10 Things I Loved In 2022: Matt Beer

Dec 13, 2022 at 13:15
by Matt Beer  
We Are One Composites Arrival

Sun Peaks Bike Park

Hiding under the shadow of the Whistler Blackcomb's bustling village, Sun Peaks Bike Park is located forty-five minutes north of Kamloops, B.C. and operates at a slower pace - that is, everything except the downhill trails. The bike park is actually more than 20 years old and offers nearly 600m of vertical descending. This summer, they expanded their park considerably on the Sundance side of the resort, adding more blue jump and flow trails to the area. Kamloops is known for its abundance of jumps and Sun Peaks doesn't skimp on those either. There's even an alpine loop that is ideal for stretching out the day with a solid pedal and lengthy descent back to the village base.

What sets Sun Peaks apart for me is the blend of technicality and speed on the black diamond-rated trails, especially for testing downhill bikes. They're steep, raw, and don't get packed into a blue groove like the overrun trails in other parks. After a short rain shower, the dirt turns into a magical mixture where the amount of traction makes any level of rider push their limits and feel like a hero.

Price: Sun Peaks Bike Park Day Pass - $38-63 CAD
More Information: sunpeaksresort.com

Antidote Darkmatter - photos Satchel Cronk

Antidote Darkmatter

Speaking of testing downhill bikes, we managed to get our hands on an Antidote Darkmatter this year. Yes, this elusive creature exists in the wild. This one in particular is number thirteen out of the production facility in Poland and is a looker. Rolling through the lift line definitely broke a few necks. There's no mistaking this bike for a Session.

For 2022, Antidote totally revised the Darkmatter to accept dual 29" wheels, but the lower link can be swapped to change the rear wheel out for a 27.5" option. The Noster Kinematics make this high-pivot machine a capable race bike that rides just how it looks - stiff, light, and fast as hell. I won't give away too many details because we haven't yet released the video review on the Darkmatter. That will be coming shortly, but holy hell can this rig boogie down the hill.

EXT Shocks

Good things come in threes, in this case an EXT Arma on the Darkmatter at Sun Peaks Bike Park. Let's just say I drove home that weekend with a huge smile on my face. That wasn't the only bike I rode the Arma on though. I bolted a specifically tuned Arma to my Commencal Supreme and I also tried their Storia Lok shock on the Contra MC and Machina's prototype enduro bike. As a tech editor, I didn't receive any special treatment either - EXT tunes their shocks for whatever bike you might be fitting it to.

A coil shock isn't inherently better than an air shock, and a quality shock doesn't solve fundamental kinematic pitfalls, however, anytime I saw that there was an EXT shock mounted to a test bike I figured I'd get on well with the combo. When the lightweight spring is installed, the Storia Lok is even less than the weight of some air shocks. On all of those bikes mentioned, there was little left to be desired. As the shock cycled up and down, the action was buttery smooth, and that hydraulic bottom out circuit always added a soft, slow approach to the end of the travel.

Price: EXT Arma - $1,100 USD / 879€ (includes two springs)
More Information: extremeshox.com

Gaia / Trailforks

British Columbia is home to tens of thousands of outdoor enthusiasts that have chipped away at exploring and documenting their travels across the expansive province. I spend more time scouring new zones using the 3D imagery and layering that Gaia contains than you do on Netflix. For better or worse, trails, routes, and tracks are often accompanied by user photos that offers better visuals on the landscapes in farther to reach places. For offline use, you can also download the chosen layers, including satellite imagery, to help navigate when you're not at home.

Trailforks is very handy for making your way through new trail systems or calculating stats on more established trails, but you can also plan off-piste routes too. The layer included also offers useful information on landownership, nature preserve boundaries, and restricted zones at high elevation for motorized use. You can check on the status of a particular trail or make your own update by marking downed trees and other recent trail hazards.

Price: Gaia - $11.99 USD monthly / Trailforks - $2.99 monthly
More Information: gaiagps.com, trailforks.com

TRP Brakes

A few attributes that I look for in a brake are light action, power, and quick engagement. TRP's range of brakes have all of those wants in their appropriate model categories. Like EXT's shocks, I knew the TRP brakes were going to add a positive and secure feeling to a test bike. To engage the brake, it doesn't take much effort to pull and there is plenty of power on tap. There was a quirk or two about them, but it's refreshing to see another brand produce a solid brake option that doesn't come from one of the two big S brands.

