basic-ti-hardtail

I love riding a wide variety of trails, ranging from XC on my SS to steep and technical enduro tracks… but my favorite trails offer up a lot of technical climbing and descending. I mostly race enduro, but I’ll also do some XC races on my SS if the course is technical. I’m the Lead Designer for a Bike Rack company called PutUp USA and the Director of Fabrication Labs for the U. of Arkansas School of Art.

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basic-ti-hardtail EskerCycles's article
May 17, 2022 at 15:34
May 17, 2022
Esker Cycles Introduces Updated Hayduke & Japhy Titanium Hardtails
I must say, these look quite nice. I like seeing another SS-able option on the market.
basic-ti-hardtail mattbeer's article
Apr 20, 2022 at 11:33
Apr 20, 2022
First Ride: 2022 Santa Cruz Megatower - Build It Bigger
Just looked at Transtion's website to confirm: Yes, you can buy a top of the range Carbon Spire XO1 AND Spur XO1 for less than cost of the range topping model of the Megatower 2. I've owned 3 Santa Cruz bikes over the years. 5010 V2, TB V3, and TB V4 - they're very good bikes and their warranty department is second to none. Having said all this, I doubt I'll ever own one again... at least not without an industry deal (and even then I'd probably just buy a frame and build it up)
basic-ti-hardtail mattbeer's article
Apr 19, 2022 at 19:30
Apr 19, 2022
First Ride: 2022 Santa Cruz Megatower - Build It Bigger
@jkella: I always assumed it stood for Credit Card, and that the ‘debt’ is silent.
basic-ti-hardtail mattbeer's article
Apr 19, 2022 at 19:27
Apr 19, 2022
First Ride: 2022 Santa Cruz Megatower - Build It Bigger
@hamncheez: ok, maybe not THAT creative … I was thinking ‘fanny pack’ …not those same two words in reverse order. Best laugh I’ve had today, thank you sir.
basic-ti-hardtail mattbeer's article
Apr 19, 2022 at 10:20
Apr 19, 2022
First Ride: 2022 Santa Cruz Megatower - Build It Bigger
@BigLips93: and if you look at the weights for the full builds, the price looks even worse. You could buy a $2k Stumpy Evo or Aluminum Transition Spire and get within 1/2lb. Yes you're choosing either a little less travel or no storage box... but for over $2k I can get pretty creative with where I stash things.
basic-ti-hardtail IndustryNineOfficial's article
Mar 31, 2022 at 17:53
Mar 31, 2022
Industry Nine Expands 1/1 Carbon Collection
I have the Roval wheels, and while I’d prefer to give my business to i9, I’m not sure I’d do it for this wheelset. The Roval wheels have 29mm internal width, 28 spokes, quieter hubs that work really well, and they cost less. Weight is within 40 grams. I can also say the Roval wheels take a beating, and ride quality is excellent. Did I mention 28 spokes?
basic-ti-hardtail seb-stott's article
Mar 19, 2022 at 5:56
Mar 19, 2022
Pinkbike Poll: Are You Open To Electronics On Your Bike?
@AyJayDoubleyou: I do as well… but lights are a thing you strap to your bike when needed, rather than an essential component to make it function for every ride. Justification…? Absolutely.
basic-ti-hardtail seb-stott's article
Mar 18, 2022 at 15:13
Mar 18, 2022
Pinkbike Poll: Are You Open To Electronics On Your Bike?
Maybe it’s just a stubborn romantic notion, but I think part of the magic of the bicycle is the fact that it’s a completely human-powered machine. From Rampage to Tour de France… if it doesn’t work when you don’t charge the battery, it’s just not the same.
basic-ti-hardtail seb-stott's article
Mar 9, 2022 at 11:34
Mar 9, 2022
First Look: Öhlins RXF34 m.2 Downcountry Fork
But (like the SID) cannot be run at 130mm... this may be the lightest 130mm fork option FWIW
basic-ti-hardtail seb-stott's article
Mar 4, 2022 at 17:26
Mar 4, 2022
Opinion: Which MTB Innovations Do We Actually Need?
Or a 10-48 with a smaller chainring that can run a shorter cage rear derailleur. I strongly agree that 10-11 speed is preferable to 12 for most riders.
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