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bassnotesteve mikekazimer's article
Apr 2, 2014 at 11:42
Apr 2, 2014
First Look: 2014 Santa Cruz Nomad
I still think it's too close to the bronson. 15 mm of travel and slightly different geometry isn't enough for a whole different bike. You could make modifications to a either a bronson or a nomad to get your "fit". Stock setup is rarely right for anyone. You'll end up swapping stems, bars, etc. so with that in mind it seems to me that Bronson and Nomad together are overkill.
bassnotesteve mattwragg's article
Feb 26, 2014 at 11:21
Feb 26, 2014
THAT Was a Bike: 1991 GT Xizang LE
I had one of these for about 6 years when I was XC racing. When I stopped racing and just started riding for fun I decided to sell it, and after six years it looked like new and I got $800 for the frame. Coolest thing about this bike is the polished titanium. There were a lot of titanium bikes around Colorado at that time (mid 90s--mostly Litespeed, but Moots as well) but none of them looked like the Xizang. Definitely the coolest bike on the trail. Only problem was tons of lateral flex on the rear triangle when braking, so you needed a brake arch. Wouldn't matter now with disc brakes
bassnotesteve mikelevy's article
Dec 30, 2013 at 9:03
Dec 30, 2013
Cannondale Trigger 29 Carbon 1- Review
I would be looking forward to these bike reviews a whole lot more if PB was going to rank the bikes at some point, or at least give a star-rating like some other review magazines do. Of course every bike is different--for different riders, different disciplines, blah, blah, blah--but when the conclusion of the review is something like: "if you're a hard-charging AM rider who may enter an enduro race or two, this bike could be for you...." That is totally unhelpful for 95% of people looking to buy a bike. PB: please do some kind of rating system, or a "editor's choice" or "PB writers' choice" type of thing. You're in the middle of reviewing 20 or so bikes, so please come to some conclusions other than "every bike is different". For the record, I appreciate the work you do and know that I am reading it for free...
bassnotesteve RichardCunningham's article
Dec 16, 2013 at 11:25
Dec 16, 2013
GT Force Carbon Pro - Reviewed
Look at the PB comments about the Fury. Even after it had just won 4 world cup downhills (if you count Gee and Rachel), and the PB reviewers said it was on the shortlist of best downhill bike they had ever ridden, it was trashed in the comments section. This site always bashes GT. I really don't care that much, but just wanted to point it out. Yeah, I guess GT sold at "lousy bike shops", but usually that just made them cheaper. Fine by me.
bassnotesteve RichardCunningham's article
Dec 16, 2013 at 11:01
Dec 16, 2013
GT Force Carbon Pro - Reviewed
I agree with sino428, and I noticed a similar thing when PB first reviewed the new Fury. People on this site just hate GT. I own a force. It is a great bike for some things, not so great for others. The review actually nails it, I think, in that the bike feels like a boat at slow speeds and it's pretty heavy. I've looked stupid on quite a few slow, technical sections that I could clean fairly easily on my previous bike. But the i-drive is also amazing at pedaling through rough stuff and at descending fast in general. So like any other bike, it has advantages and disadvantages.
bassnotesteve RichardCunningham's article
Dec 16, 2013 at 10:56
Dec 16, 2013
GT Force Carbon Pro - Reviewed
You're basically right, but the movement is very slight and it doesn't matter when you're descending. The isolated drivetrain basically eliminates chain growth when climbing, which is where it really matters. You may get a slight rearward movement of the pedals when the suspension is compressed while descending, but it is hardly noticeable and worth the trade-off (nice wheel path arc). I own a force and can say that it is not a problem. Not that I love everything about the force. Love the i-drive but it is heavy and, as the review says, it doesn't maneuver well at slow speeds.
bassnotesteve mikelevy's article
Oct 17, 2013 at 21:15
Oct 17, 2013
Pinkbike Poll - Have You Had a Near Death Experience on Your Bike?
Man, I must not be as hardcore as I thought I was, because a near death experience is pretty crazy. Had some bad crashes that made me chill out for a while and finally buy some body protection, but near death is some serious shit. But I make sure to crash hard every couple of years just so I feel like I'm getting my money's worth from my health insurance...
bassnotesteve SirLyle's article
Oct 17, 2013 at 14:20
Oct 17, 2013
Kyle Strait Here, Rampage Champ - Ask Me Anything!
Do you ever ride with the Athertons, like at the quarry that Dan built? Or do GT riders not necessarily see much of each other?
bassnotesteve BigTimber's article
Oct 12, 2013 at 7:35
Oct 12, 2013
2013 Red Bull Rampage: 36 BIKES
The GT is the best
bassnotesteve geebeebee's article
Aug 25, 2013 at 17:19
Aug 25, 2013
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