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  1. I'm not so sure this was a mistake on the part of whoever assembled this bike. Older dropper posts often attached the cut end of the cable with a pinch bolt at the bottom of the post and attached the cable to the lever with the head of the cable. As mack_turtle mentioned, this made it difficult to get proper tension on the cable (without the use of a barrel adjuster at the lever) and made it more likely to have a failure due to the pinch bolt/cable connection failing for some reason. Most newer posts attach the cable to the post using the cable head and then have a pinch bolt at the lever for the cut end of the cable. It's WAY easier to get the cable tension correct with this setup.
  2. Someone actually got me a wallet made from recycled tubes years ago. I thought it was super nifty until I actually tried to use it. Cash works fine, but the friction between plastic and rubber made it basically unusable for credit cards.
  3. Replacing hydraulic brake hoses on a frame with internal cable routing and don't have one of those fancy Park hose/cable routing tools? Use heat shrink tubing to attach the end of the new hose to the existing hose! Yes, this requires you to cut the hoses, but you were going to have to do that anyway with internal routing. In my case, I drained the DOT fluid from my old brake, cut the old hose at the caliper, "sealed" the cut end with duct tape to minimize spillage, cut the new hose near the lever, installed the little plug Magura includes to keep mineral oil from leaking, attached the end of old hose and beginning of new hose with heat shrink tubing, carefully pulled the old house out from the front of the bike while feeding the new hose from the rear, cut off heat shrink tubing, trimmed new hose to length, and did a quick bleed of the rear brake. Simple, right?
  4. If you had prior experience with Snail I'd tell you that the older stuff is more beginner friendly. But since you've only been there once that wouldn't be much help. The best I can say is that from the starting area (near the wood ramp at the top of the climb) there are 4 kind of distinct paths that lead you back down to the hike and bike trail. Looking downhill, the one farthest to the right takes you over that big wood tabletop feature pictures in the Morealice post above. That feature is completely rollable, so I'd call that beg/int level. Immediately after that, there's a wood berm that directs you sharply to the right. Follow that and you'll come to the line that's been there the longest (I think). It basically splits off into 2 drops - the drop on the left is more beginner friendly in my opinion, the one on the right is a little bigger, has a slightly sketchier landing area, and feels like there's more of a chance of clipping a tree. Once you hit either of those drops, you're at the bottom of the gully and there are a couple of options as you make your way back to the hike and bike trail but none of them are particularly gnarly (still super fun, but not scary for most intermediate riders I would think). Back at the top, the 2nd line from the right is going to take you through a little chunk and then basically meet up with the line I just described if you veer to the right just behind the wood berm. It leads into the drops I already mentioned. This is also a beginner friendly line. If you were to continue in more of a straight line at that wood berm, you'd come to the wooden drop that shoots you into the step up on the other side of the gully and then to the drop along the ridge closest to 183. This is not a beginner friendly line. Back at the top, the 3rd line from the right also starts out with a little chunk, then has a wooden ramp that isn't too scary, followed by a wood/dirt roller/jump, followed by a semi-technical downhill section that leads to the bottom of the gully. I'd call this more intermediate just because of the wood ramp and the somewhat technical/steep section. The left-most line from the top is actually the way most people get up to the top, but part way down is where some new trail veers off to the right and leads to the steep ramp and huge drop. I'd call both of these features advanced with the drop being a big step up in difficulty/consequences. I didn't mention anything to the left of the climbing trail, although I am seeing trail being built there. I'm not sure what the plans are for those trails. I rode them a few weeks ago, but they were very fresh...
  5. Just checked the parts bin and I've got a black, 30.9 seatpost you are welcome to take. It's not super long - ~270mm, but if this is for an 8 year old I'm guessing you don't need anything super long. It's got a slight setback. I'm in Cedar Park and you're welcome to come grab it today if you are interested. Let me know and I'll IM you my address and I can just leave it outside for you.
  6. Looks like something Sam Pilgrim would slap together in his driveway with a hammer, some allen wrenches, and a cinder block.
  7. Having spent a lot of time at Spider Mtn over the past couple of years, I'm way more comfortable in a full-face helmet than I used to be. I still go without the chin bar when I'm riding pretty much anywhere else, but I could see myself wearing something like this for trail riding. Definitely would've helped that guy who face-planted into a tree on Snail a while back...
