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Apr 22, 2014 at 7:05
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sandwich mikelevy's article
Apr 21, 2014 at 11:37
3 days
Specialized S-Works Enduro 29 - Reviewed
Sherbet, you know that FSR is a description of a linkage, right? It's not a fully encompassed suspension system, like dw-link. The kinematics on the enduro and honestly all of the 2014 bikes have been reworked from years past. I agree with you, the older specialized bikes did not pedal well. They were solely focused on being supple and independent of braking/pedaling forces. These newer bikes are actually trying to use chain torque to make the bike pedal better, just like DW and others do as well. On that note, these bikes are the real deal, it's not a lie, it's not cheating, it's not something that every reviewer that has ridden one has conspired to cheat you on, it's the truth. You can check out the kinematics and see that it's actually a decent system. You can compare the geometry and see why the bike rides the way that it does. It's true that it's a bit of a mushy pedaler, as the bike is very sensitive to chainring size, and spec chose to equip it with a 32t ring. It would be much more sprightly with a 28 or 30t ring. Spec spent all that effort on the taco blade then XX1 negated it, but the bike climbs exceptionally well with a 22t ring, which puts anti-squat numbers over 100% and makes it climb as well as any bike I've ridden, including hardtails and XC bikes. The forward position of the seat tube, something other manufacturers haven't grasped yet, keeps the front end planted despite the long reach and short stem. Again, not lies, the truth. Slap a 50mm on a bike with a 69* seat angle and you'll loop out every time, but this bike has the equivalent of a 74* seat tube, and it's worlds better for it. And it's not blind faith that I say this with. I also own the $3500 comp version of this bike. I think it's incredible, but it's certainly not without its flaws. It's a bit portly to spend all day on, it's mushy in the big ring, and the fox shock is a bit anemic compared to the rest of the rather incredible spec.
sandwich mikelevy's article
Apr 21, 2014 at 7:11
3 days
Specialized S-Works Enduro 29 - Reviewed
Real journalism? This is mountain biking news. If it's not enduro or Canadians doing skids, then what else is there to write about? Do you have any links to these negative reviews? It won the mtbr enduro shoot out, bike mag gave it rave reviews, nsmb gave it rave reviews, early tests on PB gave it rave reviews, where are these bad ones? There are threads several pages long on mtbr without a single negative review. I don't get it? Finally, there's more to climbing than purely technical performance. Perhaps the enduro has the right blend of decent traction capability with excellent geometry? I think you need to give one a ride before you knock it. It is a supremely capable bike.
sandwich mikelevy's article
Apr 16, 2014 at 6:19
Apr 16, 2014
Sea Otter 2014 Randoms - Part 2
The kinematics of the F22 are really pretty slick. I loved the F44ti that I had for a while.
sandwich mikelevy's article
Apr 11, 2014 at 8:51
Apr 11, 2014
Magura's Four Piston Brake - Sea Otter 2014
I had a pair of DH04s back in the day with four independent pads. There's no way I'd buy anything similar. They howled incessantly, had minimal power, and leaked constantly. Magura will certainly figure out how to fix the leaks and power issues, but four pads means four ways to squeal, four pads to align, and a lot more problems. The wider backing plate unifies the pads to toe-in better, and that thick metal is a great heat sink to pull heat away from the pad material. That's what shimano does with their ice-tech pads, which are well regarded for good reason. Finally, more pad-rotor contact area means more power. Two pistons with a nice long pad face gives a shedload of friction material in contact with the rotor. I just can't see how this is a good idea.
sandwich mikekazimer's article
Apr 1, 2014 at 4:04
Apr 1, 2014
First Look: 2014 Santa Cruz Nomad
Alloy version for us "normies"?
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Mar 17, 2014 at 7:45
Mar 17, 2014
Mar 12, 2014 at 7:40
Mar 12, 2014

Chris King / American Classic 650b wheelset

$350 USD
Chris King 135mm hub with 10mm fun bolts laced to WTB Frequency i23 rim with American Classic 15mm hub laced to a Velocity blunt (non-SL) rim Black hubs, black double butted spokes, black rims. Will throw in Schwalbe hans fampf tires in 2.35 for asking price. I bought these, then got some money, and I'm going back to twennyninahs.

sandwich mikelevy's article
Mar 11, 2014 at 6:10
Mar 11, 2014
Rocky Mountain Altitude 770 MSL Rally Edition - Review
It truly depends on your definition of bob free. If you want a bike that is completely unreactive to chain forces, that's one thing, but if you want a bike that doesn't move up and down when you pedal, then that's something completely different. Horst, VPP, shortlink, and single pivot can be made to be unreactive to chain forces, or utilize them to counter pedal forces and actually make your suspension not move. Norco's horst link arrangement is a good example, but so is DW-link, split pivot, and commencal's single pivots. The magic is in the arrangement and positioning of the pivots, not how many there are.
sandwich mikelevy's article
Mar 10, 2014 at 10:45
Mar 10, 2014
Rocky Mountain Altitude 770 MSL Rally Edition - Review
Yes, the new acronyms are silly, but the second comment is not true. The key to bob-free suspension is not parallel suspension members!
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