Henry Quinney gave the TRP Trail Evo brakes a thorough review last year, while the DH Evos came equipped on our Transition Patrol Carbon and Canfield Jedi (and the Trail Evos on the Norco Fluid) test bikes. During the Enduro Bike Field Test, we all commented on how much we enjoyed their actuation and the 203 x 2.3mm rotors on the Patrol.

Price: $179 - 299.99 USD
More Information: trpcycling.com

OneUp Components EDC Lite
We Are One Composites Arrival

Purposeful Carbon Parts

There is a lot of pseudo-science out there in the world of carbon bicycle parts with wild claims of compliance or stiffness. The main appeal of the material is that it can form and retain complex shapes which can be layered to tune the amount of flex in the component. Keep in mind, not all are made equal.

Without a catchy acronym in the name, OneUp's Carbon Bar has become a mainstay on all of my bikes and always brings a familiar feel to a test bike. There is something about the bend, both up and back, that puts my hands in perfect position. Stiffness is also another major topic on carbon components and even though these bars use a 35mm diameter clamp, they are not too stiff. The bar has a unique contour near the bend with a particular flex pattern which I've come to agreement with and I prefer the look of the high rise with a low-stacked stem to make the bike appear more evenly proportioned. Most of all, they damp the vibrations from the trail - a problem I immediately notice from the majority of aluminum bars, stiffness aside.

The We Are One Composites Union rims are another staple and have been on my personal enduro bikes for the last few years. Like a handlebar, rims need to have the correct design to reduce feedback from impacts. Back-to-back tests with other aluminum and carbon wheel options have sold me on their blend of stiffness and forgiveness. From their factory builds, I've barely had to re-tension the spokes and the Union wheels have taken a beating without a hitch. I'm not naive enough to say they are indestructible, but for someone who changes tires frequently, I can appreciate seating tires on rims without dents. The memory that the carbon rim keeps reduces maintenance by retaining spoke tension and by now, readers should be well versed in We Are One's Canadian manufacturing efforts.

Price: OneUp Carbon handlebars - $139.50 USD / We Are One Union Wheelset - $1,425 USD
More Information: oneupcomponents.com / weareonecomposites.com

Lightweight Full-face Helmets

This new breed of helmets has been a long time coming. We're often comparing modern enduro bikes to their downhill relatives, and yet hordes of riders are still out there sending it with their pearly whites in full view. These helmets make a lot of sense for e-biking too, because you're moving at a higher average speed. All of the excuses in the book have been thrown at the argument against a full face: it's too heavy, I can't hear what my bike is doing, my face is melting, but those don't really cut it anymore. Now, they're light, breathe well, and have the same safety tech as their burlier counterparts.

No doubt, there is a time and place for a half shell, and this type of full-face helmet isn't a replacement if you are primarily racing downhill or spend the majority of your time at a lift-assisted bike park. Often, I get questioned when I show up for a regular pedal lap on the North Shore with a lightweight full-face. It don't necessarily provide me more courage, but it does certainly put my mind at rest knowing that my teeth stand a better chance of staying intact.

Price: Fox Proframe RS - $359 USD / Specialized Gambit - $300 USD
More Information: foxracing.com / specialized.com

Yeti SB160 - photos Max Barron

Insert "hands down" comment about how much I love the Fox Ranger Water Gloves.

Wet Weather Kits That Actually Work

What do the Pacific Northwest and the United Kingdom have in common? Besides both having cities named Surrey, riders from these corners of the globe spend their fair share of time in the rain. You can get by with regular riding kit in torrential rain, but you'll be miserably cold and wet the moment you stop moving. Quality materials and slim construction don't come a low cost, but these four pieces of kit change how long I can survive on dreary winter rides.

1. The Fox Ranger Water gloves have changed my riding experience. I spend the better part of six months in them. They keep my hands warm and dry without being overly bulky.

2. The pants breathe relatively well in comparison to many other waterproof pants and are both slim and roomy in the right areas.

3. Similarly, the 7Mesh Co-Pilot jacket is tailored nicely (maybe size down though) with an emphasis on minimalism. There is only one pocket in on the tail that flips inside-out to turn into its own bag and neatly clip to your handlebars or top-tube.

4. What's the first thing to get splashed on a wet ride? Your feet. Waterproof shoes with a long gaiter, like the Fizik Artica X2s, in conjunction with long enough waterproof pants, combat the deepest puddles. They're also insulated and provide comfort down to freezing levels.

