Pinkbike Product Picks

Mar 30, 2012
by Richard Cunningham  
Giant Contact Switch Dropper Seatpost

Pinkbike introduced Giant’s house-brand Contact Switch dropper post back in June 2011.The internals of Giant’s dropper differ from the norm because Giant uses a separate gas-charged cartridge to operate the post, which frees up the post’s telescopic tubes to support the rider’s weight. The Contact Switch uses triangular track, like precision machining tools do, to prevent rotational play at the saddle. The cartridge is not serviceable, so its return force and hydraulic rebound damping are preset at the factory. The one-bolt, radial-type seat rail clamp is graduated in degrees, so one can precisely reset the saddle angle after a fore/aft adjustment or seat switch. The post’s actuation mech is hidden inside the clamp forging, which looks svelte, but requires some fussing to initially set up the cable. Contact Switch’s clean-looking remote lever takes up about 10-millimeters of handlebar real estate, which enables users to place the remote either inboard or outboard of the brake levers. The Control Switch is cable actuated and an external in-line barrel adjuster near the remote facilitates on-the-fly tuning if required. Giant’s Contact Switch only comes in a 30.9 millimeter diameter, and is a full 400-millimeters long with a 100-millimeter stroke. Weight is close to 540 grams depending upon cable and housing lengths. Expect to pay around $250 USD. Giant USA

Giant Control Switch Dropper Seatpost
(Clockwise) Giant's Control Switch hydraulic dropper seatpost uses a self-contained cartridge inside the post to actuate the mechanism. The radial saddle clamp can slip in extreme conditions. Clean looking cable routing operates the mech inside of the seatpost head. The narrow remote lever can be placed almost anywhere on the control deck without cramping shifting and braking actions.

Pinkbike's Take:
bigquotesPinkbike mentioned in our 'first look' feature that the greatest asset of the Giant Control Switch dropper post may be its $250 MSRP. That is about 100 bucks less than the leading dropper posts, and good news for any rider in the market for one. We tested Giant's dropper in both wet and dry conditions on trail, and in dry conditions on downhill sessions. The telescoping mechanism proved itself well, with only a slight amount of play appearing over time and we had no issues with extension or retraction on command. The post was delivered with a Giant test bike, uninstalled in a box, so we had the opportunity to set up the system. The actuator cable must be threaded into a tiny barrel and lever - both hidden inside the cylindrical opening of the seatpost head where the seat clamping bits are also housed. The process is not all that difficult with the aid of needle-nose pliers and small fingers, but we shudder to think how we'd retighten a loose cable out in the woods. Our post's fixed rebound damping was slow enough to mete out saddle height reliably in half-inch increments (13mm), but too quick to make much finer adjustments. In layman's terms; the Control Switch's modulation feels on par with top hydraulic posts like the almighty RockShox Reverb. Our only problem with the Control Switch post was a slight slip of the rotary head when we banged the saddle hard during downhill testing. In its defense, the rotary head-clamp offers an unparalleled range of angular adjustment over the more-secure, two-bolt head configuration, so consider your frame's seat tube angle and your needs before passing judgment on the design. Bottom line is that Giant offers a darn good dropper post that functions refreshingly well and at a reasonable price. - RC



Delta/DT Swiss Spokey Spoke Wrench

Wheel builders spend a lot of time twisting a spoke wrench, so they become fond of a particular model. I started building wheels in the late 70s with a Park Tool spoke wrench (by far, the industry standard) and thought I would die with a plastic coated loop of heat-treated wire in my right hand – that was until I picked up a circular piece of red plastic that a pro shop mechanic discarded on the workbench next to the truing stand. It was a Delta Spokey spoke wrench and I have been using one ever since. I presently use the DT Swiss version (made by Delta), which fits almost all square nipples that appear on top quality wheels. Spokeys use a molded-in hardened steel insert that catches all four sides of the nipple driver and lasts nearly forever. Delta sells the original Spokey in a red version and like the red DT Swiss Spokey, it fits the most popular 80-gauge square nipples. Delta also sells a yellow Spokey that fits odd-size 80-gauge nipples one runs across from time to time, but I’ve rarely had to use mine. The original Delta Spokey can be found for under ten bucks, while the DT Swiss version costs about $18 USD at better bike shops. Find one here.

