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    Equal Time: whats the best part you ever put on yer bike?

    thought the other post was so damn good it needed its happier brothers company.

    #1: full xtr drivetrain sans chain. nuthin finer when tuned to perfection. but i havent done a X0 trigger set up yet.

    #1-A: 960 XTR ft der. ive always thought the ft der was the achillies heal of the drivetrain and this part has me rethinkin that. works like buttah, even on my older 952 rings but when matched with 960 rings... weeeeeeeeeeeee!

    #2: sedis/sram chains. no more premature chain stretch, ring wear, busted links and busted kneecaps. goodbye shimano chains!

    #3: serfas ti kevlar saddle. in particular the ARC. my fleet of bikes all have one variation/model yer of this saddle. got my first one in 93 after droppin the stock specialized horror show and tryin out a flite ti for a few hours. sold both and tried this "new" companies stuff on a shop guys reccomendation. never run anything else since.

    #4: Fox Float RL. what a difference this made to my ageing burner! far better than the Alps 5 R before it and the Alps 4 R that came stock on it.

    #5: Fox Float RLC Talus. had a variety of forks on this same frame over the last 10 years and as much as some bag on it, it fit my 165lb riding style just fine thanx. awsome product and no issues as of yet.

    #6: '97 Marzocchi Z-2 Atom bomb. simply a killer fork. weighs the same as a Judy SL when i put in a SRP ti bolt kit and never leaked in 0ver 8 years. possibly the perfect part. dont think ill ever sell it. matter of fact is about to be bolted back on my burner as i return it to old school build and retire it permenantly.

    gawd, thers boxes of stories behind me and not enough time or audience to tell them all.
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    my 1999 Z-2 Bam Bomber was the same way - I couldn't believe how well it worked and how easy it was to keep going for the 5 years I had it....made me a zoke fan.

    I must admit, the bike bit I am most enamoured with right now is my new Five-Ten sticky rubber low top mtb shoes....the comfort and surefootedness these shoes provide make the whole ride that much closer to a really, really good snowboaring run thru fresh Wasach powder...!

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    #1 5-Spot frame (of course I am coming off a Trek hardtail, doh!)

    #2 Sram Drive train

    #3 Hope mono minis ( apposed to popular opinion I love these, great feel, no fade & no noise issues and they showed up with blue anodised levers & other bits, Bling)

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    (1) Sram XO rear derailleur

    (2) Push'd RP3

    (3) Fox TALAS RLC

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    In no particular order

    1. SRAM XO rear d/X9 shifters

    2. Fox DHX Air

    3. DescenderPost (or its lever operated sibling, the Gravity Dropper)

    4. Chris King headsets and ISO Disc Hubs

    5. Juicy 7s (despite the occasional sticky piston here and there)


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    more thoughts, more faves...

    you guys all have me thikin through the years with both of these posts. thanx again to prone for the idea and the effort. bravo pal!

    #7: Chris King h/set. my first was on the burner in late '95 and now a 2nd on the flux. its kinda like, "is it still there?", lookin down..., "yep! still there and workin just fine!". its such a good part i tend to forget it. absolute quality.

    #8: Eggbeaters. love these pedals! i was a SPD guy for a long long time, moved to mudville and gave these a shot. just bought my 4th pair of crank bros pedals, some twin ti's for the flux. for what i do and where i do it, theres none higher.

    #9: BB7's. what can i say, when set up right they just keep working very well. theres the weight thing but thats cool if it works well.

    ot but worth mentioning.....

    #10: Sidi shoes. pick one, doesnt matter. i have 4 pair, 2 mtn, 1 dh and 1 road, all pretty old but it doesnt matter as they just keep workin. i have those little, thin, euro-girl type feet and nuthin else fits. oh, the stiffness! i can live with the slippery soles as long as im careful on the rocks and dont use em in the snow and ice.

