Pinkbike Editors' Christmas Wish Lists

Dec 3, 2019
by Richard Cunningham  
Low key terrifying.


"Every day is like Christmas." So goes the oldest joke among media test editors, and yeah, it's pretty much true. Boxes show up on our doorsteps in all shapes and sizes, especially during the spring and fall new-product seasons. The only things missing are wrappings and bows.

So, what would a rider who wants for nothing related to mountain bikes put on the top of his or her Christmas wish list? We put that question to PB's test editors and you may be surprised by some of our answers. And, what about you? If you could be gifted one thing, what would top your list?



RC

Magic Black Cherry Clif Bloks


I try to keep a package of Clif Bloks with me at all times when I ride. Black Cherry is my favorite flavor. Of all the sustenance products I've tried, these are the ones that work best for me. The bite sized squares are small enough to digest when my body would reject nearly anything else, and there's a bunch of them in the pack, so Clif Bloks create less trash than gel packs.

It's rare that I use a whole pack on any one day, so I count on the remainder to bail me out on future rides. Of course, that means I'll end up with an empty plastic wrapper when I need one of those tasty morsels. That's why I need the magic version.
Clif Bloks

What I want for Christmas is a single pack of black cherry Clif Bloks that restores itself. Each time I remove a square, another would appear in its place. I'd never run out, and if a riding buddy fell short on calories, I could share without care. I know I'm asking for a bit of a miracle here, would I be pushing my luck if I were to wish for a random mix of strawberry and watermelon too?


Boumeester Tammar Wheels

Rare as hen's teeth, Mello Bouwmeester's wheels represent a milestone in carbon rim design that is just beginning to be realized by mainstream wheel makers. Conventional tubular-section carbon rims evolved from their aluminum counterparts - that's where the mountain bike industry went wrong.

Deep-section tubular extrusions are necessary to compensate for aluminum's relatively low strength and stiffness. Quite the opposite, carbon is phenomenally stiff and strong, but experience has demonstrated that aluminum's recipe for success has been carbon's recipe for failure. Boumeester had a better idea.

Turns out, the cycling world's steadfast belief that carbon has poor impact resistance and is prone to catastrophic failure has been a self-reinforced prophesy. Take auto racing, for instance, where
Images for Bouwmeester - Tammar 650b enduro wheelset PR
Boumeester Tammar Enduro wheelset.
protective carbon fiber tubs are mandated to protect drivers from high-speed impacts that typically destroy every other part of the car.

Boumeester abandoned the tubular profile and developed a single-wall carbon lay-up rim. Taking advantage of carbon's low density, he could mold a much thicker cross-section with minimal weight penalty. The Australian designer's bold deviation from convention resulted in a more compliant rim with next-level impact resistance and durability. His left turn put mountain bike wheel technology back on track. I'll hang them on my wall as a reminder that one person actually can initiate meaningful change.


e-Qualizer Device

This $49 USD hand-held device syncs with most popular power meters and generates a high-energy digital signal that communicates with Shimano, Bosch and Brose e-motors to reduce their torque levels to match the rider's present power output.

According to the website: "One push of the e-Qualizer button and self-powered cyclists will be assured that any efforts to overtake them will be up
Tool Tamer device
to the e-bike rider's own legs and lungs. Select from three pre-set overtaking distances: 10, 20, even 30 meters to assure satisfaction that your honest efforts are not overwhelmed by electronic dopers."




Sarah

Garmin inReach Mini & Wilderness First Aid Course


One of the main reasons I moved to British Columbia five years ago is because of the mountains. Mountain biking, skiing, hiking... Most of my free time recreating is spent in the Coast Mountains. One of the things that surprised me when I first moved is how frequently I end up being in an area without cell phone service. It's not uncommon, even on a ride that's a short distance from home, to be in an area where my telephone isn't good for anything but taking blurry Instagram videos.

A lot of the time I'm happy not to be within cell range. It's nice to be able to disconnect entirely. The only time it's really, really inconvenient not to have a cell signal is when someone gets hurt. Like say, Brian Park.