Delta DT Swiss Spokey Spoke Wrench
The DT Swiss version of the Delta Spokey Spoke wrench is a deceptively effective tool. The flip side shows the hardened steel insert and a groove to align the spoke shaft to the working head.

Pinkbike's Take:
bigquotesDon't let the Spokey's plastic construction turn you away. The Spokey's round profile does not fatigue the hand as much as the wire-loop Park Tool knock-offs often do, and when you do drop it (everyone drops a spoke wrench now and then), its bright color makes it easy to locate under the workbench. The four-surface wrench interface rarely disfigures a nipple and it keeps anodized aluminum looking sharp after repeated truing sessions. As a plus, when you are touching up rim while the wheel is on the bike, you can run the plastic edge on the rim without marring the finsh. Every wheelbuilder has a preferred spoke wrench, and while I have tried most of the shapes available, the DT Swiss Spokey tool is my go-to. If you carry a spoke wrench in your hydration pack as I do, the Spokey weighs next to nothing and its rounded shape won't puncture tubes and wrappers. - RC



Sugoi Viper Baggy

With warm weather right around the corner, riders seeking a lightweight trail riding baggy might consider Sugoi’s Viper short. The outer is a tightly woven moisture resistant polyester fabric that feels light against the body. Two front and two rear pockets are featured. The rear pockets are zippered while the fronts are open. Techical fabric hook-and-loop strips at the waistband ensure a good fit, while an internal, reinforcement tape around the waistband helps to keep the short from riding low on pedal sections. Sugoi’s liner is sewn permanently onto the baggy with a couple of lanyard straps. The liner has generous strips of tacky silicone rubber on the legs to keep it from riding up, but no such tackiness on its elastic waistband. The very techy S1 chamois pad is produced with a double wicking layer to remain cool, dry and comfy over the distance. Sugoi’s Viper short sells for about $80 USD in X-small, Small, Medium, Large, X-large, XX and XXX-large. Color is black only. Sugoi

Sugoi Viper Baggy Short
(Clockwise) Light and cool, Sugoi's Viper Baggy is well suited for XC/AM trail riding and will become your go-to short for Summer months. The hook-and-loop waist adjustment, and a look at the zippered rear and open front pockets. Sugoi's liner is attached to the short with two fixed lanyards. Sugoi's S1 pad is quite comfy.

Pinkbike's Take:
bigquotesSugoi's Viper baggy is not the first pick for park and downhill riders, it's probably not tough enough for the knee-sliding crowd, but it could be the front-row ticket for trail riding, where comfort and ventilation are of paramount importance. The Viper's internal waistband is a good call. Where shorts with elastic waistbands are usually one shuttle away from plummer's crack, the fixed waistband keeps the butt crack hidden and the short in place. The liner is one of the more comfortable we've ridden - especially with the S1 padding - but over time, it begins to feel like the wearer lost a bet and had to spend a day in 'Depends.' That said, Sugoi's liner could be the least-worse of the genre, especially when one considers that the lion's share of padded short liners feel like saggy disposable diapers after only a few hours. Pinkbike's only negative comments about the Viper short are about the pockets. The open front pockets could be a security risk should one forget to stow loose items elsewhere, and while the zippered rear pockets are OK for flat items, they are situated well outside of the comfort zone for irregular-shaped items like car keys and such. Good XC/trail baggies from a well-respected clothing maker. - RC


