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Metacomet mikekazimer's article
Feb 13, 2017 at 13:34
Feb 13, 2017
First Ride: Salsa Deadwood SUS 29+
@LuvAZ: I agree they should def be making a XXL, especially in place of the size small for this kind of a bike. But the numbers and height recommendations on the L and XL don't look so bad for a bike of this nature, where the focus is going to be primarily on backcountry trail/XC and endurance type riding.
Metacomet mikekazimer's article
Feb 13, 2017 at 10:56
Feb 13, 2017
First Ride: Salsa Deadwood SUS 29+
I think it looks pretty sweet! And really very proportional looking. Think of how well this will fit a lot of very tall riders. Def not a bike for everybody, but absolutely a bike that will work extremely well for the ones that find themselves dealing with bikes that are always too small, and put in a lot of miles in terrain where + tires will shine.
Metacomet RichardCunningham's article
Feb 10, 2017 at 7:08
Feb 10, 2017
Downhill Secret Revealed: Flat Tire Defender Foam Inserts - First Look
@Sam16-Adelaide: Yeah these types of products have been around for a long time, but this one and huck norris are the only two that really seem to have any kind of reputation of being effective and worth their weight. I agree, they are both bloody expensive, but there is obviously something more going on here that makes them so costly. Just because something is more expensive doesn't mean they are making more money off of it. I'm sure they would have loved to be able to bring it to market for much less and be able to sell 1000x more units and get everyone and their brother riding their product. They likely had to have worked with a manufacturer to either find an existing material, or develop a new type of foam that had all of the characteristics they wanted, and being such a low production volume the costs are going to be crazy. VPD, D30 and Sastech are all a type of foam and not cheap at all, but you cant just use some generic off the shelf stuff from your hardware or hobby store and expect the same characteristics. So again, someone, anyone, please bring something better to market for less if these truly are a complete ripoff.
Metacomet NAETRacing's article
Feb 6, 2017 at 10:42
Feb 6, 2017
East Coast Racers Included in North American Enduro Tour
Kept scrolling up and down through the article looking for the east coast stop. Never found it.
Metacomet mikelevy's article
Jan 25, 2017 at 7:06
Jan 25, 2017
Northwave Enduro Mid Shoe - Review
That's a nice review man! Very useful insight and some references I can relate to. Very helpful especially regarding shape and sizing, pedal interface, cleat depth and channel length. Those details are Very important, and almost never covered in "reviews" as they seem to focus purely on the manufacturers marketable selling points like stiffness, performance, closure dial ratchet widget thingamabob and a few words about durability or lack thereof.
Metacomet pinkbikeaudience's article
Jan 24, 2017 at 13:25
Jan 24, 2017
Ask Pinkbike: Bike Upgrades, Air Spring Choices, and Clipless Pedal Advice
For $300 and a big impact on your comfort, change the contact points like saddle, pedals, grips and/or bar/stem if anything related to those areas is bugging you. If those areas are happy then I'd say look to your tires and brakes. Even if you don't immediately need them, you can never really have too many tires.
Metacomet mikelevy's article
Jan 10, 2017 at 6:21
Jan 10, 2017
Ridden and Rated - 5 Trail Bikes
I personally think this is the way pretty much all reviews should be done. This format creates the necessary context and gives the reader something they can relate to, better understand what a particular bike excels at, and then think about what best matches what they want out of a bike. The purpose of a shootout is for a clear winner to emerge, which doesn't particularly help anyone and can often do more harm than good by steering a person away from a bike that really might suit them better, just because it had half a star less than another bike based on someone else's arbitrary opinion.
Metacomet mikekazimer's article
Jan 6, 2017 at 10:46
Jan 6, 2017
Inside Push Industries
@themanro: That seems quite reasonable to me really considering the list of parts you are doing. Cost will vary accordingly, but those springs are not cheap, and neither is the gen 2 upgrade, so the remaining balance required to just fit it seems really reasonable. In your case, you are essentially getting a brand new full on 11.6 for $500.
Metacomet mikekazimer's article
Jan 6, 2017 at 9:16
Jan 6, 2017
Inside Push Industries
@WAKIdesigns: If the new bike you are moving the shock to requires a different eye to eye, or different mounting hardware then you just pay for the parts they are replacing. The re-valving for the new bike doesn't cost anything. If its the same eye to eye, then they just re-valve for free when you send it in for service. That's a concept I would like to see a lot more of, especially at such a high initial cost.
Metacomet mikekazimer's article
Jan 6, 2017 at 8:03
Jan 6, 2017
Inside Push Industries
Just do it Waki. It's an investment, not a luxury. Not even joking. Honestly the best bucks I've spent on a real "performance" product. Yeah the performance is beyond my expectations, but the consistency, reliability, service, and interchangeability is what has made this one of my favorite bike investments. The bike just Always feels right no matter what. Would be rrrreally hard for me to consider anything else.
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