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KJP1230 canfieldbikes's article
Dec 3, 2022 at 12:35
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Canfield Bikes Announces New Colors & Builds for Tilt and Lithium Models
@Arierep: I hear you with the convenience of washing. Truth be told, if I were riding that often I would be more likely to invest in multiple bladders because I simply love the convenience of grabbing a hose rather than a bottle during the ride (plus carrying a few small items). Sure, you still have to clean them. But you could batch it and knock them all out at once. 2-3 bladders would keep you going for more than week if you at least do a quick water rinse after you refill.
KJP1230 canfieldbikes's article
Dec 3, 2022 at 5:20
3 days
Canfield Bikes Announces New Colors & Builds for Tilt and Lithium Models
@Muscovir: Agreed! A $50 water hip pack will solve the problem, will hold more water + your keys and phone, AND is much, much easier to use while pedaling. If you position it correctly you won't notice its presence within about 30 seconds of starting to pedal.
KJP1230 mikekazimer's article
Dec 1, 2022 at 7:40
Dec 1, 2022
Review: The 2023 Yeti SB120 is a Comfortable Trail Cruiser
@5poundplumbbob: The particular suspension reviewer I saw said that the falling anti-squat is exactly what is valuable as this lead to significantly less pedal kickback deeper in the suspension travel. Again, I am not a huge fan of Switch Infinity. I had an SB150 and sold it after 10 months. That said, it does seem to be a better solution than a true single pivot.
KJP1230 mikekazimer's article
Nov 28, 2022 at 11:37
Nov 28, 2022
Review: 2023 Santa Cruz Nomad - Yes, It's Very Good
Where are all of you coming up with a $1,000 price difference between the Santa Cruz and comparable DTC brands? The Canyon that is mentioned here is currently $4,899 and comes with full Shimano XT drivetrain, Fox Factory rear shock, and Fox Performance Elite (all you're missing is Kashima) fork. The closest comparable Santa Cruz Nomad is the $8499 GX AXS, which offers an inferior rear shock (Select+) and the Carbon C frame, although you do get a robot derailleur (otherwise, I'd say GX and XT fairly comparable). To be clear, that is a $3,600 difference for very similar build kit bikes. The Santa Cruz is 173% the price of the Canyon. Worried about warranty? Hell - if you get 1 season of riding in before you need to warranty, you can buy a second bike outright and come out roughly ahead financially.
KJP1230 mikekazimer's article
Nov 28, 2022 at 8:50
Nov 28, 2022
Review: 2023 Santa Cruz Nomad - Yes, It's Very Good
Funny, I got a different read of the article. To me this read as "Yep, it's a very good bike" - which absolutely does not justify the price. There are many, many bikes in this category that are "very good" - and a select few that seem to rise to the level of legendary. Unfortunately for Santa Cruz, some of the better reviewed bikes are quite a bit less expensive as either a build or a frame.
KJP1230 mikekazimer's article
Nov 28, 2022 at 8:32
Nov 28, 2022
Review: 2023 Santa Cruz Nomad - Yes, It's Very Good
Can someone remind me why there are a small faction of pinkbikers that hate X2's? I feel as if X2's are amongst the most popular shocks I see on my local trails and I've never had anyone complain about them in-person. I've had X2's on my last 2 builds, and most of my buddies run them also - I've had no issues whatsoever. Standard rebuild about once per season is all that's been required.
KJP1230 mikekazimer's article
Nov 23, 2022 at 14:54
Nov 23, 2022
We Are One Announces New Convergence Carbon Rims & Wheels
@mikeyfresh1990: Real question - are people recycling aluminum rims? I've blown up rims before and had them rebuilt - never considered what my shop does with the rim...
KJP1230 mikelevy's article
Nov 23, 2022 at 9:35
Nov 23, 2022
Opinion: What Are Your Worst Bike Habits?
I'm guilty. I have a "go to" trail that I simply love and ride most often. It has everything - fast and flow, rocky-technical, berms, flat corners, hairpins, a few drops/jumps, open exposed areas as well as trees. It's challenging enough that I never tire of it and it makes for a useful baseline for both climbing and descending. I love riding new/less frequent trails as well - but its fun to be able to push hard on a trail that you know well.
KJP1230 henryquinney's article
Nov 22, 2022 at 11:46
Nov 22, 2022
Berd Release 1400 Gram Enduro Ready String-Spoke Wheelset
@ocnlogan: Similar story here. I9 Enduro S Hydra AL's, about 190 lbs without gear. Managed to mangle the rear rim in the first season (granted, it was a $50 replacement), but for the last 2 years the set is running strong. I prefer lower tire pressures (~24-27 PSI), but I also run dual cushcore. Not going to set any uphill records - but the wheels feel bulletproof.
KJP1230 henryquinney's article
Nov 22, 2022 at 9:50
Nov 22, 2022
Berd Release 1400 Gram Enduro Ready String-Spoke Wheelset
Some of us like the buzzy hubs. Feels like the ol' exhaust upgrade to your 4-door Honda Civic in high school. :) In all seriousness, I actually like buzzy hubs because it does a meaningful job of alerting other trail users to my presence - avoids the need for rackety sleigh bell on your bike.
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