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98 Comments

  • 31 2
 what about the mans stylish mtb shoes
  • 6 1
 Next week, I promise
  • 7 1
 Stylish in deed my man. I like how the vibrant colors just pop
  • 14 62
flag WAKIdesigns (Mar 30, 2012 at 2:06) (Below Threshold)
 you know, it's like with nerd jokes - when you tell a bike-joke to a biker and he laughs to tears, then you tell it to a friend that knows sht about bikes and he has WTF on his face - that is a slight indication that if only few twits in the world can get it, then it isn't actualy funny

Try walking in those ballerinas into a cafe and not make ppl looking at you thinking: sorry dude you play football, you cycle, you are a spritn runner, or what? or you have just a strange taste of fashion and strong opinions? Hey! I'm sure they're comfortable Smile Being edgy is one thing, but how do you know when you are over the edge?

I think even going for a business meeting in 5.10 impacts would create less disturbance in public.

But hey, I would prefer to come in those for a job interview than meeting my non-biking friends with a GoPro on my helmet
  • 59 3
 ...ugh... too long did not read ^
  • 22 1
 Waki, U mad bro? every time you see Sidi's on this website you go on a rant. I think you're jealous because you don't have a pair!
  • 5 29
flag WAKIdesigns (Mar 30, 2012 at 7:19) (Below Threshold)
 no I sport 5.10s, to me MTB is not a fashion show - I would never spend more on cycling shoes than on ones I bought for my wedding Big Grin and yes I am mad - what the hell were U thinking?
  • 12 1
 I SO MUCH NOW ANGRY SEA BASS!
  • 8 22
flag WAKIdesigns (Mar 30, 2012 at 7:37) (Below Threshold)
 Are you a mutated and ill-tempered sea bass?
  • 21 0
 waki you do talk a load of shit sometimes..
  • 4 18
flag WAKIdesigns (Mar 30, 2012 at 8:08) (Below Threshold)
 Sure, I'm so full of it - that one way is not always enough, so here it comes through the front door
  • 8 2
 HAHA! Next time, If you say please, I'll wear my $550 50th anniversary Sidi Man-Pumps - white, with gold plated hardware and a subtle application of the Italian flag element in conspicuous places. BTW, at PB, our Angry Sea Bass are served, um, 'poached.'
  • 6 0
 Yea pull out theses gold plated loafers and bring some style to pinkbike
  • 4 1
 i prefer my bass roasted in a sauce of french dijon mustard, sage and virgin olive oil with a side of boiled potatoes and sweet red cabbage. is it to much to ask?
  • 1 0
 true, aint no way you could consider 5:10's to be anything but functional for their intended purpose.. fashionable or aesthetically designed? not a chance.
I simply assumed you'd wear cycling shoes recycled from carbon frames.
  • 2 16
flag WAKIdesigns (Mar 30, 2012 at 10:22) (Below Threshold)
 I prefer it with laser beam attached to its head
  • 4 0
 I'm sitting here after a ride wearing shimano shoes, so there you go
  • 2 15
flag WAKIdesigns (Mar 30, 2012 at 12:40) (Below Threshold)
 Did you get to eat the sea bass finaly? If you eat it within half an hour after finishing the ride, the protein from it will be used more effectively to rebuild the muscle tissue. Plus it will be a good source of fatty acids and antioxidants. Win win
  • 3 0
 nah, i had pizza
  • 2 16
flag WAKIdesigns (Mar 30, 2012 at 13:54) (Below Threshold)
 Mah that's carbs, u should have eaten it 2h before the ride
  • 7 2
 Another post and another neg prop to WAKIdouche.
  • 2 0
 Waki is see what you did there
  • 4 0
 if PB took all comments made by every user and calculated their negative vs positive props, Waki would be high on the list of most negative props... very, very high...
  • 5 11
flag WAKIdesigns (Mar 31, 2012 at 9:19) (Below Threshold)
 Heh nice gang up, well buttonpusher I do have rests of common sense left and if would get only neg props I wouldn't be here, I talked a lot of stupid stuff under this post and I deserveed it but hey who doesn't sometimes.

