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KJP1230 edspratt's article
Sep 20, 2020 at 8:12
Sep 20, 2020
Bike Check: Lewis Buchanan's Prototype Forbidden Race Bike - EWS Pietra Ligure 2020
For what it’s worth, rumor has it that Norco is about to release a new enduro bike with and idler/high pivot design, similar to the Aurum. Excited to see competition and innovation using a fairly unique design. Please get the geo right (Forbidden and Norco)!
KJP1230 mikelevy's article
Sep 15, 2020 at 18:26
Sep 15, 2020
First Look: The Cassidy is Salsa's Most Aggressive Bike Yet
@ranchitup: It's funny how we all project the conditions where we live to be the 'norm'. I hail from Colorado, and we don't really have a lot of fire roads here. Virtually everyone rides All Mountain/Enduro bikes and we mostly do long, grueling, technical climbs to get our turns. I would imagine that there are at least several states in the US where this type of riding is the norm. So a steep STA is in fact useful. Meanwhile, whether you climb fire roads or trails, a slack STA offers 0 advantage. So my point remains.
KJP1230 mikelevy's article
Sep 15, 2020 at 13:57
Sep 15, 2020
First Look: The Cassidy is Salsa's Most Aggressive Bike Yet
For all of those downvoting this reasonable thread out of conversation, what exactly is your gripe? Can we all agree that 75.7 STA is very slack relative to modern bike geometry in 2020? Sheesh.
KJP1230 mikelevy's article
Sep 15, 2020 at 10:58
Sep 15, 2020
First Look: The Cassidy is Salsa's Most Aggressive Bike Yet
@kfccoleslaw: I agree. Like I said - they clearly pivoted to progressive/aggressive bikes. And I get it, they are trying to hedge out risk by reusing the same rear triangle as their other frames. Still feels like a half-ass'ing and the STA is disqualifying for many riders, especially on a bike this aggressive and in a segment where there are a load of dialed-in competitors.
KJP1230 mikelevy's article
Sep 15, 2020 at 9:53
Sep 15, 2020
First Look: The Cassidy is Salsa's Most Aggressive Bike Yet
@kfccoleslaw: I agree with most of what you've said - HTA and reach are critical, and Salsa's numbers look fairly progressive. That said, I have yet to read a review where a more slack STA was desired, and if feels like we've honed it to about 78ish degrees as optimal. So why not just get that detail right? Especially for a slack and long-legged bike that will need the help on the climbs.
KJP1230 mikelevy's article
Sep 15, 2020 at 8:06
Sep 15, 2020
First Look: The Cassidy is Salsa's Most Aggressive Bike Yet
When I think of Salsa, I think of trail bikes for conservative riders aged 45+ (no offense to anyone, these are just the only folks I see riding Salsa bikes out in Colorado.). It's clear that Salsa had some internal meetings, and realized their path forward was a more modern, more aggressive bike. So why on earth wouldn't you implement modern geometry in your "leap-forward" bike design? You went all in on the suspension travel and HTA, and then you pulled back a bit on reach and you offered us 2012 STA. I get the moderate reach - there is something to be said for agility of a moderate reach and wheelbase bike - but I can find no earthly reason to offer a 75.7 STA, as compared to a 77.5-78.5. Seems like table stakes.
KJP1230 mikekazimer's article
Sep 9, 2020 at 11:00
Sep 9, 2020
First Ride: 2021 Rocky Mountain Altitude - More Travel, More Options
For $100 and 5 minutes work, one can easily upgrade the 370 hubs to 54T engagement. Super easy and cheap process.
KJP1230 COMMENCALbicycles's article
Aug 31, 2020 at 9:51
Aug 31, 2020
Commencal Announces New Meta Power With Shimano EP8 Motor
Given the huge boost from a motor, why wouldn't one always opt for the performance of a coil shock? CS or fully open - enjoy the extra 85 watts.
KJP1230 mikekazimer's article
Aug 24, 2020 at 8:07
Aug 24, 2020
Review: Privateer 161 - The Budget Priced Brute
So we've managed to officially find the end of Enduro geometry without the Grim Doughnut. 170mm 29er with: 490mm reach, 79.5 seat tube angle, 64.3 HTA and 435 mm chainstays. That's it...good work. We can all head home.
KJP1230 dan-roberts's article
Jul 31, 2020 at 9:32
Jul 31, 2020
Enginerding: How Are Seat Tube Angles Actually Measured & Why Does It Matter?
@powderturns: It's pretty obvious that he is saying he doesn't care "within reason". Obviously we care if the bike has a 60 degree angle, or a 90 degree angle. But assuming the bike is somewhere in the realm of modern 73-77 degrees, you can probably adjust your saddle on the rails to achieve what matters: ideal position of hips to BB.
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