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Haha you know exactly what I'm talking about then!!  I also have a spare blue set of Chris King hubs so I might have them re-laced to some Open Pros  (32hx32h) instead of running the tubulars. The Moots also runs a silver Chris King set and of course I love their headsets too. I'm still waiting to make the jump to their bottom bracket though, do you have any experience with it (I'm willing to go out on a limb and assume it's ****, but I'd love to hear some feedback)

 

The CK BB is good,  it's just as serviceable as their hubs, with the same high end bearings.  All of my riding group uses them, but....i went the route of a bearing press so i can install any bearings i want into the regular shimano cups (http://www.enduroforkseals.com/ has tons of different types, and they are cheap).  Because i have all the tools i do all the servicing on theirs and they are similar to the hubs as far as how they are serviced.

 

It was mostly because i happened to have a half dozen sets of XTR cups lying around.  

post #3317 of 3475
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Thank you very much :D  I wish I had some Clavicula!!! Right now it's a "utilitarian"  Sram mix (red rd/rival shifters/ force fd/ shamano Ultegra SL cranks)   I really want to go Dura Ace or full Red (something I never thought I'd say.... but turns out the double tap isn't bad at all.  I've kind of grown to like it)    I obsessed over every part of every other bike I've ever had, so this one I'm taking it slow with.  Plus it has already exceeded my overly high expectations by a margin that I thought was unimaginable... so I might just leave it as is (does that mean I've finally grown up?)....  Although I'm sure you know how long "oh it's done" lasts...

 

D'oh ! My bad, I didn't click the pic and, from far away, that crank looks like Clavicula to me. :biggrin:

 

I've always been curious about that double tap thing. I've, sadly, never had the chance to try it.

 

The thing is, I like to rush from stoplight to stoplight and the ability to shift 3 cogs at once has become almost indispensable. How do you deal with that ?

 

Any particular reason why you're not considering going for Campa ?

 

BTW : I love my Open-Pros on PMP hubs. I've tried some other wheels, but I haven't found any pair that made me genuinely want to pull the trigger...

 

I also happen to really like their "handbuilt" look, even though I understand that it might not everyone's cup of tea. The sporty look of Zipps has its appeal.

 

I've never really suffered of upgraditis when it come to bikes. It might have something to do with the fact that I can't really afford to do so, though.

post #3318 of 3475
What's a good mountain bike under $2K guys?
post #3319 of 3475
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Haha yeah, unfortunately I already have all these wheels just laying around my house.  I used to ride the tubulars daily on my Quantum Pro (just sold it) but I've been paranoid about flats ever since I rode 60 miles away from my car then flatted at the end of a VERY isolated trail....  Walked 6hours before my girlfriend picked me up, still not even half way back to my car.  I appreciate the advice though,  I think you hit the nail on the head with a lot of that (and I'll definitely have to look into the Tufo's... I had some of their full tubular tires  and they're top notch)

 

PS... to anyone else looking at this,  he wasn't joking about the cost of tubulars, at all.

Tufo is a direct continuation of now defunct Barum from also no longer existing Czechoslovakia. The famous Barum PBW ( Praga Berlin Warszava - after the famous race ).

They have gone long way since then, and yes, they are top notch. They require higher pressure in order to have the same low rolling resistance as more conventional options - otherwise it is more or less bussines as usual. Smaller holes are repairable with their sealent - larger cuts are unfortunately end of the road for that tyre. 

 

You can also preventively drive with the sealant in the new Tufos. If the hole is not too much, you might never realize you had a puncture. Even rather big ones it can seal within few "wusch-wusch-wusch-w... - with slight loss in pressure in that tyre, but still ridable without any pumping required. Great safety feature during training,, where last gram shaved off wheel weight is not that important. 

 

If $ is not problem - Tufo also produces one of if not THE lightest tyre models around. 

post #3320 of 3475
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Originally Posted by customcoco View Post
 

D'oh ! My bad, I didn't click the pic and, from far away, that crank looks like Clavicula to me. :biggrin:

 

I've always been curious about that double tap thing. I've, sadly, never had the chance to try it.

 

The thing is, I like to rush from stoplight to stoplight and the ability to shift 3 cogs at once has become almost indispensable. How do you deal with that ?

 

Any particular reason why you're not considering going for Campa ?

 

BTW : I love my Open-Pros on PMP hubs. I've tried some other wheels, but I haven't found any pair that made me genuinely want to pull the trigger...

 

I also happen to really like their "handbuilt" look, even though I understand that it might not everyone's cup of tea. The sporty look of Zipps has its appeal.

 

I've never really suffered of upgraditis when it come to bikes. It might have something to do with the fact that I can't really afford to do so, though.

