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Relief for AU retail & LBS's in particular?

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Hi everyone,

*disclaimer
I work for an online retailer registered in AU but not in the cycling industry*

you might all be kind of interested in this.
http://www.news.com.au/finance/money/treasury-fl...

Its about giving AU retail a level playing field.

Our friend Joe wants to reduce the tax threshold for overseas online purchases. I read somewhere that, or someone on this forum once told me that, retail here in AU employs about 40% of the AU workforce.
So there is plenty of votes for Joe & Tony in this.

Jet 9 RDO Finally finished!

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Finally got the XT M8000 1x11 yesterday and fitted it last night.

I've not taken it on the dirt with this setup but a few laps up and down the street last night has it shifting really crisply and needing hardly any pressure on the shifter to move up and down the gears.

Spec is as follows:-

Fork: SID RCT3 120
Wheels: Stans Arch Ex rims. D240 hubs. DT Comp spokes.
Post: Truvativ Noir carbon
Saddle: Selle Italia SLR x-cross flow
Bar: Easton Haven carbon
Rotors: XT Icetech
Brakes: XT M8000
Groupset: XT M8000
Tyres: Front, Ardent Race. Rear, Ikon.

Thoughts on GT Zaskar 9r Carbon- Good bike choice?

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Hello everyone,

Im currently looking for a new mountain bike and im keen on getting a 29" hardtail primarily using it for endurance based events, a few races every now and then and weekend XC shredding.

I have a close eye on a GT Zaskar 29er and im hoping to gain your opinions on this bike and how it rides.

What is your opinion on the bike and how it rides?
Sam

Hidden Valley Classic - Coolah NSW

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Hi All

Here are details of the Coolah, Hidden Valley Classic that a number of us are heading over to do it next month. Check out their facebook page to get an idea of what you will be in for: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Coolah-Bikeworx/3...

It’s a typical real country event and good fun. You can camp onsite or book a cabin at the Coolah Caravan park and head to the top pub for dinner.

Curl

Riding in Canberra

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Mondraker Australia was down at capital city for the last two weekends supporting Rocky Trail racing, during that time I managed to get out and do some riding.

I would highly recommend doing a trip down there and riding Majura Pines and Stromlo, there are so many trails of various levels to choose from and they are lots of fun to ride.

We stayed at Alivio tourist park which have quite a selection of cabins and villas to choose from as well as some trails right close by.

So if you have a weekend free I would suggest taking the trip down.

Adjust fox fork spring rate

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I've had success cutting down the spacer size in a fox float shock, resulting in more air volume and a more linear feel. Can the same be done for fox forks. I have fox float 34s, 160mm travel? I'm wanting to do the adjustments myself (ie not sending them away). Thanks

Update - found this so all sorted:
clip-on Volume Spacers
Changing volume spacers in the 34 FLOAT fork is an easy internal adjustment that allows you to change the amount of mid stroke and bottom out resistance.

Replacing headset

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My headset (i.e the bearings in the steering tube) needs replacing. Is this a job requiring special tools like a press etc or is it a DIY job?

The frame is a Trek Superfly FS 2014 model.

Secondly if it can be done as a DIY job, how do I know what bearing dimensions to get? In the past I tried to be clever and bought online for another bike just find out it did not fit and will try to avoid that mistake again.

Any advise most welcome.

Cheers!

Trail Videos of the Kowalski Brothers new trails in East Kowen - Romper Room and Stairway to Heaven

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I spent the past week riding the Kowen Forest, both East Kowen and Sparrow Hill. Here are trail videos of 2 of the new trails expected to be in the Kowalski Classic

Romper Room - Steep, tight, technical, rocky

http://youtu.be/IO2WrtUBH8s

Stairway to Heaven - Long, steep, steep and tricky switchbacks, a TRUCK LOAD of steps some quite big. Some switchbacks with steps in them. This is going to be pandemonium in a race situation Smiling

http://youtu.be/CO5U9W3ouTw

1 x 10 advice

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Hey guys, just need some quick advice.
Will a 30T front & 42-11 rear work with a XO Type 2.1 Med cage rear derrailleur?

Canberra places to stay?

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Can anyone recommend good places to stay for a couple of nights in Canberra? Me and 3 or 4 mates are heading down in mid Sept. Riding the usual trails – Stromlo, Majura and Kowen. Looking for mtb friendly place: secure bike storage or bike allowed in room; bike wash space 'd be a bonus; affordable.
Thanks in advance.

