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mikekazimer pinkbikeaudience's article
Oct 21, 2017 at 11:55
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Red Bull Rampage First Impressions - Video
Digging just started a few days ago - you'll see all sorts of content start to roll out as the contest date gets closer.
mikekazimer mikekazimer's video
Oct 19, 2017 at 15:07
Oct 19, 2017
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The large was a very good fit for me, and I'm about the same size as you - 5'11", 33" inseam. I think the XL would have felt too big.

mikekazimer mikekazimer's article
Oct 17, 2017 at 12:00
Oct 17, 2017
mikekazimer mikekazimer's article
Oct 16, 2017 at 20:49
Oct 16, 2017
Santa Cruz Nomad 4 - Review
I touched on it briefly, but the Enduro feels taller, and not quite as ground hugging in the corners. On the flip side, even with the bigger wheels the E29 feels a little more maneuverable - it’s more of an all-rounder than the Nomad. It also has the SWAT box, which seems gimmicky, but it also pretty handy. For more DH-focused riding I’d go with the Nomad, but for rides that have a little bit of everything the Enduro would be my pick.
mikekazimer mikekazimer's article
Oct 16, 2017 at 14:33
Oct 16, 2017
Santa Cruz Nomad 4 - Review
@cuban-b, have you tried swapping to metallic pads? That's the first thing I do with SRAM brakes - the organic pads don't cut it. And @Smokey79, I'm not on the offensive, I'm genuinely curious - if someone's having issues with a product I'm having good luck with I want to hear about it.
mikekazimer mikekazimer's article
Oct 16, 2017 at 10:23
Oct 16, 2017
Santa Cruz Nomad 4 - Review
@felimocl: yes, if only because many of the EWS courses have awkward, tight corners, and punchy climbs. I could see this being a good choice for the Whistler EWS round, but the other tracks seem to suit slightly shorter travel bikes that are a little more maneuverable, or have bigger wheels.
mikekazimer mikekazimer's article
Oct 16, 2017 at 9:40
Oct 16, 2017
Santa Cruz Nomad 4 - Review
What issues have you had with the new Codes? So far they've been trouble free for me, and not just on this particular bike.
mikekazimer mikekazimer's article
Oct 16, 2017 at 9:34
Oct 16, 2017
Santa Cruz Nomad 4 - Review
It depends what you're looking for. Do you want a plusher, longer, and even more DH-oriented version of your current bike? This version fits the bill. If you're looking for something that's a little more race-oriented, or more of an all-rounder, I'd look elsewhere. Unfortunately, I don't have any time on the Slayer yet, but you can read Mike Levy's review here: https://www.pinkbike.com/news/rocky-mountain-slayer-790-msl-review.html
mikekazimer mikekazimer's article
Oct 16, 2017 at 8:57
Oct 16, 2017
Santa Cruz Nomad 4 - Review
@hamncheez, to a certain point that's true, but there's also the bike's geometry to consider - otherwise you could slap a climb switch on a V10 and use it as your trail bike. Also, even with a compression switch to flip, some bikes are more efficient pedalers than others.
mikekazimer mikekazimer's article
Oct 16, 2017 at 8:54
Oct 16, 2017
Santa Cruz Nomad 4 - Review
Well, the Nomad holds a water bottle, so that's one point in its favor. The Capra has a much more progressive suspension curve, which gives it a little poppier feeling, along with making it extremely hard to bottom out. The downside to that it that it doesn't feel as bottomless and plush in really rough terrain - the Nomad feels more like a DH bike in those instances compared to the Capra. The Nomad also has a longer reach and more BB drop, factors that give it a more stable, ground hugging feel. The Capra's still a good bike, but geometry has evolved slightly since it was released.
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