  8. Sure, the chin bar is slimmer, but the overall ventilation of that helmet looks pretty bad. Plus, it needs a visor. Can you even enduro without a visor???
  9. I just ordered a new set of Magura brakes from Merlin. I placed the order on a Sunday afternoon and they were here by Tuesday. $27 for shipping via DHL. The same day I ordered the brakes I ordered rotors and a bleed kit from Tree Fort Bikes in Michigan (Merlin didn't have any 203mm Magura rotors in stock). Free shipping on that order, but it arrived 2 days after the brakes. I would have paid to get that stuff here sooner but Tree Fort isn't currently offering next day or 2nd day because the carriers aren't consistently able to deliver stuff on time. I'm sure it depends on what you get from Merlin, but I felt like $27 for 2 complete brakes was pretty reasonable, especially considering their price was about $15 less per brake than anywhere else. Now, if I was ordering a $30 pair of gloves I'd never consider paying $20 for shipping (unless I really needed them in a hurry, of course).
  10. The time change and all this talk of lights prompted me to dig out my old lights (NiteRider MiNewt and a first-gen MagicShine) and see what condition they were in. To be honest, I was fully expecting neither battery to hold a charge given that both of these lights are over 10 years old and haven't been used in at least 5 years. I was also a bit worried about even trying to charge the batteries, especially since those early MagicShine batteries had some, uh, let's say, issues. So, I got my trusty metal bucket and put it on the back porch and started charging. Surprisingly, neither battery exploded or burst into flames. Both indicator lights turned green after a while so I hooked up the lights, turned on a fan to keep things from getting too toasty, and fired them up. The NR burned brightly (well, as bright as it can) for 90 minutes, then started to fade over the next 30 minutes. It was still technically on after 2 hours but I'm not sure how useful it would be on a trail at night at that brightness. The MagicShine was still going strong after 2 hours with no noticeable drop in brightness. My setup certainly won't be as bright as some others mentioned on this thread, but hopefully it will allow me to keep doing at least one after-work ride during the week.
  11. All too often, stories about bad customer service dominate reviews and forums, making it hard to know whether the company really has bad customer service or if the comments are just dominated by a small number of vocal critics. Don't get me wrong, I'll post a bad review if it's warranted, but I also try to make a point to leave reviews/feedback when I receive exceptional service as well to balance things out. I recently had a great experience with DVO and I thought I'd share it with the forum... I noticed some side-to-side play in the upper/forward shock mount area on my Ripmo AF. In trying to diagnose the cause of this play I needed to remove my DVO Topaz shock, but I wasn't sure if I needed to let the air out of the bladder as well as the main air can. I called DVO to find out. First surprising thing was that an actual person answered. I explained the issue I was having and asked my question, but rather than just giving me the answer and hanging up, the guy spent some time talking through my situation. By the end of the call, he had offered to send me new bushings (just in case that was the cause) and an extra set of spacers that are slightly wider than what is spec'd for my frame (just in case the shock mount was out of tolerances). I had my credit card handy to pay for this stuff, but he never asked for it. That was the second nice surprise. A few days go by and I get an email apologizing for the delay. A few days later I get a package and not only did he include the mounting hardware we talked about, he threw in a DVO beanie (I'm guessing to apologize for it taking a few extra days). Surprise #3! Anyway, my experience with DVO was great and I'd highly recommend them the next time you are considering purchasing a fork or shock. Any other stories about great customer service?
  12. I haven't seen anything about work days posted lately, but there is still some work being done out there. The launch pad and first jump look to be complete and there's now a pretty scary looking ramp with a dirt landing right after that. I'd call myself an intermediate jumper - comfortable with all the jumps and drops at the church - but that second feature scares me. It's all still closed to riding as far as I know...
  13. Trail maintenance has never been great out there, but these days they are devoting their energy and resources (or others' like Team Trail Party) into the flow/gravity trails. With Spider Mtn right down the road and more and more riders looking for the enduro experience, they are clearly trying to capitalize on that demographic. I thought I saw something months ago that suggested they were going to start shuttling riders out there. Maybe that's still in the works, but renting e-bikes out there is perfect for folks who want to shred the gnar but need a little help getting back up the hills.
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