The Pinkbike Podcast: PB Editors Answer Your Questions About Bike Setup, Rain Gear, Blowing Shocks, & UFOs

Aug 24, 2022 at 8:50
by Mike Levy  
Pinkbike Podcast
Art by Taj Mihelich


It's been far too long since we've done a proper Q&A episode, so episode 140 sees Mike Kazimer, Henry Quinney, Sarah Moore, and I go through a whole bunch of reader questions that I've pulled from under previous podcasts, Field Test videos, and our recent Crankworx coverage. We talk about how to dress for success in the pacific northwest, the epic stages races we'd love to do, the rising prices of mountain bikes, why we don't (currently) have a 250lb test editor, short rides versus long rides, Kazimer not being interested in UFOs, and what career Henry might have if he wasn't in the cycling industry.

Got a question that you want answered on the Pinkbike podcast? Post it down below (or under any article as long as you tag me) and we might read it in a future episode.




THE PINKBIKE PODCAST // EPISODE 140 - PB EDITORS ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS ABOUT BIKE SETUP, RAIN GEAR, BLOWING SHOCKS, & UFOS
August 25th, 2022

Q&A with the PB editors


Featuring a rotating cast of the editorial team and other guests, the Pinkbike podcast is a weekly update on all the latest stories from around the world of mountain biking, as well as some frank discussion about tech, racing, and everything in between.


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153 Comments

  • 26 0
 I have an idea..

Since Levy keeps bailing out on Mike vs Mike, let's go in a different direction.. Kaz goes to the trailhead/ pumptrack/ lift line to find a random Mike for a Mike vs Mike challenge..
  • 24 0
 Hmm, not a bad idea. Might be time to outsource.
  • 3 3
 Hmmm…how about answering the missed Friday Fails question for starters…..
  • 2 0
 @KK11, it was an issue with YouTube - hopefully fixed for tomorrow.
  • 2 1
 @mikekazimer: 2 ‘fer then tomorrow??
  • 22 0
 Two things... Pretty sure this was the funniest PB podcast ever, and the vitriol re electro biking from @henryquinney made my day. Can we maybe have a separate podcast strictly dedicated to Henry losing his s*** over this stuff?? ...and aliens
  • 11 0
 Definitely
  • 3 0
 @mikelevy: Henry is the bicycle hunter s Thompson.
  • 1 0
 This would be glorious. More @henryquinney uncaged please! The F*** fish part killed me.
  • 10 0
 I have a question... When are you just going to create a dedicated page with the full list of podcasts that you put a link to, rather than pasting the full list into the page... every... single... time?
  • 40 0
 Never
  • 5 0
 Gotta make sure your hands don't cramp up from all that scrolling? I got you
www.pinkbike.com/news/tags/the-pinkbike-podcast
  • 2 0
 @pockets-the-coyote: but I gotta scroll to get to the comment goodness!
  • 14 0
 @mikelevy: sorry Levy, I did the thing. Scrolling is hard.
  • 3 0
 @brianpark: My hero!
  • 3 0
 @brianpark Aww man, as a listener that's been onboard since the first episode, scrolling gave me some weird sense of accomplishment. Guess we can't please everyone =)
  • 4 0
 @pockets-the-coyote: Same here! Seeing all the pods makes me want to do more pods.
  • 2 0
 @mikelevy: We'll have to make do by scrolling down that other page. The links over there are bigger anyway, so it feels like a lot more.
  • 14 0
 I love Henry
  • 3 0
 Keeping it real and honest!
Modern mountain biking’s Malcolm Muggeridge!
  • 9 0
 Question for the field test podcast - how do some of these "all-around" or more pedal-friendly enduro bikes compare to shorter travel trail bikes? If it feels like a shorter travel bike, does it still offer any advantages over a 150mm bike?
  • 10 0
 Excellent question. It does seem like some trail bikes and "enduro" bikes are converging. Added to the list.
  • 2 0
 @mikelevy: At least the XC bikes are filling the hole left by low travel trail bikes. And the gravel bikes are filling the hole from rigid/HT XC bikes. AND those CX bikes are filling the hole from skinny tire gravel bikes. Morphing taxonomy in bikes sure is fun, eh?
  • 8 0
 I got a question regarding suspension service: what actually is “50 hours of riding” does that include climbing? BSing with my buddies trail side? Why do companies do it this way and is there a better metric to keep track of service intervals for suspension? How do you guys keep track of service intervals?
  • 14 0
 My solution is simple, just reset the riding clock to zero every time you finish a ride, and then you will never reach 50 hours so your suspension will never need servicing.
  • 2 1
 I just use strava and it is accurate enough to track moving time.
  • 3 0
 @kokofosho: Try the Pro Bike Garage App. You can link it to Strava and keep track of service intervals by time.
  • 1 0
 @fartymarty: thanks for the hot tip I’ll check that out. Only thing is don’t Strava even nearly all my rides. Especially when I’m DH’ing
  • 1 0
 @KUBBY: It is a good app - yeah Strava doesn't really work for shuttling.
  • 1 0
 @fartymarty: Not sure how convenient it is with multiple bikes either.
  • 1 0
 @JSTootell: It works with multiple bikes as long as you have them in Strava. I have both my bikes and can move components between.
  • 1 0
 @fartymarty: Yes, but I meant the convenience of tracking time. I'd have to filter the bikes and add up the hours on each bike manually. Works, but not convenient. I just do my maintenance on a set schedule since I average about the same amount of time/distance throughout the year.

