Golich

40 something mountrain biker, ex BMX freestyler from the 80s. Loving nothing more than ragging my bike up or down

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Golich mikekazimer's article
Aug 8, 2019 at 7:44
Aug 8, 2019
First Ride: 2020 Giant Reign Advanced 29
A reduction in rear travel from 160mm to 146mm - I'm out. As an owner of a 2015 Reign advanced 0, I was really looking forward to this new model. They have been improving year on year. This bull about 1.5" larger diameter wheel (0.75" on the radius) being able to compensate for a reduction in travel is bull. All this says to me is, they couldn't get the design right. Other manufacturers of 29ers have 160mm and greater! It's been said elsewhere, a bigger wheel is not going to help me for big drops. Also, the price of the Reign has grown exponentially year on year since their 2015 model when they adopted essentially this shape. The advanced Reign 0 with arguably equivalent spec was £5400 ($6500) now £7400 ($9000) That's a cost increase of 37% in 4 years! I wish I could get that return on my pension / savings etc! O well maybe 2021.....
Golich brianpark's article
Jul 12, 2019 at 10:33
Jul 12, 2019
First Ride: RockShox's Updated 2020 Reverb - Bike Connection Summer 2019
PS Give the UK Rockshox importer - Fishers a MASSIVE boot up the arse! They are forever out-of-stock of common service parts for all Rockshox items. They are a bloody joke and have been for years!
Golich brianpark's article
Jul 12, 2019 at 10:26
Jul 12, 2019
First Ride: RockShox's Updated 2020 Reverb - Bike Connection Summer 2019
SRAM if you are reading this, ditch the hydraulic lever, the fragile barb in the older style lever snaps to look at it. One spin of the bars or a snag on the hose can snap the barb off. The newer design is more robust as it supports the barb. Just make it cable operated like the wolftooth to reduce the risk of failure in the event of an accident. Given how unreliable the post is, reduce the stupidly expensive RRP of the service kits, (approx £80). It just adds insult to injury. The cost of the 400hr reverb seal kit is almost double that of a full service kit for a fork which includes far more items - They never make 400hrs before sagging! While looking at the RRP of the kit, how about including just the parts needed. Case in point, you need the circa £80 service kit to get all the parts that typically cause the seat to sag i.e. the pressure retaining parts. They are only 5 small rubber components, nothing more than 3 tiny O-rings, an IFP seal and the internal seal head seal. Those 5 tiny rubber parts should not cost more than a couple of pounds - certainly not £80! We don't need the expensive alloy parts like the seal head, and the top cap. Make the bush in the top cap assembly a replaceable item rather than having to buy the whole alloy top cap assembly for an RRP of circa £40! There is a global movement trying to get all companies to look at how they manufacture or provide their services with regard to wasteful practices and their environmental footprint. Case in point, you don't need to supply alloy parts in a service kit that do not wear out. Or any other part for that matter. For example, the top out bumper in the seal head or the top out o-ring or the O-ring in the seal head that expands the seal head bush - they don't deteriorate. So why include them in every already expensive kit? By all means make it an option to buy them IF you really need to. The upshot is, trying to service these already unreliable and expensive posts is stupidly expensive. You charge a bloody fortune for a couple of Lok luer syringes and oil. The whole experience is an unreliable fragile rip off! Sorry rant over!
Golich CLIF's article
Jun 16, 2019 at 10:02
Jun 16, 2019
Video: Celebrating Father's Day with Ethan & Andrew Shandro in 'Son's Gonna Rise'
Great to see how Ethan has progressed from that early vid! But wow I'm feeling father time........
Golich Dirt-School's article
Jun 15, 2019 at 8:42
Jun 15, 2019
Video: The Mountain Biking College Course that Produced Reece Wilson, Greg Williamson & Lewis Buchanan Celebrates 10 Years
Great vid. I can highly recommend Andy's Dirt School bike training for those not on the course. A bunch of you can get together to reduce the cost for a days coaching.
Golich Sleeper-co's article
Jun 8, 2019 at 8:02
Jun 8, 2019
Video: Reece Wilson's Fort William World Cup Prep
Entertaining vid. Better luck for the next race.
Golich pinkbikeoriginals's article
Apr 28, 2019 at 12:00
Apr 28, 2019
Inside the Tape: Ben Cathro Picks Apart Line Choice at Maribor DH World Cup 2019
Great technical insight Ben. Really interesting to see the time differences and the explanations of the various techniques - 10 out of 10 content.
Golich ben-cathro's article
Apr 26, 2019 at 1:03
Apr 26, 2019
Video: CathroVision Track Walk - Maribor World Cup DH 2019
Great content, I particularly like the snap shots at the side while you're chatting away. Also, big thumbs up to roots n rain, been using it for years. Ps Red Bull, your rule will stifle coverage of mountain biking, which I would think is the opposite of what you want. Folks like Ben are never going to be in a position to compete with you, but the more folks out there promoting mountain biking to the masses, is more folk tuning into your official footage - everyone is a winner. Let's not talk about the seriously negative coverage you're getting as a result of this badly thought through idea!
Selling
Feb 16, 2019 at 17:08
Feb 16, 2019

Santa Cruz Nomad Carbon MkII Bright Metallic Green

$500 GBP
For sale my spare BRAND NEW, NEVER USED, still in the wrapping Santa Cruz Nomad Carbon frame ONLY in gorgous bright metallic green i.e. Front and rear triangles, complete with brand new lower link and second hand upper shock link, but with brand new bearings. Also included is a brand new, again never used 142x12 DT swiss rear axle and drop out / hanger. £500 for the above i.e. complete frame, axle, mech hanger, and suspension piviots. Also included is an offset headset by Worx which slackens the head angle to 65degrees complete with upgraded Stainless steel bearings. THE REAR SHOCK IS NOT INCLUDED. NEITHER IS ANY OF THE OTHER COMPONENTS SHOWN. However, they are all for sale separately. I would also consider selling the complete bike with all the parts shown. I would fully build it up for the right price. This build was over £7500 with top spec everything e.g carbon wheels, bars, cranks, XTR, Cane Creek DB air, Pike 160 RCT3, brand new unused transmission, 150mm KS Lev dropper, etc. for £1200. 26" is not dead. This would make a top spec lightweight bike for a young or small rider. Can be built to circa 28lbs with decent dual ply rear tyre. Why buy a poorly spec'd heavy 27.5" bike with poor suspension and components when you can have one of the best 26" frames. Take it one step further and buy the complete bike for £1200 with some the of the very best kit.

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