Rad-ish hardtails

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  1. DangerDirtyD

    DangerDirtyD iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    CA
    Name:
    Chicken Nugget
    Current Bike:
    2018 Guerrilla Gravity SMASH
    We got two Stooges in the community @Cyclotourist @mike
     
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  2. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Don't fence me in!
    I ended up selling mine to a friend in Santa Rosa a while ago... it beat me up too much. I'd have a pretty bad headache the next day after riding it. Bummer as it was a REALLY nice bike. I'm just too delicate...

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  3. buggravy

    buggravy iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Calabasas
    Name:
    Matt
    Current Bike:
    Transition Sentinel
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  4. scan

    scan iMTB Rockstah

    Name:
    fran allas
    Current Bike:
    Scott Spark
    Aging gracefully!
     
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  5. buggravy

    buggravy iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Calabasas
    Name:
    Matt
    Current Bike:
    Transition Sentinel
    NBDish.

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  6. DangerDirtyD

    DangerDirtyD iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    CA
    Name:
    Chicken Nugget
    Current Bike:
    2018 Guerrilla Gravity SMASH
    Did you purchase just the frame to build up, or did you buy one of their complete builds?
     
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  7. buggravy

    buggravy iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Calabasas
    Name:
    Matt
    Current Bike:
    Transition Sentinel
    Complete build, but they ship completely unassembled. I'm also swapping out a couple pieces with stuff I have laying around.
     
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  8. Danimal

    Danimal iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Mission Viejo
    Name:
    Dan
    Current Bike:
    Epic Evo
    I can see it comes with an air bag, just in case.
     
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  9. DangerDirtyD

    DangerDirtyD iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    CA
    Name:
    Chicken Nugget
    Current Bike:
    2018 Guerrilla Gravity SMASH
    IMG_4959.jpeg 2023 Trek Roscoe with 2025 140mm Marzocchi Bomber Z1, SRAM Eagle, and Shimano Schwag (entry level) 4-pot brakes.

    The price kept going down and I finally pulled the trigger after a year and had some funds left over to upgrade. This wasn’t the color I envisioned getting, but it resembles the SquiggleBug, so it has grown on me. I still need to replace the cockpit and swap those ridiculous gorilla grips, but my first experience with 29 x 2.6 tires is positive. Mega traction! I thought when I bought the bike, I would reduce the weight by swapping the rear to a 2.4 and the front to a 2.5, but after riding Wrightwood, I don’t think I want to do that. At the beginning of the day, Dante Dante thought I should have bought a down country bike instead, but by the end of our ride, I think he changed his mind. Still couldn’t keep him in my sight, but nobody could anyway.

    This is my second Trek Roscoe. The first one was a 140 mm f/r 26” from 2010. Steve from Hardtail Party (https://www.hardtailparty.com/) was manual-ing this thing throughout his ride report, but I suck and don’t have that skill set.
     
  10. Danimal

    Danimal iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Mission Viejo
    Name:
    Dan
    Current Bike:
    Epic Evo
    ^^^^^ok, someone has to ask it so I'll do the dirty work........Did you measure the tires and are they a true 2.6" width? :cool:
     
  11. DangerDirtyD

    DangerDirtyD iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    CA
    Name:
    Chicken Nugget
    Current Bike:
    2018 Guerrilla Gravity SMASH
    I haven’t measured them because they are Bontrager and don’t lie to the consumer like Maxxis does.
     
  12. scottay

    scottay Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Gods Country
    Name:
    Scottay
    .
    Hows WW?.
     
  13. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    2020 Revel Rail,Yeti SB 130 LR
    So about your disdain for Maxxis tire size claims... Did you know that Maxxis are the most successful mt bike tires in the world by a factor of like, oh I don't know, 5x? It really doesn't matter what they measure or claim to measure if they work better. You don't see too many blacked out Bontragers under racers, but blacked out Maxxis are very common. No, they shouldn't claim a 2.5 if they measure 2.35, but if they work better, I can forgive this anomaly.

    That said, your obsession with tire width is quite entertaining. Carry on!
     
  14. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    2020 Revel Rail,Yeti SB 130 LR
    Sweet bike - and love the Marzocchi!
     