What I would like for Christmas this year is a Garmin inReach Mini (with the monthly satellite subscription
plan fee covered!) That way I'll always be able to make an SOS call and communicate regardless of whether or not my I am in an area where my cell phone has coverage.

Also, while technology is awesome, I would also like a Wilderness First Aid Course along with my new-fangled gadget so that I'm in an ideal position to respond in an emergency. You can never be too prepared!


Waterproof heated socks & a Lifetime Supply of HotShots Hand Warmers

"There's no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes." Or so I'm told. And yet, I've spent way too much time with frozen fingers and toes in my lifetime. I frequently ski and ride with HotShots Hand Warmers in my gloves and they work wonders, but even though the HotShots Toe Warmers are "designed to operate in a low oxygen environment such as boots and shoes" they never seem to work for me.

The worst is when you're finally somewhere warm and your numbed toes start to unthaw. I learned recently that climbers call this nausea-inducing unfreezing process where the nerves in your hands finally get oxygen again the "screaming barfies." Yep, that sounds about how pleasant it is...

I've thought about buying heated socks like the one pictured on the right from Lenz, but the $389.95 CDN price tag has kept me away. They also aren't waterproof which is kind of an important factor when you're riding in the cold rain. So basically, if someone could find a waterproof version or invent them so that I could wear them biking and skiing, then get me a pair in time for Christmas, that would be sweet.





Mike Kazimer

Cane Creek Tie-Dye eeWings Cranks

I know, I should be asking for something more heartwarming and touchy-feely for Christmas (world peace, anyone?), but I'm going to put Cane Creek's anodized eeWings cranks at the top of my list. The $1,100 asking price puts them squarely in the 'wish' category – even my grandma doesn't love me that much.

What's the appeal? Well, I've been a sucker for anodized anything ever since the mid-90s, back when my daydreams were filled with Cook Brothers cranks, Ringle hubs, and maybe a Precision Billet derailleur for good measure. Plus there's the fact that the eeWings are made out of titanium, which should help them last until the robots decide to take over the world.
Oooh, pretty.

Entry Into a Multi-Day Enduro Race

Other than a couple extremely low-key local races, I didn't roll up to any starting lines this year, something I'd like to change for 2020. I don't mind single day races, but it's the multi-day ones that are even more appealing. Wake up, eat, race, eat, sleep – the rhythmic routine that develops over the course of a long race is tough to beat. The fatigue that develops helps strip all the mundane, distracting thoughts away, and soon the focus is solely on the ride.

There are a bunch of high caliber options out there, but at the moment it's the TransBC Enduro and Trans-Cascadia that are at the top of my list. Blind racing in the woods on world class trails with a bunch of good people? That's my kind of vacation. Here's hoping I've been good enough to get an entry instead of the usual pile of coal.

This year's Trans-Cascadia looked like frosty fun.




James Smurthwaite

One-way ticket to Vancouver

One of the perks of working for a company based in Squamish is that once-a-year they will fly you from grey, wet London to paradise on Earth, the Whistler Bike Park.

I made my first trip to British Columbia this year as the guest of Pinkbike for the two weeks of madness that is Crankworx. It easily lived up to all those long nights watching helmet cam laps of Dirt Merchant and safe to say riding hasn’t quite been the same since returning back home. The Whistler blues have kicked in hard and pedalling up Pitch Hill for another lap of Thick and Creamy just doesn’t do it for me like it used to.
Jakub Vencl on the finishing whale tail.
Squint really hard to spot me here. Hint: I'm not upside down.
So if Santa could slip me another trip over to the west coast of Canada for round 2 I’d be happy as Larry, he wouldn’t even have to pay for a return. What do you say, @brianpark?


Bikepacking Kit
Maybe I’ve been slurping too eagerly at the Kool-Aid teat of the bike industry but I’m actually coming around the idea of an epic bikepacking adventure.

