• 12-25-2012
    Bombin4X
    the problem with owning a dropper post is that you will want one for every bike once you start using one. probably one of the best components I've ever owned, right up there with disc brakes...
  • 12-25-2012
    Dg designs
    Kind of what I thought. The Thompson I have now is really to short anyway. Does anyone run one without the remote.. Trying to simplify the cockpit not add to it.
  • 12-25-2012
    Bombin4X
    I've tried both, and when things start getting hairy at speed I do not want to be taking my hands off the bars to try and drop my seat. if you run a Reverb with the opposite side (run a right hand lever underneath the bar on the left hand side) it protects that lever too.
  • 12-25-2012
    Dg designs
    Thanks for the input.
  • 12-25-2012
    jgusta
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Bombin4X View Post
    the problem with owning a dropper post is that you will want one for every bike once you start using one. probably one of the best components I've ever owned, right up there with disc brakes...

    I've ran dropper posts on all my bikes on/off going on almost 7 yrs now and used to swear by them as well. Lately, I don't run them at all unless the terrain totally requires one (up/down/up/down/etc) and was pretty stoked to be able to run the Oregon Enduro Finals race the whole weekend for all 7 race stages with no dropper post and did better than I have in other Enduro's/Super D's when running them (placed 1st in my Cat!). Decided to not run one at my last race as most timed descending stages don't require them as long as you can pedal out of the saddle here and there for short periods of time when needed. I was pretty discouraged with dropper posts for Enduro racing after I snapped a remote cable just before the only climb section on last stage of one race at start of season last year, causing the post the stay in most extended position and bouncing around like a pogo whenever trying to sit down in lowered position that almost killed me on the steep descent at end of race. So for me, dropper posts are more of a nuisance for Enduro racing at least (don't even run them for regular trail/AM riding anymore as I prefer the simplicity and reliability of standard post and most trails I ride go straight up to down and don't mind manually adjusting before the descent) and not really required for Enduro's as most timed stages don't have climbs mid stage like Super D's did.
  • 12-25-2012
    Dg designs
    Good point about enduro racing and the climbs not being timed. I've spent a lot of time tonight researching and it doesn't sound like all of the kinks are worked out yet unless you want to spend $400. Definitely don't see that kind of value in it.
  • 12-25-2012
    hitechredneck
    I have mixed feelings on dropper post. One day I love them the next day I dont. The biggest down side is you get used to a saddle being dropped and ride like that. Then when it does not work or drop you cant ride your bike worth a crap anymore and get the your tant slapped by the post cause you are not used to it being there anymore. I normally just ride with my post droppped a bit all the time and dont race to the top. That way i can get you muscle memory made that it is there.
  • 12-25-2012
    finch6013
    I agree with what Jgusta says completely. I have had identical experience and no longer use a dropper. I run my seat at a hight that I can get behind it on all the descents in my area but still high enough to sit and pedal with some efficacy. For my bike and body size this ends up with my seat being at about knee hight while standing on the bike. I have also found that being able to use the seat between your knees for bike control at times is handy so its another plus.
  • 12-25-2012
    jgusta
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Dg designs View Post
    Good point about enduro racing and the climbs not being timed. I've spent a lot of time tonight researching and it doesn't sound like all of the kinks are worked out yet unless you want to spend $400. Definitely don't see that kind of value in it.

