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joshroppo brianpark's article
May 23, 2020 at 15:28
May 23, 2020
Interview: Trek's Travis Brown On Experimenting With 32" & 36" Wheels
@WheelNut: Seriously... I drove a shuttle van for an enduro race, and a lot of those sleds could barely fit in brand new Yakima roof racks which had just being lengthened. Bikes have gotten so long and slack now, if we get 32s and maaaybe 36s they'll be insanely tall too. A lot of shuttle vans might need to be completely rebuilt if 32s and definitely 36s hit the scene. Hell with a 36 on top, vans might not be able to get through some tunnels.
joshroppo mikelevy's article
May 21, 2020 at 12:28
May 21, 2020
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 8 - Do We Need an Even Larger Wheel Size?
As someone who is holding on to a 26 full-squish bike until it breaks. I'm all for this 32, 36 bike possibility. Lets just get it done fast so I don't have to waste money on a 29r in the meantime. 29 is arbitrary, no reason to stop there. I'm with Brian's argument for bike size to human size, I doubt bike companies will want to put that much effort/design in though.
joshroppo brianpark's article
May 21, 2020 at 11:14
May 21, 2020
Interview: Trek's Travis Brown On Experimenting With 32" & 36" Wheels
Thanks for your take! I've been really curious on this topic... waiting to hear about the "Next evolution" to go larger/faster/N+1 bike selling point. 32" hits an interesting mark for sure, MUni would probably put some decent load on the rims too. New wheelsize speed advantage on trail bikes? Why not. Now everyone start selling your garbage and inferior 29rs on the cheap please. It'll add liquidity into the second hand market and get more people riding good bikes that don't suck on the climbs!
joshroppo CushCore's article
Apr 27, 2020 at 19:18
Apr 27, 2020
CushCore's New Tire Lever Has a Lifetime Warranty
I know Pinkbike comments get pretty feral on overpriced peddled wares which have huge logos and mediocre quality. I think rightfully so in many cases, but this seems like a good deal. If $20 gives you back a couple dozen hours over your lifetime, and skin staying on your knuckles, seems like pretty good value to me. I don't have CushCore yet, but this seems like it'd be worth picking up from what I've heard, and using on all the bikes regardless of whether they're 'core'd.
joshroppo brianpark's article
Apr 18, 2020 at 21:53
Apr 18, 2020
Pedaling Innovations' Updated Catalyst EVO Pedals - Pond Beaver 2020
Hell yeah! Bikepacking in sandals is the best!
joshroppo foxfactory's article
Apr 18, 2020 at 16:34
Apr 18, 2020
Video: Jordi & Chris Kilmurray Talk Suspension vs. Posture in the Latest Episode of Dialed
More importantly, *professionals* calling out that wider handlebars aren't always better. They were game changers for handling tire feedback in the 26" days, but we're long past that now.
joshroppo brianpark's article
Apr 15, 2020 at 9:20
Apr 15, 2020
Pedaling Innovations' Updated Catalyst EVO Pedals - Pond Beaver 2020
I bought a pair of (old version)Catalysts when they were still $100 a year and a half ago. For the record my foot size is 42. After getting a full season of riding, I have thoughts, and comparisons. They are great pedals, and really change how I rode the bike after almost a decade on clipless. I actually started putting old Flat pedals i had lying around on most my other bikes, and really have enjoyed going back to basics, and wearing good shoes as opposed to clipless hooves. Playing around with foot position on the pedal is amazing on long rides, and the Catalyst gives you lots of options for putting down power! Dimensions: I think Bike James is totally right that flat pedals needed to give more support to the foot, loads of grip, and the ability to put power down on these pedals is phenomenal, much larger shift than I imagined coming from clipless. On long bikepacking adventures, being able to ride in sandals is a game changer. So long sweaty feet!! However.... after buying my pair($100), the price went up to $130(now $150!), and I started looking at what else was out there. I found the Nukeproof Horizon Sam Hill pedals to be very close to the dimensions of the Catalyst, only 100-110mm in length compared to these 143mm. James and Sam nailed the width. So the length is the main difference, and for my feet, the Horizon Sam Hill's give 95% the riding support as the Catalysts; for only $85 MSRP(look for sales though). It is barely noticeable, but I'll be buying the Horizons from here on out. So if you have bigger than 42 feet, the Catalyst might be your godsend flat pedal. I can imagine Catalyst's platform being much more important to a larger shoe. If you have smaller feet, and want pedals that don't snag on bushes quite so much; Horizon Sam Hills are a great way to save some cash and keep all the other benefits.
joshroppo sarahmoore's article
Apr 10, 2020 at 13:36
Apr 10, 2020
joshroppo danielsapp's article
Apr 8, 2020 at 21:34
Apr 8, 2020
3 Ultralight Packable Jackets - Pond Beaver 2020
@lowkeyokeydokey: good value for money in that painters tarp.
joshroppo danielsapp's article
Apr 8, 2020 at 18:51
Apr 8, 2020
3 Ultralight Packable Jackets - Pond Beaver 2020
@jorgeposada: Pro Bass Fish Shop sells a $6 PVC Poncho. Which doesn't squish down that well, but near as makes no difference saved my life in BFE Idaho on a bikepacking trip. Been my trusty companion on dig days since, best value in the world.. I'll have to keep an eye on for that Kil-Tec!
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