    #11: Garene Polar winter rideing boots. i tried a ton of diff shoe/sock combos and never kept my feet warm and dry below 35 deg or so. got these for xmass from the girl and WOW! 2 seasons on em now and not a single complaint. for me its the perfect cold/wet weather shoe. ps: avoid the toe spikes at all costs! missed most of the '04 winter ride and ski season with a badly busted ankle.

    #12: Voler bib shorts. as comfy as they come. epic days and centurys are liveable with these. and they were free to boot!

    keep em commin folks! would be great to hear some of the girls pipe in on this. or maybe a sepperate thread is needed. hell, this could be a sticky if we all agreed to pick just one best and worst part and kept the commentary to a min. thoughts airwreck?
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    King

    I bought my first King headset in 96 and I'm still running it. Started out black on a Fisher hardtail and over the years it's been on 6 or 7 frames (4 of which cracked) and an equal number of forks and the only issue I've had is that it's faded to a very dark brown.

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    BIG TIRES

    DISC BRAKES

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    THANK YOU INNOVATIONS!!!!!!!!
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    Some thing's just right from the start and are taken for granted as they always work,
    Chris King headset

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frankenstein
    BIG TIRES

    DISC BRAKES

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    SHOCKS
    Yup. And to add to that list:

    RISER BARS

    WTB SADDLES - the first saddle I ever really liked

    LOCK-ON GRIPS

    CHRIS KING - set it & forget it
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    Quote Originally Posted by cactuscorn

    #6: '97 Marzocchi Z-2 Atom bomb. simply a killer fork. weighs the same as a Judy SL when i put in a SRP ti bolt kit and never leaked in 0ver 8 years. possibly the perfect part. dont think ill ever sell it. matter of fact is about to be bolted back on my burner as i return it to old school build and retire it permenantly.

    gawd, thers boxes of stories behind me and not enough time or audience to tell them all.
    A 97 Z2 AB weighed almost exactly 4lbs, there's no way that replacing a couple bolts got it down to 3lbs.

    I had the 99 Z2 BAM, that was a terrific fork as well. A recent customer at the shop (that I rarely work in anymore) brought in an old 97 Z2 and said that he took it to the other shop, they told him to buy a new fork, and they sold him a noleen. The noleen died in a matter of a few weeks, and all his Z2 really needed was an oil change and heavier springs, we did an overhaul on it though, put in new seals and a new damping cart, new oil and the thing is ready for another 4 or 5 years. Those forks were so far ahead of the crap the other companies were producing it wasn't even funny. Other forks were designed to last maybe a season, and good luck finding parts for them. We could still get the damping cart and all sorts of parts for that 97 Z2, from marzocchi. Those products were meant to last.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prof
    Some thing's just right from the start and are taken for granted as they always work,
    Chris King headset
    This also applies to Thomson seatposts.

    I wish I could say the same for Thomson stems.

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    Oh yeah, the 97 Z2, damn that fork was a revalation.

    King HS, still running the first one I got.

    Lock-on grips, with all the futzing I do with my bike these have been great.

    Shimano pedals (747's, 535's, etc...) these are near bomb-proof.

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    #1 Disc brakes

    #2 Time Atacs

    #3 Full length cable housing

    #4 8 Speed

    The rest is kind of a morass - Push'd Vanilla/King stuff/Marz '97 Z2 and '98 Z1/etc...
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    1 . shimano spd 959
    2. lock on grips

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    1) SRAM X.0 Rear Derailuer and X.9 Triggers
    Easy to setup and great tactile feedback.

    2) Push'd Fox Float R for the Burner
    I put it on and have not touched it since. Plush when it is supposed to be. Anyone want a 3-Way?

    3) CK headset
    No need to add anything else on this one.

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    Not "on" my bike...but the single best bike-thing I ever bought was my first Camelbak Mule. Had it for 5 years! Now I have new one. Love it.

