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hellbelly mikelevy's article
Dec 5, 2022 at 8:10
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Video: Welcome to the 2022 Fall Field Test
@vitaflo: ^^^This. Fox stuff costs more. Higher price is often equated with better performance regardless of what reviews say. Rock Shox forks often score higher than their Fox counterparts in most comparisons. Fox has a swath of fans that keep them perceived as the best. I personally prefer Rock Shox for their simplicity, performance, durability and lower costs.
hellbelly mikekazimer's article
Dec 1, 2022 at 5:59
Dec 1, 2022
Review: 2023 Santa Cruz Nomad - Yes, It's Very Good
@drbino: That's a bingo! I am sure I would've had fun on the new Nomad, but after months of waiting I'd had enough. According to the shop I was dealing with the SC dealer site was down for more than a month so they had no way to check inventory/availability. Maybe they be available soon, but in the meantime I lost a lot of prime fall riding time. So far in my brief experience aboard my EVO it has been able to handle anything with as much composure as my previous bike an Evil Wreckoning V3. It's curious to me how differently they feel in terms of pedaling and descending through fast chop. Up until recently I never liked the way Horst-link bikes felt, however more recently many companies have made them so they don't feel like a gooey mess, but are still plush. I think adding a progressive spring or more progression in the shock is a big help.
hellbelly mikekazimer's article
Nov 28, 2022 at 11:09
Nov 28, 2022
Review: 2023 Santa Cruz Nomad - Yes, It's Very Good
@RogerMexico: Like I said, I'm sure the N6 is great, but I'd guestimate yr getting 85-90% performance of the Nomad from an EVO. I am running mine with MX link which adds more progression and travel with a coil shock and progressive spring as well as a 170 Zeb up front. That last 10-15% improvement (or less) just was not worth the wait or cost for me.
hellbelly mikekazimer's article
Nov 28, 2022 at 10:47
Nov 28, 2022
Review: 2023 Santa Cruz Nomad - Yes, It's Very Good
I had ordered a new Nomad frame after reading Kaz's initial report back in August. As of two weeks ago they still were not available and the guestimate delivery was until mid-December at best. I finally got my deposit back and bought a Specialized EVO frame which Kaz (and everyone) also had high praise for. I am sure the new Nomad is great, but I wanted to ride and I have a hard time believing that it's $1400 better than either the EVO or an Enduro. Certainly not worth that kind of wait.
hellbelly mikelevy's article
Nov 17, 2022 at 9:37
Nov 17, 2022
First Look: Yeti's New SB140 - Splitting the Difference
@rich-2000: "I’ve demoed the SB130, SB140 and SB150 and they were ok, but nothing special other than the price tag." ^^^This. There are numerous bikes available that ride as well or better than Yetis that have even more features and significantly lower prices. The name and price exclusivity seem to be the big selling points for Yeti.
hellbelly henryquinney's article
Nov 16, 2022 at 12:34
Nov 16, 2022
Opinion: Group Rides Are the Worst
Heaven knows Henry is miserable now, but stop me if you think that you've heard this one before.
hellbelly pinkbikeaudience's article
Nov 16, 2022 at 10:44
Nov 16, 2022
Win It Wednesday: Enter to Win a Pair of TIME Speciale 12 Pedals
I've ran Time pedals since '95. Their consistency is unbeatable and yes I've tried Shimano and Crank Bros. I found that the simplest and least expensive versions of the ATAC pedals both perform better and are more durable than the costlier versions. The Z-Controls and the Aliums were the most bulletproof pedals they've ever offered. I hope that they will do a non adjustable version of the Speciales or an updated Z model in the future. A nylon version of the Z body with removable pins would be killer. That said, Time pedals are the bastion of old guys, Francophiles and CX racers or some combo thereof.
hellbelly mikekazimer's article
Nov 15, 2022 at 11:56
Nov 15, 2022
Review: The 2023 Yeti SB120 is a Comfortable Trail Cruiser
@maestroman21: I am joking, but I'd still be psyched with that dollar.
hellbelly mikekazimer's article
Nov 15, 2022 at 10:59
Nov 15, 2022
Review: The 2023 Yeti SB120 is a Comfortable Trail Cruiser
I'm a dentist and don't give AF about Yeti's. I mean, I think finding the cryptid would be cool, but that's about it.
hellbelly mikekazimer's article
Nov 15, 2022 at 10:58
Nov 15, 2022
Review: The 2023 Yeti SB120 is a Comfortable Trail Cruiser
@MutleyAdams: The projected population of this planet as I type this on 11/15/22 is 8 billion. Mr Bezos' wealth also as of today is $124.1 billion. If he gave every person on the planet a billion dollars he'd still have $116.1 billion. Mr. Musk would have $193 billion left in the same scenario. I'm not holding my breath waiting for any checks from him nor anyone else.
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