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parkourfan vernonfelton's article
Oct 19, 2017 at 8:30
Oct 19, 2017
Riding Rigid is Ridiculous - Opinion
Suspension doesn't always make things more fun. For a mild XC ride, my rigid cyclocross bike is more fun than the other bikes I ride on a regular basis which includes giant anthem/trance and a cannondale habit black edition. It's only 4-5 lbs lighter than the cannondale, but it's much more direct and the responsiveness to inputs and mistakes is immediate. It makes the boring, local XC trails fun again
Selling
Aug 27, 2017 at 19:47
Aug 27, 2017

SPECIALIZED ENDURO EVO 650B BARELY USED

$1700 USD
Bike is 180mm of travel front and rear. Air x fusion metric up front, coil fox VAN r out back. 36h eyeletted roval wheelset. Plush, fast, and fits me perfectly at 5'9. (21.5 inch top tube, 64.5 degree head angle. Reach for this bike doesn't increase much for the medium size) Selling because I don't have the time to ride downhill. I'm a shop mechanic and I'd rather spend the money on something shorter travel, so no trades accepted. I promise that you won't have to spend a dime servicing or replacing a single part on this bike when you get it from me! The bike will come fully rebuilt and in amazing condition overall - wheels trued, fresh bleed on the brakes, new oil in the suspension, all moving parts cleaned, lubed, and torqued to spec. This bike absolutely slays downhill and I'd love to have a young rider/racer be able to get this - I wish I had this bike when I first started racing downhill years ago. Rollover through technical sections is amazing with the 650b wheels, and I'd rather have this in the park or for racing dh and enduro than a 26" downhill bike for sure. Local buyers preferred. Will ship within the continental US, you pay for shipping. Bike has been ridden 10 times in total, all park/freeride days. Small scratches around the chainring on the chainstay, very small nicks and scratches on linkage. Minimal scratches on the wheels. You won't be able to tell that this bike has been ridden for more than a few days. It's never been crashed, damage is from chain suck and rocks scraping the wheels. Changes from the pictures provided - will come with like new WTB vigilante tires front and rear, stock bars (some scratches on these), stem, seatpost, and grips. 65$ extra to leave the e13 tires (race compound front, trail compound rear, 2 days of park riding on them) on the bike. 90$ extra to leave the dropper post on the bike (ks lev, externally routed). Upgrades from stock spec (https://www.specialized.com/us/en/bike-archive/2015/enduro/enduro-evo-650b/65248) are SRAM guide R brakes to bring it in line with 2016 spec. Bike was purchased in '16, but I've spent every weekend in the shop so I haven't had time to ride this bike nearly enough. Bike weighs 35 even with dropper and pedals, so 34 without pedals and somewhere around 33.5 with stock seatpost and no pedals. Shoot me a PM if you have any questions. Don't bother with a lowball offer, this bike is in near perfect condition and I'm in no rush to sell since I have other bikes to use during the winter.

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Aug 23, 2017 at 18:47
Aug 23, 2017
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parkourfan mikekazimer's article
Aug 18, 2017 at 7:32
Aug 18, 2017
Giant Reign Advanced 2018 - First Ride
@arrowheadrush: The old models develop play in the system and don't have a smooth lever feel at their best. Giants new lineup has revised dropper posts on some of their models. For instance, the cheaper stance/embolden models come with a completely redesigned externally routed post which runs smoother with tighter tolerances - haven't had any of the new internally routed ones come in yet, so time will tell. I would avoid the 2017 dropper posts, or ask for some extra $$ off of the old model if you find it in a shop due to the improvements for this year
parkourfan mikekazimer's article
Aug 8, 2017 at 3:43
Aug 8, 2017
July 2017 - Good Month or Bad Month?
@YungSketchy: much easier to change a tube or put a tube into a tubeless setup when the worst happens. Sending your rider out on course with a tube of fix a flat for your tubulars is a prayer at best
parkourfan mikekazimer's article
Aug 8, 2017 at 3:26
Aug 8, 2017
Cannondale Jekyll 2 - Review
@ScottStedman: It better be easy to service given how much time you'll spend replacing those seals...and jokes aside, it's not any easier to do a basic oil change/wiper or seal service than a modern fork from fox or rockshox. Not to mention the poorly controlled compression damping (or outright lack thereof on some models) or the hydraulic lockouts that are horribly unreliable (and work much worse than competitors forks, either feeling like a complete lockout like it slightly stiffens up the fork and then adds a ton of rebound damping) or the needle bearings that get eventually get fouled up with muck and are a pain to clean. It isn't even good marketing for the average consumer. Between fatbikes and leftys, more people look at the fatbikes. Neither sell well. Between folding bikes and leftys, it's the same deal, but then at least some of those sell...if cannondale could use the fact that they're making suspension in-house to save the end user money for similar performance, then it'd be sweet. But that's just not the way it works with cannondale
parkourfan mikekazimer's article
Aug 2, 2017 at 17:41
Aug 2, 2017
July 2017 - Good Month or Bad Month?
Even roadies are moving away from tubulars...
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Jul 30, 2017 at 19:48
Jul 30, 2017
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parkourfan mikekazimer's article
Jul 24, 2017 at 6:21
Jul 24, 2017
Giant Reign Advanced 2018 - First Ride
I hope you realize giant manufactures an incredible amount of other companies bikes and small parts. No doubt what you consider "boutique" frame, bars, etc are often built by giant
parkourfan RichardCunningham's article
Jun 6, 2017 at 18:07
Jun 6, 2017
Giant Trance Advanced 1 - Review
The chain won't jump into the space if the limit screw is set right regardless of how bent the hanger is. The bike also comes from the factory with a spare hanger in the box if the original gets trashed. The shifting overall can be a little slow depending on clutch tension. Cant blame giant for what happens to the bike during shipping, but I haven't seen their higher end bikes come with the limits set up improperly from the factory. Bent hangers and cable stretch issues out of the box, sure, but not limit screws on bikes 2100+
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