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just6979 mikekazimer's article
Mar 9, 2021 at 12:38
Mar 9, 2021
Review: 2021 Rocky Mountain Instinct Carbon 90
@mikekazimer: "The tricky thing with the all-mountain / aggressive trail category is that bikes like the Instinct run the risk of being a jack of all trades, master of none." Isn't that the point? Jack of all trades, bike of all terrains/mountains. DHs bikes go down fastest, enduro bikes go down fast but can still get up, XC bikes go up fastest, downcountry bikes go up fast and still go down reasonably, and trail/AM bikes do everything. I don't see how being decent at everything ever be a bad thing for a trail/all-mountain/mid-travel bike... goes up good but not best, goes down good but not best. if you _need_ better or best performance for any one specific job, you get a different tool.
just6979 mikekazimer's article
Mar 9, 2021 at 12:28
Mar 9, 2021
Review: 2021 Rocky Mountain Instinct Carbon 90
@mikekazimer: Of course there is a difference, but sledgehammer to scalpel? I get you have some poetic freedom to make analogies, but those things are pretty far apart, and their isn't much further to reasonably go. What's the next comparo: enduro bike is to a mining truck as trail bike is to integrated-circuit-etching rig (they can draw things down to singe-digit nanometers)? You've said that the Instinct is far from the Altitude, but by putting it right at the end of the usual scale, you're also implying that it's super close to an XC race bike (often analogied as scalpels compared to trail or even downcountry bikes). Again I ask, if this bike is a relative scalpel compared to the Altitude's enduro sledgehammer, where does a full-on-race XC bike fit on that same scale?
just6979 mikekazimer's article
Mar 9, 2021 at 8:54
Mar 9, 2021
Review: 2021 Rocky Mountain Instinct Carbon 90
So they amortized most of the costs of using carbon fiber (R&D and mold-making and layup-design and frame-testing) across two full models, and they still come up with some of the most expensive builds around. Excellent work!
just6979 mikekazimer's article
Mar 9, 2021 at 6:01
Mar 9, 2021
Review: 2021 Rocky Mountain Instinct Carbon 90
"dissecting that terrain like a scalpel rather than a sledgehammer." It's still a 30 pound bike with 140mm of rear travel. If that's a scalpel, then what is... a Scalpel? or a Spark? or a Supercaliber? (wow, all 'S' names, weird). Femtoscale-wavelength laser with ring-gyro stabilization? 20mm of travel difference on the same frame (which means it's probably overbuilt for it's intention (according to you) of "pedal-fests" and not "charging blindy") is not really not as much difference as is implied by your analogy.
just6979 mikekazimer's article
Mar 9, 2021 at 5:53
Mar 9, 2021
Review: 2021 Rocky Mountain Instinct Carbon 90
Hyperbole is on point today. "the Instinct is more about longer pedal-fests rather than charging blindly into steep, chunky trails." "it's possible to give the Instinct up to a 66.2 degree head angle and 493 mm reach if for some reason you wanted to try out the longer and steeper route." Well, you might want to go with that setting on one of those "pedal-fests", since you're allegedly not "charging blindy" on those. (Still not sure how a 140mm bike ever gets slotted into a "pedal-fest" bracket)
just6979 mikekazimer's article
Mar 9, 2021 at 5:44
Mar 9, 2021
The Complete 2021 Rocky Mountain Instinct Lineup Compared
Yeah, the diff between the two 30s is so much bigger than the diff between the two 50s, it's pretty sad.
just6979 mikekazimer's article
Feb 22, 2021 at 6:42
Feb 22, 2021
Review: The New Maxxis Shorty Gen 2 Tire - This Sequel's Even Better Than the Original
Looks like it took some cues from the https://www.tiogausa.com/edge-22.html with that split center knob
just6979 danielsapp's article
Feb 19, 2021 at 16:38
Feb 19, 2021
Check Out: Tools, Knit Shoes, Casual Clothing, & More
True to size, for pads? Didn't know there was a standard for pad sizing.
just6979 alicialeggett's article
Feb 17, 2021 at 14:54
Feb 17, 2021
Bike Check: The Monotrace, a Handmade, Carbon, Full Suspension Concept Bike Brought to Life in France
@imnotdanny: layup labor alone maybe. what about research & design work? creating the molds? testing?
just6979 alicialeggett's article
Feb 17, 2021 at 14:45
Feb 17, 2021
Bike Check: The Monotrace, a Handmade, Carbon, Full Suspension Concept Bike Brought to Life in France
The Ibis influence is definitely noticeable in the lines of the front end, and that's not at all a bad thing! Combined with that color (blue is always a win, candy is pretty much always a win, so win-win!), awesome looking. Only question is who decided its "size" is 2 eXtra Large, especially since there is only 1 size? Reach and wheelbase line up with a modern large, if it had to get categorized...
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