Crossing a country under your own steam, relying on nothing but your own wits to survive and all while pedalling through beautiful terrain. It seems to me that there are worse ways to spend a week.

It’s more likely I would end up fixing punctures in the rain on the South Downs with numb fingers and wet socks but a man can dream, right?
What have I become? My 15-year-old self would be ashamed.



Ed Spratt

A Mechanics Course

Unlike a lot of the crew, I didn't start out working in bike shops. But I have been wrenching on my own bikes for years (or at least trying to), with occasional success. Although a recent incident where I rounded out three T25 chainring bolts and had to resort to hammering a T30 tool head in to remove them would say otherwise. Over time you definitely learn what you should and shouldn't do when repairing your bike but it would be great to know exactly how it should be done rather than using a mix of YouTube and guesswork to get the job done.

For this reason, it would be great to get properly trained so I won't have to quickly put my bike back together again when I realise I am only going to make it worse if I continue trying to 'fix it'.
Aaron Gwin s mechanic John Hall gives us the details on his custom toolbox setup.




Mike Levy

A Hooligan Road Bike

I've been blessed with a workshop full of some of the newest mountain bikes and components, so I inevitably end up wishing for some less expected items this time of the year. In 2019, I find myself looking at gravel bikes to explore the endless maze of old roads and long-forgotten trails that surround Squamish. I'll always be mountain biking, of course, but it feels great to be covering new ground and seeing new sights while doing something different. And you'd be surprised at the trouble you can get yourself into when you're on a so-called gravel ride; they're really just hooligan road bikes.
Sea Otter 2018

I've been eyeballing Niner's new MCR 9 RDO that has 50mm of rear-wheel-travel and 40mm-stroke Fox fork. This 700c troublemaker is what would happen if an old Paris–Roubaix prototype was cross-bred with a modern cross-country rig and then made to look like no fun at all by Velcro'ing bags all over it. We're all dorks, so disregard the bento box and try skidding around on some skinny(ish) tires for a different kind of good time.

A Pumptrack Bike

I've always said that pumptrack bikes are the jet skis of our world; they're a load of fun, sure, but they're also useless when not used in their berm and roller-filled lake. But then I made a trip south to film an upcoming Humbled episode with 47-time Crankworx Queen Jill Kintner and, well, now I kinda need one of my own. I only flipped over the handlebar once, which is honestly less than I expected to, and it reminded me of how much of a workout you can get in a few hours - I was sore for days! Even more importantly, time at the pumptrack is time in the skillz bank, too.




Brian Park

A Mount Barbour Heli Drop

As Sarah mentioned above, I had a little incident back in August. One dumb moment of inattention in the worst possible spot, and I'm off the mountain bike for a while. The good news is that I'll be back at it by next summer. Just in time to get up there and give it another shot.

There's something special about being Out There™, and we're lucky enough here to have so much incredible terrain to access nearby. Seems like the top of my holiday wish-list should really be the opportunity to make some more experiences happen. Oh, and if Santa can arrange a fresh shoulder and humerus, that would be great.
Lucky Seven Heli Drop on Mount Barbour Photo by Margus Riga
Wade Simmons & Andreas Hestler on Mount Barbour. Photo by Margus Riga.

An Uppy-Downy Dropper Post with Futuristic Shock Integration

Not like, the laundry detergent. It's been six years since RC predicted that two-way dropper posts were coming and they're still not here yet. Current dropper posts are excellent and using them has become pretty intuitive for most mountain bikers. But it is fundamentally weird to be riding along, and sit down when things get rough. When trail turns downhill it'd be nice if your first instinct didn't have to be to sit and push your saddle down.

So I want a fancy electronic dropper post connected to a fancy electronic shock. Two electronic buttons on my left grip. The top button acts like a normal dropper—you can make incremental infinite adjustments up and down using your weight to set saddle height. But push the lower button, and my post drops to the bottom. Now for some trickery. When the post is fully bottomed out, my suspension opens up all the way; when my post is between 20% and 99% my suspension has increasing levels of platform; and, when my post is fully topped out, my rear shock is entirely locked out.

