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Reply to 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 »

Reply to 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 »

Reply to 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 »

Reply to 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 »

Reply to 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 »

Reply to 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 »

Reply to 2017 World Champs Bikes 9/6/2017 9:12 PM

Why's white paint on mountain bike frames so rare to see? I've heard that it's notorious for being fragile. Is that really the case? It looks great on these bikes, especially with a touch of dark blue to contrast.

Reply to 2016 World Champs Bikes 9/7/2016 8:30 AM

I've been trying to figure out the name of this sport... I recall it being named something-flingen. European people of all sorts of levels ride down ski jumps in a niche style of competition, and they're not dying. Was clued onto it when I was checking ... more »

Reply to Rachel Atherton on a Prototype Trek Session at Whistler 8/17/2016 5:00 PM

Looks like the lower eyelet is high above the downtube and very close to the seat tube, generally in the same spot as Full Floater. Could be either fixed or floating, but can't tell from the pic because it's hidden from sight. My impression is that they're ... more »

Reply to Rachel Atherton on a Prototype Trek Session at Whistler 8/17/2016 5:00 AM

Looks like subtle changes to tube shaping and positioning. Looks like they moved the entire seat tube back, altered the downtube to swoop less, increase tube diameters towards the front of the tubes and bottom of the seat tube, and longer seatstays. ... more »

Reply to the best cheap enduro bike 7/28/2016 6:27 PM

Well, AU throws a wrench in anything I know. I'd be checking out the Giant Reign. Can probably talk them down to $3000 for the base model. How much do the Canyon Strive and Whyte G160 run?

Reply to Canfield Brothers Unveils CBF™ Suspension Patent 7/28/2016 5:54 PM

^ SC and Yeti maybe realizes that no one's trying to pedal *while* taking a huge hit that uses up 60+% of their travel. Isn't recommended sag *also* dependent on shock rate curves? - Santa Cruz's leverage is highest at their recommended sag, for max ... more »

Reply to Canfield Brothers Unveils CBF™ Suspension Patent 7/28/2016 5:32 PM

Correct me if I'm wrong, but did CB just patent something that makes their dual link mimic a single pivot in terms of pedaling efficiency? That relation between chainline and center of curvature looks exactly like having a single pivot located at the ... more »

Reply to Which bike do you regret buying? 7/22/2016 11:52 PM

Yeti SB95 and Evil Following for 2 different reasons. The Yeti SB95 was the purchase that broke my 1-bike quiver days. It made me wonder which bike suit me best, and I started becoming a bike whore from then on. It was a very good bike. Just too good, ... more »

Reply to What Tool Couldn't You Live Without? 7/22/2016 10:42 PM

Some form of internet, for everything from manuals, to music.

Reply to The Internet Was Wrong: Short Chainstays Suck* 7/22/2016 5:53 AM

Some of you guys probably would enjoy playing around with an EBB.

Reply to The Internet Was Wrong: Short Chainstays Suck* 7/19/2016 4:32 PM

What's with the controversial title, now that you've corrected the misunderstandings, misled by your original post? "Short chainstays suck" = Short chainstays aren't always better. Longer is better for taller riders, racers, and bikes with longer fronts? ... more »

Reply to The Internet Was Wrong: Short Chainstays Suck* 7/19/2016 12:23 AM

I think it boils down to people riding what they're used to. If it's different, there will be "growing pains" in getting used to it. Trying to use the bike in a way similar to their last, and seeing it struggle (wheelies, manuals, etc.), is seen as a ... more »

Reply to The Patent Thread - New and Wild Mountain Bike Inventions 7/13/2016 6:07 PM

Nice, a major redesign of the rear hub! Love outside-the-box thinking. Wonder if Yeti will run this standard somewhat exclusively on their bikes... well, if Cannondale can do it...

Reply to Wild Looking 2017 FOX 32 SC Fork 4/1/2016 3:51 PM

There's been news on floating around for a while. The new race (weight weenie) class step down cast 32. Boost, without the wider stance, and crazy light. I think around ~1400g. Performance Elite has a slick black ano stanchion finish, in between the ... more »