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  1. #1
    HTFU and Ride
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    Been out of the game for 7 years...need a TL;DR summary of what I've missed!

    So I haven't been able to ride much and haven't kept up with what's new in the MTB world but now that my son is 7 and has a legit MTB I am BACK! What is new? What have I missed? HELP!? I feel like I've stepped out of a fallout shelter and the world has changed!

    Stoked to get back in the woods and back on the forums...it's been too long!
    Winter is coming.

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    27.5+

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    This place needs an enema
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    Skip straight to 29+ or you'll remain in that fallout shelter!

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    Bruh its all about DUB!

    (I'll see myself out....)

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee View Post
    Skip straight to 29+ or you'll remain in that fallout shelter!
    Best response to a post Ive read all week!!!!

    But the tire size choice sadly I dont agree with. Im one of the 27.5+ guys. But thats largely due to trails here. Not enough room to let them off the chain since I ride XL frames.

    Go demo them. Sizes for plus either size go from 2.6 to 3.0. So dont have to go crazy, plenty of wiggle room to find that sweet spot.

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    Keep on Rockin...
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    Same as seven years ago...

    It really depends on the trails you ride.

    That said, bikes are better. Longer reach, slacker HTAs, steeper STAs, wider bars, better suspension. We are finally shedding road bike geometry influence.

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    Narrow wide chainrings
    The front derailleur is dead
    Clutch rear derailleurs
    I whole smorgasbord of tire sizes and rim widths to choose from
    and e-bikes, you don't even have to pedal!

    What a great time to be alive!

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    You haven't missed anything. Riding bikes on trails is still awesome.

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    Anytime. Anywhere.
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    Awesomer.
    I got some bad ideas in my head.

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    Bikes that used to be awesome and fun to ride no longer are. This actually holds for 2018 bikes as rumors, spy shots, and a few actual 2019 models have started to arrive.
    Do the math.

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    26 is dead
    27.5 then
    27.5+ now
    29+
    Long and Slack
    Low BB
    Dropper posts
    Carbon wheels
    Wide rims
    Detachable chin guard helmets
    We donít use camelbaks anymore
    The fanny pack is now cool
    Multi tools that fit into your cranks or headset
    Skidding on trails is now acceptable (by some)
    160mm 29ers
    Electronic shifting
    1x13 drive train
    Flow trails
    Making a living of having a MTB YouTube channel
    Direct internet sales bike companies
    Niner makes 27.5. And are owned by Huffy
    Foam in you wheels to prevent pinch flats
    Ebikes
    Flow trails. Smooth trails with burms and jumps
    Trail aps to find trails
    Everyone has a GoPro. Often more then one
    We ďdrop inĒ at the start of downhill like catching a wave surfing

    Oh and my fav. If you make a YouTube video. You have you ďyelp or make this hooting noise every 2 mins or so.

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    So much has evolved it is impossible for you to get it in several posts. I left mb for the road for a long time. One thing I did to get back into current possibilities, I read all I could here in this very forum. So get busy and start reading to include the product reviews on this site. All very useful stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Emdexpress View Post
    So much has evolved it is impossible for you to get it in several posts. I left mb for the road for a long time. One thing I did to get back into current possibilities, I read all I could here in this very forum. So get busy and start reading to include the product reviews on this site. All very useful stuff.
    same here...but left MTB in the early 90's to tour with my band.

    This forum definitely helped me get back into it...and helped me redefine how I wanted to ride...which helped me get my new bike...take your time weighing the options...especially if you have access to a bike now to scratch the itch. Luckily I had my old Trek to get back into it for the 2 years I saved up and researched new bikes.

    Got my self a 2015 Surly Krampus and have been living in fully rigid steel heaven ever since.

    Keep us posted on your journey!
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    Been out of the game for 7 years...need a TL;DR summary of what I've missed!

    Agreed. My ride fantasy has evolved a lot over the years as Iíve learned more about the sport. Iíve found defining my ride fantasy helpful in making bike purchase decisions. There are a ton of different flavors to try. Once you know what you like, it helps if your equipment, trails and riding posse match.
    Last edited by PurpleMtnSlayer; 2 Weeks Ago at 06:25 PM.

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    Get a couple unicycles and learn to ride with your son, I did this with my son and we rode trails together weekly from age ten to seventeen. Now we ride bikes together.

    As for bikes, you havenít been riding for years?are you fit? It depends Shay riding you plan to do, but itís hard to go wrong with the current bikes, they are far better than the bikes of 2010.

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