    Yeah for everyday trail riding on undulating terrain (always put one on when riding Sedona or SW UT) they are very nice to have, but for most Enduro's here in the states at least, they are not really required as you can just manually raise the post for the untimed climb sections when you are done with each descending timed stage. The only one I would maybe consider now is the KS LEV, but at $420 for the 150mm and still being a bit of a gamble with reliability (my KS Supernatural 150mm had to be sent back multiple times due to failure in the first year), it's a big no go for me. Next one for me if I do, is going to be non remote (lever) type in 6", which is only the KS Supernatural for now. Wish Thomson's new dropper post was going to be 6" as 5" isn't long enough for my longer legs as I would be willing to give that a shot.
  • 12-29-2012
    fai
  • 12-29-2012
    lucianofreeride
    1 Attachment(s)
    Large Commencal Meta 666
    Marzocchi 55 custom tuned
    Fox RP23
    2x9 XT drivetrain (24/36 by 11-34)
    Elixir 5 brakes 203/185 rotors
    50mm Straitline stem and HS spacers
    Opium 3 handlebar 780mm
    Cobalt 3 seatpost
    Hope QR seat collar
    Stan's Flow wheels
    WTB Weirwolf 2.5/Nokian NBX 2.35 front/rear tires
    Crank Bros rear QR
    The DH saddle
    Lizard Skins grips
    Jagwire cables and hoses
  • 12-30-2012
    hitechredneck
    Man I sure did love that weirwolf 2.5 tire!
  • 12-30-2012
    hmorsi
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by hitechredneck View Post
    Man I sure did love that weirwolf 2.5 tire!

    Good tire. Have been running one on the front of my bike for two seasons without issues.

    Sent from my GT-I9300 using Tapatalk 2
  • 01-08-2013
    michael7383
    1 Attachment(s)



    Niner RIP 9
    Sram X0 Drivetrain
    Fox CTD remote front and rear suspension
    Fox DOSS seat post

    I don't get to ride it until February though.
  • 01-08-2013
    silent assassin
    How many cables and levers do you have on the bars?
  • 01-09-2013
    TwoHeadsBrewing
    Everyday rider + race rig. Trail pic is with Crosstrails, but Santa brought me some new XTR Trail wheels.



  • 01-09-2013
    Hikers Only
    2 Attachment(s)
    My new Rune V2
  • 01-10-2013
    Whip Chop!
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by rednova75 View Post
    My new Rune V2

    Nice ride! How do you like the Conti Baron on the rear?
  • 01-11-2013
    michael7383
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by silent assassin View Post
    How many cables and levers do you have on the bars?

    Too many, But I am interested to see how the remote Fox CTD system works as a whole.
  • 01-11-2013
    hitechredneck
    That Rune looks really slack!
  • 01-11-2013
    Hikers Only
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Whip Chop! View Post
    Nice ride! How do you like the Conti Baron on the rear?

    When the trails start to get wet it is my go to rear tire. I love the black chilli compound of the Conti's as it just grips, but allows for pretty decent rolling resistance. It is definitely not the best for hard pack as you really notice the big square knobs! It is pretty light weight for being a solid winter/AM tire. I also like the square edge knobs for techy rocky climbs as they bite really well. The one down side is that they will just not go tubeless!

    @ Hitechredneck, Yeah it definitely has a slack HTA (around 65.5 - 66 deg.), and this is with the drop outs in the middle setting, so it can go slacker :) Despite the slackness the bike climbs really well, but when it is pointed DH it opens up and becomes like a mini DH rig, it inspires so much confidence:D
  • 01-15-2013
    Quadro
    My ride from little different enviroment..

  • 01-15-2013
    Salespunk
    That will be a fast rig!
  • 01-19-2013
    Geir
    My LaPierre Spicy 516
    Here's my new LaPierre Spicy 516 2012. Completely standard, fresh out of the box. Planning on buying XT trailpedals, changing the tires to HansDampf and perhaps buy new handlebars, but I think thats about it.







  • 01-19-2013
    Map204
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Geir View Post
    Here's my new LaPierre Spicy 516 2012. Completely standard, fresh out of the box. Planning on buying XT trailpedals, changing the tires to HansDampf and perhaps buy new handlebars, but I think thats about it.








    Wow, that looks great. Especially the matching green on the brakes and the pivots. Kudos!
  • 01-19-2013
    hitechredneck
    I really like the lines on that bike, it looks like its hauling ass just sitting still. Those rubber queens are great all around tires, give em a go before you spend lots of cash on new rubber.
  • 01-21-2013
    nissmo127
    My new 27.5" Enduro rig I was going to sell it(due to injury over the winter) But I may just keep it now that I am healing up...It really needs a black fork and my Formula brakes put back on it!


