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10 Things I Loved In 2022: Seb Stott

Dec 16, 2022 at 7:12
by Seb Stott  
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Canyon Strive

Two bikes this year stand out as the best I've ever ridden. That may sound over the top, but with bikes still improving year-on-year (albeit at a slower pace), it's not so surprising. The first is the Canyon Strive. The Strive got a lot of people's knickers in a twist with its super-long sizing, but if you can size down, as I did, it makes a lot of sense.

On the size large, I felt at home on the Strive straight away, and on every ride since. The proportions, the ratio of reach and stack, the slack head angle and the low bottom bracket combine to a fit and handling package that suits me very nicely. It's surprisingly agile (mostly down to that low BB) while still having all the stability you need. The suspension is impressive too, with excellent small-bump sensitivity and predictable support.

I'm still on the fence as to whether the Shapeshifter system is completely necessary, but since I wrote my excessively lengthy review I've learned to take advantage of it more often. For example, on some climbs, I'll use the softer and slacker "shred" mode for pedaling over bumpy but less steep sections - which feels smoother and more relaxed - then return to the "pedal" mode when things get steeper or smoother.

I wouldn't call it perfect. If I could edit the numbers at will, I'd give it a 10 mm longer chainstay, a degree steeper seat angle, and maybe 10 mm more travel.

But I've ridden the Strive a lot since I wrote the review - I've raced it (mediocrely), I've taken it on a riding holiday, and I've tried it with different tires, forks and handlebars - and in all that time I've not yet had a ride where it didn't feel like the right bike. It climbs really well. It descends really well. It corners really well. It's just a bloody good bike.

Price: $7,299 USD / £6,249
More information: Canyon.com



Merida Bike launch at The EX 2022 Please credit PaulBox

Merida ONE-SIXTY

The second bike I really liked this year was the Merida One Sixty. Unfortunately, I never got the chance to ride it back-to-back on the same day as the Strive, but the Merida is similarly impressive in terms of its all-round capabilities. With a steep seat angle and plenty of anti-squat, it climbs really well. Whether on the mid-range or top-spec version, the supple suspension stood out, while the geometry cuts a good balance between stability and agility. Once again, I tried the Large and the XL, and while I could ride both fine, I slightly preferred the XL, which has a similar wheelbase to the Large Strive.

Naturally, all the comments were about the headset cable routing; while I don't think this is a good thing, I don't think it's a deal-breaker either. What I really like about the Merida is the simplicity of its suspension design. The flex pivot suspension saves on parts, servicing and weight, and in my view, has no real downsides. I also like how Merida showed the flex pivot design can work in aluminum as well as carbon, and for long-travel bikes (the One Sixty delivers over 170 mm rear wheel travel in mullet form). I think eliminating unnecessary parts is an important design principle, and Merida are showing how it's done.

Price: £4,600 / €5,760 (as pictured)
More information: www.merida-bikes.com



The Garmin 520 now has cycling basemaps showing mountain bike trails.

Garmin Edge 520

I've had my Garmin since 2017 and use it regularly. I love being able to see the ride stats rack up and counting down to the next milestone - the first ten kilometers, the first vertical kilometer, or the first thousand calories... I also use it to track my heart rate to gauge my effort and as a lap timer to see how fast I can go. One metric that's not found on many other GPS devices is vertical speed. I find this quite useful as a way of gauging how efficient a climb is.

But what puts the Garmin on this list is its longevity. I've had various GPS devices and the Garmin has lasted the longest - I had two from Lezyne which suffered with water damage before long. Most impressively, this year I put it in my pocket to spare it from being hosed down with my bike, then, ironically, forgot to take it out when I put the shorts through the wash and tumble drier. Amazingly, it didn't seem to affect the device at all. Obviously, I'm not recommending you try this yourself, but it's probably going to survive the odd downpour.

Price: £350
More information: www.garmin.com



Fox 34 2022

Fox 34

One of my favourite tests this year was comparing the new Öhlins RXF 34 to the category benchmark Fox 34.

