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    Rode the Moonlander today.

    The bike is pretty cool. Seriously big tires. I rode it back to back with the Muk2 and the Black Pug. Man those are some wide rims/tires.

    If you are going for the Mukluk geometry/feel, whcih seemed to me more of a Snow-touring/adventure ride, the Muk is awesome. The ML/Pug both handled similarily--more like a 29" hardtail.

    If I were looking at the Black Pug, I'd find some more money, as it seemed to give up nothing/very little. The white Pug still looks good on value, but I'm not as crazy about the rapid fire stuff--it was cold today, and I liked the Muk gripshift/crappy levers quite a bit, with the Pug thumbies and nicer levers coming in a close second.

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    Yeah, I'm not a huge fan of rapid fire....or grip shift.

    Are the thumbies ok on the moony?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ejj View Post
    it was cold today
    Really? How cold?

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    Ha!

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    Really? How cold?
    Ha--actually, it was a nice December day (30?); however, I was not prepared with decent gloves, and my hands get very cold quite easily. Ergo, my hands were crying today.

    Re: microshift? I thought they were fine. No problems at all. Seem like nice little machines.

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    eij, I think it is funny that we both did almost the same post within minutes of each other. You won by a few minutes. Saltyman the thumbies on the moonlander were set up so you pull the right lever to go to an easier gear rather then push. I think it is something odd to this exact bike. The Necro's had the thumbies set up the way I am used to and felt great. You can shift in and out of the saddle easy and grab a bunch of gears or just one or two. I think they look good also.
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    The moonlander has a high normal XT rear derailleur, hence the weirdness with the shift direction on the thumbies. I'm still getting it wrong.

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    You liked the brake levers on the Mukluk2 ?!?

    Gripshit vs. Rapidfail is a user preference kind of thing. But those Tektro levers that Salsa have been offering on the Muks are apocalyptically terrible.
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    im so glad thumbies are coming back......
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    TWISTIES vs RADIDFIRE............... I've been riding forever and have been using shimano triggers since thery came out.... I bought a rocky RM6 once and the sram grip shifts made me crazy for 2 days and I took it back and had triggers put on it......

    But NOT UNTIL READING THIS POST did I appreciate that twistie-shifters would be esier to use with MITTS than triggers........... WOW

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    Are the thumbies Paul Component adapters and bar end shifters? Or a re-released shimano part? I am hoping for the Paul adapter to be on the new Moonies.
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    The NeckRomancer and Moonlander Thumbies are MicroShift units. I've heard good things about them, but they probably aren't on the same level as Paul adapters and the Shimano bar ends.

    I agree with G-reg, the stock Mukluk Tektro brake levers are complete garbage. Walmart bikes have better levers.
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    Levers: Yep, the Muk levers are crappy, loose, etc... I noticed a few times how sloppy they were. However, I didn't really care. Huh. (?) In a year I might upgrade the levers and shifters on the Muk. But I always use stuff for a while before I ditch it.

    Thumb Shifters: They are by Microshift. They are are similar to the old Deore thumb shifters, but the actions is a little smoother. They don't "feel" as durable, but that was just a feel--they are easier to manipulate. I still like the Paul/Thumbie combo a lot, but these are very nice and easy.

    The perfect set up was probably the black pug/ML. The thumbshifters are pretty easy to use.

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