groghunter

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groghunter vernonfelton's article
Jun 24, 2016 at 10:57
2 days
Now THAT Was a Bike: 1996 Klein Mantra Pro
My first experience with MTB was Klein. Before I'd ever heard of Trek, before I knew who specialized was, my 6th grade teacher, in my podunk ass town, had moved in from "someplace else", & apparently that someplace had discovered MTB(I know you younger people can't conceive of a place being so out of the loop that we didn't even know what MTB was in the early 90s, but there was a time before the internet.) & he rode his chameleon green/purple Klein hardtail to work every day. it sat next to his desk, & it blew my mind. This was probably one of the first things I'd ever seen in my life that was truly expensive, something that had no compromises whatsoever. & then he brought in those videos Klein used to send out to promote new bikes, my god, the idea that someone would send out a VHS to anyone who owned your product, & the way they made these bikes look, it was amazing. & I've spent the last 22-23 years being obsessed with bikes since. Thanks Mr. Reed, for the equivalent of a coke habit. I really miss Klein though. I'd love to have an old school hardtail(with matching rigid fork, of course) hanging on my wall, & I really miss when they'd get really nuts, like glow in the dark bones on Tinker's 24 hr racing signature frame.
groghunter mikekazimer's article
Jun 24, 2016 at 8:47
2 days
New Venue, Format Changes For Red Bull Rampage 2016
@YoKev: There's another aspect to this, too: not throwing the event runners under the bus. I've had insurance companies send me forms asking if I got hurt at some sort of event or place of business, & whether I filled claims with the event's insurance. Which, unless they have excellent insurance, means somebody's going to try to bill the promoter directly. This is especially true if you're signing a waiver: remember kiddies, waivers help you win liability lawsuits, they don't keep you out of court in the first place. & a lot of events are run on such a shoestring budget they can't afford that court case, even if they'll win it. Be a bro, tell your insurance you were just riding in the woods, not at an event, & only if they ask. (obviously, if you get hurt so bad that they take you straight from the event, you're screwed, but otherwise, be cool.)
groghunter ardor's article
Jun 24, 2016 at 8:28
2 days
First Look: Ellsworth Rogue Sixty - Press Camp 2016
@powderturns: yup, they should have pointed this out a little clearer in the article, IMO, that Ellsworth is finally adopting a suspension design based on modern methodology.
groghunter ardor's article
Jun 24, 2016 at 8:26
2 days
First Look: Ellsworth Rogue Sixty - Press Camp 2016
you can kinda see that they weren't willing to completely give it up, though, that linkage is still pretty big
groghunter ardor's article
Jun 24, 2016 at 8:25
2 days
First Look: Ellsworth Rogue Sixty - Press Camp 2016
Kona didn't move on from linkage based single pivot, but the market caught up with them. Single pivots work a lot better with single chainrings, so they got a bit of a freebie out that.
groghunter mikekazimer's article
Jun 24, 2016 at 8:11
2 days
e*thirteen TRS+ Cassette - Review
@JKSR: So would you agree that if you weren't racing, you wouldn't really be upset if you spun out on those sections? Are you thinking about the 30t because you think you think you need a taller climbing gear than 32x44? Having a 32x42 for myself, I can't really imagine a taller gear than what I have being useful, though my big bike is definitely more DH than trail (Devinci Spartan.)
groghunter raceface's article
Jun 23, 2016 at 15:14
3 days
Race Face Turbine R Wheelset and Vault Hub
@SCLuke: Yes, but that still means it probably has an extra ball or two, which will make a difference for durability(depending on complement, of course.)
groghunter raceface's article
Jun 23, 2016 at 13:35
Jun 23, 2016
Race Face Turbine R Wheelset and Vault Hub
@SCLuke: nope, the I-9 is still bigger, it's just not the giant bearing it used to be. a 61903 is 2 mm bigger diameter than a 6902.
groghunter ollyforster's article
Jun 23, 2016 at 10:41
Jun 23, 2016
groghunter mikekazimer's article
Jun 23, 2016 at 10:19
Jun 23, 2016
e*thirteen TRS+ Cassette - Review
most bikes in the last few years were designed around 32t, actually, due to it being the most common size to pair with a wide range cassette.
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