I track mileage on Strava for all my bikes and components, then write the data down on a spreadsheet since Strava deletes old components.
  • 7 0
 I have an idea for a new "Mike vs Mike". You both enter and compete in the Trans BC and the Trans Cascadia. Same bike for both of you, say an Orbea Occam and Rallon. We get to follow your training, prep, strategy and eventually racing on youtube. That would be awesome!! What say you?! @brianpark make it happen!
  • 2 1
 Sounds like a GCN video :p. I don't think that's the PB squad's cup o' tea, but there's plenty of GCN and GMBN content that follows that same formula.
  • 28 0
 My name isn't Mike, but put me in for this.
  • 30 0
 @cgreaseman: I'm still trying to make a PB vs GMBN video happen.
  • 3 0
 @alicialeggett: my name is Mike so I am willing to be used as a substitute in case any of the PB Mikes cant make it
  • 1 0
 @alicialeggett: awesome! Since Mike is chickening out, somebody's got to step up to the challenge Wink
  • 2 0
 actually I identify as Mike Levy, so the choice is clear Smile
  • 1 2
 Hey any chance you can get Henry to stop saying f*ck every two words? Kinda hard to listen to this. The last one he was so hard to listen to @brianpark:
  • 12 1
 Whatever you are paying Henry, it isn’t enough!
  • 2 2
 It’s way to much
  • 7 0
 henry is my spirit animal. god i love his cynicism.

