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Jul 20, 2019 at 6:09Jul 20, 2019
Review: The 2020 Santa Cruz Hightower Gets a New Look & More Travel
Got to demo this bike on one of my favourite trails yesterday. At 6’1” and coming from a L V2 CC Bronson the XL was a perfect fit, the bike was faultless on the long moderately technical single track climb, then fun, fast, and composed on the way back down. I was particularly impressed at the suspension’s combination of suppleness through the rough, while retaining enough support to pop and weave without wallowing. My perfect ride would be a touch more agile and carveable, as the Hightower suits a longer, faster, and more direct line down the trail than I prefer, but I expect I’d easily adjust if this were my ride. Minor issues included the Eagle drivetrain (I could feel the subtle extra resistance climbing compared to my usual XT 2X setup), the Code brakes (great braking and easy adjustment, but the highly sprung levers actually added to hand fatigue on the long descent), and the grips (obviously easily fixed). Incredible bike.
stewspooner COMMENCALbicycles's article
Jun 22, 2018 at 5:42Jun 22, 2018
Video: From The Factory To The Podium - Commencal's Meta AM 29
Certainly not “in depth”, more an artistic interpretation of the design and development process. Well executed though.
stewspooner JeffWeed's article
Apr 13, 2018 at 6:01Apr 13, 2018
Finding Flow on the North Shore - Video
It’s been a while since I’ve enjoyed a Pinkbike video through to the end. Great riding and fun little story.
stewspooner davetrumpore's article
Mar 25, 2018 at 6:00Mar 25, 2018
Photo Report: Day 1 of EWS Chile
Punctures are not a technical problem to be solved. Enduro racing is a test not just of how hard you can charge (compared to WC DH) but of who can get to bottom of long, rough, and unpredictable tracks on a consistent basis. Judging exactly how hard you can push it, without going too far, is the fundamental requirement. It’s a metaphor for life itself: Those with finely honed skills and high self awareness do well, while those that push too hard go down in flames.
stewspooner mikelevy's article
Sep 21, 2017 at 6:31Sep 21, 2017
Thule's Tailgate Solution and New MTB Backpacks - Interbike 2017
Lot's of tailgate pads around here, yet we're still paying allot of money to drive around with an advertising banner that fits poorly on newer model wide and curved tailgates. There's plenty of room for improvement.
Jul 20, 2017 at 6:09Jul 20, 2017
1 Question - What's Going on With 27.5+?
This was settled 15 years ago. Coming from 2.2 xc tires, going to meaty rubber was a revelation, but after much experimentation 2.7 and 3.0 tires proved lacking in versatility, so we setttled on the 2.3 - 2.5 range for aggressive trail riding. I don't see that much has changed, including the industry and media's perverse enthusiasm for novelty. Maybe they're relevant for novices, marginal conditions, ebikes or bikepacking, but I wouldn't know or care.
stewspooner vernonfelton's article
Jul 10, 2017 at 5:38Jul 10, 2017
What's Inside Your Toolbox? - Jason Marsh
@levon: My quick search found the base Mountz model retailing online for US$605. These https://www.checkline.com/product/Cam-Over-Torque-Wrench appear to be the same, starting at US$88.
stewspooner pinkbikeaudience's article
Jul 1, 2017 at 14:17Jul 1, 2017
Finals Results - Vallnord DH World Cup 2017
@jclnv: I don't think it's just the bike. Bruni's technique has always been exceptional, and he was the only rider that looked flawless today.
Feb 24, 2017 at 7:38Feb 24, 2017
Counterpoint: Do We Really Need E-Bikes?
Ebikes are a crutch for aging baby boomers, who feel their wealth entitles them to an eternal youth, without concern for anyone or anything else.
stewspooner BCBikeRide's article
Jan 31, 2017 at 7:13Jan 31, 2017
BC Bike Race Announces BC Bike Ride – The Ultimate Road Trip
@TEMPLE: Local stewardship groups are consulted by Provincial Recreation Officers when commercial recreation applications are being considered, and any smart applicant has likely entered into discussions and made an offer to contribute to the local group to ensure their support. In the Kootenays the standard seems to be about $5 per person per day for commercial events and tours.