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Liked a comment on the item This Could Change Everything - We Ride Orbea's Sub-40-Pound E-Bike 10/22/2020 8:38 PM

I’ve had similar experiences seeing them where they specifically shouldn’t be on multi use trails that include lots of hikers. And this is a bad thing for the Mtb community. 95% of people probably wouldn’t even notice the motor on this bike. Beautiful design, yes. Good for...more

Added reply in a thread Are Global DH Bikes Sales Falling? 10/21/2020 11:20 AM

I think some of you are missing the point saying “an enduro bike can do what a DH can”. Can do and will excel at are two completely different things. As long as we have World Cup DH racing and bike parks like Whistler DH bikes aren’t going anywhere. ... more »

Added reply in a thread Shimano Working on a New Saint Derailleur? 10/16/2020 8:33 AM

Is it? Seems like everything in that group set is still pretty top notch.

Added a comment about feature Single Crown vs Dual Crown Fork: Which One is the Best for Enduro? 9/29/2020 6:31 PM
thejake

I have one. I like it. I haven’t rode anything new from RockShox or Fox. It was a large improvement from the DVO Diamond it replaced. Not as plush as the DVO Emerald I have on the DH bike, 20 mm less travel though. I do have trouble getting full travel, still playing around with settings on that.

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Liked a comment on the item Single Crown vs Dual Crown Fork: Which One is the Best for Enduro? 9/29/2020 6:28 PM

If the industry had stayed with 26" wheels, there would be no need for dual crown "enduro" forks, 223mm brake rotors, 4-piston brakes on light-duty trail bikes, etc, but with 29" wheels there's so much more leverage and inertia. A 29" 170mm fork is over an inch taller than a 26"...more

Added a comment about feature Single Crown vs Dual Crown Fork: Which One is the Best for Enduro? 9/29/2020 5:51 PM
thejake

If the corner is that tight it becomes more of a trails move. Dual crowns won’t limit your ability to corner unless you ride hiking style switch backs that are narrow.

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Added a comment about feature Single Crown vs Dual Crown Fork: Which One is the Best for Enduro? 9/28/2020 4:44 PM
thejake

Cool article, love how every variable was eliminated. I would also like to see a test where every variable wasn’t eliminated, let’s face it most consumers aren’t going to go to the levels you did to get the same product.

As someone that has a dual crown on my enduro bike I really like it. Much more confidence inspiring, especially as a heavier guy that rides stupid sometimes. The biggest question I get is people thinking it doesn’t turn sharp enough. This has been an issue once. I came into a sharp left hand corner on the far inside line, I had to jump off my bike. If I had been on a single crown I may not have had to jump off but would have come to a dead stop to correct my mistake. For me the pros far outweigh the cons.

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Added a comment about feature 10,000 Mountain Bikers Respond - 2020 Vital MTB Survey Results 9/15/2020 7:40 PM
thejake

As someone else that lives out side Seattle I would consider most of Tiger Mountain, Raging River/27, Tokul and other local spots “enduro” style riding. I think when you pedal up then descend down its enduro, I think of trail riding as a little mellower and more rolling terrain. But that could be just me.

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Liked a comment on the item Ultra-Long, 210mm Travel Enduro Machine - Is This the Ultimate MTB? 9/15/2020 6:03 PM

Great article Paul! Im totally with you on this one, I think this 'underbiking' crap that has grown so much in popularity is mostly just bravado and general dumb assery. Same goes for gravel biking, 'look how much fun Im having! I have to walk my bike past every technical...more

Added reply in a thread Little Black Book (of bikes) | Can you remember all your mountain bikes? 9/13/2020 6:38 AM

A Redline BMX and a Giant 24” kids bike are what started the 2 wheel addiction. Here is the mountain bike list. 2001 or 02 Schwinn Mesa 2001 Kona Stinky 6 Demo 9, bought it from a guy that was sponsored by Specialized, had the serial number 002 or something ... more »

Added reply in a thread Evolution of MTBs 9/11/2020 7:56 PM

Axle path has nothing to do with wheel size. Pivot placement effects axle path. I had one of those Wilsons, great bike. Before that I had a Rotec RL9 that had a Lawill design. That thing was amazing. Axle path was strait vertical and then went backward ... more »

Added reply in a thread Just picked up a Trek rail 9.7 (EMTB) 9/11/2020 7:47 PM

I think a lot of people just hate ebikes hence the down votes. I used to be one of those people that hated them but now I just figure if your out riding and having fun it’s all good. As long as the user is respectful, this is a big deal on multi use ... more »

Added reply in a thread Evolution of MTBs 9/7/2020 7:53 AM

I think bike design has kind of hit its limit until we see some break thru in materials or manufacturing process that allows bikes to be built much lighter. Sure geometry will get a little more refined here and there but big changes won’t be happening. ... more »

Added a comment about feature Demo Mullet vs Demo 29: Specialized DH Bikes Head-to-Head 9/2/2020 11:19 AM
thejake

The wannabes or the people like me that don’t have time or money to test all kinds of different set ups to see exactly what performs best but still want the best preforming bike they can have.

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Liked a comment on the item SuperMega 8/21/2020 6:28 AM

Tremendous tremendous ride you've got there.

Liked a comment on the item Yeti 115 8/16/2020 7:07 AM

I’d pay more for the bike if it said “tribe” on it.

Added a comment to lucythefin's bike check 8/7/2020 7:37 AM
Annette's Custom Classy Scout

The gold/bronze decals and details look sweet.

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Added a comment about feature Shimano XT 12-Speed Long-Term Review 7/31/2020 4:30 PM
thejake

I’m pretty sure the previous owner never bled the brakes and just did lever bleeds to top it off. The lever got stuck down and I took it to the local shop and they recommend new brakes. They said fluid was so contaminated that it caused some internal damage. So I’m getting a new set. They told me Shimano has a rebuild kit but that they haven’t had good luck doing that. If anyone has other experience rebuilding Saint brakes I’m all ears.

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Added a comment about feature Shimano XT 12-Speed Long-Term Review 7/31/2020 11:04 AM
thejake

I have 2 pairs of Saints, one has zero issues and the other, which came on a used and abused DH bike, have the wandering bite point. I’m a little hesitant to try the new XT stuff, I’ve heard XTR doesn’t have that issue. I’m replacing the second pair with new ones. The lever bleed keeps the lever feeling like you have brand new pads as the pads get worn down, highly recommend.

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