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    Quote Originally Posted by RPM View Post
    I've used high end sintered metal and kevlar/carbon pads on motorcycles where repeatedly stopping from over 200km/h is a crucial aspect of the fun to injury ratio. But on the mtb I find the cheapo pads fine, have used fancy maguir? brakes on my mates stumpjumper and although its a nicer high quality feel the results are fine. With the 203mm disc the gator pads are still doing rolling stoppies and feel is good controlled chirping of the front tyre to lock up point. I'm usually more worried about front tyre traction long before the performance of the pads but thats all on advanced level cross country trails rather than full monty downhill stuff.
    I hear what you are saying though, there is a difference at extreme levels but for the average joe the cheap gear does the job well.
    Yeah when you are looking for performance, those alligator pads dont cut it. I learnt it the hard way when I put a set on my DH bike (all 24kg of it) for a race and they couldnt slow me down on the harder braking areas. I also destroyed the set over a weekend or racing\practising for the National Champs.

    But on a general riding bike, with no high speed, high load stoppages, the type of pad wouldnt make any hint of difference. I just personally stay away from them because of my bad experiences with them.
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    Up close and personal with the braking dept, back when only had 180 on front. Bit of trademark avid brake howl later in clip, dissappeared when switching to bigger disc, harmonics and all that stuff i guess.

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    mountain biking is a bit poofie. just saying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrfinster View Post
    mountain biking is a bit poofie. just saying.
    Lol someone has never seen professional downhill mountain biking :P

    On another note, had a wee spending spree at torpedo7 today, went for a set of these: http://www.torpedo7.co.nz/products/ALBZPNNAMXXXXX
    Seemed cheap untill I realised I need to buy two sets :P Also grabbed a shock pump as my shocks seem to get a lot softer in winter, and a type pressure gauge for good measure :P
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    Rode the Hogs Back track on Sunday, only 15kms but a blast for a few hours!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrfinster View Post
    mountain biking is a bit poofie. just saying.
    Well...a little bit...

    I found most of the people (especially the ones in lycra and shaped helmets) we shared tracks with a little aloof and anal...

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    Anyone wearing lycra on a MTB track must have got lost from the road they were biking on :P
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    Quote Originally Posted by riley989 View Post
    Anyone wearing lycra on a MTB track must have got lost from the road they were biking on :P
    You'd be surprised...

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    Quote Originally Posted by riley989 View Post
    Anyone wearing lycra on a MTB track must have got lost from the road they were biking on :P
    I wear Lycra shorts while mountainbiking and don't 'roadbike' except down to the bottle store or the several kms out to riverbank trail on mtb. This causes one of my mates much concern but heaps of people wear them including the fast pro riders.
    Proper 'mountainbike shorts' are damn expensive and just a clever marketing exercise by the likes of FOX et al. My Route 7 cheapo pants are $20 and do the job. I cant see the attraction of cargo pant style gear with pockets, you don't want keys or coins/phones in there when clipping trees at 40-60kph.
    Yep stic sometimes the mtb scenes just as bad as photography there are those types out there but its a pretty wide spectrum community of mostly helpful people.
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    Buy ground effects stuff or crank dirtwear. Not cheap but it never wears out.
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    I used to wear either a pair of cheap as warehouse cargo shorts, or some cut down jeans, a black t-shirt, DC's and an STI (as in Subaru, not genital warts) cap...

    Drink bottle was full of coke (if not rum and coke) and my seat bag contained a few tools and my smokes...


    ...and I went as hard (or harder) than the guys in the 'proper gear'...


    ...I do miss the roller coaster...airborne at over 100kph...mind you, it was hard on the nuts....

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    2 New bikes for me well newish both ex Demo bikes so half the price,
    #1 2013 Trek Rumblefish Elite,this bike rocks great for climbing.Added the KS dropper seat.

