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xeren mikekazimer's article
Aug 30, 2018 at 10:29
Aug 30, 2018
Video Interview: Leo Kokkonen, Pole Bicycles' Founder
@Loamhuck: only thing i've ever heard is that transition started looking into different fork offsets after hearing porter was doing so. is there more to it than that?
xeren mikekazimer's article
Aug 29, 2018 at 13:32
Aug 29, 2018
Video Interview: Leo Kokkonen, Pole Bicycles' Founder
i highly doubt pole is influencing them. it's more likely bigger brands like kona, transition, etc, influencing the more conservative manufacturers
xeren mikekazimer's article
Aug 28, 2018 at 9:56
Aug 28, 2018
First Ride: Yeti’s New SB150
@jclnv: "where the industry is going" is not the same as "cutting edge bikes". pole is an outlier. either way, i'm not saying that you can't make a good bike in other ways, only that it'd ridiculous to say that short CS, long reach bikes aren't good bikes. i'm here telling you that i'm a huge fan of them, they work really, really well and have insane front grip. i'm not telling you that they are the only way to make a bike, but it sounds like you're trying taking the opposite extreme position
xeren mikekazimer's article
Aug 28, 2018 at 9:53
Aug 28, 2018
First Ride: Yeti’s New SB150
@niplo: nope, i'm a large
xeren mikekazimer's article
Aug 27, 2018 at 17:15
Aug 27, 2018
First Ride: Yeti’s New SB150
@jclnv: yes, i stay over the bars on descents, because that's the way you're supposed to do it. there's a reason there's a "mythbusters" about descending here on pinkbike: https://www.pinkbike.com/u/zeptechniques/blog/zeps-how-to-mythbusters-position-amp-balance-for-steeps-amp-heavy-braking.html TL;DR: if you are getting way back to keep your weight centered, you are losing your flexibility in dealing with drops and unexpected changes in the trail. you should be getting low over the bars, not back it sounds like you've never ridden any of these bikes. it's far more natural than you're imagining. as i said, there's a reason that bikes in the last few years are trending toward short chainstays and long reaches. it works really really well. i highly recommend trying one of these bikes. remember, all mountain bike geo is a slow, multi-decade long pull away from road bike geometry. just because it seemed right 10 years ago doesn't mean it was the most effective way to design a bike
xeren mikekazimer's article
Aug 27, 2018 at 13:18
Aug 27, 2018
First Ride: Yeti’s New SB150
@walterwhyte: to each their own. i was blown away by bikes with long reach and short chainstays like the kona process and the transition smuggler and scouts. they feel more balanced than any other bikes i've ridden in the past. i'm not surprised that more and more geometries are going in this direction- it's an incredibly confidence inspiring design because it makes it so hard to pull back on the bars in sketchy situations, so you maintain grip. maybe someone who has been riding for longer than me (5 years) is just used to shorter reach and it feels "wrong" to be putting more weight on the bars?
xeren mikekazimer's article
Aug 27, 2018 at 13:03
Aug 27, 2018
First Ride: Yeti’s New SB150
@jclnv: but the longer reach makes the weight on the bars automatic. it's not something you have to think about. as a result, you can make easy F/R grip bias changes like any other bike.
xeren mikekazimer's article
Aug 27, 2018 at 10:19
Aug 27, 2018
First Ride: Yeti’s New SB150
@jclnv: i'm not so sure. bikes with long reach and short chainstays tend to pull your weight forward on to your hands when in the attack position. at first this seems wrong because we've all been told "heavy feet, light hands", but putting some weight on your hands on a bike like this evens things back out and give you a ton of grip in the front. i of course haven't ridden this bike, but my experiences with Transitions 2018 demo fleet, which have very similar reach and CS lengths, made me realize how much grip you can get out of a bike that, from the numbers, you would assume would take weight off the front, when it fact, it puts weight more weight on the front and keeps you out of the back seat
xeren mikekazimer's article
Aug 27, 2018 at 10:04
Aug 27, 2018
First Ride: Yeti’s New SB150
@TheRaven: what's more likely, that you and your buddies are so awesome that you're losing bottles nonstop, and everyone on PB is terrible, and that's why no one else is losing bottles, or that you just have crappy bottle cages and that's why you're losing bottles. i will never buy a specialized bike again, but i have to give it to them for their Zee cage. side entry, never lost a bottle, and i very likely ride rockier terrain than you do. i recommend it to everyone that i see lose a bottle
xeren danielsapp's article
Aug 24, 2018 at 17:19
Aug 24, 2018
Check Out: Hardtail Edition
Agreed. I think a lot of people don't consider that hardtails only sag in the front, so effective HA can end up steeper than on an otherwise similar FS bike. In other words, when in doubt, go for more slack on a hardtail.
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