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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.
vaedwards mikekazimer's article
Sep 21, 2018 at 20:58
Sep 21, 2018
Review: Ibis Ripmo
@johnstanek89: SRAM has fixed this and offers a warranty replacement. I have had it happen to 2 bikes, both in the lever master cylinder on guide RSC’s within 2 years of purchase. The piston swells up and binds. Switching to DOT4 can also help, as it’s a bit less susceptible to moisture than 5.1
vaedwards mikekazimer's article
Sep 21, 2018 at 20:51
Sep 21, 2018
Review: Ibis Ripmo
Magura... I run MT trail sport and MT7s. I have owned XT 785 and 8000 series and while they are good... now I know what ‘better’ is. I still love shimano, but there is room for improvement. My XT8000s had the same bite point issue many have suffered.. Magura has been more reliable, with better modulation and power. The new levers feel great, too.
vaedwards downtimepodcast's article
Sep 11, 2018 at 21:54
Sep 11, 2018
We Are One Composites' Dustin Adams on the Downtime Podcast
I run the ‘insider’ rims laced to king hubs on my Tallboy v3. Absolutely awesome wheelset. From ‘overflow’ at copper harbor to my home trails in NW Arkansas (including some pretty rocky dh lines) these wheels have been flawless. I have yet to touch a spoke wrench, and the ride feel is superb- precise but not harsh. Glad to be part of the movement- thanks for producing a great product in North America, and running one of the coolest small companies in the industry.
vaedwards mongoosebikes's article
May 31, 2018 at 6:44
May 31, 2018
Video: Chris Akrigg "Freetrials" in Barcelona
@Dav82: I’m pretty sure it was pelvis or femur- he took a massive fall off a clif. It’s great to see him back at it- he’s one of the very best.
vaedwards RichardCunningham's article
May 25, 2018 at 12:16
May 25, 2018
First Look: Shimano's New XTR is More Than Just 12-Speed
I'm guessing it will work OK with SRAM 12 speed cassettes too- for folks who don't want to buy new wheels...
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.
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