MikerJ kabelleira's article
Sep 20, 2017 at 18:48Sep 20, 2017
MikerJ mikelevy's article
Sep 20, 2017 at 18:38Sep 20, 2017
FSA's New Dropper Post - Interbike 2017
After running a few different posts over the years (started on the original Gravity Dropper when it first hit the scene) the Fox Transfer has proven the best. I've got two - one from the first run which returned a bit slow, and lever throw a bit stiff. The latest model addressed those 2 minor issues. Matched with a Wolftooth lever they are dialed. They've had zero issues and function perfectly. If they came in a 160 or 170 the Transfer would be perfect.
MikerJ RichardCunningham's article
Sep 19, 2017 at 13:31Sep 19, 2017
Continental Talks Tires - Interbike 2017
Conti tires I've run too often ended up with the wobble. 2.6 is the real deal for hard trail/AM riding. Was _not_ a fan of the chubby tires and have run Maxxis in a 2.3" for a long time (2.5" on the DH rig). Gave the new Maxxis 2.6 DHF/Forcaster a try. Wow. It grips and eliminates chatter. Gives a similar feel to riding a DH tire. So far they've been durable. Blows the 2.3 DHF/DHRII out of the water. They roll fast too as they are not too heavy - they are made to pedal, not for lift assist. Can't say enough good about them. Oh, what does that have to do with Conti... well at least they seem to be behind the 2.6" tires. And, I don't think the Maxxis 2.6 are tough enough for Enduro style riding. Stick with the double down flavors.
MikerJ TransitionBikeCompany's article
Sep 14, 2017 at 5:43Sep 14, 2017
Smugglin' Transition's SBG Across the Rockies - Video
Agree. Interesting advertisement. I'd like to know how capable is this bike with only 120 out back. My last 29" with 120 out back was not competent at all when things got even a little rough. Based on this ad, looks like a bike to get you from point A to B, on buff single track, fast. Not knocking Transition or the bike as I'm very interested in this rig for trail riding, but not sure if it can handle our every day terrain. Tough for me to get a demo.
MikerJ cameronmackenzie's article
Sep 9, 2017 at 7:21Sep 9, 2017
24 Custom Painted DH Bikes at Cairns World Champs 2017
I'd take the all black Pivot if it could run a coil. A bike/frame's lines speak way more than a bunch of fragile stickers and paint (though Santa Cruz's old "trans red" with a polished swing arm on a Bullit looked killer). Nicest bike I've ever seen is that dude's custom/home done ball burnished Glory in the 2015 Glory thread... https://www.pinkbike.com/forum/listcomments/?threadid=161704&pagenum=29#commentid6517827
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Sep 5, 2017 at 4:23Sep 5, 2017
Sep 5, 2017 at 4:14Sep 5, 2017
Transition Sentinel - Review
Yeah, I do get the impression these guys design bikes what works well for them, in their terrain. Makes sense. I wasn't knocking the bike/Transition. Genuine question really.
Sep 4, 2017 at 17:49Sep 4, 2017
Transition Sentinel - Review
While I think what Transition is doing is really cool, I'm not sure what type of trails a bike like this is made for. Maybe long dirt road climbs then long, tough, steep descents? Lift assist - I've got a DH rig for that. Trail/AM riding - seems like overkill. 140 out back on a 29er is good for an all-rounder. Pedals and descends well. But 160 up front with a 64 degree HTA ? Pretty heavy duty and seems would be overkill on anything but very rough descents. That reduced offset fork would need to have a pretty big impact to real this beast back in. I was hoping this bike would be a good all-round, like most mid-long travel 29ers aim to be, but on paper looks like too much bike. I thought the Smuggler would get something like 130 out back and 150 up front with angles just a bit more conservative. That 130/150 split climbs and descends very well. Sorry to generalize, but my impression is that many Pinkbikers are of the "I live for the DH" type. If so, why are you always looking for a bike to make that DH come to an end as quickly as possible? Maybe you'd want to savor the flavor?
Posted in "Boxxer woes. Move over to a Fox 40 ?"
Sep 2, 2017 at 16:23Sep 2, 2017