10 Products I Loved in 2021: Henry Quinney

Dec 13, 2021 at 18:33
by Henry Quinney  
2021, it’s been a long time. While for some the year has flown by, I would be lying if I said that was the case for myself. It’s been a wild ride but also one of my best yet, if I may say so myself. It started out in Europe before coming over to the United States of the Northern Canadias. In my mind, I have to keep reminding myself that I started the year in Portugal, it all seems so long ago.

But here are the products or things that stood out, for one reason or another.





Transition Spire

Yes, I’m going to bring up the Spire that I reviewed in the enduro bike field test, how could I not? This is a bike I seem to be on the campaign trail for and I renew my vows of dedication every time I ride the thing. I just love it. Honestly, think of this how Brian Park thinks of his 3D printer - yes, I know you don’t care and yes, I’m going to tell you about it anyway.

It just fits me well as much as anything. It just has all the dimensions I would like in a relatively lightweight and seemingly reliable package. I’ve ridden this bike most days for a long time now and it’s still going well. For me, with my seemingly always off-beat riding style that's more about hitting things than floating over them, the 170mm 29er seems to give my riding a much needed nip-and-tuck to make it appear so much better than it is. If I’m lugging around big wheels and all that travel that’s exactly what I would expect, but that’s not to say all bikes in this bracket deliver that.

Price: Transition Spire GX Carbon - $6000
More Infomation:transitionbikes.com




Rimpact Pro

Another product that I’m on the campaign trail for is inserts. Very specifically though, it’s the Rimpact Pro. My conclusion from the two part insert group test earlier this year was that you run an insert in the back for reliability and in the front for performance. Having lived in Squamish for the last six months, that hasn’t really changed. The only notable exception is the security afforded to me for riding rock features for the first time.

I still haven’t really accepted just how slow you need to ride these things and often default back to off the brakes and let the bike do the work. This has its time and place, but some of the front wheel compressions I’ve gone through while living here have been truly horrific - yet I haven’t sliced a tire yet or killed a rim. To be honest, I feel that I should have and would have without inserts.

I hate running downhill tires. I’ve now settled on 900 - 1000 gram weight bracket for my rubber with inserts front and back. With this spec, it's really helped me in my bid to just close my eyes and hold on when riding rock features and, I’ve got to say, it’s my favourite set up to date for all-round riding too.

Price: $100 per set
More Infomation: rimpactmtb.com




Shoes for Normal People Sucking Less

I've long been frustrated with flat pedal shoes. Why for so long have they looked like early 00s Osiris skate shoes? Why can't you have a flat pedal shoe that is also technical and not skate-inspired? Who are they making them for? Bart Simpson? It's the same with waterproof shoes - why can't they just be sensible instead of always looking like a ski boot? Do normal, non-XC racers not want dry feet too? Well, finally it seems both these problems are being tackled.

In recent years flat pedal shoes have definitely got more technical. New models from Five Ten, Specialized, and Crankbrothers amongst others are not about trying to get a shoe that just looks cool but one that also works well.

You'll also see companies like Fizik making waterproof clipless shoes for people that have no interest in chugging three litres of IPA in between laps at a cyclocross race, but rather to satisfy trail riders. You know, like a lot of people who just enjoy riding their bike in the wetter months.

There is also the new Trailcross model from Five Ten. I've just got some in for review and early impressions are very good. It's like the zenith of flat pedal shoes. It's technical, it's light, it's a mountain bike shoe first and puts function over form. It feels like what I've been waiting for. My only question is, what took so long?

Price: Not cheap
More Infomation: The internet




Integrated Mudguards

Every time somebody says that a product is inherently good or impressive because it's been in development for X number of years I always think to myself - It's been nearly 10 years since the Marsh Guard style of mudguard came out... and we've only just got fenders that don't require cable ties. I'm glad they're now here but, my word, we've waited long enough.

That's not to say things shouldn't take a long time, but rather the cycling industry is a warped place where some simple things take a long time and some game-changing things come out of the blue. I just don't think it's really that suitable of a reference or a denotation of something being really impressive. I remember a colleague who worked for a large suspension company telling me just how long it took from prototype to production. It certainly wasn't spritely and, put it this way, it wasn't measured in weeks or months.

But they're here now and they're awesome. They look clean enough to never even take them off and they work so well. I think the angular looks of the RockShox fender complement the arch of the fork and it actually looks better when it's on than off. The same with the rounded profile of the Fox options. Top work!

Price: 1000 bitcoin
More Infomation: sram.com, ridefox.com, rapidracerproducts.com, themudhugger.co.uk, all the people I forgot.




Vittoria Mazza Trail 2.4

Speaking of tires, the Mazza in a 2.4” trail casing was something that I tried running before but it never really gave me what I needed - the trail casing was just too thin for hard riding. This isn’t a Vittoria problem, but rather the limitations of a sub-1000 gram tire. I ventured up to 2.6” in the UK, but I found that although it was great, I was getting the extra weight of a thicker tire but not all that much more grip, or at least not a noticeable amount. That said, it did look mightily capable on the front of the bike.

The Enduro casing Mazza 2.4” is a great tire also. I think the sidewall is a great blend of everything you’d want a 1200g tire to be. Would I rather have a 1000g tire with an insert or a heavier tire without one? For me, it’s the former.

Running the Mazza in that setup has just been so rewarding. The way the insert supports the tire means that it improves a tire that already offered huge amounts of a grip and a gradual transition between edges that inspires huge amounts of confidence.

Price: $69.99
More Infomation: vittoria.com




Yeti 160E

Okay, okay, okay - I’m not an e-biker, truthfully. I can ride one and tell you if it’s any good, but I’m not somebody that wakes up in the morning, throws open the curtains and thinks, “I simply can’t wait to put out 72W and cruise up a climb in my lululemon activewear.” It’s fine. Do what you want, but it’s not how I choose to spend my free time.

But, and it’s a rhinoceros’ backside-sized butt, this Yeti eMTB was something pretty cool. The suspension was just fantastic. The small bump. The mid stroke… the end stroke ramp up! It had it all. Its geometry was a shade conservative for my liking, but I got informed recently that, and I know this may shock all of you as it shocked me, but I’m not actually center of the universe - who knew? Either way, I’m sure it will suit some people - even if I would love to see this platform with a slacker head angle, 200mm of travel, maybe a downhill fork… and no motor.

Price: Not exactly cheap considering I don't want the battery or motor
More Infomation: yeticycles.com




POC Eyewear

I’ve long known POC for their helmets and clothing - it wasn’t until relatively recently that I began to really use their eyewear. However, I think I’m now converted.

The Ora is about as good of a goggle as you could ever hope for. It’s comfortable, flexible enough to allow for easy lens changes and has nice, low key looks. Then, once you factor in the dual-lens optics it really begins to come into its own. They steam far less on cold days than other single-lens goggles. In fact, they work so well that on a recent cold uplift day at Prevost while trying a new model from a different brand I ended up reaching for these halfway through the day.

The main item that I use every single ride is their new POC Devour Clarity sunglass. These things look slightly outrageous and are wildly oversized. In fact, I would say it gives coverage comparable to a goggle. They’re well ventilated, have a flexible frame and are adjustable. My only qualm would be that the large lens and deep-fit of the POC Kortal helmet don’t work very well together, often pushing them down your nose. As a stand-alone piece though, the Devour’s are a genuinely well-executed piece of kit and I think they're just brilliant.