I love it when I can do a direct comparison between two products and find a clear winner, so readers have some pretty unambiguous advice on how best to spend their money. I'm not saying these tests are gospel, but hopefully I can at least provide some meaningful insight into how they compare and explain why I think one is better than the other.

In this case, the Fox 34 was noticeably suppler, more predictable and better at keeping the front wheel tracking the ground. It's also slightly cheaper, making it a clear winner in this test.

But that doesn't make the RXF 34 a bad fork. Instead, I'm convinced the Fox is a very good one. I briefly got to test the Fox 34 back to back with the 2023 RockShox Pike, and while it wasn't a thorough enough test to commit to a review, initial impressions were better on the Fox fork again.

Price: $969 USD
More information: foxracingshox.com



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Les Arcs

I get to travel to all sorts of amazing riding destinations as part of my job, but for a summer riding holiday, I keep coming back to Les Arcs in the French Alps. This year I went back for the first time since before Covid and it's every bit as good as I remember. It combines chairlift access and reliable bike-park trails with loads of amazing natural singletrack hidden away in the woods. I've been seven times now and I keep finding new trails. It's also just a lovely place to be, with great views, amazing food and amenities close by. If you've not been before I'd recommend going with a guiding company so you can find the best trails.

Price: About a Euro per baguette
More information: en.lesarcs.com/bikepark



ODI Elite Series Pro grip review

ODI Elite Pro Grips

I tried out a lot of different grips this year to figure out which suit me best. So far, the comfiest I've tried are these. I don't think it's worth saying any more than that about a set of grips, so I won't.

Price: $32
More information: odigrips.com



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The Tweed Valley

I've lived here for over a year now and I have to say it's lived up to expectations. Even though a huge storm took out countless trails a year ago, there's still almost too much choice of what to ride. I can think of several tracks in the valley that are among my all-time favorites, but which I haven't ridden for ages because there are just too many good trails to ride on the way there.

Seeing the EWS roll into town again was cool. The way those guys are riding these tracks is an entirely different sport. But the best thing about the Valley is that it's got something for everyone, from international-level enduro and downhill tracks to family-friendly trails which I sometimes like to ride with my daughter on board.

Price: About £3.50 for a post-ride pizza crunch
More information:dmbins.com/ride-guide/tweed-valley/



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Loooooong dropper posts

This is more of a trend than a "thing", but I'm really glad long-travel dropper posts are becoming the norm. While I used to think of anything longer than 150 mm as a bonus, I now consider anything less than 200 mm to be too short. I'm now wondering if going longer still will bring even more benefits, or if there are diminishing returns. I've got a OneUp 240 mm dropper on the way, and I'm genuinely excited to see what it's like.

Price: $231.20 USD for a 240 mm OneUp V2 dropper
More information: oneup-announces-new-240-and-90mm-dropper-posts



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Reuseable zipties

I'm not going to tell you I use these to save the odd gram of plastic from landfill; I use them because they're so much more useful than disposable zipties. I regularly swap mudguards between bikes or take them on and off depending on the weather and these are the perfect solution for this. They can be used for strapping things to your bike or for fixing things just like a regular ziptie, but with the added benefit of being able to adjust, re-position or re-use them. It's worth having a pack handy.

Price: About £14 for 200
More information: Amazon



Here's a half-hour documentary on the history of climate science by a published climate scientist, with references and excellent visuals.

Science YouTube

I'm a big science nerd and I watch a lot of educational YouTube. Thing is, being able to tell what's trustworthy and evidence-based, especially on a platform that rewards popularity and regular uploads over diligent fact-checking can be tricky. Here are some things to look out for.

Are they an expert in the area they're talking about? If a video is about climate change (like the one above), it's a good start if the writer/presenter/researcher is a climate scientist. If they aren't, that's not necessarily a problem, so long as they consult experts in the field and refer to them.

Do they provide evidence to back up what they're saying? Ideally, they should provide links to their sources.

Do they refer to uncertainty and nuance? Most things aren't black and white. Scientists should be good at conveying the quality of evidence behind an idea, or the range of error that goes with an estimate.

