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y0bailey mikelevy's article
Aug 18, 2020 at 9:57
Aug 18, 2020
Field Test: 2021 Specialized Epic EVO S-Works - The Most Versatile
@Jacquers: Just ends up with the lowers oil. Simple fluid swap and bye bye
y0bailey jamessmurthwaite's article
Jun 26, 2020 at 5:58
Jun 26, 2020
Orange Releases Short Travel Evo Versions of its Trail Bikes
I don't know why Orange bikes get all of the hate. I would kill to own one if I didn't live in the states. My all time favorite bike (old SC heckler) was a single pivot, was a joy to ride, and bearings lasted YEARS (and there were 2 of em when it came time for a service). My dad still rides it regularly. The suspension design never held me back despite what all of the arm-chair engineers here say. They are ugly-cute, they are low maintenance, and they look bomb-proof.
y0bailey jamessmurthwaite's article
May 12, 2020 at 15:48
May 12, 2020
Bike Check: Jason Momoa's Aquaman Themed Specialized Turbo Levo
@EnduroManiac: What if he keeps the bike until he's dead, and his ashes are stuffed in it and buried? That good enough for you? These arguments about celebrities trying to improve the world but "they flew on an airplane hur hur hur" are so stupid. It's all about number of eggs broken. He might break a few here and there, but if his cause saves hundreds of broken eggs, he's having an impact. Everything I can find, he practices what he preaches. Yea....eggs will be broken, but he's going to have a net positive compared to most of us in these first world countries. Now I find him tossing a cig on the side of the trail on his e-bike I'll grab my pitchfork with you, but cut the man some slack.
y0bailey jamessmurthwaite's article
May 12, 2020 at 13:38
May 12, 2020
y0bailey danielsapp's article
Apr 9, 2020 at 11:17
Apr 9, 2020
MicroSHIFT's New 10-Speed Advent X Drivetrain is Only $167 - Pond Beaver 2020 (Updated with Video)
@CycleKrieg: I just can't wait to show back up to the weekly group ride (once the covid-world calms down) on a microshift drivetrain again. The amount of shit I will receive will be unmatched...but this time I can prove them wrong!
y0bailey danielsapp's article
Apr 9, 2020 at 10:53
Apr 9, 2020
MicroSHIFT's New 10-Speed Advent X Drivetrain is Only $167 - Pond Beaver 2020 (Updated with Video)
Update for anyone reading this. These guys are legit. If stuff goes wrong they will make it right. I'm back on the wagon! LOL.
y0bailey danielsapp's article
Apr 9, 2020 at 10:33
Apr 9, 2020
MicroSHIFT's New 10-Speed Advent X Drivetrain is Only $167 - Pond Beaver 2020 (Updated with Video)
@Gus-At-microSHIFT: Gus! Thanks for the response! I honestly didn't contact you guys because I didn't want to swap any more derailleurs, and the cassette was the nail in the coffin for me. It wasn't the money that mattered, it was the "set it and forget it" I was looking for and didn't achieve. Have improvements been made from a strength standpoint? Or am I just an unlucky/fat hack?
y0bailey danielsapp's article
Apr 9, 2020 at 10:22
Apr 9, 2020
MicroSHIFT's New 10-Speed Advent X Drivetrain is Only $167 - Pond Beaver 2020 (Updated with Video)
I don't want to write this review...but I must. I wanted to love the original drivetrain (advent non-X). I hate more gears and the exact precision required to have things run smooth in 12 speed drivetrains. I like cheap stuff...but this is both cheap in dollars and cheap in durability. The original Avent wasn't robust enoguh for mountain bikes. Gravel bikes, cruiser, but not mountain bikes. Why? WEAK AS HELL. I bent maybe 3 derailleurs in 3 months. I've bent 3 derailleurs in 10 years prior, maybe longer. I literally seated climbing destroyed the cassette by bending the 42t...I'm relatively strong but again...not that strong. So, unless they strengthened things up...I would remain skeptical.
y0bailey mikelevy's article
Feb 11, 2020 at 5:53
Feb 11, 2020
First Look: Santa Cruz's First eMTB, the 2020 Heckler
I saw the "Heckler" name and opened my wallet. My 2009 Heckler is still being ridden by my dad on original bearings. That thing is a beast, and I still would take a single pivot bike over any linkage design...because I hate bearing maintenance and I literally had zero issues with the suspension design. It still holds my "most successful tech climbs in a row" on a section of trail I ride every week. Then I saw this abomination and vomited in my mouth.
y0bailey mikekazimer's article
Dec 5, 2019 at 13:00
Dec 5, 2019
Ask Pinkbike: Crash-Proof Rain Jackets, Shock Setup, Bike Sizing, & a Degreaser Dilemma
DO NOT SPEND MONEY ON EXPENSIVE RAIN JACKETS IF YOU ARE A SWEATY PERSON. I'm hundreds of dollars in the hole for a bunch of useless jackets that don't work any better than a $1 garbage bag. You know why...when your body is sweating at 100% humidity and it's raining at 100% humidity, your breathable material is just an expensive garbage bag instead of a cheap one. You are going to be soaked. You know what else most of those fancy jackets have? A DWR layer that doesn't like friction. You know what causes friction? A camelback, a fanny pack, your arms rubbing against your torso, mud, and other bike-related shit. So then your DWR goes, it does an even worse job at keeping you dry, and you'll wish you hadn't spent all of that money. You can buy these Frogg Troggs for like $35 on amazon. They will last a season or two, then throw em away. Your DWR will be shot on your other jacket you spent $200 on by then anways, no matter how many products you use to try to salvage it. https://sectionhiker.com/frogg-toggs-xtreme-lite-rain-jacket-review/
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