Price: $196.00
More Infomation: pocsports.com



Fox 34 2022

Small Forks That Deliver Big Performance

When I started to really get into riding it wasn't uncommon for people to run a Fox 32 or Rockshox Revelation at up to 150mm of travel. I know the wheels were smaller then but it's still quite strange to consider. I think a lot of the initial forays into progressive trail bike geometry were hampered by forks that quite simply couldn't keep up. I remember riding a Whyte 146 that was unbelievably light with a 66ish-degree head angle and a lot of the things we take for granted on modern enduro bike - it had a one-by drivetrain, was designed around a short stem and wide bar and was a bike that actively tried to challenge the established ideas around what a bike should be. However, riding it was a strange affair because the fork was just so flexy.

Fast forward ten years and it feels like we're in a golden age of suspension. Everything is just so good. The 36 and the 38, much like the Lyrik and the Zeb are just magnificent, and that's not even mentioning the offerings outside of the big two where there are also products that really deliver. However, the thing that really blew me away this year was the SID and Fox 34 that featured on bikes in the downcountry field test. Gone are the days of inflating your forks to 73 billion PSI just to stop them diving - they were consistent, well-damped and would take so much abuse and come back smiling.

Price: 1.5 kidneys
More Infomation: sram.com, ridefox.com




GT Force Carbon

There were two bikes that really stood out during the enduro field test for me. The aforementioned Spire, which I won’t shut up about, and the Norco Range. Both bikes were just fantastic, even if I did prefer the Spire.

The GT Force was a little more low-key and I would argue more versatile than its brother in arms in the war against low pivots - the Range. It’s got slightly gangly looks and combined some tubes that are bulbous and some more slender. The mid-high pivot bike did have the geometry to make a statement though. It felt great to see GT doing this so well.

I didn’t entirely get on with that bike in every single regard, but it did set a new standard for me of how I want an enduro bike to track the ground while off the brakes. Honestly, it was just sublime. It followed the ground with such ease and the faster you went the more it came alive. As with all bikes, it wasn’t without its foibles but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a very good bike. I would love to try that platform on a downhill bike.

Price: GT Force Carbon Pro LE - $6000
More Infomation: gtbicycles.com




Morrissey

Self-satisfied, adamant, opinionated and an apparent chronic lack of self-awareness… no, not me - Morrissey!

This song was my most played during the year on Spotify, and by some margin. Every day in Lousã I would try and do two laps of the bike park. Thanks to the national lockdown in a foreign country, I got it done more often than not. At 750 meters of vert a pop, it left a lot of thinking time and I would be clamoring for the repeat button on this song. I like to have my own thoughts, but at that time this seemed far more interesting.

I’ll often think back to that lonely road, and how amazing it felt to just be there on my own, letting one pedal rotation follow the former. There was this motley crew of wild dogs that lived on that mountain. Apart from them occasionally scampering onto the road or me being overtaken by this unaccountably reliable early 90s Fiat Panda, I was all alone up there.

That massive listen count doesn’t even factor in how often I listened to this version on YouTube. It was almost a near-constant when at home. Leaving Morrissey’s personal sentiments to one side, he’s one hell of a performer. I think to love him for being anything other than pantomime and pompous misses the point entirely. He’s a caricature of the man that once headed the Smiths. I once heard Russell Brand describe him as something like “the poet laureate of the dispossessed”. A fittingly silly yet apt description for the man himself.

Price: An ethically sourced vegan burger that's never been within 100 miles of a battery farm.
More Infomation: themandoesntcare.com


261 Comments

  • 464 64
 You can GFY with $200 riding glasses.
  • 259 8
 Wonderful comment to get the discussion off to a good start!
  • 23 2
 I built up a nice pair of riding glasses through an online eye glass retailer for $70CAD. Frames for $9.95 then added on impact resistant, anti fog, UV resistant, and anti glare lenses to round it out to the final price. You could even do cheaper with just basic lenses.

They may not have the rounded profile of sport specific glasses but they provide great coverage and probably are the first true anti fog glasses I've owned.
  • 14 0
 I usually just buy Ryders sunglasses at Sportchek for $30 cause if I spend any more than that I break them or lose them
  • 6 0
 @kwl1: Give me the deets on this! I'm in the market and $69.99CAD sounds ...nice.
  • 44 4
 Home Depot safety glasses $15.95
  • 1 0
 @kwl1: second that! Link please Smile
  • 3 0
 @in2falling: they look nicer lol
  • 1 0
 @Fullsend2-13: search "Kapvoe glasses" on aliexpress for similar, but much cheaper options.
ETA: also fairly hideous
  • 5 0
 I rock Carhart anti-fog safety glasses, and get a new pair for $15 every winter
  • 10 1
 @in2falling: Getting a pair from work, priceless
  • 25 3
 Really?

Henry's listing a $13.000 e-bike and THIS is what you complain about?
  • 2 0
 @kwl1: I'd like that, link?
  • 5 0
 @kwl1: put the link up for gods sake! The people need to know!
  • 12 0
 @Muscovir: glasses are probably made for about $2 and sold for 100x that. I doubt the moped was made for $130.
  • 2 0
 @in2falling: Yeah, DeWalt. Anti-Fog would be nice tho
  • 3 1
 @kwl1: I like shooting glasses from bass pro shop. Clear or yellow, 15.00 bucks a pop and they last 1 season
  • 4 0
 yeah, just close your eyes, then no mud gets in your eyes. ahahha
  • 9 6
 This site is just ads masquerading articles and “reviews” at this point.
  • 2 4
 Get a hair cut then get a real job then....
  • 7 0
 theyre 20$ on aliexpress man
  • 12 5
 Perfect example of how Twitter has conditioned people to take offense to most things as if they were directed at them even though the person who did/wrote them likely doesn't give two shits about said offended party

If you don't like it, GFY and get off PB maybe?
  • 2 1
 as much as I hate high price, expensive sun glasses. I did manage to win some second hand oakleys on the Ebay for £50! would've been like £160 new............ :o
  • 2 0
 @kwl1: who makes them
  • 25 0
 $200 sun glasses?!?!?! That’s insane! Who do they think they are…Oakley? or Ray-Ban? or Spy? or Smith? or Rudy Project? or Under Armour? or Nike? or Bolle?
  • 3 0
 Thought he same thing about Morrissey at first, but yeah, this comment is more on point.
  • 19 1
 They are $270USD here and our petrol is $6.88USD per gallon. Is anything expensive in the US?
Oh, healthcare.
  • 1 1
 “Ezekiel 25:17. "The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of the darkness. For he is truly his brother's keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know I am the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon you." Jules Winnfield
  • 5 0
 @kwl1: Get that link up here boy suddently I want to be a glasses engineer
  • 1 0
 Uvex Avatar Adjustable Safety Glasses. $10-12 on Amazon... various frame colors and various lens colors, well vented.
  • 1 0
 How do u FY with glasses? Anyone got a how to video?
  • 2 0
 Tifosi. Discussion ended
  • 5 0
 @Muscovir: Everyone just scrolled past the e-bike. No need to even acknowledge it.
  • 1 0
 @kwl1: Yup, have a set in my cart for less than $50Cdn. Prescription or not, same price.
  • 1 0
 @Sanderson22: Good eye. Ha Ha, I did not even notice until you pointed it out...
  • 1 0
 @MisterChow: what is the link?! Or are you & @kwl1 just trolling everyone?!
  • 1 2
 @ChazzMichaelMichaels: does your government take 1/3 of paycheck? Also do you have to pay for healthcare?
  • 2 0
 @RBalicious: I'm not @kwl1 and I'm only guessing as to his/her link but I'm looking at clearly.ca.
  • 1 0
 @browner: yeah “I built up some glasses” sounds cool. I thought it was a joke.
  • 1 1
 @calarco68: and great for the environment too!

