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g-42 mikekazimer's article
May 17, 2019 at 16:14
May 17, 2019
Pinkbike Poll: What Would You Upgrade On Your Current Mountain Bike?
@showmethemountains: 11sp SLX is pretty darn affordable these days. Yes, you could go with the Sunrace 11-42 10 speed (or the new Deore 11-42), but if you need a new cassette anyway, and if your derailleur is perhaps getting a bit on in age (so the clutch starts to wear and can't be tightened anymore...) - well, $80 or so buys you a brand new SLX derailleur and shifter, the SLX 11sp cassette is only about $10 more than the wide range 10sp one, and you end up with tighter steps on your gearing. Not a bad upgrade for the money.
g-42 mikekazimer's article
May 17, 2019 at 16:11
May 17, 2019
Pinkbike Poll: What Would You Upgrade On Your Current Mountain Bike?
The question was what would you upgrade on your current bike - and there was no premise here that it was free of cost. So how hard is it to believe that a lot of people look at their current bike and think there's really nothing that would be worth the cost to upgrade? I've had my bike for over 3 years; all the stuff that needed upgrading (and was worth doing so, considering the cost) or replacing (because it was shitty spec and not up to its intended use and eventually broke) has been done. It's a pretty pedestrian spec (SLX drivetrain, for example), but beefed up where it counts (such as Hope rear hub and Spank rim - pretty much a must for a heavy guy - the OEM spec didn't last long...). It's all about the tradeoffs. Had a short conversation with a guy riding a brand new bike yesterday; he's had it for two weeks, and he's got a big goofy new-bike grin on his face. Yep, I get that. But then I have a big goofy grin every time I ride my 3 year old bike, and will probably continue to for at least a couple more years.
g-42 Fox-Head-Inc's article
May 17, 2019 at 9:23
May 17, 2019
Fox Announces Full Details of Dropframe Trail Helmet
I got a Proframe - it's a fair bit lighter than the Switchblade even without the chinbar. I forget the number of grams per the spec sheets - but holding one in each hand, it was noticeable. The Dropframe is basically a Proframe without the chin piece - so it stands to reason it's a bit lighter still. Which makes sense, as the Switchblade has a bunch of additional structure built in to accept the chin piece. The Switchblade, because of that extra bit of beefy structure to accept the chinbar, has less ventilation around the ear. My son had one, has a Proframe now, and says it feels way lighter and cooler to him than the Switchblade without the chin bar. I decided I wanted more protection after an awkward low speed fall left me with well over a dozen stitches between my nose and mouth. A little lower, I'd probably have broken my jaw or done serious dental damage. The Dropframe wasn't available yet, or I might have gone that route - but that's still open face. I may try one on to see - but for now (it hasn't gotten really hot yet), I'm thinking the Proframe is a pretty neat option for extra protection for trail riding.
g-42 EnduroWorldSeries's article
May 10, 2019 at 7:23
May 10, 2019
Video: How Do the Enduro Pros Set Up Their Pedals?
@nozes: you're absolutely right, us old dogs can indeed learn new tricks, we're just a little smarter about which tricks are worth the effort ;)
g-42 davidarthur's article
May 6, 2019 at 15:07
May 6, 2019
Review: 2019 Swarf Contour 29 - A Hard-Charging Short Travel Fully
It's a burly short travel 29er. How about comparing it to an aluminum bike with the same overall intended purpose that's available frame only (and often gets grief for being porky), the Transition Smuggler? Build up a Smuggler and one of these with identical parts (and btw, I totally agree, it's really hard to argue with the bang for buck you get out of SLX). That would be a rather worthwhile review.
g-42 mikelevy's article
May 2, 2019 at 9:08
May 2, 2019
Good Month / Bad Month: Mixed Wheel Sizes, Injuries, and Plenty of Controversy - April 2019
@WAKIdesigns: Then again, they manage to make a shit-ton of money off truly nasty swill in a market dominated by another purveyor of nasty swill. So perhaps the people behind those brands are not all that dumb after all?
g-42 nkrohan's article
Apr 30, 2019 at 8:28
Apr 30, 2019
Trail Knee Guard Round Up: 10 Options for Different Body Types
Fractured my patella last summer - in a low-speed wobble crash on a freaking climb! Finally getting back to riding after 9 months, two surgeries, and shit-tons of rehab. Wear your knee pads, kids!
g-42 RichardCunningham's article
Apr 16, 2019 at 9:22
Apr 16, 2019
Sunday Randoms - Sea Otter 2019
@mustbike: Then again, there's a pretty legit lineup of $3k trailbikes out there these days. Which is good for the sport, I'd say.
g-42 mikekazimer's article
Apr 8, 2019 at 8:43
Apr 8, 2019
g-42 mikekazimer's article
Apr 8, 2019 at 8:42
Apr 8, 2019
First Ride: Zipp Enters the Mountain Bike World With New 3Zero Moto Carbon Wheels
I actually like what they're doing here, as they're finally trying to take advantage of composites in a way you can't with aluminum by engineering in compliance and stiffness in different bits of how the thing performs. Mind you, it's early days and likely to show itself not fully sorted for a while yet (not to mention hideously expensive for what it achieves compared to a well-developed set of aluminum wheels), but at least they're actually going there. Note, however, that they're not really addressing whether they did anything about engineering in graceful failure. When an alloy rim fails, even though it might taco, it usually stays more or less the same diameter. When a composite wheel fails, it often collapses on itself. So far, the only carbon wheels I've seen advertised as engineered to fail gracefully the way we're used to from alloy are Santa Cruz - I'd hope the rest of them are doing that as well, and are just not trumpeting it because you don't really want to lead your marketing with making people think of failing wheels.
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