Added reply in a thread Best front AND rear tire 3/29/2020 12:42 PM

I built a bike around the tire combo I wanted to run. It made so much sense that I wondered why more didn't optimize their bikes this way, rather than just spec'ing travel and wheel size or whatever. Some sort of do it for 29+, fatbikes, gravel, XC, ... more »

Added a comment about feature Are Mountain Bikes Too Expensive? The Inside Line Listener Response 2/27/2020 2:32 PM

I like the used market... I like high quality stuff, like heirloom-level stuff, rather than disposable designs. I don't have any compelling personal need to be on the cutting edge. I just have curiosity, and used fits my budget. As much as I'd like to ride a Enduro 2020 on trails I'm familiar with, I don't think I need to become an owner by paying $6000 or whatever, to enjoy that experience, especially if there were a way to rent/demo.

I wonder where all these bike products go. Especially all the shitty placeholder and stepping stone level parts.

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Added reply in a thread Why are there still no 200mm+ Enduro bikes? 2/25/2020 12:39 PM

I personally see all these various niche disciplines, like XC, Enduro, DH, Gravel, etc. as just frames designed to optimize the experience that each type of tire delivers. What do you see Enduro tires as? Are you optimizing the chassis around it? No ... more »

Added a comment about product review Tested: Five Ten Impact Pro 2/16/2018 7:31 PM

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Added a comment about video Ride the Waterslide! 2/5/2018 4:47 PM

Waiting for the follow-up video from that water park's administration. If I were them, I'd be like, you like to make videos? How about you come back in the summer and try it with the water on? Or else...

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Added a comment about feature What's In / What's Out - Mountain Biking, 2018 1/17/2018 8:29 AM

Things tend to not go away unless conveniently replaced by something better, that is easier to handle and more accessible.

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Added reply in a thread How Much Reach is Too Much Reach? 11/22/2017 3:36 PM

I wouldn't dismiss such comments as complete nonsense. I'd just question how they came to such a conclusion. It may be a long bike, and it may not turn in a manner that they like, but the reason(s) could be something else. I'd immediately question if ... more »

Added reply in a thread How Much Reach is Too Much Reach? 11/21/2017 3:16 PM

Wheelbase is the primary # I use for determining what kind of ride experience I want in my quiver, for separation purposes. I do pay attention regarding how they come to such a number though: chainstay length, reach, HTA and length, headset stack, fork ... more »

Added reply in a thread How Much Reach is Too Much Reach? 11/19/2017 3:45 PM

If you push the front too far forward, then the bike becomes more rearward biased. As a result, the rider feels like they need to be more forward to feel centered. The STA compensates for this while seated, and the standing position is moved forward. ... more »

Added a comment about feature Why Are E-Bikes Such a Touchy Subject in the U.S.? 11/19/2017 3:12 PM

If ebikes were really a way to kick riders of all types off the trail, that'd be a perfect tool for hostile hikers and equestrians. Hiking/horse club buys e-bike and loans it out to do everything you can imagine that would F things up for mtbers...

There's some clear consensus here that suggests that the guys who visit a site like VitalMTB, and other MTB sites and are interested in e-mtbs, are seeking to kick themselves and others off the trail, and make their expensive new ride useless...

MTBers unite to show off how strong our logic is. Motor = gay on trails

*PS, this is satire*

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Liked a comment on the item Why Are E-Bikes Such a Touchy Subject in the U.S.? 11/13/2017 4:17 PM

Related, IMBA has just updated their position on e-bikes. It now reads:

IMBA is supportive of Class 1 eMTB access to non-motorized trails when the responsible land management agency, in consultation with local mountain bikers, deem such eMTB access is appropriate and will not cause any...more

Liked a comment on the item Why Are E-Bikes Such a Touchy Subject in the U.S.? 11/13/2017 4:03 PM

I agree. Having a rigid culture around how to have fun is clearly the best mode of operation. As a human powered suicide machine as well I know its culture that binds us. As it says in our Quran and Hadith routine clitorectomy, not riding e-bikes, and executing fags; this is our culture,...more

Added a comment about feature Why Are E-Bikes Such a Touchy Subject in the U.S.? 11/13/2017 5:29 AM

That's an interesting bike in the pic. 29 front, 27.5x3 rear. Custom cover for motor. Unique IS rear brake mount. Looks like an alloy mainframe that had the HT and top tube crafted as 1 piece; welds so smooth that an untrained eye can't tell it's not carbon. I don't doubt that it has unrefined geo and ride quality though.

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Added reply in a thread POLL: Do You Also Use Your MTB To Get Around? 11/12/2017 11:30 AM

Cars just make ya lazy. People can live without owning any; it's a luxury overhyped as a necessity. A rental or a buddy can fill when you need to haul something big/heavy, and carpooling and pub transportation can get you to far away places that you ... more »

Added a comment about feature Why Are E-Bikes Such a Touchy Subject in the U.S.? 11/12/2017 11:02 AM

Sad issue is that mtbers are being hateful and angry on bicycling sites. It's about as futile as someone venting about a rude encounter (ex. hiker yelling where's your bell) or evidence of misbehavior (ex. littered tubes, food waste) on the trail... the people they're wanting to give a piece of their mind to, likely isn't going to read their judgemental rant. Is this the appropriate place for you to initiate your mental support group session?

In short, the people who are likely to be problematic on e-bikes aren't going to read what you say. All the hate and open judgement is doing more bad, making the community look bad, than doing good (ex. for advocacy), even if you're only speaking for yourself.

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Added a comment about feature Your Bike is Too Light 10/5/2017 9:34 PM

What do you think about this topic today?

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Added a comment about video Can Danny MacAskill Break the New Santa Cruz Reserve Carbon Wheels? 10/2/2017 10:05 AM

I'm curious if Santa Cruz does lab tests with "oblique" hits, such as a impact that only hits one bead hook, at various angles. All the tests I've seen are fairly square hits.

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Added a comment about video Can Danny MacAskill Break the New Santa Cruz Reserve Carbon Wheels? 10/2/2017 7:03 AM

Doesn't prove anything. It simply illustrates one case scenario. Science is needed for proving. A good experiment raises more questions than it answers, but gives enough info to form a hypothesis. The hypothesis that Danny came to is, how much more it'd take with a properly inflated tire.

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