Anyway if some of you can find a single word that could express how little can one really care about such opinion about himself - PM me Smile
  • 3 0
 well, i was biking today, i am about to have steak. good enough?
  • 1 13
flag WAKIdesigns (Mar 31, 2012 at 11:02) (Below Threshold)
 Sure! Awesome way to end the day, I envy you! I had to meet my family in town after riding so I didn't eat much proper stuff. My after ride meal was kind of hip: croissant with Colombian coffee, but I just had sea bass with egg & tomatoes, no kiddin
  • 3 0
 fat bastard
  • 3 0
 i wasn't tryin' to say anything about you personally Waki, my only point is that i often see negative props beside your name in threads... i ain't hatin'...
  • 11 0
 $18 for a spoke key! I paid £4 for my exactly the same M Part spokey! DT swiss doing some decent marking up there. Shop around PB'ers, the same thing can be had for lots less!

It also happens to be the best spoke key I've ever used!
  • 2 0
 Was about to post the same thing.
  • 2 0
 Its.about $7 in the US.
"The original Delta Spokey can be found for under ten bucks, while the DT Swiss version costs about $18 USD...
  • 2 0
 $18 is probably too much, but I've never seen it for that much. $14 tops for the DT branded one.

Honestly, though, I got my Spokey for the shop rat price and have used it almost every day for the last year and a half. Money well spent. I imagine I will be using this one for years to come and when it finally does wear out, I would happily pay full price for another before using any other spoke wrench. The only thing that comes close in ergonomics is the Park Tool master mechanic wrench, but it's so damned heavy that by the time I'm done building a wheelset my hand hurts!
  • 1 0
 ive got one exactly the same from my grandads tool box its ancient but still works insane! its red and everything
  • 2 0
 in the UK this spoke key was first introduced as the "Madison Spokey" back in the late 80s, this is exactly the same design which is sold under the Delta and DT Swiss brands overseas, I have no information if this was a UK or USA design?

the model shown in this PB article is actually the 'consumer' version which only uses a single height steel nipple plate

the 'workshop' version we use in our workshops has a dual height steel nipple plate (two single height plates stacked on top of each other) which gets a more secure grip on the nipple when truing the wheel, and also is much more durable, in heavy workshop use the consumer model quickly wears out

its also much better if dealing with those horrible aluminium nipples, that most professional wheel builders refuse to use for good reason, but come on import brands like Specialized Wink
  • 4 0
 I just bought the giant seat post and for the price that I have paid, I don't think that I could find a better post out there. I had a Joplin and a KS before. The Giant seems as good as the KS and much better then the Joplin.
  • 1 0
 Ditto on that one. Been pretty impressed with the Giant one - and pricewise relative to what you get, it's the best telescoping post going.
  • 5 1
 why the hell does PB website always log me out automatically after 2 weeks, EVEN THOUGH I OPEN THE SITE about EVERYDAY??? I always forget my friggin password.... (don't get that on me, work passwords that change every 4 weeks, bank, websites, this and that, here and there... friggin 100 passwords, how can a man cope????????????)