To me this is the potential of all the electronic integration we're starting to see. So my unrealistic Christmas wish this year is that we skip the next few years of awkwardly integrating electronics into our bikes, and skip straight to the part where they work flawlessly and unintrusively.





Daniel Sapp

Husqvarna Pro Yard Equipment


Husqvarna power equipment - the Pro stuff.. North Carolina is green for a reason. We get so much rain and sunshine that anything left outside untended from April to October will turn into a Chia Pet. My dad-rated hardware store power tools are no match for the the green monster encircling my home.

The hour and half it takes just to mow our backyard in the heat and humidity of the summer doesn't just eat in to my riding time - it eats into my very soul. New shoots are already rising up before my pathetic 240cc mower putters to silence. Did I mention the 50-foot live oak I found laying across my front yard last july? The one that sent my 12" Home Depot chainsaw to power tool heaven?

What I'd like this Christmas is a Husqvarna Z56X zero turn mower. I know I'd win the backyard battle armed with that 900cc V-twin engine powering three blades that could slice a 60" path across any grass that dare stand in my way. If Santa would be kind enough to add a pro string trimmer, I could knock out my yard tasks in a third of the time with a fifth of the effort - which would greatly add to my productivity at PB. Oh, I would also be stoked to find a 572XP chainsaw and a leaf blower under our tree.
Daniel Sapp s dream ride
Husqvarna 572 Xp chainsaw




Matt Wragg

Merino


If someone listed the properties of merino as belonging to a new, synthetic wunder-material, you'd call bullshit. It's that good. Having tried a small boatload of synthetic baselayers and midlayers over the years, nothing comes close to good quality merino. And, unlike any synthetic baselayer I have ever tried, it doesn't permanently infuse with your riding sweat to leave you (and your clothing drawer) smelling like something died. There is, of course, a downside - merino is not cheap. A good, high percentage merino baselayer can be anything up to €50, a hoodie upwards of €100, but if you look after it, it will look after you. My current Icebreaker baselayers are all about 4 years old now and, aside from a few holes where I have been careless with sharp objects, they are good for a few more years. Somewhere at the back of the drawer I still have a decade old Howies midlayer. Sure, you can get a polyester baselayer for €10, but it'll be doing well to last one season, let alone multiple years.


The price is why merino is on my Christmas list - it's too expensive to buy regularly, but once a year I treat myself to a few items to see me through the coming year (I got merino longjohns a couple of years ago and they are nothing short of amazing on cold days). My current favourite is a British brand called Isobaa, who make 100% merino kit that is preternaturally soft...


A Really Fancy Road/Gravel Bike

Think mountain bikes are expensive? Look away now then... Sure, they're not cheap, but you have to work hard to break the €4,000 mark for a frame. On the road, not so much. The one that caught my eye a few years ago is a Heroin, which is one of the few things more expensive than the namesake drug habit. They are handmade in France, they are all black and they have a golf-ball texture on the frame, which sounds horrendous but looks incredibly sexy in the flesh and is alleged to have magic aerodynamic qualities. What's more you can get the frame made to measure, so I could have a more gravel-like riding position (longer reach, longer chainstays, slacker headangle), without the ride-deadening overbuilding that tends to accompany real gravel frames. The price for all this? A mere €5,500 for a frameset... As for the why? Feel. What separates this bike from my current workhorse is how it feels on the road, more than weight or aero nonsense, a really well made frame just feels alive in a way that is really hard to explain to anyone who hasn't spent 8+ hours hammering the asphalt in a day.





112 Comments

  • 258 7
 " If you could be gifted one thing, what would top your list?"

You asked, so I'm gonna tell ya...

Top of my list would be the prize I won from round 2 of the EWS Fantasy competition that I haven't got yet!
8 months and I'm still waiting.

