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US_BenR last won the day on October 18

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About US_BenR

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    Trials Newbie

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    Land of Bourbon and Tobacco

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  • County (UK Only)
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    Breath. Sub 17 pounds.
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    United States

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  1. There's something about modern comp riding that just puts me to sleep. I find sections far less interesting and varied than they once were, and I find modern comp riders boring. Or, I'm just old and being nostalgic? I just think, If I were ten-years old today and watched a competition, or modern competitive riders today, I don't think i would pick up the sport; whereas, I can watch old-school riders and old-school comps and get pumped.
  2. Swap and go. Any lever will work with any slaves, whether Magura, Echo or Racingline.
  3. 14 pounds, 5 oz
  4. It was nerve-racking cutting that steerer down. That fork had one of those threaded inserts at the the top, so I opted to cut beneath that and use a star-fangled nut instead. I hate the look of spacers, so I opted for the longest stem I could find. She rides great so I'm happy with it!
  5. First bike I've had in 5 years or f**king amazing, so damn light, no idea on the weight, but definitely the lightest trials bike I've ever ridden. Riding today definitely made me realize I'm getting old though. I need to readjust the bash a bit, also might go with a beefier front tire. I will never install splitters again! Frame: Echo Fork: Crewkerz Carbon Stem: Monty with Ti bolts Bar: Monty carbon Headset: Echo with Ti bolt Brakes: Jitsie levers, vintage Magura cyclinders, Coust pads, Echo clamps, all Ti and alloy fittings, Racingline splitters Bottom Bracket: Echo Ti Cranks: Monty ProRace with Trialtech bash, Jitsie crankbolts Freewheel: Echo Ti Pedals: Echo Ti Wheels: Jitsie Race hubs, Hastagg rims, DT Competition spokes, alloy nipples, Trialtech alloy cog, Ti bolts Tires: Clean rear, Jitsie front, lightweight tubes Chain: KMC 810sl
  6. Been feeling pretty nostalgic lately, thank you AndyT. Nice to always see lines versus going up an object turning around on the rear tire and then off.
  7. You all realize anodizing is a pretty easy to do in one's own garage?
  8. I am always baffled when people speak of Taiwan as some sort of third-world country. Their standard of living is roughly at parity with the UK and (I believe) ahead of Kentucky.
  9. Here's what I do: I attached a spray nozzle to a bottle of 90% alcohol (rubbing), and I simply spray the rim down and wipe off the dirt. Sometime I'll spray the pads too, modulate them whilst the wheel is spinning and wipe off the excess again. It's easy...if I'm riding natural, I'll just throw the bottle in my dufflebag. It also looks like the pads may not be hitting the rim square--facing the mounts may help this. There's a TNN video somewhere on youtube that demonstrates this pretty well, if I am remembering correctly. Lastly, perhaps try altering the angle you are grinding the rim at. I find a near 90 degree angle gives the best results. Lastly (again), are the brakes properly bled?
  10. I'm a bit bored so I thought I post some (crappy) pictures of my newly updated mod. She's right at 17 pounds--she's not fat, but she ain't skinny either. Best bike I've ridden in the nearly 10 years I've been around trials. Specs: Frame: Breath "Yes" Fork: Breath Headset: Breath w/ Cane Creek spacers and aluminum bolt Stem: ZHI w/ Trialtech titanium bolts Bar: Tryall Carbon Grips: Monty Brakes: Magura HS33 (slaves from 1999) w/ Racing Line levers. Most fixins Stan titanium or aluminum. Trialtech carbon SL booster Pads: TNN ADM rear and TNN blues front Cranks: Echo SL Cog: VeloSolo alloy BB: Tryall Titanium with Stan bolts Pedals: Echo SL w/ steel bolts rather than Ti (broke those) Front Wheel: Chris King classic, Echo SL and DT spokes...titanium skewer Rear Wheel: Chris King BMX (with titanium bolts), Echo SL and DT spokes...King Kog 13 tooth Tires: Monty "Pro Race" with Maxxis ultralight tubes Chain: KMC
  11. I've got one of these Breaths. Rides great.