I prefer the Reverb but for sure with the stealth option, i've broken two damn nipples last year, and not from crashes. No clue actually. Maybe a squirrel.
  • 1 1
 PB does indeed have some of the most anal security out there. It's not like there's any valuable information stored here
  • 3 0
 The Giant dropper post came with my Reign X. I LOVE IT. I found myself using it way more than I thought I would. Hands on, there was the slightest wiggle detected, but it was indiscernible when in the saddle. The only issue I found was that the cable was so long! Excess stuck out and would rub the upper link and tire sometimes. Fortunately, shortening it is an easy fix. I moved on to the new Faith, but you better believe that I'll be adding this dropper post when I get the rig paid off. I long for it every time the trail ends and I have to turn back up.
  • 3 7
flag SoCalMX (Mar 30, 2012 at 8:16) (Below Threshold)
 Big mistake by Giant putting the company name on it! Me and so many others would have considered this post but putting another brand on my bike, think not!
  • 1 0
 ill stick to my reverb Wink bring on the negative props
  • 4 1
 Specialized has been doing it for years, Giant starts branding their own stuff and people complain???? Why??
  • 2 1
 Electrical tape or sharpie - problem solved.
  • 2 2
 @ Tonka, I have stayed away from branding my bike with the not so special specialized "S" as well!!!
  • 4 1
 why does it matter? A good product is a good product in my eyes, whats so bad about another bike company's brand name on it?
  • 1 1
 of course they're logo's gonna be on it... they want to sell them...
is maxxis putting their name on tires a bad move..?
  • 1 2
 Thats a dumb comparison! Maxxis is not a bike maker! I like having part pakers logos on my bike, like my Straitline pedals, but not from another bike maker! Would you put chevy wheels with the chevy logo on a Ford???
  • 3 0
 if chevy made better wheels than the competition, than yeah. I Have deity pedals on my santa cruz, and a bontrager stem. I don't see the harm in it. Do you really care about the logos on your bike enough to sacrifice performance?
  • 1 0
 Ha, I have Bontrager wheels and tires on my Nomad! Logos bright as day! Bonty is its own thing and if it did say Trek my business would be elsewhere! I like logos of brands on my bike but know where to draw the line in good taste!
  • 1 1
 well maybe if you don't want a Giant logo on your bike than don't buy a Giant product... dumbass...
  • 1 1
 Buttonpusher needs his jaw broke! I will build my bike the way want, I live in a free country! Nothing against Giant!
  • 2 1
 hahahaha...! no one's telling you how to build your bike, build it the way you want, but don't expect companies to un-brand their product to suit your own wants... if you don't like it then buy something else or alter it until it doesn't say anything...
  • 1 1
 Jus sayin sales might be better if they did what Spesh did with its dropped, which I have owned!
  • 3 0
 Hey guys didn't you notice that almost every rider at South Africa DH the other week was running a dropper? They kept their seats lower than Danny Hart's face plant till they were through the trees then popped them up to get some speed up. In two years time they'll be as ubiquitous as suspension, short stems and wide bars.

Good to see some love for the humble spokey but you guys are being fleeced by DT. There's also a pro version with twin stacked metal inserts to be extra gentle on lightweight nipples. Every rider that fettles their own bike should own a spokey.
  • 3 0
 If you work in a shop that services lots of mid to low end bikes like I do the yellow Spokey is an immensely valuable tool. It fits everything. Then grab the red one to do up your own wheels Wink
  • 2 0
 I've had a Giant Switch since they came out and I've put may miles on mine (by tomorrow I will have done 250km this week alone).

Firstly, I love it. Functionally, it is perfect for me... BUT... it is unreliable and longevity is questionable.

Twice the entire mechanism has dropped out the bottom of the outer tube requiring me to take the seatpost out and re-thread the base. On one of those occasions I was merely riding up a hill on the road and - pop - my arse drops four inches. The second time it popped out was when I doubled up some roots in a warm-up lap in a dirt crit and I felt my seat hit my butt - couldn't have been too hard since I was air-borne.

I don't know if the base slowly unthreads (which I find hard to believe since I know how much force is needed to screw it all back together). Or, does the base pop out the bottom, blowing past all the thread? Every now and then when I am servicing my bike I take the post out and each time it shows no sign of the base unthreading - I can only assume the bottom pops off. This is not good.

Also, it has developed fore-aft play. The side-to-side play mentioned above is normal, and I can't feel it while riding. But the fore/aft play was not there at the beginning which means it is only going to get worse. In combination with the above problem it is going in for warranty ASAP.