Come on Santa!!
  • 29 0
 Ahhh...Shimano. Probably still in production.
  • 28 0
 Stil waiting for mine from round one!
  • 30 0
 I'm sorry. Let me look into that right now. I'll dm you.
  • 2 2
 @brianpark: How did you become a mod? Canada for life!
  • 7 0
 Know the feeling. A couple of years back looked like I had won a YT downhill bike for one of the fantasy league world cups. No winner ever announced and Pinkbike never replied to my message. Great marketing - looking like you are giving away free stuff but then never do it. Really hope you get your prize!!
  • 6 0
 @grugged: How did you not put them on blast in every comment section of every article since? Hey @pinkbikeoriginals sounds like this man still has a YT coming to him.
  • 52 2
 Is that e-Qualizer device a fantasy item because I can't find it on google?
$50 to secretly screw with ebikers sounds like a gift that will keep on giving year after year!
  • 21 13
 My first thought was, "Bwahahahaha awesome."

My second thought was, "Why would I want to ensure the stupid ebiker lingers near me longer?" Those guys have such bad trail/path etiquette.
  • 8 1
 Absolutely fantasy. It would violate the unholy frig out of a huuuuuge list of laws if it existed. That doesn't stop me from wanting one really badly.
  • 3 0
 It's a photoshopped Chamberlain garage door remote.
  • 43 1
 No, 100% real. I got the deluxe version two weeks ago, which adds an Eject button that redirects power from the e-motor to the dropper post mechanism to send the e-rider instantly skyward.
  • 1 1
 @kaiserschmarrn: lol lol @fraserw: @tsheep: same... bwahahahahaha, I want one!
  • 1 1
 @laksboy $50 just for device but it require powermeter on your bike, which are still rather expensive.
  • 1 0
 @tsheep: Just order on Ali Express
  • 30 0
 Those ti-dyed cranks are unreal for so many reasons, but the ti-dye pun is worth it alone. Take my parents money.
  • 23 0
 RC and Levy thing is suuuuuper creepy. Just sayin'...
  • 11 0
 Yes. It's terrifying.
  • 3 5
 @brianpark: at first I thought, oh I can take my Ipad pro amd make that dirty and then... no... my pen is not getting there
  • 2 0
 @WAKIdesigns: maybe because something else is already in there
  • 2 0
 @brianpark: No, no...you guys undersold it with "Low key terrifying."
  • 3 0
 hiding something behind that wish list. don't feel bad- happens to me whenever i climb onto santa's lap, too.
  • 17 0
 Just be happy you can sit in the saddle... I've been staring at my bikes for way too long and four surgeries later I'm still fighting to ride again. Non of this stuff means anything without your health. I want to be healthy again for Christmas.
  • 9 0
 Ugh, sorry to hear that. I agree, none of this stuff means anything without our health. All the best in your recovery!
  • 16 0
 The dropper that goes down on its own is WAY overdue. That being said, after having early Reverbs, I should just be happy to have one - a Fox Transfer - that just works, regardless of the temperature.
  • 2 0
 BMC have a prototype
  • 1 0
 The tech bro in me says it'd be cool, but just like electronic shifting I think simplicity will still reign supreme.
  • 13 0
 A zero-turn mower with an 11mph cutting speed may be the best MTB investment you can make.
  • 12 0
 All I want for Christmas is a Kubota U17 with a 360 bucket.
  • 8 1
 Those Cane Creek Tie-Dye cranks sure are pretty! What dries me bonkers about anodized parts is that they carry a premium price tag due to the color, but that kind of anodizing can't be all that expensive. A friend of mine bought his kid a 20" bike from WalMart and THE ENTIRE BIKE was rainbow anodized (frame, fork, handlebars, wheels) for less than $200!
  • 11 0
 Its cause the cranks are made out of pure titanium.
  • 2 0
 Dude, you might be on to something.
  • 2 0
 @Tacotruck21: Hehe... yeah, the Ti part is certainly going to raise the price, but we all know the price is high because pretty :-D
  • 13 0
 I anodized titanium for my previous work. There is no real cost associated with this. It takes less than 5 seconds and costs less than a penny. They charge more because it is pretty, that is all, and perfectly fair. Unfortunately, ti anodize is not very durable, and it will soon rub away. At the premium they charge, there should be some sort of clear coat or at least Ti Nitride for a unique/durable gold finish. You can buy an anodize station for less than $100 and with water and baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) anodize all your ti parts yourself. Anodizing aluminum, however, is a far different beast and more dangerous chemical-wise. IF anyone wants their ti cranks/parts anodized, let me know and I'll be happy to make them blue, gold, or purple for cheap Smile
  • 1 0
 @borisimobike:

