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ihatetomatoes paulaston's article
May 4, 2018 at 7:02
May 4, 2018
Formula Cura Brakes - Review
Possible to buy these in Canada? Where would I get them?
ihatetomatoes mikekazimer's article
May 3, 2018 at 15:04
May 3, 2018
4 Reasons Why You Should Enter a Race This Year - Opinion
I'm the same. I'm too competitive to race. Did one Enduro race, didn't do well and for a good 6 months afterwards all I could think about was what I needed to do to get faster. Clipping in, training, watching videos. All of a sudden riding wasn't about fun, it was about winning. That was my last race and will be forever.
ihatetomatoes mikekazimer's article
Apr 2, 2018 at 19:11
Apr 2, 2018
Transition Smuggler Carbon - Review
@ThomDawson: I sold my 1st gen aluminum Ccout and I still think about it...Moved on to a Carbon Patrol and a Carbon Troy and it's just not the same. I'm selling them for a Calling to hoping to find that magic the Scout had, if the Calling doesn't do it I'm buying a Scout again for sure.
ihatetomatoes mikekazimer's article
Apr 2, 2018 at 19:07
Apr 2, 2018
Transition Smuggler Carbon - Review
Ya unfortunately you'll never get the most bang for your buck with smaller companies like Transition. If you're on a budget but still want good components you kinda have to stick with the big brands. Trek, Giant, Specialized ect..
ihatetomatoes mikekazimer's article
Apr 2, 2018 at 11:22
Apr 2, 2018
Transition Smuggler Carbon - Review
@Svinyard: No not every geometry is right for everyone but that doesn't mean the Rocky Geometry is right for everyone either, even with the ride 9. If you live where the trails are rowdy or steep then you're going to just put it in the slack mode anyway like every Rocky rider I know so the ride 9 isn't really useful anyway. That doesn't mean the geometry in slack is worse or better than a bike like the Smuggler it's just different and a person can decide whether they like it or not. You like it but that doesn't mean it's right for everyone else. And the Rocky isn't cheaper. For a Carbon Instinct with Guide R's and a GX drivetrain you're paying $6700. For a Carbon Smuggler with Guide R's and GX drive train you're paying $6450 so the Smuggler is actually cheaper. You recommend the Rocky because you like it, but everything else you've mentioned is just false, yes the tire clearance is a little goofy but 2.3 tires is probably the most common sized tire that people up here in the PNW ride anyway. It may be a deal breaker for some but lots of people are fine with it. The Smuggler is going to be an amazing bike for those who want a short travel bike that rips right off the rack with no messing about. The Rocky is an amazing bike for those who want a bit more travel and want some versatility. One isn't better than the other, it's just personal preference.
ihatetomatoes mikekazimer's article
Apr 2, 2018 at 10:03
Apr 2, 2018
Transition Smuggler Carbon - Review
@hamncheez: They reviewed the insurgent a few years ago but that's about it. Does seem odd how they have reviewed almost every Transition bike but don't review many Evil's and don't offer up comparisons to Transition when the 2 companies have such similar bike and bike styles. Both from the PNW and make bikes that can get rowdy.
ihatetomatoes mikekazimer's article
Apr 2, 2018 at 9:51
Apr 2, 2018
Transition Smuggler Carbon - Review
@Svinyard: I'll give you the tire clearance but no option to "BC" a bike. That's just silly Rocky stuff. The smuggler is already "BC'd" you don't need to buy an $8000 bike like Rocky to get the "BC" edition. As far as Geo....You off. In the slack Rocky setting with a 66deg head angle you're getting a 74.5deg STA and a 455mm reach. That's way off the Smugglers 75.8deg STA and 475mm reach on a large. You could put the Rocky in Steep and get an STA of 75.5deg and a reach of 465mm, which is 10mm off Transitions reach but now you have a 67deg head angle and more importantly you're bottom bracket drop is only 23mm now vs the Smugglers 35mm drop. That BBD is going to have a big effect on how the big rides. You're not going to be able to set up the Rocky have the same feel as the Smuggler. I'm not trying to shit on the Rocky, I know lots of guys that ride them but the Smuggler is a different bike and to say it's not good because it doesn't have geo adjustment (don't need it when the geo is right, every Rocky Rider I know just puts it in slack and leaves it), has less travel and can't "BC" it is just silly. Those who buy it are getting it because it has less travel and want that feel. Want a 140mm bike? Go ahead but it won't have the same feel. Even suggesting that the bike isn't as good because you can get a bike with more travel is just such a silly statement.
ihatetomatoes mikekazimer's article
Apr 2, 2018 at 9:08
Apr 2, 2018
Transition Smuggler Carbon - Review
I'd love to be able to ride these bikes back to back. Same goal in mind of having an efficient trail bike that can still shred on the downs. Transition with the extra long reach SBG tech vs Evil with the more standard long reach but DELTA linkage.
ihatetomatoes mikekazimer's article
Apr 2, 2018 at 9:04
Apr 2, 2018
Transition Smuggler Carbon - Review
Not sure why you think you can say other bike companies have made the same bike but only better when you haven't even ridden the bike. You can look at geo numbers all you want but until you've tried them on the trail and seen how the numbers actually interact with each other and how the suspension feels you'll never know. As far as the instinct goes it's a matter of personal preference. Sure the Rocky has a longer top tube but transition has a much longer reach and much steeper seat tube angle which will give it a much different feel. I'd say it's not about being better bikes out there but because there are so many good bikes out there now it's about choosing the best bike for how you ride. Are you more into doing long rides and sticking to mellow trails? Are you more about getting to the top as fast as possible so you can shred down? Do you love to do everything and want a bike that can still shred as hard as possible and get rowdy when you want yet be an efficient peddler and keep up on the mellow trails? It's a wonderful thing now you can pick a bike for your personal needs. Transition typically makes bikes for people that like to get rowdy, this still fits the mold.
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