Are they open to new ideas and changing their mind in light of new information?

Here are some examples of credible YouTube channels that I enjoy. I have pretty eclectic interests, but at the moment I really like learning about science, engineering, nutrition, climate change, and sustainable technology. To be clear, I'm not saying that any of these channels get all their facts right or have all the answers, but they do a good job of the key points above. Just as importantly, they manage to explain things in a way that I find easy to understand and enjoyable to watch. Veritasium, Simon Clark, Sabine Hossenfelde, Climate Town, Nutrition Made Simple, Real Engineering and Engineering Explained.

"Disagreements are not problems. They are opportunities for everyone to learn something." - Derek Muller

Price: All of your free time
More information: Yes, please.




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172 Comments
  • 248 3
 Seb, I think we watch very different YouTube videos haha
  • 64 0
 The duality of man
  • 95 6
 Seb's technical curiosity and pursuit of scientific truth are the foundation of why he writes the best technical articles on Pinkbike.
  • 16 0
 Mikelevy: Does that mean there are no YouTube videos with alien scientists discussing climate change?
  • 4 0
 @endoguru: while driving Minis
  • 8 0
 If someone had a YouTube channel that talked about aliens riding mountain bikes and driving F1 cars we know where Levy went.
  • 7 5
 Trust the Science.
  • 30 91
flag jclnv (Dec 19, 2022 at 12:54) (Below Threshold)
 There’s probably more actual observed data on UFO’s than anthropogenic Co2 driven climate change.
  • 9 24
flag dododuzzi (Dec 19, 2022 at 13:12) (Below Threshold)
 Well ... mixed in with the usual semi-enjoyable list of semi-sponsored semi-commercials, the youtube list is a bit of an eye sore. If we really want to learn some science, instead of just pedaling up and down the mountain, the resources are not to be found on an everything-goes-free-for-all platform like youtube.
  • 6 1
 @HelterSeltzer: Totally agree!
  • 5 0
 This goes for everyone "Are they open to new ideas and changing their mind in light of new information?"
  • 3 0
 We talking about the same "'Tubes" here?
  • 5 4
 Seb, follow the money also ... This should be the main logic/científic principle... You can easily prove who backs each agenda/discourse and why... Money can buy almost everything...
  • 1 0
 @HelterSeltzer: More Seb Stott!
  • 1 0
 @HelterSeltzer: my commitment to all things cute is why i watch baby animal videos on youtube
  • 63 1
 All zip ties are sorta reusable, they just get a bit shorter each time.
  • 79 0
 I had a boss who would have me use a razor knife to pry zip-ties open so we could reuse them instead of cutting them.
  • 29 0
 @mikelevy: That is next level cheap! .... I think I might start doing that.
  • 31 0
 @kcy4130: for a really good zip tie it's worth it... when I get those real thick, sturdy ones in packaging I often use that method so I can keep them for another use!
  • 34 0
 @kcy4130: That small business life
  • 21 0
 I use a sewing needle to open the locking mechanism to re-use them.
  • 17 4
 @mikelevy: The funny part is that the cost in man-hours spent doing this absolutely outweighed the less than pennies that zip-ties cost.
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 @trialsracer: Are we talking the all plastic ones only? I could see it working for them, but the ones with a little metal tang thing seems like it'd be too hard to release without damage.
  • 11 1
 @nickfranko: the funny part is, if you know what your doing with the big ones, a finger nail opens them which is quicker than finding a knife or wire cutters. And big ones can get quite expensive compared with the little ones we use on bikes.
  • 14 1
 @inked-up-metalhead: Yeah not all of us have Ozzy's fingernails, dude
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 @mikelevy: can confirm,
The box of reusable zip ties becomes a whole situation to manage
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 @mikelevy: It wasn't my boss that made me do this, but I chose to do it when building new bikes and only exhausted my supply in the last couple of years, having left the bike shop behind 11 years ago.

