Andrew's Hardcore Hardtail

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Some things will never go out of style once they come in. At the top of that list for mountain bikes we find:

  1. Hardtails.

  2. Trail bikes.

  3. Hydraulic cantilevers.

So when Andrew built something up to go with his dialed Transition Sentinel, it had to be an aggressive trail hardtail. Our friends are Cyclefab are warming to the idea of welding canti studs on.

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When it comes to mountain bikes, Andrew will not stop until they’re perfect. Suspension, brakes, aesthetics… everything has to be perfect. And silent. Where Matt just wants to schralp corners and Riley just wants to not break both wrists, Andrew wants to hit 27 with a freshly rebuild shock. And so this Commencal Meta HT is spec’d and diaaaaled.

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The high polish Guide RSCs take a good brake and make it bulletproof and meaty. The construction on these is fantastic, but the best part is how good they look. Which matches nicely with the bike’s party piece…

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The silver cranks! Not an eeeeeewings because that’s sheer insanity (we’d still take your money for a set) but a Truvativ Descendant that Andrew spent three days sanding, buffing, grinding, and stripping to a raw aluminum finish. It paid dividends. The finishing kit is Tenet, and the gold chain is necessary.

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Necessary.

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Matt's Niner RIP 9

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When Niner rolled out the redesigned RIP 9, everyone wanted the grey and blue colour, including us. So we got a couple in as demos and the first people who took them out called from the trailhead after their first ride to buy them from us. So we need another one to demo. Unfortunately at that point everyone wanted the Santa Fe sand colour and they were on backorder, so we only just got it in the shop! Also unfortunately, Matt likes it and it’s now his bike that you can borrow whenever.

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The bike is low, long, and modern.

And since Riley put it together, it’s unique and custom. Note the topcap! We’re out of the first run of the splatter caps, but a new batch should be ready in a week or two.

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Our friends at Tenet Components make a gnarly 9-degree sweep bar that Matt is crazy about and it pairs really well with the 2k19 trail bike geometry.

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And god, that paint is so beautiful! This bike shreds Tokul.

Ballin on a Budget

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Riley lives in Victoria, BC 2/3 of the year for school, so he needs a mountain bike that can take some abuse and can handle tech on a budget. And then handle some more tech on wet rocks. His very upgraded aluminum Jet 9 has done its job.

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There's not a whole lot to say here: Reverb, Minions, XT group. It's a ripper. The Wolf Tooth bag mounts nicely on the downtube and holds a tool, a tube, some carbon dioxide, and trail snax.

To fit a longer post in this frame, Riley slapped a Wolf Tooth ReMote Sustain on in place of the Connect-A-Majig and it works! Cable Reverb, comin' up.

Riley's Canadian Cross 'Dale

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Riley made plans for a new a-bike, and so we had to figure out what to do with his a-bike from years prior. Sure, it could be sold—but where the heck is the fun in that?! Time to do a flat-bar singlespeed like all the cool kids in British Columbia. And boy. Did it work.

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Affixed are a pair of 800mm Renthal Fatbars, as is traditional in Belgium. A pair of absolutely destroyed Deore brakes off of Andrew's first mountain bike deliver cantilever levels of clamping force.

A schrader adapter is only acceptable when adapting a valve stem to take a delightful skull cap.

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Being one of Riley's bikes, it had to have a custom touch, so here's a gold top cap that's getting really chipped up. Something to make it unique.

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39x17. A manly gear for PDJ's boy genius.

Andrew's Following

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Our friend and wrench Andrew is great. He's got an awesome Stevie Smith mustache, he drives a cool truck, and he can lift heavy stuff. So of course Andrew has a sweet bike. A few sweet bikes, in fact, but his Kawasaki Green Evil the Following v1 is pretty damn rad.

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Andrew built it up to his liking - Shimano drivetrain, Hope brakes, salvageable bits from his beloved Stumpy.

It's key to be remind yourself how important dinging your bell at foot folk is by checking your speed. Andrew is typically in the 20-25 MPH zone.

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Silver stickers pop on the green.

Matt's Wrecker

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PDJ's resident ripper and owner Matt says he doesn't ride as much as he should, but his Evil Wreckoning says otherwise. These pictures were taken before its... annual?... semi-annual?... first-ever?... Well, these pictures were taken before it got cleaned up and tweaked up.

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Wagon wheels are really the only option in 2018. On the back of Evil's geometry revolution, 29ers have been fully legitimized and are the funnest source of fun on a mountain bike.

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This bike is short where it matters and big where it counts. Rear end tucked under the saddle, and a 35mm stem. 800mm bars, and a 35mm clamp. The Wrecker is the mistake eraser.

This thing is covered in dirt from Tokul, Tiger, and 27, where it was developed and where it shines.

Pamp Up The Jam

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People like bikes. Bikes are fun. Even the stiffest, fastest, most hunched over road bikes are fun. And for most people, bikes don't really have "a point," which is on some level "the point." Bikes are recreation. Some people get paid for riding bikes, but that's not the endgame for most, as much as that pains us to say it. Which is why this absolutely ridiculous Giant TCR was a no-brainer for Riley. Well that and because there's nothing like the refreshing zing of pamplemousse LaCroix.

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The bike was painted by our friends down at Ruckus Composites in Portland, Oregon. Ruckus does the best carbon repair west of the Mississippi (and east, actually) and also some down-right unbelievably good paint. They recently expanded to another paint booth, and we're happy to hear that. Under the matte relief paint is a TCR Advanced SL, which is a bike and range we're partial to, even if we don't carry Giant.

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The build features a bunch of Riley's favorite stuff: Lizard Skins bartape (although he also loves the Supacaz Sticky Kush because its name is so naughty), Vittoria Corsa G+ tires in the widest he can fit, the lovely Selle Italia Max Gel Flow saddle, SwissStop BXP brake pads, and a Wahoo Elemnt Bolt. It's still a bit in progress, needing a steerer cut and heatshrink over the etube and rear brake housing, but the easy stuff is done, like the fun & colorful finishing tape on the bars.

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Even though the bike needs a couple small touches to be "finished," it's never not time to ride. Those who know him can tell this is Riley's bike from the amount of dust caked on it - it's not a Riley ride if there's not a little road bikes offroad. "The 'road' in 'road bike' is a suggestion."

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It's a happy bike with a happy rider. Bikes are fun!