Wow you guys have been boring lately. I'm sure with the weather being the way it has we've all been riding so much there's no time to post anything. Well, things are much the same here. My wife is killing it in the WV points and I've gone to some of the races with her to support the effort and "donate" my 30$ to the cause (no chance I'll ever win in my class since it includes 18-34 year olds) and have a nice ride in the process.
Happy to report the 2010 EG i've been riding for the last three years is still rock'n just fine. Mostly the same since last time I whored it out. I tried a 2x10 sram x7 drivetrain for a while. and found that I miss 175mm cranks and that I'm not a fan of ten speed cassettes (atleast the cheap 1050 model). The ten speed shifted rather slow, and needed alot more attention than any nine speed I've ever run. Also the lack of bashgaurd cranks was a bummer. I know there are options out there for chain retention but units like the mrp 2x are priced way to high for what they are, 140$ for an aluminum plate and two derailer pullies, really?
But I digress. My new 175mm xt cranks are on the way as we speak along with a new xt cassette and chain. The plan is to swap the stock 22/32/44 for 22/34/bash since I was able to crank the huge 26/39 gearing on the ten speed. It was nice to have that extra few teeth on the flats.
Also went to nokon cable housing a few months ago. It is a pain to setup but after it's done the shifting will stay the same for months at a time regardless of trail conditions. For the price of the housing/cables I would go through in the course of the year I only had to buy the nokon once and the liner is cheap (3.70$ retail) and uses standard diameter stainless cables.
My fork is getting long in the tooth. I pull it apart every 4-6 months for a fluid change and seal grease-ing. I noticed yesterday that there is some fading of the ano' on the front of the legs at the lower bushing. I figure after three years of the crap I've put this fork through it has served me well. I did put float guts in it at the begining of summer and they seem to be doing well. I never had too much trouble with my talas but thought I would do what the "in crowd" is doing and swap for gets-and-shiggles.
The specialized ground control 'control' tires are rather nice. Very predictable and super fast. Things have been very very dry here so the trails are hard as rock unless there is some turned up sand or small pebbles. The braking isn't as good as with the schwlbe nobby nicks but the price is half that and they measure out just right at 2.31 on my flow's. Also been rocking a flow rim on the rear that I straightend with an adjustable wrench The lip got folded over when I killed the last NN in a creak bed a few months ago. It hasn't given me any problems but I have a spare to lace up if it does.
I go back and forth with coil/air shocks. With the racing I've been keeping the rp23 on. If the van-R I had came with propedal I think it would stay on but I can't get used to the fealing while climbing. I can't bring myself to take the plunge on a better coil shock with low speed compression adjust so I might just send the rp to push when I get a new fork next winter.
Ok and pics of stinky!
Thanks for looking at my junk!
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