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vaedwards alicialeggett's article
Feb 24, 2021 at 15:53
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Bike Check: The BREWser, a 184mm Travel, Crazy-Slack Experimental Gearbox Bike
I love the wrench used as a kickstand in the first image! This bike is a work of art- plus it’s nice seeing experiments in design that will get tons of real world use and abuse.
vaedwards CascadeComponents's article
Feb 23, 2021 at 18:55
Feb 23, 2021
Cascade Components Announces V2 Transition Sentinel and Santa Cruz Heckler Links
@superthanks4asking: thanks! Yeah I’ve switched to a slightly bigger volume spacer, and this does help prevent bottom out. It doesn’t make a big difference to the overall feel of the bike though. I especially like what you have to say about the benefits climbing. I had a tallboy v3 for a few years, and that bike had significantly better climbing manners. I also have a dpx2 with a slightly longer stroke than the stock shock. (Which also ends up at around 129mm travel) It makes the bike feel more planted, and it handles higher speed chop better. The downside is, it is a little softer feeling in the mid stroke, and loses some crispness under pedaling. I’m thinking the cascade link might be what I’m looking for. (And selling the extra shock would cover the cost) I’ve yet to hear a commenter who regrets their purchase!
vaedwards danielsapp's article
Feb 23, 2021 at 18:40
Feb 23, 2021
First Ride: 2021 Pivot Trail 429
@richter762: I’ve ridden SB157 and did not like the extra stiffness. I’m 150lbs and live in a very rocky area. With both pivot bikes I demoed (past gen switchblade and 429 trail) it felt like I was getting knocked around more than on comparable bikes with ‘regular’ boost. (I’ve had a ripmo v1 and tallboy v4 over the past 2 years) Some of this could be Pivots overall mission to build really stiff bikes. They do that very well... it just comes down to individual preference.
vaedwards danielsapp's article
Feb 23, 2021 at 18:29
Feb 23, 2021
First Ride: 2021 Pivot Trail 429
@babathehutt: I owned one for a year- it’s a fantastic bike! It’s really well balanced- it does a great job of hiding the fact that it’s a long travel bike until you need the travel. I rode it down some seriously steep and loose terrain in Colorado and Pisgah. The only “flaw” was that the air can needed a full compliment of spacers to not blow through the travel a little too fast. But with three spacers it worked great.
vaedwards CascadeComponents's article
Feb 23, 2021 at 6:55
Feb 23, 2021
Cascade Components Announces V2 Transition Sentinel and Santa Cruz Heckler Links
I have the tb4 and have been eyeing this link. I’d love to hear your thoughts on how it changed the character of the bike.
vaedwards danielsapp's article
Feb 23, 2021 at 6:46
Feb 23, 2021
First Ride: 2021 Pivot Trail 429
And a 347bb on a 120mm bike is NOT low. They should call it high and medium high... marketing at work
vaedwards danielsapp's article
Feb 23, 2021 at 6:44
Feb 23, 2021
First Ride: 2021 Pivot Trail 429
@babathehutt: I completely agree, especially for a bike in this travel range. I have a tallboy v4 (65.5ha) and I would steepen it by 1/2 to 1 degree if it took a press-in headset. Even steep alpine riding feels great with 66ha... and the bike will be more fun and playful everywhere else. Long reach and short stem already adds a ton of stability and confidence compared to bikes from 5 years ago. I guess that’s why it’s nice to have options! Or better yet, an adjustable frame.
vaedwards danielsapp's article
Feb 18, 2021 at 9:21
Feb 18, 2021
Michelin Launches New Force AM2 and Wild AM2 All-Mountain Tires
@meandros: but do they offer the same casing stiffness, durability and puncture resistance? Everything is a trade-off. Bikes are more capable and we ride them faster than ever. Living in a place with lots of sharp rock, I’ve been afraid to try the lighter 2.6in tires... but for some regions and bikes, I bet they’re excellent.
vaedwards danielsapp's article
Feb 16, 2021 at 17:43
Feb 16, 2021
Michelin Launches New Force AM2 and Wild AM2 All-Mountain Tires
It’s because upforked XC bikes are the new trail bike, trail bikes are the new AM bike, All Mountain bikes are the new enduro bikes, and no one buys DH bikes anymore because a 29er with 160mm and a 63.5 HA can handle basically anything. Or just buy a 2.3in tire. Dhr2 and DHF are still in the 800’s if you don’t go so wide. I’ve been really happy with a 2.4 dhr2 for my trail bike. Plenty of compound and casing options, sub 1k g. The e13 TRS trail 2.4 is also a really nice tire in this category.
vaedwards henryquinney's article
Jan 30, 2021 at 6:42
Jan 30, 2021
Pinkbike Poll: How Long Do Bike Parts Last?
Id love to see bike shops offer recycling of old components, especially tires. Perhaps some of the bigger brands could help create these programs?
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