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I had to send my brains to Specialized today, I am officially bikeless for 10-12 days. It will be 90 and humid by then in PA. I only needed the fork fixed but when I found out they all go back to Specialized I figured may as well do both. Riding the cross bike in the spring is boring but it’s what I’m relegated to. Whining session over lol.
 

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I had to send my brains to Specialized today, I am officially bikeless for 10-12 days. It will be 90 and humid by then in PA. I only needed the fork fixed but when I found out they all go back to Specialized I figured may as well do both. Riding the cross bike in the spring is boring but it’s what I’m relegated to. Whining session over lol.
U need mor bikez. [wink]
 

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I’ve been thinking about buying one so I can get more out of some of the great trail systems we have around me, but I can’t get over what even “entry level” seems to cost these days.
Used is the way to go, bikes take a huge hit in the first two years
 

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Used is the way to go, bikes take a huge hit in the first two years
Yup.



$700 however many years ago it was I bought it on Ebay. I rode it this morning (and yes, I ride a downhill bike all-mountain).


Shop demo, 2014 model year, late 2014 $1000 (and the shop replaced a bunch of components).
 

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I had to send my brains to Specialized today, I am officially bikeless for 10-12 days. It will be 90 and humid by then in PA. I only needed the fork fixed but when I found out they all go back to Specialized I figured may as well do both. Riding the cross bike in the spring is boring but it’s what I’m relegated to. Whining session over lol.
Did they ship it 2-day? It's usually 2-3 weeks. FYI Specialized won't touch them once they get to be five years old. Risse and Traxxion will do it, though.
 

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Did they ship it 2-day? It's usually 2-3 weeks. FYI Specialized won't touch them once they get to be five years old. Risse and Traxxion will do it, though.
I’m just going of what my guy at the LBS told me. This is probably my third or fourth bike with the brain and I’ve never had to send one back. They are three years old so I should be good to go.
 

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Used is the way to go, bikes take a huge hit in the first two years
Yes they do, but the kind of seller that dumps his bikes every two years is most likely not keeping up with the maintenance. My LBS charges $200 plus parts to service a Reverb dropper, then there are bearings, fork seals, shock service, etc that all are going to need attention. I like to buy used things, but mountain bikes usually take a physical beating in the first couple of years and unless you are super picky/educated about what your buying you're taking a big chance on inheriting someone else's problems. No me gusta.
 

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It really is going to depend on who you buy it from. Plenty of people go out buy a nice bike and then realized they don't like riding or don't have time to ride.

$200 to service a reverb..ouch. I just send mine back under warranty for a new one
 

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I’m just going of what my guy at the LBS told me. This is probably my third or fourth bike with the brain and I’ve never had to send one back. They are three years old so I should be good to go.
You're lucky. They usually only go six months to a year and then develop a stutter or notchiness when the inertia valve stops sliding smoothly. I know guys who own a spare and just swap them out when one goes back for service.

Shops don't really make any money when sending suspension out for service. The small markup just covers the shipping and the time to remove/re-install so it usually gets sent ground unless the customer wants to pay for faster shipping. It's usually a week out, there for several days and then a week back. Maybe your shop does 3-day select or something faster than ground.
 
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... I just send mine back under warranty for a new one
Yeah, Reverbs. Oof. You wouldn't be the first one to get three posts in two years. Honestly, Sram's MO is to engineer stuff about 70% good and then let the customer beta test it. They'll warranty almost anything, though. Not sure how they stay in business.
 

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Yeah, Reverbs. Oof. You wouldn't be the first one to get three posts in two years. Honestly, Sram's MO is to engineer stuff about 70% good and then let the customer beta test it. They'll warranty almost anything, though. Not sure how they stay in business.
The only Sram parts I haven't had issues with are their XX1 carbon cranks and the Pike. The worst one was breaking all the splines on a XD cassette, leaving it stuck on an Onyx racing hub.
 
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I rode Landlocked last night and was surprised at how well the trails rode. Lots of crushed oak leaf matting and spoke snappers littering the less trafficy trails, but the main lines were superb. I was expecting mud everywhere.

