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Added a comment about feature Vital MTB Test Sessions: Four Exciting Electric Mountain Bikes Reviewed Head-to-Head 8/10/2020 10:59 AM
Jonathan_Montague

No - same eye to eye. It ups the travel slightly (153mm with stock 52.5 stroke).

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Added a comment about feature Vital MTB Test Sessions: Four Exciting Electric Mountain Bikes Reviewed Head-to-Head 8/10/2020 10:48 AM
Jonathan_Montague

Like others stated - I would put this down to trail access. For myself, this is exactly what I did with the SL. It's lively enough to take place of my old trail bike (Evil Insurgent) and enough assist to replace a typical ebike (Kenevo). I live in San Diego, CA where there actually happens to be a decent amount of ebike access. The terrain is varied enough and has enough climbs to show the benefit of assist.

Typical ebike story - I ride more and have more fun doing so. SL makes the effort I put in more like that of a MTB but with quicker results.

The kicker for me this year in not picking up a trail bike was that some local bike parks allow for ebikes now. With the SL, I actually prefer riding the ebike in the park. Just did 30kft+ descending and basically set all my PRs (even against previous race runs).

Flight travel is limited for me now (and probably for quite some time), but living on the west coast, we have good road trip worthy destinations. And honestly, if I was going to a place that was really against ebikes, I could drop the battery have a 35lb ish trail weapon and not really notice that it's an ebike.

Obviously, YMMV, but I think the trend that the SL is probably starting will grow with converted MTBers, especially as access improves in the states.

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Added a comment about feature Vital MTB Test Sessions: Four Exciting Electric Mountain Bikes Reviewed Head-to-Head 8/7/2020 8:04 AM
Jonathan_Montague

Glad you guys are starting to review/test these machines! I know it’s polarizing, but fun is fun, eh?

On the SL - one thing that those looking at this bike may want to consider is the Cascade Components link. Ups the progressivity to ~21%. On mine, I am running that plus a EXT Storia V3 (you can still see benefit with the stock DPS though), and it’s amazing. I am smashing downhill PRs left and right that were set on bigger bikes, even in the bike park. I also think this bike deserves at least a 160mm fork (I have a Mezzer at 170mm right now) if your intent is more on the “aggressive spectrum”.

The lightweight really shines on this bike with the modification I have made to it.

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Added a comment about video MTB Suspension - Unsprung Weight Explained 7/14/2020 8:45 AM

I dropped ~ 550 grams from my rear wheel the other day - new cassette, new tire (still with CC XC) and new carbon wheel. Of course lots of variables at play, but it was definitely noticeable improvement of suspension performance. Everything felt "quicker" while not bouncy.

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Added a comment about video MTB Suspension - Unsprung Weight Explained 7/14/2020 8:44 AM

Funny, I was thinking that too, but the model in this video doesn't take into account the spring/damper action of the tire (and insert if you have them). That would be interesting to see added in a video like this. I.e. - where is the "balance" point of added weight (via DH casing and/or insert) vs traction? There is probably a point of diminishing returns.

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Added a comment about product review Direct-to-Consumer Tires: Versus Mountain Bike Tires Long-Term Tested 4/19/2020 10:30 PM
Jonathan_Montague

Thanks for the replay and good to hear. Eager to try some out when they are available. Like that you guys are local too!

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Liked a comment on the item Direct-to-Consumer Tires: Versus Mountain Bike Tires Long-Term Tested 4/19/2020 10:27 PM

They're supposed to be the same, we weighed a random sampling of the first production that the factory sent.
Could've just been because they were made on different days. Folding bead is supposed to be around ~1030g

Added a comment about product review Direct-to-Consumer Tires: Versus Mountain Bike Tires Long-Term Tested 4/19/2020 9:59 PM
Jonathan_Montague

Can anyone comment to why the splatter version of the tire is 100g less than standard? I believe it’s the same casing. Seems like quite a big difference

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Liked a comment on the item On eMTB's and Mountain Bikes 11/3/2019 7:44 AM

I've been mountain biking for quite awhile now (1988). I've owned many different bikes over the years, DH, Freeride, Enduro, trai, etc. I recently bought an Ebike and I will never go back to a mechanical/traditional mtb.
I've found climbing to actually be creative and FUN now!-having the ability to pop off of...more

Liked a comment on the item On eMTB's and Mountain Bikes 11/3/2019 7:43 AM

Your article was enlightening. I have been struggling to understand the antipathy towards e-bikes and I think you've highlighted it - culture. There would appear to be a feeling that e-bikes don't fit an idealized notion of mountain bike culture and might bring people to the trails who aren't like “us" - who...more

Added a comment about press release Shootout: Tire Inserts Tested by Independent Lab 6/25/2019 11:48 AM
Jonathan_Montague

Super interesting. I just replaced a rear tire that had ran the Rimpact insert. 450 miles of smashing rocks, etc in steeps and all over. I even had one really low pressure incident which had me using it as a "run-flat" for a few miles. Because of that expecting it to be fairly cut up and damaged (which is backed by this test), but it was surprisingly whole with no discernible issues. Maybe I am not as rad as I thought??

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Powell just ripping!

Added a comment about press release Introducing The RUNT by Diaz Suspension Design 2/5/2019 4:11 PM
Jonathan_Montague

Very helpful. Thank you!! I find that my lyrik charger 2/Debonair (RCT3 btw) is very supple off the top. Where I am not super thrilled with it is the midstroke in fast, steep chunk. I have added a bit of air for support, but I am looking towards a solution like this (or maybe coil) to help improve that situation. I rarely bottom out except on the bigger drops/jump. So, I am not keen to take a token out (currently have 2).

I also have read that the damper could be worked on as well, which could mean a re-value for a bit softer feel. Don't get me wrong - still the best performing fork I have ridden, but I know it could be better

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Liked a comment on the item Introducing The RUNT by Diaz Suspension Design 2/5/2019 4:08 PM

I also have a current Lyrik with Charger 2 and Debonair. My ACS-3 swapped Lyrik has a Charger 2 as well. Those two forks currently feel very similar. The main difference is the ability to fine tune how the fork ramps up on the ACS-3 Lyrik. Based on my experience with the 36/Runt, I...more

Added a comment about press release Introducing The RUNT by Diaz Suspension Design 2/5/2019 2:02 PM
Jonathan_Montague

Do you mind elaborating a bit on the differences between the Runt/36 and the Lyrik/ACS-3? I am weighing options on my Lyrik (Debonair with Charger 2) right now. I know it's not apples-to-apples but the coil vs. "Coil-like" comparison is valuable. Thanks!

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