also - @mikelevy: reminded me - our lifecycles crew also did regular vancouver urban expeditions; many stair gaps (bc place was classic) and gross drops to flat were had. those days, they were something.
  • 8 0
 What happened to the og-crew: where is James?!
  • 37 0
 James moved on - he's a journalist over at the BBC now. We miss him.
  • 1 0
 @mikekazimer: Question for Kazimer please. Did you ride the mullet nomad in Crankworx EWS? How does it compare to the dual 27.5 nomad? Chainstay length seem to be about right? Thank you if this has been discussed elsewhere I apologize
  • 5 1
 I hate to bring up politics, but could y'all touch on to what extent the escalating situation with China and Taiwan may affect the bicycle industry? I don't know too many specifics, but it seems like there is potential for major effects on the supply chain if Taiwan suddenly has to go to war. Is it time to stock up on chains and brake pads?
  • 3 0
 Always prudent to be well stocked. No one can predict the future though.
  • 3 0
 If it comes to that I hope you really like Guerilla Gravity bikes with Cane Creek suspension, otherwise you might be boned.
  • 2 0
 Is that really politics - kinda but nothing here (ir -contentious… I made this mistake before, apologies downvoters) - this is an offshore reality of where bikes / parts are mostly produced. Its politics somewhere else / way less an issue for homeland Hatfield & McCoys feuding. Dont apologize…
  • 4 0
 If you're looking for topics please do one on when to replace tires. I've got about 5000km on my current tires and I don't really have a ton of wear on the central knobs but wear seems to be more on the side knobs getting ratty and I assume less effective. That said, I don't race and just want to get out and have fun and can do that on just about anything.
  • 4 0
 How can sealant companies say their sealant "instantly plugs holes up to 6mm" (or similar), where the reality is that they'd struggle to plug a hole half that size and certainly wouldn't hold pressure when riding?

Sealant is necessary for sealing the bead and small thorn holes, but I've never seen it plug any sort of cut or tear.
  • 3 0
 Should dropper posts be left up or down when you're not riding? A lloonngg time ago it was recommended for rear derailleurs to be left in the lowest position so the spring wasn't left in tension, so needless to say I still have that habit. Is it necessary for dropper post as well?
  • 1 0
 A follow up to that, I've heard its bad for your dropper to lift up on it when it is down, is this true? When I am lifting and moving my bike around while hiking over trees etc, I pick it up by the seat because the shock is mounted horizontally against the tp tube (Meta SX) and there isn't a good place to grab on the top tube. Once or twice my dropper has actually pulled up a little bit when lifting from the seat, but its still my go to grab spot, because there is absolutely no where else convenient to pick up the rear of the bike from. Is this bad for the dropper?
  • 19 2
 If it's a Reverb just store it in the bin, it won't matter which position you leave it in as it'll still soon turn into a suspension seatpost.
  • 5 0
 I guess, technically, thinking about the physics, it's better to leave it in the up position? Would it make sense that when the post is down it's putting more hydraulic pressure on the seals... I am not an engineer. I've honestly never worried about it.
  • 1 0
 @bigtim: My c1 is great. It has a quick burp tool if a little slouch happens at the top. I like it far more than I thought I would.
  • 1 0
 definitely store up or only partially down to decrease pressure on the seals.
  • 1 0
 @misteraustin: It can be possible to have air get into the wrong places and you would have a squishy post if that happens. Obviously some are possible to rebuild but I just avoid grabbing my saddle when the post is down. I had the commencal e bike and that was an even greater issue cause it was heavy af lol. Bike yoke droppers are basically immune from that issue because you can reset the post.
  • 8 0
 It shouldn't matter as long as the post is bled properly and doesn't have air in... but is that ever the case? Especially after a season or three of use. I always store them fully extended.
  • 1 0
 FWIW I store mine down a few mm. I find that when fully extended, depending on brand / model, the lever can be quite hard to push the first time you actuate the post after a while. Dropping the post a little stops this from happening.
  • 1 0
 @misteraustin: Most droppers shouldn't be lifted like that because you can get air into the hydraulic circuit that (is supposed to) lock the saddle in place, potentially giving you a suspension seat post.

