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All Things Bikes and Tacos! (...and Now Vans)

Discussion in 'Sports, Hobbies & Interests' started by Gunshot-6A, Aug 10, 2016.

  1. Oct 14, 2021 at 10:20 AM
    ahoy

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    Does anyone know of stores that actually sell a McLeod in-store? I've been into 5 different hardware stores here (Lowe's, Home Depot, Menard's, Ace Hardware, and Runnings) and selections ranged from "not much beyond basic yard tools" to "literally everything but a McLeod." I'd rather walk into a store and buy one than order something like that online.
     
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  2. Oct 14, 2021 at 10:55 AM
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    Thats cool and I did not know that.

    I have never seen a Mcleod in stock anywhere! The shipping on them is outrageous or just outrageous to me because I'm cheap.

    Home Depot has one but comes with a very crappy handle according to the reviews.
     
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  3. Oct 14, 2021 at 11:14 AM
    DingleTower

    DingleTower My truck is like yer truck

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    I haven't seen any.

    That....plus shipping to Canada is why I'm looking for something on the cheaper end.
     
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  4. Oct 14, 2021 at 11:38 AM
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    You should call your local trail org to see if they have the hookup on prices. I'm waiting on a response from mine.
     
  5. Oct 14, 2021 at 12:06 PM
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    Looking for some suggestions for a full squish mtb that pedals well uphill but also tears it up on the DH.

    Currently have a 2021 slash 9.8 and it's a dope bike and is an absolute beast on the DH, but is kind of a bear to pedal uphill where a lot of the hills around where I live are pretty steep. (180/170 travel f/r)

    I'm thinking I need more of a trail oriented bike in order to get more miles and climbing in on a ride, whereas right now I feel pretty whooped after about 7.5mi w/ 2k ft climbing.

    I've heard amazing things about the pivot switchblade which I'm currently looking at. Great on the uphill and a super versatile bike that can handle pretty any dh you throw at it. The one downside is that it's pretty pricey for the build that I'm looking for.
     
  6. Oct 14, 2021 at 1:01 PM
    ahoy

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    My Switchblade is due to arrive in the January-March timeframe... from all my research, it sounds like the ultimate do-it-all bike for someone who rides a wide variety of terrain, including but not limited to really rowdy stuff. I've had the chance to putter around a parking lot on one but can't honestly say I've put any trail time on one yet.

    Currently I'm riding a Mach 429 Trail, the two-generations-old version of the Trail 429. I've ridden everything from a 50-mile XC race (I'm no racer - it was a day where I got to ride 50 miles of new-to-me singletrack with aid stations along the way) to double blacks at Colorado ski resorts on it, and I've definitely tiptoed around the edges of its intended use but it's never let me down. Suspension setup is key. I thought really hard about getting the Trail 429 Enduro build this time around, but felt that the longer travel of the Switchblade would be a better fit for the stuff I love most.
     
  7. Oct 14, 2021 at 1:08 PM
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    i love riding my patrol. ive set PRs both up and downhill on it. the new one you can put a double crown on. admittedly i felt beat after doing 4 days on the colorado trail, but im putting that more on my fitness than the bike
     
  8. Oct 14, 2021 at 1:10 PM
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    Ha. I'm one of three members of our trail org. We don't have any funding for stuff like that. It comes out of my pocket regardless. We also don't cut many new trails.

    Not a bad idea to justify spending a bit more if it's for the community. I just don't want to pay for a "fancy" one when I'll also pay a boatload for shipping, customs, and handling fees to get it to Canada.

    That's why I was asking about the one I posted....It's cheaper shipping in Canada.

    So hard to buy a damn hoe. Ha
     
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  9. Oct 14, 2021 at 1:15 PM
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    That's what has sold me on the switchblade. Everyone says the same thing about it being basically a swiss army knife.

    Haven't ever riden any Pivots before, but I've heard great things about the 429 as well. Basically a step down from the switchblade in terms of travel. But the switchblade sounds more geared towards the kinds of riding I like to do.
     
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  10. Oct 14, 2021 at 1:37 PM
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    My only gripe about Pivots are the pressfit BBs.
     
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  11. Oct 14, 2021 at 1:38 PM
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    Damn inflation is raising the price of a good hoe.
     
  12. Oct 14, 2021 at 1:40 PM
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    Yea I saw that in the specs and was dissapointed about that too.

    All modern bikes should come with threaded BBs
     
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  13. Oct 14, 2021 at 1:45 PM
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    It seems real petty to gripe about pressfit until you have an issue. The Sentinel should be on your radar as well.
     
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  14. Oct 14, 2021 at 1:45 PM
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    backcountryj Athlete - per @ginseng27 Google definition

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    I think even Trek has been moving to threaded BB on their recent redesigns. They’ve been a long time pressfit holdout.
     
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  15. Oct 14, 2021 at 1:46 PM
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    I had a pressfit on my 2019 slash and it was a nightmare trying to get the dropper post cable housing up through the frame
    my 2021 has a threaded BB.
     
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  16. Oct 14, 2021 at 2:08 PM
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    FWIW, I've had creaking issues on other bikes and I thought I had one on my Mach 429 Trail a couple years ago, but it turned out to be my pedal. I have a lot of friends who ride Pivots, all with pressfit BBs, and we all have the same story - other bikes have creaked, but a Pivot never has.
     
  17. Oct 14, 2021 at 2:55 PM
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    I could definitely see that scenario. When you see a pivot in person you immediately get the luxury automobile feeling. Quality frame manufacturing for sure.
     
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  18. Oct 14, 2021 at 3:16 PM
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    I’ll second that. I had the same exact bike (Mach 429 trail) and it never ever creaked in 4 years of ownership (two frames total). I broke the first one, had it warrantied and then sold it because I started to run out of bike.
     
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  19. Oct 14, 2021 at 3:18 PM
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    Yea the amount of people out there has really ramped up in 2021 it’s probably the Strava/Trailforks/mtb project affect.
     
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  20. Oct 15, 2021 at 6:18 AM
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    My big toe still feels broken but I should be able to hobble along if you guys don't mind a more abbreviated and slower ride. Say something like P1 and P2. Meet at the bottom of P2 Sunday at 9am. PM me if you need coordinates.
     
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