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  1. @aener 2:33? If only someone would create a site that had all the best trials videos from the “golden era” For me, it would have to be something from TRA’s echo/koxx eras. He was pretty much doing the biggest TGS at the time, and the determination/effort he put in really showed in his riding. His videos were a big inspiration for me in my early riding days to push myself harder and fight through the struggle to get better / go bigger.
  2. Legend!
  3. Crap, I wish I saw this sooner! We are literally hosting the first competition in multiple years tomorrow on the mainland with apparently 20+ riders (4 from Vancouver Island). If you’re on Facebook, check out the group “University of bike trials”
  4. I remember seeing this one from Fontenoy's account a while back:
  5. Hey Albert, hope all is well in the great white north! I got one of those carbon forks for my TMS and I love that fork. I think I'm gonna get the 9mm through axle version for my street bike and give it a try. At the moment I have 2 pure bikes and no street bikes; what's the world coming to!?!




    1. aliao


      Hey man! Great to hear from you :D

      Super happy that you love the fork! They are my favorite forks on my 26”, and I was stoked to find out they were bringing a 400mm disc model to market.

      Hope you and the family are doing well!! After all this pandemic craziness is over, I’d love to come back down to ride again.

      That tms looks awesome and is probably crazy light with those rims! Gonna have to show my friend because he is crazy about 26” disc haha


    2. Swoofty


      The frame is a bit nuts. It's 116 in the rear and not all disc hubs seem to line up correctly. Right now mine's more like 120mm so the disc doesn't rub and the wheel has a 'custom' dish so it's centers correctly. And the brake mount needed A LOT of facing to make it square. Now that it's all together and working, it is a very fun bike, but it's no lighter than my Ozonys V8 pure, just silent!

  6. I’ve been riding 26” again for around 8 months now so this info may be a bit old, but the Vee Flow Snap is the best 24” rear pogo tire that I’ve tried so far (the other tires were the Maxxis 2.5 DHF and Schwalbe Hans Dampf). Pros: - thick sidewalls, the least squirmy 24 tire ive tried - really soft slow rebound compound - good puncture resistance (i only had one puncture on a sharp rock when i was riding it) Cons: - The top profile is very square and mostly made of knobs. It felt kind of weird for me until I cut all the side knobs off to make it round again. - The tire doesnt have much bounce due to its smaller carcass Overall, if the tire had a bigger carcass to liven it up a bit, the tire would be perfect for me. It’s bigger than the maxxis dhf 2.5, but smaller than the schwalbe hans dampf (which would be around my preferred size). p.s. Norco bikes (one of the larger distributors here) carries them in Canada, so it’s actually pretty easy to get a hold of here. If you guys are curious to try one at tarty, just let me know
  7. A Scorpio is likely not as much as you think... I’d encourage you to reach out to them and get a quote!
  8. You can get a custom Scorpio like mine and get whatever you want
  9. they will! send them an email =D
  10. i have the carbon through axle disc 26” and its just as nice as the hs33 one. the only thing i dont like is how you need an adaptor to run a 180mm rotor (it has a 160mm disc mount). the vertical version is your standard 9mm vertical dropout for bolt on hubs. i imagine it looks the same as the hs33 version they made a while back 9mm front through axles were pretty common on mtb a while ago, you could (and probably still can) get adaptors for hubs like hope and i9.
  11. Just gonna leave this here
  12. really shitty to hear about the injury! the street bike must have known you were hanging it up the build looks good!
  13. 05/06 zoo python that’s been sprayed is my guess
  14. loved the video! hope we get to ride again soon im curious as to what the new bike is as i saw your rim brake post the other day
  15. If you're looking for an arcade-like geo with a slightly shorter reach, I've been thinking of selling my ti dean lately