Price: Fox Ranger Water Gloves - $44.95 USD, Fox Defend Water Pants - $249 USD, 7Mesh Co-Pilot Jacket - $280 USD , Fizik Artica - $299 USD
More Information: foxracing.com, 7mesh.com, fizik.com

Specialized Power Mirror

Specialized Power Mirror Saddle

Is $450 a ludicrous amount of money to spend on a saddle? Probably. Does that mean it isn't the most comfortable saddle I've ever used? Definitely not. I decided to try this saddle out on a two-day ride that would cover nearly 100km after simply bolting it on in the parking lot - a seemingly high-risk decision. Instantly, I knew the next two days would be totally fine. The saddle was soft and cushioning, but also had support in the right zones, even with a loaded backpack.

I set out for the adventure without a chamois and breezed back to camp. I felt like my ass could have survived two weeks in that saddle - my legs on the other hand would have objected.

Price: $450 USD
More Information: Specialized Power Mirror

Lifted Restrictions on Live Events and Travelling

Remember that little nuisance named Covid-19 that closed our social interaction and shut down the world of international travel and trade for nearly two years? Thankfully, we're on our way to resuming our regular lives again. That meant we were able to see new family members, old friends and get together in public settings without standing at an awkward arms-length from one another with our faces covered.

2022 reminded me of my middle school days when the first day of summer came - the barn doors opened and animals were let loose. My travels took me throughout North America riding bikes with friends and colleagues. I'd travel the desert in Arizona, jump in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, visit the French-speaking area of Canada, camp out on the backroads of B.C., and even sneak in a heli-assisted bike ride after Crankworx returned to Whistler.

This year was an extra heavy reset for me with a move from North Vancouver to Squamish that was filled with highs and lows, but it sure feels good to have those rules and restrictions lifted.


  • 56 3
 Did Gaia actually become useful for mountain biking within the last few years or is this just an outside ad?
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 It is when you're in pretty remote areas that Trailforks doesn't have mapped.
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 It has a trailforks layer and I find it MUCH better for finding forest roads for connecting trails.
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 It is super useful for exploratory rides outside of established systems. I use it all the time for hiking, trail-planning, gravel riding, backcountry skiing, and general navigation in the woods. It serves a different purpose than trailforks, but is still an awesome tool for MTB. The Trailforks + gaia bundle is dope, especially because I locked in the OG trailforks rate.
  • 1 0
 Put the trail forks overlay on gaia
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 Gaia has apple car play which is great when you need to offload to those remote places, for shuttles, etc. Or jeeping in moab.
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 Does it work on Garmin?
  • 4 0
 Anyone else got all their downloaded trailforks regions deleted?
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 Trailforks + Gaia combination has been very good and helpful at the Alps and Spain regions. You can easily find new trails and satelite view is very good.
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 @captbennett: You mean when? "You are in pretty remote areas that we didn't map it for trailforks for free so they could turn around and charge us $$ for it?"
  • 29 1
 Is that Mastodon I see? I enjoyed Matt Beer's content already, but now I really enjoy it.
  • 3 0
 Gotta be! One of my favorites!
  • 2 0
 Hell ya. Vancouver show with Opeth?
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 It is indeed! Rock on!
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 Mastodon, ATL in da house! Tbh, I have lotsa respect, but I am not a huge fan. Nevertheless, I've seen the band members at shows around here forever and they all seem like good dudes.
  • 2 0
 @hellbelly: I totally understand how their sound isn't necessarily for everyone.
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 I'm so intrigued by that saddle, but $450 is insanity.
  • 19 1
 They make the same saddle shape in a bunch of different configurations, with prices down to $140 or so. I'm a big fan of the profile.
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 @mikekazimer: Yup, I have a Power saddle on 3 bikes, including my road bike. The wide wings and the stubby nose just fit perfectly.
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 I got to borrow my buddies bike last year and he had that mirror saddle in it. Normally when I borrow I bike I take off the saddle, but on that one I had to try it. I would say it’s super worth it for me at least. I don’t usually have problems with saddles but I generally do 3-4 hour rides and I’m always aware of some saddle discomfort by the end half of the ride. For my sit bones on the mirror saddle I can’t think of a ride where I experienced anything but the slightest soreness even on back to back day rides. Now I own one saddle and just put it on whatever bike I ride that day. I should mention that I got it at a 30 percent discount which was still a lot but, 450 is a lot for a saddle.