Yes please. I’ll send you some bolts etc. I never received my Ti Springs set before the closed shop.
  • 1 0
 @borisimobike: teach me your ways. I have a ti hardtail that would look so sick with a little bit of gold on it.
  • 1 0
 @vanagonaut and @ThePeanutGallery this is all you need: www.reactivemetals.com/anodizers-accessories. For small parts, the $250 anodizer plugs up to a bath of baking soda solution (stainless steel pan will do fine), then use the niobium "magic wand" lead and a mesh basket to "french fry" your parts to the desired color. Different voltage creates a different color, as well as some other chemical etch treatments you can do beforehand to achieve greens and some blues. Gold is easy. For a frame, you'll likely need a much larger bath... and if you want it to go quickly, the commercial unit (more amperage) will be necessary. Else, if you're patient it can be done even with the small one a section at a time. Its a fun project to do at home!
  • 1 0
 @borisimobike: Yes! Thanks you. I am going to order that and give it at try with my refunded money form Ti. What is your favorite source for Titanium bolts etc. please?
  • 1 0
 @ThePeanutGallery: mcmaster-carr!
  • 6 0
 NOLS Wilderness First Aid should be a minimum for a lot of riders. We spend so much time, effort, and money on gear and trips but some practical training should be right up on the list. My wife did the Wilderness First Responder course. That should be on the list for people doing big backcountry rides and backpacking.
  • 3 0
 Went through the NOLS WFR course last year and I kept wondering why this stuff isn't taught in school?!!? Who needs basic life saving, survival and evac protocols anyway?! ha. The scenarios they run you through were so intense, some of the best money and time I have ever invested.
  • 9 0
 Ho ho ho, come sit on santas lap. We'll talk about whatever pops up.
  • 2 0
 ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ and I doubt it's going to be a dropper post
  • 5 0
 Garmin inreach Mini is legit! Works excellent when you're out of cell service. Connects to smartphones with bluetooth so you have a nice touchscreen interface despite the garmin unit being very small
  • 1 0
 minor complaint that you can't send preset messages from your phone though.
  • 8 4
 So Mike Levy is finished with upforking XC bikes, industry could not be more thankful for opening a new genre so dentist magnats have asked him to help them with new roadie thing since Gravel is drying up? Is he now upswinging the rear ends of CX bikes? What's that? Down Gravel? Gravel cross? Angry Asian is pushing on him? Big Grin
  • 4 0
 @danielsapp.... I can make your dreams come true hahaha . I'm a Husqvarna dealer! I've got a Z560x in my showroom and a 572XP sitting on the shelf! Come buy it at dealer cost! And you could come check out all the happenings going on in Northwest Arkansas.
  • 3 0
 Oh man, it sounds like a trip may soon be in order!
  • 1 0
 The AWD automower is a good option as well and in a similar price range - Just means a bit more time on the trail or at the Hub, either way you cant really go wrong - and the XP chainsaws are solid I have the 562xp and 536lixp.
  • 2 0
 @deeidson: I have a 450x automower...it's incredible! And yeah the 536lixp is freaken top notch, it will surprise you
  • 2 0
 @deeidson: do you work for Husqvarna? I see your location is Charlotte
  • 1 0
 @gooutsidetoday: Yes, I am in the R&D group here in Charlotte.
  • 6 2
 @RichardCunningham I get your stance on e-bikes, but at the risk of sounding like a wet blanket hear me out. I've become friends with a person who sustained a spinal cord injury while riding last year. The only realistic means for this person to get out on the trails right now is a e-assist MTB. I assume you saw Paul Bas' HBO special, so you may have some small idea of what those injured folks deal with day to day. Add all that to sh*tty comments from fellow riders on the trails, nasty notes left on their vehicle, and "no ebike" signs posted all over the trails. Then add that to the commentary here where talk of cutting power, ejecting riders, and overt negative generalizations of anyone on a e-bike abound. I'm just saying the stereotypes and sh*tty comments make an already challenging day to day even more difficult for some very good people who just want to retain a semblance of normalcy.
  • 2 0
 Loam Wolf did a great piece reviewing an Ebike for this specific purpose. Definitely worth a read.
  • 1 0
 @Bchambers09: I searched his site with no luck. Any chance you have a link?
  • 1 0
 @Bchambers09: thank you
  • 4 0
 Why is RC trying to break into my garage with that photoshopped Chamberlain garage door remote? Stay away from my much-prized collection of gravel grinder bikes, old man!
  • 2 0
 I wish I had bought a STIHL chainsaw. My Husqvarna 440 is ok, but it lacks the torque my previous 45cc Homelight had and the Husqvarna auto oiler system just sucks. Seems to not oil enough while cutting, but has no problem oiling the floor of my shed... Im sure the 572XP would be nice though. My favorite from the list is the EE Wings cranks! on my wish list too.
  • 6 0
 @sarahmoore

