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somebikeguy sarahmoore's article
Jun 11, 2018 at 5:38
Jun 11, 2018
From the Top: Skratch Lab's Allen Lim - 'Sports Nutrition is About What You Do in Your Kitchen, Not on the Bike'
The greatest thing that has happened to my water bottle is Skratch Labs lemon lime drink mix. The greatest thing that has happened to my longer rides is giving myself permission to ditch the energy bars for small but tasty burritos, apple pies, and rice bars. The books were worth every dollar spent.
somebikeguy RichardCunningham's article
May 25, 2018 at 11:18
May 25, 2018
First Look: Shimano's New XTR is More Than Just 12-Speed
Shimano: "New XTR! We're telling you about it today, you can buy it maybe 4-6 months from now, maybe a year from now. Who knows?! That's what makes it exciting!" Apple: "New iPhone. Today is Tuesday, you can order it on our website in an hour or line up at an Apple store Thursday/Friday if you'd rather pick one up in person. All other retail channels will be fully stocked by then as well." Other than the idiotic availability time line, new XTR will probably be ridiculously good. Too bad Shimano still hasn't figured out how to release product properly.
somebikeguy paulaston's article
May 24, 2018 at 11:17
May 24, 2018
Spotted: New Shimano XTR
This. This is the most important comment of this entire thread. There's a lot more riding on the intro of XTR M9100 than most riders realize, I think. Product managers may like Shimano more than they like SRAM, they may trust them more, but this release needs to go well for shops if Shimano wants to take back some market share on the mountain bike side of things. We want XTR M9100 to be rad. We want to ride it. But if this is going to be the usual Shimano BS release of vapourware that ends up on Chain Reaction at 45% off before it's even available from a North American distributor (including Shimano Canada/USA) Shimano should just give up on pretending mountain biking is a product category they care about and/or are interested in and focus on road product. I want this stuff to be good. I'd rather ride Shimano product over SRAM. But I'm over having Shimano treat the mountain bike market and North American shops as an after-thought. Do it right this time.
somebikeguy paulaston's article
May 24, 2018 at 7:15
May 24, 2018
Spotted: New Shimano XTR
12 speed, 2 cassette choices. 10-51 or a 10-45 cassette with smaller gaps between jumps. Oh and the crank is spiderless/direct mount. That's about all Google knows right now.
somebikeguy pinkbikeaudience's article
May 15, 2018 at 7:24
May 15, 2018
Video: Mondraker Launches the Foxy Carbon 29
STEALTH AIR TECHNOLOGY! 29" SPECIFIC ZERO KINEMATICS AND OPTIMIZED FORWARD GEOMETRY! FORWARD GEOMETRY, SO IMPORTANT WE LISTED IT TWICE!!!!! MAXIMUM PRESS RELEASE GHOST WRITTEN BY DONALD TRUMP BECAUSE IT'S YUUUUUUUUGGGEEEEE!!!!
somebikeguy sarahmoore's article
Apr 30, 2018 at 13:33
Apr 30, 2018
Check Out: Narrow Shoes, Hard-Shell Pads, Casual Riding Kit, & More - April 2018
Also worth noting: Mons Royale puts together what is hands down the best catalog in the sports industry. Period.
somebikeguy sarahmoore's article
Apr 30, 2018 at 13:30
Apr 30, 2018
Check Out: Narrow Shoes, Hard-Shell Pads, Casual Riding Kit, & More - April 2018
Mons Royale is great product. Their base layers last forever and really don't smell no matter how much you don't wash your stuff, plus merino wool regulates temperature like nothing else. Durable? It's durable enough; your $90 TLD jersey might be a bit harder to put a hole in when you crash but that doesn't make up for being not that comfortable, stylish, and impossible to clean. We're not all 22 going on 17 and into neon green cycling jerseys made out of plastic. Nice to see Pinkbike start to understand that their target demographic is growing up. And yes, a $100 merino wool jersey will make a bigger difference to your riding than a $1000 titanium crankset.