I am one of the biggest Giant fans in the world which is why I chose this seatpost. Hopefully mine is one of a bad batch because as I said it is perfect for me and from now on I will always have a dropper post on my bikes for all the reasons everyone says.
  • 2 0
 Love my command post, got it for free. next time may consider Giant for the saving since I love my Faith. Need to learn how to true my own wheels.Too broke to buy new shorts but id ride in skibbies if I had no other choice. Love my 510's but never tried sidi's but not gonna talk shit cause there moto x boots rock, But I'm not even sure how the subject of shoes came up in this post. Its 3am, I may be tipsy, but why so much hostility on this site. I would ride barefoot if I had to because we all are lucky enough to enjoy the best sport ever so instead of being negative, and those of you know who you are just go shred some new trails. Smile
  • 1 0
 LOVE THE SPOKEY! Been using one in the shop for years, and have never wanted another one. Been wanting to get my own personal one but $18 is like a months supply of ramen and burritos. Then I broke a spoke in germany. Went into a local shop looking for the cheapest spoke wrench possible and the guy behind the counter pulled out a spokey for only 5 euros. SWEET! Love my spokey.
  • 1 0
 i fixed and then broke my seatpost again, theyre such a poor design.

Basically its a gas lift system like what is used in office chairs. This sits inside a seatpost, the bottom of the gas lift is screwed into the bottom via a weird bolt screw thing, therefore when the screw in the bottom stays put it stays where it should and the lever will push on the little pin on the top, allowing the post to go up and down no problems. However when the little screw at the bottom unscrews (no boltlock) then it all unseats, so the lever has no effect on the little pin on the top of the piston. This screw at the bottom requires a special tool to adjust, so if it slips, back to giant it goes. It also seems that even after bodging something to screw it back in again, the lever piston pin interface no longer works.

Come on giant. get it together.
  • 1 0
 i will say that the lever is the best i have seen however, it doesnt get in the way when the bikes upside down and there is no chance of catching it on your shorts. but then again, the post has been back twice in 7 rides....
  • 1 0
 Sorry to say, but you still missed the best spoke wrench out there. I've used the "Spokie" mentioned above too for a couple of years. But now I've got a P&K Lie spoke wrench ("Nippelspanner"). Steel wrench with aluminium handle, anodized in all the pretty colours Smile It takes up less space vertically and therefore is easier to fit onto the spoke.
And while it doesn't look much like it, you can exert more torque easier than with the good ol' spokie. Thats because it simply won't bend - its made of metal, remember Smile Also so the tolerances on the wrench itself is better than on the spokies, fits tighter.
Give it a try!
  • 2 1
 I was thinking the same thing - I can't take my eyes off them. Without being mean - I could really see them in an Asian commercial with a man dressed in shiny, bright colored, plastic clothes. Smile
  • 2 0
 I personally like non hydralic seat droppers, the hydraulics are just more problem prone after a period of time. I love the Specialized Blacklite.
  • 2 0
 Kinda silly that you have to mess up your saddle angle and positioning when you want to change the cable on your dropper post.
  • 2 0
 'The Almighty Reverb'?!?! What are you smoking RC? How can you call it almighty when it has rampant and well known reliability issues?
  • 4 0
 "almighty" was a sort of joke referring to its present position as the most-wanted dropper. I WILL go on record saying that the reliability of dropper posts at present (all of them) is on par with mini pumps. They are all going to crap out at some point, usually exactly when you most need one, but they are so damn handy that you'll probably go out and buy another one, regardless of price or prior experience. Pretty funny that the biggest names in the suspension industry can't make a reliable dropper for a reasonable price. There must be a lot more to the device than is outwardly apparent. Maybe dropper manufacturers should rent their posts - or put return postage on the shipping boxes?
There's my rant
RC
  • 1 0
 best post rant hands down. I agree 100%
  • 1 0
 SPOKEY RULES! Best spoke wrench ever. Been using one since around '93 and it's still good. The only thing I'll ever use on Alum nipples. Delta stopped making it for a while, glad to see DT brought it back.
  • 2 3
 That giant seatpost looks exactly like the specialized one. Only the mechanism is protected inside the ring that holds the seat. Much better. The specialized one is exposed and can easily get gunked up. See this pic for what im talking about www.cyclestore.co.uk/images/products/Xtra/22271.jpg
  • 4 0
 i dont get it,., the KS lev is out.. and they picked this post ??
  • 1 0
 I don't know what KS Lev means
  • 1 0
 You will likely see a KS Lev in time, once we get more miles on one.
  • 1 0
 google Wink
nut the main difference is that the cable is fixed to the collar.. so no cable dragg and or scrubbing..
  • 1 0
 I could go for a nice pair of riding shorts like the Vipers. Would prefer a detachable liner for those days when I'm not riding.
  • 1 0
 never usually bother posting, however, i bought one of the giant posts, and its about to go back to giant for the second time, its 7 rides old.....dont waste your time!
  • 1 0
 Could you please tell me what happened? Anything that I describe above?
  • 1 0
 No, the cartridge is what keeps failing, first time the lever mechanism part failed, so up and down as it pleased. That was a ball ache 10miles from home.
And its just failed again, goes down. Wont come back up.

