I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride my bike. I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride it where I like.
Spykr pinkbikeaudience's article
Dec 5, 2016 at 12:292 days
2016 Pinkbike Awards - Best Value of the Year Winner
It really depends on what level you're riding at. Your average rider, and most avid or experienced riders will feel little performance difference between low-mid, mid, and high-mid groupset levels, provided they're adjusted well. If you move up 2 steps, yes, the difference is noticable. But going NX->GX or, say SLX -> XT, less so. But here's where stuff matters. Quality durability. Not only do higher end components work better, but (there are exceptions of course, like with ultra-boutique mega-light stupid, but beautiful parts) they tend to retain that quality of working better for longer amounts of time. For me personally, I've ridden bikes with parts all over the map, and when stuff is adjusted well, it all works nicely, but when you own the bike and ride it day after day, the differences really do become apparent, primarily in shifters, which really are the heart of your drivetrain because they control everything. NX is fine, and it works, but if you ride it compared with X1 or X01 there is a distinct feeling of "it doesn't work as well as it could be". So if you're someone who is used to high tier stuff, and you drop down to low-mid tier stuff, the difference is gigantic and all the little quirks become more apparent to you as a rider. But in all honesty, for dependable, workhorse compoments that will do everything you want day in and day out and not complain, mid -> mid-high level is where you want to aim. XT/SLX, X1 or X1/GX. Putting it all back into perspective, all you really "need" to ride your bike is an SS setup, tires, and no suspension. EVERYTHING else is just a bonus.
Spykr mikekazimer's article
Nov 28, 2016 at 19:10Nov 28, 2016
Specialized Demo 8 I Alloy - Review
And axle size debates in 3...2...1... LET'S GET READY TO RUMMMMBLLLLLEEEEEEEE!
Spykr paulaston's article
Nov 10, 2016 at 9:37Nov 10, 2016
Ergon SMD2 Saddle - Review
@chasejj: Like, whole and alive or bite by bite? I mean, whichever your into is cool, dude, but be specific. Don't be afraid, we're here for you.
Spykr Spykr's video
Nov 6, 2016 at 23:02Nov 6, 2016
Shale Trail wasn't technically open for riding at the time of filming! Would have been seriously uncool to the builders to poach before it was ready to go and smash ruts into soft berms, even if some jerks were doing so already! As for Apex...that really sharp rock face behind the gazebo would have seriously shredded my tires! $70 is fine for a full park day, but not for 2 minutes of biking!
Spykr mikekazimer's article
Oct 5, 2016 at 10:01Oct 5, 2016
Race Face Turbine R Wheels - Review
@ellingferd: Or ditch the hopes for White Industris, get freehub bodues made if metal, not cheese, better bearings, a nicer sound, longer reliability, and spend about the same!
Sep 29, 2016 at 20:46Sep 29, 2016
Pretty much brand new Raceface CINCH 30 tooth narrow wide chain ring in anodized black. This was never ridden on, and was taken off a new bike as soon as it arrived in the shop and was replaced with a larger 32 tooth chaining. No wear, no miles, no marks, no problem! Just needs an owner to love it and ride it to little bits! I'm happy to trade for stuff too; I'm looking for 31.8 riser handlebars at least 750mm wide, 50 and 60mm stems, higher quality V-brakes, collections of neat topcaps, and SPD pedals. PM me if you have any questions about shipping or anything! Cheers!
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Sep 29, 2016 at 20:20Sep 29, 2016
Spykr vernonfelton's article
Jul 12, 2016 at 12:41Jul 12, 2016
New Aluminum and Carbon Santa Cruz Models
12-speed: For when you just don't have enough worn out chains in your life.
Jun 14, 2016 at 22:47Jun 14, 2016
History and Deception - Opinion
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Claudio's Course Preview: Red Bull Rampage 2015
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Won't Back Down: The Lost Rob Warner Story
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