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angryasian mikekazimer's article
Jun 15, 2020 at 17:05
Jun 15, 2020
Review: Vittoria's New Mazza Tire
That's been my go-to combo for the past couple of months. Big fan.
angryasian sarahmoore's article
Apr 13, 2020 at 8:54
Apr 13, 2020
Pets of Pinkbike - Pond Beaver 2020
@pacificnorthwet: Peanut probably sees it that way, but I'm pretty sure Ellie would be just fine without her ;)
angryasian sarahmoore's article
Dec 11, 2019 at 5:21
Dec 11, 2019
Field Test Editors' Choice: 2020 Top Fuel vs F-Podium vs Trail Pistol S vs Mach 4 SL vs Joplin
@Abacall: I wouldn’t, personally. Not so much for the short travel, but more for the geometry. I mean, I think it’d obviously be doable, but it wouldn’t necessarily be fun.
angryasian sarahmoore's article
Dec 10, 2019 at 16:55
Dec 10, 2019
Field Test Editors' Choice: 2020 Top Fuel vs F-Podium vs Trail Pistol S vs Mach 4 SL vs Joplin
@maxyedor: And what’s particularly cool about the GG is how you can upgrade where you want to, but save money elsewhere.
angryasian sarahmoore's article
Dec 10, 2019 at 15:00
Dec 10, 2019
Field Test Editors' Choice: 2020 Top Fuel vs F-Podium vs Trail Pistol S vs Mach 4 SL vs Joplin
Yeti, yes. Intense, no. The suspension design on the Yeti is magical, and the geometry is fantastic. But the frame is too soft for my liking.
angryasian sarahmoore's article
Dec 10, 2019 at 13:20
Dec 10, 2019
angryasian sarahmoore's article
Dec 10, 2019 at 10:53
Dec 10, 2019
angryasian sarahmoore's article
Dec 10, 2019 at 10:51
Dec 10, 2019
Field Test Editors' Choice: 2020 Top Fuel vs F-Podium vs Trail Pistol S vs Mach 4 SL vs Joplin
@broccolirob: Tough to say, to be honest, and I certainly haven't ridden everything that might qualify. The Scott Spark has great geometry, but I'm not a huge fan of the suspension, the Santa Cruz Blur is kind of similar to the Top Fuel in the sense that I'd like it more if it were longer, the Yeti SB100 I find a little soft in the front triangle for my liking. I stand by my conclusion that the Top Fuel is my favorite complete bike of the ones we tested. However, if I could have my "dream" downcountry bike, it might be the Mondraker, but with a custom build that includes a different suspension tune and a less XC-flavored spec. Basically just start with the frame, since that's arguably the best part of that bike.
angryasian sarahmoore's article
Dec 10, 2019 at 9:30
Dec 10, 2019
Field Test Editors' Choice: 2020 Top Fuel vs F-Podium vs Trail Pistol S vs Mach 4 SL vs Joplin
I'd say it's closer to the Pivot than the Mondraker in terms of geometry. The frame feels impressively burly, but the rear end is also noticeably firmer than the Tallboy/Joplin, and it's definitely shorter than the Mondraker. I'd say it's a better DC bike than the Pivot, but the Pivot is a better XC bike. Make sense?
angryasian sarahmoore's article
Dec 10, 2019 at 9:27
Dec 10, 2019
Field Test Editors' Choice: 2020 Top Fuel vs F-Podium vs Trail Pistol S vs Mach 4 SL vs Joplin
Yeah, "downcountry" (or whatever you want to call it) is definitely a super interesting area. I ride in the Front Range, too, and decided to go down in travel for my personal bike this year. Previous bikes included an Ibis Mojo HD3, Specialized Enduro 29, Pivot Switchblade (in 29er guise), and Orbea Rallon, but I'm now on a Pivot Trail 429 and it feels more inline with the sort of riding I'm actually doing day-to-day. Still handles some gnarlier stuff, but better on the uphills (which, as you know, we have an awful lot of out here).
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