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groghunter mikekazimer's article
Jul 28, 2014 at 7:09
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Transition TR500 - Review
If I'm not mistaken, you get the Operator for significantly less $, with as good or better parts, if cost is a factor.
groghunter mikekazimer's article
Jul 28, 2014 at 7:08
21 hours
Transition TR500 - Review
you're right that BB drop doesn't change, but you should want it to: one of the advantages of going with 650b in the first place is the increased ground clearance letting you drop the BB a little farther between the axles. kinda pointless to get a 650b that doesn't do that. That said, 10mm drop is probably pretty good, & I'm surprised he ran it that way with the 26" wheels: starts getting really easy to bash pedals & BB with that much drop on a 26". I imagine the slacker setting is partially meant as the proper setting for 650b.
groghunter mikekazimer's article
Jul 28, 2014 at 7:03
21 hours
Transition TR500 - Review
Aye, I was going to mention the Intense DH bikes as well: super capable, but unless you need that much bike for your terrain(I don't,) they feel huge & unwieldy. Going to sell my M6, might look for one of these, or one of those new Scott Voltage frames. If you live in the US, & don't ride a bikepark very much, odds are a freeride bike set up with a DH fork is all the bike you need.
groghunter RichardCunningham's article
Jul 25, 2014 at 13:42
Jul 25, 2014
Opinion: A Secret Trail and an Argument Against E-Bikes
It could very easily turn into a fight for our right to ride singletrack in any form. It's also a well known, understated fact: equestrians don't like bikes. Equestrians as a group, are better funded for lobbying than we are. You know what they'll hate more, though? ebikes.
groghunter mtbstrengthcoach's article
Jul 25, 2014 at 13:16
Jul 25, 2014
Flat Pedal Foot Placement For Best Results
The problem is that the 99% in this case are following the groupthink idea that "you have to use clipless, because they're so much more efficient, you're so wrong, blah blah blah." Clipless makes sense on a road bike(where it came from) though: weight penalty of flats would be a too much. Heck, if they work better for you, use them. just stop hassling those of us who ride flats, & stop hassling us if we ride in a midfoot position.
groghunter RichardCunningham's article
Jul 25, 2014 at 12:58
Jul 25, 2014
Opinion: A Secret Trail and an Argument Against E-Bikes
While there's a lot of wilderness, it's all administered by different agencies, just like Europe. These can include: BLM (Buerau of Land Mgmt.) USFS (US Forest Service), NPS(National Park Service) State land trusts, County land trusts, City lands, etc. They all have different levels of access(Bikes are completely forbidden in National Parks, for example) but even then, they can declare certain areas off limits(as example, on my local mountain, one side of the highway leading up it is no bikes: http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/coronado/recarea/?recid=25692 ) Interfacing with all these groups, who have lots of people trying to get their time, is a huge challenge. Something that's not so fun? How long they remember finding secret trails that MTBers make(We're still dealing with the fallout from a trail that was removed 3+ years ago,) & how much they hold it against us.
groghunter RichardCunningham's article
Jul 25, 2014 at 12:41
Jul 25, 2014
Opinion: A Secret Trail and an Argument Against E-Bikes
Hell, I'd settle for equal access: Still lots of places where you can use any non-motorized vehicle EXCEPT a bicycle. That said, since I saw e bikes appear, I've made two predictions: 1: as RC points out, there will be access issues, and we will all get painted with the ebike brush. 2: everybody is going to hate on them right until somebody does something on one you can't do on a normal bike, at which point, a lot of people are going to want them.
groghunter RichardCunningham's article
Jul 25, 2014 at 10:42
Jul 25, 2014
Opinion: A Secret Trail and an Argument Against E-Bikes
So I only don't have respect for secret trails? Or is painting people with the "you got here later than me, therefore are less worthy" brush perhaps elitist bullshit?
groghunter RichardCunningham's article
Jul 25, 2014 at 10:11
Jul 25, 2014
Opinion: A Secret Trail and an Argument Against E-Bikes
Yea... So trail work advocacy groups don't exist? cause I'm pretty sure that you're not going to consider those gen 1 or 2 users of a trail. I do trail work every month. I lead trail work THIS month. I would be a gen 3 user of any of these trails, they're all publicly recognized trails, some have existed for decades. I kinda resent being labeled as having no respect for trails, when I spend a significant amount of my time volunteering to keep a positive relationship with land managers, & to keep trails safe & sustainable.
groghunter mikekazimer's article
Jul 25, 2014 at 9:03
Jul 25, 2014
Spotted: Jared Graves' Yeti SB6c Prototype
The only issue I've had with my Fox since I got it was that it needed a little air added after 8 months(It wasn't returning all the way to the top reliably) and I didn't even check the pressure before I installed it.
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