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b-mack mikekazimer's article
Mar 28, 2015 at 8:53
Mar 28, 2015
Spotted: Prototype Mongoose Slopestyle Bike - Crankworx Rotorua
Don't let the neg props get you down @keystonebikes, not everyone is a conformist. I've been single speed on all my bikes including the dh for three years now. Works great and super fun. http://www.pinkbike.com/photo/11029270/
b-mack TransitionBikeCompany's article
Mar 20, 2015 at 19:11
Mar 20, 2015
Video: A Good Hardtail is Like a Good Espresso Coffee
I think it works just as well to say "A Good Hardtail is Like a Nice Cuppa Tea"... Comforting, there for you, reliable, and probably all you really need.
b-mack mikelevy's article
Mar 19, 2015 at 8:17
Mar 19, 2015
Opinion: The Machines Have Soul, Don't They?
No doubt that a bike can feel like it has soul and it seems a lot of bikes today are lacking in that area. I've been riding since '93 and what was special about the early days was that basically everything was an experiment. Every bike and component was so unique and often the brainchild of just one or two people who were deep in the sport. So much of what was made was not just a machine for adventure, but a physical representation of the culture and soul of the sport and people who were making it live. We still have that today, but it's in the hands of those small garaginistas (as Jerry Vanderpool likes to say) who are hand crafting cutting edge culture with nothing but a few tools, a torch, and passion. The big company, carbon look-a-like bikes are more a representation of marketing, planned obsolescence, and committee thinking. We can still have bikes with soul, but we just have to look a little harder and maybe spend a little more to find them.
b-mack b-mack's photo
Mar 11, 2015 at 16:30
Mar 11, 2015
I've run a few different ratios over the years for different tracks/places but find my self settling into good 'ol 2:1 almost all of the time...36/18. It offers a good balance of standing start leverage, pedaling out of corners and tech-ability...you pedal out quick on the steeps but that's where you just start working on your corner speed, less braking, and pumping. Sometimes toward the end of the bike park season I'll drop the rear cog to a 16 or 15 when I'm in good shape and am carrying my speed really well, but it's really only good on exceptionally fast tracks (Live wire at Northstar, A-line at Whistler) [Reply]

b-mack mikelevy's article
Mar 6, 2015 at 12:48
Mar 6, 2015
Pinkbike Poll: Do You Do Trail Work?
I will admit that I have never been out to a trail build day for my local trails and I reflected that in my poll response.. There are a ton of reasons: All the build days are on Saturday and that's one day I never have free. I am a stay at home dad with two little girls and one more on the way...I barely get to ride let alone build anything. Lastly, you can't even think of touching a trail around here with a tool if it's not on a designated trail work day unless you want a fat fine and your bike confiscated. Still, with all those reasons I still feel guilty and I hope the situation changes so I can put in my time.
b-mack rideSOK's article
Feb 26, 2015 at 12:12
Feb 26, 2015
Video: How Low Can Bryan Regnier Go?
Why is he pushing his bike? I thought this was Enduro Bro!
b-mack pivotcycles's article
Feb 14, 2015 at 7:40
Feb 14, 2015
Video: A Singletrack Valentine in Queenstown, New Zealand
Ah, I remember what it's like to not have kids..
b-mack WoodwardMTB's article
Feb 8, 2015 at 15:49
Feb 8, 2015
Video: 10 Year Old Jackson Goldstone Jumps Mega Ramp
Thank you @WAKIdesigns, that needed to be said... Father of three.
b-mack b-mack's photo
Feb 7, 2015 at 16:12
Feb 7, 2015
It's made out of straight gauge chromoly. The tubes do not have to be nearly as thick as aluminum or carbon to have the same strength, and single pivots are incredibly common. No, it doesn't bend and has little flex...it's one of the most durable frames ever made.

b-mack WoodwardMTB's article
Feb 4, 2015 at 20:42
Feb 4, 2015
Video: 10 Year Old Jackson Goldstone Jumps Mega Ramp
No need to sell your manhood @bikermaniac101... Just build one up. Most fun you can have on two wheels.. http://www.pinkbike.com/photo/11029270/
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