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oldschool43 vernonfelton's article
Jul 21, 2016 at 12:18
2 days
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..
oldschool43 ollyforster's article
Apr 14, 2016 at 8:50
Apr 14, 2016
Shimano Launches New 11-Speed SLX Groupset and XT Goes Di2
So do you think people will go to 2x or 3x? That is what it is designed for. It shifts front and rear at the same time to give you the next step up or down. For a 1x system, there aren't any real benefits and you would add some weight and bigger price for replacements. I don't see it at all for a 1x system.
oldschool43 mikelevy's article
Apr 6, 2016 at 8:32
Apr 6, 2016
Fox's Featherweight 32 Step-Cast Fork - First Look
I was thinking Marzocchi Atom Bomb Z2, with the hollow lowers. Needed a 4" extension to take that fork apart.
oldschool43 vernonfelton's article
Mar 30, 2016 at 6:48
Mar 30, 2016
Banned in the USA: Part 2
Codypup, Well, we pay $100 a year for trail passes to have the poop cleaned up on an almost daily basis. Not sure when it is picked, but it never seems to be an issue. I don't notice it on my bike. It was brought up by bike riders at a meeting. The bikes? They pay zero to use the trails! Do the divits drive me nuts when I ride my bike on the multi-use trail? Yes. Sometimes I can see MY own horses hoof prints. But that's what I have to deal with if I want to ride that trail, it is what it is. Maybe my area of the country, everyone works together and no group is entitled. They have meetings about the trails. Want to try to fix the poop issue? Go to a trail meeting with a group of concerned riders, old, young, men and women, be nice, don't yell or roll your eyes, prepare a speech and have a non-involved party proof read it, be thorough and pleasant (most of these horse heads are grumpy older women and one man) smile, say thank you for your time. I will guess there will be some sort of action, was in our case, hence the $100 trail pass for equestrians. Organize a trail maintence day for multiusers, so you work together. They have to cut tree limbs, buddy up with the leader, just talk, don't blame or acuse. You could even say,"I know a guy that rides mountain bikes and he said he worked with his horses to help them deal with bikes" Offer your time! Work with them! If one grumpy woman thinks, "We should help these guys out and get rid of poop", you not only fixed YOUR problem, but you got them on your side. Want your own trail on the downhills? With them on your side, done. Pissing and moaning about it gets nothing done about it. Pissing and moaning at a meeting or to them when out on the trail gets you on the list of riff raff and will be remembered by those grumpy women every time there is an on trail issue. If bikes become an issue, there never seems to be enough concerned, level headed bikers to try to find a solution. I'm passing on this knowledge on to you because I am on both sides of this. If you do nothing, nothing will be done.
oldschool43 vernonfelton's article
Mar 29, 2016 at 11:26
Mar 29, 2016
Banned in the USA: Part 2
On multi-use trails around us, it's the lack of respect from bike riders to the horses. The original law may just be written in the wrong verbiage and that alone will stand up in any US court of law. Motorcycles, 3 wheelers and Jeeps were the biggest issue back then, that was one of the big reasons the mechanical part was written in. We went out west when I was a kid with motorcycles and Jeeps to open lands in western Colorado. The trails were pretty bad from use, like really bad. They closed in 1984. The horse lobby (includes trail groups, horse breed groups and hunting groups like RMEF) in the US is millions strong, mtb's are hundreds or maybe thousands strong. Horse's don't stand a chance of ever getting banned from trails, erosion or not.
oldschool43 RichardCunningham's article
Mar 25, 2016 at 8:01
Mar 25, 2016
Opinion: The Courage to Create
I agree. I spent some time away from my bikes, from roughly 2004-2009. I was burnt out after 20 years of tricks and racing. Anyway, I bought a new frame and fork and some fresh 9 speed parts, literally 10 speed comes out days later. I tell my wife, she asks,"Is it better?" Honestly, not really, same tooth counts for the cassette, etc etc. I built up a frame early last year, 10 speed, Shimano XT 11spd comes out. Tell my wife, she asks,"Is that much better?" There are actually some advantages. Tell her yesterday, "Someone just came out with 12spd as a standard". She says, "Sounds like it's just a way for companies to make money". She doesn't ride. Here was my first thought... I STILL use the same free hub for 9 speed (actually the same for 8spd too if anyone remembers the spacers that you needed to add to the 8spd cassettes) 10 speed and now 11 spd. Is that innovation? I remember the old 5 and 6 speed road cassettes that used 36 teeth, that was from the early 80's. Took the mtb industry 20 years to offer a 36 cassette. So much has changed in the last 6 years, but it's still the same. Just a tweak here and there. But they don't play well with each other!! So had I bought a nice, $4500 26 inch 160mm complete bike just 3 years ago, it would have been obsolete within months. I get the bigger wheel thing.. If I'd bought a new 27.5 15mm/142mm when they came out, less than 2 years, that would have been obsolete by boost (it's turning up on regular non-midfat bikes now). 3 drastic changes in 4 model years, At some point, "just to make money" has to be brought up. And as far as boost goes, does anyone use e*thirteen rims? Even in 29er form, I think they are every bit as stiff as the $2000 carbons I tried out. Sram wheels for me were noodles. "Let's introduce a new wheel standard because we want to use 24 and 28 hole rims and they aren't that good or light, so if we..." That's my thought at least...
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