    Onbike part: Chris King headset. Had it for 7 years now, on 4 bikes...one service by myself.
    All other parts have been changed or broke, not the King.
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    All of equal importance:

    -Shocks
    -Clipless pedals
    -Riser Bars
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    -Lighter frame & parts

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    Gravity Dropper seatpost. (don't we need some more threads on this? )

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    Quote Originally Posted by rmac
    Gravity Dropper seatpost. (don't we need some more threads on this? )
    I would second the Gravity Dropper, except that it has broken on me twice. It broke in exactly the same place in all senses. The cylindrical rod that the saddle anchors on to passes crosswise through a hole in the post, and both times the post cracked right at that hole. This occurred both times while I was riding at exactly the same point on the same trail, believe it or not.

    Wayne of Gravity Dropper has promptly replaced both posts and says they have plans for a beefed up version. I hope they get this problem sorted out because I really like what the post does for my riding.

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    Good topic.

    1. Turner 5 Spot. Long Live the Horst Link!
    2. Crank Bros Candy Pedals
    3. Schwinn Paramount complete lugged Steel Road Bike Custom Green for $500!
    4. X9 triggers/Shifters
    5. WTB Laser V DH Ti--Great Seat
    6. Nevegals--Been Running Em for 2 Years (not the same set). I have a Kenda Connection and get them cheap.
    7. Hopefully my new Titus HCR singlespeed
    8. Race face Bash Guard/HEIM guide 4 years running. I've already busted my e 13 bash guard twice in 1.5 years and my DRS.
    9. Magura Louise FRs

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    Quote Originally Posted by cactuscorn
    ...would be great to hear some of the girls pipe in on this.
    My wife would say her Terry Butterfly saddles. She and my daughter won't ride with anything else now.

    For me, Chris King headsets and rear hubs, Thomson posts, DT comp 2.0/1.8 spokes with brass nipples, WTB SST98Ti saddles.

    Oh yeah, and most recently, Surly Endomorph tires.
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    most recent revelation was the afore mentioned Gravity Dropper. It has done wonders to my DH confidence, yet made it very nervewrecking to DH on an extended seat.

    Marzocchi MX Comp was another big one, when it replaced Rock Shox Indy SL on my bike, several years ago.

    Full suspension frame. First, the Burner, then the 5 Spot.

    Steel hardtails.

    RaceFace Turbine LP cranks.

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    Tubeless rims/tires (Stan's needs a mention here also)
    DHX 5.0 coil
    Disc brakes (avid mechs)
    ODI's

    And I have gotta comment on the CK headset thing. I've had a CK but sold it a while back, and have used Cane Creek ever since. Less than half the price and I have to say, I have never had to mess with any of them. Talk about a part with absolutely no noticable performance difference, I'd bet major dollars no one here could tell what they were riding on without looking. And like I said, no maintenance or durability issues with any of the headsets I have run.

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    Gravity Dropper....

    People seem to love them.

    I rode Tscheezy's & Moab and found it to indeed be helpful. I wish I had one for the rolling terrain on Gold Bar Rim/Golden Spike. I'll consider one for my next Moab trip but don't see it as being nearly as essential for my local terrain which is more of the straight up/straight down variety.

    BUT....

    wobble, wobble, wobble.
    noisy
    And Steve has broken two.

    I think it's a great concept and I really want to buy into it but the execution needs some refinement. Particularly in light of the asking price. And good move by Mav not producing it in the most common bike seatpost size currently used.

    Sorry for raining on the parade. Continue with the positivity.
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    Ditto: King HS. Set it and forget it.

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    Gore-Tex cables

    Disc brakes

    Rear suspension

    King stuff

    Lock-on grips

    Mavic crossmax xl's

    And Fox 36 Van's- 'KIN BRILLIANT
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    1. CK NoThreadset. Absolutely flawless.
    2. SRAM X.0 Gripshift/R. Derailleur. I just thought my XTR 752 shifted great.
    3. (tie) Selle Italia Flite Gel/Thomson Elite post. Why did I wait so long to buy this saddle? The Thomson is the CK HS of seatposts.

    D.

