I work for a local bike shop that sells Pivot, Santa Cruz, BMC, Intense, Trek and Giant.
Thankfully I am no longer affiliated with Specialized.
DaveJube mikelevy's article
Apr 28, 2019 at 12:05Apr 28, 2019
A Closer Look at Cannondale's Wild 2-Shock DH Bike - Maribor World Cup DH 2019
I have a hard time setting up my Intense M16 with only 1 rear shock. I couldn't imagine trying to even set the sag on that bike.
DaveJube wileecoyoteee's photo
Apr 27, 2019 at 12:39Apr 27, 2019
Apr 26, 2019 at 14:37Apr 26, 2019
Video: Gee Atherton's Course Preview - Maribor DH World Cup 2019
Some said it earlier.....I CAN"T BELIEVE IT'S WORLD CUP TIME! That was a long cold winter and I'm glad it's over. Anyway, here are my thoughts.... That course looks knarly as it is, just wait until a few hundred riders rip it up and those ruts will turn into mini-canyons sucking in wheels or whatever else is nearby. Sometimes the roots are worse than rocks because they look decivingly simple, but they are difficult wspecially when they are wet. It looks like rain is on the way to turn that brown pow into slippery clay. Whatever the case may be, it's on! I'm super excited to see some of the new teams and some of the younger riders really shake things up. Watching World Cup racing always gets me pumped for our DH season here in the North East part of the USA. Some places have already opened some are still sorting things out but very soon everything will be in full swing. Let's do another season! This is officially my 20th season riding DH for real. Actually the first time I rode a lift with my bike was just after the World Championships DH at Hunter Mountain in NY in 1994. I rode the occasional lift serviced trails here and there but it wasn't until 1998 that I started to understand what DH was and by 1999 I had a DH bike and was racing. I love seeing all the people out there making this sport as big as it is now. I especially love seeing all the younger riders out there just killing it. Also, way back when the only time you saw girls at the DH parks they were waiting for their boyfriends. It is so great to see so many women out there riding. Sometimes there are as many women as there are men at my local park. So CHEERS to a new season! Let's get this thing started!!!!!
DaveJube mcain31's photo
Apr 26, 2019 at 11:23Apr 26, 2019
Apr 23, 2019 at 15:00Apr 23, 2019
Confirmed: Cannondale's New Downhill Bike Has 2 Shocks
OK, now that I've stopped laughing the questions can start......will they be using a dead piranha in the advertising? How many mountain bike related words have they tried to copyright? Did they produce the shock themselves? Will they have a new DH team? Will the team be riding someone else's bikes? questions....so many questions. But seriously, I have found that through the years cannondale has been a company that has tried to push the envelope on design just for the sake of being different. I have been following Cannondale since the start in fact my first real mountain bike was a 1991 SM500 fully rigid, followed by a 1993 DeltaV front suspension Headshok. If you look back at Cannondale's designs you will notice that they did things differently and sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn't. For instance their Headshok front suspension. For the most part it was a good idea that worked better on paper than in real life. But they did get some recognition for some of their other ideas like being the first bike company to use aluminium for bike frames with oversized tubing and thin walls. That was a technique that was huge at the time and is still in use today. But cannondale wanted to be that company that wasn't like the rest of them. They wanted to standout and do things differently just for the sake of being different. Take a look at the lefty. Last time I looked they were sticking with that horrible design. They only people that like it are the people quirky enough to buy one and use it. To me it is just an idea to make them look different and standout. But with that comes a million different problems. I've worked for bike shops for over 10 years and some of them were cannondale dealers so I do have experience with cannondale and their failures. My relationship with cannondale ended back in the late 1990's when I owned 2 canondales.....one was the deltaV and the other was a brand new Super-v full suspension. I had the Super-V in the shop more times than on the trail when I first got it. Of course I also had issues with the older Delta-V and the headshok on that bike. One day I decided to take the older Delta-V out for a ride since it was having less problems that the brand new Super-V. So as I am Just Riding Along I come up to a log across the trail I have jumped 100's of times. This time would be different because as I pulled up the front end and prepared to kick up the back wheel I noticed my forks seemed to be getting longer. All of a sudden the front end was very light....then I realize that the Headshok had exploded and my forks were flying off my bike only to be caught by the front brake cable. I prepared for an emergency crash landing but what I didn't expect was that the steerer tube of the forks had come inward at me like a weapon and impacted my collar bone as I hit the earth. After I stopped tumbling I got up to look at my bike was in 2 with the front wheel and forks separated from the rest of the bike. Without going into 6 more chapters of this already too long story I will say that after speaking with Canondale about my extreme dissatisfaction with them coupled with my injuries their legal team thought it would be best if Canondale would buy both of my bikes back at FULL RETAIL price even though 1 was 6 years old. In return I would agree to never buy another cannondale product again for the remainder of my life.....I couldn't sign the paperwork fast enough. What that has to do with cannondale releasing a new bike with 2 shocks, I don't know.....oh yeah, cannondale tries to be different for the sake of being different not because it can improve an existing product.
Apr 18, 2019 at 6:21Apr 18, 2019
Throwback Thursday: Maribor Through the Years
I love seeing the progression of the bikes. It's really amazing to be a part of this mountain bike culture when I did. I saw everything from the first full suspension bike I'd ride in 1989, to racing DH on a 4 inch travel bike with 3 inch tires. I am really lucky to have been involved with this sport since the early days. It's something I will always do and love. I really love the bicycle.
