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mecabeat TransitionBikeCompany's photo
Nov 25, 2016 at 17:37
Nov 25, 2016
@TimMunson: I did, I went for a ride on my klunk... I mean cruiser. Dang it!

mecabeat TransitionBikeCompany's photo
Nov 25, 2016 at 4:53
Nov 25, 2016
To be fair, that is closer to a 26" bmx bike than a "Marin Klunker." Cruiser class in bmx racing was originally 26" and people were bombing them down gnarly downhill tracks with 20ft step downs, elbow to elbow, and it was happening 10 years before those stoners from Fairfax were coasting down a boring fire road one at a time and calling it a "race." There were even custom suspension bikes and derailleurs happening in bmx until the tracks all went flat and smooth in the 80's. Transition, I know you aligned your brand with "klunking" because it's the popularly accepted origin story of mtb, but really it's the origin of mtb marketing. There were other scenes where the real shit was happening, and I know you guys are all about the real shit. Iv'e had a couple Transitions and I loved them, and I know the kind of shit you guys ride and design your bikes for, and it is not what the "klunkerz" were about, and Marin county itself is proof of that. Exhibit A: Gary Fisher's first mtb Exhibit B: Mert Lawill's first mtb Which one looks more fun to ride? Well, fun wasn't a consideration because Gary Fisher won and Mert Lawill lost. The Lawill Pro Cruiser was designed to be stable at high speed, as well as fun, like a bmx bike on singletrack. Sounds like modern bike design, huh? But, the "klunkerz" were all roadies. They hated the Pro Cruiser because it wasn't a good climber and it allowed them to go faster than they were comfortable with on descents. So the Pro Cruiser got shut down in favor of Fisher's off-ROAD BIKE. I think this was the turning point that set the course for Marin County to be the birthplace of twitchy, timid mountain biking. Think of how far ahead we could be if Lawill and the Koski's dream wasn't crushed by Fairfax pansies. And it was crushed. They did everything they could to give the Pro Cruiser a bad rep. So now Marin County has only 16 percent of it's trails available to bikes because of the perception created by the Gary Fisher mountain bike template. They had to hold rear brake on every descent and looked so dangerous coming down the trail that they made them illegal. Imagine how different things might have been if the Pro Cruiser had won. BIkers in control, head up, having fun but being able to stop or slow for hikers, instead of hunched over roadies, death gripping and going otb into them. The roadies were business savvy, so they won. They turned a goof that they didn't really care about into an industry. I don't doubt they were having fun, I just think we could have all been having a lot more fun a lot earlier if things went differently. Of course Novato is separate from all this. Real shit is, and has always been, going down in Novato, but ya'll know that. Just please call them cruisers, not klunkers. I mean, klunkers didn't have top tube & cross bar pads, so you've already pretty much admitted it.

mecabeat mikelevy's article
Nov 11, 2016 at 17:54
Nov 11, 2016
Pinkbike Poll: Why Do You Trail Build?
Ok, Iv'e got the chaps on. What would you like me to do next?
mecabeat paulaston's article
Nov 11, 2016 at 14:15
Nov 11, 2016
DMR Axe Cranks - Review
@DJDrysdale406: Yea, nobody talks about crank arm twist in mtb. I guess cause it's not really perceptible when mixed in with the frame flex, and lower tire pressure that mtbs have. I had Saint cranks on my race cruiser temporarily till I got a set of Profiles, and the difference was shocking. It felt like instant power transfer and acceleration. The Saints felt mushy in comparison.
mecabeat lisamadleine's photo
Nov 6, 2016 at 9:18
Nov 6, 2016
This photo captures Jeff's style exquisitely. He looks as at home as a kid sliding down the banister in his own house.

mecabeat davidarthur's article
Oct 31, 2016 at 10:08
Oct 31, 2016
Whyte G-160 RS - Review
I think a better way to put it is that if you don't know by looking at the numbers what a bike is going to ride like, you should probably demo before buying. I look at the geometry of this bike and think, "Holy shit, this thing is a freakin trophy truck!" The small is longer than most current medium bikes. If I could afford to have two nice bikes, or if I was serious about racing, I would get one. The amount of local trails I fantasize about riding this on is too low for this to be my one bike. Most of the riding near me is slow up and down technical forest with tight turns. It's still tempting, though when I think about it on those few trails that I've always wanted to push a dh bike up to.
mecabeat mikelevy's article
Oct 18, 2016 at 0:24
Oct 18, 2016
Box One Derailleur and Shifter - First Ride
I've reached my limit, screw you guys.
mecabeat ollyforster's article
Oct 12, 2016 at 18:44
Oct 12, 2016
Deity TMAC Pedals - Review
This review talks about concave as if it only exists in the fore/aft plane. There is also outboard/inboard concave. Some pedals have both, referred to as dual concave. Personally this is important, as I feel I'm constantly fighting a feeling of sliding off of pedals that are not dual concave. I can tell this pedal has no outboard/inboard concave by one of the photos, but writing about concave without specifying the types just displays a lack of knowledge in the product category.
mecabeat wilderness-trail-bikes's article
Oct 5, 2016 at 1:33
Oct 5, 2016
mecabeat davidarthur's article
Sep 28, 2016 at 0:41
Sep 28, 2016
Gore Bike Wear Power Trail 2in1 Shorts+ - Review
@davidarthur: That would have been good to include in the review. If it was just an oversight, I can understand, but it seems a little suspicious to leave that info out in a review with zero negative points. Is this an objective review, or are you trying to stay in good standing with the company?
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