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airdonut41 mikekazimer's article
May 17, 2019 at 12:12
May 17, 2019
Pinkbike Poll: What Would You Upgrade On Your Current Mountain Bike?
I've had bad luck with Eagle drivetrain bits. It's great when it's dialed, but I've bent 3 hangers (my fault) and can't for the life of me bend them back even with the appropriate Park Tool. 12sp seems to be too sensitive. I've also had 3 derailleur pulleys eject while pedaling for unknown reasons, despite my adding Loctite after the first issue. If only Shimano had a wide range 12sp drivetrain...
airdonut41 RichardCunningham's article
Apr 12, 2019 at 14:10
Apr 12, 2019
Bike Check: Kate Courtney's Scott Scale - Sea Otter 2019
@chriskneeland: I don't know if anyone in the world could average 19mph for 100 miles 5 days in a row on a mountain bike. That would be insanity.
airdonut41 mikekazimer's article
Apr 9, 2019 at 11:13
Apr 9, 2019
Staff Rides: Mike Kazimer's ‘Foxzocchi’ Equipped Scott Ransom
@mikekazimer, out of curiosity: what's your pump/tool solution? Given the tube strapped to the frame and the bottle cage, it seems something like a Oneup EDC would let you forgo a fanny pack/backpack for the daily rides.
airdonut41 sarahmoore's article
Feb 7, 2019 at 16:25
Feb 7, 2019
Tech Briefing: Storage, Suspension, New Bikes & More - February 2019
Interesting that Vorsprung has made their own coil conversion kit. I'd be very curious as to how this compares to the Push system, but am definitely biased towards Vorsprung given the quality of Steve's videos.
airdonut41 RichardCunningham's article
Jan 17, 2019 at 18:00
Jan 17, 2019
Field Test: 3 Full Suspension Mountain Bikes Under $3000
@Mondbiker: Why? My last bike was 11-sp XO1 and current bike is NX Eagle. The shifting feels totally fine as long as the hanger is straight and everything is tuned properly. Sure, it's heavier than other Eagle drivetrains, but I'll haul a little bit of extra weight in exchange for a 50T that lets me spin. And, most importantly, the NX spec'd bike was $1000 cheaper than the equivalent GX (with a brake upgrade being the only other real change).
airdonut41 danielsapp's article
Jan 15, 2019 at 13:11
Jan 15, 2019
Fox Announces 175mm Transfer Dropper Post
@connorjuliusjohnson: I think you're right. My brain said $300 was a good price, but I realize that was relative to the amount of travel. At 150mm, $300 is meh. At 175mm, it's way more attractive.
airdonut41 danielsapp's article
Jan 15, 2019 at 10:50
Jan 15, 2019
Fox Announces 175mm Transfer Dropper Post
Love to see the pricing going down. Maybe Oneup pricing their post at $200 has been a wake-up call for the for rest of the industry!
airdonut41 JeffWeed's article
Dec 19, 2018 at 8:52
Dec 19, 2018
Video: Jeff Kendall-Weed Rides Durango, Colorado on a 1995 Ibis Mojo Ti
I think the next video should end with the same sponsorship gear spread out, except that the Kitsbow should be included in that spread and the very end of the video should pan to a naked (but tastefully so) JKW. Jokes aside, I love all JKW videos. That dude rips.
airdonut41 mikekazimer's article
Dec 13, 2018 at 8:35
Dec 13, 2018
Pinkbike Awards: Mountain Bike of the Year Nominees
I love my Ripmo. PB often complains about the price of high end bikes, but we seem to overlook some of the lower end builds. Part of the reason I ended up on a Ripmo is that the cheapest build doesn't suck. The NX build is ready to go out of the box for about $4k, and, unlike some other companies, it comes with solid suspension (DPX2 and Performance 36) and wheels (Ibis' house brand). SB130 looks pretty great too, but the $1k price difference between a GX SB130 and an NX Ripmo is too much for me.
airdonut41 danielsapp's article
Nov 27, 2018 at 10:45
Nov 27, 2018
First Ride: 2019 Canyon Neuron
I tend to agree, although I think that current long(ish) travel 29ers pedal so much better than those of even just two years ago, and that that efficiency increase just blurs the line between trail and enduro. The SB130 may only be 130 in the back, but with 150 up front and a 66* HTA, it's still pretty long and slack by the standards of anything before 2018. I stepped up from a 130mm front/rear 27.5 to a Ripmo this year, and I really haven't noticed much of a drop in snappiness. The current crop of bikes with steeper STAs, longer reach, and slacker HTAs just really feel like a step change compared to previous years' bikes.
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