  15. Danimal

    Danimal iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Mission Viejo
    Name:
    Dan
    Current Bike:
    Epic Evo
    :facepalm:
     
  16. DangerDirtyD

    DangerDirtyD iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    CA
    Name:
    Chicken Nugget
    Current Bike:
    2018 Guerrilla Gravity SMASH
    They indeed work better, but they lie. I imagine lotsa Trek racers racing other tire brands, but I like Bonty tires and Maxxis too.
     
  17. DangerDirtyD

    DangerDirtyD iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    CA
    Name:
    Chicken Nugget
    Current Bike:
    2018 Guerrilla Gravity SMASH
    W.W. is in good shape.
     
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  18. DangerDirtyD

    DangerDirtyD iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    CA
    Name:
    Chicken Nugget
    Current Bike:
    2018 Guerrilla Gravity SMASH
    I've been tinkering with the cockpit, brakes, and seat post, but I haven't ridden it with the new bits yet to draw conclusions other than it is rad-er than before. For example, I swapped the 31.8 mm stem/handlebar combo with 35mm stem and carbon bars and instantly dropped half a pound while adding some purple flair to the red front end. I also swapped the Bontrager Line 150mm dropper post with a PNW 170mm dropper post I had in my parts bin to aid in DH maneuverability. Finally, I swapped the Shimano MT 420 4-piston brakes for Shimano XT 4-piston brakes.

    After my second ride, I'm thinking the 2.6 Bontrager XR4 front tire may be a little too floaty and may mount a 2.5 Maxxis Minion DHF to the front. However, I was warned that if I run a wider tire in the rear that results in more grip than the front, I'd end up washing out the front before the rear. That makes sense if I were thinking Rekon for the front, but I expect a Minion to hold its own up front and will report back if/when I try that set-up.
     
  19. Sasquatch9billion

    Sasquatch9billion iMTB Rockstah

    Name:
    trinidad j. mendez
    Dude, rad! I really like that color combo!
     
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  20. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Don't fence me in!
    Give it a try with the DHF, and just be aware that yeah, you're dialing in some understeer. But maybe not enough that would be noticeable? You could also over-inflate the rear a little to reduce traction, but then what's the point of such a large tire?
     
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  21. Danmtchl

    Danmtchl iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Bakersfield
    Name:
    Dan
    Current Bike:
    2020 Trek Fuel EX 9.7
    Nice ride, I am still waiting to pull the trigger on a Roscoe frame.
     
  22. DangerDirtyD

    DangerDirtyD iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    CA
    Name:
    Chicken Nugget
    Current Bike:
    2018 Guerrilla Gravity SMASH
    I keep the rear at 30 to pound rocks. Front at 25, but I should try 20ish for the front. It just seems to float on the trail matrix rather than dig in.
     
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  23. DangerDirtyD

    DangerDirtyD iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    CA
    Name:
    Chicken Nugget
    Current Bike:
    2018 Guerrilla Gravity SMASH
    It’s in its 3rd year of the design. With all the price cuts, I figure they may release a new generation this fall.
     
  24. DangerDirtyD

    DangerDirtyD iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    CA
    Name:
    Chicken Nugget
    Current Bike:
    2018 Guerrilla Gravity SMASH
    I still owe you 4 boxes of girl scout cookies. I may have eaten some of them.
     
  25. DangerDirtyD

    DangerDirtyD iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    CA
    Name:
    Chicken Nugget
    Current Bike:
    2018 Guerrilla Gravity SMASH
    Hey Bug! How are you getting along with the Nimble 9? What have you swapped to make it Rad-er? Let's get together for a ride soon; I bet it would look great with a light mounted on the handlebar!
     
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  26. buggravy

    buggravy iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Calabasas
    Name:
    Matt
    Current Bike:
    Transition Sentinel
    I actually haven't ridden it again since last week. Took big squishy out this week. No more swaps yet, but thinking of ditching the cassette sooner than later to get that experiment going in earnest.
     
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  27. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Front Range, San Gabes
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Sssnake"
    Current Bike:
    YT Izzo
    Perhaps a new username, "SSbuggravy"? ;)
     
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