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Liked a comment about press release 12-Speed for All - Shimano's All-New DEORE Drivetrain and Brakes 5/8/2020 5:58 AM
iceman2058

Love that Shimano are sticking with Micro Spline for the entry level group, instead of doing what SRAM did with the NX Eagle cassette (ditching XD driver and going with a reduced range cassette on the old Shimano style freehub driver). What this means is that there is an easy upgrade path available to people who buy lower specced bikes, where they can swap out the cassette to save some weight down the line without having to also get a new freehub driver or potentially even have to change out the whole wheel. Kudos to Shimano on this one!

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Liked a comment about press release 12-Speed for All - Shimano's All-New DEORE Drivetrain and Brakes 5/8/2020 5:58 AM
fix-the-spade

There is going to be no Servo Wave, not XTR brake lever. Hooray, Saint calipers without the random bite points here we come!

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Liked a comment about product review Direct-to-Consumer Tires: Versus Mountain Bike Tires Long-Term Tested 4/15/2020 8:07 PM
matmattmatthew

Not very earth-shattering at $65 dollars. If they were $40-50 that would be more newsworthy. When you have a boutique carbon FS bike, top of the line suspension and carbon hoops you usually don't lose any sleep if you spend 10-15 dollars more per tire. Not diminishing the performance of the tire, but when I read the headline I thought the tire must be sub 50 bucks.

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Liked a comment about press release Nukeproof Ridewear to Sponsor Team Chain Reaction Cycles 3/3/2020 5:15 PM
Liked a comment about feature Are Mountain Bikes Too Expensive? The Inside Line Listener Response 2/26/2020 8:29 PM
MileHighMTB

I think its a moot question because its about market demand. These companies have smart people that understand which builds will sell and which wont, and then build the bikes accordingly. Specialized wont build out 5000 Turbo Leveo Founders Edition bikes because they know they wont sell that many. They have their metrics dialed to know how many of which frame builds they will selll and they supply the market.

Can this be an expensive hobby? Sure. But if you're smart about how you buy and remain patient, the expensive items you were looking at in march, will invaribably be on discount in October.

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Liked a comment about feature Vital MTB Test Sessions: Five Slack, Short-Travel 29er Mountain Bikes Reviewed 2/25/2020 7:50 PM
hamncheez2003

My point isn't that these bikes shouldn't exist, its that why are they so portly? The suspension is lighter. The frames should be lighter, since the fork axle to crown is less. You don't need Codes or Saints. You want good EXO tires, but I'd argue you don't need DDs. You can probably get away with slightly lighter rims.

My 6" enduro bike is built tougher but weighs (and cost) less. I love my aggro hard tail for how it handles differently, but it weighs a ton less than my enduro.

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Liked a comment about product review Unlike Anything Else - Trust Shout Linkage Fork Reviewed 1/31/2020 8:07 AM
jeff.brines

Yes Zach! Not mentioned here - Zach is incredibly talented. He can probably make stuff work that most people couldn't. I'd wager he's able to "talent" his way through some of the weaknesses of the fork better than most.

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Liked a comment about product review Unlike Anything Else - Trust Shout Linkage Fork Reviewed 1/31/2020 8:06 AM
jeff.brines

Hey Lee,

One question, did you pay for the fork? Any relationship with the company in question?

Having ridden one I can't fathom ever picking this fork over a normal fork in the 150mm+ application. In certain trail settings (120mm), I could see it being a cool alternative depending on terrain, but in the category you are describing I found the product to be downright scary.

EDIT: Scary in the way it handled bigger impacts/drops.

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Liked a comment about press release Chris Akrigg and Mongoose Part Ways After 12 Years Together 12/27/2019 11:02 PM
kvnsimons

A definite disconnect between rider and product. Akrigg is an amazingly dynamic and creative rider...and as a video rider, he’s up there with Macaskill and Semenuk. The last Mongoose I owned (around the time he signed with them), cracked in half on a basic drop that I’ve done hundreds of times since (on my Santa Cruz). Mongoose’s loss.

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