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    Mars 1 (first year o' production) with the one piece lower casting. Way more stiffness! And I'm still riding it, still going great. I immedaitaly started cleaning sections of trail I had no hope of before.

    Cross bike: Jack of all trades, master of none, gets all kinds of abuse and keeps ticking.

    x7/x9 shifters: I've been running twist shifters for 10+ years, and moving to SRAM's triggers on one bike made me want to run them on all my bikes.
    Take the long cut, we'll get there eventually.

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    Lots of good stuff

    1. Magura HS11 brakes - always powerfull and reliable, service from Thorsten above and beyond
    2. 97/98 Z2 BAM - way ahead of the time
    3. Time carbons - always in, always out
    4. Eggbeaters - see 3
    5. XT 7/8 speed thumbies - simply the best
    6. Titec Berzerker DH Kti saddle - all time fav
    7. CK headset
    8. Avid BB7
    9. 03 5 Spot
    I got some bad ideas in my head.

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    1. E.13 DRS - It quietly does it's job. Forget it is there.
    2. SRAM RD and triggers - Love the thumb shifting.
    3. Time Z control pedals - Easy to get in and out of. Stable.
    4. Jingle Bells - Warn's other trail users of your approach.
    5. Mavic 823 rims + UST tires - Great traction plus no flats while tire is in good condition.
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    '95 LX front mech. Been on all my hardtails and still has less slop in it that a brand new XT topswing.

    ODI Lockons.

    King h/set, assuming you're not paying full (UK) RRP

    Cotic Soul hardtail. 2.5 years on, and I still get surprised quite how good it is every time I ride it (and I ride it lots). When I'm "in the zone" on it, I'm not *that* much slower DH on it than I am on my RFX (assuming we're trail- rather than free- riding here - it's not a bike for big drops)

    Thomson seat posts

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtn hack

    And I have gotta comment on the CK headset thing. I've had a CK but sold it a while back, and have used Cane Creek ever since. Less than half the price and I have to say, I have never had to mess with any of them. Talk about a part with absolutely no noticable performance difference, I'd bet major dollars no one here could tell what they were riding on without looking. And like I said, no maintenance or durability issues with any of the headsets I have run.
    I have to add to this. I have a CC as well, and I've had it since 1998. Still going strong.
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    acctually, my 95 Judy SL weighed in at 6.5 as mounted even though it was advertised as a even 3lb fork. oh, they lied? nooooooo..... my atom bomb weighed in at 3.75 stock as i recall and fell to 3.5 with a cut steerer tube and the SRP ti bolt kit. that was a honest weight on the same scale at the same moment. sorry jay.
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    My Butt!!!!

    Cos then it means I'm out of here and riding! Man do I want to head out in to the wilderness right now. Can't wait for the weekend - Nirvana Killer Loop to be blasted.

    Mechanical part would have to be Hope Mini's or RP3. The difference was like night and day. Technological advancement is great

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    Major enhancements to my riding experience (in chronological order)

    1. Manitou 1 suspension fork (Ahhhh... control for the front end)
    2. Shimano PD-M737 pedals (who woulda thought that pedals would make riding so much more fun?)
    3. AMP B-3 frame (Ahhhh... control for the rear end. As valuable for climbing as for descending.
    4. CK headsets (there are others out there that will last a long time too, but if you want to add some jewelry to your bike...)
    5. RockShox Pop-loc. Makes the bike feel so much more responsive on those out of the saddle pushes.
    6. Gravity Dropper. It has changed my attitude about what I consider ridable terrain without risking life, limb, or nutsack.

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    I forgot to add this;

    Shimano CN7701 chain. It's simply in a class above most everything else. Most people's "bad taste" of shimano chains is from their older-generation chains. Sram chains were better than these, but I still occasionally broke them. The CN7701 is amazingly strong, mushroom pivots (so links don't slide off), it takes the torque that I dish out without breaking, and that's amazing because I'm usually pretty hard on chains and go through them fairly fast. I haven't had a CN7701 break on me, and I'm on my 3rd now (I change my chains every 6-mo to a year apart, which also makes the rest of my drivetrain last longer, those people that complain about rings not lasting should probably change their chain a lot more often).

