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ces1965 mikekazimer's article
Mar 27, 2020 at 19:06
Mar 27, 2020
The Grim Donut is Already Spawning Imitations
It's perfectly fine on flatter trails, no downsides at all.
ces1965 mikekazimer's article
Mar 14, 2020 at 21:02
Mar 14, 2020
First Look: Evil's New Following
@TheOriginalTwoTone: Guess I trust the actual engineers who designed the bike and have real data- they said it’s better because stiffer, better tire clearance, shorter chain stays which they wanted for this bike
ces1965 mikekazimer's article
Mar 13, 2020 at 17:25
Mar 13, 2020
First Look: Evil's New Following
This bike and the reaction confirms that more companies would be doing 157 for engineering reasons but are afraid for marketing reasons. Nice to see a company say f*** it and do it.
ces1965 mikekazimer's article
Feb 18, 2020 at 20:23
Feb 18, 2020
First Ride: The New Ibis Ripmo V2 is Carbon AF
“and doesn't take as much work to get through tight sections of trail compared to bikes that are even more gravity-oriented.” How about compared to bikes that are less gravity oriented.
ces1965 mikekazimer's article
Feb 10, 2020 at 20:40
Feb 10, 2020
ces1965 danielsapp's article
Feb 5, 2020 at 9:46
Feb 5, 2020
First Ride: Pivot's New 2020 Switchblade Gets More Travel & Updated Kinematics
As to pricing, is the frame price really going to be that much different than others’ carbon full suspension? Frame only will be available in August I’ve heard and it was reported to be around $3400 US. I think even the direct brands don’t get much below $2800. They are all in that range but sure maybe pivot will be a few hundred higher. The direct brands do seem better priced on the builds but of course they are. Yea Giant is a better deal too on full builds but the Reign 29 frame is 2950. Some of the lower priced brands and direct seem to give away the components to a greater degree but you can shop those yourself also
ces1965 danielsapp's article
Feb 5, 2020 at 9:31
Feb 5, 2020
ces1965 danielsapp's article
Feb 5, 2020 at 9:29
Feb 5, 2020
First Ride: Pivot's New 2020 Switchblade Gets More Travel & Updated Kinematics
Boost 148 makes no sense from an engineering standpoint, only a marketing one. Tire and chainring clearance is simply better on 157. Some of these 148 bikes leave almost no room for error or mud on a 2.5 tire and 2.6 actually runs. JRA podcast has called out Ibis for claiming 2.6 fits when it rubs. Trek’s new Fuel EX in carbon can’t run I think a 28 chainring without chewing through the frame guard over time. Hey tires have gotten wider. Even if plus “failed” 2.5 tires surely have not. I guess if you run 2.3 tires only you don’t really need it but it does allow for a stronger wheel and increased rear stiffness for big riders. There’s little to no downside to 157 except it’s sure to provoke a negative reaction from some and that’s why more companies haven’t done it yet probably.
ces1965 mikekazimer's article
Jan 28, 2020 at 12:28
Jan 28, 2020
Review: 2020 Kona Process 134 CR/DL 29 - A Quick Cornering Trail Bike
I really appreciate Kazimer recognizing the differences and advantages/disadvantages of Kona’s approach with the 134 compared to the optic. It’s not one size fits all and there are usually trade offs with any design choice. Yes they hail from the same area, but I’m guessing Kona sells more bikes around the country including flatter areas than Norco. There’s a Kona dealer locally 5 minutes from me in northern VA and it’s definitely a fairly common brand around here (to be sure for bikes other than mtn) but not even sure where the nearest Norco dealer is located.
ces1965 mikelevy's article
Dec 27, 2019 at 21:02
Dec 27, 2019
Pinkbike Poll: What Field Test Bike Do You Want to Try?
Enduro pick proves Pinkbike is all about the Descent. Where do we go on the internets for riders of rolling and flatter terrain? It’s actually pretty fun too.
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