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PLC07 vernonfelton's article
Sep 26, 2016 at 8:01
Sep 26, 2016
Kona Hei Hei DL 29 - Review
@WAKIdesigns: Pretty much. Nitpicking aside though, I thought Felton did a great job at explaining how the bike differs from other offerings for a designated category in the climbing/descending parts and this is exactly what I'm looking for in a review. Most bikes within a certain travel range will feel relatively similar, its about finding the one who will suit you the most so identifying the small quirks of a bike is probably the most valuable information we can get from this.
PLC07 vernonfelton's article
Sep 26, 2016 at 6:11
Sep 26, 2016
Kona Hei Hei DL 29 - Review
@WAKIdesigns: Meh, I beg to differ. Threw a leg over a 2007 stumpjumper a few times last year which had a higher end spec at the time. I immediatly noticed how outdated the geo was but I can't say I found the components varied dramatically over time. XTR shifted flawlessly, juicys did the job, fox suspension worked just fine and at ~26lbs it was a respectable weight for a 9 years old bike... which sold for about 2500$ at the time, maybe 3k if you consider the upgrades. Are things better now? Of course. Is it by a big margin and are they worth the ~3k-4k premium? I have my doubts on that one.
PLC07 vernonfelton's article
Sep 26, 2016 at 4:32
Sep 26, 2016
Kona Hei Hei DL 29 - Review
When I saw the "wolf in sheep's clothing" I told myself "here we go again". There's a few "more capable than it seems like" lines but the assessment of the bike seems to be pretty well balanced overall without falling into the clich├ęs too heavily. Good review. I've been liking felton's contributions to the website so far. To be fair with them though, unless you're reviewing a special unicorn, all the bikes in a specific category are probably very similar aside tiny tweaks here and there so you're bound to run out of things to say over the long run, especially after reviewing 100+ of them. It is also worth noting that manufacturers don't seem to send them many (any?) purebred XC rockets so all the trail bikes they get are biased toward the "pedals good, descend even better" side of things, which makes their reviews look even more homogeneous.
PLC07 RichardCunningham's article
Sep 25, 2016 at 2:08
Sep 25, 2016
SRAM Talks Tech: Inside the RockShox Reverb - Interbike 2016
This is kind of funny to me because my 2012 reverb is one of the very few sram products I owned that never crapped on me. I just wish it would come back up faster (it's fully opened) but I can live with that.
PLC07 vernonfelton's article
Sep 22, 2016 at 18:31
Sep 22, 2016
Hey, Where Did Everybody Go? - Interbike 2016
@gdnorm: Money is not an issue, I just don't feel I'm currently getting my money's worth when I spend it on the biking industry. I work 50 hours a week and go to school 25h so not much time to bike, which is the whole point... despite not being able to go all that often, it seems like right now, I don't really care anymore.
PLC07 vernonfelton's article
Sep 22, 2016 at 7:50
Sep 22, 2016
Hey, Where Did Everybody Go? - Interbike 2016
I've been biking for ~8 years and it was all I could think about until mid season this year. It seems like out of the blue, something inside me broke, the MTB fire has pretty much died out. I don't know where the feeling originally came from but the prohibitively expensive and often unreliable parts, the dumbing down of trails, the endless new standards, the planned obsolescence, the marketing being hammered through your head, the snobby shops, rude riders... I guess all of it has taken its toll. This is not the mountain biking I fell in love with and it seems like the sport is in for some harsh times. That's coming from someone who loved bikes so much I could hardly ever find someone else as stoked about them as I was so I could share my passion with them. By reading the comments online, it seems like I am not alone. Of all the hobbies I ever participated in, I can't recall any of them where people had such a bad opinion of the industry. A side of me is hoping it is just life being rough these days and the fun I used to have riding bikes will come back soon enough... but on the other hand, the siren's call of non-gear centric sports is becoming deafening.
PLC07 RichardCunningham's article
Sep 21, 2016 at 13:26
Sep 21, 2016
Pinion's Affordable Gearbox Nears Production - Interbike 2016
@chappers998: Even if the bike is at a 1000$ premium I think I'd still come out ahead considering the number of derailleurs/hangers/chains/whatever I've went through.
Sep 5, 2016 at 18:16
Sep 5, 2016
PLC07 WAKIdesigns's article
Sep 4, 2016 at 22:46
Sep 4, 2016
Supermassive ShtHole...
I feel the bike world is quite "toxic" and when you mix it with social media that can also be quite toxic, you gotta be careful to not be swallowed into the supermassive shithole. Not sure if it is the work+school combo that is burning me out, or the bike world that tends to be a mega downer, or if I'm just due for some good ol'change but I've been burnt out on biking lately, even if like 2 months ago I couldn't get enough. I guess it is all little bit of "all of the above". Keep your head up and prioritize.
PLC07 RichardCunningham's article
Aug 31, 2016 at 4:34
Aug 31, 2016
Huck Norris Anti-Pinch-Flat Insert
Had it happen on 3 different tires. Single ply tires really don't like being ridden on rocky terrain fast, unless you go for the heaviest ones.
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