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vaedwards mikelevy's article
Apr 11, 2019 at 21:52
Apr 11, 2019
We Are One's New Handlebar and 26" Carbon Rim - Sea Otter 2019
I have over a year on their Insider rims. Quality is fantastic. I think I still own a spoke wrench, but it’s been collecting dust since I built these. Ride quality is already excellent on gen1.
vaedwards sarahmoore's article
Apr 9, 2019 at 22:25
Apr 9, 2019
Walmart Launches High-End 'Viathon' Bike Brand
Here in Northwest Arkansas, I've been joking about rebranding my $6k Santa-Cruz with the wal-mart name and logo for a while now. And telling other riders it was $1,500 ... all joking aside, I am not surprised by this at all. I suspect the initial push is to make a great entry level race bike for NICA athletes that delivers good value.
vaedwards mikekazimer's article
Mar 1, 2019 at 15:08
Mar 1, 2019
Pinkbike Poll: Do You Ride a Hardtail Anymore?
I split my time equally between a Kona Honzo Ti Single Speed and and Ibis Ripmo. Both are equally fun for different reasons. I'm riding in NW Arkansas where we grow rocks. I still absolutely love the hardtail. It keeps my skills sharper, while being an absolute blast to ride on all but the roughest downhill tracks.
vaedwards danielsapp's article
Jan 16, 2019 at 6:35
Jan 16, 2019
Review: Magura's MT7 Pro Brakes Are Ultra-Customizable
I own these as well as the MT-Trail Sports. Great feel, ultra consistent, and very well made. If you ride mostly trail, and are looking for a more affordable option, the MT-Trail Sport is worth a hard look. I would compare overall stopping power to guide RSCs... I prefer the feel, modulation, and design of magura; but that’s personal taste. I’ve tested them on long descents such as Bennet Gap / Black mtn and for my 150lb self they’ve been plenty powerful with zero fade. I can also attest to the lever clamps rotating in a crash. I’ve twristed these many times and still no damage to report. — Does the MT5 come with the HC1 blade for 2019? The new levers are great.
vaedwards trek's article
Dec 19, 2018 at 20:48
Dec 19, 2018
Bontrager Rolls Out 2-Year, No-Cost Carbon Wheel Replacement Program
@DallasJW: I have a season on mine. You won't be disappointed! Build quality and ride quality are both top notch.
vaedwards danielsapp's article
Dec 10, 2018 at 22:35
Dec 10, 2018
Field Test: Giant Trance Advanced 29
I love my Tallboy 3, but it’s at the end of its product cycle... Don’t expect to hear much more about it in the media. I expect a Tallboy 4 by late summer. Im glad to see this field of aggressive short travel bikes expanding, in both front center numbers and in how many good choices are available. Pivot 429 trail comes to mind as well- and the new whyte S-120... (which I hope to see on test at PB this year)
vaedwards mikekazimer's article
Dec 8, 2018 at 19:02
Dec 8, 2018
Field Test: Stumpjumper vs Remedy vs Process vs Bronson vs SB150
@mikekazimer: how does it stack up to the bikes in the test in terms of climbing, descending, playfulness, etc? I’d bet a lot of people who are looking at these bikes are looking hard at the Ripmo too. It’s at the top my list right now, but I’m waiting to see what Hightower and Switchblade updates look like...
vaedwards mikelevy's article
Dec 3, 2018 at 16:16
Dec 3, 2018
Field Test: Kona Process 153 CR/DL 29
I have the 2018 AL/DL model (Large) and I’m often surprised by how well it climbs. Especially for a 33lb bike. Ive cleaned technical climbs on the process that I can’t always make on my Tallboy v3. The geo strikes a very good balance. At 5’10” I find the large to be a bit more stable vs playful. But for a large bike, it can still dodge and weave.
vaedwards ibiscycles's article
Oct 1, 2018 at 20:07
Oct 1, 2018
Ibis Announces New DV9 Carbon Hardtail
@akvbike: Get the xtr level polymer coated shift cable and housing. Best $25 upgrade ever. I had the same issue. Now when I ride SRAM GX I think it feels cheap and clunky by comparison.
vaedwards mikekazimer's article
Sep 21, 2018 at 21:09
Sep 21, 2018
Review: Ibis Ripmo
@garrettstories: yeah- after trying a switchblade I 1) am ready to drink the DW koolaid, and 2) would love to see a direct comparison to the Ripmo. The switchblade was super playful, and also the most precise and stiff 29er I’ve ridden. If the Ripmo is an improvement on that, I need one.
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