9point8 fall line doesn't have any hydraulics so it doesn't suffer from that issue but I'm not aware of any other droppers using that system.
  • 1 0
 @rrolly: I got a new C1 and had to burp it pretty regularly. Once when burping it something inside failed and it wouldn't work anymore. My friend rebuilt it, and I have not had to burp it since. I've been riding it part of last season and all of this season since that happened.
  • 1 0
 @als802: glad that worked for you. Way back I had a reverb that failed (shocking, I know) and had it fail another time within a month after warranty. Had my LBS redo it and it lasted four years without fail. Weird.
  • 1 0
 I have another reverb, the previous version without the bleed valve, and it has worked perfectly for 4 years.
  • 6 0
 Levy won't even ride the Whistler EWS, how are we supposed to believe he'll commit to these other races?
  • 3 0
 So much hate for electric shocks, @henryquinney! I'm excited for it. I'd put batteries on my pedal bike for that, and forget to charge them (I reckon the shock's default mode could be pretty much identical to a current normal shock). Flight valve live attendant has a way to go though...
  • 1 0
 Batteries don't need to change anything if you don't let them.
  • 4 0
 It's not about being able to afford an expensive bike, it's about whether or not you see value in spending that much money on one. I don't see it being of value, so I choose not to buy into it.
  • 2 0
 I would watch the heck out of a Cape Epic series with Mike and Mike. Following along their different preparation and journey. Levy rocking up to their training rides on a gravel bike and Kazimer on a Levo. Cool to have some more XC content and you guys could do some great content.
  • 2 0
 @mikelevy I will gladly hop on a podcast about trailbuilding issues we're having here in Norcal. FYI, I am not a full time trail builder but I am always open to lend a helping hand. I would love to dicuss ethics and in our local jumplines we've been having issues with pitbikers ruining our trails and jumps.
  • 2 0
 I like @henryquinney but some of his negativity is hard to digest at times. I agree with @mikelevy if you dont like it, it's just not for you, but hating on technological advancement is closed minded and immature. Dropper posts and disc brakes were once the target of this closed minded segment of our industry. You can see it in the comments you are making negativity towards the segments of the industry YOU do not enjoy "cool". Please understand the influence and therefor the responsibility you have being a member of a media outlet such as pinkbike.

I will continue to listen and really enjoy the pinkcast, thanks for the hours of entertainment.
  • 1 0
 I could afford a $5,000 CAD new bike back in 2019. The similarly spec'd bike in 2022 is $6,700 CAD, but my budget is even more stretched. I can still afford a bike, but I would have to downgrade, so my dollars are better spent in the used market to try and get similar features. Tough pill for a lot of customers to swallow (including me). I would be interested to see if MY2023 bikes move as fast as previous years.
  • 1 1
 I'm sure the "downgraded" 2022 (or 2023 haha) bike will be more capable than your 2019 5.000$ bike, and I'm not comparing one vs the other directly.
  • 1 0
 @Argalario: Eh.... I wouldn't say that. Bike design has plateaued, in my opinion, since the inception of Boost. I regularly choose to ride my 2019 trail+ rig over my 2021 enduro rig, even though the enduro bike is bigger, slacker, more forgiving, and faster on the downhills, without compromising too much on the uphills. I also rode a 2017 XC bike with boost and "modern" 2017 XC geo for years, and I still think that's one of the best bikes I've ever owned.

Anyways, in my opinion, mountain-bike design hit its peak in 2016/17, and since then it's been incremental upgrades in geo, suspension, and drivetrain mechanics. An appropriately modern 2016 enduro bike is not all that different from a 2022 enduro bike.

I'd be curious to hear Pinkbikes take on this. Have bikes plateaued? It feels like a lot of bike reviews are similar in that the "normal" bike brands with modern geo specs all pedal well and are capable, with the big differentiator being the price and value of components you get at that price point.
  • 3 0
 @cgreaseman: I agree except my year is 2018. I also agree its plateaued. COVID seemed to interrupt the new product cycle and we really haven't seen any innovation since then. I notice because as a gear queer I was used to a diet of new products and I really noticed a drop off in interesting articles in the last few years. Or maybe all innovation resources are now supporting mopeds.
  • 8 6
 Kaz that take on having to make sacrifices to be able to buy a bike is exactly the same as a boomers take on millennials buying houses, and you not paying for bikes these days makes you the home owning boomer.
  • 21 0
 Huh? I don't think it's unreasonable to say that kids might need to scrimp and save to buy a bike, and that no one really needs $12,000 bikes. It's true, the barrier to entry for the sport is very high. If I could wave a magic wand and make everything a whole lot less expensive I'd do it in an instant.