    Also, 1998 Marzocchi Super T. There was nothing from the competition that matched this (and there was a 1997 Super T too). Handmade, all CNCed lowers, big bolt-on arch, 20mm, etc...
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    Word! got mine in... '06? still use it every ride but a replacement is gonna happen soon enough. the newer version looks to be a superior product, not that my old one is worn out yet. part of it is im slowly gettin away from my "everything must be blue" mentality. gotta love well made stuff!
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    A couple more . . .

    CK headset and Shimano 959 pedals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cactuscorn
    Word! got mine in... '06? still use it every ride but a replacement is gonna happen soon enough. the newer version looks to be a superior product, not that my old one is worn out yet. part of it is im slowly gettin away from my "everything must be blue" mentality. gotta love well made stuff!
    Which product are you talking about?

    Isn't it so nice that parts and bikes are so much better than back in ~'95. I remembered when I started riding and how much "crap" there was that didn't work worth beans.
    "It's only when you stand over it, you know, when you physically stand over the bike, that then you say 'hey, I don't have much stand over height', you know"-T. Ellsworth

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    suspension

    Dhx Air & the Frankenfork on my 5-spot...

    Frankenfork and DHX Air upgrades...

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    Stan's Notubes - how many pinch flats did I have in the years before? how much time wasted changing tubes?

    CK headset - the one part I never have to think about

    Marz forks - mine just keep working and working...no problems - just good riding...

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    Hadley Hubs



    Fox 36



    Marzocchi 888

    removable faceplate stems/lock ons


    of course...riser bars. first time i got them it felt so good i just crashed because the rest of the bike couldnt handle the speed&control.
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    Ill play..

    1. XT medium cage derallier- in combination with removing outer ring and truvativ bash guard

    2. truvativ cheapo SS bash guard. replacing outer chainring.

    3. 05' Pushed Talas 130

    3. Kenda DTC 2.35 BG/2.4 DTC Cortez tire combo

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jayem
    I forgot to add this;

    Shimano CN7701 chain. It's simply in a class above most everything else.
    Good call. I've been using these for seven years on all my bikes and have never broken a chain, after breaking numerous Sachs (post SRAM aquisition) prior to switching. Very cheap mail order, plus there's something pleasantly subversive about using Dura Ace on a mountain bike.

    Best part ever? A toss up between suspension and 29" wheels. Both change the way you ride, in a completely positve way.
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    Knobby Tires

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    Bike shorts.

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    i was refering to the mule. this thread is all over the place huh? sorry for the cornfusion jay. and yeah. time improves the breed thank gawd! all those dollars spent on blue chi chi cnced poop. super lite part of the week. us made drivetrain bits that looked oh so nice and promised the world yet failed so miserably. one thing i found that cost next to nuthin and worked well was my blue anno Trans X qr set. too bad they weighed so much. too bad i sold them.

    parting thought re: kooka. the co. owners last name was "Fail". go figure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cactuscorn
    i was refering to the mule..
    I put my bike shorts on the mule. On top.

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    1. SRAM triggers & rear der.

    2. Avalanche Chubie shock

    3. e.Thirteen DRS

    4. disc brakes

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    1. SRAM XO triggers & Blackbox rear der.

    2. PUSH'd Shocks

    3. AJ's Frame Guard
    "The best you've ridden is the best you know" - Paul Thede, Race Tech

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    Long Termers

    When it comes to bikes Im like one of those kids that breaks all his toys right away. but I have 2 parts that i have had since I started riding in 02' and have been on all 3 bikes I have own (superlight, enduro, and 5 spot):
    - XT cranks. Been through 3 bb's so far, but the crank arms have been there from day 1.
    - WTB Laser disk rims. I've busted and flat-spotted other makes in between, but these just keep on rolling.

