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JustinVP ben-cathro's article
Nov 16, 2022 at 21:44
Nov 16, 2022
Bike Check: Ben Cathro's Santa Cruz Megatower is Smaller than You'd Think
@rookie100: We're all built/shaped differently. Tried a bunch of sizes, 500-ish is my happy place. Shorter and my back really starts hurting on long rides (aka normal rides).
JustinVP ben-cathro's article
Nov 16, 2022 at 11:03
Nov 16, 2022
Bike Check: Ben Cathro's Santa Cruz Megatower is Smaller than You'd Think
Same for us 6'2" folks - stuck smack between L and XL. Either too stretched out on the downs or too cramped on the climbs. Seems like all brands make a 485 and 515 in all the interesting bikes these days. Where's the 500 reach bikes?!? A few brands would kill it if they split the difference between the follow-the-sheep sizing that everyone seems to be doing.
JustinVP seb-stott's article
Nov 11, 2022 at 21:45
Nov 11, 2022
Short or Long-Travel: Which Is The Best All-Round MTB?
23 front and 26 rear seems really firm unless you're riding at world cup DH speeds. Try bracketing PSI and get back to us.
JustinVP brianpark's article
Nov 9, 2022 at 12:05
Nov 9, 2022
Poll: How Do You Actually Feel About Cable Routing?
Here's the deal, it's all about usability, durability and reliability. If you can make a headset routed frame that doesn't self destruct your bike and isn't a nightmare to use, then I'm fine with it. Biggest worry about the current systems is the cable hack-sawing through the steer tube. Cable even touching the steer tube is a deal breaker for me. (Though lets be honest, CSUs only last a year max, so maybe this whole thing is moot) I've had cables, heels, etc saw through stuff shockingly fast. Make this a non-issue, and deal with water ingress, then fine, I'll buy whatever works. The top headset bearing removal worries is a red herring, and there's ways around that. I really like the trend to geo-adjust headsets, which are probably mutually exclusive with headset routed cables. I predict a future where bikes are split between pretty bikes and hard charging bikes.
JustinVP mikelevy's article
Nov 7, 2022 at 10:22
Nov 7, 2022
Field Test: 6 Downcountry Bikes VS the Efficiency Test
Agreed. The durability thing is why a lot of us who are hard on gear have been riding bigger bikes even as our long-distance trail bikes for many, many years. Honestly, with the right tires they pedal fine on those big rides. There are finally some durable looking shorter travel bikes with good kinematics. Kona, Norco, Transition and a couple of the bikes in this test. The PNW brands seem to get it. It's a good time to be alive.
JustinVP HayesPerformanceSystems's article
Nov 5, 2022 at 15:36
Nov 5, 2022
ProTaper Releases New Carbon, Aluminum & XC Bars
@JLantz: Their forks and brakes are about as good as you can get these days.
JustinVP mikelevy's article
Nov 3, 2022 at 11:18
Nov 3, 2022
Field Test: Allied Cycle Works BC40 - The Fun Race Bike
Maybe if you're in mellow terrain, a mellow rider, or only care about the ups. But kinematics 100% matter if you're riding hard on chunky descents (all our high country stuff where I live) or have a few ledgy small drops on your xc rides. Anything that isn't nicely progressive will either be harsh or break, especially for anyone over 170 lbs.
JustinVP mikekazimer's article
Oct 26, 2022 at 9:31
Oct 26, 2022
Tech Week 2023: New Shoes, Brakes, Lights, & Grips
Ooooh, carbon levers for the Dominions! I hope they're available aftermarket for my A4s. I couldn't give a rat's okole about the weight, but carbon is so much warmer on the fingers in the cold. Same with plastic pedals, but luckily those are cheap.
JustinVP pinkbikeoriginals's article
Oct 12, 2022 at 10:26
Oct 12, 2022
JustinVP alicialeggett's article
Sep 9, 2022 at 12:29
Sep 9, 2022
Video: Neko Mulally Takes His Best Result of the Season at Val di Sole in Frameworks Ep. 10
So good, love following the project and hearing Nemo’s unvarnished feedback on the frame. Please keep this going for next year!
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