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Jul 20, 2019
crazedmodder trevorlyden's article
Jul 5, 2019 at 13:50
Jul 5, 2019
Destination Showcase: Mont-Tremblant, Quebec
@maxgod: The entire region is horrible this year. We had lots of precipitation in the winter and spring, more than I've seen in the past 5 years at least, and I think that is contributing to issue a bit. I've been getting destroyed by mosquitoes not only in the woods but even in the city.
crazedmodder trevorlyden's article
Jul 4, 2019 at 19:38
Jul 4, 2019
Destination Showcase: Mont-Tremblant, Quebec
I like Tremblant and I think some of these comments are harsh. I go there from Montreal for a day and I have fun doing a big loop without seeing the same thing twice. Criterium coupe du Canada is a pretty technical cross-country trail that's a pretty big job to climb. Heading south from the porte du soleil chairlift dropoff point, the descent into the chouette nord is fun as heck. Geai bleu heading south has a super fun descent full of roots and rocks. The climb is decently long both ways, the descent heading north is fun too but not quite as much as the other side. Gorge is fun if you like flowy stuff also. Then there's the other area with Envoye en Bas that is a freeride-ish trail and is super fun too. The biggest issue with Tremblant for me is the flatness, there are sadly no trails on the upper mountain so you ride along short ups and downs and long flats pretty often. This is fairly standard riding for me near Montreal so it's not a huge negative, but if you are used to bigger mountains it might be a drag. The other issue is that the rest of the area isn't developed like the Quebec city region (MSA + SDM + E47 + VBN are close enough that you can easily hit them all without too much annoyance) so you will not have much alternate riding nearby if you stay there. It sure sucks that there's no chairlift, but it's even worse that the upper mountain is not used. Ski Bromont (chair access trail network) has it's own bullshit, the Bromont trails built by the city (les amis des sentiers) are great though. Tremblant does have a lot of non-mountain biking stuff to do (as does Montreal). If you're coming for a pure mountain biking trip (don't care about partying or family stuff), I'm don't think that places near to Montreal are worth it (Eastern Townships, Laurentiens, etc). There's a lot more to bike around Quebec City.
crazedmodder CraftworksCycles's article
Jun 5, 2019 at 13:41
Jun 5, 2019
The New Craftworks ENR v1.1 High Pivot 160mm Enduro Bike
Canfield Riot comes in at 414mm and it's freaking awesome to ride. I'm a believer in short chainstays even though it makes climbing a little more complicated.
crazedmodder jboudreau's video
Oct 23, 2018 at 16:49
Oct 23, 2018

crazedmodder raceface's article
Sep 5, 2018 at 10:34
Sep 5, 2018
Race Face Introduces Next R36 Carbon Wheelset
Having all parts of the wheel covered under one company's warranty is nice but I think that I would still rather have the lifetime warranty on only the rim versus two years on all. The bigger issue for me here is the question of value. Where are these rims made? The hubs? I do not see any mention of it so I generally assume Taiwan but maybe I am wrong. I was able to buy a set of We Are One wheels with Industry Nine hubs and custom decals for less money than this wheelset. I am not going to say that Taiwan makes bad quality products because I do not believe that to be true but I don't see the value in spending the same amount of money or more on a product that is made with lower labour costs, plus I get the benefit of putting more money into my own country's economy by buying locally made goods. Then there is the consideration of own-brand RaceFace hubs versus a really good aftermarket hub, again with own-brand generally being done to bring costs down I find it hard to spend the same money or more.
crazedmodder RichardCunningham's article
Jul 20, 2018 at 15:07
Jul 20, 2018
Review: Giant Trance 2
@makripper: that is true, riding time does not necessarily equal skill. At the same time, a picture of someone riding does not represent their skill either. Most of us probably have no idea of RC's level of skill and it really isn't fair to crap on his review because of one picture. Maybe he was trying to put the bike through really sketchy situations to test its limits, maybe he messed up and made a mistake rolling it, maybe he is more comfortable rolling it like that than dropping it? If he rode it out then does it really matter? If he is a terrible rider, as you all seem to believe, and he rode that out then I think that speaks volumes about the capabilities of the bike. Besides, skills on a bike don't really mean anything when it comes to reviewing. Just because someone is fast doesn't mean they understand how things work, or why they feel the way that they feel, or anything other than going fast. I have friends who can explain to me the sidecut, materials, construction techniques, etc for skis until they are blue in the face where I only understand wood vs foam and basic rocker versus camber. You can bet your ass that they are not beating me down any runs though.