My wife tried my mirror saddle and she hated it. I think the saddle was not adjusted properly on her bike, but she won’t even try it again.
  • 2 0
 One of the best saddles for us fat thigh folks.
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 @Austin014: tell me you have 1500 bucks in three bike seats
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 @owl-X: haha no I have the cheaper ones. The Comp model is like $100
  • 2 0
 It's worth mentioning that this is the nicest version of this saddle. There is another option for the Power Mirror for $325. Still not cheap, but certainly better. The other versions of the Power do not have the Mirror construction.
  • 3 0
 Nukeproof also makes a near ripoff of this saddle profile that is dirt cheap and just as comfy, (have the spec on my drop bar and nukeproof on the mtb)
  • 2 1
 The Bontrager Sport saddle is -by far- the most comfortable saddle Ive ever used. And its $37.
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 @mikekazimer: your talking out of your ass again!
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 @rajcoont: whats it called?
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 @rajcoont: Can confirm - I own a Nukeproof Horizon and a Power Arc Expert and they feel the same to me over a 4 hour ride.
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 @rajcoont: +1 on the nukeproof seat. I bought a new mega and i think the thing that impressed me most of the first ride was how instantly comfortable the seat was. I’ve since moved on from the bike but brought the seat with me.
  • 1 1
 Yeah, it keeps on coming up in best of lists doesn’t it?
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 @rajcoont: thanks! looks good!
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 @rajcoont: Sam Hill rode for years on the Spesh Power arc saddle. i had one and clearly saw it on all his bikes over the years. i guess Nukeproof got sick of it and just made a copy so they wouldn't have to see the big S on their flagship rider's bike all the time.
  • 22 1
 Best list yet!
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flag dododuzzi (Dec 17, 2022 at 7:32) (Below Threshold)
 Besides a few commercials? Why on earth a One-Up bar would be better than a dozen others on the market? And really TRP brakes?
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 @dododuzzi: If you have not tried the TRP brakes give them a try. The hype is real.
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 We also loved Matt Beer in 2022!
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 Had to check Antidote's web instantly, again
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 First of all, the name is one of the best (the beer of the same name is also great btw). Then this bike looks soooo good.
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 You know what weather kit is waterproof?! SKIN! No need for these moist accessories that slow us down with the wind air forces and mutual 45 G's. It is simple science really. @100percent has done COUNTLESS studies on this! Also, saddles are a useless and tasteless part of the bicycle! It's a marketing scheme. You are losing weight reduction using a saddle on your bikey. No chafe and you'll be safe! Not to mention, it doesn't give you that proper "hold" like simply a seatpost does. Looks like you're using a 31.6 post, huzzah and kudos! That is the perfect size and fitment for me as well! I guess we do have something to agree on. And that is what makes life beautiful. NEVER stop dreaming and innovating. I love you. The family loves you too. 7 hugs to you and yours. Hit me up when you're in the town for a crisp nude ride. NER OUT! #staynudepb

Thank, Carl
  • 63 1
 Geezus, time to put the bong away for today.
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 @kokofosho: Here Here, If evidence is what you seek... then this photo you shall peak www.pinkbike.com/photo/23901630
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 @nateb: hang on, I think I want to try some of what Carl’s cooking
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 @sjma: Smoking positivity brother!!!!!
  • 14 1
 Sun peaks sucks don't go
  • 3 0
 Why is sucks bad, shouldn't sucks be good?
  • 24 0
 I came here to tell everyone the lift lines are long, the staff is rude, the trails are blown out, and rumours of a new chairlift with flow trails have been greatly exagerated. There's also definitely not any new valley trails, and if there were, they'd also be terrible. Whistler is the best. Keep going to Whistler.
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 @Dogl0rd: whistler is anti-suck. Go to whistler. Sun peaks sucks don't go there unless you suck.
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 It sucks in the same way Primus sucks?
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 @dglass: sucks is a bad word I prefer to say pulls-air
  • 2 0
 Did the new climb trail in September. You will not have fun on this trail that isn't a perfect grade accessing some really not fun trails on the way down. You will also not see any smiles on the faces of people around you. Sun Peaks is definitely not a place you'll want to check out.
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 We have a county called Surrey in the UK.
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 Is it named after the city?
  • 5 0
 @markjaggard: it's derived from the Saxon 'Suthrige', ie 'southern region', after they invaded in the 6th century. Facts are gud.
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 @HankHank: I've been kicked in the Surrey. That hurt.
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 The DFX/Whistler trick for wet weather gloves is smart: nitrile/lab gloves underneath your normal gloves. Worked really well for my kid.

Also, my wet weather strategy has totally flipped:

I used to not care about anything waterproof from the waist down. I always had a waterproof jacket.

