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mikekazimer mikekazimer's article
Nov 20, 2017 at 8:31
3 days
Trek Session 9.9 DH 27.5 - Review
I did a preliminary head to head earlier this year: https://www.pinkbike.com/news/riding-the-trek-session-29-2017.html. 29er DH bikes have a ton of potential, and you'll see even more of them on the World Cup circuit next season, especially since riders will have had a full off-season to test / get used to them.
mikekazimer mikekazimer's article
Nov 20, 2017 at 6:12
3 days
Trek Session 9.9 DH 27.5 - Review
@bishopsmike, in my experience the Float X2 doesn't tend to be as progressive as other air shocks without some spacers.The Session does have a progressive spring curve - it's not drastic, but it should allow for a coil shock to work.
mikekazimer mikekazimer's article
Nov 20, 2017 at 6:07
3 days
Trek Session 9.9 DH 27.5 - Review
You're right - those are G4 tires. And they have been tweaking their tread patterns, so that may be why they look different than what you're used to.
mikekazimer pinkbikeaudience's article
Nov 16, 2017 at 9:17
Nov 16, 2017
Truvativ Announces New Descendant 35mm Handlebars, Stem
@SlodownU, to be fair, this isn't exactly a 'new' standard. For better or worse, Easton released their 35mm handlebars back in 2012. https://www.pinkbike.com/news/Eastons-35-millimeter-Handlebar-Standard-for-DH-800mm-Havoc-2012.html
mikekazimer mikekazimer's article
Nov 14, 2017 at 11:05
Nov 14, 2017
Specialized Hillbilly Grid Tire - Review
@g-42, I still prefer the DHF / DHR II combo, or dual DHR II tires for the Bellingham area - they don't dig in quite as much as the Hillbilly, but the slightly lower tread profile makes them more predicable on the roots and rocks. Our mud isn't super gloppy / sticky, so a spike tire isn't as necessary.
mikekazimer mikekazimer's article
Nov 14, 2017 at 9:15
Nov 14, 2017
Specialized Hillbilly Grid Tire - Review
@rich2007, that's strange we had such different experiences. I wonder if the wheelsize and width has something to do with it? I tested the 29 x 2.3" version, and it sounds like you were on the 27.5 x 2.6 - maybe that extra width prevents it from digging in as well?
mikekazimer mikelevy's article
Nov 8, 2017 at 10:47
Nov 8, 2017
Testing 27.5 vs 29 With Vanderham and Gauvin - Video
Here's the plot synopsis: Three fast guys go ride bikes in the woods with a timer. The bikes with bigger wheels go faster. The end.
mikekazimer vernonfelton's article
Nov 8, 2017 at 9:51
Nov 8, 2017
Win This Custom Santa Cruz and More
Strange - works on Chrome, Firefox, and Safari with no issues for me.
mikekazimer mikekazimer's article
Nov 7, 2017 at 16:21
Nov 7, 2017
Ridden and Rated: 7 Long-Travel 29ers
@RedRedRe: The Enduro will accept a 150mm dropper post - there are plenty of riders out there who have switched out from the stock Command Post to something longer.
mikekazimer mikekazimer's article
Nov 7, 2017 at 14:42
Nov 7, 2017
Ridden and Rated: 7 Long-Travel 29ers
Have you ridden the Pole? As was mentioned in the article, these aren't the only options out there, and the Instinct is definitely a good choice as Levy expressed in his recent review: https://www.pinkbike.com/news/rocky-mountain-instinct-carbon-90-bc-edition-review.html. As far as the "pay to play" accusation, that's absolutely untrue. This article is based on our experiences with these bikes, not on whether or not a company is an advertiser. No list will ever make everyone happy, but I do think the 7 bikes featured are a good sampling of what's on the market.
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