Jul 15, 2020 at 3:317 hours
First Look: 2021 Yeti SB115
@SvenNorske: I understand the benefits of longer bikes, and for certain categories it makes sense, but what is sad is that they are applying the same reasoning to all bike categories and no one seems to acknowledge (or care about) what they are losing in the process. "What gets measured gets improved." Unfortunately, these days only downhill speed/time gets measured...
Jul 13, 2020 at 3:362 days
First Ride: 2021 Evil Wreckoning
@clink83: Do you find it annoying or just bizarre that almost no one seems to see (or acknowledge) that the current obsession over long reach is actually significantly impairing many bike's capabilities climbing or on flat ground? Yours is the first comment that seems to address the main issue. Instead of realizing the problem, designers are keeping with the fad and applying all sorts of bandaid fixes (like steep seat angles that make the TT way too short, or the wheelbase huge, your choice). On a bike like this, maybe, ok, whatever. But they are applying the same design principles to 120mm bikes, making them worse at what they should be good at, and all anyone can talk about is how much better it descends...
Jun 17, 2020 at 3:56Jun 17, 2020
First Ride: 2021 Santa Cruz 5010 - Get Jibby With It
@roma258: For some reason, pointing out that bikes are getting heavier and heavier is verboten, at least on PB. It goes against the "longer is always better" and "everything must have 29 inch wheels and be beefed up to DH component spec" trends. You get downvoted for pointing out that weight gain is a (minor) downside to building a 120 or 130 bike just like last year's enduro bike. It's just the way it is.
Climbtech duncshaw's article
Jun 4, 2020 at 14:38Jun 4, 2020
Video: A Day of Riding with Duncan Shaw & Danny Macaskill
Duncan: "It's kinda like cheating, isn't it?" Why yes, it's exactly like that.
May 22, 2020 at 9:48May 22, 2020
First Ride: Privateer 161 - An Affordable-ish Race Ready Machine
@stiingya: You got it. The steep seat angle trend is a compromise. It allows for more comfortable seated pedaling up moderate to steep grades without as much rider input to shift their weight forward. The compromise is that it takes you out of a more powerful pedaling position and ETT inevitably gets shorter unless you are ok with an extremely long wheelbase. For unhurried sit-and-spin type climbing, this tradeoff is fine and thus makes sense on an enduro bike where ascents aren’t timed and the only important riding is performed standing. It certainly wouldn’t be an acceptable tradeoff in XC, where they need to put the power down aggressively on the climbs (gentle and moderately steep) and the flats. There’s a reason these guys are stretched out low over the bike and don’t look like they’re pedaling beach cruisers. For trail bikes steeper is the trend, but not everyone is convinced, or at least people haven’t been consistently pointing out the issue until the seat angles started getting around 80 degrees. Ultimately, I think what you said last is most apt. This geo (or close to it) probably makes sense for enduro racing and it is interesting that the format is sparking its own geometry customizations. What makes me pause is that all bikes are following the same trend, where it really doesn’t apply optimally. Many light trail bikes aren’t being ridden in a “winch-and-plummet” style and a cramped seated position arguably makes these bikes worse for the intended purpose. When you like the reach and wheelbase of the medium and the ETT of the XL, something seems a bit off…
Climbtech jamessmurthwaite's article
May 15, 2020 at 11:36May 15, 2020
Specialized's Entry Level Rockhopper Hardtail Gets an Update for 2021
@WAKIdesigns: Agree. 12-speed has to be one of the all time greatest marketing coups from Sram. Convince everyone that n+1 has to be better, despite increased touchiness and disproportionately higher cost. Then they used their market share to infect all bikes despite the fact that the quality and shifting performance significantly deteriorated at the lower-priced groupsets that it definitely was not an upgrade over anyone's 11-speed offerings, even their own prior groups. And all that was before they came out with SX... They (or Shimano) could have left cassettes the same number of speeds and just made the cogs a bit bigger. From the many comments similar to yours above, it seems like Shimano would really have a market for the 10-45 in 11-speed for the new hyperglide+ groups. I wish they'd actually make those.
Climbtech mikelevy's article
Apr 7, 2020 at 11:02Apr 7, 2020
Field Trip: Santa Cruz's $2,899 Hightower Alloy - The Least Expensive 'Tower
@mrpfp: And they'll be 40 lbs...
Climbtech aidanoliver's article
Apr 2, 2020 at 9:15Apr 2, 2020
Bike Check: Matt Walker's Pivot Switchblade 29
@professed: If the ETT was actually shorter than the reach, these truly would be "progressive" new-school frames! Even Pole and Nicolai haven't gotten there just yet. :-)
Apr 2, 2020 at 5:02Apr 2, 2020
First Look: Atmospheric Solutions' New Tire Insert System Eliminates Pinch Flats [April Fools]
But all that weight adds stability by increasing the rotational inertia of the wheel, similar to the effect of switching to a 29er. I am surprised that they neglected to tout one of the most promising benefits, which is the ability to fine-tune the rotational inertia of your wheels using this system. Want maximum straight-line monster-truckability for racing? Add more inserts. Want a more playful ride, simply subtract units and adjust to your preference. I've heard it compared to the effect of switching to carbon wheels at a fraction of the price. Genius!
Climbtech mikelevy's article
Feb 27, 2020 at 2:55Feb 27, 2020
First Look: Santa Cruz's First eMTB, the 2020 Heckler
@unleash: Dude! I just did that 8a+ that I saw you struggling on earlier. Sure, I used the winch, but to me it felt REALLY soft! I even did it twice it was so easy. Now off to update my insta and claim my 8a.nu points...