So we have a multitude of issues with them. Giant released before testing? Wouldnt have expected giant to make such a rookie error.
  • 2 1
 Ah, all is right in the world, it's another dropper seat post in the pinkbike product pics... Wink
  • 2 0
 Haha not sure if it was you, but I remember a comment that clearly showed someone was surprised there wasn't a dropper post review in the previous PBPP. Anyway, that person just got served Big Grin
  • 1 0
 Nah wasn't me! But I remember it. There always seems to be a dropper seatpost in the product reviews, are they really that popular??
  • 1 0
 I've been in love with that DT:s Spokey, since i first got one in to my hands few years ago. Smile
  • 3 1
 review of a spoke key. uhm....
  • 1 0
 I have a giant faith 0 and the seatpost is realy high
is a adjustable seatpost good for a freeride bike ?
  • 1 0
 My spoke key/wrench my dad used on his bikes back in the 70s works just fine on my current wheels...
  • 1 0
 spoke wrench would be nice, considering the 2 I've gone through stripped :\
  • 1 0
 Wouldn't be surprised if Giant has KS making those seatposts for them, and especially so at their price range.
  • 1 0
 "I started building wheels in the late 70s...". Richard you rock! Smile
  • 1 0
 I wish i had spokey wrench yesterday:/ my fingers hurt!Smile
  • 1 0
 Yep. Spokey is the best thing here. I've had mine for 15 years.
  • 1 0
 im an angry sea bass! grrrrrowl haha
  • 1 0
 i don´t know if it does work ,(ski lift ) ?? wil it hold ?
  • 1 0
 Review ALL the dropper posts!
  • 1 0
 come on giant lets have a 31.6 post as well...Frown
  • 1 0
 I like the spoke tool, a quick fix for them nasty wobbles.
  • 4 3
 DH products please?
  • 11 3
 Downhill is awesome- don't get me wrong on that, but the great thing about pinkbike is that it serves mountain bikers as a whole and not just downhillers. I'll start to worry when they begin reviewing anti-chafe jelly and hand lotion.
  • 3 0
 We will get that lotion you ordered Peyton - what is your address again? But really krash, we ride a lot of different bikes all year and it's winter (think snow and lots of mud), so the small bikes have been out way more on the trails then the DH bikes, but they are out again too, just need to put more time on products to be able to properly provide feedback.
  • 1 0
 fair enough, I typically really enjoy the product reviews. but the last little bit i've noticed there hasn't been a lot of products that i would use. granted i realize that i'm not the typical rider, and most of the country hasn't been nearly as spoiled as i have been weather wise.not bitching, just really looking forward to some DH lol

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