DaveJube sarahmoore's article
Apr 14, 2019 at 11:27Apr 14, 2019
Results: Downhill - Sea Otter Classic 2019
Is it that time already?
DaveJube mikekazimer's article
Nov 18, 2018 at 10:50Nov 18, 2018
Parent Company of Performance Bicycle, Fuji & Breezer Files for Bankruptcy
mean while Trump is going with the narrative that all businesses are doing the best they have done in 25 years. he takes credit for the rise in stock market but not the recent drops. His whole trade war with the tariffs are really going to hurt a lot of people. Bike costs for the consumer will increase by 25% for an item that isn't a necessity. That's a HUGE increase. it's not like a 2%, or even %5. So the bike that was $1000 last year is going to be $1250 this year. Meanwhile all the dolts are crowing how great america is.
DaveJube mikekazimer's article
Nov 17, 2018 at 13:41Nov 17, 2018
Parent Company of Performance Bicycle, Fuji & Breezer Files for Bankruptcy
@Laurengregg: Hang in there and don't worry about what some fat turd behind a keyboard says about you. You Know the deal. I know the deal. I have several friends that I used to work with that now work at the main Fuji HQ in Northeast Philly, and they are great people. The past year or so has been difficult for a lot of us working at local bike shops. Everyone is feeling the squeeze and I've seen at least 2 shops close. Just hang in there because I think things are going to turn around for all of us very soon. It's happened before, the pendulum swings back and forth. It will never be back to the heydays of the 90s but there are better days ahead. Focus on today and don't worry too much about what might happen tomorrow. You don't know what will happen so don't sweat it. Concentrate on today. Good Luck!
Nov 9, 2018 at 14:47Nov 9, 2018
This is basically a NEW Pivot LES 27.5 V2 XT/SLX Build. It has been on the showroom floor of my bike shop since the summer. It has never been ridden in trails or dirt. Here is info from PIVOT: Wickedly Fast. Ridiculously Fun. Our line of LES hardtails have been ridden to victory in professional races around the world. The new LES 27.5 is a hardtail aficionado’s dream machine. Our latest addition to the LES line-up features an ultra-light chassis with BMX-like handling and the rollover advantage of bigger wheels, all in a snappy, fast-accelerating package that fits a wide range of riders. THE NEW STANDARD IN HARDTAIL PERFORMANCE The lightweight LES 27.5 sets a new standard for stiffness and power transfer. Marshalling our proprietary hollow core, internal–mandrel process, and a custom layup incorporating new, high-modulus carbon fibers, we’ve created a ride-tuned hardtail that transfers your every watt into pure speed. The LES 27.5 features an oversized, box-section downtube and bottom bracket area, stiffness enhancing Boost 110 and 148 front and rear spacing, as well as meticulously engineered seat and chainstays. Out on the course, those features add up to amazing power transfer, razor-sharp handling and a surprisingly forgiving ride quality that staves off fatigue and saves you energy on even the longest courses. OUTSTANDING FIT AND FEEL Our rider size-specific geometry creates a balanced fit and adjusted geometry that gives you the best possible wheelbase length and handling. Our smaller sizes are built with shorter head tubes to create more stand-over height. This enables you to ride in a centered, athletic position with tons of clearance over the top tube – precisely what you need to descend and corner with confidence and speed. Buyer Pays shipping costs and if paying with paypal buyer also pays paypal fees. SHIPPING TO THE CONTINENTAL 48 STATES ONLY. Since we are a local bike shop we can accept credit cards over the phone and email the receipt right away. You will have the same protections as if you were standing in our shop. Also, because the bike is new you will be the original owner and you will have a full warranty. The bike is also available for pickup or test rides in our store near Trenton NJ. This ad can be removed at anytime because the bike is on our showroom floor at our shop and might be sold at anytime. FEATURES -Ultra-light, ride-tuned, carbon frame -New-school hardtail racing geometry -Extremely short 16.77” (426mm) chainstays for nimble handling -Hassle-free, full-length, internal cable routing. Fully Di2 compatible -Designed to work with forks from 100-130mm in travel -1x and 2x compatible SPECIFICATIONS FRAME LES 27.5 FORK Fox Performance 32 27.5" - 100mm HEADSET Pivot Semi-Sealed Cartridge REAR DER Shimano XT GS 11-Speed SHIFTER Shimano SLX M7000 11-Speed BRAKES Shimano SLX M-7000 CRANKSET Race Face Aeffect 30t - 175mm HANDLEBAR Phoenix Race Aluminum - 750mm GRIPS Phoenix Team Padloc STEM Phoenix Team XC/Trail - 75mm SEATPOST Phoenix Race Aluminum SADDLE Phoenix WTB Race Volt CASSETTE Shimano SLX M-7000 11-46t WHEELS SUNringlé Charger Comp w/ SUNringlé SRC hub, 27mm - 27.5" TIRES Maxxis Ikon 27.5" x 2.2" TR, 3C, EXO, MAXXSPEED, 120 TPI ROTOR Shimano SLX RT66 6-Bolt - 160mm CHAIN Sram PC-1110 11-Speed