Liked a comment on the item Is MTB Design As Good As It Gets? The Inside Line Listener Response 3/16/2020 12:39 PM

I forgot one thing...gearboxes. I'm really hoping that that's the advance that we see. A gearbox that doesn't have too much drag and gives us a 6x gear range with good steps in between. That would be a great advancement.

Liked a comment on the item Is MTB Design As Good As It Gets? The Inside Line Listener Response 3/16/2020 12:39 PM

At 6'7" I agree wholeheartedly with you, though I think there might be a couple more than that by now. And that's why, before reaches started growing, I just started building my own steel frames. But not everyone can do that. That's why advances like the ease of...more

Liked a comment on the item Is MTB Design As Good As It Gets? The Inside Line Listener Response 3/16/2020 12:38 PM

If you're over 6'3" there are now two (two!) companies who make a production bike that will fit you. Progress.

Liked a comment on the item Is MTB Design As Good As It Gets? The Inside Line Listener Response 3/16/2020 12:38 PM

Back in 2000 I was telling people that eventually we'd have bikes with six inches of travel front and rear that pedaled well and weighed 30 lbs. That's what we now have...and I'm perfectly happy with that. Bikes have changed a lot in the last 20 years, but they're...more

Added a comment about feature Are Mountain Bikes Too Expensive? The Inside Line Listener Response 3/4/2020 10:18 AM

agree Wolfpack almost no high end alu builds. But on the bright side there are awesome alu frames out there from Banshee, Knolly, Ibis and many more from $1800 - $2200 as a starting point to a high end build. With nice components those will still be pricey bikes tho.

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Liked a comment on the item Are Mountain Bikes Too Expensive? The Inside Line Listener Response 3/4/2020 10:15 AM

I only have a really nice bike because I work at a shop and get a discount, otherwise, it would be really hard for me to spend the kind of money most bikes and components cost. My biggest complaint is that all manufacturers only offer better builds with Carbon frames. If...more

Added a comment about feature Are Mountain Bikes Too Expensive? The Inside Line Listener Response 3/1/2020 6:43 PM

Good point Nismo. And hopefully we get more d2c brands. The numbers that I’ve seen are 40% markup for some big brands and as low as 25% for some of the ‘gucci’ brands. D2C could go cheaper especially with their higher margins. They’re making more per bike selling direct than to shops. Anyway prices are high it’s just a matter of us voting with our wallets. My new Ripmo AF is on the way. Affordable? Who knows. First mtb was $500 in the mid 90s and I saved up for it and it served me well.

Of course how often do we need a new bike anyway. That’s a whole other conversation and this industry is fed by consumerism like most.

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Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Test Sessions: Five Slack, Short-Travel 29er Mountain Bikes Reviewed 2/25/2020 3:20 PM

Very nice group review, would love more in this format!

Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Test Sessions: Five Slack, Short-Travel 29er Mountain Bikes Reviewed 2/25/2020 3:20 PM

I think there is a big difference between a classic 120F-120R Trailbike and a modern one with 140F-120R. It's not just the fork, when you have All-Mountain geometry, All-mountain tires, and All-Mountain weight you have an All-Mountain Bike with a bit less travel...more

Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Test Sessions: Five Slack, Short-Travel 29er Mountain Bikes Reviewed 2/25/2020 3:19 PM

My advice to people: do not weigh your bikes - unless you're trying to build up a hill-climb specific bike. There have been a lot of tests and studies about bike weight, and the consensus is, it doesn't matter nearly as much as people think it does. For some...more

Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Test Sessions: Five Slack, Short-Travel 29er Mountain Bikes Reviewed 2/25/2020 3:17 PM

I have this conversation with a lot of customers. In the PNW, these are 2nd/3rd/etc bikes. If you want one rig for everything, most of these brands offer a 140mm 29er, which seems to be the sweet spot. Unfortunately, the 140mm completes typically come with a spec...more

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Liked a comment on the item First Ride: E*thirteen TRS Plus 9-50t Cassette 12/11/2019 2:43 PM

My SRAM cassette is clunky enough thanks

Liked a comment on the item First Ride: E*thirteen TRS Plus 9-50t Cassette 12/11/2019 2:43 PM

Been using this cassette with Shimano XT 12 speed shifter and derailleur and a KMC chain and it works great. My hub didn't have a Microspline freehub available, and I didn't want to buy a whole new rear wheel, so this solution was perfect. It's also a nice chunk lighter...more

Liked a comment on the item First Ride: E*thirteen TRS Plus 9-50t Cassette 12/11/2019 2:43 PM

WHY ARE YOU PEDALING BACKWARDS?

Liked a comment on the item First Ride: E*thirteen TRS Plus 9-50t Cassette 12/11/2019 2:43 PM

It’s great for backing out of the driveway.

Liked a comment on the item First Ride: E*thirteen TRS Plus 9-50t Cassette 12/11/2019 2:43 PM

or to charge the battery for the hidden motor in the hub, right?

Liked a comment on the item First Ride: E*thirteen TRS Plus 9-50t Cassette 12/11/2019 2:43 PM

I pedal backwards to take the miles off the odometer and keep my bike looking new.

Liked a comment on the item First Ride: E*thirteen TRS Plus 9-50t Cassette 12/11/2019 2:43 PM

#saveferris

Liked a comment on the item Santa Cruz Nomad 3 975er 12/4/2019 7:52 PM

Bike of the Day December 4, 2019!