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alexdi dariodigiulio's article
Jun 25, 2024 at 15:20
Jun 25, 2024
Pinkbike Poll: Are XC Courses Getting Too Gnarly?
I'd like the trails to be relatively mild because I don't want my XC bikes turning into Enduro bikes. They're already going that way with 120mm travel and 65ish head angles, with seat tube angles creeping up too. My home trails don't need all that and there's a cost to it; you end up with a dull-handling bike that doesn't like to turn or pedal on flat terrain.
alexdi sarahmoore's article
May 4, 2024 at 1:19
May 4, 2024
Paul Bas Walks Half Marathon 8 Years After Being Paralyzed at Red Bull Rampage
I love that he’s found a recovery, but he left out ‘incredible luck at avoiding a complete spinal injury’ from his list of requisites. We can celebrate his achievements without suggesting the rest of the disabled community could follow in his footsteps if only they had the grit.
alexdi seb-stott's article
Mar 8, 2024 at 16:05
Mar 8, 2024
Pinkbike Poll: Do You Need Downtube Storage?
I've got a flat kit wedged in my crank spindle, an epi-pen in the steerer, and a multitool in my back pocket. It'd definitely be preferable to put all this in the frame. That's worth maybe 150g to me.
alexdi ari-bikes's article
Mar 6, 2024 at 6:21
Mar 6, 2024
Fezzari Bicycles Rebrands to 'Ari’ & Announces New Lightweight All-Mountain eMTB
It's a fine name. I don't care why they changed it or what they're pretending it means, but it was the right call. I wouldn't buy a Fezzari. I would buy an Ari, or at least wouldn't be any less likely to buy one than a Canyon or other direct-sale brands.
alexdi henryquinney's article
Sep 18, 2023 at 8:48
Sep 18, 2023
Review: Factor Lando XC
Not sure what to make of a manufacturer who doesn't bother to list ETT on a bike where you spend most of the time sitting down. It's not even on the website. Instafail.
alexdi henryquinney's article
Aug 2, 2023 at 6:33
Aug 2, 2023
Review: Cannondale Habit Carbon LT1
@Exbow: On my Scalpel, the carbon seatstay bridge failed twice. Torque it to 5nm and it would eventually allow play in the axle. Torque to six and it would crack. The second replacement they sent was pulled off a demo bike in a dusty corner. They informed me it was the last one available for that model (which ran from 2012-2015), ever. Which is what I think about every time I see one of these frames: ticking clock.
alexdi alicialeggett's article
Jun 19, 2023 at 8:15
Jun 19, 2023
Bike Check: The New Pivot Mach 4 SL
This bike's geometry is essentially identical to the 2019-2021 Giant Trance with a 120mm fork. Looks like the frame might be 200-400g lighter pending real measurements.
alexdi henryquinney's article
Apr 5, 2023 at 6:37
Apr 5, 2023
First Look: 2023 Habit - Cannondale's Most Popular Bike Gets Revitalized
Describing Cannondale as a "Pon product" is disingenuous. They're a subsidiary with an independent leadership structure. If they get anything from Pon, it's probably the company healthcare plan.
alexdi seb-stott's article
Mar 2, 2023 at 15:33
Mar 2, 2023
Opinion: Five Things The Bike Industry Could Do Better
Very few carbon bars have more than 40mm of rise, and the higher the rise, the less room the bar has to mount lights or accessories. They're a crutch for short head tubes. If you don't like spacers, your solution is spend $10 on a pipe cutter to shorten the steerer. My solution is to spend $1000 on a new fork, because a short fork is unusable.
alexdi mattbeer's article
Feb 8, 2023 at 14:31
Feb 8, 2023
Reclaim Designs Scales Down Carbon Frames for Kids
Kids really benefit from shorter cranks. It's hard to keep the bike moving when you're doing the proportional equivalent of climbing mountains with every pedal stroke. They also tend not to have the thumb length or stretch to manage trigger shifters well, especially when paired with a clutch derailleur. Grip-shift, or even a big friction shifter they can palm, works better. These relatively chunky bars and long-reach brake levers are another sticking point. Super narrow grips and some careful adjustment can make them workable, but I don't see it in the photos.
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