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Svinyard sarahmoore's article
May 12, 2022 at 12:19
May 12, 2022
Anita & Caro Gehrig to Quit Racing & Open a Hotel After 2022 EWS Season
I do wish MTB pros had a bigger draw/TV deals to provide enough money like other sports do. When an NBA player can make 40mil$ a year while sitting in street clothes due to a debatable mental health issue…the difference is stark.
Svinyard mikekazimer's article
May 10, 2022 at 12:53
May 10, 2022
Race Face Releases Updated Aeffect R Pedal with 25% More Platform
What pedals do you like that don't have this?
Svinyard mattbeer's article
May 5, 2022 at 17:57
May 5, 2022
Burning Question: Why Have Some Pro Riders Downsized to a 27.5" Rear Wheel?
@ctd07: yeah that’s true, no DD or EXO+. Magic Mary 26” in Super Gravity is likely what you want then. It’s a like 1050g and a step down from the heavy Super Downhill casing.
Svinyard mattbeer's article
May 5, 2022 at 15:21
May 5, 2022
Burning Question: Why Have Some Pro Riders Downsized to a 27.5" Rear Wheel?
@ctd07: Maxxis and Schwalbe make great 26" tires/tyres? My son runs DHR2 F/R in 3C and DC on his 26" enduro/freeride bike.
Svinyard mattbeer's article
May 5, 2022 at 8:50
May 5, 2022
Review: BikeYoke 213mm Revive Max 2.0 Dropper Post
These guys make great stuff but I’d also mention that Stephan is a stellar person. He helped me fix a dropper once, via internet, and it wasn’t even his dropper lol. Bike Yoke doing well to represent good MTB companies.
Svinyard mikekazimer's article
May 3, 2022 at 11:27
May 3, 2022
Video: 5 Value Full-Suspension Bikes Ridden & Rated - Field Test Roundtable
Those are about it for the low price point. That Trance X model you mentioned is unfortunately a 27.5 which seems to be out of vogue for many people. Wish the Trance X 29 had a similar spec but it doesn't and is more inline with the rest of the junk unfortunately. That would be the killer bike at 2800$ with a Yari and Deore. Its pretty much only these or its the Polygon Siskui T8 2500-2600$...and that's literally about the only bikes that have a spec that isn't disposable junk and can be maintained with a very nice value. Maybe the Fezzari but its so dang ugly and on the expensive side. Marin Alpine Trail 3k$ build is pretty nice too actually, very nice bike there too. The other great value entry will certainly be the new Vitus Mythic (or whatever they call it) assuming its still around 2600$. Old one was nice as well but geo was a bit dated for better or worse. I'm all about supporting the local bike shop and do, but these junky spec bikes (aside from the few Giants) just aren't worth it and don't turn into great used bikes either.
Apr 28, 2022 at 9:03
Apr 28, 2022
Svinyard mikelevy's article
Apr 27, 2022 at 9:54
Apr 27, 2022
Value Bike Field Test: Fezzari Cascade Peak - The Classic Trail Bike
@mikelevy: Indeed, its about the perfect entry-level bike (aside from being a bit heavy). I could spend a season on that, leaving my fancy bike behind, and be OK with that. I'd love to see every manufacturer forced to compete with that. The only ones doing that are maybe: 1- Giant with their 120/130mm Trance 2600$-2700$ build that's Deore, Marzocchi Z2 (I wish the value model Trance X didn't have a junk spec) 2- Vitus's Mythic 130/140mm at around 2600$ too with Deore/Z2 (their new one even looks on par with the T8 as the old one is behind the times a bit and kinda ugly). That's it tho for that 2600$ price range. They all have decent forks (none of the RS 35/Recon junk) and decent drivetrains. Geo is an issue but getting better with this next round I think. But we need more solid bikes like that and for those companies nailing it to be rewarded with industry marketing and sales. The beauty is that great bikes like the T8 as lower-prices...they turn into amazing used bikes because their spec isn't junk. Now we've got entry riders on used bikes that are built to last and serviced well...not just have parts going to the Landfill whilst screaming "Alllohongaaa" (your review was a classic one there lol).
Svinyard mikelevy's article
Apr 27, 2022 at 9:38
Apr 27, 2022
Value Bike Field Test: Fezzari Cascade Peak - The Classic Trail Bike
The geo is pretty close to the Pivot Switchblade, which is an incredible aggro-ish trail bike that was a clone of the Ripmo V1 which was also sick. This bike is also butt-ugly. Could almost pass for a Motobecane. If you want a cheap D2C bike with a great spec, the modern geo'd Polygon Siksui T8 is it with Fox/SLX for like 2500$. And its a looker too. This being a whopping 500$ more isn't what you want, despite likely having better wheels and a similarly solid spec.
Svinyard alicialeggett's article
Apr 26, 2022 at 11:00
Apr 26, 2022
Field Test: 2022 Stumpjumper Alloy - As Versatile As Ever
@lepigpen: This is the problem tho with these fluffy reviews. So many people are laymen when it comes to understanding quality and function of these el cheapo components. There aren't reviews out there on most of these low-end components like there are for a Lyric or 36 etc. So they see a brand name they like and the price works and assume its a good value when in reality its the opposite. I've got 12 bikes in the garage, I've bought el-cheapo bikes before and its ALWAYS been a bad idea that I've regretted until I sold the bike...aside from my Astronut DJ which is freaking amazing. The only thing worse than a bike with junk components is maintaining a bike with junk components lol.
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