wallheater KamilT's article
Sep 25, 2016 at 11:563 days
'Look at me! I just cut down a small tree with a big knife! I'm so awesome!' Gotta love all the latest enduro colours too....... Shame, I was hoping that this would have more depth than just rich white people doing manuals and jumps in front of some of the financially poorest people around.
Sep 20, 2016 at 20:01Sep 20, 2016
ProShift's Automatic Electronic Shift Assist - Interbike 2016
I'm looking forward to the day when my bike will just take itself for a ride and I can stay at home and drink beer.
Sep 19, 2016 at 20:10Sep 19, 2016
Alchemy's Less Expensive Arktos - Interbike 2016
"Arktos Custom is a bit like having your own Serval house cat while your friend has a tabby that he found in the classifieds for free." Free pussy FTW! #adoptdontshop
Sep 19, 2016 at 8:56Sep 19, 2016
Ibis Ripley vs Ibis Ripley LS
Interesting article and I've been thinking along the same lines recently. I've owned and ridden loads of bikes over the years, but my current second bike is a laughably out of date 1998 Santa Cruz Super 8 with first generation Monster T fork. I do have it set up fairly 'modern' with 1x10 and short stem / wide bar but the thing doesn't even have a rear disc brake. By all accounts it should absolutely suck. But.....I really like it! Sure, the seat tube angle could be a bit steeper and / or lengthen the top tube a bit but the general handling of the bike on the North Shore at least is great. It's easy to load either wheel depending on the scenario, easy to pop the front wheel up / over stuff, stable yet accurate on slow techy terrain and I'm not smashing my chainring on every rock on the trail.Only the weight of the bike (LOL etc...) really lets it down. In contrast, I borrowed a modern 'enduro' bike recently and was really looking forward to taking it for a rip but it was a seriously disappointing experience. The bike was just too long, steering vague, pedal / chainring smashes everywhere. I can imagine the experience being akin to driving an Escalade along the Sea To Sky compared to my 1990's Civic. Sure, the douche canoe will be faster in a straight line but the Civic is way more fun and precise.
wallheater mikekazimer's article
Sep 15, 2016 at 6:39Sep 15, 2016
Tradeshow Trendspotting - Opinion
While DH racing remains a million times more entertaining to watch than Enduro, I don't see DH bikes going anywhere. Where's Santa Cruz's famous Enduro team? Do they even have anyone racing Enduro? I've no idea.... Sure DH bikes sales remain low and I don't see that changing any time soon but the sport 'needs' something exciting to make it marketable. Rampage, Slopestyle, DH etc get people excited about cycling even if they ultimately buy a more suitable bike for their needs. I don't think anyone has ever got pumped on bumbags, goggles with XC lids and water bottles ;)
wallheater vernonfelton's article
Sep 3, 2016 at 23:09Sep 3, 2016
Nino Schurter's Scott Spark 900 Bike Check - Vallnord XC World Cup 2016
"As for the blacked-out tires...well, that's anyone's guess." - Are they Tioga Farmer Johns?
Sep 1, 2016 at 6:34Sep 1, 2016
MRP's New Ribbon Fork and Ramp Control Cartridge - Eurobike 2016
Probably pretty easy unless you like to ride backwards.
wallheater WAKIdesigns's article
Aug 30, 2016 at 6:55Aug 30, 2016
WAKi-bikes of the Future: Y-ME Schmetterling
I knew I'd seen that first suspension design somewhere before......it's from a GT RTS circa 1993!
Aug 25, 2016 at 7:05Aug 25, 2016
Rocky Mountain's 2017 Slayer - First Ride
@dualsuspensiondave: I don't think Double Wides and 3" Gazzas really count.
wallheater RichardCunningham's article
Aug 21, 2016 at 22:28Aug 21, 2016
Hope's HB.211 Enduro Racer Nears Production - Whistler Crankworx 2016
@grgsmith: Yeah Doug Bradbury / Manitou had 145mm dishless rear wheels circa 1989, and still people are fecking about with different hub spacing and making tiny changes. The whole thing is laughable... https://i.ytimg.com/vi/8Qigr3ZheKM/maxresdefault.jpg