crazedmodder RichardCunningham's article
Jul 19, 2018 at 21:30
Jul 19, 2018
Review: Giant Trance 2
Amazing bikes. I had a 2012 Giant Trance X1 (actually just replaced it last month) and that thing was incredible. It is the bike that I started MTB on and I beat the crap out of it. I rode it for almost 3 seasons of DH every weekend at Bromont plus the weekday XC rides, I crashed the hell out of it, didn't maintain anything and the only thing I had problems with was the drivetrain (kept losing the chain and wrecking derailleurs). I was ok up to and including single black but double black was a bit scary for a novice like myself (especially with the 69.5 degree HA). Once I started to get better the softness of the rear shock became an issue but from what I read on forums it was believed that Giant had really light compression tunes on their shocks (my RP2 had the lightest tune possible from Fox) so when I sent it out to Fox to get rebuilt I had them do the medium tune. That made it so much better for aggressive riding or just riding like an idiot as I tend to do. - Bearings in the Giant house brand wheels? Only changed the front, they both make a ton of noise but still spun with no drag. Even after riding in the winter and salt. - House brand rims? Replaced them because I got a great deal on some Stan's rims but never had issues with them. - OEM spec fork and shock from Fox? Didn't do any maintenance on the fork or shock for the first two seasons I rode it and somehow they are alive (the fork bushings ate the stanchions pretty badly though, somehow no noticeable play in them still). - Replaced the seatpost with one my buddy sold me from off 2013 Giant Trance 29er. Ran that for 4 years before the cartridge died and didn't fix it since I knew that I was replacing the bike anyways (and wanted a longer dropper). Only issue I had with this was that when I rode in the winter with all the salt on the road, if I left the seatpost down it would kind of stick itself and was a pain to get back extended (user error... I guess). It just handled so well, especially on flatter more XC type trails it felt so easy to keep the speed up and handled so precisely. I used it on the road, for XC, for DH, even took it to an indoor bike park a few times. I was so scared to replace it because of the trend to slack everything made me worried about how they would handle versus my Trance. My new bike is pretty good once I got used to it but that Trance was an unreal bike to start on and I'm convinced that for the majority of non bike park/DH riders it is so much better balanced than an enduro or full on xc bike (if you are not racing of course). A few of my friends actually bought Trances after trying my bike and because it survived what I put it through. If I had anybody ask me for a suggestion for a do everything dual suspension bike, this is the recommendation I would give them. The price is pretty damn reasonable for the setup too (although back in my day :P it was actually cheaper though). I miss it!!!
crazedmodder pinkbikeaudience's article
Nov 15, 2017 at 14:28
Nov 15, 2017
Ask Pinkbike: Setting Sag, New Fork or Shock, and More Wheel Size Trash
@tkrug: reference mark is the way to go. I don't know why you need a reference mark on anything other than the stem and steerer tube. Spacers and headtube do not really have an orientation. That or a little notch, and I mean a small rounded bump that wouldn't prevent you from turning the stem if you loosen the bolts on the stem a bit. In my head, removing the clamping force would expand the stem a little bit leaving more storage between it and the steerer. In practice, I don't know. Also I don't see how having the stem prevented from rotating around the steerer tube can cause more damage to the steerer tube other than it potentially getting gouged / scored. The likelyhood of that depends of course on materials and design more than the fact that it is keyed.
crazedmodder CycleMonkeyPinkbike's article
Nov 8, 2017 at 17:48
Nov 8, 2017
Zerode Releases Taniwha Build Kits Featuring Cane Creek’s New Coil Suspension
How did this press release of this beautiful machine get buried?
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