That said, bikes have improved a ton over the last five years or so, which makes the entry-level options perform better than ever, and makes the used market a good place to find a bike that works really well without needing to spend so much money.
  • 2 4
 @mikekazimer: I’m f*ckin with ya it’s bikes not houses
  • 11 10
 Unpopular opinion: bikes aren't too expensive and neither is our sport. Bracing for flames now haha
  • 4 1
 @mikelevy: serious question. When was the last time you paid full retail for a complete bike.
  • 21 0
 @Whataboutism: I ride a bunch of “inexpensive” bikes ($1,500 - $3,000ish) every year, including budget hardtails, and am often blown away by how well they perform. No one needs to spend $5k on a bike if they don’t want to - they can still have all the fun. Also, I've scrimped and saved to buy bike stuff, broken parts or a frame and been out all summer because I couldn't afford to replace it, and done more riding in old cotton t-shirts than in fancy clothing and gear. I'm certainly in a privileged position now - I fully realize that - but that doesn't preclude me from having an opinion, especially as I couldn't afford shit for the first decade I spent mountain biking.

$2,000 bikes are SO good. Are there better bikes? Of course, but you don’t need them to take part in the sport. To me, it sometimes reads like a lot of people think they should be able to afford a $5,000 bike, or that a $5,000 bike should cost half as much. Bikes are expensive, especially right now, and it sure seems like some of them do cost too much for what they come with - I get that. But none of us need to spend that kind of money to have fun and enjoy mountain biking, period.
  • 2 0
 @mikelevy: I totally get it. I’m just wondering when? You’ve been in the industry so long. It’s an honest question. Not about the cost of bike.
  • 7 0
 @Whataboutism: For sure, I can answer that Smile I've been at Pinkbike for something like 14 years now (I think) and I spent 10 years working at a shop before that. It doesn't feel like it's been that long, but that means it's been at least 24 years! Crazy
  • 3 0
 @mikelevy: Agreed 100%. A good HT is all you need and they're a ton of fun and cheap to run.
  • 5 0
 @mikekazimer: Just an idea of something. Imagine doing a test with 3 bikes: One budget, one middle pack and one super expensive. Ideally if it's the from the same model if the brand offers 3 different setup up of the same frame (could be alloy / carbon...). And then you compare the 3 bikes, time then on the climb and on the descent and see what really worth it or no.
  • 2 0
 @hpman83: add in 3 different riders, mid pack rider, advanced rider and pro to see how much the bike have an impact on the times. Proper race runs on each bike.
  • 2 0
 @hpman83: I would like to see that.

Anecdotally, they are close. I bought a base model 2017 E29 and rode the shit out of it for a couple years. Combination of getting into a better financial position, and great clearance price (and a bike shop friend) and I replaced that bike with a top model 2018 E29 (no real change between model years, but Ohlins, carbon wheels, etc).

Last I checked, I was still in the top 10 on Strava on one of the local bike park enduro type trails (I am local fast, but NOT slow pro fast. I am slow pro XC fast though). The time difference between the 2017 E29 and the 2018 E29 was only a few seconds. Faster? Yes. But not leaps and bounds. Not 3x the price difference faster. Would it make a difference in race results? Yes. Would it make a difference to the casual rider? No.

