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Been out of the mountain biking world for 10 years after adult life happened and took me away. I tried to get into the road world, but it never grabbed me. I'm going to pick up the sport again this year and quite excited to get back out there. I had FS in the past and never felt it was worth it for my style and my trails so I'm focused on a hardtail and wow, things have changed with tires. After poking around local stores and internetting, I've narrowed it to a plus size hardtail like Trek Stache 7, Norco Torrent 7.1, Marin Pine Mountain 2. That's the flavour, anyway.

I was in an LBS today and noticed a plus bike from RSD. Never having heard of them I googled and found out they're a local company (Toronto). Now their ads are all over (thanks Google). Anyway, all things being more or less equal I'd prefer to keep the money local but can't really find anything about their bikes or rep.

Anyone familiar? I'm going to call but thought I'd put a hook out.

BIG CHIEF Chromoly Steel - RSD
SERGEANT Aluminum - RSD

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I bought the Sergeant aluminum about a month ago and set it up SS out of the box. I love this bike to the point that I don't want to ride my carbon Bronson anymore. It's just pure fun. The terrain I ride is rocky af and the sarge handles everything like a champ. My last bike before the Bronson was a nomad and I haven't had a hard tail in more than 10 years and all of the reasons that I though a HT was a no go have fallen away. Those big tires soak it all up, the burly fork and slack geometry make it feel like a sweet full squish trail ride. For me though the SS has been the best thing. I've wanted to do it for years and it's better than I hoped it would be. Ive always loved climbing as much as descending and standing up and hammering and feeling that direct power to the rear wheel is unbelievable. The sergeant is just a tremendously fun all around trail bike.
 

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I have a xl big chief and really like it. I have not ridden it as much as I would have liked, as winter is just closing. The bike handles great and I love the big tire traction. I honestly don't have a lot to compare it to, as I rode a rigid ss soma juice prior to this. I will say that the chief seems to go down hill better but that could be because of multiple factors. I anticipate riding it a lot more this summer and doing some bike packing on it. I also like the big wagon wheel as it feels like it just rolls and rolls.
 

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Can anyone comment on its climbing abilities with the slack 66.5 ha? Also what length of fork are u using? And finally, do u find the chain stays are a tad long compared to the latest drive to have short chain stays? I really like the plus ti sergeant man it looks awesome but in Calgary u gots to be able to climb to get tot the downs around here. Plus I have an evil the following so I'm used to short chain stays. I'm also looking at the Stanton plus slack line but it's crazy expensive!
 

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Been out of the mountain biking world for 10 years after adult life happened and took me away. I tried to get into the road world, but it never grabbed me. I'm going to pick up the sport again this year and quite excited to get back out there. I had FS in the past and never felt it was worth it for my style and my trails so I'm focused on a hardtail and wow, things have changed with tires. After poking around local stores and internetting, I've narrowed it to a plus size hardtail like Trek Stache 7, Norco Torrent 7.1, Marin Pine Mountain 2. That's the flavour, anyway.

I was in an LBS today and noticed a plus bike from RSD. Never having heard of them I googled and found out they're a local company (Toronto). Now their ads are all over (thanks Google). Anyway, all things being more or less equal I'd prefer to keep the money local but can't really find anything about their bikes or rep.

Anyone familiar? I'm going to call but thought I'd put a hook out.

BIG CHIEF Chromoly Steel - RSD
SERGEANT Aluminum - RSD

Thanks,
Scott
I love Sarge! He's a load of fun on the singletrack. A worthy bike with a playful geometry. The ability to ride euphoric manuals from t=here to kingdom come and climb equally proficiently is rarely found in the same bike. Sarge does both like he knows what he's doing.
All joking aside, the Sergeant is a fine rig and I can't get enough miles on it. The acceleration out of the hole or on the fly is awesome. The handling on the twisty, turny singletrack is amazing. Very pleased with my Sergeant. The moment I threw a leg over the Sergeant I stopped test riding bikes and adopted my bike. The immediate change was rubber! The Chronicles are a street tire, period. I had a pair of Schwalbe Rocket Ron's waiting for my bike.
The group on the Sergeant is X9, MuleFut, Sram Guide, Easton bar/stem/seatpost. Good choices, indeed!