I also reuse the front fender zip ties that go around the lowers on the arch when I reinstall the fender. I don't pry them open anymore I just cut them to maintain length... and the ones from the arch.... they can be reused on external cables... which, yes, all my bikes have full external routing except the dropper.
  • 14 0
 Brilliant, I too use mine as leashes for ants and bees when they are too small for the bike
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 @mikelevy: It's better with a regular knife, with a sharp and pointy end. I do it to open items that I might want to return afterwards.
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 @mikelevy: I always used to open them like that. The thicker the zip tie, the easier it is. Slide the knife between the lip and the teeth and you can just slide them open. It doesn't really take much time. Not sure why your boss is using a razor. Maybe his razor is different from mine (the dual edge type) but just something pointy like the tip of a regular knife or a needle like @onetrykid is using is much more convenient. Chances your boss has cut his own fingers before the zip tie is open.
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 @mikelevy: I was that boss. Not sure why I obsessed over that, it drove my mechanics crazy! For Christmas one year I bought them all packs on nice, new zip ties.
  • 1 0
 @mikelevy: Me too! Only the big chunky ones that bikes come packed with though. Super useful for thing like keeping a pair of pedals together, or packing up a bike.
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 @cyclotoine: I see you. I'm about to buy some stick on cable guides to improve the routing on my new bike.
  • 6 0
 If you don't want to kill yourself while opening zip ties, you could just use a small flat blade screwdriver...
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 @trialsracer:
Fun fact- twisting zip ties to trim rather than cutting leaves a nice dull curly Q that doesn’t break skin.
Or does it….???
  • 8 12
flag vinay FL (Dec 19, 2022 at 13:22) (Below Threshold)
 @boozed: If you'd kill yourself trying to open a zip tie with a regular pocketknife, you'd most likely end up severely bleeding and paralyzed if you'd use use the small flat blade screwdriver. But yeah fair enough, if you don't hurt yourself with the knife, a small flat blade screwdriver would most likely work for you too.

Now I'm getting a bit worried about where this thread is heading. Considering there are Americans in this thread too, I'm sure there will be a few of those who use the existence of zip-ties as an excuse to exercise their "God given" right to carry a gun (and use it too if the zip-tie refuses to open).
  • 3 1
 @mikelevy: $10/hr spending 2 mins x20 ties = $6.66 in wages. Can’t tell me 20 ties cost more than this? Sounds like bad business if you ask me.
  • 2 1
 @vinay:
Hey wait a minute.. I’m an American. And, that sounds about right.
  • 3 0
 @no-good-ideas: We only did it for the big ones
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 @no-good-ideas: the really big ones are. And 2 minutes? Try 5 seconds longer than cutting them. Once you know how/have the nack, it's literally a case of jamming the tip of a blade on there a mm or so then pulling up and itll slide right open. Also, it's a useful trick for messing with store masters, when the cable tied shut box somehow has half its contents missing, only for it to turn up in their desk drawer. He always knew what was happening but couldn't prove who it was...
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 @no-good-ideas:
Personally, I don’t like stuff that might fail on the trail. I have about 150 good zip ties lying around. I’ll use one of those rather than a compromised second hander..
  • 4 0
 @mikelevy: I'd definitely read an article on MTB specific cheapskate stories,and the comments section would be even better.
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 @Untgrad: How is it compromised? When you tighten the zip-tie, the lip flexes many times as bounces past every single tooth. You lift the lip once to release the zip tie again. That's the equivalent of pulling the zip tie one tooth further. Plus, these are made of PP. It is the material that's made to flex many, many times. Which is why it is the material that's being used for living hinges.

@hankj: This is not about cheapskating. This is about turning "single use plastics" into "multi-use plastics".
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 @mikelevy: what have you done?!
All these people wasting their time debating the economic value, and potential compromised structural integrity of a used zip tie.

What have you done Levy!
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 @mikelevy: Ha, me too!!
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 @no-good-ideas: the big ones are relatively expensive and the time is more like 10 seconds (max) to undo them. I cannot imagine taking two minutes to get one off! We do this unpacking new bikes when convienent, so we have a large enough stockpile of salvaged zip ties. Having a good sized stockpile means we're OK just cutting them if it's gonna take longer than about 10 seconds to undo it because the zip tie is under a lot of tension or in a weird spot. If possible, you can cut them right where they enter the locking mechanism. This shortens the zip tie a bit, but you still end up with something useable and worth saving for no extra effort/time.

