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vaedwards dan-roberts's article
Sep 30, 2020 at 6:14
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Specialized's New Chisel Shows That Aluminum Isn't Just The Cheap Carbon Version
I’d love to see a frame-only option with SS compatible dropouts like the fuse. Geo looks like it would also work great with a 120mm fork. Nice low BB, 67HA, 73 SA This bike ticks the boxes for NICA, and anyone’s first bike for XC trails.
vaedwards pinkbikeoriginals's article
Sep 16, 2020 at 9:29
Sep 16, 2020
Video: We Actually Tested Our Bike From The Future - The Grim Donut Part 2
If you are looking to get the most from testing another donut-mule, I'd suggest making some significant changes. The closest production bike I can think of (to the donut) is the Geometron G1. I think the V2 Donut should split the difference between the V1 Donut Geo, and the Geometron G1. I'd then test all three bikes back to back with a few different pro riders on at least 3 distinctly different trails. > oh, and make room for that water bottle ;)
vaedwards mikelevy's article
Sep 15, 2020 at 10:54
Sep 15, 2020
Video: Salsa's New Blackthorn Trail Bike - First Look
agreed - and if you look at the weights on the complete builds (SLX Build), I doesn't appear that the carbon option is significantly lighter than the alloy... The alloy Frame only option looks good, though.
vaedwards mikelevy's article
Sep 15, 2020 at 10:44
Sep 15, 2020
Video: Salsa's New Blackthorn Trail Bike - First Look
For that matter, not sure why anyone would get the Carbon SLX over the Alloy version. Stated weight is within .2lbs, and you can put a Charger 2 damper in the Yari and still come out about $700 ahead. Spend that $700 well, and you will come out with a better bike that's also lighter. Plus the alloy frame looks great!
vaedwards mikekazimer's article
Sep 9, 2020 at 6:21
Sep 9, 2020
The Complete 2021 Rocky Mountain Altitude Lineup Compared - Across the Pond Beaver
Yep. On the other hand, SLX derailleur and cassette with XT shifter = smart spec choice. And DT 370 hubs on a $7k model is unforgivable. The real head scratcher is the 70 coil vs 70 (the coil version gets a 350 rear hub but the regular version doesn’t) ... typo?? Otherwise looks like a really nice bike, and I love seeing higher spec alloy models in the lineup on a bike like this,
vaedwards mikelevy's article
Aug 25, 2020 at 13:39
Aug 25, 2020
Field Test: 9 XC Bikes & the Grim Donut VS the Efficiency Test
Thanks for suffering that climb in the name of ‘science’ ... it would be interesting to expand on this test someday to measure a wider range of bikes, tires, etc. I’d love to see the same bike with 5-10lbs of static weight added, to see how much weight alone matters... While the impossible climb felt more like entertainment (in a good way) this generated some solid results. Nice work!
vaedwards mikelevy's article
Aug 18, 2020 at 10:04
Aug 18, 2020
Field Test: Revel Ranger - It Just Wants to Party
@nrb251: I'd probably just get a Ranger, Spur, or Ripley if I was going that direction. I think the design of the Tallboy just begs for a slightly burlier build (As Levy keeps saying in these reviews, there's a certain combination of geometry, suspension tune, frame stiffness etc that defines the personality of these bikes. I think the personality of the Tallboy just screams for burlier components to bring out its full potential. I owned the Tallboy 3 as well, and it was a totally different bike- way more appropriate for a 34 w/ lighter tires etc)
vaedwards mikelevy's article
Aug 18, 2020 at 9:57
Aug 18, 2020
Field Test: 2021 Specialized Epic EVO S-Works - The Most Versatile
I know it's asking a lot, but I would love to see weights listed for 2-3 spec levels on all these bikes. Many (most?) buyers are going to be looking at the $4-7k builds. How significant is the weight penalty w/ those (still very capable and high-end) build kits? Are there any major compromises to those kits that make them a poor value? (Things like heavier and cheaper suspension, wheels, cassettes, etc) I'd especially love to see a breakdown of which components on these cheaper builds really add extra weight... with the Evo I'm guessing the wheels are the #1 place where major weight savings is achieved over the cheaper models.
vaedwards mikelevy's article
Aug 17, 2020 at 15:57
Aug 17, 2020
Field Test: Revel Ranger - It Just Wants to Party
@RevelBikes: If I get back to Colorado this fall I will take you up on that! Hopefully Red Hill Trails will be open...
vaedwards mikelevy's article
Aug 17, 2020 at 15:53
Aug 17, 2020
Field Test: Revel Ranger - It Just Wants to Party
The Tallboy has a pretty supple suspension for a 120mm bike - I really enjoy mine on technical climbs where traction is crucial, but the overall length and 65.5HA do make for a bike that requires a bit more work when things get tight and janky. I'll also stick my neck out and say that the Tallboy's 120mm feels like more. So the Spur is lighter, and the Ranger is a bit sharper handling and easier to manage on climbs. The Tallboy is going to descend better than either - by a noticeable margin, but it will require a bit more effort everywhere else. FWIW I run my Tallboy with a 140mm Fox36 in the Low setting, with the saddle scooted almost all the way forward on the rails to get a good seated climbing position. It's a super fun aggressive short-travel trail bike that handles [very] steep terrain without blinking. If you enjoy riding a shorter travel bike like its an enduro bike from time to time, buy a Tallboy. Unlike an enduro bike, it's still loads of fun on tamer / flatter terrain. ____ I stopped by Revel HQ this summer with hopes to demo the Ranger, but was only able to ride it in the parking lot. The folks at Revel were great, and I am seriously considering buying my next bike from them. I do wonder whether their frame weights will come down for their 2nd generation carbon frames, but I'd rather have a slightly overbuilt frame that won't break than a featherweight that has too much flex for aggressive riding.
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