Survival and socks... Brilliant wishlist. tup
  • 2 0
 Def want to see a smarter dropper, suspension integration. I think all of the sensor tech in fox's stuff is unnecessarily complex and apparently has downsides too. Its really as simple as tapping into the dropper (which Fox makes too) and when it bottoms out...the suspension opens up. Simple. This should already be on the market, especially with the extra long droppers these days. Then have an App/Switch the lets you tune the suspension profile based on the trails you are riding...if its all flowy pumpy stuff...you are going for a flow tune when the shock is open...when its gnarly, its wide open. Similar to Manitou's McLeod shock (4 positions) but with a bit more customization. It seems way more pragmatic.
  • 6 1
 this e-bike button... full review plz.
  • 4 0
 When I read magic cherry blocks I thought RC mean they were laced with THC hahaha
  • 6 0
 Username checks out... lol
  • 1 0
 To the dropper post idea, BMC has done things that goes exactly in the direction!
- Trailsync, synchronaizes the post to open the shock when the saddle is down
www.pinkbike.com/news/bmc-speedfox-01-first-ride.html

- the recent prototype on the latest fourstroke is going up and down without riders force.
www.pinkbike.com/news/bmc-autodrop-dropper-post-lenzerheide-world-cup-xc-2019.html

Looks like it's almost chrismas for Rian Park Big Grin
  • 3 3
 "the cycling world's steadfast belief that carbon has poor impact resistance and is prone to catastrophic failure has been a self-reinforced prophesy". Having witnessed a carbon enduro wheel literally blow up mid berm, I don't think it's a myth. The issue is that if you allow the spokes to lose tension, a carbon rim doesn't go out of true. Instead it ends up carrying a ridiculous amount of stress, then goes pop!
An ally rim will go wobbly when the spokes are in need of some attention. The issue is not that the carbon rim is weaker, it's that it's so stiff you get no warning. I'm sure carbon is fine if you stay on top of the maintenance... boring!!!
  • 3 0
 With three kids and recently expanded role at work I'd just be happy with more time to ride.
  • 3 1
 @danielsapp
dear daniel, gardening is a waste of time. leave your yard alone long enough, and it'll just go back to being a forest. best of luck. Santa
  • 7 1
 It's my other recreational activity...so it's time well spent.
  • 1 0
 So single wall carbon fiber rims are the way to go. Wouldn't that be easy to manafacture in North America? Simple two piece mold with a bladder. One part .
All I want for X mas . Peace . And maybe some titanium cranks Wink
  • 1 0
 Zipp 3Zero Moto rims are derived from the Bouwmeester design and made in Indianapolis!
  • 1 0
 @notenduro: Thought I read that Zipp wheels are single wall. Made in Indy. That's great!
  • 1 1
 That ``An Uppy-Downy Dropper Post with Futuristic Shock Integration``is really a ``super idea``. And what about ordering a proper brain for Xmas... or a bike that does everything at your place, including thinking, talking, writing, cooking, washing, ironing, lawnmowering, dogwandering, and dickholding while pissing?
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 @RichardCunningham: "one person actually can initiate meaningful change"