($20 per hour) * (10 seconds per zip tie) * (1 hour/3600 seconds) = $0.06 per zip tie.

I looked online at the type/size of very heavy duty zip tie that we're doing this for they're about $0.15-$0.25 which definitely makes this worthwhile. (Even if we took up to a 30 - 45 seconds per zip tie! and at a higher, more realistic payrate than you used) Depending how the brand/model/level of bike there's gonna be 2-5 of those really heavy duty ones packaging the bike.
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 @mikelevy:
I finally stopped doing that 30 years post college.
  • 1 0
 @mikelevy: You gotta stick it to "Big-Ziptie". Screw those guys....well..no zip tie them... crap, I'm not even drunk yet.
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 @mikelevy: Used to do that as well. But I found out they do not engage that well anymore after first time use.Wonder how that is with those reusable ones.
  • 2 0
 @vinay: Pick a zip tie opening method and be a dick about it
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 @DarrellW: If it is slender and pointy then yeah, it could work for some. Haven't tried. Wouldn't try either. The knife works well enough for me.
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 @mikelevy: Is it bad that I've beein doing that since I was 15?
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 @vinay:
I bet I’m not the only one to install a zip ty, just to have it spring open again. Looks like all the rest, but simply doesn’t catch. And yes, the lip was there.
I’m betting somewhere there exists an acceptable percentage of “bad” ties per batch for a given manufacturer. That being said, there must something in between “good” and “bad”.
I could have marginal ties on my bike right now that seem to work. But since I’m not a micro surgeon, I’m assuming I’d be topping out the lip by lifting it, which would put it past the position it would ever see in normal use. Now it’s further marginalized..
And how would I know I haven’t dulled the edge of the lip where it engages the ridges by the second go around?
I’ll just grab a new tie.
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 @onawalk:
Well played Levy. Start a brawl, then slowly back out of the bar..
  • 43 0
 Here's my thing about Youtube science videos. Youtube has become hyper clickbaity in the last few years, everything is a stupid thumbnail of a shocked Mr. Beast face with a caption like "You'll never believe how many gold Lamborghinis we gave to this homeless 6 year old!" or "Crypto NFT Landslide incoming!!"
My point is, while there's good content on youtube, the recommendation algo effectively turns it into a tabloid, only 100x shittier. It's not curated for learning.
If you relate to what I'm saying, I urge you to consider 2 specific life upgrades. One is a free chrome extension called Undistracted which has a toggle to remove Youtube recommendations and thumbnails, turning Youtube into a thin client which looks like the Google home page. Clickbait vanquished.
The 2nd, which I subscribe to, is a platform called Wondrium.com. It's like Netflix but for first year college-level lectures (includes The Great Courses library and similar content). Much better use of time than Netflix, and it's curated, so there's no clickbait, no celebrity BS, no stupid thumbnails.
  • 7 16
flag pargolf8 (Dec 19, 2022 at 14:53) (Below Threshold)
 Facts dude. The clickbait desperation is through the roof no matter the genre. That being said.. lex fridman, skills with phil, sam pilgrim FTW
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 @pargolf8: of course you have to slip in you promote your favorite alt right your Youtuber because YouTube doesn’t promote him enough already
  • 7 1
 @ervinb123: sam pilgrim’s alt right?!
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flag pargolf8 (Dec 19, 2022 at 18:15) (Below Threshold)
 @ervinb123: i just like his demeanor and the way he presents questions. Get of my dong, son
  • 7 0
 It's true Youtube is more nonsense than not, and even the best channels sometimes use annoying clickbait titles and thumbnails to attract attention. But there are some absolute gems on there too. Veritasium's videos on some physics concepts are better explained than anything I got in my physics degree. I'm not saying there aren't more reliable sources of information - Google Scholar, Sci-Hub, New Scientist, etc. - but Youtube is a good way to find entertaining, digestible information and introduce new topics. It's always a good idea to check the sources for yourself nonmatter where you're getting information from.
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 Veritasium mention on PinkBike!!! Alright!!!
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 13.2M subscribers.
  • 3 0
 well...there goes my productivity. Great channel
  • 2 0
 @UPBike been watching that channel for 6 plus years now. Go watch the one on how we are calculating the speed of light wrong, and there is now actual way to correctly calculate it.
  • 2 0
 @dan23dan23: Been following him for over 10 years. Haven't missed a video!
  • 4 3
 He just rubs me the wrong way. Couldn’t pick why, but I just can’t enjoy any of his videos.
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 @dirtyburger: he plasters his face in every thumbnail like he likes his face a little too much.
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 @onetrykid: unfortunately you’ve gotta do that to game the algorithm
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 Collab dropping tomorrow. (Not really).
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 Love that channel!
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 "Disagreements are not problems. They are opportunities for everyone to learn something." - Derek Muller

