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Bluefire mikekazimer's article
Dec 23, 2019 at 14:19
Dec 23, 2019
Field Test: 2020 Yeti SB165 - A Pedalable Park Bike
@big-red: The shuttle (black sliding part) is forged, while the rods are machined, inserted through the shuttle, and then bolted to the frame. Did I understand your question?
Bluefire danielsapp's article
Nov 29, 2019 at 22:36
Nov 29, 2019
Pinkbike Poll: Do You Ride With or Without Gloves?
@ryanandrewrogers: That's novel. I use gloves, but I may give this a shot.
Bluefire SramMedia's article
Oct 29, 2019 at 13:59
Oct 29, 2019
Video: Ratboy & Co Let Loose in Pila on eMTBs
E-bikes can and should be fun. If e-bikes don't cause or exacerbate trail access issues for regular mountain bikes, there's nothing wrong with them. Some people seem to believe that using a motor makes a rider somehow "lesser", and they're entitled to that opinion, but I think it's more of a personal problem - a prejudice - and less of a legitimate concern. I wish our community would stop conflating legitimate concerns about trail access with other arguments stemming from (what is generally assumed to be) wounded masculinity. I cringe when I see an e-mtb article on the front page of Pinkbike or any other publication, but it isn't because I'm worried about the normalization of e-bikes. It's because I'm concerned about the tense and unproductive dialogue I usually find in the comment section. There have been a number of incidents between hikers/equestrians and e-mtbers in my area over the past few years, due largely to irresponsible salesmanship and its aggressively entitled customers. It would be easy for the industry to dismiss all e-bike concerns as being part of that "wounded masculinity" category, and to thereby ignore intensifying conflict on American trails. It would be just as easy for other trail groups to lump legal mountain bike users in with illegally-used e-mtbs and try to ban us altogether. I don't think I need to remind anyone of the preemptive Wilderness Area bans we've suffered in the past. Basically: Either US state and federal agencies need to recategorize e-mtbs and open all regular MTB trails to them, or e-bike manufacturers selling here need to be very clear with their customers about the legal restrictions on e-bike use. There's no reason that something undoubtedly good for the bike industry has to be destructive to mountain biking in general, but I believe that irresponsible enthusiasm is driving us to a reckoning point.
Bluefire mikelevy's article
Sep 10, 2019 at 22:48
Sep 10, 2019
The Eurobike Rumors: AXS Suspension, 1.8'' Steerer Tubes, a SRAM Motor, Fox's 38mm Fork - Eurobike 2019
@matt-15: You're not wrong, but this is the kind of logic that (in the US, anyway) might get MTBs banned from MTB trails too.
Bluefire mikelevy's photo
Sep 5, 2019 at 10:39
Sep 5, 2019
Ha! I've been wondering what a full raw Intend/Pole build would look like. Pretty good!

Bluefire pinkbikeoriginals's article
Aug 23, 2019 at 15:16
Aug 23, 2019
Video: Friday Fails #83
Looks like something about the shape of the trail there; I think the resolution and lighting are hiding it from us. His weight shifts forwards and his fork dives and bottoms out while veering right; I imagine he rode straight into the side of a little left-hand berm or something.
Bluefire mikelevy's article
Jan 30, 2019 at 21:31
Jan 30, 2019
Guerrilla Gravity's Less Expensive, US-Made Carbon Frame
Yeah, I think I'd only trust something like a Fabric or Fidlock up there. But at least it's there! You can always use it for something else.
Bluefire danielsapp's article
Dec 19, 2018 at 22:51
Dec 19, 2018
Bluefire danielsapp's article
Dec 19, 2018 at 0:28
Dec 19, 2018
Field Test: Trance vs Sensor vs Habit vs SB130
I agree, though it bugs me a little that we're only seeing two frames - plus a bit of a dropout and a bit of a 34. I get that Pinkbike is splitting the picture into four equal parts, but the frame makes the bike, not the wheels. Funnily enough, the GT in the back and the Habit in the front both have Stan's wheels, the Flow and Arch respectively, which are both so popular that they can be found on most any bike aftermarket.
Bluefire mattwragg's article
Dec 11, 2018 at 1:33
Dec 11, 2018
From The Top: David Lappartient, President of the UCI
"Worldwide, road and MTB count for 40% and 20% of license holders, followed by BMX (10%) and others (30%)." 30%!? What's in that 30%? It can't just be artistic cycling. I don't hold a license, so I only assume that track requires a different license from road, but that still doesn't seem like enough. Does a road license cover CX or is there a separate one?
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