    Almost as long has been my CK headset. got after going through 3 h/s in one year.

    Other parts I dig
    - Stans sealant (with homemade strips)
    - SDG I Beam seat and post. great price/weight ratio. reliable and almost as comfortable as my old wtb saddle
    - Crank bros peddals. have all 3 clip-in types. big fan.
    - 04' Z1 SL. I think it has saved my life, or at least my wrist bones a few times already.
    That and being the most stupid-plush, wonder fork on earth.

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    Oh-boy, where do I start with this one.

    Time ATAC Pedals, always work never been stuck or popped out when I didn't want to.

    2002, Marzocchi Z.2 Atom 100. Had one on the Trek that was stolen, spent 3-months trying to find another one that would fit my XL Burner, I liked it that much.

    King Parts, haven't had to touch my headset or my hubs since the first week I installed them.

    Stan's No Tubes.

    SRAM Driveline, and Race Face Turbine LP Cranks.

    Avid Juicy 7's there a little noisy now and then but I love the feel and the power is sublime.

    WTB seats, fit my butt beutifully.

    Continental Vertical Pro tires, just plain work.

    Think that about covers it.

    Happy trails...

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    fork

    a suspension fork (even though it was an early rock shox)

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    Good call on the AJs.

    Quote Originally Posted by SCUBAPRO
    3. AJ's Frame Guard
    Thanks for the reminder about the AJs. I'll second that one.

    Its so small and inconspicuous that I forgot all about it. It just plain works. I haven't had a single dropped chain since I installed one on my 'Spot.


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    1. Z2 Bomber fork, it actually had stiffness, damping and didnt lose air and/or oil all over the place at the worst possible time
    2. Time ATAC pedals, they actually allowed you to clip in and clip out when you wanted to
    3. Fox float rear shock, it actually held air and oil and you didnt have to send it back every other month

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    Gold of varying degrees...

    1. Camelbak Mule: Talk about set and forget - I never consider it, but it'd be one of the few things I couldn't ride without.

    2. Avid Mech Discs: I know, hydros are better...or are they? I still haven't found a REALLY SOLID reason to change over. I can still adjust them easily, they're cheap and they are very durable. Some will argue that it's just the natural progression of things to go to hydros - but very few folks are actually happy with their all around performance - look at the reviews. Some day I'll make the switch, but until then, these brakes have done a great job year after year after year...

    3. ODI lock ons: Easy cockpit changes and adjustments, no more mess.

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    The best

    1. Tioga Extreme XC Pros'. A REAL 2.1 that is light, can handle low pressure and rolls and corners well.

    2. Maxxis Hard Drive Duals. Cheap, red in the middle for street cred, light (more like a 1.9 tho) but as sticky as cat ****

    3. Easton EA 50 flat bar and stem. (04's I think, with the silver laser etched front plate)
    Cheap off Ebay, light, look good, stiff enough for XC work and WAY better than the 10 degree stem and two inch riser bar "teenage sik boyz" setup that came on the bike.

    4. Oury grips. Soft, fat and last for ages.
    Less isn't MOAR

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    Tough one as there has been so much innovation & improvement over the years..

    But easy ones for me are:
    Camel back - no more water bottles dancing down the trail...
    WTB saddles - The original SST was awesome in it's day. Still one of the best upgrades to any bike.
    Fat Tires - how does anyone ride anything under 2.35?? Why?? = harsh!
    ...every day sends future to past...

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    I forgot abou this one till this evening. Y'all are gonna think I'm nutz, but what the he!!

    I used to have a 2000 Judy Race 100, I dropped a second rebound damper in it, and doubled up the lower bushings, that thing was bomb proof. I rode it for something like three years, never replaced bushings, never had a seal leak, or any other problems. Sure it was a tad flexy, especially compared to today's uber forks. But I sold it, still kicking myself for that one.

    happy trails...

    squish
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    Gravity Dropper seatpost...