I love this quote. I wish more people would have an open enough mind to think this way.
  • 20 1
 240mm dropper was the best thing to ever happen to my bike. Thanks @oneupcomponents
  • 2 0
 that sounds amazing. i am looking forward to one day having a bike that has a straight enough seat tube (that is also sufficiently short) to get something longer than 180!
  • 5 0
 @twonsarelli: A oneup 210 can probably fit in the same space as a Fox 180.
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 @DavidGuerra: already on a oneup i'm afraid. the kink in the seat tube just kills deep insertion
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 @twonsarelli: the wolftooth dropper will get you an extra 1mm. Theres also a nukeproof seat that will give you an extra 8mm.
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 @wburnes: i bought that nukeproof saddle and it is definitely not 8mm lower than my phenom, sadly. also, less comfortable and heavier haha. i think i'm maxed out for now, which is fine. 180 still gets the saddle well out of the way
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 @twonsarelli: You could try shorter cranks and thicker pedals too!
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 @twonsarelli: there's a joke to be made here...
  • 4 0
 I CANNOT believe there’s not one innuendo joke yet. These are layups!!
  • 16 0
 Educational Youtube has some really high quality content coming out at the moment. Math nerds might also want to check out 3Blue1Brown and all the videos that have sprouted as a result of the Summer of Math Exposition contests.
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 Sabine Hossenfelder is my fav
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 @nicoSB:
I really like her. She destroys so many overhyped science things so easily and talks about how good, or bad they actually are. I also enjoy Kyle Hill, Arvin Ash and ScienceClic english
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 maths in an empty classroom anyone?
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 Seb. You will be excited to know that a top secret company has developed a crank that does not require an axle. This along with a straight seat post will allow for a 400 mm dropper very soon. The 500 mm model will come soon too as you will now be able to extend the post below the BB but they do not recommend going lower than your chainring. Bash guards are being developed. The only issue is that the internal cables will have to get around the post. The first version will have those cable routed through the crank bearings. Release date is April 1 2023. Should be announced just before noon.
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 Slow clap
  • 10 1
 If the Merida didn’t anagramatize to Mierda, I might be more interested
  • 3 1
 Quite inexplicable considering it's a Spanish brand, but maybe they were aiming at the "it's the shit" meaning, if that even exists in Spanish.
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 @DavidGuerra: Merida is a taiwanese brand.
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 Les Arcs is the best place I have ever ridden. So many trails and so much variety in an area that’s really easy to navigate.
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 "I also like how Merida showed the flex pivot design can work in aluminium as well as carbon"

The 2017 Scott Spark says "hi!"
  • 3 0
 I know a few examples that after a few years of use showed that it does not work as well in aluminum as in carbon.
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 KHS had a model in the early 2000's
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 Hey Seb, and anyone else into Science YouTube- I recommend Kurzgesagt videos. They are excellently researched- and most importantly, they are transparent in admitting when they were wrong and go out of their way to fix or delete wrong and misleading content
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 @seb-stott I'm so glad Les Arcs is on your list. Used to work there under Trail Addiction and there are some INSANE trails out there. Especially on the La Plagne/Montchavin face down to Landry.