  • 01-21-2013
    Geir
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by hitechredneck View Post
    I really like the lines on that bike, it looks like its hauling ass just sitting still. Those rubber queens are great all around tires, give em a go before you spend lots of cash on new rubber.

    No need to spend any cash. I allready had the HansDampf tires laying around at home :) The rubberqueens are now coming to use on another bike :thumbsup:

  • 01-21-2013
    michael7383
    Suspension Travel?
    How much suspension is everyone using in enduro/super-d racing?
  • 01-28-2013
    MikeBurnsie
    1 Attachment(s)
    This is my Stumpjumper Elite. I've had it a few years and have slowly built it how I want it. Haven't raced an enduro but plan to this summer. Thinking of trying a 1x10 setup this year. I will pedal and or push my bike uphill to ride it back down.:D

    2011 Stumpjumper
    Renthal Fat Bar Carbon lite/Duo Stem
    Stans Flows/Hope hubs
    2.3 Purgatory/2.2 Captain
    Brainless=replaced brain with RP23
    CP Blacklight 125mm
    Enduro BB and forkseals/wipers
  • 01-28-2013
    camarosam
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by michael7383 View Post
    How much suspension is everyone using in enduro/super-d racing?

    You will typically see anywhere from 4 to 7 inches of travel depending on the course. But the majority of bikes that I've seen sit around 5 to 6 inches.
  • 01-28-2013
    nissmo127
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by michael7383 View Post
    How much suspension is everyone using in enduro/super-d racing?

    Most of the courses I have rode (so far) are not super rough aggressive DH style so 150mm to 160mm works great. I rode another brand last year(160mm) but I am going to ride my 27.5" converted Butcher this year its 150mm rear and 160mm up front
  • 01-29-2013
    KERKOVEJ
    Canyon Strive with 160mm travel front and rear. Fun machine for lift days at Vail Mtn, a few enduro events, and some longer backcountry rides.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffkerkove/8426935023/" title="2012 Canyon Strive by Jeff Kerkove, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8360/8426935023_3f3a62673c_o.jpg" width="700" height="704" alt="2012 Canyon Strive"></a>
  • 02-09-2013
    hitechredneck
    1 Attachment(s)
    A bit of upgrading to my Sanction, Full XO drivetrain except XX cassette, Lyrik coil fork, saint brakes, crossmax st. Hopefully should be a good do everything weapon for the Big mountain enduro series.

    Attachment 770267
  • 02-10-2013
    Whip Chop!
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by hitechredneck View Post
    A bit of upgrading to my Sanction, Full XO drivetrain except XX cassette, Lyrik coil fork, saint brakes, crossmax st. Hopefully should be a good do everything weapon for the Big mountain enduro series.

    Attachment 770267

    Nice ride! I too have a Sanction. I will post a pic of all the upgrades I've done to it soon. Love that bike. How are the Hans Dampf's treating you?
  • 02-10-2013
    Geir
    1 Attachment(s)
    Lapierre Spicy 516 with RaceFace Atlas Green Monster
    Love that GT! Looks really fast and robust.. Got a new stem and handlebars on my Lapierre this weekend. RaceFace Atlas stem and RaceFace Atlas GreenMonster Limited bars.

    Attachment 770417
  • 02-10-2013
    hitechredneck
    I have mixed feelings about my hans damps. On my bike with a 68 degree headangle they are the cats meow I love them to death. That said for some reason on my 66 degree headangle GT they tend to feel a bit more round and the "edge" is not quite as strong as I like. I think it is because the two different bikes corner different and with the slacker head angle the bike needs to be leaned over and more weight pushed on the front where I feel the more square tires do better. Could be just me, but check back with me in a bit about them when I have more ride time with them on this bike.
  • 02-10-2013
    tkrowe
    I need to try one of those weirwolfs.
  • 02-10-2013
    Salespunk
    My latest iteration. Yes, I have issues...







