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jimalex

Member since Jan 2008 • Last active Aug 2020

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    It rides great. Ultegra shifting is sharp and quick. GRX brakes take a bit more force before they kick in than the Sram GX1 I have on my mountain bike. Some fettling needed there I think.

    The frame itself is lovely. And super comfortable on the 44mm tyres.

    I need to look at the gearing too. It's 46+36 up front and 11-36 at the back but I could use some more spin on the trails. Will be looking at a 1x switch sometime in the future I think.

    Got out for the first proper ride on it at the weekend. Many more to come. :)

    I'd recommend Bearclaw to anyone looking for a ti bike out there. Great service, beautiful frames, clever design touches.

    Next on the list....

    Dropper
    Rack
    Camping trips

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    At long last the Thunderhawk has been released from the clutches of the bike shop and is out in the wild. Pretty stoked on it. Some quick snaps from first batch of rides here. I'll try to get some better and more detailed ones soon.

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    Ha yes. I’d forgotten that Axel drives a Nova. And it’s Stuntman Mike‘s car in Deathproof too, albeit a way meaner one than mine, so there’s the Tarantino link. :)

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    Not quite custom but I did end up with some old Chevy heavy metal shortly after we arrived in the States. The result of a late night drunken eBay session.

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    @jono84 Yeah man saw Hateful 8 and Once Upon A Time In Hollywood there during their opening runs. It's a great place. So nostalgic watching movies projected on film, and even the rake of the seats means you have peoples' head silhouetted against the picture. It's totally like going to the movies when I was a kid. And not hipsterized either with any fanciness. Love it.

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    And while not LA, this is a snap from one of my favorite California bike adventures - a solo mission to Death Valley a little while back. This is taken at a spot called Dante's View, and is from where Obi Wan tells Luke, "You will not find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy in alllll the galaxy."

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    @Merak I was looking at this PNW Coast dropper. It’s got built in tunable suspension. 40mm. Which I figured could be nice for longer days on corrugated dirt.

    I should have about 150mm of seatpost showing when I get the bike set up.

    The dropper has 120mm travel in the 31.6mm post size I need so all should be well, but I figure I’ll test fit myself on the bike.

    Got to leave room for some upgrades too of course. :)

    Dropper link: https://www.pnwcomponents.com/products/c­oast-suspension-dropper-post-external

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    @jono84 Haa thanks man. Glad someone got the reference! I loved that movie as a kid. I totally get a kick out of seeing the oil derricks silhouetted against the skyline when I'm out riding. And yes you must always be suspicious of tall blonde women with Ferrari trouble :).

    There is a great riding culture in LA. The city has a reputation for being all smog and freeways, and there is that side of it for sure. But you can also get out of the city pretty easily and into the canyons or trails. There is an amazing fireroad and trail network. And the road riding is also really good if you can get to the quieter mountain roads and avoid the traffic.

    The city is such a sprawl I don't ride all around town like I used to in London and miss that a bit, but there are endless possibilities for bike adventures.

    There's a fixed gear scene here too that seems to have bloomed in the 5 years I have been here. I'm too old for that shit but will still shout Do A Skid. I don't know if that translates. :D

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