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Bobanek mikekazimer's article
Sep 20, 2022 at 12:45
Sep 20, 2022
First Ride: The 2023 Santa Cruz Tallboy Gets Updated, Not Overhauled
ridiculous indeed but if you consider that SC value their frame at ~ $3.5k then what is left is fo rteh components assembly, labor and margin ...
Bobanek mikekazimer's article
Jul 13, 2022 at 14:52
Jul 13, 2022
First Look: 2023 Niner RKT 9 RDO - XC Race Ready
@salespunk: The idea of all that geometry numbers is fine to certain extend but bike compatibility is more than just those numbers. It is s system of the components and what trails woudl you be riding. At the end of the day it is about how the bike fells and rides and 78 deg STA does not mean that the bike is great or bad . Not many people also climb steep and technical stuff. There are a lot of instances that I would prefer slacker STA just because it gives me more clearance or places me more aggressively on the bike. Steep STA seem like modern trend like the combination Maxxis DHF + DHR2 but does many people need those? I would say no . Niner got several "independent" good reviews after all, so why bitching about the bike based on one feature before ride it?
Bobanek mikekazimer's article
Jul 13, 2022 at 11:53
Jul 13, 2022
First Look: 2023 Niner RKT 9 RDO - XC Race Ready
@salespunk: It is unfortunate that the review is solely commercial and lack any sort of real world ridding experience test taht you can read here https://www.bicycling.com/bikes-gear/mountain-bike/a40592459/niner-rkt-rdo-review/
Bobanek mikekazimer's article
Jul 13, 2022 at 11:51
Jul 13, 2022
First Look: 2023 Niner RKT 9 RDO - XC Race Ready
@salespunk: Agree but if you match the frame size to you body you should be fine. I believe Niner designers know what are they doing . Except if you are some sort of orangutan type person with very long legs .Then you should be looking elsewhere Specialized had their Epic with a similar construction and I have not heard anyone complaining
Bobanek mikekazimer's article
Jul 13, 2022 at 11:47
Jul 13, 2022
First Look: 2023 Niner RKT 9 RDO - XC Race Ready
@NordicRider: ultimately you are interested of angle between the seat and the BB this is teh STA and it is 75 deg. The BB drop is 35mm so the bike will climb like a goat .. i.e. specialized Epic has STA 74.75 and BB drop 38mm and is a great climber the niner is even more aggressive. Construction ally both bike provide clearance with a slack seat tube but that does not relate to the STA measurement that as I said is between the saddle center and the center of the BB
Bobanek mikekazimer's article
Jul 13, 2022 at 9:35
Jul 13, 2022
First Look: 2023 Niner RKT 9 RDO - XC Race Ready
I don't think 75 deg is slack butt is pretty steep . Take a look at the bike table specification . It is more optical illusionist but the real angle is measured on the line connecting the BB and the seat clamp. Indeed the real seat tube is slack to have a clearance for the rear tire but this is just frame construction.
Bobanek seb-stott's article
Jul 11, 2022 at 13:47
Jul 11, 2022
Review: Stanton Switch9er FS Ti-Carbon: A Mixed Material Machine
@Pabsm80: take a look at my profile I have a picture of my bike there with mounted Absolute black chain guide and bash guard( one piece ) can send you more details if you mail me . The type and model is this absoluteBLACK Bash Guide Premium Chain Guide ISCG05 Mount I run 53mm chain line and used a rear triangle protector from Yeti ARC now there is plenty( sufficient) of clearance
Bobanek seb-stott's article
Jul 11, 2022 at 13:40
Jul 11, 2022
Review: Stanton Switch9er FS Ti-Carbon: A Mixed Material Machine
mud is definitely an UK issue but not very popular in California. I know, sorry. with a 2.5" tire the bike has ~10-12mm of clearance. I run 30mm wide rims and a 2.5" Maxxis Aggressor has ~10mm clearance. I would never need more than 2.3-2.4" wider rear tire of course this is very personal but it is like the oppininon that 95% of teh bike are sold with DH tires and solely 1-2% of the riders need them Bottle location is actually great . I did not like it at the very begging because it is odd but the truth is that is very comfortable and practical and with time used to it . The truth is that when you ride you need to lean way less to have a quick sip and put the bottle back, while if it is placed above the BB you will need to lean lower and further back down.
Bobanek seb-stott's article
Jul 11, 2022 at 13:14
Jul 11, 2022
Review: Stanton Switch9er FS Ti-Carbon: A Mixed Material Machine
14.4Kg with EXT ERA fork, EXT Storia shock , 200mm seat dropper (~800gr) and 250ml of sealant in each tire including the Shimano clip-less pedals I run light tires though Now I have only Stanton , some of the biked used to have Niner Jet RDO, Santa Cruz Tallboy, Yeti SB130 and Yeti ARC and others... have already ~2000miles on the Stanton as you said it is awesome
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Jul 11, 2022 at 12:48
Jul 11, 2022
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