Also. The skiing is world-class, one of the best resorts in Europe for sure!
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 Re-usable zipties. Didn’t know they existed, and a great idea in theory.
But I reckon I cut the ends off 99% of them meaning you have a load of really short fiddly clips in a box somewhere.
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 The point of them is to reuse-them in the same spot. For things like using them for external cable routing or removing and re-securing a mudguard.
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 Mille-ties (or millipede ties). Theyre reusable, and you can use one, cut it, then use what's left until all you've got is the bit you stick through the holes, the only downside with that is you can't then reuse them without faffing about with tweezers/needle nose pliers, and they're no where near as strong as normal nylon cable ties, but I've literally never had a problem for cables on bikes etc (they're designed for cable organisation in tech applications)
  • 3 2
 You guys ever heard of rope, or twine?
Endlessly reusable, lighter, more versatile, maybe more environmentally friendly, sustainable, etc
  • 11 0
 @onawalk: I would love to see a fender held on with twine!
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 @owl-X: would it be any than using zip ties?
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 @onawalk: calm down bear grylls, we don't all know how to tie a triple reverse hitch bow knot...
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 @onawalk:
Twine Would actually look right on one of those bamboo frames :-)
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 @rich-2000: at one point someone , Calfee maybe, was making bamboo frames and offered hemp twine as an option vs carbon for the lugs
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 @rich-2000: sam pilgrim recently rode/broke a bamboo bike in a video, I think that was twine/hemp wrapped
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 @inked-up-metalhead: I’m pretty calm, and learning to tie knots is pretty easy. We teach it kindergarten kids in beavers and scouts.
You got this fella, I believe in you!
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 @inked-up-metalhead: did it break at the structural twine tie, or on the bamboo itself?

Meant purely as sarcasm…
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 @owl-X: I don’t ride with a fender, there’s no need for the areas I ride in. I do chuckle to myself when I see people with them around here.
I think THE should bring back their moto fender, I remember having to replace them on the regular as they broke pretty easily. But man they looked cool!
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 @onawalk: the headtube ripped straight off. Broke the twine wrap clean in two.

And I don't understand how/where the sarcasm is...
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 @inked-up-metalhead: I wonder what the shear strength of the twine was. I cant imagine the designer/builder had any thought that SP would be trying to do SP things on it!

Just add more twine, and more knots I guess
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 @onawalk: it was a commuter frame, and he was doing gap jumps and hipped bank transfers. Every time he did something he said he was scared, but still kept sending it. Like we'd expect anything else.

And it looked like it was epoxy bonded (so eco) and about 3/4s of an inch thick layer. I doubt doubling it would have made a difference, the bamboo might have been the failure point then lol
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 @seb-stott While I agree that eliminating truly unnecessary hardware,etc is always a good design ethos, that isn't the case with bikes that opt for a flex pivot vs a horst-style dropout pivot. These bikes are are technically a single pivot, and the braking characteristics are completely different. Great example is standard Stumpy vs Evo. I would say for a longer travel bike like the Merida that is serious about descending performance, reduced anti-rise is a much-appreciated trait that offers smoother suspension action when on the brakes in the rough stuff.
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 1 thing I loved in 2022 - more @seb-stott content.
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 Ok , it only took me a couple of years to not call it less gets, How do you pronounce les Arc? Pardon my lack of any knowledge on language…
Right now I feel like Iam describing St. Louis!
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 It sounds like “lez ark” - the s in “les” is silent unless the next word starts with a vowel.
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 I also put a Garmin through the washing machine and tumble drier and it was absolutely fine
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 But did it shrink at all? Big Grin
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 @bman33: yes helps get the yearly totals up.
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 @bman33: yes I use it on my BMX now
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 On my 2nd Garmin 310XT, wristwatch version, first lasted like 6 years, 2nd one is on year 7. Inexpensive on amazon when they are discontinued....haha
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 I'm stoked about the big drop posts. I'm 6'1 and the biggest drop I have is 170mm. Looking to get a few of the 210mm drops this spring.
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 If you can fit it, the 240mm is sweet. It’s absolutely worth having a one up post, even if it’s worse action than some others on the market. It takes a little more to keep it aired up and running smooth but the drop is so good
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 Yea rocking a 240mm at 6’1 now! Post is slammed, its all drop!
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 Bikeyoke 213mm is another good choice.
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 @EdSawyer: agreed, I think the revive is the best post on the market. Most people can’t fit more than 213 anyways. But if you can fit the 240, I’d recommend trying it
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 Seb, I appreciate your curiosity and truly enjoy herring other points. Take a little time and watch some of these,

