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PLC07 vernonfelton's article
Jun 22, 2016 at 11:23
Jun 22, 2016
What's the Story? - Opinion
@WAKIdesigns: When I can't climb a section, I prefere doing the walk of shame. The walk of shame is the best motivator for never doing the walk of shame again. Come back later, practice and conquer. It is always a nice feeling to ride a trail a few years down the line and remember that you once used to struggle on that section. At the risk of sounding elitist, I can't help but to find it is extremely sad that people will skip on bagel and french fries, spend so much time in a gym, buy a road bike, a 650b/29er and then build a bypass to avoid learning how to climb over two roots and a rock. Don't you have any pride? Do you even mountain bike?
PLC07 vernonfelton's article
Jun 22, 2016 at 10:39
Jun 22, 2016
What's the Story? - Opinion
I'm usually not one to care about what other people do with their lives but I noticed the trails are changing around here. They're either getting wider or there is an improvised bypass to every single even slightly technical section around here. Now I'm not going to blame it all on strava but it is most certainly a part of the problem. It is as if going gluten free and doing a lot of crossfit doesn't make people better riders.
PLC07 vernonfelton's article
Jun 22, 2016 at 10:21
Jun 22, 2016
What's the Story? - Opinion
Mine are crazy strong too. They went through hell and every time I opened them for maintenance they were like new inside. Good stuff. That pedal must have went through serious mileage.
PLC07 RydersEyewear's article
Jun 17, 2016 at 4:27
Jun 17, 2016
Vanderham Launches New Ryders Goggle - Video
Oakley only does MX specific googles and my experience with those is that they fog on slower tracks or hot humid days. Can't remember having a Ryder shore goggle fog.
PLC07 paulaston's article
Jun 15, 2016 at 12:52
Jun 15, 2016
Check Out - June
Yeah I read about a lot of people being disappointed with the trail/mountain king options for various reason. It is a shame because the Der Kaiser 2.5 is pretty much my favorite front tire ever so I was looking to get the single ply option. My LBS said they weren't available anywhere and they disappeared from the website after a few months of being announced so I had to go with something else.
PLC07 paulaston's article
Jun 15, 2016 at 4:44
Jun 15, 2016
Check Out - June
What happened to the single ply der kaiser version? It was supposedly available for like a year (impossible to find though) then it disappeared.
PLC07 mikelevy's article
Jun 13, 2016 at 14:52
Jun 13, 2016
Devinci Troy Carbon RR - Review
It is true they might sound cliché but after reviewing so many bikes, they probably all feel... like a bike in the end. I was doing music show reviews in the early 2000s and unless you're doing those to showcase your writing skills or it was one of the very few show who blew your mind, they all come down to the same. Yeah the band played, yeah people were into it, yeah it was fun. This was the tracklist and I'm disappointed they didn't play X song.
PLC07 mikelevy's article
Jun 13, 2016 at 14:43
Jun 13, 2016
Devinci Troy Carbon RR - Review
@PanchoPaloma: Yeah, after a few years on the dixon, I think I got the air pressure dialed by now and bottoming out is a very rare occurrence while you get to keep decent small bump sensitivity. Rear end travel never felt like a limiting factor. I'm nowhere near being a suspension expert but after trying other platforms I find split pivot feels really great.
PLC07 mikelevy's article
Jun 13, 2016 at 3:12
Jun 13, 2016
Devinci Troy Carbon RR - Review
I had the same idea in mind. I went with their dixon a few years ago. 145mm rear and switched the 150 fork for a 160. It is too big for the locals trails but I can still ride them. Knowing you'll be able to ride everything no matter where you go does make up for being overbiked at home though. I don't think any bike setup will ever be perfect if you ride a wide range of trails.
PLC07 mikelevy's article
Jun 13, 2016 at 2:27
Jun 13, 2016
Devinci Troy Carbon RR - Review
I've been forced into thinking a lot about components lately. My DH bike died and I didn't want to replace it, so I used my trail/enduro bike to do everything, including nasty DH. The truth is that your average trail graded component will NOT withstand DH abuse. Flimsy wheels and 600-700g tires will get torn apart within a few laps and entry level suspension/drivetrain will suffer immensely and are just not up to the task. Trail is more on the lighter side of things, which means if you want a cheap bike, you're not going to get durability and if you want durability you'll either have to take a big weight penalty OR put top shelf components. Now a 32lbs 165mm bike might not seem like a big deal to you but if they build a 32lbs 140mm it is pure suicide nowadays and it will set the comment section ablaze. So the moral of the story is if you want a cheap bike that handles everything, you will have to consider getting an entry level enduro that weights a ton because if you want a trail bike that will withstand abuse, you'll have to shell out the $$$ to make it last if you're going to bring it to its limit. The way I see it, "true" do it all bikes are not a thing yet. You'll suffer on the XC trail with an enduro and you can't really push a trail bike on DH tracks. You can get closer but it is going to cost you a lot.
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