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ChampionP ENVE's article
Apr 10, 2014 at 2:39
Apr 10, 2014
Video: ENVE M-Series
Bummer, Someguy101! Did you know the second it happened was there a loud pop or anything? were you running very low pressure? I am always riding a fine line between low pressure tubeless and having enough PSI to prevent pinch flats or cracking the bead of the rim. I'd like to try running below 20psi on certain trails, but I'm too worried to run less than 21 psi. I really like the design of the derby/isis rims bead profile because of the extra protection.
ChampionP ENVE's article
Apr 9, 2014 at 8:29
Apr 9, 2014
Video: ENVE M-Series
The four sizes are actually just different rim widths. The smallest is the same as previous years' XC, the next size is the same as the AM, the next size is a new width for aggressive trail/park/jumping and the largest number is the new DH racing width. I think the narrow DH rims are being phased out. The whole 70/30, 80/20, downhill/uphill ratio nomenclature is just a marketing name instead of inner rim width, which I believe would make more sense, because that's what's been changed on the two widest, beside the decals of course.
ChampionP ENVE's article
Apr 9, 2014 at 8:12
Apr 9, 2014
Video: ENVE M-Series
@Mentalhead: Since I bought the enduro I've upgraded to XO cranks, Lyrik RC2L fork, Spec Blacklite dropper, Enve bars and stem, and hans dampf tires. I upgraded over a long period of time. dropper post was first, which has been great. Then the XO cranks which gave the bike nice snappy acceleration. I got the Lyrik RC2L as a warranty replacement for the solo air that was OEM, which also has greatly improved damping and tuning options, giving the bike much more control especially at high speed. Next I bought used crank bros carbon bars that were much lighter and a little bit wider(720) than the OEM (680) which gave a more damped, smoother ride. All of these parts made noticeable improvements, but the wheels definitely made the biggest difference both for making hill climbs a LOT easier, wider profile which helped support the tires at lower pressure (@20-26 psi depending on conditions) and being able to blaze downhill without worrying about bending a rear rim. When I got the Enve RSR bar at 740mm the difference wasn't very much, but after adding the Enve stem, they work better together than separately, offering a quiet ride, stiffer and softer at the same timecard to explain. The point I was trying to make was that Enve wheels are almost worth the money. I didn't have to pay full price for all my Enve components. I agree they are too expensive, but if you can afford them they are more than just hype, they make your bike ride better. And FWIW: an upgraded wheel set can make a 30lb 26" bike climb equal to a 27lb 29" Tallboy Ltc. Your forks would have to be total crap (like going from 32mm stanchions, rebound only and qr axle to 36mm stanchions and 20mm axle with good compression and rebound adjustments) to make as big a difference as a great wheel set.
ChampionP ENVE's article
Apr 9, 2014 at 1:15
Apr 9, 2014
Video: ENVE M-Series
Yes, they are TOO expensive, Yes you have to remove the tire and rim tape to true them or replace a spoke etc (not that I've had to yet). But I've never had as dramatic improvement in performance from any bike part, ever. I put a set of their 26am on my 2010 Spec. Enduro Comp last year. It immediately became as good or better climber than the several carbon framed FS 29ers I've gotten to take on multiple day test rides/demos. I am a lifelong rider who is 41 years old, they really do make any mtb into an entirely new beast. My Enve wheel set is so nice I don't even care about 26,27.5, or 29 debate, cause my bike just feels so awesome I'm not worried about what my next bike will be. Just keep checking for a used set in classifieds, etc. I've seen them as low as $1200 for 29"am wheel set. or you can always get into the new Ibis wheels for a lot less, which is what I'll likely end up doing on my next new bike. I have a personal beef with Enve as a company, So I probably won't buy anything from them again, but they do make some damn good wheels.
ChampionP mikekazimer's article
Mar 21, 2014 at 17:39
Mar 21, 2014
Pinkbike Poll: How long does your ideal mountain bike ride last?
I always tell my wife or kids where I'm going riding, how long it should take and when to start checking up on me. I always text when back to the car safely. If you do get stuck out there with no service, at least search and rescue knows specifically where to look for you. This system has worked good for me and my family, and by checking in after the ride, I keep my family from needless worry.
ChampionP mikelevy's article
Mar 17, 2014 at 0:04
Mar 17, 2014
First Look: Spank and DT Swiss Working on Magnetic Drive Hubs
I have a Schwinn homegrown that is specced with a shimano LX silent clutch. People with loud hubs are missing out on the experience of floating on a fast trail with the only noise coming from the wind in your ears. I used to love the loudest hub I could get before that changed my hub noise preference. I say bring it on! Quiet hubs will be welcome on my next bike.
ChampionP EnduroCup's article
Mar 9, 2014 at 4:19
Mar 9, 2014
Three Spots For The Enduro Cup Series (USA)
It's not that I'm into "the chat room", I'm just not that excited about racing anymore. If you're having fun racing, by all means go for it and give it every thing you've got. I grew up racing bmx and a little mtb in the nineties, so I can relate to the appeal. After entering an Enduro race because it was hyped as being "the most like real mountain biking" as well as being invited by a good friend, all I could think was, "Why is everyone in such a damn hurry?"
ChampionP EnduroCup's article
Mar 8, 2014 at 12:11
Mar 8, 2014
Three Spots For The Enduro Cup Series (USA)
Wow!, that sounds exactly like last year! breaking news?
ChampionP mattwragg's article
Mar 6, 2014 at 6:23
Mar 6, 2014
Opinion: Why the Mountain Bike Industry Isn't Going To Listen To You
I'm not of the frame of mind, "How much can I sell this bike for in a couple years?" More like,"How much riding can I get out of this bike in the next couple years?" I keep em hanging around and tuned up in good running shape for friends who are going on their first ride, or just for a group of friends to cruise around the neighborhood rails to trails network. Honestly, I was running out of room for bikes till them damn kids started moving out. Now I have two more rooms and the full basement to expand the collection.
ChampionP mattwragg's article
Mar 6, 2014 at 1:26
Mar 6, 2014
Opinion: Why the Mountain Bike Industry Isn't Going To Listen To You
I work in the bike industry, and I get paid well enough. I'm not rich, I'm a middle class 41 year old U.S. dad. Maybe if you work at a bike shop you don't get paid much (I did it through most of the nineties before going to school to learn how to make better bikes after being amazed at the simplicity and genius of the Ahead-set). And I'm no college degreed office jockey either, I work my ass off in the machine shop. But I can pay my mortgage, feed my kids, and could buy a new high end carbon framed bike every season if I want, but I don't, cause no one can make me. And no one can make any of you. Next season I probably will, though. I'm still riding my 26" 160mm aluminum trailbike since 2010. I still enjoy riding it once or twice a week and the occasional long weekend vacation. The "industry" and "MTB Media" didn't force me to buy a new wheelsize. In fact, I just got a new set of 26" wheels for that bike this year. and there's 26" bikes available from specialized, santa cruz, etc. It's getting real old reading pinkbike members imagine that some unseen force is going to make them buy a new bike that they don't want. Later in 2014 I'm going to buy a Santa Cruz Tallboy LTc with 140mm Pikes X0 2x10 shifters and drivetrain, Avid brakes, and Enve AM rims on DT hubs and keep the same crank bros acid pedals I've had since 2008 CAUSE I WANT TO! Not cause a website, corporation, bike manufacturer or a bunch of online strangers think I should.
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