It did kill my motivation to upgrade though. Every time I think "Damn, this bike has taken a beating and is getting a little old and out dated" I remember I don't race it, I enjoy it, and the marginal gains isn't worth it for me.
  • 1 0
 @mikekazimer: If we don’t need to spend $12,000 on new bikes, can we see reviews on bikes like the Specialized Enduros and Santa Cruz Nomads of the world in their $6000-$7000 form?
  • 1 0
 @JSTootell: Who knows if you were faster because you improved or because of the bike. To know for sure, it would imply a back to back testing of the 2 bikes. Maybe a year later you were just better. Or the trail changed too.
  • 2 0
 @Hectorsolo: They don't always have control over what bikes are sent to them. This has been mentioned a squillion times, but take it from someone who has ridden lots of $12,000 bikes and $7,000 bikes, it's proper diminishing returns for that extra $5,000.
  • 3 0
 @mikelevy I demoed the Flight Attendant on the YT Jeffsey at Crankworx and that zip-zip sound drove me crazy, with no perceivable advantage.
  • 6 0
 Definitely not for everyone! I could only hear the zzz zzz sound when I was moving slowly and listening for it, but I could see it being annoying if I heard it more than that. I noticed a difference in pedaling performance on the 170mm bike I tried it on - the suspension moved much less and the bike felt more controlled, especially when standing up to pedal up something steep. Needed? No way, and there are far more important / useful things to spend money on that will make more of a difference (depending on what you already have), like coaching or just eating better, etc.

But no one who rides an e-bike should be moaning about Flight Attendant or Live Valve. Talk about hypocrisy.
  • 3 1
 @mikelevy, I don't need to like Flight Attendant even if I do enjoy riding ebikes once in a while. The motor on an ebike doesn't control the suspension.
  • 1 0
 I purchased a Lapierre 150/150 bike that was end of season stock. It came with E:I which locks out the rear shock when pedaling. I rate it highly. Such a nice feeling to not be wasting energy in a climb. The zip zip sound is validation that it is working hard for me. It behaves itself well down hill also. No complaints. Although I probably couldn't justify paying full retail for it.
An electronic push button on the bars for manual application would be a good forward step. Surprised that we're not seeing this already.
  • 1 0
 @mikekazimer: say electronic suspension meant that after initial setup you never needed to touch any adjusters; damping was automatically adjusted on the fly and there was no need for manual lockout etc. And it actually worked well. Would you like it then? Seems to me that your issue with it isn't the batteries/cost/complexity but just the performance. So if it worked properly, would you be in favour?
  • 1 0
 @Tambo: You would still need to adjust it somehow, either through an app or something, because not everyone wants the same compression/rebound settings. So, in that case, the only advantage is not having to fiddle with some shocks that require a tool or are hard to reach, which still doesn't justify the price.
  • 1 0
 @rrolly: sure, there will be calibration and selecting settings somehow, but the electronics will be constantly reacting to inputs as you ride. So no; being able to select settings via an app is certainly not the only advantage.
  • 2 0
 I am not opposed to electrics completely, but I prefer NOT to have them for trail riding. I replaced the XTR on my XC bike with AXS (mostly because I didn't like XTR), and I am pretty happy with that. It does work as well as people say. And for XC racing I am trying to squeeze out as much performance as possible and could see myself putting an electronic suspension on it too.

For my trail bike (170 mm coil), I want simplicity. I am willing to sacrifice performance for not having to worry about my batteries (or any other details). I showed up to my first XC race with a dead battery because I didn't realize leaving it in the derailleur during a 2000 mile drive was a bad idea (I caught it the night before, so a non issue). I don't want to deal with the same mistake heading out for a fun day on the bike.

That said, I never use a "climb switch" on my trail bike. It not only doesn't need it, it works better when I don't use it.

0 interest in eBikes, I have multiple motorcycles.
  • 1 0
 @JSTootell: what on earth didn't you like about XTR? Crisp shifting? Ability to drop multiple gears at a time? Shifting under load? I've never had a better drivetrain.
  • 1 0
 @rrolly: I personally found it to feel very vague. The upshifts were crap, the downshifts were only okay, not great like everyone claims. And a long list of people reporting failed shifters, something I didn't want to deal with when I had multiple 100 mile races coming up.