Big ol' thumbs down there bud.
  • 2 0
 @MisterChow: Thanks a bunch man! Will give it a shot.
  • 2 0
 @bryanbreynolds: Yes, tax is about 30%. 33% for every dollar over about $70K. And no, healthcare is paid from taxes.
Have a heart attack. Get fixed for free. Fall off your bike and can't work for six months. Get paid 80% of your salary until you go back to work (accidents only, not illness). But our navy might be two ships and our airforce has a couple of old helicopters.
Edit. Google fu says average tax rate is 19.1% across all workers for us.
  • 3 0
 I've used a ton of cheap glasses... they all such hard. Shitty vision, almost zero anti-fog, uncomfortable, break easily, usually too dark in the woods or not dark enough in the sunlight, get scratched easily. They may be cheap but you end up buying two pairs a year... such a huge waste.

A few years ago I forgot my glasses and my buddy let me use his Ryders with the Fyre lens. I bought a pair when I got home. Long story short... for $200, they erase all the above issues. Once you use a good pair that work (some are shit), you can't go back.
  • 1 0
 @kwl1 If this is a troll, it's brilliant! Just like all those "i can build a better wheelset for $200" posts where they never follow up with links.
  • 1 0
 @sevensixtwo: You can do what he's talking about on Zenni.
  • 170 0
 What the hell? No 2017 Giant Reign?
  • 30 0
 Shocking.
  • 7 0
 Until he gets that Reign laced up with new gear... then I'll be expecting an amended list
  • 5 0
 Loved mine. Should’ve kept it. SX with coil shock and 170 fork.
  • 12 0
 I love it. Even the PB hosts are trolling each in the comment section..
  • 1 1
 My 2017 reign was retired to my workshop wall because it would not stop eating pressfit bottom brackets. Really poor QA on my particular frame. I bet the sponsored rider who owned it before me, put a new unit in after every enduro race. I did kind of like the suspension but wish it had a lot more travel. Something that I’m glad to see giant has rectified. Oh wait.
  • 2 0
 @henryquinney: can you please tell me if you have ever tried the latest Transition Sentinel? You like the Spire so much and I would be interested to know your views and how they compare? Somehow I think you prefer a bit more lively, fun bikes… I have a Sentinel and just wondering if I should consider the Spire next if they are really different…besides the travel, the geo and platform are quite similar.
  • 160 70
 Morrisey? Really???? I mean REALLY? I can take or leave (mainly) leave his music. However, his racist, fascist, right wing and homophobic views can go straight back to wherever they came from. At one point he even said that Tommy Robinson was “hard done to” by the press. He was a member of For Britain, a group so far right that even Farage said they were Nazi’s!!! So you can definitely keep that bigoted fool to your self.
  • 44 16
 Hear hear.
I'm not normally keen on "cancel culture", but Mozza deserves to be ignored now.
  • 37 58
flag jclnv (Dec 14, 2021 at 15:22) (Below Threshold)
 Tommy Robinson probably was hard done by the press wasn’t he? I mean, he was trying to stand up for the hundreds of young girls/children being raped by Muslim gangs and yet the press seemed to spend 99% more time attacking him, rather than the rapists.

Can you link to an interview or whatever where Morrisey says what you’re accusing him of? Thanks.
  • 45 15
 He's gay and homophobic. Ahhh 2021. Don't like someone's opinions, slap a name on them!
  • 21 2
 Isn't the guy gay ?
  • 16 35
flag nskerb (Dec 14, 2021 at 16:01) (Below Threshold)
 @Cord1 #triggered
  • 244 13
 I mean, I think he's an arse, to be honest. I think he's not only racist and bigoted, but he also plays up to the controversy of it to validate himself. Another good example would be his stance on the consumption of meat. It takes things too far because he just wants to be told he's a clever boy. Without sounding too condescending, in him, I see a broken man and within that song I see an acknowledgment of his own failings - for one reason or another this struck a chord with me. I think if we were to separate the art from the arsehole we probably wouldn't have much art left. Besides, I think that the world is full of people who try to create or sustain playing fields that suit them. I just believe we're in control of our own choices and I've treated you all as adults by sharing a song that personally meant a great deal to me. If you don't want to be part of that conversation and want to not take part in it that's fine but I'm not showing you a Morrisey song because I think he's brilliant and I agree with everything he says, I'm showing you a piece of art that I'm hoping you have the critical thinking to enjoy in a vacuum and appreciate that I'm talking to you, PB reader, as if I'd talk to my friends and I'm trusting your judgment. If that's a bit too much for you then I apologize. I hope, again, that me being candid and direct isn't crossing a line.
  • 37 51
flag pelopidas (Dec 14, 2021 at 17:04) (Below Threshold)
 Yep, let's cancel everything and everyone. Long travel bikes because they're not sort, and short travel bikes cause they're not hardtails. Let us appreciate nothing and no one for intrinsic beauty. Cancel everything! Somewhere at sometime somebody has hated it. Morrisey says he's not a racist or fascist, but that's not enough. We have to enter into people's minds and must ourselves divine who they are, despite what they say or think about themselves. Btw, racist and fascist are the two most overused and misused words in twenty-first century English. Almost nobody knows what they mean when they use them.
  • 41 3
 @henryquinney: Social media is a binary state system: things are either wholly perfect or wholly wrong - and there's no limit on the number of degrees of separation allowed when digging for reasons to declare the latter. Therefore, Morrissey is wholly wrong - which makes you wholly wrong, and Pinkbike, and cycling, and the internet, and me ... wait, that wasn't supposed to happen.

But seriously, I applaud the candid perspectives and entrusting readers to take a nuanced view.

And even more seriously, it's been established that social media is a magnet for people with narcissistic personality disorder, borderline personality disorder, depression, and, in some cases, Asperger's/autism, all of which frequently involve splitting. I wasn't entirely joking with my first paragraph.
  • 31 0
 @henryquinney: that's a great reply. I hope that you'll keep writing as if we are adults capable of a meaningful conversation. I get that sometimes things get lost in translation. I had the reverse when I lived in the UK and said things that didn't go over well. I knew what I meant even if they didn't get my weird Canadian humour! Anyway, I grew up with the Smiths and loved them and I like Morrisey's voice. I get that he's a dickhead but I can still like the song. Even if I didn't, thanks for sharing the song.
As a side note, there is a huge subculture of being a Morrisey impersonator and singing his songs at caraoke in parts of Mexico if you ever happen to be there and need a good laugh.
  • 19 3
 @henryquinney: holy f*ck. Someone capable of nuanced thinking!
  • 24 19
 @R-M-R: Well said. People have been indoctrinated by institutions and hammered by the media to think within a narrow window of acceptable thought. It’s a new religion of virtue signalling and cancelling those who blaspheme. It ultimately strangles culture and creativity leading the sea of banal comedy, music, and film.