Now, 3-layer pants, gore-tex rocky socks, and a wool sweater, or at best a water resistant softshell. I find there's no point to a waterproof jacket as it will be like a wet plastic bag in an hour anyway.
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 I've got a Showerspass waterproof/breathable jacket (30,000 gsm for both) and it is phenomenal. I used to roll in a RaceFace Conspiracy jacket and the difference between the two is night and day. Because the top part of me is less active, the waterproof/windproof combo keeps me super comfortable.

Another purchase that is a go-to for wet riding for me is the Bontrager waterproof oversocks. I don't know if they make them anymore, but these are amazing. I put them over a thin merino sock and they keep me perfectly dry. So good.
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 Damn, I miss going on long rides. I would pretty much have to do a minimum of 50 miles per ride 5x a week for a year to justify $450 for a saddle.
That segment got me thinking about a nice, long back country ride for real though.. I have barely been able to get in a couple of 15 mile rides this year,
  • 2 0
 I split my head open at sunpeaks OTB into a stump that was literally in the middle of the trail. It pushed the frame of my goggles into my forehead and it forever lives in my mind as a blown out dust bowl of a hill. Injury could have been much worse. Then my buddy had to drive me and my car home and got a speeding ticket from those nasty cops in Barriere. Given that was 15 years ago I should probably return for a better experience.
  • 9 0
 maybe you were meant to go around the stump
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 @luckynugget: also wasn't riding a stumpjumper.
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 I agree on TRP brakes, fantastic performers on trail, just a bit finicky at times at the piston with adjustments and maintenance. DHR-EVO’s are money sauce on blasting the trails with full power control. Prefer over the other “S’s” in Saint and Code variation.

Fox Ranger water gloves typically soak thru for me especially on a good rain/showery ride and then hands get cold and wet. Ok in light rain only for me. Prefer 100% Hydromatics for cold/wet.
  • 1 0
 "this type of full-face helmet isn't a replacement if you are primarily racing downhill or spend the majority of your time at a lift-assisted bike park."

I see this exact line on every review of light weight full face helmets, but I have never seen a good explanation of why? DH helmets have mesh so a stick won't go through the vents but other than that I don't see why not wear one at the bike park. It's not going to blow apart in a crash. A harder helmet isn't necessarily going to protect your head any better from an impact. The force will transmit through the helmet, maybe even more so it it's harder. Many of these lightweight full face helmets have dual density foam that will likely cushion your head and disperse impact forces better. Most are DH certified and I know this is not the most rigorous standard but it is the one we have. I think no one is willing to say they are just as good due to some ridiculous notion of liability. Please explain to me that I'm wrong.

I rode a Met Parachute and now a Fox Proframe for all my park laps, Angel Fire, Trestle, Whistler, etc. I broke a few ribs sending a dirt to dirt mid Banana Peel to flat 2 summers ago and hit my face so hard I was spitting out dirt and knocked the visor off my proframe but no head or face injury. My son, who is more important to me than me, sends huge shit wearing a Bell super DH. He has crashed on it a few times and other than needing to replace the visor screws it and he is fine.
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 Your logic is flawed. The reason light enduro ff helmets aren't recommended for full on dh is the same reason dh helmets arent recommended for mx and mx helmets arent recommended for sports bikes. (and sports bike helmets aren't recommended for enduro)

In a crash at dh speeds/amplitudes, your head is safest in a proper dh lid. The superlight enduro lids give up a lot of structure in order to provide better venting and airflow, cos without proper venting and airflow no one in their right mind is ever gonna pedal up a hill in one. But all that venting means you are in more danger of serious injury in a crash.

Crashing is unpredictable. While you would probably get away with no helmet at all in 90% of crashes, those odd occasions where you did need a helmet will make you seriously regret it if you were wearing less protection than you coulda been.
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 @gabriel-mission9: what if my enduro lid and DH lid both conform to the same standards, namely ASTM F1952?
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Right ,I get that a DH helmet would be harder to smash with a sledge hammer but what you want in a crash is for your head to decelerate a bit slower so it's all about deformation and padding. You could, for instance, wear a bare steel helmet and the crash force would be completely transmitted to you head without damaging the helmet at all. I also get that F=1/2mv^2 so double the speed is 4x the force but it's all about how to dissipate that force so it doesn't go into the body. Does an MX or sport bike helmet transmit less force to the skull in a crash? I guess if you smacked a pointy rock, which is possible, I would rather have the stronger helmet but hitting a tree or the ground I still don't see how the DH/MX helmet is better.
Does anyone know of an instance where one pf these lightweight full face helmets came apart on impact? Anecdote is not evidence but that would obviously be bad.
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 @Dookiedoodle: The idea is that the helmet is designed to decelerate the brain as gently as possible, when impacted at speeds relevant to the sport they were designed for. So a moto gp helmet is less protective than a dh helmet at dh speeds, but better at moto gp speeds when a dh helmet will just disintegrate. At mtb speeds a proper dh helmet is (probably) best.
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 @gravitybass: It's a little deeper than just hitting the marks for the same standards.

