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Added a comment about press release Ready to Skid? State Bicycle Revives the Klunker 11/26/2020 6:54 AM
tylerb

Okay, so add a freewheel hub and rear brake, change the geometry up a little bit. Then maybe some lower rise bars and there you have it. The sub $600 complete dirt jumper we have all been requesting.

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Added a comment about product review Kona Shonky Complete Build for Complete Fun 11/25/2020 8:14 AM
tylerb

With how much bb drop this frame has I might actually see it being called a pump track bike. In my opinion higher bb's hop better (more "pop" off of a dj lip), but low bb's corner better. I prefer dj bikes to have bb heights more in the 330mm range (aka close to level with a 26" axle).

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Added a comment about product review Kona Shonky Complete Build for Complete Fun 11/24/2020 10:55 AM
tylerb

I wonder the same sometimes, but this bike does have some pricey details. Let's look at the frame: sliding thru-axle dropouts, tapered head tube, and butted tubing. Those items are expensive. From Paragon Machine Works the two dropouts, plus inserts, and an axle are $150 alone.

On top of material cost, the actual manufacturing is where the cost comes from. So your basic dirt jumper still has similar labor cost to a basic mountain bike.

Then you have to take quantities in to account. Bmx cranks are cheap because there are so many made. As soon as you try to get a spindle to fit mtb standards though, prices seem to double. It seems there are not enough DJ's sold to make the longer spindles less costly. I'm sure the same can be said for DJ rear hubs. I'll end my rant, but I agree with you that there should be a bigger market for more basic, entry level dirt jumpers with sub $1,000 msrp.

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Added a comment about product review Kona Shonky Complete Build for Complete Fun 11/24/2020 10:23 AM
tylerb

Are the Manitou Circus Experts still incredibly stiff? My girlfriends DJ has one on it and it barely moves. I just ordered a soft spring for it, but just curious if you are getting much travel out of this fork. I have talked to others who have them as well and they use about 25% of the travel when actually dirt jumping.

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Added reply in a thread Flatlanders - how's that modern bike working for you? 7/2/2020 2:27 PM

To touch on your original bike considerations I can say that I owned a trail pistol and loved the geometry. In my opinion the leverage ratio was best in plush mode (higher initial leverage rate) than in crush. This meant I frequently rode it in the steeper ... more »

Updated photo album DJ #2 7/1/2020 11:10 AM
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Updated photo album Hammerhead (my first road frame) 7/1/2020 11:02 AM
Hammerhead (my first road frame)

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Added reply in a thread Flatlanders - how's that modern bike working for you? 7/1/2020 10:53 AM

I'd be interested in hearing peoples opinion on steeper seat tube angles. I have tried up to 78 deg and liked it, but I'm in Colorado, so straight up, straight down type of trails. Are people with more flat/rolling terrain finding the steep seat angles ... more »

Added reply in a thread 2020 Mountain Bike Team Rumors 1/28/2020 2:01 PM

Richie may have just responded to stir the pot, but I would be interested to see it happen.
Added a comment about press release U.S.-Made REEB Cycles Launches 2020 Line 11/7/2019 6:38 AM
tylerb

If you are questioning the capability of a bike from a small brand go check out their machinist torture testing these things over on instagram. @adam_prosise

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Added reply in a thread Tires and inserts 6/28/2019 3:16 PM

To clarify, I am currently running EXO front and DD rear with Cuscore and have run DH casing no inserts in the past. I haven't tried EXO+ yet, but they are next up. The feeling is somewhat similar, but I do feel like Cushcore has the edge here and has ... more »

Added reply in a thread Tires and inserts 6/28/2019 11:58 AM

Being lighter weight (150lbs) I have found I can get away with a lighter tire as long as I run inserts. I still punch the random hole in the top of the tread once or twice a year, but nothing an automotive patch won't fix. Cushcore front and rear has ... more »

Added reply in a thread Eliot Jackson Getting Nerdy with World Cup Stats 5/30/2018 9:02 AM

To help a little with TRex's speculation. Here are some frame stats that I borrowed from andrextr on youtube. Many of these frames are older models, but this was the quickest table I could find. I can update some of these values later on after I analyze

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Added reply in a thread 2018 Racing Rumors 12/21/2017 11:19 AM

If he is going back to a former team, my guess would be Mondraker. Seems like they would have some funds available if all the Hart/Saracen rumors are true.

Added a comment to DHsteeze's bike check 6/19/2017 3:32 PM
Terraplane DH Team Bike

Is that a plastic block mounted to the seat tube behind the linkage to resist deflection at the top of the rear swingarm?

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Added a comment about photo FOX DHX2 Coil Shock 6/5/2017 2:21 PM
FOX DHX2 Coil Shock

Hopefully this is a sign that there will be a Minion DHR II DH casing available soon in 29".

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