I applaud Morrisey for not conforming to the wishes of the cultish drones.
  • 18 18
 @henryquinney: I most certainly cannot separate art from artist, unfortunately. And if that means less artists, so be it. Racist, bigots, and just plain and simple dick-heads don't deserve my support in any way. It's so easy for me to drop people if I don't agree with them.
  • 22 6
 @henryquinney: I've been a huge Smiths and Morrissey fan since the 80s. His voice and Johnny Mars guitar melodies are pure poetry. He entertains me and I really don't care whatever his opinions are. I don't know him personally or will I ever. He's an enternainer, not my friend so whatever controversial things he says doesn't effect me. Guess I have thick skin because I rarely get offended. I got to meet him once and he really appreciates his fans. For what its worth, I am Asian and dealt with racism. I don't let it consume me and try to help people understand we all people no matter what color or race we are. Here's a quote from Bruce Lee that has stuck with me "Under the sky, under the heavens there is but one family. It just so happens that people are different." I personally do not think Morrissey is racist . He's definitely an eccentric person, like most celebrities...
  • 6 0
 @R-M-R: please come back
  • 9 0
 @gspottickles918: I'm still here, I just found active participation to be more negative than positive.
  • 8 2
 @henryquinney: Good go bloke, tell em like it is. You gotta new fan. And the Spire is that cats meow.
  • 6 3
 @jclnv: Can you explain the difference between expressing an opinion and what you call "virtue signalling"?
  • 5 4
 @henryquinney: f*ck. yes. good man.
  • 1 1
 Anybody here, who was in Boulder (or CO) in the 90's should definitely do a relisten to the Warlock Pinchers right about now.
  • 2 2
 Hear hear.
  • 4 0
 @henryquinney: Ian Mackaye isn't an arsehole and has done some great tunes.
  • 4 0
 I’m not going to comment on whether Morrissey should be cancelled for his views, but rather for is whiny ass music. I never liked the smiths and am mystified as to why anyone would.

But then I listen to metal. De gustibus non est disputandum , I suppose
  • 4 2
 @boozed: huh? Why don’t you google it yourself if you don’t know what virtue signaling is?
  • 6 15
flag blackthorne (Dec 15, 2021 at 0:24) (Below Threshold)
 @Cord1 typical anonymous online judgement. For what purpose? I don’t know him personally do you?. Morrissey had a massive positive influence on so many people, in rock music. Who the f are you? You’d be pleased Quinney gave you the time of day. Sad that journalists have to cave in and put out disclaimers to protect them from the thought police mob lest they be cancelled also. Shame on you for dragging his fave song through your idealistic mud.
  • 2 0
 @henryquinney: very well said!
  • 7 1
 @boozed: Easy. If jclnv agrees with an opinion it's an opinion. If jclnv doesn't agree with an opinion it's virtue signalling.
  • 9 0
 The Moz is a complete raging asswipe. But I'm not denying myself great music...
  • 6 4
 @boozed: virtue signaling is expressing an opinion with the goal of declaring your partisanship, rather than contributing to a conversation. Pretty obvious really, no?
  • 4 2
 @henryquinney: Well written and stated. Years ago I was in a hardcore band that leaned into the peace/anti-war stylings and sounds of bands like early Discharge, Crucifix. We were pointedly left wing, but also loud, heavy and fast. However, we developed a large number of skinheads that liked us and would frequent our shows. I'm talking about the not so pleasant boot boy ones that you'd think would want to kick our asses. I believe the art prevailed over the artist in reverse to Moz and obviously on a much smaller scale. I don't agree with, approve of nor support Moz or said aforementioned skins beliefs, but I too can appreciate the art and not feel it necessary to toss everyone into neat cubby holes as such.
  • 6 5
 @boozed: To me, having an opinion is the expression of an independent viewpoint. Virtue signalling is the expression of a viewpoint defined by a set of false moral values, that are continually superseded. Hence the phrase, “the left/woke ends up eating itself”, and statements like “Islam is right about women” causes their little constructs to collapse.

Anyway I’m still waiting to read these horrendous opinions of Morrissey that the woke drones would no doubt love to cancel him over.
  • 7 0
 @krka73: Here’s the thing… he’s always been a complete raging asswipe. I have no idea what the current controversy surrounding him is, because I quit paying attention to what he had to say back in 1987. A lot of his music, on the other hand, I rather enjoy, including this song.
  • 4 0
 @TheR: Agree 100%
  • 8 1
 @SkullsRoad: There’s nothing easier to find than sin among men. Careful, or you could find yourself living a gray, sad, bland existence.
  • 7 7
 @ride4austin: @henryquinney: what has Morrissey said thats racist? even a list of his most controversial quotes www.theweek.co.uk/92990/morrissey-interview-five-most-controversial-comments-by-the-smiths-singer seems unremarkable. Is it all based on him supporting For Britian who granted, are confused on covid, the economy and climate change but have a totally sensible centre right policy on immigration and islam? Genuine question, am I missing something here?
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 @haighd2: This is the way these woke drones work. You ask for clarification of what he’s actually said and you get the same old “he’s far right” (like that’s an exclusively bad thing) “he’s racist”, “Islamaphobic” (as if that means anything). They have no nuance or articulation, they’re just infantile idiots who rely on groupthink to define their thought process.
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 @jclnv: Nah, man, it has nothing to do with false ideas that change. You can say something objectively true and be virtue signaling. It's about declaring an opinion for purposes of letting others know you're one of the good guys, rather than to contribute to a discussion. Hell, it's not even that black and white. I'm contributing to this discussion now, but can I honestly say I'm not at least partially motivated by a desire to show everybody else in the comments section how smart and reasonable I think I am?

Public discussions make attention whores of all who join in.
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 I wasn't going to bother looking this song or artist up, now I am. Thank you for bringing attention to this.
  • 2 1
 @henryquinney The Simpsons recently did an episode where Lisa had an imaginary friend that was Morrissey. Worth a watch & laugh
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flag haighd2 (Dec 16, 2021 at 6:36) (Below Threshold)
 @jclnv: well I gave him a chance, but it seems your right. henry is drone. I guess its acceptable to smear someone then decline to back it up?
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 @henryquinney: Henry, that song struck a chord w me the first time I heard it, well before these last few years of controversy with Morrissey. Nevertheless, I’m with you on your opinion and I’m glad you shared this, especially with all the armchair intellectuals here. Speedway will be on repeat for my commute this morning. Cheers!
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 @blackthorne: I thought I could encourage some self-reflection from people on the relative validity of their own opinions and those of others, but no such luck hey?

