neons97 mikekazimer's article
Mar 24, 2016 at 12:57Mar 24, 2016
First Ride: SRAM's 12-Speed Eagle Drivetrain
The only real news here is the 50T cog. This would be real news if OneUp didn't release the Shark earlier this week. Unfortunately Sram was one-up'd by OneUp. And...the Shark is ready for sale/delivery while the Eagle won't be ready for another 3 months. The fact that there's one more gear (i.e. closer ratios) isn't as significant to the average dirt rider as it would to a roadie.
neons97 markholloway's article
Mar 8, 2016 at 11:39Mar 8, 2016
Toronto International Bicycle Show 2016 - Randoms
The show sucked this year. Worst ever. But I've been going for 15 years straight. It's a chance for me and my riding buddies to get out together and look forward to the start of the riding season. It's just a place to clear old stock. But it used to be good. I used to leave with bags of stuff, but I know no one was really making any money off of that. In the past, the distributors all sold the stuff off to the stores at cut-rate prices just before the show so they could clear out at the show, but any shop in Toronto can only absorb so much stock...and they get left with anything they don't end up selling. Bike manufacturers also used to clear out a lot of stock, but I think with online shopping, the manufacturers/distributors/retialers have kept a lot less stock in Canada than ever before. Meaning less to clear out. There were years where you would walk into 5 shop booths and they all had dozens of the exact same Specialized/Giant/Norco bike in assorted sizes and you could pit one shop against the other for the lowest price. Now it seems that this only happens for road bikes at this show. I did get one killer deal. A pair of Northwave winter Goretex boots in size 44 (common size). $279 down to $50. Also missing were long time retailers of the show...Bike Zone, Pedal Performance (closed down), Impala Cycles, Silent Sports, Sweet Petes, Northern Cycle, Algonquin Outfitters. And some out of town retailers that came into town to clear stuff out.
neons97 pinkbikeaudience's article
Feb 11, 2016 at 9:55Feb 11, 2016
Mail Order Madness - Are Wiggle Buying Chain Reaction Cycles?
I've been buying more from Ribble (for road) and tried Merlin (for MTB) in the past 6-12 months. I find their prices are often cheaper than CRC. Even if it's only by a few bucks. Ribble has the road tires I want for $6 less than CRC. Why wouldn't I buy from them for $6 when shipping/service/etc. are all the same. I'm done with Merlin though. I bought two Schwalbe Racing Ralph tires. The two tires arrived with different SKU's. One tubeless ready, one older, non-tubless ready version. I contacted Merlin and they said "The description doesn't tell you which sku you will be getting. You got two Schwalbe Racing Ralph EVO tires, exactly as the description, so your order was sent to you correctly". They are technically right, but it's inexcusable to send two different SKU's when I ordered one part number (x2 qty) from them. At least have the quality assurance in your processes to ensure customer gets the same SKU, eventhough another customer gets a different two SKU's. Every since that experience, I have refused to buy from Merlin.
neons97 bobjay's photo
Nov 9, 2015 at 20:44Nov 9, 2015
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Mar 16, 2015 at 10:39Mar 16, 2015
neons97 RichardCunningham's article
Jan 10, 2014 at 20:43Jan 10, 2014
Pinkbike Product Picks
The Solarstorm X2 was so impressive that I convinced 2 of my riding buddies. It was so affordable that their wives gave them the okay. :) So for the same $120, I ended up getting two buddies to ride at night with me. At $120, neither would've bought a light and they wouldn't be riding and I'd be alone. Best $40 bucks I've spent on a bike accessory in a very very long time. Got a well built ultra bright light and two night riding buddies for that price!
neons97 RichardCunningham's article
Jan 9, 2014 at 21:21Jan 9, 2014
Pinkbike Product Picks
My solarstorm x2 has two XML-L2, a 4cell battery lasting 3+hours on high and a 3 hour charger. All for $40 usd shipped. Build quality is excellent. Battery probably doesn't give full listed capacity but I easily get my 2 hours on full without low batt indicators coming on. Why spend nearly 3x as much for half the output and 1/4 the battery and no charger?
neons97 JordanCarr's article
Nov 27, 2013 at 18:02Nov 27, 2013
Küat Sherpa Hitch Rack - Review
This is Kuat's light-duty rack. This is not intended for the PB crowd with DH bikes. I ride XC exclusively with a 29er FS bike (M size) and this rack is absolutely amazing. I had a Thule T2 for a while, but this thing blows it away. Lightweight is absolutely a must as I put the rack on and off each time I go riding. I never leave the rack on the car. And I hang it high in my garage wall and at only 5' 8", the light weight makes hanging it high off the ground (to get it out of the way) very easy. I couldn't ever dream of doing this with the Thule T2. I had to keep the T2 low on the wall which ate up precious storage space. This rack does sit closer to the vehicle than the T2, which could be a problem for the ultra-wide bar crowd. But my bars are 685mm and don't come close to touching the car. In fact, I like how compact it looks and feels on the back of my car. The Thule T2 looked like a trailer hanging out back. I use this exclusively on an A4 and the pedals are close to the bumper, but with no worries of contact. However, to access the trunk with the bikes on, I need to be mindful of pedal position. I do agree that this rack's pivoting mechanism does obscure the plate worse than the T2 though. But no run-ins with the law yet. What isn't mentioned is that this is the ONLY rack available in white. Which matches my white car amazingly! This rack isn't only extremely functional and well built, but looks killer.
neons97 Seche's article
Oct 23, 2013 at 19:35Oct 23, 2013
Knotty But Nice
Rode it this Sunday. Awesome work guys. Will be joining the DMBA for 2014 for all the trail maintenance, build and advocacy you do for cycling in the region.