somebikeguy paulaston's article
Apr 27, 2018 at 8:37
Apr 27, 2018
YT Tues - First Look
Pricing is extremely reasonable compared to the competition. Spec is killer. They even look alright, which is hard to do with downhill bikes. And you could say the same about any bike in YT's lineup. I've ridden a ton of bikes from most major manufacturers and frankly, I can't come up with good reasons for why they cost what they cost when a YT, Commencal, or Canyon is as good or better while being much less expensive. Oh? Specialized and Trek makes faster bikes? Willing to bet Gwin would disagree with that.
somebikeguy mikelevy's article
Apr 16, 2018 at 15:33
Apr 16, 2018
Cane Creek's Titanium Enduro Crankset - First Look
@sherbet: In theory, they'll outlive an XTR or Turbine crank. Yaaaayyyyyy! In theory, I can fly to the moon in a spaceship I build in my backyard as well… In reality, how many XTR and Turbine cranks have you seen that have suffered catastrophic failures that aren't due to manufacturing defects, aren't happening to riders who get them for free, and aren't happening through sheer negligence on the part of the rider? Perhaps more importantly, how many XTR or Turbine cranksets worn out due to having been ridden for 50 000 km have you seen in your life time? I'm going with "none" for all of the above. I'll grant you the odd broken XTR crankset, because making hollow forged alloy cranks is actually pretty involved, meaning it's easy for any one step in the process to go wrong leaving you with a manufacturing defect of some sort. But even that's generous. Broken carbon cranks? Sure, but even those are pretty rare all things considered, and if you're that hard on cranks you have plenty of light enough, stiff enough aluminum options. If a crank fails due to a manufacturing defect you're getting a new one for free. If you're planning on keeping a crank around through successive bikes good luck, because I can almost guarantee that some sort of standard will have changed by the time you're replacing your frame, meaning your titanium crank won't fit or work properly. And even if it does, the likelihood of having broken a good alloy crank while riding the frame you're replacing is so low that chances are you could have saved $700 by buying a Turbine crank, then bought a new Turbine crank for the new frame at a max cost of $300, for a total of $600 in cranks over two frames. That leaves you with $400 to spend on hotels in cool riding places that are far away from home, burritos, after-ride beers, crack cocaine if you're into that, or about a bajillion other things that are less idiotic than titanium cranks for your enduro bike. So no, these cranks aren't a frugal purchase. Not even close. You'd have to be delusional to consider them a frugal purchase. The most idiotic thing about all of this though might be the opportunity cost in designing, manufacturing, and selling these for Cane Creek. What could they have done but didn't do while they were putting these together? Who knows, and that's the whole point. They could have done something amazing, they could have done something potentially dumber than titanium cranks, they could have invented another bike component as important as the threadless headset, they could have even revolutionised cranks with a crazy cool, $400 crank made out of an aluminum alloy that is light, stiff, durable, and features their cool spindle design. But instead we got this, clearly a product made by a company in which literally no one understands how to or is willing to say the word "no." As in "No, we aren't producing this idiotic titanium crank that will retail for $1000 USD." All that said, it's super pretty and I would love a set. But would I buy one? With money? No.
somebikeguy mikelevy's article
Apr 16, 2018 at 10:19
Apr 16, 2018
Cane Creek's Titanium Enduro Crankset - First Look
Somewhere there's a bike shop that knows how to merchandise properly and is run by people with art history degrees who still all wish they were curating a contemporary art gallery. It's where this crank will do best, because as an object, as a thing to look at, touch, and feel, removed from any context, this crank is incredibly cool. I want one. In the real world, where context matters, this crank is idiotic. It retails for $1000 USD. And because it's a high-end, likely "limited production" item, the margins on it for shops will be low, meaning they won't make much (if any) money selling it by the time they have to discount it 20% just to get it to move out the door. A rider could buy two XTR cranks, probably 3 RaceFace Turbine cranks, or even a couple of XX1 carbon cranks, all of which are nearly as light and more than stiff enough. And if you buy the XTR or XX1 crankset you get better BB options that last longer than any 30mm spindle BB will last. In a couple of years we'll remember the release of this crank as Peak Enduro/Idiocy on the mountain side of the cycling industry. It's all downhill from here, and not in a fun, WB bike park way.
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