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ohio mikekazimer's article
May 22, 2024 at 10:21
May 22, 2024
First Ride: Roval's Control SL Team Wheels Use Carbon Spokes & Weigh 1190 Grams
@hi-dr-nick: Haven't done Light Bicycle but have wheels from both BTLOS and EIE and both have been stellar. My next wheelset is probably WAO. I'm not nationalistic, but I do want to support short/environmental supply chains and living wages for workers. Plus there's real value in the warranty, and the gap in cost is shrinking. BUT I would not hesitate to recommend wheels from any of those sources, and you can easily achieve what in my experience is equal or better performance (since you can spec every component exactly to your needs... e.g. differing F/R rims, spoke counts, spoke gauge, hub of choice) to most of the big brands from US and EU.
ohio dariodigiulio's article
Apr 30, 2024 at 19:43
Apr 30, 2024
First Look: BikeYoke Revive Three Dropper Post
@sackifrombikeyoke: I love how engaged you are with the community, and I really appreciate the your tone and philosophy on products and customer service. I only have a Sagma from your catalog so far, but your personal touch has convinced me that a Revive is my next dropper. Keep doing what you're doing, please!
ohio INTENDBC's article
Apr 15, 2024 at 6:35
Apr 15, 2024
Intend Announces New Blackline Fork Models
@one38 and @bansaiman where are you finding used intend forks? Kind of like Trickstuff, they seem like products that the original owners will never get rid of. I don't think I've ever seen one for sale in the US, and even in Europe, pinkbike is currently showing zero in the classifieds.
ohio INTENDBC's article
Apr 11, 2024 at 14:35
Apr 11, 2024
Intend Announces New Blackline Fork Models
I love that Cornelius flat out says things like "this serves no purpose, but people wanted it so I'm giving it to them," and "these new seals are cheaper..." Top notch stuff. Would love to own one of these forks. Still miss the off-the-top feel of my Shiver SC.
ohio henryquinney's article
Apr 11, 2024 at 14:22
Apr 11, 2024
First Ride: The 2024 Giant Trance X Advanced
In what world does a one-piece stem-handlebar save 200g (nearly 1/2lbs)? A 35mm stem is in the neighborhood of 130g... so you're saying a one-piece combo is 70g lighter than a handlebar alone? Not even factoring in the weight of those silly shims, or the need for more steerer and spacers because you can't get the bar height you want?
ohio mattbeer's article
Apr 9, 2024 at 9:01
Apr 9, 2024
Review: SDG Tellis V2 Dropper Post - No Slop, More Drop
Love to see the direct engagement from a brand in the comments and on forums. Props the SDGs media/CS team.
ohio henryquinney's article
Apr 4, 2024 at 11:48
Apr 4, 2024
Review: Knolly Chilcotin 170 - They Haven't Just Straightened the Top Tube
@jankslayer: I always regret getting into debates with ideologues, but here goes... Again, my preference is for shorter reaches and longer chainstays. But I'm not so egotistical to think my approach is the only way. A 5'1" reviewer on NSMB rode the shorter travel endorphin in a XS. I would not call her a noob. https://nsmb.com/articles/knolly-endorphin/ On slow tech steeps, there is a totally reasonable argument to be made for short chainstays and long reach, as long as you have a dialed bar height (typically taller) and sufficiently slack head angle. Saddle position is irrelevant bc you're out of the saddle. Similarly on steep tech climbs there's a reasonable argument for long reach and steep seat angles (albeit less of one for the short chainstays). Finally, riders can have very different riding styles even on the same trail and still be fast, comfortable and in control. Some prefer a heavily weighted front end with low stack heights, some centered and taller, some even rear biased - even at a pro level. Is it perhaps possible that other non-noob people are shaped differently than you, ride different terrain than you, and have different riding styles than you? There is no one right answer. At least not yet.
ohio henryquinney's article
Apr 4, 2024 at 8:01
Apr 4, 2024
Review: Knolly Chilcotin 170 - They Haven't Just Straightened the Top Tube
@jankslayer: lol, you just called the founder of knolly and a 20 year industry veteran a "noob" with a "lack of understanding about bike sizing." Noel explained his system level approach and it is obviously very deliberate if unconventional. I'm not sure it's to my taste either, but I'm at least curious when great riders and seasoned designers offer something different from 2 decades of evolution. Maybe I'd like a very different approach to ergos and bike balance? Maybe for the notably steepier , slower, techier trails in BC I'd learn something new by trying this geo?
ohio FeedbackSportsTech's article
Apr 4, 2024 at 7:40
Apr 4, 2024
Feedback Sports Celebrates 20 Year Anniversary with Limited Edition Pro Mechanic Repair Stand
I've had my red ultimate stand for 20 years, maybe more. Still going strong, although I'd love a couple of the improvements. Good stuff.
ohio mikekazimer's article
Apr 3, 2024 at 14:04
Apr 3, 2024
Review: Raaw Madonna V3 - Yes, It's Still Great
@manco: haven't ridden both, no, but have ridden enough bikes and done enough engineering to recognize very big differences, even without seeing the kinematic graphs for the Evolink. Evolink has significantly longer chainstays (a good thing in the larger size, IMO), much higher BB (probably the biggest difference), and has an oddly long headtube length in all sizes, which will be fine in the L and XL, but will make the S and M fit and feel very different than the Madonna. I could compare the Madonna to the Specialized Enduro released in 2019 and it would be MUCH closer in fit and ride dynamics. That's not to take away from what Pole and Geometron led and accomplished. Both were ahead of their times and influential. Pole gets less favor here because of the notable frame failures and the founder's abrasive personality / lack of accountability, but the influence and credit is still there. But to claim these current bikes are "very close" is misleading to folks considering their next bike.
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