HogtownWheelsmith

I'm Jake Brennand, the Owner & Master Technician at Toronto-based Hogtown Spokes Elite MTB™. We manufacture industry-leading EDC ("Everyday Carry") bike-protection products made from thermoformed Kydex® sheeting. We also specialize in bespoke MTB wheelbuilding, offering the most professional and data-driven assembly process in Ontario. Our Web Store can be found at HOGTOWNSPOKES.COM.

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HogtownWheelsmith mikekazimer's article
Sep 12, 2019 at 6:28
Sep 12, 2019
Review: Trickstuff's Powerful & Pricey Maxima Brakes
My dentist’s timepiece is the same colour as the Trickstuff reservoir lid. And my dentist vacations in Italy regularly. I’m half waiting for him to call his drill “the Maximus.” Joking aside, these look like tremendous (if, yes, very expensive) brakes. It sounds like they’re absolutely stellar performers on the trail. Ultimately, if the price is something that people will actually pay - and, critically, the quality of the product is exemplary - then good on Trickstuff for knowing their audience. It takes some guts to stake that position in any consumer market. As someone above put it well, good brakes (if not brake pads) aren’t really consumables as far as bike parts go, so really pricey stoppers is a lot more palatable for me than, say, certain carbon rims, ceramic BBs, or ultra-high TPI tires.
HogtownWheelsmith Stfubike's article
Sep 10, 2019 at 11:55
Sep 10, 2019
HogtownWheelsmith RichardCunningham's article
Sep 10, 2019 at 7:42
Sep 10, 2019
Review: Mavic Deemax Elite Alloy Wheels
RC still takes the prize (Mike Levy isn’t far off) for the best writing on Pinkbike. Clever, thorough, averse to cliches, willing to opine, and almost seeming to be let down by needing to add bullet points at the end - as if they’re a chore after the proper analysis and real prose that preceded them. His work is a treat to read. And with all of his industry experience he’s definitely in a position to call bluffs and challenge the more outlandish marketing verbiage. Good reviewer choice for a no-nonsense brand like Mavic.
HogtownWheelsmith mikelevy's article
Sep 6, 2019 at 9:11
Sep 6, 2019
SRAM to Introduce a $15 Universal Derailleur Hanger - Eurobike 2019
@foespower. Good question! Boost (if not yet Super Boost) is here to stay - it’s also been seen on Shimano hubs in the wild! - and Dub is genuine innovation. Anyone knocking Dub should a.) really attempt to understand it (ideally by actually fitting a bike with Dub); and b.) perform a head-to-head test comparing the durability as well as stiffness of a 24 mm spindle/BB versus Dub’s 28.99 mm (which, by the way, was a science-driven number precisely arrived at). The only legitimate knock on Dub in my opinion is the plastic preload ring, but Cane Creek is now addressing that. Dub was a case where SRAM directly listened to rider input and their warranty guys (namely regarding 30 mm BBs, but also the GXP stuff) and then turned out a superior new system that they’ve committed to. The new Shimano drivetrains are outstanding, but they do leave themselves exposed to some engineering criticism for sticking to 24 mm. Now, whether SRAM can or should license Dub to their major competitor is a whole other conversation. The answer is perhaps no. But certainly Shimano could develop their own thicker, better sealed, more frame-universal BB standard to follow suit. Innovation with a value-added purpose for the consumer is always valid. As a wrench, I certainly don’t look forward to the inevitable repetitive afternoons with my press-fit tools working on BB30 or GXP press-fit. Dub is a welcome change on my end.
HogtownWheelsmith rossbellphoto's article
Sep 4, 2019 at 20:28
Sep 4, 2019
Tech Randoms: Snowshoe DH World Cup 2019
Absolutely. Agreed. Not to mention that the rim would never run true again...and in a discipline increasingly about incremental gains and splitting hairs. Would be really hard to keep that wheel off of the pads, especially at the lowish tensions that some racers opt to run.
HogtownWheelsmith edspratt's article
Sep 4, 2019 at 15:22
Sep 4, 2019
5 Things We Learned at Mont-Sainte-Anne DH World Champs 2019
Understood. Just to be clear I’m certainly not directly blaming any Masters Class riders - they raced their race as they well should. As WAKI put it well, crashes and brutality have lots of causes. I’m concerned about great talents getting injured, and I’m also making a larger point about the need for the type of stand-alone safekeeping and attention that MTB’s premier event deserves. True professionalization, where MTB is on par with the other major sports in the public sporting consciousness and in terms of earnings, etc., will only come from a hundred little such organizing gestures in combination. It’s the collective details that count. The elite athletes in MTB’s various disciplines have earned the right to expect as much. Separating venues would also arguably make it less likely that the Masters (or XCO) events would be overshadowed by Elite Downhill.
HogtownWheelsmith edspratt's article
Sep 4, 2019 at 14:32
Sep 4, 2019
5 Things We Learned at Mont-Sainte-Anne DH World Champs 2019
Fair point. Very true. Just seems startling - even with MSA’s tough rep - how many world class riders got badly injured. Never nice to see anywhere.
HogtownWheelsmith edspratt's article
Sep 4, 2019 at 13:50
Sep 4, 2019
5 Things We Learned at Mont-Sainte-Anne DH World Champs 2019
“The course seemed to be more dangerous than ever, possibly because the Masters World Champs held the week before had torn up the track in places and made it even rougher than normal.” With all due respect to the older riders, the UCI could take a page from the PGA Tour: no other (lesser) events the week before a major on the major venue itself, and ideally the Masters WC would have been held somewhere else entirely. You need to privilege track conditions for MTB’s biggest stage.
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