Example being the Fox Proframe and Rampage both meet that standard, but the Rampage is purposefully overbuilt for higher speed/higher impact above what ASTM F1952 would require, though legally they have to say they meet the same standards.
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 I don't have an ebike which may explain it, but I see no point in lightweight full faces. Trail ride, wear a trail lid. Uplifted, wear a proper full face. I wear a full face riding DH to provide more head protection as I have increased exposure to high impact crashes. I've never heard of anyone wearing full face because they're worried about their teeth like you mention above. I've seen Fox and Enduro lightweight full faces crumple from pretty insignificant falls that gives me no confidence in them whatsoever. Most EWS pros still wear DH lids. I'd be interested to hear some thoughts on this.
  • 4 0
 Is that Quebec City in the last pic?
  • 4 1
 Old Squamish Towne.
  • 2 0
 But who the heck is walking towards the camera?
  • 1 0
 Old Quebec City only 30 mins south of some of the finest riding on the planet
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 lightweight full face helmets 100% amazing
  • 1 1
 Solid list, Matt.In the UK 100% down with the wet weather gear, especially the high top waterproof shoes, even when it's not raining shoes getting swamped just adds an annoyance - riding and clean up. About the only things on the list that wouldn't be wasted with my abilities.

That Antidote looks mega.
  • 5 1
 Solid list!
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 This almost seems like a advertisement
  • 10 1
 What's your definition of almost?
  • 2 0
 You haven't seen anything yet, just wait until the best of the year awards come out.
  • 2 0
 kind of like 90% of what passes for reviews?
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 Trp dhr evo brakes with 2.3mm rotors. I came from 2 pot XTs to these. Wow. Will never go back.
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 "The memory that the carbon rim keeps reduces maintenance by retaining spoke tension"

  • 2 0
 I can get behind all these! Except the saddle... seems a bit pricey.
  • 5 1
 use caution around anyone who calls them saddles...bike seats are way cheaper
  • 4 1
 You should try getting on it rather than getting behind it. You might find you like it more
  • 1 0
 Matt, what is the difference between the fox ranger 3L water pant and the fox defend water pant?
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 One is meant to get your money in light rain, the other is meant to get your money in slightly heavier rain Smile
  • 2 0
 My man. In Matt Beer we trust.
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 Got that 7Mesh Copilot last year. Turned out to be a favorite piece of gear.
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 Great list. Lots of great things to come for sure.
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 something i found in 2022 is how much better Carbon is instead of alloy for frame material... Ever since Covid happend The alloy quality in bikes has dropped off alot, I assume this is more to do with Bigger bikes an thinner tubes etc.
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 Amazing pics. Captions needed!
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 Matt, what size did you wear / fits you in Fox Proframe RS?
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 Dream Job good on you.
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 I'm not down with the saddle. You could get a solid shock, or upgrade your drivetrain, or lots of other things.
  • 1 1
 Depends on what you're doing. 100+ km in a weekend, I'd rather take a comfortable saddle than a fancy new shock.
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 @Ajorda: You can get a comfortable saddle for a small fraction of that. With every saddle, it does have to fit your sit bones well, but your arse has to still get seasoned/conditioned to long rides. Some of the best saddle designs I have used for long rides and still use, are firm with less cushioning. I could pedal in them all day.
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 @tacklingdummy: I spent the last few hours thinking about this and came to the realization "did I just try to defend a $450 saddle?".

You're right of course.
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 @Ajorda: I don't know, maybe you are right. One of the Specialized reviews states the quote below which is pretty convincing if true. That person definitely puts in a ton of time in the saddle, but who knows if it is a true statement? But, I would likely never kick down $450 for a saddle.

"As one of the top 1% high mileage cyclists in the world I can tell you for certain there is no saddle more comfortable!!! No saddle sores or even sore ass after 13 hours of riding!!"
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