@JakeEPooh: So what you're saying is that the use of the "virtue signalling" in conversation is itself the perfect example of "virtue signalling". Cheers!
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 @boozed: Yes, actually. You're 100% correct.
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 @jclnv:
All this talk of "virtue shaming" and "cancel clubbing"; no longer ok to hate a band/singer for no reason other than that they grate on my earholes? I really miss the 90s where you could just hate something without any political pretext.
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 @st-lupo: right? How did we end up in this crazy new ‘normal’ of oversensitivity and toxic tribalism? Oh right, social media happened….
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 @st-lupo: Have a green friend.

If you think his music sucks that's fine. If I or the OP like it, that's fine too.

What Morissey thinks about some things should have no bearing on either of our musical tastes.

I'd rather spiral into a 27.5 vs 29 or SRAM vs Shimano argument than bring this PC BS into a bike forum.

The OP likes a Morissey song, big deal The man has a lot of fans worldwide and he says stuff that offends people. What talented artist isn't somewhat eccentric?. It is what it is.
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 @Imgonnarideon: My comment around "virtue shaming"... wasn't intended as hating on Morrissey specifically, it was more a observation on how identity-politics has dominated these discussions/arguments on even music tastes.

Rereading my comment, yeah it does sound more aggressively anti-Morrissey than intended.
  • 66 1
 I will agree with you on the Spire, purely for the reason that it's a beautiful shade of purple and we need more nice purple things
  • 23 1
 Just grow your own.
  • 56 1
 Know what I loved in 2021? Not buying virtually anything other wear parts (tires, grips, and brake pads). Supply chain issues and cost increases are terrible for everyone, but a major silver lining for me is abandoning much of the unfortunate consumer culture pervading of our chosen hobby. Don't get me wrong, it has to suck for anyone wanting to buy their first bike or replace a broken one.
  • 32 1
 Along the same lines, I bought two Works Components Angle Headsets and updated a couple of otherwise perfectly nice 2017 bikes to 2021-ish geometry. Instead of two new frames or bikes.
  • 8 0
 Yes! That's sick!
  • 2 1
 How did you fix reach and tiny shocks on long travel bikes? @Marquis:
  • 7 1
 Hell ya! I lust for fancy new bikes but the old evil insurgent just gets the job done. Nothing wrong with 100 142 spacing or an 11 speed. Dam u pinkbike I don’t need a new spire 12 speed. . Yes I do. . . No no I don’t. Maybe thicker rotors ok just new thicker rotors. . . And drive train and fork . . . And shock. . .
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 @freeridejerk888: easy. offset bushings and eccentric bottom bracket.
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 @freeridejerk888: Hardtail and XC bike. Reach was and is fine.
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 @freeridejerk888: Really depends on the situation and bike. I've used 3 of them so far.

First on my 10 year old's Marin Hawk Hill. Everything about the geo was great, but a slacked head angle really helped with confidence and safety on our local steep and chunky terrain. He's loving that bike.

Second was on my wife's first proper mtb as she was getting into the sport. On a used bike, that again, had geo that worked for her, but slackening the HA helped with confidence and safety on our local steep and chunky terrain.

Third was on my wife's next bike. On a used bike again, but I found a fantastic deal on a 2017 Norco Sight that had been ridden 4 times. Again, geo worked great for her but the HA was a little outdated (67), slacked it out by 2 degrees (65), and it's perfect!

Then, I actually just bought a Wolftooth 1 degree for my new incoming bike. The bike has geo adjust (neutral and slack (0.75 change)), but I like a lot of the geo in the neutral setting except for the HA. Slacking it out a bit and then I'll reserve the actual "Slack" setting for bike park days. It's more of a burly "Trail bike" (140mm rear) that I'm overforking (150 to 160mm), installing a coil shock with burlier tires/inserts and bigger rotors to be my one and all trail/enduro/enduro race/sometime park bike.

So ya... anglesets don't work in every situation.. but there are lots of situations where they can be a very helpful and useful tool.
  • 16 0
 Why is POC so overpriced on most products? I have a set of tifosi that are awesome, was able to buy a bunch of lenses for them. like $70usd for the glasses and ive dropped and bashed them a heap and theyve been so good.
i use them from Driving, walking, running and of course MTBing including with my Fullface because i cant wear goggles. like 10 different shades of lenses make them so versatile
  • 13 0
 Big fan of Tifosi stuff also. Quality at a decent price.
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 @nskerb: I got some Tifosis with the transitions lenses. after about 4 rides the coating on the lens spiderwebbed and they're unusable. not a fan. Ill stick with finding Oakleys on sale.
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 @blackercanyons: I use The Sledge glasses with clear/acred/clarion yellow lenses (i was able to buy a bunch of other lenses but those came stock)
i've had no issues and i use them almost every day, riding/walking/driving.
  • 2 0
 @blackercanyons: huh. That is unfortunate. Honestly not sure what to say about that other than maybe just try to give them a go one more time. My dad has had a pair for probably 10 years and they are legit. I have a pair for riding for like a year and a few for just wearing around town and have had good luck as well.
  • 1 0
 @blackercanyons: If you bought at a retail shop you could likely swap them for another pair on the shelf - I did it as necessary at the shop and Tifosi always supported our decision - if the customer couldn't make it in, Tifosi took care of them in short order. I would give them an opportunity to make it right, if only to keep a pair of spares in the car.
  • 1 0
 Yeah my polarized Tifosi Swicks are going on 3 years I think, and I got em for like $30 on sale. I've worn them for mtb, road, running, ski touring, etc. Super happy with them after my last pair of Ryders kinda fell apart.

