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Old 08-05-2018, 10:03 PM
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I am looking forward to a Reno2Cino on HT. I have been bitching about this before !
If this happens we are taking the route the Trans California MTB race uses. I am actually considering doing it.
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Old 08-05-2018, 10:04 PM
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If this happens we are taking the route the Trans California MTB race does. I am actually considering doing it.
Sounds good. Day 3 would totally suck on a MTB but the rest would be great.
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Old 08-05-2018, 10:05 PM
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Sounds good. Day 3 would totally suck on a MTB but the rest would be great.
Day 3 is pretty much the same. Day 4 and Day 5 are dramatically different.
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Old 08-05-2018, 10:06 PM
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http://www.bikepacking.com/event/201...th-california/
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Old 08-05-2018, 10:07 PM
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Crossing the central valley on the road with a MTB would not be ideal but it can be done. I think the rest would be quite nice, these descents would be nice on a HT. Need a new bike for this LOL.
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Old 08-07-2018, 08:22 PM
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I added a new sticker to the bike. It is a UFO using its tractor beam to abduct a cyclists. Kinda hard to see in this photo. Also, I broke my pedal.


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Old 08-07-2018, 08:23 PM
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here is a better picture of the sticker I mentioned in the last post.

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Old 08-07-2018, 11:18 PM
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Any feedback on the tire selection? I'm looking for a set of tires to run gravel/fire roads/mountain trails in SoCal, and have considered the Ardent 2.4 front/Ikon 2.35 rear combo. in 27.5, though.
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Old 08-07-2018, 11:57 PM
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Any feedback on the tire selection? I'm looking for a set of tires to run gravel/fire roads/mountain trails in SoCal, and have considered the Ardent 2.4 front/Ikon 2.35 rear combo. in 27.5, though.
Thumbs up. They are plenty fast. However, I have not compared them to any other MTB tire
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Old 08-13-2018, 05:49 PM
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Old 08-14-2018, 08:00 PM
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I changed the water bottles and replaced a broken right pedal.

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Houston,

Since you have indulged my noob questions in the past, a couple more from a guy who knows nothing about mtb, but is curious about hardtails:

1) how did you choose the fork, or did 44? there are lots of options out there, just wondering how you or they arrived at the decision?

2) how are you liking the dropper post? lots of guys i know are talking about them, and how great they are, even guys on drop bar groad bikes. you've ridden a lot of marin gravel before this bike - is it changing your life?
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Houston,

Since you have indulged my noob questions in the past, a couple more from a guy who knows nothing about mtb, but is curious about hardtails:

1) how did you choose the fork, or did 44? there are lots of options out there, just wondering how you or they arrived at the decision?

2) how are you liking the dropper post? lots of guys i know are talking about them, and how great they are, even guys on drop bar groad bikes. you've ridden a lot of marin gravel before this bike - is it changing your life?

Nick,

Thanks for asking these questions. The answers are in bold

1) how did you choose the fork, or did 44? there are lots of options out there, just wondering how you or they arrived at the decision?

Kris (44 Bikes) chose it. He prototypes his frames and tests different equipment which allows him to settle a standard 44 Bike package with enough options to keep the customer happy. We went with the Fox Trail 34 Elite because Fox forks are awesome, the Elite is $100 cheaper than the Factory, it has black upper tubes, is the same as the Factory except for it having those black upper tubes and those black upper tubes fit the colorway of the bike.

2) how are you liking the dropper post? lots of guys i know are talking about them, and how great they are, even guys on drop bar groad bikes. you've ridden a lot of marin gravel before this bike - is it changing your life?

The dropper gets cooler every day. It requires some training and I am liking it the more I get trained. If I was 22, I think I would love it. There is a definite advantage in technical and twisty descents. But for stuff like D2R2 I dont think there would be. But I could be wrong. I do see utility putting a dropper on a gravel bike.
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Old 08-15-2018, 07:55 PM
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I think I saw your bike on the back of a SUV. It was parked in front of the cleaners on Magnolia.
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Old 08-15-2018, 08:47 PM
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I think I saw your bike on the back of a SUV. It was parked in front of the cleaners on Magnolia.
Lol, I was eating a double cheese burger, garlic fries and water with my kids at M&Gs. That place rocks.
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