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vaedwards pivotcycles's article
Apr 19, 2018 at 9:32
Apr 19, 2018
vaedwards mikelevy's article
Apr 12, 2018 at 19:48
Apr 12, 2018
What the Heck is a Down-Country Bike? - Opinion
Lets talk more about the upsides and downsides of more travel. I’ve always been in this shorter travel camp (with wider bars and shorter stem), using tire selection and suspension tuning to make the bike more all-mountain or more xc depending on what I’m riding. I kind of want to buy a bigger bike just to know what all the fuss is about... but I have yet to find a trail I can’t ride because 100-120 isn’t ‘enough’ ... and I love how this new breed of shorter travel rigs handle (for reference I’m on a Tallboy3, and also a SS Honzo ti) On the other hand I definitely feel like less travel is limiting top speed in really rocky dh sections (like upper Black Mountain in Pisgah). I suspect a bike like the nomad or process 153 might be more fun on flow trails with bigger doubles etc. I wonder if rider weight and riding style are big factors for this preference?... any 200+ lb riders loving ‘down country’? At 150lbs, with a big red volume spacer installed I seldom bottom out my TB3, even on 4-5ft drops to flat (though I do currently stay away from the 7ft+ drops). Thoughts? Great article
vaedwards mikelevy's article
Apr 12, 2018 at 19:26
Apr 12, 2018
What the Heck is a Down-Country Bike? - Opinion
I have been playing with different tires on my TB3- from 2.5Dhf down to Maxxis Forekaster. It’s a super capable bike that strikes a great balance between climbing, descending, and just outright fun. It’s amazing how much just a tire swap changes a bike’s personality and suitability for different terrain.
vaedwards mikelevy's article
Apr 11, 2018 at 6:22
Apr 11, 2018
Yeti's New SB100 Doesn't Fit The Mold - First Look
Best industrial design of the year, hands down. The details on this bike are just beautiful- check out the tube shaping. As a Tallboy 3 owner running the same tire combo... yep, I get it. This should be a super fun bike. Nice to see shorter seat tubes, longer reach, steeper STA, and room for a full size bottle from Yeti.
vaedwards pinkbikeaudience's article
Apr 3, 2018 at 10:55
Apr 3, 2018
Finished: Santa Cruz Bicycles Ask Us Anything
Any chance for a Chameleon in carbon fiber that still supports SS dropouts? Would love to see a steeper SA, but could get by slamming that seat forwards like I do on my Tallboy 3.
vaedwards pinkbikeaudience's article
Apr 3, 2018 at 10:44
Apr 3, 2018
Finished: Santa Cruz Bicycles Ask Us Anything
Not a Question: Just THANKS for being a brand that actively supports trail development!
vaedwards pinkbikeaudience's article
Apr 3, 2018 at 10:34
Apr 3, 2018
Finished: Santa Cruz Bicycles Ask Us Anything
Santa Cruz has long been a leader in high quality carbon production. Lately, the ecological footprint of carbon fiber production, especially in China, has come under increased attention and scrutiny. Does Santa Cruz currently do anything to mitigate manufacturing waste and environmental impact at their partner's production facility in China? Are there plans for increased transparency in the future? On a very positive note, I would say that Santa Cruz's carbon-fiber bikes have a (well deserved) reputation for durability. Long lasting frames are greener frames, as evidenced by the 2016 SC5010CC which I just sold to a 14 year-old high school mtb racer. I expect this frame will see a long continued life span with it's proud 2nd owner.
vaedwards mikelevy's article
Mar 28, 2018 at 17:38
Mar 28, 2018
Should the Derailleur Die? Zerode's Gearbox-Equipped Taniwha - Review
@mikelevy: I need to try that Process 29er when the demo truck comes through next month. I’m a bit baffled because you described it as a surprisingly playful for the size, while some other reviewers have said it’s one of the least playful bikes in the category. I’m hoping I agree with your take!
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Mar 16, 2018
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vaedwards alexcgevans's article
Mar 1, 2018 at 7:47
Mar 1, 2018
New Enduro Bikes, an EWS Book, Handmade Carbon Fiber & More - Tech Briefing, March 2018
Easy shift system primary benefits = less sprung weight in the rear hub, plus freewheel system packaged in larger area where the parts can be bigger and more durable. Shifting while coasting seems like a side benefit.
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