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hellbelly mikekazimer's article
Oct 17, 2017 at 7:50
3 days
Santa Cruz Nomad 4 - Review
@Gregorysmithj1: Well technically it was one lever out of 18 inclusive of the 3 sets of Juicy's I had back in the day. That said, the lever and brake for that matter still worked, but I just could not get it to adjust into an ideal position. Considering that I now have been riding mountain bikes for over thirty years as a bigger guy who beats the crap outta my gear and over a dozen of those years were spent on SRAM products, I'd say that's a decent track record. As I stated earlier, whatever turns you on, but my experience (and many others I know personally) with SRAM has not been crappy at all.
hellbelly mikekazimer's article
Oct 17, 2017 at 6:02
3 days
Santa Cruz Nomad 4 - Review
@Gregorysmithj1: I have employed SRAM/Avid brakes since they debuted the Juicy's a dozen years ago and never had any issues. I skipped the Elixirs that everyone hated and went right to Codes. Every set I had (four of them on different bikes over the years) were trouble free. I've now had two set of Guides over the last several years and when one lever got sticky SRAM service replaced it without question. SRAM's service all around has been top shelf with any of their products, in my experience. Beyond that, the Guides have remained trouble free. Several friends I have are service managers at large shops and they say the biggest issue they find with Guides are the aforementioned levers getting sticky and mostly that home mechanics do not set them up/bleed them properly out of the gate. On the contrary, I personally have never cared for the feel of any Shimano brakes, but whatever turns anyone on is fine by me. However, I understand Shimano is not so great to deal with at the lbs level.
hellbelly mikelevy's article
Oct 13, 2017 at 18:55
Oct 13, 2017
Poll - How Clean is EWS Racing?
In any pro level race there's always a high probability that doping is occurring. I personally do not care and in fact think that racers can do whatever they want, but I would just want it to be an open-door policy so that they could admit to it with the only penalty being that of time added to their total. However, fortunately at the local/regional/amateur races the only doping I'm aware of are riders hitting left-handed cigarettes on the transfer sections. This adds to the comedy and camaraderie, but would be tough to call performance enhancing. Party.
hellbelly paulaston's article
Oct 11, 2017 at 10:03
Oct 11, 2017
Raaw Madonna - Press Release and Interview
@JoseBravo: This dentist will not be buying one. However, if they need a stateside tester that's already familiar with long travel 29ers I'm available. ;)
hellbelly paulaston's article
Oct 11, 2017 at 7:28
Oct 11, 2017
Raaw Madonna - Press Release and Interview
Another FSR suspension bike...meh. It's only $3K+ for the frame too? Yeah and nope.
hellbelly vernonfelton's article
Oct 6, 2017 at 5:08
Oct 6, 2017
Lopes Punching Kabush After the Race? Here’s What That’s All About
It's simple horsing around, BFD. Lopes is the weenie here, but even so who cares?
hellbelly vernonfelton's article
Oct 5, 2017 at 12:32
Oct 5, 2017
Have Your Say on the Ever-Changing Bike Standards
I hope for the best, but the last time CK got involved on any standards we ended up with ISIS bottom brackets.
hellbelly mikekazimer's article
Sep 29, 2017 at 10:07
Sep 29, 2017
SRAM Code RSC Brakes - Review
I've ran Codes and Code R's on assorted bikes for over 10 years. They were always bombproof even when everyone was having issues with Elixirs. Those problems did not arise with Codes. Thus, I've remained an SRAM fan for years. I look forward to getting some of the new ones.
hellbelly RichardCunningham's article
Sep 27, 2017 at 12:43
Sep 27, 2017
Spy Shots: Cube Rolls Out New 29er at Finale Ligure EWS
Or you could have purchased a Wreckoning a year and half ago or the slightly mellower Enduro before that.
hellbelly mikekazimer's article
Sep 5, 2017 at 5:04
Sep 5, 2017
Transition Sentinel - Review
@beast-from-the-east: Evil is one of the few companies that posts their actual SA as opposed to their virtual SA. This caused them some ire from reviewers when the Insurgent debuted as they used to only post the actual SA. I, like most thought it would be a horrid ascender, but that is not the case. Their virtual SA's are in line with pretty much every other brand. The climbing reality on all of their bikes (I've ridden all of them and own a Wreckoning) is beyond what's on paper. The only caveat with them is that you really need to get the right size and I think it wise to size up from what you normally run. If you are on one that is really too small you will quickly have the seat position too far back and the climbing will suffer. That said, I have actually PR'ed climbs aboard my Wreckoning and nothing descends like it.
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