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mikealive alicialeggett's article
Jan 28, 2023 at 17:13
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I Crashed Hard - A Post-Injury Update from Alicia
@LuvAZ: Same here, first one in a while where I read every word. And much like @sspiff above, this is the post I was hoping to read one day. I'm so incredibly stoked to see that you are doing so much better, Alicia! And maybe even more excited to hear that you'll be writing again for PB as your condition improves and time permits. The wellest of wishes for you my friend!
mikealive henryquinney's article
Jan 24, 2023 at 13:55
Jan 24, 2023
5 Key Stats From Downhill Racers in the Pinkbike State of the Sport Survey
@abzillah: I agree with your statement because it *feels* right. I'll offer something as a matter of conversation: pro racers are paid according to their value, not according to their merit. Would I love to see all these super talented riders that I look up to get paid more? Sure. Are they bringing value to the brands that sponsor them and therefore warrant getting paid 100k+? That's a matter to be determined by the marketing department and the bean counters. Thought experiment: the Olympic sport of Curling. Let's say a pro league is started--how much should those people be getting paid, right out of the gate, as professional athletes?
mikealive mikekazimer's article
Dec 13, 2022 at 12:34
Dec 13, 2022
Video: 5 Trail Bikes Ridden & Rated - Field Test Roundtable
Obligatory 'Shut the f up about the K motor, I haven't had a chance to buy one yet' comment :D I agree with the sentiment though--if, as Kaz has mentioned here in the comments, the feel of a bike is mostly the suspension and geometry, then why not just go ahead and ask for the mid-price bike from these brands? Ride and test the one that most of the public would be considering.
mikealive mikelevy's article
Dec 9, 2022 at 14:08
Dec 9, 2022
Field Test: Trek Fuel EX - Evolution Underlined
I've lived and ridden in the Midwest, Southeast, and PNW. It's been my experience that when you are in fire-road-climb territory that a couple extra pounds doesn't matter as much. You're going to sit and grind out a climb for 30 minutes, and most of us mere mortals aren't going to exactly hit the top feeling 'fresh' regardless if you are on a 30lb bike or a 33lb bike. But where trails are more pedal-y, with more frequent ups and downs, a few pounds on the bike certainly does come into play imo. I was asking myself that same question you are. For what it's worth, I just pulled the trigger on a Canfield Tilt frame for delivery Spring '23. I crunched the numbers on the build, fairly confident I can get it under 30lbs without having to go to carbon rims. Rear shock can be set at 125mm or 138mm, 140 fork. I'm curious what other bikes could be built up lighter (than advertised) with minor component changes?
mikealive mikelevy's article
Dec 9, 2022 at 13:44
Dec 9, 2022
Field Test: Trek Fuel EX - Evolution Underlined
@BarneyStinson: It seems to me that because so many bikes *do* ride so well these days, people can afford to be a little more choosy when it comes to superfluous details like frame look or paint color. If this bike was given to me I would ride it with zero complaints. However, if I am dropping 10k+ on what is ultimately a hobby, yeah, I'm gonna also want to like the way it looks in addition to how it rides. (Noted: beauty is in the eye of the beholder, etc.)
mikealive canfieldbikes's article
Dec 2, 2022 at 17:55
Dec 2, 2022
Canfield Bikes Announces New Colors & Builds for Tilt and Lithium Models
Alright, you're the person I want to talk to. I know Canfields are legit, and anyone who has owned/ridden them always speak highly of them. I'm like **this** close to picking up a Tilt today on pure impulse. Can you contrast them with other bikes in terms of suspension performance? Specifically Santa Cruz, Kona, Scott or Spesh (I am familiar with these), or any other bikes that you could compare them against.. Anyone else that wants to throw out some pros/cons, feel free!
mikealive mikekazimer's article
Nov 16, 2022 at 10:07
Nov 16, 2022
Review: The 2023 Yeti SB120 is a Comfortable Trail Cruiser
@Genewich: Or, you can build the Trail Pistol with a Sid and carbon wheels right from the GG site, and have a 120mm bike that weighs 26.3lbs and costs $7210. Move up to a 130mm Pike Ultimate for another $20, and you have a decent fork and still have a bike that only weights 27.3lbs. AND GG has frame colors now. Heck of a good option, now that you mention it.
mikealive seb-stott's article
Nov 15, 2022 at 13:23
Nov 15, 2022
Short or Long-Travel: Which Is The Best All-Round MTB?
@Ttimer: This is not complicated math, I agree. The bit I was referencing was from a previous article of his where someone asked about centrifugal force of the wheels being absent in Seb's calculations to which he responded that 'the math gets complicated'--which in fairness may be true, but something being deemed complicated does not grant carte blanche to just leave it out all together. I suspect if he excelled in his field then he wouldn't be half-assing articles for Pinkbike and Bikeradar, but that's just me.
mikealive seb-stott's article
Nov 12, 2022 at 20:28
Nov 12, 2022
Short or Long-Travel: Which Is The Best All-Round MTB?
Don't ask Seb to ever actually do the math--because he will readily omit things because 'the math is complicated'. He writes the sorta science articles for Pinkbike, and though I have no intimate knowledge of his education, I suspect he's fine with bumbling his way through a 'tech review' not because it's actually accurate, but because it generates clicks. Thank you for bringing some semblance of actual scientific methods to this article!
mikealive mikelevy's article
Oct 28, 2022 at 12:41
Oct 28, 2022
Field Test: BMC Fourstroke LT - Gorgeous in Green
@joeybwonderful: Appreciate that, Joey. Thanks!
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