I always get down voted for being honest about my assessment because everyone wants to say Shimano is the greatest ever, but I don't like it.
  • 1 0
 @JSTootell: Honest assessment appreciated. I have rode multiple groupsets and I found the opposite to be true. Weird. I've never had or heard of shifters failing, upshifts/downshifts are dialed from my experience. I don't care if I own a product or not, if they don't work the way I want. My ONLY complaint about my XTR groupset is dialling it in is finicky. But once adjusted, it is awesome.

Now the @shimano XT flat pedals that I've blown through twice in the past year are garbage. I'm only 174 lbs, not a super aggressive rider and I've snapped the spindle inside the pedal on a two year old and one year old pedal of each. Now I've got to chase down a receipt from whichever LBS I bought it if I ever hope to have a warranty claim. We have SO MANY shops here.
  • 1 0
 @rrolly: XTR pedals have been fine, and XTR brakes feel great. It was just the shifting I didn't like. And besides a bad bearing (that I don't blame Shimano for) on a not supposed to be serviced driver, the XTR hub has been great too.
  • 1 0
 @mikelevy Question about SRAM UDH and chain run issues… I have a Transition frame with the SRAM UDH and recently put a GX cassette (10-52) on with a GX chain. The chain rubs the UDH in the 10 tooth cog. I am running a GX AXS derailleur that is probably adjusted and shifts great otherwise. I replaced the UDH thinking maybe it was bent but still rubbing. Visually it looks like there is not much space between the hanger and 10 tooth cog. Anyone else have this issue??
  • 3 0
 Your cassette is not fully tightened.
  • 1 0
 I’ll have to double check that but did use a torque wrench when installing. Thanks! @plustiresaintdead:
  • 3 0
 @ndsharpe: It's 40nm which means crank the shit out of it! don't be shy with how tight that goes.
  • 1 0
 @mikelevy Question for the Pod; size specific chain stays tries to make bikes feel similar across sizes, but does it work? Does a XL bike feel the same to an XL rider as a small bike does to a small rider if they have size specific geometry? Surly a really long bike will feel different than a short bike even though the front to rear ratio is similar?
  • 4 0
 I find this really interesting because I think it's essentially an impossible question. Unless you were able to change heights to test different bikes!
  • 1 0
 I imagine the bike would feel the same but the trail would feel different. As in, a bigger rider would feel the same riding a bigger bike around a parking lot as a smaller rider on a smaller bike, but on a trail the trail features are the same size for both of them so the smaller bike+rider will get through tight corners more easily etc etc.
  • 3 0
 @henryquinney Thank you for calling out all those people that eat fish and say they don't eat meat! You're eating an animal, that's meat.
  • 1 0
 New podcast on whether expensive bonus features are actually what the consumer wants, or whether the majority of people would prefer a more robust simplified bike; at least as an option to the trend away from reliability. For example remember when weight was a huge marketing factor, now everyone accepts heavier bikes because they are more capable. What about when Shimano's Hyperglide replaced Uniglide which prioritised shifting quality under load over longevity; due to tooth profile being compromised. It is good to have an option at differing price points but sometimes certain trends and standards push out these more reliable standards on reasonably priced bikes. Shimano is not bringing back the Uniglide but Henry did a prelimanry review on the LinkGlide, who thinks more reliable cassettes that have a weight penalty should be an option?
  • 1 0
 It's bending the rules of the zombie MTB weapon, but @henryquinney missed a trick here... Mike Bear tyres. Set up an ACME style Wile E. Coyote bike station fitting Mike Bears to the Zombie's bikes. More deadly than a machete.