youtube.com/playlist?list=PLHSoxioQtwZf1-8QeggXIVdZ-abyJXaO1
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 Seb has to have some very strange morphology, his seats are almost in front of the bottom bracket. For "normal" people that only works on 20% climbs, does he not pedal on flat ground at all?
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 Seb's also 8 feet tall - that seat on the Strive will end up well behind the bottom bracket at full extension.
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flag danstonQ (Dec 19, 2022 at 13:12) (Below Threshold)
 @mikekazimer: 8 feet tall, you mean: 243 cm? Come on...
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 @danstonQ: because he was being completely literal...
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 Maybe shorter cranks help too.
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 Not much flat ground on the Tweed Valley fire roads
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 How do you link a Veritasium video on Pinkbike and not choose this one??? www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cNmUNHSBac
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 It’s about time Merida finally got some recognition. As one of the premium boutique bike artisans they deserve more press.
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 To be clear kids...... clip your zip tie ends with a nail clipper or suffer the slices in your skin. Nothing like impaling your knee cap in an unruly end cut. That advise will cost you about 6 bucks over a decade.
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 I like the canyon but the Proprietary stuff scares me a bit has anyone else been riding it any problems with it?
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 Didn't expect to see Veritasium video on Pinkbike, one of my favourite yt channels! Smile
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 Although it makes your descent look slacker, if you hold down "Alt" and double click crop in Photoshop raw, your images will straighten, and your horizon will be straight.
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 Nebula channel and Curiousity channels on youtube are really great science sources too....
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 Bike stuff Bike stuff Bike stuff The message!!! Clicks off thread .
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 I can't believe anyone's Garmin 520 hasn't had a spin in the washing machine at some point.
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 Hey Seb, have a look at my favorite nutrition science go to website: nutritionfacts.org
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 FUSION(power) has got to be up there.
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 Nice old grip pic from 2015..
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 ODI Pro Elite grips, need to try these someday seem pretty popular.
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 ... and the wind powered car did move faster than the speed of the wind!
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 Cannondale Habit showed how to use aluminum flex stays in 2016.
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 Was hoping to see the “What is a woman” documentary on someone’s list. Shame
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 Did you get the KOM on the tumble-drier strava segment?
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 hey Seb have you listened to any of the Huberman lab podcasts?
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 You forgot to include vaccine booster shots in your list.
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 You know when reach has gotten to long when everyones saddle is slammed forward..
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 I think that's more about preferring a steeper seat tube angle... like he mentioned in the article. Also he's quite tall, so like a lot of tall people, to get the seat tube angle you want, you have to slam it forward.
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 and when folks who are six feet tall are riding a medium frame Wink
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 Ya your kinda in no man's land if your a 485-490 reach ...were these made for lebron?
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 A flex pivot can "work" in aluminum but it WILL fail, probably right after the warranty runs out. Caveat emptor
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 By that logic, ever frame WILL fail... eventually
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 @thegoodflow: Not really. Look up fatigue limit. Aluminum isn't stoked about being flexed.
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 @thegoodflow: clearly you don't understand how metal fatigues with repeated bending Wink
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 @OnTheRivet: oh no! I sure hope that my aluminum frame and crankarms and rims and handlebar never flex, ever. That could result in catastrophic failure, because engineering, fatigue limits, etc.
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 My 2018 Kona Hei Hei (RIP) can confirm!
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