They don't have interchangeable lenses, and sometimes they are too dark. But if it's ever a big deal, or I finally kill them, I can just walk into a local shop and have another pair for ~$50.
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 everything related to Sweden is expensive, except IKEA
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 @nskerb: So you're a tifoso for... tifosi?
  • 2 0
 @number44: hahaha! Quello che dici deve essere vero
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 Eugh; Morrisey?! How much fungi did you eat in those freezing mountain woods? Too many or not enough?
  • 13 0
 At least the Smiths had Johnny Marr
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flag Backdoor (Dec 14, 2021 at 17:16) (Below Threshold)
 'Spose he's not as bad as John Lydon
  • 15 0
 Having grown up as a skateboarder, which I will always love. Yet have found city life and concrete are not my jam as I have gotten older. I will always love the look of the classic skateboard shoe and that of the Freerider. I hope it never dies. Having said that. Functionally, it definitely misses a few marks for a flat pedal shoe. Especially in the wet/cold months.
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 As I have no taste, I wear a pair of knee length seal skin socks with mine (loud garish colours if possible to really offend the matching kit boys). In the wet sloppy conditions we get in the UK, hose them with the jet wash at the end of the ride, strip them off, and perfectly clean and dry underneath. Stuff the freeriders with newspaper and they are dry enough for the next ride (if they are still damp - who cares, the seal skins keep you dry so you don't notice.
Every pair of waterproof footwear I have ever used for any sport all suffer the same design weakness - the bloody great hole that your foot goes into and no matter how effective the sealing claims to be, as soon as you hit the slop and the water is running down your leg, that lovely waterproof shoe turns into a very effective bucket
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 @Puddings: totally fair! I will have to give that a try. Thanks for the suggestion.
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 I grew up as a skateboarder too, like it was all I cared about in life for many years. I still hate the skate shoe look of current MTB flat pedal shoes. I stopped wearing Droors shirts a long time ago, the shoes can die too.
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 @Puddings: and that can happen to your waterproof socks too,when you catch a real rain day ,you will get like cow toes :-))))
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 Ya I mean I dig functionality too, but I also like to look good. After all action sports are like 80% looking rad and 20% actual skill right? But for real when it comes to style skaters are definitely more versed than mtbers. Sorry guys. Options are good though. I'll keep my skate inspired flat shoes and you can have the cyberpunk bootie looking things.
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 @oneheckler: Living in the PNW of the United States, I wear DH pants when it gets wet enough. Typically just wear wool socks with my Freerider EPS highs that I bought in 2018 that are still going strong. Can’t say I have gotten the cow toes yet, haha!
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 @yoimaninja: hahaha! Agreed man. Those Trailcross shoes look like surf booties.
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 @RBalicious: I mean, skate shoes make you look like an oversized toddler.
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 @blackercanyons: and the trailcross makes you look like you forgot which sport you were heading out for. Surfing? Scubadiving? Whitewater Kayaking? Where am I?!
  • 1 0
 @ ..
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 @RBalicious: and current actual skate shoes either look like basketball shoes, running shoes, old man walking shoes, or they rip off old school Vans. Vans being the only ones that look even halfway decent.
  • 3 0
 Haha I love the look of classic 5/10 shoes too. Reminds me of being a kid and always wanting basketball or skate shoes. I'll always love that look.
  • 10 1
 Yay for the Spire! Can't wait to Cascade my Sentinel and chuck a 170mm fork on it. Spirertinel! Those Joakley Blade glasses need to die a swift death. That style looks awful.
  • 8 0
 I strongly second the Rimpact product thumbs up. Used them all year. Only one sidewall tear but it still saved my rim. I just wish they would make a lighter one for XC. There customer service is excellent. I have asked a few questions which they answered right away. Money well spent
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 The Rimpact Original is a lighter insert, it's their first one before they developed the multi-density one for the rigorous stuff! It's one of the lighter ones on the market as far as I'm aware, and the price is unreal in comparison to a lot of the others too. Give that a shot for XC if I were you, it's made of a lot of the same material as the Pro
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 Got them both. Mainly run originals but I would looking for something even lighter and a little narrower for 2.3 xc type tires. I am being picky though. Looking for a 75 gram insert with a little less protection. @tomb-2:
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 Keep writing. Dig your vibe. Wordsmith.

(You have sounded a bit restrained and hesitant on the podcast. Give yourself permission in that medium to not be a play-it-safe-puss—my encouragement…because your writing is anything but…).

PB is better for having secured your contributions.
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 You have me, you have me, you have me, you still have me, you're losing me a bit, you totally lost me.
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 Haha. Classic. Accurate.
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 Morrisey is a prick who hasn’t made anything good since the 80s.
  • 4 0
 And talking about Trailcross : the shoes I was waiting for ! 'Been wearing them for a couple of month now, nothing to complain about, they're doing the puddle job so good! Could have been a little wider though, I had to upsize a bit. Can't wait to read your review.
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 lets see how long they will last
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 @amonas: my low top pair died faster than any other pair of 5.10 shoes I’ve ever owned. Feet get instantly wet, but they did clear the water back out quickly. 3/10 wouldn’t buy again.
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 @amonas: I have ridden the Summer version of that shoe. It got 5000km on it and the sole is dead...

I also don't know why you would want the winter version of you have sealskin socks.
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 @Serpenthappy If you're happy with sealskinz socks, good for you. I was not. I can pick the socks I want according to the temperature, shoes dry fast and in summer I can wear low flat shoes. I'm happy with those shoes, sorry if it bothers you ;-)!
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 @Ricolaburle : I have a pair of Freerider EDC that I bought and started riding in 2018, still going strong with some sole wear that I will do my first patch job this winter. I average 3-4 rides a week here in the PNW. Use the Freerider EPS highs in the winter/wet months, which I bought in 2018 as well. Same story as the EDC pair, only additional wear is one of the lace eyelets tore. I bet top dollar the Trailcross shoes will not last half as long.
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 @RBalicious: Time will tell I guess !
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 @RBalicious: Looks like all you guys don't want the trailcross to be a good shoe !
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 @Ricolaburle: It's not that I don't want it to be good, but if I wanted to learn how to surf in the ocean...
They just don't look like they will last longer than a full hard season of riding, and based on recent perception of quality since Adidas acquisition. Outlook is pretty dismal unfortunately. When my current shoes do eventually wear out, I plan on getting some RC shoes. Most of my other friends have migrated to that company and have had very positive reviews on durability and longevity.
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 @RBalicious: OK, got you, we'll see ! Hope more shoe companies will offer trailcross GTX alternatives.
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 @RBalicious: eh the normal mid Trail cross will do it but not the Sole.
But that's for all 5.10 shoes I had.
I do 2 rides in winter and 5 in summer. Bigger rides always on weekends like I said I had 5k on that shoe before I send it back last week.

The flat shoes section is lacking on almost anything except a flat narrow skater shooe look a like.
No wider shoes , no high shoes , no other look's.

I don't know why I would want a flat shoe for this sport. I have trail desire instantly in my shoes no matter what weather it is. With the trail cross mid there is nothing that could enter it. I don't get it why not more make this kind of a shoe and it still feels like a light flexible top. The sole is stiff and flexible enough for comfy walking some sections.
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 Scuba Diving Bootys if you ask me
  • 4 0
 Thanks for the list! Are you running the mazza front and back, or just up front? Have one one the front of my bike and it rocks, just wondering how it would go as a rear tyre.
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 I am running an Agarro on the back with a Mazza up front. I am in PA, so not terribly different from where you are. No complains, tho it hasn't been to long. Had a Mota on the back prior, which was better in slop, but no where else really. Agarro rolls nicely too.
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 I've run a 2.4 trail casing Mazza on the front in the summer and moved it to the back to replace a Martello for the Winter. it was a little draggier than a worn Martello at first but i got used to it quickly. Clears mud well, better than the Wild Enduro or Vigilante I've had on the front lately.
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 @ReformedRoadie: I’m running the Mazza/Agarro combo in AL as well. It’s awesome. Best blend of traction with a fast rolling rear tire I’ve been able to find. I also have (knock on wood) yet to puncture them. Unlike the Maxxis Rekon I tried out back before. That tire literally didn’t make it through one ride
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 @IMeasureStuff Hey there - I actually love it on the back aswell. It gives such a gradual breakaway of traction that you can really play around with it.
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 @henryquinney: which casing are you guys running? I've heard awesome things about the Martello/Mazza combo but also seen enough guys complain about the thin trail casing (worse than EXO) that I've shied away from it.
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 @Svinyard: +1 to this. I don't understand Vittorias available casings. I run an exo+ up front and double down in the rear. What's the equivalent Vittoria offering?
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 I currently have the enduro casing Mazza F/R in mullet flavor. Too much rolling resistance for me but good lord does it stick like white on rice. Braking performance is outstanding and it can take a serious beating. The rear sidewalls are starting to weep sealant after about 500 very hard miles but no cuts or torn knobs FWIW. I have a Martello waiting on standby for the rear.
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 Rode the mazza 2.6 trail front and agarro 2.6 trail back. They have lasted long for me and the tread still looks pretty good even after about 1k+ miles. The downside though is that I do not think the rubber offers as much grip as the maxterra and as a person who typically doesn't flat, I've gotten punctures much more often than I am used to with maxxis. I run pretty higher pressures as I dislike tire squirm so about 24 front and 27 back and weight a real 180 kitted up.
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 @Lee-Gee: How do you find the difference in grip on the Martello vs the Mazza?
I have only tried the Martello enduro, but it has been surprisingly good so far?
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 @thevids: I really like the Martello as a summer rear, the Mazza has a little more grip i think. both Trail casings
I have a 2.4 Mota with the Enduro casing but didn't use it for long, too narrow too heavy not a lot of grip
  • 4 1
 lol'd at cruisin the climbs in lululemon activewear. there's like a tiny percent of Henry that truly represents the perspective of the PB comments without being cringe on camera and its a welcomed tasteful trait of his. also flats lookin like early 2000s skate shoes... when even modern skate shoes dont look like early 2000 skate shoes. yes plz, lol. as someone who skated in the 2000s, yeah i dont need to really rep that nostalgia on my mtb when its not even very functional. loose fitting and low cut for no reason
  • 6 0
 A transition bike in both Henry's and Kaz's best of the year lists, they're killing it.
  • 7 2
 Who doesnt want a Rocky Element with a stout short travel 36 up front, I think that would be over the top.
  • 3 0
 Having grown up as a skateboarder, and still LOVE the sport. Yet have found concrete/city life is not my jam. I will always LOVE the classic skate shoe look of the Freerider. I hope it never dies.
  • 3 0
 Well... I guess my internets is in fact working. HA! Double post.
  • 4 0
 Product 11
Magic Mushrooms
Nothing says good product like showing up half-naked frozen to death in a stranger's house.
Price: Your dignity
  • 2 0
 I'm fairly certain that I'm not alone in sharing excitement for Brian's 3D printer, there's gotta be at least a dozen of us.

