Starting immediately, all new users must be approved by a moderator (due to spam issues). #sworry
You can dismiss this message by clicking the little 'X' in the top right this box.
If you are a pro triathlete, please click here to DM AaronWebstey for access to the 'Pros-only' private forum. Don't forget to include your real name, and a link to pro race result would be great if you're a 1st-year pro.
CISM Military World Championship in Sassenberg, Germany this weekend. 41st in 2:01:something, and the 4th American. First time racing on a TT bike in a year for me (and only the 4th or 5th ride on one as well ), so that was fun in the downpour, narrow roads. Our senior (40+ men/35+ women) did really well, taking 1st and 3rd for women, 2nd for men, and 2nd for combined senior team. Canada was the undisputed champion of the after party.
Need examples, but basics that I'm thinking you may not know: "On the X" means you're swimming and leaving on the next time the clock hits that interval. "On 1:20" would mean you'd start interval 2 at 1:20 after you started, 3 at 2:40, 4th interval at 4:00 etc etc. So if you swim a second faster, you get an extra second of rest. Swimming tends to operate more this way than a fixed rest because that would be madness with 8 kids in a lane each taking :10 themselves. Plus they'd definitely lie Top-when the pace clock comes back to 00, even if it's digital Bottom-:30, same idea Stroke and/or choice-not freestyle. Tell them you're doing "alternating single arm butterfly with a flutter kick drill" instead Flutter kick: normal freestyle kick Dolphin kick: butterfly kick Otherwise....certain drills may have more colloquial names. If the coach writes a drill set and you have no clue what the drill is, just ask. I still do.
In my line of work, virtually everything has a plus or minus 90 day grace period on an actual due date, so you made it just in time, Secret Santa. Bonus points for knowing that I don't have dwarf feet. Extra bonus points for choosing a bean/roast profile I would never do myself but will be happy to try to figure out now
So, with Canada Day on July 1, and ‘murrica Day on July 4, is there a Mexican holiday on like the 7th and we can just call the first week of July “North American Awesomeness Week” and just kinda shut down the whole continent?
So, a few things: $2k is right around the point where it is worth considering hardtail/full suspension. Much cheaper than that and you absolutely should go hardtail because $1500 full suspensions are absolute garbage. There’s a school of thought that you should learn to ride on a hardtail because it teaches better line choice, carrying speed, etc, but if it’s mostly “for fun” then a FS isn’t going to beat you up as much, plus it will give more confidence on gnarly stuff, so that’s a plus for skill development. (Translation: it’s probably even, maybe leaning toward FS because it doesn’t result in buying another bike in a year). There’s an argument that FS are a bit more maintenance, but that’s negligible IMO if you consider it’s not too different from the fork you have regardless.
27.5 versus 29 tends mostly to be a fit thing unless you’re doing hella technical stuff where you’re gonna lean towards the smaller wheel (but they even make 29 DH bikes now). I’ve personally never ridden anything other than 29 because I’m 6’5” and didn’t start riding MTB until the major manufacturers had flushed out their geometry issues. For household compatibility, if she’s small and you’re not super-tall, I’d suggest 27.5 so you can reasonably share wheels (especially if you’re like me and break spokes on the reg), tires, tubes, etc.
Scott and Felt are just fine of brands, though I’m not terribly familiar with their exact offerings in that price point. It’s worth looking at their XC race geometries, but most manufacturers nowadays have something somewhere a bit more relaxed (akin to a Spec Roubaix versus Tarmac/Venge, or a Trek Domane vs Madone, etc). Those tweener-type bikes are probably great if there’s not much intention to race super seriously, but you’re used to your 17 lb road bikes. (Example of this is @maggieru and her Camber)
Lastly, yes, roughly yes on those component comparisons. XT is probably between 105 and Ultegra, because above it you have XTR and XTR Di2, and I forget/am not totally sure what’s below XT. GX would be your equal for SRAM. I think they make GX Eagle stuff now, too? So that’s cool you can get mid level 12 speed. Even if you don’t plan to race, if you’re used to nice stuff on the road, cheap components are gonna really piss you off on a mountain bike where you’re usually shifting under a lot more load and demanding a lot more from your brakes.
Sorry, this was way too long of an answer. Blame Maggie for tagging me in this thread for drawing my attention to it. But I think I’m going to save it as a note on my phone for future recycling.