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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.
AspidMan mikekazimer's article
Jan 27, 2020 at 8:13
Jan 27, 2020
Review: 2020 Kona Process 134 CR/DL 29 - A Quick Cornering Trail Bike
@davidrobinsonphoto: 5010 was also first bike that got in my mind but, yeah, it's expensive. Maybe try second hand? Speaking of it, older (no idea what years or gen...) Canyon Spectral was shorter travel. I think 130m rear with 140mm fork. If you want new trail bike in carbon and good value take a look at Giant Trance.
AspidMan mikekazimer's article
Jan 27, 2020 at 7:51
Jan 27, 2020
Review: 2020 Kona Process 134 CR/DL 29 - A Quick Cornering Trail Bike
And what frame size those bikes were? It makes big difference and can go over 500g between small and extra large size for example. Also bikes in recent years not only got longer but also tougher. Thanks to modern slacker geometry bikes can go much faster than ever so they need to be stronger to withstand abuse. Just check how much modern iterations of Slash or Enduro weigh now. Also Kona was never featherweight... Some current aluminium frames weigh over 3.7kg! You can get full-suspension STEEL frame lighter than that.
AspidMan brianpark's article
Oct 11, 2019 at 10:06
Oct 11, 2019
Jordie Lunn Passes Away After Crash in Mexico
I cannot believe this is true too. Heartbreaking news. So sad for his family.
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