    Setup is HD/RS Lyrik 170/XX1

    Waiting for Easton to finish their XX1 freehub so that is why I am currently running an AL rear wheel. My Monarch RC3 is at Push for a refresh so that is why I am running the RP23 which is meh I have two rides on the Lyrik now and am starting to get it feeling really nice. XX1 is about 3 weeks in and I like it a lot.
  • 02-10-2013
    coiler-d
    How's the water taste?
  • 02-10-2013
    Salespunk
    Lol it was great. Bottle was on there for race day and I just screwed the cap off and drank it that way. No reason to carry my Camelback for two 6 minute runs.
  • 02-10-2013
    KrisRayner
    1 Attachment(s)
    Post your Enduro/Super D rigs here...
    Attachment 770660
    Here's my enduro rig, at least it will be once I enter my first race in June

    Yeti Asr7
    1x9
    Fox Van 36 160mm
    Fox RC4 coil shock
    Magura Louise brakes
    Reverb dropper
  • 02-11-2013
    markmyers
    Sick ride
    thanks for your service so we can be free to rally bikes
  • 02-11-2013
    markmyers
    1 Attachment(s)
    Attachment 771010

    Pivot Firebird with XT build (large)
    close to 6.7" travel front and rear
    Weighs just over 31lb with pedals
    Absolute murderer going down and still flys uphill somehow.

    I can't wait to race enduro this year. It's still a long ways off and I can't stop thinking about it. Signed up for 3 of the Big Mountain Enduro so far.
  • 02-22-2013
    vetprowanab
    1 Attachment(s)
    My Maverick ML8. Still one of my most favorite rigs. Ethan Franklin is still around to tune the suspension so it's ridding better than ever. 31 pounds, XT 3x10 kit, Mavic 819 wheels, Maverick dropper post, trying out a slightly taller handlebar now. Should be able to hit up 2 or 3 of the Big Mountain Enduro series races this year.
  • 02-24-2013
    Le Duke
    No picture just yet, as I'm in AFG. The parts are showing up at my parents house one by one, and here's the plan:

    I have these so far:

    SC Blur LTc w/CTD
    DT Swiss EXM 150
    DT 240 15/10mm hubs
    X9 crank w/36t Bling Ring
    XO rear d/shifter
    Syntace FlatForce 66mm stem
    King InSet

    Need to buy:
    Bars (Syntace Vector Carbon 740mm)
    Cassette (XO)
    Rims (650b or 26"?) and spokes
    Tires (Leading towards Schwalbe. NN or HD snakeskin)
    XT brakes
    Seat (Fizik)
    Seatpost
  • 03-01-2013
    -C-
    I'm set. Season starts in about 3 weeks. I cut it a bit fine finishing this off :)







  • 03-02-2013
    Salespunk
    Beautiful bike
  • 03-04-2013
    gsxr1000dave
    1 Attachment(s)
    2010 trek scratch 7 coil that i converted to air. I put a 2012 lyrik rc2dh fork set at 170 to match the frame and a monarch plus for the rear which should work awesome. I upgraded everything to x9 components. I installed a compand post from specialized on this bike but I had to buy a shim from 30.9 to 31.6 which worked good. I want to try to convert it to a 650B bike but dont think there is enough room with the new lyrik fork. Its a little on the porky side(35.5 lbs) but should be a fun bike going down the hills :)
  • 03-04-2013
    juancho142
    Hereīs my rig:

    Frame: 2011 GT Force frame small size, 6" travel
    Fork: Rock Shox Pike Race U-turn 95-140mm
    Seatpost: CB Joplin 4R
    Handlebars: Specialized Enduro low rise 720mm
    Stem: Kalloy UNO 60mm
    Hubs: Novatec (DH-SB41 front, canīt recall rear model)
    Spokes and Nipples: Pillar 2.0mm/16mm
    Rims: DT Swiss 445D
    Brakes, crankset & RD: Shimano Deore
    Cassette: SRAM PG-970 11-34 (custom made from a 11-32 and spares)
    Pedals: CB Mallet (switching to some good olī shimano DX soon)
    Grips: Lizard Skins Peaty
    How it rides: f*ckin awesome
    Soon: Hopefully a Lyric and some offset bushings for the shock to slacken the HA