, 10:21 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 725
Posted By Kapusta

Same here. 24/34 rings with a 11-34 cassette....

Same here. 24/34 rings with a 11-34 cassette. Basically used it as a 1x9 in the larger ring, and used the granny for steeper climbs. Zero issues. I went with 1x11 mainly due to the way my rear...
06-29-20, 09:54 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 725
Posted By Kapusta

On a hard tail, the biggest things I would...

On a hard tail, the biggest things I would priorities are getting a decent fork, tubeless compatible wheels, and a dropper post.

Not too picky about brakes and drive-train. If the brakes stop me...
06-29-20, 07:43 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 581
Posted By Kapusta

This^^^^^ When I first got into riding bikes...

This^^^^^

When I first got into riding bikes as an adult (late 20’s) with a few of my friends, we all saw gains at very different rates.

But we all DID get stronger and faster. That’s all that...
06-29-20, 07:38 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,344
Posted By Kapusta

Guess it depends what “par” is. If par is what...

Guess it depends what “par” is. If par is what comes on a more expensive bike, than sure. I mean, $3K bike parts are sub-par if you are used to $6K bikes.



Yeah, that thought has crossed my...
06-28-20, 07:47 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,344
Posted By Kapusta

I think the reasons for the complete bikes...

I think the reasons for the complete bikes costing less has been well covered here.

Sure you can build a bike for less than a new one retail, but if you put that much time and work into looking at...
06-28-20, 08:11 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 624
Posted By Kapusta

I don’t think it is irrational to not want a...

I don’t think it is irrational to not want a stranger handing your bike during the pandemic. They don’t know the first thing about you. They don’t know how clean you are, and they may not have...
06-28-20, 08:08 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 624
Posted By Kapusta

Does somebody NEED an excuse not to accept help?

Does somebody NEED an excuse not to accept help?
06-27-20, 08:35 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 585
Posted By Kapusta

With 38s at your weight I think you can easily ...

With 38s at your weight I think you can easily go with 45/55 front/rear. Then try lower if you want.
06-25-20, 12:31 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,229
Posted By Kapusta

It is always going to be cheaper to buy...

It is always going to be cheaper to buy complete..... but......

If you are really particular about some of the big-ticket components (particularly wheels and fork), and will end up needed to...
06-23-20, 11:12 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 864
Posted By Kapusta

Even without the travel case and SS couplers,...

Even without the travel case and SS couplers, $550 would have been a fair price. Maybe not a STEAL, but a fair price, especially when you consider what the bike market is like right now.. That is a...
06-23-20, 08:52 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 260
Posted By Kapusta

The tire only need a few psi to keep its shape...

The tire only need a few psi to keep its shape with no rider on it. So I would be surprised if the tires actually ever got that flat.

And even if they do go completely flat, tubes and tires can...
06-23-20, 08:40 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 864
Posted By Kapusta

Awesome!

Awesome!
Forum: Road Cycling
06-23-20, 08:35 AM
Replies: 133
Views: 14,694
Posted By Kapusta

I’ve run both the Bon Jon 35s and the Barlow 38s....

I’ve run both the Bon Jon 35s and the Barlow 38s. Yes, the Bon Jons were perfectly fine on gravel and were as big as my last bike would fit. But the Barlow are significantly better on dirt and...
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