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AspidMan seb-stott's article
Aug 31, 2021 at 7:19
Aug 31, 2021
First Look: The Digit Datum Has Shock Strut Suspension
I would love to see a XXL size with 530mm reach and 130mm head tube for the tallest among us. Thank you.
AspidMan mikekazimer's article
Apr 21, 2021 at 2:52
Apr 21, 2021
First Ride: 2022 Niner WFO 9 RDO - Lots of Travel, Efficiency, & Acronyms
I doubt I've ever seen seat tube kinked rearward so much… kind of reminds me of my friend at Saturday morning
AspidMan nkrohan's article
Nov 28, 2020 at 15:47
Nov 28, 2020
10 Kits for Plus Size Mountain Bikers - Men’s Edition
I'm tall and skinny too, towering high about 195cm / 6'5" and 33–34" waist. Still about to find pants that are long enough but for summer riding garment from Pearl Izumi works perfectly for me. Their Elevate and Launch shorts have 15" (38cm) inseam in size 32"! Also theirs Summit jersey is nicely long and really comfortable. Highly recommend all of them for anybody taller. Jackets from Pearl Izumi look worth a look too as they seem to have longer than average arm sleeves but haven't tried that so far. One more thing there was a test of knee guards for every body type from pb and Leatt Airflex Pro scored high both in skinny and tall categories. I can confirm that.
AspidMan danielsapp's article
May 12, 2020 at 14:10
May 12, 2020
Review: HED's Raptor 29 XC Carbon Wheelset
@WAKIdesigns: Hope brakes are like Singer Porsche!? Are you high? :D Maybe, just maybe, that would be Tr!ckstuff. If Shimano is Toyota and Sram is Ford then Hope would be something like Jaguar. More exclusive and focused. One way or another, don't try to look into it too much. I'm bright example of a man trying to have everything sorted in life when it just colossally sucks.
AspidMan konaworld's article
Apr 22, 2020 at 7:24
Apr 22, 2020
Video: Spencer Paxson & Mark Allison Ride the All New Kona Hei Hei CR in 'Bicycle Therapy'
Probably not. If you want modern fun bike from Kona go with the updated 134.
AspidMan mikelevy's article
Apr 20, 2020 at 15:06
Apr 20, 2020
Field Trip: Is Buying a Used Mountain Bike Worth It?
@Mondbiker: Looks like you made a name for yourself here. :D
AspidMan aidanoliver's article
Apr 1, 2020 at 17:49
Apr 1, 2020
Bike Check: Matt Walker's Pivot Switchblade 29
Pros do everything to be faster in the first place. Thats all that matters to them. If they choose to go with smaller size it's IMHO not because primarely they want their bike to be playful or fun but agile to be fast responding when going mach chicken at the race. Same with the width of the handlebars. I read about it so many times. They run 760s because they want to avoid trees that keep charging at them at much higher pace than us. Enduro riders ride mostly natural trails so it only makes sense they want as much space as possible to widen that error margin. And why they do it? Why best of them want to ride shorter bikes with narrower bars? Not because some fun. That's why they are on full 29ers and do not opt for 27.5. They choose so because they are much stronger than we so they can hold on to it. Because they are more skillful and can balance themselves even on smaller bike. It makes sense to me. Are we really comparing ourselves with pros? I'm tall guy and I'm just glad I can ride bike that fits me. Ride your damn bike and keep safe.
AspidMan aidanoliver's article
Apr 1, 2020 at 17:41
Apr 1, 2020
Bike Check: Matt Walker's Pivot Switchblade 29
@Mondbiker: Pros do everything to be faster in the first place. Thats all that matters to them. If they choose to go with smaller size it's IMHO not because primarely they want their bike to be playful or fun but agile to be fast responding when going mach chicken at the race. Same with the width of the handlebars. I read about it so many times. They run 760s because they want to avoid trees that keep charging at them at much higher pace than us. Enduro riders ride mostly natural trails so it only makes sense they want as much space as possible to widen that error margin. And why they do it? Why best of them want to ride shorter bikes with narrower bars? Not because some fun. That's why they are on full 29ers and do not opt for 27.5. They choose so because they are much stronger than we so they can hold on to it. Because they are more skillful and can balance themselves even on smaller bike. It makes sense to me. All this talking that marketing is evil because bike companies don't want us to have fun? Are we really comparing ourselves with pros? I'm tall guy and I'm just glad I can ride bike that fits me. You want to downsize to have more fun or whatever… Do it! Who am I to tell you what is right for you. Ride your damn bike. Keep safe everyone!
AspidMan mikekazimer's article
Feb 19, 2020 at 23:16
Feb 19, 2020
First Ride: The New Ibis Ripmo V2 is Carbon AF
@hamncheez: I realize this. I am aware of the reasons nobody in the industry do 2XL/3XL sizes in carbon… to sell 50 of these at best? Hardly cost effective. But on the other hand there is the trend to go longer and slacker. Nowadays some bike companies make really short seat tubes so riders can up size. Some are already making quite long bikes. This may be the dead stop or things will move even more. There are bikes with 490mm reach in size large… so I'm carrying little hope. If I had the money I would have long time ago let Starling or Robot built a bike for me. But I don't now. I don't want this to sound like some angry rant against blind industry in any way. Just as a tall guy I know what I'm talking about and I see space for improvement.
AspidMan mikekazimer's article
Feb 19, 2020 at 13:52
Feb 19, 2020
First Ride: The New Ibis Ripmo V2 is Carbon AF
Steepening seat angle and lengthening rear end are necessities for taller guys to feel combortable aboard. But I am still waiting for time when most bike companies will offer XXL sizes too. So many bikes tops their sizing with XL size at 500mm reach… that's not enough! Some go to 515mm (Norco/Nukeproof/Privateer/Santa Cruz) and some go little beyond (Bird/Last/GG) but it's still Pole and especially Nicolai only that go past 530mm mark. And not everyone wants/needs super slack machine. Some might prefer carbon over alloy etc. I hope this will be adressed by more and more bike companies in the near future. Otherwise I will mail Robot/Atherton or MDE.
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