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nzstormer mikelevy's article
May 2, 2019 at 14:29
May 2, 2019
Point: Suspension Lockout Levers Have Made Bikes Worse
Lockouts aren't bad design - they're good design. They're taking a shocking that is maximized for downhill performance and with a SIMPLE flip of a lever making the same thing also do a great job uphill - it's clever, not stupid. Pros: Superior all round downhill performance, basically no reduction in uphill performance, the difference is so close that a fit rider doesn't even bother to use it, the ability to select when to use it (fire roads) and not to (loose tech climbs). Cons: Um, sometimes I forget to unlock it . . . Yeah, can't say I agree with you on this one Levy.
nzstormer raceface's article
Mar 21, 2019 at 16:59
Mar 21, 2019
Video: The Rocky Mountain Race Face Enduro Team Warms Up in Queenstown
It's true for a lot of companies. Santa Cruz team rides bronson or hightower instead of Nomads, Specialized tend to ride stumpy instead of Enduro, Devinci tends to ride troy instead of Spartan. Generalization of course, but my point being - don't read too much in to what the pros ride when you are considering your own ride (unless you are also at the very competitive end of the spectrum)
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Mar 2, 2019 at 19:41
Mar 2, 2019
Mar 2, 2019 at 19:40
Mar 2, 2019

Giant Reign Advanced 1 - Great Condition

$3800 CAD
2017 Giant Reign Advanced 1. My wifes bike that has been well looked after, and has a lot of brand new parts. (Cassette, chain, cables and outer, dropper post, brake pads). The only thing wrong with the bike is the saddle is an old favorite that is due for replacement, I would buy a new one but it's better for you to choose one that suits you. - Colour: Bright Red/Black - Frame: Advanced-Grade Composite, Front Triangle/ ALUXX SL-Grade Rear Triangle, 160mm Maestro Suspension - Fork: Fox 36 Float Performance Elite, FIT4 Damper, LSC Adjust, Boost 15x110, Kabolt, OverDrive Tapered Steerer, 160mm (Only 3 or 4 rides since last service) - Shock: Fox Float X2 Performance w/ 2-Pos. Lever (Serviced mid summer, I didn't track hours, but I would say it is about 40-50 hours in to it's 125 hr cycle before another service is due.) - Seatpost: Giant Contact SL Switch Trail, 30.9, [S] 100mm (This is BRAND NEW, replaced under warranty and not ridden) - Shifters : Shimano XT - Rear Derailleur: Shimano XT, Shadow+ - Brakes: Shimano XT, [F] 203mm [R] 180mm (Both front and rear have BRAND NEW pads, and have been fully bled) - Brake Levers: Shimano XT - Cassette: Shimano XT, 11-46, 11-Speed (BRAND NEW - not a single ride on it) - Crankset: Shimano XT, 32 w/ MRP AMG V2 Guide - Rims: Giant P-TRX 1C Composite 27.5" WheelSystem (The rear was replaced under warranty, so it's only a few months old. These are carbon rims that are really nice) - Hubs: Giant TRX, [F] Boost 15x110mm [R] 12x142mm - Tires: Maxis Minion (About 70% of life left in each) The bike is located in Lynn Valley (North Vancouver). I will ship to anywhere at the buyers expense.

nzstormer pinkbikeoriginals's article
Feb 14, 2019 at 14:32
Feb 14, 2019
Video: Pro Freeriders Roast Richie Schley in Retallack
@denomerdano: I'm interested in that but haven't done any research - do you have a link to where / how etc?
nzstormer jamessmurthwaite's article
Jan 7, 2019 at 14:28
Jan 7, 2019
Video: Danny MacAskill vs a Horse
Because of that one dude who named his horse after his mother-in-law . . . no-one used a real name ever again.
nzstormer paulaston's article
Dec 20, 2018 at 13:36
Dec 20, 2018
Field Test: Scott Ransom
I actually think it's a badly defined category industry wide. Pinkbike is calling it super enduro, most of the manufacturers are calling these bikes their enduro. Reality is most of the enduro racers seem to be often riding smaller bikes with big forks (Rocky team on the Instinct BC instead of the Slayer, Santa Cruz on the Bronson/Hightower instead of the Nomad, Specialized on the Stumpy instead of the Enduro etc). These are more enduro bikes for us mere mortals, and more realistically - these bikes are just designed for fun. I'm riding a slayer, and it's great - i'm not going to win uphill racers against an xc bike, but it will get me there with a smile on my face, and the smile turns to laughter on the way down.
nzstormer mikelevy's article
Dec 19, 2018 at 16:33
Dec 19, 2018
Going Deep: Inside Fox's GRIP2 Damper
@mrbabcock: I agree with you in theory, but there's a bit of a grey area when it comes to a format like this where the reviewers are supposedly independent. It's also grey because the advertising "customers" want as many eyes on their paid ads as possible, which will only happen if the reading "customers" are satisfied with the content. If pinkbike is perceived to be nothing more than bowing to the will of their advertisers - they will lose both types of customers eventually. I hear what you're saying, but this is one of the few places I stand a chance of fox (and other brands) hearing where we are disappointed with them and i think pinkbike gets that, so i will leave it up to pinkbike to deal with the conflict of interest.
nzstormer mikelevy's article
Dec 5, 2018 at 15:13
Dec 5, 2018
Field Test: Trek Remedy 9.9
@mikelevy: I would also like to see a table, but a really detailed one (E.g. climbing would have multiple categories such as technical, fireroad, steep etc. Descending would be broken out in to cornering, rough stuff, steep, mellow flowetc)). I would like to see the rankings based on the other bikes so the best bike gets a 1, second best gets a 2 etc. Then at the end, people can look at the categories most important to them and see which bike best fits their desired purpose. It's not a "this bike is the best" ranking - rather a "this bike is what you're looking for" ranking. BTW, really enjoying the series.
nzstormer RADON-BIKES's article
Nov 2, 2018 at 12:46
Nov 2, 2018
Radon Launches New Swoop 170 Enduro Bike
This may be a good bike, but it's one of the worst press releases I have ever seen. Their selling points are: "the best-specced version comes with good parts" - um, yeah I would assume the best version comes with good parts thanks, "some orange bits here and there" woohoo. Otherwise it's just a list. At minimum a press release should tell me what it's intended use is, and why it does that well.
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