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whambat mikekazimer's article
May 6, 2021 at 15:51
3 days
Spotted (Again): Santa Cruz's New XC Race Bike - Albstadt XC World Cup 2021
Looks like a Scalpel. Sorry, someone had to say it.
whambat mikekazimer's article
May 6, 2021 at 13:21
3 days
Spotted (Again): Santa Cruz's New XC Race Bike - Albstadt XC World Cup 2021
It’s what the Scalpel has looked like since the 90’s.
whambat sarahmoore's article
May 6, 2021 at 6:18
May 6, 2021
Field Trip: Giant's $2,500 Trance X Loves Slow Speed Technical Trails
@Svinyard: it probably depends on how much stock each company has had reserved, but I keep hearing how Shimano is having trouble filling orders. To be fair, SRAM is having trouble with certain items, especially AXS GX. But, Velonews just had an article about a new frame Cervelo have ready but can’t sell because they can’t get the Shimano parts to hang on it. When debating about whether to get new XT or a new GX to replaced my clapped old derailleur, I checked with my LBS and they recommended to stick with SRAM because of availability, especially if you need a replacement down the line. And here’s an interesting post by Waltworks on his difficulties getting Shimano: http://waltworks.com/2020/09/no-shimano-indefinitely/
whambat sarahmoore's article
May 5, 2021 at 20:01
May 5, 2021
Field Trip: Giant's $2,500 Trance X Loves Slow Speed Technical Trails
Good luck getting any decent run of anything Shimano right now. Their supply is effed. While it may be crappy, an SX drivetrain sure shifts better than a Deore drivetrain that you can’t get.
whambat BigMtnEnduro's article
May 5, 2021 at 13:44
May 5, 2021
whambat henryquinney's article
May 4, 2021 at 7:16
May 4, 2021
5 Interesting Bikes For Sale on the Pinkbike Buy&Sell - What Do You Think?
My thoughts: If I bought that Klein I’d have to hang it on a wall in my living room like a piece of art, so it would stay shiny, I wouldn’t put another scratch on it, and I could stare at it all the time. Checks with wife: and, nope (with a couple f-bombs thrown in).
whambat BigMtnEnduro's article
May 4, 2021 at 6:29
May 4, 2021
Richie Rude and Kate Lawrence Clinch Victories at BME Series Opener in Ironton, MO
I wish that place was open when my in-laws lived in St. Louis and we visited twice a year. I rode some good trails in the area, but Ironton looks legit.
whambat mikekazimer's article
Apr 27, 2021 at 6:04
Apr 27, 2021
Roval Releases New 1,450 Gram Control Carbon Wheelset
For a light weight trail/ XC bike for which these Rovals are built for, the weight has a real advantage. You can have lighter tires on that kind of bike and the rotational weight savings of carbon makes a ton of sense. Then you get the added benefit of durability on a light weight build. Makes total sense if you can afford it. And with some good DT hubs, these wheels look like a pretty good buy for the price. Other than gained durability, I do shake my head in disbelief when I see people save 50g per rim on an enduro wheel build and then add 1100-1300 gram tires and 300 gram Cush Core inserts and brag about how much faster carbon rims are. The money may be totally worth it for durability, but the weight becomes much less of a factor.
whambat henryquinney's article
Apr 24, 2021 at 4:44
Apr 24, 2021
Review: 6 Hard-Hitting Rear Tires Ridden & Rated
@TheR: yeah, the assguy seems like the Maxxis tire I’d try up front now for dry dusty conditions. In the right places, a DHF is amazing. It’s always worth checking with locals and local shops to see what they are running. I was a little skeptical when I moved to my new town and everyone seemed to be on Schwalbe. The shop wasn’t even stocking the tougher casings, but our area has a lot of ruts, and moon dust without sharp rocks. Most run the NN on the rear, but I’ve found I can get away with the RR for some extra speed.
whambat henryquinney's article
Apr 23, 2021 at 9:29
Apr 23, 2021
Review: 6 Hard-Hitting Rear Tires Ridden & Rated
@lifeofloon: I love that combo. On firm fast climbs or on road sections heading to a trailhead, it makes me feel like I’m on a short travel bike, but still enough grip for the way down. But, I’ve always liked a looser rear tire with strong grip up front. I ran a Hans Dampf for a little last season up front. Never loved it. Magic Mary is going back on as soon as my rear shock gets back from service next week.
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