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Added a comment about product review First Ride: G-Form Pro Rugged and E-Line Knee Protection 1/24/2021 9:01 PM
MTB_SF

I got the E line Knee guards and I'm sold. I don't take them off for climbs and I've had a few spills where they have stayed in place and kept me safe. I'm telling all my friends to get them.

I had the old basic G-Form pads and they would fall apart on any substantial crash. The pad would just tear off the eg warmer portion. I got several crash replacements but moved on. I've tried a bunch of others too and the E line are the best.

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Liked a comment on the item MTB Product of the Year - Long-Term Review of Shimano's 12-Speed Deore Group 12/23/2020 12:37 PM

Regarding stock builds, and as someone who has been edging towards a new bike purchase in the last year or two, I hope to see Deore be a baseline for lower cost but still capable bikes. Seeing NX on a $3500 build was already totally unappealing but to then see SX start to creep in had...more

Added a comment about feature MTB Product of the Year - Long-Term Review of Shimano's 12-Speed Deore Group 12/23/2020 12:36 PM
MTB_SF

I think you are spot on. I would not hesitate to buy or recommend an entry level bike with Deore and then upgrade parts as they wear out. That entry level Rocky Mountain with Deore, for example, looks amazing. I would not buy a bike with NX, and certainly not SX.

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Added a comment about feature MTB Product of the Year - Long-Term Review of Shimano's 12-Speed Deore Group 12/23/2020 11:36 AM
MTB_SF

I have XT cassette/shifter with SLX derailleur on one bike and GX Cassette/derailleur with an X01 shifter on the other to compare. I find the shift action smoother and lighter on the XT, but I actually think that the shifts on the Sram set actually feels more positive and the chain feels like it is locking into place better with each shift. It's a bit hard to describe, but it seems like the hyperglide cassette lets the chain move up and down easier, but the Sram shifter feels like it has more distinct clicks for each shift. I tried the GX cassette on the XT group and it felt pretty mediocre (while still building the XT wheel up). I am going to try the XT cassette with the Sram set and see if that hits the sweet spot. It would be nice to be able to use a cheaper and lighter XT cassette with my Sram group once I wear out the current cassette.

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Added a comment about product review Kona Shonky Complete Build for Complete Fun 11/30/2020 7:17 PM
MTB_SF

Sounds like you should build your own bike. I just built my first bike from a frame and won't buy stock again. It wasn't cheaper, but I get what I want and get to build it. That adds value to me. If you do a budget build, you can save money over stock prices, but it takes a lot of time and research.

For someone else building a bike and searching for parts may not be their idea of a good time. They would rather just work their regular job, pay someone else to put their bike together, and spend their limited free time riding it.

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Liked a comment on the item FOX vs FOX vs FOX - DHX2 Coil, Float X2 and Float DPX2 Shock Comparison 11/15/2020 10:33 AM

For basic air can seal services I agree 100%. With the DPX2 you don't need to do a complete shock rebuild to get the sleeve off. Doing regular air can servicing increases the longevity of the shock as well.

When it comes to doing a full rebuild however, I would prefer...more

Added a comment about feature FOX vs FOX vs FOX - DHX2 Coil, Float X2 and Float DPX2 Shock Comparison 11/13/2020 6:06 PM
MTB_SF

Another advantage of the DPX2 over the Float X2 is that it is way easier to service. I looked at the Float X2 service manual when considering one, and lost interest.

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Added a comment about feature A Dentist for Your Drivetrain - Muc-Off's Claw Brush 11/3/2020 2:56 PM
MTB_SF

I just use an actual toothbrush. Seems to work for the chain.

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Added a comment about video Who is NF? Get a Look at Who Is Behind the Brand and What Drives Them 11/2/2020 4:41 PM

Bad timing on the press release. I was looking for some sweet new riding pants but all sold out in Medium!

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Added a comment about product review EVOLVED: The All-New 2021 Specialized Stumpjumper EVO 10/27/2020 5:39 PM
MTB_SF

Test rode one of those and really liked it. Got a patrol instead and seems like that was the right call. This new one looks like it may be the next bike for me though

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Liked a comment on the item Eddie Masters Thinks the UCI Is Suffocating Downhill Racing 10/26/2020 7:40 PM

1. Let's stop playing the blame game with UCI. They're job is not to make money for the sport. They simply provide guidelines of qualification. They do not dictate business.
2. Everyone on every continent has the capacity to put on an event that is WELL funded, draws top riders...more

Added a comment about press release The MTB Industry Struggles to Meet Demand in Times of COVID-19 / Message from Hope Tech 10/23/2020 4:40 PM
MTB_SF

What is the operation taking place in the last picture? It almost looks like pedal threads being cut from the back side of a crank, but that doesn't quite make sense since the tool doesn't seem to go all the way through and is being left in the threads for the next step?

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Added a comment about member blog Think Frame Protection Kits are Overpriced? Ride Wrap Throws Down the Challenge 10/23/2020 11:09 AM
MTB_SF

I saw that and that is what I will do next time for sure. I wanted to try doing it myself since I already had some heli tape in my workshop, but hindsight being 20/20 the Covered Protection kit would have been better.

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Liked a comment on the item Think Frame Protection Kits are Overpriced? Ride Wrap Throws Down the Challenge 10/23/2020 11:05 AM

Glad you are stoked! Often overlooked, never undervalued... the hydrophobic finish definetely makes cleaning an easier job, especially on a matte frame.

Just as an FYI, our Covered Protection is a universal fit kit, but we've designed different models to match your frame style... Hardtail,...more

Added a comment about member blog Think Frame Protection Kits are Overpriced? Ride Wrap Throws Down the Challenge 10/22/2020 4:17 PM
MTB_SF

RideWrap is a no brainer. I installed it on my Patrol after leaning it against a fence to wash it and some of the paint scratching off. I wish I had installed it right away since it keeps the bike looking fresh and it seems like the dirt even washes off easier.

On my new carbon Throttle hardtail, I would have ordered RideWrap but its an old frame so they don't have a kit. I went with an all mountain style sticker kit combined with heli tape. It is nowhere near as good of coverage and took more consideration on the install, but it covers the most important spots alright.

I will definitely get RideWrap for my next frame. I care about my bikes and want them to look good, so I protect the frame and paint. I don't understand how this could be controversial.

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