Yep, we did Landlocked on Wednesday and it was in great shape.
 

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The only Sram parts I haven't had issues with are their XX1 carbon cranks and the Pike. The worst one was breaking all the splines on a XD cassette, leaving it stuck on an Onyx racing hub.
I hope that’s just their mountain bike parts you’re talking about. I have all sram on my TT bike.
 

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Yeah, Reverbs. Oof. You wouldn't be the first one to get three posts in two years. Honestly, Sram's MO is to engineer stuff about 70% good and then let the customer beta test it. They'll warranty almost anything, though. Not sure how they stay in business.
Knock wood, but I have B1 version Reverbs on two bikes and they have been fine. My Pikes have been fine too and nothing shifts as well as my Eagle drivetrains.
 

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Knock wood, but I have B1 version Reverbs on two bikes and they have been fine. My Pikes have been fine too and nothing shifts as well as my Eagle drivetrains.
The Reverb remote makes a big difference. First gen button style with the accordion boot is problematic. The one that looks like a shift lever is much better. The Pike is a good fork...Probably one of Sram's best products. Be cautious not to bump that Eagle derailleur. 12-speed stuff is pretty fussy about alignment. You can straighten the hanger but any tiny bend in the derailleur and it's junk. The cage hangs down pretty far so a lot of people wreck them. I saw two just this week.
 

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I’ve beat the snot out of SRAM derailuers. Never had any of the issues my buddies running Shimano did.
New bike has the 1X GX with the super long cage derailuer. Scraped to hell after the first ride at Lynn but holding up to the abuse so far.
To anyone looking for a new or used bike don’t get caught up in the hype about SRAM or Shimano. They’re both good. That stuff is easily replaced as it’s usually what breaks first anyway.
 

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I would love to learn how to lace up wheels. For now I found a guy in CA who builds them with i9 hubs for $600
Lacing is the hardest part for me. I've trued thousands of wheels and replaced hundreds of spokes but only built about a dozen wheels. I still have to think hard about the lacing. Check out "The Bicycle Wheel" by Jobst Brandt. It's *the* book on wheels. It's out of print and prices are all over the place but you should be able to find it for $20ish.

Park also has a cool app on their website that allows you to enter the data from a tensiometer. You have to use some masking tape and number each spoke then take the readings and enter the data. Start off with a wide tolerance like 20%, Take the measurements, Enter the data, Make any corrections, Lower the tolerance to 15%, Repeat, Lower to 10%, Repeat. It's tedious but it allows anyone with common sense, fundamental skills and tons of patience to bring a wheel into consistent and balanced tension.
 

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I'm heading to Bretton Woods this weekend and am looking to log some trail miles on Saturday. I already know the ski area isn't worth visiting but Franconia is. Does the collective brain trust have any recommendations? My normal ride is HP so tech is ok with me.
 

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I'm heading to Bretton Woods this weekend and am looking to log some trail miles on Saturday. I already know the ski area isn't worth visiting but Franconia is. Does the collective brain trust have any recommendations? My normal ride is HP so tech is ok with me.
If you can, see Bob Lesmerises at White Mountain Bike Shop (next to the Franconia Inn and across the street from the glider port) both to buy a copy of the map and get good riding advice from Bob.
 

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I'm heading to Bretton Woods this weekend and am looking to log some trail miles on Saturday. I already know the ski area isn't worth visiting but Franconia is. Does the collective brain trust have any recommendations? My normal ride is HP so tech is ok with me.
Beartown Mountain. Only one person is known to have done the loop without setting foot down.
While in town you can take in a movie at BIFF
 

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We ended up stopping in Littleton then on the suggestion of one of the guys there, rode PRKR Mountain. Those trails could use some work or a couple of seasons of weather. We definitely didn't follow the program and just tooled around on the trails around the (awesome) pump track. The tech was constant except for Orange Trail. Next time we're taking the tramways to the top and riding down the gnar. Maybe next time we'll just keep going past Littleton and hit Franconia.
 
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