Cut my teeth riding Trumbull in the early 90s on my ridgid Univega, back when they were all ridgid. I got back into it a couple years ago, and enjoy the squishy bikes now.
ntmjeep pinkbikeaudience's article
Aug 6, 2018 at 20:39Aug 6, 2018
DH Final Results: US Open of MTB 2018
Are results for Sunday's Grom racing posted anywhere?
ntmjeep davetrumpore's article
Aug 6, 2018 at 20:36Aug 6, 2018
Photo Epic: DH Finals - US Open of MTB 2018
The OB helmet was easier to pick out
ntmjeep surfhard987's photo
Jul 24, 2018 at 13:55Jul 24, 2018
ntmjeep RichardCunningham's article
Jun 11, 2018 at 11:50Jun 11, 2018
Review: Milkit Booster - Tubeless Tire Inflation Reservoir
ntmjeep mikekazimer's article
Apr 20, 2018 at 7:18Apr 20, 2018
Kona's New Carbon Process 153 29, Big Honzo, and More - Sea Otter 2018
Anyone else notice that the pictured 30th Anniversary Honzo is numbered "201" out of the noted 200?
ntmjeep mikekazimer's photo
Apr 20, 2018 at 7:16Apr 20, 2018
ntmjeep brianpark's article
Apr 19, 2018 at 10:42Apr 19, 2018
Why Pinkbike is Covering eMTBs This Week
@hungrymonkey: Sorry to reply to somethin from so long ago, but I was just looking back for some e-bike articles, and liked your question. I like to keep an open mind, and ride w/ a guy who is an e-bike advocate, but I am sticking to the human v. motor power line for now myself. My feeling on shuttling, chairlifts and/or Helicopters is that I'm all for them, and I don't really participate in those. For example, a chairlift is a pay-to-play contraption, limited to servicing very specific and likely highly manufactured and maintained trails. Most riders aren't riding from their home anyway, so we're already getting a ride. No one is using a helicopter on a daily basis, but more likely for that "once in a lifetime" vacation adventure. Someone getting repeated shuttles for some local trail is kind of a sucky thing, but if they aren't taking that shuttle vehicle up the trail illegally, I assume that to be OK. If someone is doing that, I assume it's likely a trail appropriate for bikes too heavy to pedal up. For folks shuttling to make a ride that ends someplace other than where it starts, then I see that as practical. These all end up with folks travelling on trails, and remain human (and gravity) powered while on those trails. I don't see these as what the eMTB are intended to replace, but that the eMTB is to have folks riding trails for longer than they are otherwise would. So I get your point, but don't accept the comparison.
ntmjeep mattwragg's article
Apr 19, 2018 at 10:08Apr 19, 2018
Point: E-Bikes Are Good for the Sport
So if I comment, will that re-start the bashing??? I searched out e-bike articles, assuming they had been here on Pink bike. The author here thoughtfully lays out views from either side. If this were a dialog or debate, I could poke some holes in some of how the article lays out some of the points. For example he cites some IMBA determination that the mtb tires rolling under an e-bike don't do significantly more wear than they would under a mountain bike, but then goes on to establish that the same person on an e-bike will cover twice the ground. By default, doesn't that mean twice the wear and tear? HE also goes onto note that the e-bike would open up the possibility for folks to enjoy an e-bike trail ride who otherwise couldn't have accomplished a 10km ride or an hour of cardio, and does so after dismissing the consideration of the e-bike for lazy, in-fit, or otherwise infirmed people. Locally, I have friends whom I would ride with, even if they showed up on their e-bike, but my voice and vote will continue to against e-bike use at my local trails. In the US we don't have the EU definition for the e-bike established. I also have zero faith that operators would remain adherent to such or any regulation that might be adopted. It's not that I hate the idea of a pedal-assist bike outright, but concern over if or how we can draw such a line of distinction, and all of the arguments over exactly where it should be drawn, who keeps pushing the limits of that line, and who ignores it anyway. Something like human power v. any motor, is a very clear distinction that would be hard for anyone to argue. Add that to all of the pissing already going on for mountain bikers to get or maintain trail access as it is, I think we need to keep the argument that clear (at least for now).
ntmjeep brianpark's article
Oct 11, 2017 at 7:14Oct 11, 2017
Pinkbike is Hiring: Marketing Coordinator, North American Content Manager & Social Media Coordinator
social media coordinator = "Spam generator"?
ntmjeep vernonfelton's article
Oct 10, 2017 at 21:08Oct 10, 2017
Have Your Say on the Ever-Changing Bike Standards
I see what you're saying, but not how I meant it. There are all of the bolt patterns, back spacings, diameters and widths, and market demand driving that for a huge market, but the 5 on 5 pattern that has roots so many decades ago, is still being used. I can still get 15" tires to fit any such application as it hasn't been made obsolete by the 18" or 20" introduction. I try to keep up my first mountain bike, but it uses a JIS 1" headset, which I either need to special order the most expensive headset you can think of, or it so happens that the cheapest crappiest headset happens to include a compatible crown race, but again, special order. Speaking of vintage bikes, try to find quality rubber for the 26 at under 2", it's typically the low end, if even available. The bike and automotive markets remain quite different, but due to size, the aftermarket fills in the gaps, even if with crappy spacers. As this hub standarding illustrates, those driving these changes aren't doing so to a market channel willing and able to adapt. How can the LBS keep us riding, when these changes force everything to be a special order. If everything needs to be ordered, will riders pay the shop overhead/markup? Or just go online for price, and have it just as quickly? I love new bikes, the evolution, and all of the roadie being bred out of the mountain bike, but have a reason, a real reason and not just marketing fluff, for that extra 2.5mm difference, and get some buy-in from the industry. Try a different industry, like electrical. NEMA, probably a hundred years ago, figure out they needed to come together with some standards. A 15 amp plug for your toaster, needs to be compatible with the outlet at the wall.