Takes care of the zombies. Biggest threat will surely be the surviving Americanadian Pinkers with a score to settle?
  • 1 0
 I love Henry's work, no doubt about that. Since I am a proper German I demand a law, or a least a working instruction that makes having Henry on mandatory for cycling related podcasts. Or any podcast, really. Any piece of editorial work, ideally. What's Justin's nick on here?
  • 1 0
 @mikelevy question: the core essence of a bike review is how it feels on the trail. On my personal bike it almost seems like I could tune the suspension to “feel” a lot of different ways depending on how I set the progression, damper, spring rate, etc. how do you and the other tech editors differentiate between suspension setup and how a bike’s frame itself feels on the trail when writing a review, especially across different suspension products on different bikes?
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 Hey @mikelevy ! I've got in contact with the team at Cape Epic about a media entry for you and I to do the race together next year and they love the idea. I work in mountain bike media in South Africa and have been keen to give the Cape Epic a go for a couple years now. I dropped you a DM with details. Hope that you can respond soon so we can get the ball rolling on the logistics. Thanks for another great podcast!
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 @mikelevy @mikekazimer since Mike v Mike doesn't sound like its gonna happen....how about Mike & Mike in a teamwork challenge? maybe create the PNW biker package for under $5k - bike and gear thru PB buy/sell
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 Yo @pisgahgnar - yr question is featured at 19:29… didn't realize you would be so famous so mail me that signature and lets actually hit up a ride here soon
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 Lmao I heard it! I was hoping someone would correct @mikelevy on the pronunciation of Pisgah though. It’s Pizz-guh not Pissgaaaaah.
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 @pisgahgnar: I noticed that right off and I love to harass Levy as a fan for yucks but ya know - theres just too many of us faceless zombie fans
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 I love Henry's attitude last podcasts Big Grin
@mikelevy we heard the talk about slopestyle, what about to talk 4X? I just seen Tomas Slavik had to put out the rainbow jersey as UCI has decided to cut out 2022 4X champs
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 My question is: "Henry, Why You So Mad Bro?"
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 Henry is so funny
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 The answer is "People"
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 He prolly is just not a very good rider or mechanic
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 Kerching
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 Hey Levy I’m right there with you. CE5 works Eh? Kindly refer all the skeptics to the National Press Club conference that happened on May 9th, 2001.
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 It’s the lack of interest that I find puzzling, just as much as the close mindedness. Maybe some people aren’t ready yet.
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 @mikelevy: Youre not alone in that same way of thinking.. It boggles the mind for sure. Greatest discovery in modern recorded history.. Thanks for the reply.
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 "I think the Mike vs Mike (aka Spy vs Spy) challenge should be a Joust!! Get a couple pool noodles and a few broom sticks..."
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 Don't change Henry, you're awesome! I enjoy the banter between you all, and the honesty was laughing out loud a couple of times to this one
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 Axs brakes?
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 Yes please
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 Most MTB brakes suck so much that I would be open to braking-by-wire haha
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 @mikelevy: can’t we just make pneumatic brakes and be done with the bleeding issues?
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 @schlockinz: They'd get water in them or something and stop working. Or, just like tyres, the air would leak out mid-ride and you'd have to fiddle with white goop that they said would fix it but never ever does
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 @henryquinney PLEASE write a choose-your-own-adventure book/article! PLEASE!
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 Henry Quinney + Andes Pacifico = classic
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 Henry sounded so arrogant about electronic suspension. I don’t want it, I don’t think many people do, but it absolutely serves a purpose and has a function. That felt really weird.
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 @mikelevy RE: Spire Bike Check... Listening to Henry prattle on about his love affair with the Transition Spire with that English accent makes him sound smart like Hugh Grant the movie star... but he's actually stupid like Hugh Grant the person.
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 @mikelevy and @mikekazimer Since the aliens thing is a no go, what about...ghosts/ paranormal? Belief any any of that?
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 I wouldn’t be surprised if it was all the same phenomenon manifesting in different ways.
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 Blowing shocks...Ibis cable guides, whats next?
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 Henry 'The Heel' Quinney at it again
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 Every tried neoprene socks? Best winter kit decision I ever made.
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 Everything Hebert says is so cringe. I’m glad the most damage he can do is not build a race bike right.
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 Henry was in rare form on this one and I'm here for it.
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