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smoothmoose ibiscycles's article
Jan 24, 2023 at 18:56
Jan 24, 2023
Ibis Launches New Vietnam Made Exie
Interesting - but the new branding is still on the website? Maybe these were made and painted before the rebrand, but supply chain didn't get them state side until now?
smoothmoose henryquinney's article
Dec 16, 2022 at 8:42
Dec 16, 2022
10 Things I Loved in 2022: Henry Quinney
@i-like-toytles: depends...have you looked in the mirror lately? What reflects back at you can have a huge impact on how you feel.
smoothmoose ericolsen's article
Dec 12, 2022 at 9:45
Dec 12, 2022
What Geometry Numbers Do the Top Enduro Racers Actually Prefer?
@jimicarl: Well it depends on your terrain you're riding. I prefer my current 64HTA/77STA enduro bike in size small, compared to my previous trail bike at 67HTA/74STA size medium for sure. What I'm saying is my current enduro bike in size Small is still 2.5 inchs longer than my previous trail bike in size Medium. If I went to size medium on my enduro bike it would be 3.75 inches longer - which is not necessary. The slack HTA helps with the steep descents and the steep STA helps with the long fireroad climbs we have here in Santa Cruz. But if your terrain doesn't justify this geometry, then you don't need it. The new geometry is worst for flat or rolling terrain.
smoothmoose ericolsen's article
Dec 8, 2022 at 13:44
Dec 8, 2022
What Geometry Numbers Do the Top Enduro Racers Actually Prefer?
@Martinez242: agree. I'm between sizes and decided to size down in my current bike. I found the longer reach made it difficult for me move around the bike either to forcefully change directions or "muscle" the bike around. And to be honest the extra 30mm of reach and wheelbase on the size up, I really didn't notice a "stability" difference. The truth is most modern enduro bikes are long enough (even if you size down) to be stable at speed that normal (and pro) riders are comfortable with. I actually felt more uncomfortable at speed on longer bike not because of velocity, but by how much more difficult it was to maneuver it out of straight line.
smoothmoose ericolsen's article
Dec 8, 2022 at 13:40
Dec 8, 2022
What Geometry Numbers Do the Top Enduro Racers Actually Prefer?
@mininhi: VitalMTB racing series on Youtube talked about stem length - and how matching the stem length to fork offset (44mm - typically for 29er enduro forks) made for the most neutral steering. Interesting enough, my stem is on paper 40mm, but when I measure it from the center of the top cap bolt to center of the stem clamp I get 44mm. Go figure, but I do like how precise my the steering on my bike feels.
smoothmoose VitusBikes's article
Dec 6, 2022 at 12:06
Dec 6, 2022
Vitus Bikes Launches US Operations & Direct-to-Consumer Sales
I own a Vitus gravel/CX bike that I ordered from the UK and delivered to the US. Bike build quality was good out of the box, but the brakes were squishy. Emailed them in the UK support and they told me to go to the local shop to get the brake bleed and they reimbursed me directly on my CC. I got a really good deal on the bike back in 2019 - the only thing that concerns me a bit are paint stress lines around the front axle on the carbon fork. I do ride the bike hard on XC trails with no suspension and bike mechanic friend of mine says that's OK and safe. We'll see how CS is on the US and if there will be price arbitrage opportunities between the UK and US sites.
smoothmoose mattbeer's article
Dec 2, 2022 at 14:24
Dec 2, 2022
smoothmoose mattbeer's article
Dec 2, 2022 at 14:23
Dec 2, 2022
Spotted: Another Full-Suspension Prototype From Chromag
Sorry - only cash or Bitcoin accepted.
smoothmoose mikekazimer's article
Dec 2, 2022 at 9:48
Dec 2, 2022
First Look: 2023 Commencal T.E.M.P.O. - A New Short Travel Trail Bike
@scallywagg: I had my last like for 4.5 years. I had to replace the front brake cable once and never the rear brake cable. Some stuff I work on my bike - other stuff (like suspension or spokes), I use my shop. Most ppl are just angry sitting behind a screen and typing. Go out and enjoy a ride instead!
smoothmoose edspratt's article
Nov 14, 2022 at 9:05
Nov 14, 2022
Propain Pauses its Factory Race Team for 2023
This industry needs to consolidate. Pandemic bike craze and growth is over and now the going back or below pre-pandemic world. There's too many brands and not enough customers to keep all these brands healthy.
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