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justwan-naride mikekazimer's article
Sep 24, 2022 at 8:25
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First Ride: The 2023 Santa Cruz Tallboy Gets Updated, Not Overhauled
@johnd2: Just guessing, don't take the above as facts. But I'm afraid the truth is not far off...
justwan-naride mikekazimer's article
Sep 23, 2022 at 22:46
2 days
Opinion: The Pace of Change in the MTB World is Slowing Down, and I'm All For It
Geometry on enduro/trail bikes seems to be converging to a single style. Slack HTA, steep STA, rear centers that grow proportionally with sizes and lately, bigger stack heights. Essentially you can get the same flavour of bike from a number of different brands. They still have enough variety between them when it comes to suspension design, materials, warranty, method of purchase (DTC or through LBS), so people can choose based on their priorities/preferences. This is mostly a good thing in my book, it means the out of the box thinking of some small manufacturers and tinkererers (Chris Porter for example) has finally become accepted and endorsed by mainstream brands. After decades of no advance in geometry, big steps forward were made in the short space of 5-6 years. I'm also happy that many brands don't renew their models annually, most have 3 year circles. This makes sense in every possible way. On innovation....only yesterday I watched a video of some guy testing Bosch's ABS system for e-bikes. While it certainly adds weight and complication, this thing seems to work. If it finds a way to regular bikes and becomes lighter/smaller it could be the next big innovation for MTB. Gearboxes... I see the appeal but if I'm being honest, my 11sp GX derailleur is 6yrs old, has around 16.000km, and still works fine despite all the abuse it's been through. I can't ask for more than this really. Yes, I'd love a gearbox so I can carelessly blast through rockgardens, but not sure I'd like to pay for the complicated parts and gearbox specific frame. Transmission is good enough right now IMHO. Not so sure if 12sp was necessary though. Tyres... yes, I'd love to see some innovation there, keeping the durability of 1200gr carcasses closer to 800-900gr. At the moment Schwalbe Supertrail is a good compromise, but if we could do better it would be very welcome. Prices... my feeling is that right now they are NOT dictated by costs of developing, manufacturing and transporting product, but rather adjust to what people are willing to pay. And it seems that people have been happily buying 4000-4500€ bikes with NX during the last couple of years, so that's what we get. It sucks and I'm happy that I just build a new bike for a reasonable cost, but it means that my next bike will have to be bought used.
justwan-naride BansheeRiders's article
Sep 22, 2022 at 11:59
Sep 22, 2022
Banshee Releases the Enigma, an Alloy Hardtail Built for Versatility
@artistformlyknowasdan: That's what I though too, but turns out riding the actual bike is a completely different thing than guessing how it rides from the numbers.
justwan-naride BansheeRiders's article
Sep 22, 2022 at 11:16
Sep 22, 2022
Banshee Releases the Enigma, an Alloy Hardtail Built for Versatility
@artistformlyknowasdan: High stack/tall head tubes is a new trend in geo. My current bike has the longest head tube I've ever owned and it's not a problem at all. Also has the steepest seat tube angle I've ever ridden and I suspect these two measurements are there because they work together to bring the rider in a specific riding position (centered between the wheels but without oo much pressure on the hands).
justwan-naride BansheeRiders's article
Sep 22, 2022 at 11:00
Sep 22, 2022
Banshee Releases the Enigma, an Alloy Hardtail Built for Versatility
That's a beautiful hardtail! Love the lack of branding and raw finish, they really let the tube shapes show. Now, the only thing I don't get about it is the super short 418mm chainstay length coupled with the long front end and high stack. But then maybe that's why they called it an Enigma.
justwan-naride mikekazimer's article
Sep 21, 2022 at 9:10
Sep 21, 2022
First Ride: The 2023 Santa Cruz Tallboy Gets Updated, Not Overhauled
Base version is OEM only crap that only has adjustable rebound? Damper equivalent to their old TK found in old Toras and Recons? Or maybe a single cast part shaped like a suspension fork?
justwan-naride mikekazimer's article
Sep 21, 2022 at 9:01
Sep 21, 2022
First Ride: The 2023 Santa Cruz Tallboy Gets Updated, Not Overhauled
Santa Cruz can get away with anything when it comes to price/spec
Sep 11, 2022 at 20:56
Sep 11, 2022
Sep 11, 2022 at 20:44
Sep 11, 2022
justwan-naride mikelevy's article
Sep 8, 2022 at 13:50
Sep 8, 2022
First Ride: Trek's New Fuel EX Has More Travel & More Adjustments
Was about to comment on what appears to be greatly increased seatpost insertion length. It also appears to be one of the reasons for the overly complicated area around the seat tube, rocker etc. Function over form then.
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