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    Quote Originally Posted by redrider3141 View Post
    I wouldn't live in Tacoma unless there is something drawing him there, at least not in the city itself. The West Side of Washington has plenty of great places to live but have him do some checking on Zillow before he commits to anywhere. Housing is crazy there, not just in city limits, like everywhere. Imagine Downtown Austin House Prices, but instead, from San Marcos to Georgetown and everything in between. You want to know what Austin will look like in 10-15 years? To me Austin Looks just like Seattle in 2003.
    We're looking to relocate/retire to the Bellingham/Anacortes area in a few years and have done some house hunting trips. You're 100% right on northern washington home prices and the Tacoma area.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ATXZJ View Post
    We're looking to relocate/retire to the Bellingham/Anacortes area in a few years and have done some house hunting trips. You're 100% right on northern washington home prices and the Tacoma area.
    I went to school in Bellingham (WWU) and loved living there. Bellingham/Anacortes area is beautiful and more affordable than Seattle area but still relatively high cost of living. But...0-20 minutes to the West is Puget Sound (Salt Water), 1 hour east is Skiing on Mt. Baker. And MTB is everywhere in between.
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    Quote Originally Posted by redrider3141 View Post
    I went to school in Bellingham (WWU) and loved living there. Bellingham/Anacortes area is beautiful and more affordable than Seattle area but still relatively high cost of living. But...0-20 minutes to the West is Puget Sound (Salt Water), 1 hour east is Skiing on Mt. Baker. And MTB is everywhere in between.
    NICE! Wanted to send our oldest to WWU but they dont offer the degree she wants. We hiked a bit of galbraith and i never wanted my bike so bad in my life lol....
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    I'll chime in, as likely the only person here to have owned a hammerschmidt. In fact I still own it and ride it all the time. Take away the weight (and who really cares on this type bike) and I think it is amazing in all ways. It was very easy to setup and over all the years I have only ever had to change the cable/housing on a normal interval. The function though is fantastic. I appreciate the simplicity of the 1x setup, but where you have to quickly dump 3+ gears, I can with the push of a single lever achieve the same. I find I almost never shift the rear, only moving between the 1.6x front options. It makes me faster too. On climbing switchbacks I can climb in the easy gear and when the trail turns to a flatter section, I can kick it up to the other front ratio.

    I've actually thought about having Lenz make me a MilkMoney with the ISG mount so I could run a hammerSS FS, as I really think the two gear options could be functional for 100% of the trails in town (which are all SS'able, but made more fun with the slight help of gears).
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    Yeah, I tried a friend's Hammerschmidt and loved it, I would have gone in that direction but the 1x revolution hit and that solved 95% of my 2x problems. Most importantly it did it at a fraction of the cost.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Austin Bike View Post
    Yeah, I tried a friend's Hammerschmidt and loved it, I would have gone in that direction but the 1x revolution hit and that solved 95% of my 2x problems. Most importantly it did it at a fraction of the cost.
    Same, plus my bike doesn't have ISCG tabs... I cam real close to attempting something like this: Hammerschmidt with ISCG Adapter on Nomad 1 with Grip Shift- Mtbr.com

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    Eagleschmidt: planetary gears up front, 12sp 10-52 in back, 1,000,000%* range.

    *note: approximate, don't get your panties wadded up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anita Handle View Post
    Eagleschmidt: planetary gears up front, 12sp 10-52 in back, 1,000,000%* range.

    *note: approximate, don't get your panties wadded up.
    Please delete this post before SRAM reads it.
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    One added benefit to a planetary front, you can go back down in rear gear count, which means beefier chains and cogs.
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    Hammerschmidt - Rohloff combo
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    Quote Originally Posted by Austin Bike View Post
    But what are you trying to solve? SRAM already tried it with Hammerschmidt, which was a great product but it does because nobody bought it - too expensive and too complicated for people to work on.

    1x configurations seem to have solved this problem in a more elegant way that is far more serviceable.
    I had a Hammerschmidt on my Santa Cruz Nomad. While effective, it was very heavy. It also took an extra 5-10% effort to turn in the larger gear. I still have it sitting in my parts bin, but honestly, with the wide-range cassette options as well as super reliable 2x set ups available today, it is obsolete.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cafeend View Post
    Curious
    Are you not spinning out because of maybe better tires? Better position on the bike? The trail itself?
    Iím always curious because there always so many variables that can allow for a result not necessarily an AB Oval



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    Quote Originally Posted by redrider3141 View Post
    Fair question. Same tires (Kenda Nevegals), same trails before and after (in WA), albeit I can tell that it's working well here too.

    Best way to answer it is that before, I had to think about adjusting body posture on a climb to compromise between weighting the front tire and keeping traction, now I don't or at least I am 95% concentrating on weighting the front wheel.

    Another new sensation: You know that moment when you crest a ledge/rock/root and your cranks all but stall out? Now I just push through it with all I got and it doesn't spin out, I just slowly accelerate out of it.

    I'm not saying it's magic, I'm saying it makes for noticeable real world improvements especially for a weekend warrior like me. Others with better body position control/skill might not notice as big of a change I 'spose.
    So you know that weird half-pipe area under the bridge at the West End of Picnic? It was moon dust last night and when I tried taking that steep LH trail up the gully I spun out near the top and lost all momentum. Haven't had that happen in a long time. On the other hand, the climb that descends/climbs right next to the Regional trail? I nearly stalled both times I climbed that and never broke traction.
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