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Liked a comment on the item Shimano XT 12-Speed Long-Term Review 1/11/2021 12:17 PM

Holy crap, I thought I was going nuts.This was on a 2 month old XT M8100 RD. When up shifting, it would seem to get stuck every now and then. It just wouldn't drop into gear unless I shifted again. Thought maybe I had bent my housing, crud got in the housing, indexing was off or whatever. I checked...more

Liked a comment on the item Shimano XT 12-Speed Long-Term Review 1/11/2021 12:16 PM

I would be interested to see how they fare after being greased in the long term. Maybe the are dry from the factory (which is weird), but I was assuming they were greased since they were in the past. I haven't actually opened a new one, but I will soon. I still think the amount of moisture that makes...more

Added a comment about feature Shimano XT 12-Speed Long-Term Review 1/11/2021 12:14 PM
Matt Dogg

late to the game but curious about potential XTR mech issues. I wouldn't mind going from long cage + 10-51 to mid cage + 10-45 and XTR is the only mid cage in the lineup. Currently on SLX 12.

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Liked a comment on the item 2021 Canyon Spectral 29 CF8 First Ride 12/4/2020 12:46 PM

On the flip side, unless you're tail-whipping trail bikes, do we really need super short seat tubes? I may be biased, but as a tall rider, I'll take all the seat tube length I can get.

Liked a comment on the item 2021 Canyon Spectral 29 CF8 First Ride 12/4/2020 12:46 PM

But I need a 400mm dropper post.

Liked a comment on the item 2021 Canyon Spectral 29 CF8 First Ride 12/4/2020 12:46 PM

Punk in drublic much? Colnago hasn't made an MTB in decades. Ibis hasn't had any presence in road or xc racing in the present century either. Ibis does not even make an XC or road racing bike. BMC is the comparison you are looking for: road bike company that tries to sell MTBs to...more

Liked a comment on the item 2021 Canyon Spectral 29 CF8 First Ride 12/4/2020 12:45 PM

If you look at their whole line and how they touch geometry over the time, it's a painfully slow process. Canyon was never a progressive company when it comes to geometry and I think one reason is who was buying their bikes in the past.

Liked a comment on the item 2021 Canyon Spectral 29 CF8 First Ride 12/4/2020 12:45 PM

The stumpy evo has a short insertion depth, which negates the benefit of their short seat tubes.

Liked a comment on the item 2021 Canyon Spectral 29 CF8 First Ride 12/4/2020 12:45 PM

that's a good question. while shorter than before, the stumpy evo has a 425mm length on their S4 size compared to the 460mm on our large spectral 29.

Liked a comment on the item 2021 Canyon Spectral 29 CF8 First Ride 12/4/2020 12:44 PM

I wonder why it is that the major direct-to-consumer companies are struggling to sufficiently shorten their seat tubes. I know their suspension layouts involve kinks/linkage relatively high on the seat tube, but other companies have worked around that constraint.

Liked a comment on the item 2021 Canyon Spectral 29 CF8 First Ride 12/4/2020 12:44 PM

have you had a bad experience personally with canyon? if so, post it here, we don't care and that would help others decide for themselves about buying from canyon. if you're only reading comments to back up your view of canyon having issues, then that's up to you. we are not...more

Liked a comment on the item 2021 Canyon Spectral 29 CF8 First Ride 12/4/2020 12:42 PM

paragraph from review pasted here...not sure how much more clear we can be. "Canyon has their system and policies in place, and their success is dependent on the happiness of a customer. You can cruise the internet to see how others have fared when buying a bike from Canyon and...more

Liked a comment on the item 2021 Canyon Spectral 29 CF8 First Ride 12/4/2020 12:41 PM

Are you saying then that the warranty issue that has been discussed in the forums and comment section as a "non issue' for this bike? Since this review/preview is for potential buyers, i just think it would be helpful for us to know the whole deal.

Liked a comment on the item 2021 Canyon Spectral 29 CF8 First Ride 12/4/2020 12:39 PM

It's almost funny how vital used so may words mention the warranty issue and yet still not hit the line, almost like going around in the chicken line. This is not PB, i was hoping the vital would be a lot more straightforward with it, as it has been the biggest issue with Canyon.

Liked a comment on the item 2021 Canyon Spectral 29 CF8 First Ride 12/4/2020 12:39 PM

Can’t speak for the newer trail bikes from Canyon, but my aluminum 19 Sender is the most fun DH bike I’ve had in many years. And I’ve had zero issues with it. *knocks on wood.

Liked a comment on the item 2021 Canyon Spectral 29 CF8 First Ride 12/4/2020 12:39 PM

Edit: this is a 2018 bike: small water bottle, room for a <175mm dropper, and 6" of seat tube above the top tube. It's amazing that a company that can design a road bike that is arguably the best performance-per-dollar machine on the planet has failed on their *entire* mountain...more

Added a comment about product review 2021 Canyon Spectral 29 CF8 First Ride 12/4/2020 12:36 PM
Matt Dogg

Man, your comments are valid Berg. But there are viable workarounds.

It sucks swapping posts on a new bike but OneUp droppers have a super low stack height, which was a hack I used on an old stumpjumper to get more drop. Also Canyon offers a dual skinny bottle carrying solution (check their site) which looks pretty simple and gets you up to 800ml i think.

My buddy is on a Jeffsy29 and this looks almost like a carbon copy (tee hee) but with a slacker hta. The geo looks on point and reviews are saying it's near top of class in climbing ability. The non tapered head tube and subsequent rotating spacer thingie looks wonky though.

To me it looks like a great update. I'm on an XL ripmo AF now with a 185 dropper which is enough for me though to be fair most of my friends are seeking 200mm droppers.

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Added a comment to Sethius's bike check 11/29/2020 5:04 PM
Last glen mx **** carbon.

Nice build except for the obvious. Hey Sethius, because I don’t want you to die I can probably find a half used front tire in the garage that still has 2x the traction as that Ardent. I’d be happy to drop it in the mail gratis. And I ride an alu beauty too!

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Added a comment about feature Marginal Gains: There’s Nothing *Stock* About Stock Suspension 10/23/2020 9:37 AM
Matt Dogg

We've got shops here (Salt Lake) that offer them. A friend rented a couple for a week and unfortunately it didn't really help his setup a noticeable amount. I think it could work for some though like the less experienced crowd, but then again the shop should be able to help them easily get the shocks to 95% dialed. A tuning shop (locally we have Suspension Syndicate) is where the harder chargers would be best served I think. And ours has been so busy this year it's been super hard to even get an appointment.

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Liked a comment on the item Specialized's Grippiest Tire - The All-New T9 Tire Compound 10/13/2020 8:23 AM

Yep, they sure are burly! I got some GRID trail casings as well, they actually seem pretty sturdy too. 1080 grams for a 29-inch, 2.3 Butcher trail with the mixed T9/T7 compound, 980 for the same size Eliminator. Reports from the trail to follow...