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oldschool43 mikelevy's article
Aug 11, 2016 at 12:08
Aug 11, 2016
Oakley EVZero Range Prizm Trail - Review
I remember, in the early 80's, Ma Bell (Bell Industries) was forced to break up it's telephone and telegraph company (yeah, I know, but it was the 80's) because it was deemed a monopoly. They were forced to open doors for competition. A pay phone call went from as little as $.05 for 5 minutes to $.25 for a minute. Airlines. Car companies. They all have a story of running a market and being forced to change because it was unfair. There are likely only 20 actual big companies in the US now. Just look at PepsiCo or Coke cola, all the brands and restaurants they own. Sprint, maybe.. (one of the big phone companies now owns 3 brands) (LOVE this one) Miller SAP. You don't like Miller or Budweiser? Guess what? Same company!! And each one of those owned micro brands and they are all under one roof, for a grand total market share of 85%!!! If you buy a "micro brew" you can find on a shelf at multiple locations, it's likely owned by Miller SAP. I do find it ironic that there are really only 3 carbon fiber bike frame makers (mass produced) in the world. If you and 5 of your friends roll up to the trailhead on 5 different brands, they could have been made by the same person, during the same work week... That being said, I do love my Oakley's... You know, the circa 1998 M Frames I paid $60 for. Many new lens and a few redneck repairs later, I still use them. Numbered days as of late, but come on, gotta get that $60 out of them.. I don't think I could wear the ones reviewed though. Even at $60...
oldschool43 ollyforster's article
Aug 9, 2016 at 21:56
Aug 9, 2016
Hope Tech 11-Speed Cassette - Review
I have 4 sets. Pro 2, Pro 2 EVO, Pro 2 40t and Pro 4 and I'm not sure where you got that info, but I have 750 miles on the Pro 4's and 4000 miles on the 5 season old Pro 2's and have had zero issues. The other 2 models have mileage between those and also zero have issues. I'm sold on Hope. And if I have an issue, I can find parts if need be. But doubt I will anytime soon.
oldschool43 EnduroWorldSeries's article
Aug 5, 2016 at 7:29
Aug 5, 2016
EWS Tech Focus Video: Big Wheels - Winning with 29
I have told some of my friends the same thing. I've ridden for 25 years and raced all the disciplines at one time and got results, wins, never out of the top ten for 5 straight seasons in the gravity stuff. I can ride my 120mm 29er hardtail just as hard as my full suspension 26er. It's actually a bit faster on the down hills then my 26er. In the tight bits, I can blow out a corner and roost it. I even have a rigid 29er that is actually faster then my old light weight 26er CC bike, all around. I do run EXO TR Maxxis (2.5/2.4/2.35/2.2) tires, tubeless on aluminum TRS+ e*thirteen rims and they are actually lighter than my bullet proof 26er wheels. I've had zero issues with the rims over 1000's of miles. My friends, on their 140mm/160mm 26 and 27.5 bikes, are always shocked I can ride their wheel on my hardtail 29er. I've also ridden and jumped the expert lines at Rays on my 29er hardtail. I want an Evil the Following, might be time for a suspended 29er. I don't think I'll ever buy a 27.5...
oldschool43 paulaston's article
Jul 29, 2016 at 7:20
Jul 29, 2016
Pinkbike Poll: Flat or Clipless Pedals, What do you Ride?
Exactly what I think when I see prices of flats. I run the low end Shimano M-530's clipless trail pedals. Have 3 pairs, almost 5 years, over 2000 miles on each set. Zero bearing issues riding in mud, rain and dust. Retail for $65 and I think the most I spent is $35 maybe. Bought 2 pairs of fancy flat pedals with great reviews, $100+ retail and the cheapest was $65 on sale. I have had to rebuild both. Almost zero mud, mostly dust and maybe 750 miles total for both pedals. I feel a bit ripped off. I think Shimano has the best pedals out there, for price and durability. By the way, I have an old set of DX bmx pedals from the 80's that I bought new, in the 80's and if I need to, can still use them. Those have miles on them, maybe 30,000. Seen halfpipes, skateparks, bmx tracks, street riding and hucks down 10 or more stairs. They out lived frames and rims and forks and cranks.. Best $29 I ever spent.
oldschool43 paulaston's article
Jul 29, 2016 at 6:57
Jul 29, 2016
Pinkbike Poll: Flat or Clipless Pedals, What do you Ride?
