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Tech Bench / Tubeless and Air Compressors
« on: July 27, 2014, 11:19:27 PM »
I switched to Tubeless this season, so far it seems great.
My only problem is with inflating a tire.

My neighbor has an air compressor with a high flow capacity that works after a while on a tire but what is your experience with compressors and tubeless?

I'm scoping some models of compressors at the hardware store but not sure which one would work best.

Any experience out there on inflating a tire with stan's tubeless goo?

Floor pumps don't work but I need a long-term solution.

FT Ben.

Racing...from the novice to seasoned / Re: Sub 22 Race rig
« on: July 20, 2014, 10:44:42 PM »
Want a 2013 Stumpjumper?
My kona replaced it:


Can we reschedule the FT Ben Harrison trail maintenance to another night since we have short track tonight?

Saturday mid-day would be perfect b/c most people don't work weekends and can take part.


Racing...from the novice to seasoned / Re: Sub 22 Race rig
« on: July 07, 2014, 06:33:13 PM »
The new bike seems to have worked out for you.

I was going to say that lol.

Was like racing a cloud. ..swoon....

Racing...from the novice to seasoned / Re: Sub 22 Race rig
« on: July 04, 2014, 06:58:59 PM »
So, here it is. Something like 22.5 lbs. 5 pounds lighter than my Aluminum stumpclunker.

He's almost done but I still need a proprietary Kona front derailleur mount piece to properly mount my XTR front derailleur but this should work until that arrives. (Bit of a hack job but I don't use my granny gear anyhow.)

I have to say, I was surprised how much losing 5 pounds off your bike does for your ride.
With a heavy bike (27.2 lbs) every pedal stroke takes more energy and power than it should.

I shaved 90 seconds off my Walnut Creek lap time (18:13), first time out on the bike while I was testing it after putting him together this afternoon.

Racing...from the novice to seasoned / Re: Sub 22 Race rig
« on: June 14, 2014, 09:35:37 AM »
I'll bet you $1 that you'll be faster if you lose the 5lbs off your body instead of the bike....

I'm at about 138 lbs now, can't go down much or I'll lose muscle.

Anyhow, I actually went with the 2013 Kona Hei Hei Supreme.
It popped back into Ebay. I've seen a few built up to 21 lbs with the right parts so it should be faster than this stumpclunker.

I'm so excited!

Racing...from the novice to seasoned / Re: Sub 22 Race rig
« on: June 13, 2014, 12:01:53 PM »
Those warranty riders are insane.
Good example: I tried a GT Zaskar last year and the sticker on the frame read "Not to be ridden off road".

I'm a pretty jaded guy but that was an eye opener.
It's probably their tactic for avoiding ANY warranty requests from buyers.

I've been lusting over an Spec Epic or Cannondale Scalpel for a long time but they are always out of my price range and I am too afraid of breaking carbon since I would be buying used and probably out of warranty...I would be all over the Epic if I had to pick from that list.
Aren't most warranties null & void the minute you start racing bikes?  Not a racer, but thought I've read that in the fine print somewhere.....

Racing...from the novice to seasoned / Re: Sub 22 Race rig
« on: June 13, 2014, 11:48:27 AM »
So, I'm thinking this one:
Niner JET 9 RDO Carbon Mountain Bike Frame - 2014


Licorice black.
I can get $1,500 for my 2013 Stumpjumper frame to offset the up front costs and the frame is about 5 pounds.

It's more than I want to spend but I am loving the race thing, I don't want equipment to be an obstacle.

Plus, a black niner like that is beautiful.

Racing...from the novice to seasoned / Re: Sub 22 Race rig
« on: June 11, 2014, 12:02:26 PM »
Thanks for the responses.
I'm not ordinarily a weight weenie but I'm trying to eliminate obstacles to a good race year with smart training, diet, strength training and a fast bike. I'm really having fun with the DINO series. If you're not taking part, we're only up to race 3 this weekend at Logansport. Not too late to come out with us.

Anyway, per your feedback:
- 3K price range is for the frame only. My Spinergy/XTR/Carbon parts should be sufficient to keep weight low.
- I'm not above a good used frame. Sadly I failed to bid effectively on Ebay for a pretty Konda Hei Hei Supreme frame and missed out : /
- I’m pretty sure my Stumpy is too heavy to race effectively. Specialized hasn't published (Or I can’t find it) how much my Stumpjumper frame weighs which means it's heavier than they want. I've put the best components I can find to reduce weight but it's still 27.2lbs.
- The last time I raced hard tail was after training on a software which turned out as well as you might expect. Painfully. There’s a clear difference in handling the two I need to manage.

I think it will turn out to be a used Kona Hei Hei Supreme or S-Works Epic Carbon for soft tail.
Those are 4.4 -5 pound frames and are pretty cost effective used.

For a Niner hard tail.
I'm just kinda worried about getting beat up by a hard tail trying to race one after years on a soft tail.


Racing...from the novice to seasoned / Sub 22 Race rig
« on: June 11, 2014, 09:06:28 AM »
Hello all,
So, I returned to racing last August at Logansport and love it so much I want to build up a race rig that's 22 pounds or less.

Right now my Stumpy is 27.2, not a very competitive race weight if I want to return to Expert racing. (Haven't raced Expert since they called it that years ago.)

The frames I'm considering are: (No particular order)
- Konda Hei Hei Supreme (4.4 Lbs)
- S-Works Epic Carbon (>5 Lbs)
- Cannondale Trigger (<5 Lbs)
- Trek Fuel
- Pivot Mach 429 Carbon (6 Lbs!)
- Niner R.I.P. 9 RDO Carbon (5+ Lbs)
- Rocky Mountain Element RSL (5+ Lbs)
- Ibis Ripley (5.5 Lbs)
- Ellsworth (Too heavy and over-priced)

I'm leaning toward FS but a hardtail is not out of the question.
I'd have to re-tool my handling though.

So, any experience with one of the above frames?

Price range is 3K or less.
Any input?

FT Ben

Find a Trail / Re: HMBA Trail Guide Updates
« on: May 22, 2014, 11:54:29 AM »
Any chance we can link the trail status buttons (Red/Yellow/green) on the forum to the trail map?
Or even a link by trail to the individual  trail status indicator?

That'd be really useful.

Winona Lake / Re: Dino for Saturday?
« on: May 20, 2014, 05:18:13 PM »
So, he wants to take my photo, claim copyright of my likeness, post it on the internet then try to sell it back to me.

Is that even legal?

Thank you very much Mr. Cowell.

It's so great to have these pics.


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