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    Wink Look at my junk!!

    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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    Nice looking EG! How much do those SpecialEd tyres weigh? I have to agree with you that I like everything about the NN except the price.

    Also, something that I've been wondering about for a while: Why do you call your Guapo "Stinky"? To me, a Stinky will always be a 6x6 Kona that weighs about 45lb and should not be ridden downhill due to poor braking performance. Ideally suited to be ridden from loading dock to loading dock with a tape measure. Sorta like naming a Racer X "Blur" or an FTM "FSR".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blofeld View Post
    Why do you call your Guapo "Stinky"?
    Ha, ha. I was thinking the same thing. Stinky will always evoke Kona in my mind.

    Love the pink on Rootbeer color scheme. Always amazed at the various color combos that I never would've thought of that look really nice together.

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    I like how the head tube makes the chunky king set look small. Nice and stanky

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    Brown+Pink= stinky/pinky (also that fun thing to do to the wife at times )

    And the FTm I had was known as "blacky" Seems like "stinky pinky" just worked with the EG.

    The controls I bought are of the cheaper line in the "ground control" version. I belive they are between 600-700g. I ran a set of schwalbe Wicked Will's and loved them on the DH runs at Massanuten Va but they are a 2.5" tire that weighs about 50lbs a piece (felt like it anyhow on the up parts) and the braking sucked. The NN are super nice tires in the snakeskin version but I killed one and my wife has killed one. That is 160$ in tires that I can no longer run tubeless and that defeats the purpose of those tires to me. I'm getting to be a tight a$$ when it comes to tires.

    For the money I really like these GC spec tires. I might end up with a purgatory on the front if things don't get a little more moist around here soon. The front seems to wander a bit in the deep stuff and the purgatory is suposed to be a little better in the loose.

    The pink and brown is really icing on the cake with this bike. I dearly love the style that these frames have even though to get the tubes made this way it had to been done in asia. I would love to see this bike built in the US with the 142 rear and a higher BB. Other than that don't change a thing.

    I am going to get a taper fork next time. Since there are no more straight 1.5 forks it isn't like I have options. But the ability to get any stem size/length/color/material again will be nice.
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    Dont let age hold you back! Age is a state of mind! I'm 44 and the local reno series has the Sport class as 18 and over, I race against 18 year olds and 55 year olds. Tonight is the last race and currently I am in third overall, 6 points behind the guy in second, tonight is double points, so I have to beat him by two positions to take over second, last week I beat him by two positions so it can be done. Titus just sent me a Rockstar to demo, cant decide if I want to risk racing it tonight or stick with the trusty EG?

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    Stick with the EG. I don't care if it has a motor on it, don't switch bikes like that!

    I just don't have the discepline like the younger guys have. My wife can make herself eat what she should and stay out of the booze. Me on the other hand, well, I likes to drink me some beer! If I could keep myself on the straight and narrow I'm sure I could stand a chance but I'd rather eat, drink and be merrry!

    However, i bet I have just as much fun as those skinny leg shavers on any given sunday. I'm doing x-ups and laying the bike flat on every drop while these guys take the "safe" rought around everything.

    Ah the joys of racing an el guapo. Right Craig!

    Once I hit 35 I end up in sport vet class. Maybe then I can get on the ball and work a bit harder. I would like to finish one year in the top five before I have to wear diapers again. but every time I move up, the rest of the feild will move with me.

    As long as it's fun I'll stay on it.
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    Thanks for livening up this forum a bit. I have been disappointed, too, as no one was really posting much lately. I'd assume everyone is out on the trails.
    Terrible -- I'm only a few hours from you over here in Southern Ohio. Any suggestions of a local-ish place to have a Fox fork rebuilt? I know Push would do a great job, but it's pricey and I like to support local and regional shops.
    Craigstr, stick with what you're familiar with. And send me your Rockstar

    Good luck!

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    Terrible -- I'm only a few hours from you over here in Southern Ohio. Any suggestions of a local-ish place to have a Fox fork rebuilt?
    What do you want done? Standard rebuild with new seals and fluids? I do that!

    If you want new bushings and valve changes it realy is hard to argue with what fox charges. Other than the wait right now the price they want is right up there with push.
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