I'm a clovenoped, I ride both. Street or park, flats. Long rides, downhill or lots of climbing, clipped in. I rode toeclips way way back when. Then moved to clipless. When I raced dual slalom, flats. Downhill, clipless. Just to keep my feet on the pedals. Ray's, flats. But I could ride the place clipped in, just need to set the tension right to avoid accidental releases. 20 years is a long time to get used to clipless and I did have my issues at the start, but after 6 months or so, all good. And I know a few tricks to make them work good. I'd say I'm clipped in 80% of the time, it's not an issue for me though. Still don't get this poll, just ride in what makes you happy.
oldschool43 vernonfelton's article
Jul 21, 2016 at 12:18
Jul 21, 2016
Long Live the Kooks - Opinion
We used kook a lot back in the mid 90's. You know, you're sitting with your little brother on the top of a climb when all of a sudden a group of "old men", like in there late 30's or early 40's, come up the climb. Wearing a neon tank top, running shoes, khaki shorts, a fanny pack (we called them hip sacks) and a Bell helmet from the late 80's. They made it and start hi-fiving each other and you're like,"Look at those kooks!". I at least match these days, mostly black. But I'm in my mid 40's now and the last time I was at Ray's indoor, I jumped (and cleared) the expert jump line on my 29er.... and I was wearing baggy shorts and a loose fit t-shirt... I have a feeling I stuck out like a sore thumb in a world full of skinny jeans, form fitting shirts and 26ers for some reason..
oldschool43 Bryn-Atkinson's article
Jul 20, 2016 at 6:14
Jul 20, 2016
Bryn Atkinson: Don't Tell Anyone, I'm on a 29er... - Video
That's not quite true. I can change direction like that on my 29er hardtail and it has 440mm chainstays, it's geared... Granted, you need to be focused and not get lazy, but it's totally possible. I could have got a 2x or 1x frame with shorter stays, 420mm or so in 135mm or 142mm axle spacing. As far as boost goes with full suspension, you can have short chainstays without it. Evil the Following has 432mm with 142mm and the Wreckoning has boost and 432mm chainstays. I don't know what size he's riding, but Norco chainstay length grows with the size of frame. S-425mm, M-430mm, L-435mm, XL-440mm. So based on size, boost has little consequence in handling in larger sizes, but will add some strength to the wheel structure.
oldschool43 ardor's article
Jun 22, 2016 at 10:47
Jun 22, 2016
GT 2017 Preview - Press Camp 2016
Exactly what I was thinking. I don't get the boost rear that can't accept a plus sized tire. I mean, isn't that what boost was for? Well that and fixing a horribly flexy Sram aluminum wheel.
oldschool43 RichardCunningham's article
Jun 2, 2016 at 7:14
Jun 2, 2016
Opinion: My Favorite Bike
At one time I could claim my favorite, a 1993 Specialized M2. Metal Matrix frame. 1" steer tube. It was my 3rd mtb. Preceded by a 1990 Klein Attitude (square fork) and a 1992 Trek 9000. There was something about that M2. I used it for everything, XC, DS and downhill. Even road training. Packed on 30,000 miles. Stood on podiums Friday, Saturday and Sunday with that one bike. I bought a few other bikes in the late 90's and early 00's, but I always fell back on that M2. I bought a 2001 Santa Cruz Chameleon, the last year of the USA made frames with a 125mm fork and it was fun, but I kept creeping back to that M2 for some reason. From 04 to 09, I got distracted with kids and animals and work and took time off of the bike. When the need to ride came back, I couldn't ride that M2 for the life of me. I rode the SC, but even that couldn't get me comfortable. I'm getting close to that favorite bike again, but I really wonder if I will have another favorite. Maybe it's the "first love" issue, no bike will measure up to it and the first love today will not work because it's not meant to be..
oldschool43 vernonfelton's article
May 27, 2016 at 7:36
May 27, 2016
Pivot Switchblade - First Look
I'm old too, 45. Always ridden qr135. I was out of riding for 7 years or so. Came back to it in early 2012, bought a Cotic BFe (20x140 fork) and a Solaris (15x120 fork) last year. Both are heavily obsolete now. But with my research trying to find a good rim, I found some strong 26er rims (Syncros DS28 ) and 29er rims (e*thirteen TRS+ 23.4 and 28mm inner. 2 sets of wheels) And uh, I've have zero issues. I was at Rays this year, hit the expert jump section on both bikes over and over. I didn't feel any massive flex in the wheels riding the 29er compared to the 26er. Have 6000+ off road miles the last 4 years and have yet to fix a rear hub (all Hope's) or complain of wheel flex..
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