Trails to ride in Canberra

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Hi all,

I'm heading down to Canberra this weekend for the rocky trail event at Stromlo and would like to know the best place to ride on the Friday for some fun. Please help!!!

New 27.5 tire recommendations

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Hi,
I'm currently running maxxis Ardent on the rear and Schwalbe Nobby Nic Evo on the front, tubeless on my Giant Trance 27.5 1
The issue I'm having is the last two rides I have done including a nice steep rocky section at the convict 69 km into the race my front has either burped or blown throwing me over the bars using my hip and a rock to stop and with that confidence is going down as you focus on your front expecting it to happen any second again and two weeks in a row just seems strange.

Lost air pressure top cap

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I lost my air pressure top cap on Friday somewhere around the pines in margaret river. It's obviosuly blue and float 34. I can't seem to find it as a spare part anywhere so if someone found it and pmed me it would be great.

Rydal Baby!

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XT brake bleed

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Hi All

29" Tyre Choice

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Hi,

I had a rather spectacular failure on my front tyre on Sunday. Just riding the side walk in my street at about 5kmh, sort of tried to ride off the edge of the kerb. To then wake up on the floor with a cracked helmet, few cuts and a bruised hip.

YT Capra

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Looking to tap into some collective wisdom, I am in the market for a new bike, was looking in the 140-150mm travel range with the new stumpjumper on top of the list. That is until i came across the YT Capra which just looks like soooo much bike for your money, but have a few questions.

Most of my riding is done around the Kalamunda trails, a lot of time spent on gungin, scorpion ect, is this bike way more than is needed to hit everything there?

slashed tire

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Hello everyone. So i went for a ride yesterday and at my halfway point i heard a ping from a rock flying of something, then a minute or 2 later my tire was flat. Im running tubeless so i was quite surprised i had a flat but when i looked closer the rock bounced of my rim and slashed my sidewall.

The cut is probably 1mm wide by about 3/4cm long so i though the goo should of sealed it but under closer inspection all the goo in my tire was dried up.

Banshee Spitfire

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Looking to buy the above bike. Does anyone here have one?!

26 is dead! Long lIve 26

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Quick little play on the new bike on a glorious afternoon in the 'go.


http://vimeo.com/135031911

Some details I' suppose
Franken Bike. Blur TRca 2.0

Huge thanks to Rick Boyer and the team at Lusty Industries and Distributors Santa Cruz Bicycles Australia and Santa Cruz Bikes for Jumping through hoops to get me sorted with this. I had a heap of spare parts sitting about so when the opportunity of a new frame came up I jumped at it. Only, being a retro grouch, everything I had was for 26" ( You remember remember, little wheels, heaps of fun)

Hellfire Cup FAQ & Promo

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Hey everyone - towards the end of last year I wrote a bit about the Hellfire Cup in Tassie (19th - 22nd November). Its a hell (excuse me) of a good event.
As I said before, its a bit of a cross between a race, a social event, and a music festival. A really unique vibe. $ days of incredible MTB riding on some rad trails, with only half an eye on the results sheet.

Anyway - if anyone was interested in going, or had questions, there are two events this week that will provide answers and also some benefits..

Another flying with my bike thread

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I'm just about to book flights for an MTB trip to NZ in a couple of months and have a couple of questions. I know there's a million of these threads but airlines change their rules and regs quite often.

Anyone flown with their bike on Emirates? There price is good and they have a 30kg checked bag limit which is higher than all the rest of the airlines.

Is there somewhere I can hire a bag from? Preferably a hard case. Or, at a push, does anyone mind lending me their bag for a week in October in exchange for a couple of cases of their favorite brew?

Wildside Difficulty

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If anyone has raced the Wildside stage race in Tasmania before could you comment on how technical the trails are? Particularly how it compares to the trails around Sydney.

My wife is considering entering and is not yet confident riding all of Manly Dam. Would the this make the Wildside not enjoyable or would it just mean walking a few sections?

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Western Trails at East Kowen - Anyone ridden them recently?

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I'm heading back to Kowen in the next couple of weeks with the mission to ride all trails.

Has anyone ridden the western trails at Kowen recently? If so what are the state of the trails? Are they worth riding out to?

Trails such as: Mac's Track, Cora 1-2-3, Braaap, Ding Ding, Escalator, Effing Track, Ren, Stimpy, Yammamoto

State champs at Del Rio

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Check out this great edit of the Mondraker team in action at Del Rio done by Matt Staggs

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