@henryquinney I certainly appreciate that you're willing to speak/write to us candidly, despite the vitriol in some of the other comments, thanks for taking the time to do so.
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 How do you guys like Rimpact v Cushcore v Tannus? I have the latter two front and back, on a SB6 and a Ritchey rigid bike, respectively. Seems like the Rimpact is akin to the CC. So funny to me that inserts are still lost on a bunch of my friends who ride regularly. I've grown to love them.
  • 2 0
 I've been using Honeywell safety glasses for about the last decade, at the exorbitant price of £3.13 on amazon
www.amazon.co.uk/Honeywell-1015370-Sporty-Eyewear-Anti-Scratch/dp/B002C6FG8G?th=1
Work a treat in the UK, i never find it bright enough to bother with sun glasses!
  • 2 0
 @henryquinney hate to burst your bubble Marzicchi way back in 2004 had intergrated fenders made by Accerbis for the Z1 and even their double crown forks.
Admittedly they were mounted to the crown and not the arch so we’re not quite right but yes it has really now only happened, it’s taken too long for the fork manufacturers to get the idea, crazy really!
Cheers
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 The 510 Trailcross boots suck. First ride I went through one puddle and my left foot got wet. Your right, they are light, light = no insulation and you use these boots in winter. I find my 510 Freeride Pro's much warmer and if I'm going to have wet feet at the end of my ride anyway I prefer warm and wet to cold and wet.
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 The Spire really is that good. I get so excited every time I head out for a ride.
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 Agreed! Such a fun bike
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 I've long held the suspicion that @henryquinney is actually Morrissey's long-lost son, but the fact of the matter is that Quinney is just too nice a bloke for that to be the case.
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 I don't understand the tire insert. In the link it says, PSI when damage occurred. the Rimpact says at 28psi. Wouldn't that make it the worst of them all? If at that high pressure damage occurred? And the Huck Norris Hamburger the best if at a low pressure of 22 damage occurred!? Am I missing something?
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 Look at the column next to the “Rimpact”, and you will notice it is for the “Rimpact Pro”.
Rimpact has 2 products in the test.
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 about those forks: agree on the improvements during past years with regards to stiffness, dampping etc, BUT: multiple times bushing play has been mentioned on the SID's, even during the field test. that is not what i consider as EVERYTHING is so good

BTW: thanks for the Morrissey, @henryquinney ! never heard of it before, great!
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 »[…] Why for so long have they looked like early 00s Osiris skate shoes? […]«
Haha, I remember the times not so long ago, when it was very difficult to get clipless shoes that didn't look like sci-fi soccer shoes. The first flat shoes looked like some ridiculous moon boots. I'm very glad that now I can wear functional shoes that look somewhat casual and not out of place in the pub or even a restaurant.

As for the Trailcross GTX. I still don't get the hype. Specifically why almost every review praises them as something that was never done before when in reality they don't look to be far off the Guide Tennie GTX that Five Ten offered a few years ago. Those weren't bike specific but they work great for riding. The neoprene cuff seems like a nice addition on the trailcross as well as some bike specific details on the sole. Improvements? Sure. But it's not like they invented a new type of shoe.
  • 1 0
 Last years Adidas Five Ten Terrex Mids are much better then this years redesign. I got the new model, the one your testing, and after 2 rides returned them for last years model which is still for sale. The main differences being the neoprene sleeve on the new model has an annoying strap and they removed the 3DO ankle protection so the side of the shoe is cut lower.
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 Morissey hugged by random people on stage, made my day and brought a tear to my eye... Thank you Henry !
  • 4 0
 Pinkbike and Morrisey? What a cross-over!
  • 2 0
 Morrisey and Bob Seger... that's a slight contrast.
  • 2 0
 Interested to see the Mazzas on this list, I'm interested about putting them on something else on your list, my Spire. Best alternate to the almighty Maxxis' ?
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 I love them, They offer as much Grip as the DHF and I find that they don't wear as fast thanks to the rubber compounds. It makes me wish Vittoria had the diversity of tread pattern Maxxis is able to offer.
  • 1 0
 @AddisonEverett: Do you run then F & R?
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 @Fullsend2-13: Mazza Front, Martello rear. I really like a fast-rolling rear tire. It's a great setup for aggressive trail riding.
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 I’ve run the mazzas for a bit over a year and compared to 3C(mg front, mt rear) DHF’s I’ve found that they: 1) grip up just as good if not better in soft to medium packed dirt. 2) roll about the same. 3) in the enduro casing they’re not very supple but provide a lot of lateral support for riders that corner/pump things hard 4) they don’t grip up as well as maxxis on roots/rocks and 5) they wear better than any other enduro/gravity tire I’ve ridden to date, with a full year on one pair without any punctures or knobs peeling off. Conclusion: excellent tire for anyone besides racers looking for the absolute best grip at the cost of replacing tires more often
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 @TannerValhouli: thanks for the feedback, appreciate it!

Plus they don't have a hideous glaring yellow logo on the sidewalk, which is definitely a massive plus, lol.
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 @AddisonEverett: What casing and sizes are you running? I'm getting by on 2.5 EXO DHF/2.4 DHR2 atm but needing a new tire setup.
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 I am currently running the Mazza at the front and it replaced a DHF. I have to say that I am impressed with the Mazza but for me they lack on one thing - wet roots and rocks. I have the feeling that the tire skips sideways a lot. With the DFH I think I had a bit more control over those.

