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Added reply in a thread Flatlanders - how's that modern bike working for you? 7/1/2020 12:35 PM

I think I have similar terrain to you, living in Ontario near the 'Niagara Escarpment' which is ~100 metres/330 feet but you only descend the whole thing at bike parks. Even on a road bike there are not long climbs, but the climbing we have is all steep

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Added reply in a thread FORUM HOTSEAT - MRP 5/14/2020 10:17 AM

I appreciate MRPs commitment to interesting products like the dual crown 29er enduro fork and gravel fork. I was interested in the Hazzard and progressive springs too, but there have not been many review online that I can find for these. Is it just hard ... more »

Added reply in a thread The Best Component Upgrade for a Mountain Bike? 5/13/2020 8:41 AM

Yes, I did find it noticeable in terms of weight. I upgraded from a GX to X01 groupset and did not change wheels, tires, or frame. I did not notice a difference in shifting performance, but it felt like I cut an anchor off of the rear wheel. It was easier ... more »

Added reply in a thread 2020 Bike Park Openings 5/13/2020 5:19 AM

I would assume (knowing nothing about the business) that chairlifts/gondolas are like airplane bookings - they can only really make money with a certain capacity (maybe 50-60%). If you have a four-person chair/gondola and limit it to only 2 people maximum, ... more »

Added reply in a thread Coronavirus and MTB Events 5/8/2020 5:58 AM

Does anyone else have a feeling that there may be no events this year? It seems like the primary concerns are spreading COVID-19 within crowds and any crashes being a complication on already strained hospital systems. With the UCI suspending racing until ... more »

Added reply in a thread 2020 MTB Tech Rumors and Innovation 5/5/2020 4:34 PM

I feel like this is where Giant tried to go with the Stance, except they missed out on the whole 'good geometry' thing

Added reply in a thread Random musing: Road vs. MTB frame prices 5/5/2020 7:44 AM

They are certainly worth it! I love the tech in my carbon cross bike and how compliant it is. The margins are what they are for frames, but the completes are not crazy - my frame is $3,000 alone but only $4200 with a full Rival groupset.

Added reply in a thread Random musing: Road vs. MTB frame prices 5/5/2020 5:40 AM

Some of it certainly seems like charging what they can, but it does seem like top-tier road bikes often have multiple levels of 'carbon' that surpass the standard MTB ones. Given that MTB frames have to hold up to more abuse, it would not surprise me ... more »

Added reply in a thread 2020 MTB Tech Rumors and Innovation 5/5/2020 5:34 AM

*I am not an engineer and have no actual knowledge of these sorts of things* This is an interesting point brought up with idler pulleys - they definitely do not follow 'efficiency guidelines' like track cyclists do, where they make a gear ratio with ... more »

Added reply in a thread 2020 Bike Park Openings 5/1/2020 10:09 AM

Blue Mountain (Ontario/Canada, host of 'Canadian Sea Otter') announced they are closed for cycling for the summer, even pedaling up. Chair lifts would be difficult to social distance, but worse would be the accidents/crashes that would end up in the ... more »

Added reply in a thread FORUM HOTSEAT - Transition Bikes Crew 4/30/2020 8:39 AM

What was the importance of having FMD Racing on Transition frames? They were the only World-level team on Transition frames, and I am curious as to what made you take the leap to support them. With FMD Racing switching bike brands, is there any future ... more »

Added reply in a thread Have You Seen Trail Closures in Your Area Due to the Coronavirus? 4/9/2020 10:56 AM

In Ontario, Parks and Conservation Authorities were considered a non-essential business and they host all of the trails within a pedalable distance for me. A lot of the other trail groups have voluntarily closed their trails as well, so at this point ... more »

Added reply in a thread 2020 MTB Tech Rumors and Innovation 4/7/2020 3:21 PM

He said in a comment that it is a prototype Specialized tire. No other details that I saw at the moment.

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Added reply in a thread Best and Worst World Cup DH Tracks? 4/5/2020 10:32 AM

I think the best/worst tracks have some relation to how races went. My personal favourite moment last year was watching Amaury absolutely rip those grass turns at Les Gets... I don't remember anything else about the race, but that has my vote for one ... more »

Added reply in a thread The Best Component Upgrade for a Mountain Bike? 4/5/2020 10:25 AM

Like many others have said, the best upgrade is probably yourself... BUT, you are not a 'component' of the bike, and since we may as well nerd out on parts for now since riding is difficult/impossible... Do pedals count? Most bikes we buy probably don't ... more »

Added reply in a thread 2020 Mountain Bike Team Rumors 4/5/2020 9:12 AM

They certainly have on the road side, and there are more dollars in (and out) of that scene I would think. Most of the teams have laid off non-permanent staff and reduced salaries for most people. I know CCC and Lotto-Soudal are part of this; they are ... more »

Added reply in a thread 2020 MTB Tech Rumors and Innovation 4/3/2020 9:24 AM

So general consensus is: 32/SID SL: strictly 100/XC Race 34 SC/SID: 100-120 34/Pike: 120-150 36/Lyrik: 150-170 38/ZEB: 160?-180 Seems like some significant overlap in a category where a lot of bikes sit (150-160 forks). Are we going to see some history ... more »

Added reply in a thread Best front AND rear tire 3/29/2020 1:16 PM

I definitely agree with this one. Not sure if it's because of the different 'wear patterns*' front vs rear, but even on road or gravel bikes I stick with replacing the rear tire with a fresh one. * front tire is mostly worn from braking forces, whereas ... more »

Added reply in a thread Best front AND rear tire 3/29/2020 11:47 AM

I'm not on the same tread front and rear right now, but I previously liked the Bontrager XR4 (or SE4, if you need more aggressive casing). It rolls quite well but still has good braking and climbing traction and the side knobs are big enough to me. Given ... more »