@mikelevy: *forces the industry to introduce a new category of bikes for shits and giggles*
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 for christmas I wanna be cleared for MTB sooner than later.... Turns out snapping your fib in half and having your foot dislocate and rotate 90 degrees puts you on the sidelines a little longer than expected lol.
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 Garmin InReach is a game changer. Highly recommend it.
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 Suspension lock-out when your post is at full height?! Big old nope! I wonder how Levy feels about that?? Wink
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 @mikelevy is wrong a lot.
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 @brianpark:
He is only human, apparently.
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 @waterproof socks = plastic bag is water proof. But I'd go with a neoprene sock. All the socks will get wet but neoprene will keep you warmer Wink
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 Why has no-one mentioned the best gift ever. . . A fresh bag of shop towels!
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 Come on Daniel. Every North Carolinian knows your mower has to be red. A 60" Titan would put that Husqy to shame.
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 It's debatable. I'd say it's depending on what region you're in. Many piedmont folks bleed John Deere green but Charlotte has Husqy in town and Husqy has a really solid comprehensive full product line - especially when it comes to their saws. I can't argue with you too much though. Snapper red is timeless. And anything would be better than the push mower I have now.
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 the Titan has a 25bhp and does 8.5 mph ridiculous
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 @vhdh666: Scag Cheetah - 37 bhp, 16mph. That's ridiculous.
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 Stihl saw or GTFO.
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 Already have the trail friendly MS170.
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 @danielsapp: you need a t540xp or the new 543xp and ditch that ms170
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 @onelivinlarge: I'm all about it. I just need a visit from the powertools Santa.
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 @danielsapp: That's like having a Ford and a Chevy in your driveway.
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 @danielsapp: that you do. im sitting on a 525pt5s, t540xp mk2, 545 mk1, 550xp mk2, and a 395xp right now
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 I got a rocky mountain reaper II. For x-mas I want a bright pink version. Smile
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 up 1 on anything icebreaker or smartwool merino,and a husq chainsaw please santa.
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 What’s a pump track bike? Does he mean a dirt jumper?
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 You mean a 'downpump' bike?
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 @brianpark: My bike is a dirt jumper.
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 My wishlist is man powered bikes in Wilderness and E-Bikes in National Forest legal. Pretty reasonable methinks.
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 Heroin looks nice but look at steel custom made like Columbi XCR. Pegoretti Duende frame
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 Daniel, get rid of your grass (or most of it), and plant native plants. Much better for the environment and less mowing.
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 Neeeeeeeeed link to e-bike deactivator please......
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 Thanks for introducing me to that Niner. I want it too.
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 Silly Daniel, everyone knows that Home Depot saws don't go to heaven!
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 Carbon wheels on Gt’s and pista’s crack on potholes too...
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 Hey Brian hopefully I get back for your rebate on Barber Uncle Hank
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 Jill Kintner has apparently been the queen of Crankworx since 1972! Thats impressive AF!
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 I would just wish for more wishes.
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 Is that Santa's candy cane, or is he just happy to see you?
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 Has there even been 47 Crankworx events?
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 Pic of Levy and Cunningham is the best.
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 Sklar bike frame! Oh man how I wish
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 My two front teeth

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