    ....laughed at these things at Interbike 2004. Then I took one for a test ride. Won me over, won't have an ATB without one from here out! Also, clipless peds, tubeless tires (real UST).

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    ive got it!

    a picture of my son i put on my yellow Kore stem just before i was reunited with him after almost 13 years.

    he rides with the same style his dad does. maybe not such a good thing really. acctually hes a pretty fine rider.
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    ok the good

    1. Enduro fork seals
    2. Disc brakes, specifically Marta SL's with 180mm rotors
    3. DHX-air shock
    4. 38 tooth big on a 3 ring set up....anything over 40t up here in the mountains is overkill
    5. SRAM XO rear der. and X9 triggers
    6. WTB Timberwolf tires
    7. WTB Laser V saddle
    8. Shimano 959 pedals
    OUCH...!!!!!!

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    1) Push'd Float

    2) Time carbons

    3) Fizik Aliante saddle

    4) SRAM XO, X9

    5) Crossmax XL's, Kenda Nevegal

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    Gravity Dropper posts. They are getting the wiggle worked out and I have yet to bust one.

    Anything King.

    Wow, and now we go really retro:

    Clipless. I got my first set when the Shimanos first came out (1990?)

    Disc brakes. Rim brakes suck.

    Any suspension component. I have pretty much loved them all (with a few exceptions).
    My video techniques can be found in this thread.

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    1- Fox Forx - Any of them
    2- Disc Brakes
    3- Chris King Headset
    4- Mavic Crossmax Wheels

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    1. Marzocchi Forks, I've never been let down by any of the five forks I've owned.
    2. Chris King, is and always will be King.
    3. Oury Grips, soooo comfortable for my big mits. Lock-on's only made them better.
    4. Troy Lee XC Gloves, the only gloves (XXL) that fit my big mits. Just the right amount of padding on the palm with a breathable/cool mesh top.
    5. Time ATAC XS's. Consistancy.
    6. Thomson Seatpost & X4 Stems.
    7. WTB Laser V saddle.

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    29 inch wheels.

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    Just an assorted list here. No particular order.

    Fox F100X forks

    Hutchinson Pythons

    Kenda rubber

    King Hubs and headset!
    Trev!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cactuscorn
    #3: serfas ti kevlar saddle. in particular the ARC. my fleet of bikes all have one variation/model yer of this saddle. got my first one in 93 after droppin the stock specialized horror show and tryin out a flite ti for a few hours. sold both and tried this "new" companies stuff on a shop guys reccomendation. never run anything else since.

    Man, I have one of these on my Turner. Are they still available anywhere? I want one on my commuter and city bikes.

    Justen

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    Quote Originally Posted by justen
    Man, I have one of these on my Turner. Are they still available anywhere? I want one on my commuter and city bikes.

    Justen
    Ugg...literally painfull memories. That saddle did not fit me, bent easily...I did ride it around for many months while it was bent though...
    "It's only when you stand over it, you know, when you physically stand over the bike, that then you say 'hey, I don't have much stand over height', you know"-T. Ellsworth

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    No particular order, mine is about what functions best for the price I paid. Yet to venture into CK hubs, headsets or the like but will eventually!

    Hope Hubs, keep on ticking for a good XC rim since I really don't abuse my wheels to much!

    Shimano m520 SPD pedals. My first ones, and I really enjoy them because they made the entrace into clipless that much easier.

    Fox RP3, enjoy the rear shock

    AND, WTB Wierwolf 2.1 tires. Use them in all types of conditions and have proved to be very effective for my style of riding

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    '03 Z1 FR1 fork. Absolutely trouble free, Tuned in a heartbeat , gouged both stanchions never leaked a drop. dirt simple to service, and performed on par or better than the next 2 yrs models.(IMO)
    Faster is better, even when it's not.

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    not the original all kevlar versions but the new ones are still sweet. i love how it grabs hold when i lean into it in corners and such but the new ones are more comfy id say. i pretty much stick with my old ones and buy em up when i find em. think i have 4 left.
    No, I'm NOT back!

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