 

I can't afford Campagnolo/I don't like their thumb shifter deal/freehub compatibility/cassette compatibility, and all my bikes are Shimano, except that sram one.  I can still use my shimano free hubs with the Sram though.   Mine are the Rival so I can only dump 2 gears easier per sweep, or one harder, but I think the force/red have 3 easier/1harder per sweep (don't quote me on that)   The swing's not that bad (the shift down is super short throw, and the upshifts aren't bad either).  For large jumps up/down in acceleration like that I typically find a good gear where I can accelerate in the front small chainring then just push it to the big chainring, I'm usually with in one click in the back of where I want to be at that point.  That's my climbing tactic lately too.   I loved my dura ace's swing, but I would have had to strip the whole group off of two bikes to swap back to shimano, so it was a convenience thing too.  Okay it was mostly the convenience thing....

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Originally Posted by UnityIsPower View Post

What's a good mountain bike under $2K guys?

 


One off Craigslist...  ;)   I use search tempest . com to search a radius and I just type in every good/decent bike brand I can think of + maybe XTR   I'd probably recommend a 29er or a 27.5/650 MTB instead of 26" like I run, since that's where the industry is going.  It's better to buy during winter, but right now there's a lot of great stuff up.  Make an offer, worst they can say is no.

post #3321 of 3475
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Originally Posted by maxipad View Post

One off Craigslist...  wink.gif   I use search tempest . com to search a radius and I just type in every good/decent bike brand I can think of + maybe XTR   I'd probably recommend a 29er or a 27.5/650 MTB instead of 26" like I run, since that's where the industry is going.  It's better to buy during winter, but right now there's a lot of great stuff up.  Make an offer, worst they can say is no.

I sold my gaming PC on Craigslist... never got fully paid.

Sold my exercise equipment on Craigslist.. got all money's up front.

I failed hard on the first one (;_; )
post #3322 of 3475
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Originally Posted by UnityIsPower View Post

What's a good mountain bike under $2K guys?

For what purpose, and how tall are you?
post #3323 of 3475
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Originally Posted by ferday View Post

For what purpose, and how tall are you?

Mostly riding; on concrete, between two towns, 8 miles apart, in the morning, for exercise. 5'11 175-225

Mountain bike cuz I want the ability to enter trails/mountains.

Looking at this guy:

http://m.specialized.com/us/en/bikes/mountain/crave/crave-pro-29
post #3324 of 3475
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Originally Posted by UnityIsPower View Post


Mostly riding; on concrete, between two towns, 8 miles apart, in the morning, for exercise. 5'11 175-225

Mountain bike cuz I want the ability to enter trails/mountains.

Looking at this guy:

http://m.specialized.com/us/en/bikes/mountain/crave/crave-pro-29

 

It's a good hard tail.  I worked for  a specialized shop for 4wks as a mechanic (then moved on to carbon fiber/composite manufacture/running a CNC machine)  and I can tell you the warranty is very good.   

 

Your local shop should let you take one out on a test ride.  Fit is king.  Take it around the parking lot and see if you like it, or if you can find a demo day near you even better (our shop used to host demo days at our local off road track to test some of their products)

post #3325 of 3475
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Originally Posted by maxipad View Post

It's a good hard tail.  I worked for  a specialized shop for 4wks as a mechanic (then moved on to carbon fiber/composite manufacture/running a CNC machine)  and I can tell you the warranty is very good.   

Your local shop should let you take one out on a test ride.  Fit is king.  Take it around the parking lot and see if you like it, or if you can find a demo day near you even better (our shop used to host demo days at our local off road track to test some of their products)

Very good to hear biggrin.gif

Wha!? Will ask about this!

Thanks!
post #3326 of 3475
I agree with maxipad, solid bike with good warranty. In your price range the offerings from all the majors will be similar and your best bet.
post #3327 of 3475
If I can find an apartment in a nice quiet city that's large enough to not need a vehicle, I'll sell my motorcycle and just bike everywhere. It would be GLORIOUS!

(*o* ) My eyes... they glimmer!
post #3328 of 3475
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Originally Posted by UnityIsPower View Post

Mostly riding; on concrete, between two towns, 8 miles apart, in the morning, for exercise. 5'11 175-225

Mountain bike cuz I want the ability to enter trails/mountains.

Looking at this guy:

http://m.specialized.com/us/en/bikes/mountain/crave/crave-pro-29





I ride a mountain bike with 27.5 rims but trying out 26 inch rims yesterday I can say those 29 inch rims will really travel on pavement.
post #3329 of 3475
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I ride a mountain bike with 27.5 rims but trying out 26 inch rims yesterday I can say those 29 inch rims will really travel on pavement.

How about tires guys? Any high tech bullet proof stuff I should know about? Zero flats = Zero frown.gif
post #3330 of 3475
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How about tires guys? Any high tech bullet proof stuff I should know about? Zero flats = Zero frown.gif

 I like Continental stuff with the black chili compound...  Schwalbe is pretty good too.

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