I did change out the bars and stem with a couple groovier parts that are in living color. Besides, power steering is nice with an 800mm bar!

Feel free to reach out to RSD, they are good folks bringing a good product to the peeps at a good price. Alex has been awesome to deal with and he made the process quick and easy.
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Looks like the Sergeant comes with Sun Ringle Mulefüt wheels. What do folks think of these wheels? Are they easy to setup tubeless? How is the rear hub holding up? Anyone know how many POE the rear hub has?
 

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They are awesome for tubeless, although I am using Q-Tube SL 26x2.7 tubes in mine at the moment. POE 40-48, I believe. Should be a minimum of 108 IMHO. I had 3 cactus thorns get into my front tire a few weeks ago and the tire was at 6 psi when I got home. The interesting thing was when I removed the stem nut it started leaking air at the stem. The MuleFut with the tubeless tape kept it from leaking as quickly so I rode 10 miles before it hit a low of 6 psi.
The MuleFut 50SL is similar to the 80mm version, in that tires can be a pain to dismount. The only thing I don't like is that they are all black. Spokes, rims, hubs. Pfft! I need contrast and wanna see a good looking rim in the middle of some sweet looking tires! This week I will be lacing up a pair of Scrapers and orange Hope boost hubs after I remove the black anodize and polish the rims with Mothers mag polish. Stainless spokes shimmering in the sun will be butchen! Oh yeah, blue nipples. Sarge will have 2 wheel sets for his Nobby Nic's and Rocket Ron's.

The component package is quite nice on the Sergeant outta the box. I did change out the bar and stem for groovier performance of a 31" bar with that trialsy upsweep that is an absolute must. 70mm Straitline stem with Loaded AMX bar=power steering!
 
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^^ no chicklets today mate :(

You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to BansheeRune again.
 

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Looks like the Sergeant comes with Sun Ringle Mulefüt wheels. What do folks think of these wheels? Are they easy to setup tubeless? How is the rear hub holding up? Anyone know how many POE the rear hub has?
I have had no issues thus far with the rear hub. But then I weigh 160 and that may make a difference on any hub.
 

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POE 40-48, I believe. Should be a minimum of 108 IMHO!
I have pretty much ridden hubs with 72 POE over the last 9 years so but I recently picked up a Hope PRO4 and it took awhile to get use to the 40 something POE's it has. In technical chunk I would think 108 would be great.
 

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I have pretty much ridden hubs with 72 POE over the last 9 years so but I recently picked up a Hope PRO4 and it took awhile to get use to the 40 something POE's it has. In technical chunk I would think 108 would be great.
This little fellow has me spoiled rotten with the 108 POE freewheel. Everything with fewer POE's feels like something's wrong.


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My little pogo stick! :cool:
 

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This little fellow has me spoiled rotten with the 108 POE freewheel. Everything with fewer POE's feels like something's wrong.


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My little pogo stick! :cool:
Try an Onyx hub, POE to infinity, nearly instant engagement, only thing better is a fixie or a uni.

Back on topic, RSD does a nice package, their on my radar.
 

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Try an Onyx hub, POE to infinity, nearly instant engagement, only thing better is a fixie or a uni.

Back on topic, RSD does a nice package, their on my radar.
The Onyx will grenade on a trials bike however they do have my attention for Sarge.

The build and price offered by RSD is hard to beat. The performance and geometry is spot on.
 

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Inaugural ride on my Big Chief yesterday...

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I've never used this word in this context, but this bike is "Boss". I was a bit worried about the BB height since most bikes I ride have a BB drop around 60-70mm. The 40mm drop on the Big Chief does put you in a high position, but it works well with the rest of the geometry. The bike really rails around the corners and climbs like a champ. The rear wheel stayed planted on steeps and I never did spin the rear tire out.

This is not a light bike, but for the price, the parts spec can't be beat. All in all, I was really impressed with the ride and can't wait to get back out on the trail again this weekend!
 

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Nice ride, LBI!!
The BB at -40 is a great place to be with these bikes. Makes for better Jeepin with two wheels, indeed. Also hard to beat the performance.
 

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That is a really nice looking Big Cheif, LB! A very tempting choice in the 29+ market.

What do you think your bike actually weighs?

The small triangle would sure limit frame-bag space for bikepackking purposes...
 
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