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Varaxis mikelevy's article
Nov 7, 2022 at 11:03
Nov 7, 2022
Field Test: 6 Downcountry Bikes VS the Efficiency Test
@rich-2000: I agree with you. My Following was so much more painful at climbing that I reviewed the marketing material again and didn't see anything glorifying its climbing ability. There were clips of riders pushing it though. It certainly had a DH sled feel to it when pointed down though!
Varaxis mattbeer's article
Nov 4, 2022 at 11:57
Nov 4, 2022
Video: 6 Downcountry Bikes Ridden & Rated - Field Test Roundtable
Can the wheelbase be included to the quick look-up table please? IMO, wheelbase is no less important than travel amount, when it comes to classifying where it could fit in a quiver. I'd want a short WB for tight and playful terrain and longer WB for bigger terrain that is fast and calls for something more stable. Even 25mm of WB difference is a very big deal to me.
Varaxis sarahmoore's article
Oct 27, 2022 at 15:55
Oct 27, 2022
Tech Week 2023: Marin Flat Pedals, SealSkinz Cold Weather Gloves, Kitsbow Merino Apparel, & More
Sad to see pedal wrench flats going missing. Becoming more convinced that Marin basically bring copies of Kona products to a lower price point, with classier looks.
Varaxis mikelevy's article
Oct 26, 2022 at 11:26
Oct 26, 2022
Video: Welcome to the 2022 Downcountry Field Test
I thought downcountry was just applying the latest gravity-inspired geo, that is finding its way onto Enduro and Trail bikes, to XC bikes. The Spur and RM Element are two that come to mind, but people don't consider them XC bikes, for some reason. The Top Fuel seemingly counts though. After the masses started using downcountry as a term, the definition seems to have been hijacked from the original creator and now seems to imply something between XC and trail. The way I see it, the gravity geo inspires confidence, which demands a heavy-hitting spec to tap it, making the downcountry bikes seem like short-travel trail bikes. The longer-legged conservative XC bikes seem to have no special name, so people just started calling them downcountry instead, I guess.
Varaxis mikelevy's article
Oct 26, 2022 at 11:22
Oct 26, 2022
Video: Welcome to the 2022 Downcountry Field Test
@mikelevy: Yikes, the price on that SST is steep, at $3150. GG Revved looking even more attractive in terms of value and quality, if wanting US-made.
Varaxis henryquinney's article
Oct 26, 2022 at 9:03
Oct 26, 2022
Tech Week 2023: RSD Bikes Announce New Wildcat 150 & RS-291 Ti Hardtail
I love the idea of adjustable chainstay length on a FS!
Varaxis henryquinney's article
Oct 26, 2022 at 8:58
Oct 26, 2022
Tech Week 2023: RSD Bikes Announce New Wildcat 150 & RS-291 Ti Hardtail
More like a Ti version of the Honzo ESD, rather than the OG Honzo
Varaxis samskuatch's article
Oct 25, 2022 at 20:06
Oct 25, 2022
Tech Tuesday: Volume Spacers and Spring Curves
Random biker: linear leverage curves are bad. You need the rear shock to make up for the lack of progressivity and can't run coil. Also random biker: I only buy telescopic forks! They totally aren't as linear as it gets and coils definitely don't work in them!
Varaxis mikekazimer's article
Oct 25, 2022 at 14:28
Oct 25, 2022
Tech Week 2023: 6 New Rain Jackets to Keep You Dry
@jesse-effing-edwards: I'm 100% with you. A thin layer of merino wool covering any exposed skin, and a windproof vest and gloves for chilly temps, is what I put my trust in. Already using knee/shin pads and overshorts over thin leggings to cover my lower half. Gotta carry a spare set of clothing for any destination that calls for particular good grooming. Too optimistic to think a jacket and lower intensity level can keep clothes underneath fresh and dry. If I were to plan for freezing weather, I'd opt for active heating, like $80 heated socks. I've seen those $240 SealSkinz heated gloves, but not yet comfortable shelling out that much money for temps I don't spend much time in.
Varaxis mikelevy's photo
Oct 25, 2022 at 14:08
Oct 25, 2022
Looking forward to this. Sliding drop outs on a FS sounds like an opportunity to test your CS length theories! Though, it does mess with kinematics...

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