@henryquinney do you have the same experience with it?
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 @TannerValhouli: This was the best review of Mazza tires
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 @TannerValhouli: I have not tried the Mazza, but I exchanged a DHF exo+ MT on the back-wheel with a Martello enduro-casing. I must say I was blown away with how much more grip the martello had on hard ground and rocky surface. So I am very surprised that you did not find the same with Mazza.

The Martello has even more siping, and the side-knobs are tightly packed. So that might explain some of it of course.

I though I was gonna change back for autumn rain, but for some reason the Martello never clogged, so it is still on. It was a strange autumn with not much sticky mud though.

But I wonder if the difference you feel on roots comes down to that you had MG-rubber on the front, which probably is a lot softer...
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 @Svinyard: I was running the Enduro Casing 2.4 Mazza on the front and the Enduro Casing 2.35 Martello on the rear. I'm a bit heavier so the Enduro casing works well for me with no inserts
  • 1 0
 @Svinyard: Vittoria's Trail casing is pretty much on par with EXO and has anecdotally held up better in my limited experience. Plenty supple for grip but still provides enough support on a wide rim that the bead won't commit suicide in the middle of a hard compression
  • 4 0
 No POC riding coverall's?!?!?
  • 3 1
 That was a low point of the year.
  • 5 0
 I know right - haven't been able to go salmon wading since I gave them to @alicialeggett at the field test.
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 @henryquinney: That said, my salmon wading is currently on point.
  • 3 0
 I think it's high time I incorporated "foibles" into my American vocabulary...
  • 1 0
 @henryquinney All I remember is you slashing those Martello trail casing tyres every other day. And the second run I had on a set of Mazza trail casings, I ripped off a knob. Great control, but just too fragile for me.
  • 1 0
 @C1audio Haha the gnarly rocks of Bath show no mercy!
  • 1 0
 I don't like the fact that he knocks 32mm forks like they aren't up to the task meanwhile my revelations are still going strong at 150mm and I never feel the fork has too much flex.
  • 1 1
 Pump the proverbial brakes on the Lululemon hating.

Stuff is great for working out, not for moped riding. They’re a Canadian company that’s making some excellent stuff, and they may have cured some medical issues that usually are accompanied by a prescription without drugs.
  • 1 0
 Lululemon wearing decision tree:

- are you identifying as LGTBQ+? Yes. Great! you're approved to wear Lulu
- are you female and not in the above? Yes. Awesome!! Lulu was made for you! You're approved to wear Lulu.
- Are you male and not in the above two groups? Yes. See below.
- did your wife/gf buy it for you? Yes. Sorry to hear that, return it and buy something cool. Take your lumps.
- did you buy it yourself? Yes. Call Justin Trudeau, he wants to take a selfie with you.
  • 3 0
 Speedway! Yes, I’m on board with you, Henry.
  • 3 1
 As of right now the price of Bitcoin is $48371.50 so if that mudgaurd costs 1000 Bitcoin than that would be $48,371,500
  • 3 0
 Bastille didn't make the list, eh?
  • 2 0
 Not quite. They were number 11.
  • 1 0
 Rimpact was one of the best upgrades I made. Tough to understate what a load off it is giving zero Fs if you flat or not during a ride.
  • 1 2
 @henryquinney: guessing yr new Fungi Friends didn't make the cut? Thats fine: riding is better anyway. Much obliged on yr list, I hate Morrisey (always have, no offense) but don't think yr a UK nationalist / racists Nazi vegan anti-vegan imperialist. Btw any word on PB putting together an audio or written / running list of all your amazing phrases & sayings you've dropped on us since arriving on the cast? I really need a copy, somehow
  • 4 3
 Henry likes the Morrissey song...I get it... why you fuckin kids think otherwise...stop being so gd sensitive... stay real and grounded...peace
  • 3 0
 That's the most boring song I've ever heard.
  • 1 0
 Ah so also the first Morrisey song you've ever heard? Take all his other bs aside, I never understood why people even liked his music.
  • 2 0
 I enjoy Henry's addition to the team. His British take on things is humorous and intelligent.
  • 1 0
 @henryquinney if only Morrissey could have kept his ego in check and the Smiths stayed together. Who knows the magic they could have made
  • 2 0
 The original Adidas Terrex Trailcross was my go to bike shoe for years!
  • 1 1
 Well I guess Henry is predicting the a catastrophic fall of Bitcoin if one can purchase 1000 Bitcoin mud guards. Get out of crypto boys and girls!
  • 3 0
 Jack Moir edits?
  • 7 5
 Morrissey is one of the biggest c@*%s in British pop culture, ever!
  • 1 0
 Things that I really like this year: Every time Levy makes fun of the way Henry talks
  • 4 2
 How come only the yanks hate Morrissey?
  • 9 1
 Everybody hates Morrissey.
The rightwingers because he is gay, vegan and used to sing about teenage angst in a pop band,
And the leftwingers because he is expressing X-phobic views nowadays.
(X = enter any minority here).
And everybody admires him, for exactly the opposite reasons.
  • 2 1
 Looks like mostly English hating on him to me. Over there, one having an opinion differing from the liberal consensus takes a lot of courage. Speaking openly like he has takes brass balls that clank. Like his music or not, you can't doubt his courage.
  • 2 0
 I can only read this in Henry’s accent.
  • 2 0
 You're the one for me, fatty
  • 1 0
 POC are a joke, I picked up some Carnac sunglasses for £6, if there is any difference in quality its barely noticeable.
  • 1 0
 You can buy a sweet set of Poc-Offs on Amazon for a cool $30. Comes with 4 lenses.
  • 3 1
 You forgot "yourself"
  • 5 7
 Morrisey? Yuck, I'm just not tone deaf enough to listen to his voice, also probably not young enough to appreciate the angst driven lyrics.

I do think the Spire is a cool bike, but damn those chainstays are looong!
  • 1 0
 Is that Morrissey with one 's'?
  • 1 0
 Wait, @henryquinney you rode a Spire???
  • 2 2
 The GT Force carbon looks like a piece of swiss cheese. No thanks. The Transition Spire is a good choice - clean design.
  • 2 1
 I love how henry just fucked with the prices
  • 1 0
 Is there a rockshox fender that fits lower end forks like the recon?
  • 1 0
 You made up for your Yeti E-shit shout-out with Morrissey.....ballsy move.
  • 2 3
 Yes!! Mountain bike shoes are the ugliest things ever! I would really appreciate not looking like I'm 14 years old!
  • 2 3
 If the product is something you saw on YouTube for free....then @henryquinney is the 10th product.

BTW: Morrissey sucks.
  • 1 0
 Reads in Henry voice.
  • 14 15
 Morrissey is a xenophobic fascist. He hasn't aged well.
  • 4 2
 His music sure has!
  • 2 2
 @Adamrideshisbike: was he in the Smiths back in my time... The 1980*s. I thought he died of Aids.
Good come back in 2021
  • 3 2
 @calarco68: Speaking of homophobia, we've found some!
  • 3 0
 At least he's not xenophillic
  • 1 2
 Thank god henry isn't on GMBN anymore
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