    #2 2013 Scott Scale 930,Carbon Hardtail,Nice and light and a fast bike.]
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    Nice! Can't complain with half price bikes! Been doing some research on a new bike for myself soon, looking at something with 27.5" wheels as 26 seems to be dieing off.
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    Nice score, first I've seen of trek demo bikes, they don't seem to bring a lot into NZ. Is a place up at Hamilton that does some good end of year deals. Lusting after one of these for next bike http://www.scott-sports.com/global/e...00-tuned-bike/ not sure of the 1x11 setup though... Trek gear goes the distance, done over 4500km on mine and thrown it at trees a few times
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    Nice Trek Ray,gotta love them Dropper seats I wouldn't be without one now.Brought one of them KS Dropper Seat and very surpise on how well its made.I had a Specialized Camber 29 with a Specialized Command post,the KS to me is much better.
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    I need a new bike lol. May wait till the '14 27.5's are on sale.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rjd View Post
    I need a new bike lol. May wait till the '14 27.5's are on sale.
    Think I've found the one I want, just waiting for the money tree to fruit. From what I cant tell on trademe I won't get much for my current bike.

    Nice pics RPM, looking for a dropper post soon, know which brands to look at? What sort of protection do you guys wear when riding, been think a full face helmet might be a good idea soon?

    Been playing with differnt locations to mount my GoPro, hoping to borrow a couple more of them and make a wee vid with differnt views rom the same run:

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    Quote Originally Posted by riley989 View Post

    Nice pics RPM, looking for a dropper post soon, know which brands to look at? What sort of protection do you guys wear when riding, been think a full face helmet might be a good idea soon?
    There's a few new brands out now so not sure, just check the after sales service and what's wear and tear. Did the seals on my Reverb and wasn't cheap, got lot more out of mine than others did though. But even with the hassle and expense I still rate dropper post as best thing you can put on a MTB.
    As for the protection, nothing except a cheap helmet. But I don't do extreme downhill stuff, 60k is about as fast as I get on forestry roads and about 40k in the trees. Also learnt how to fall properly through jiu jitsu. Another big thing which is same as with motorbikes is once you've lost it you have to admit that to yourself and getaway from the bike, don't hang on to it, or you become one of those people with bike bits inside them...
    A full face helmet is heavy no matter what the marketing guff says, and with the leverage they can put on your neck you'll be wanting a neck brace, good ones aren't cheap.
    For cross country and all mountain you'll find most people just go wit gloves n helmet.
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    Been doing some more playing with GoPro mounting locations: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2aBZU...ature=youtu.be

    Anyone know how to optimise videos for youtube, I saved it as H.264, HS 720p @ 29.97 which from what I gather from google is the best format, however the video looks compressed as s$%t on youtube, yet other videos I watch a crystal clear with zero compression artifacts?
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    I usually do my stuff with the CS6 youtube 720 setting at 24 frames with no problems. You haven't let youtube wreck it by selecting "allow youtube to wreck sorry improve this video"? Is the GoPro recording in same format and same frame rate? I've noticed youtube and facebooks compression algorythms do crazy stuff to what it thinks is shadow areas and blacks too...
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    I didn't let youtube "Improve it". The GoPro was recording 720p at 60fps, I'll try the youtube setting in CS6 and see if it makes a difference.
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    Fitness back up to previous levels and to keep myself going forward have signed up for the Karapoti 50km again. It's been nearly three years so I've forgotten how much my body hurt the next day lol. Anyone else going? *Note to self no alcohol till after March next year...* Image courtesy of Marathon Sports photos I think. Name:  printedk6.jpg
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    Nice, can't say I've done 50km in one ride before. Been thinking about doing the Naseby 12 hour ride next year. I've also decided I'm going to learn how to service/fix everything on my bike after forking out $125 for a service today :P Not hard with all the youtube videos these days either.
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    I've done some long rides before but I was much fitter than I am at the moment. Takes a lot of time and effort to get there!
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