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zacjob jamessmurthwaite's article
Feb 12, 2021 at 7:48
Feb 12, 2021
The Vulcain Cycles Magma Isn't Another Single Pivot Steel Bike
Are any of these steel frame manufacturers actually making a living off their businesses? I've never seen one on the trail, but I do live in Canada and this seems to be more of a European/British thing.
zacjob mikelevy's article
Feb 10, 2021 at 9:56
Feb 10, 2021
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 47 - High Pivot Bikes: The Good, The Bad, and The Why?
This feedback makes me a little sad. I really wanted the latest generation of high pivots to be more reliable. I had a Corsair Maelstrom high pivot bike and haven't found anything that came close to matching its performance since. I got rid of it in the end due to how much of a pain the idler was. That was a 2x drivetrain though, so the idler was far more complex and poorly executed.
zacjob mikelevy's article
Feb 10, 2021 at 9:52
Feb 10, 2021
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 47 - High Pivot Bikes: The Good, The Bad, and The Why?
+ 1 for dual crown enduro forks. I haven't tried it, but the theory seems sound to me. I'm not really interested in any of the current offerings on the market though. The MRP has lots of negative reviews. The boxxer would be better if it could reduce to 170mm and had mostly of the offset in the crowns with various crown offsets available from Rockshox. The other big negative is that bike manufacturers don't spec them. Upgrading is expensive and not worth it to me. I would be very interested in an enduro bike that came stock with dual crown. The Norco shore doesn't fit the bill for me, but a new range with DC might.
zacjob alicialeggett's article
Jan 15, 2021 at 10:57
Jan 15, 2021
‘I Started Seeing the Good in Life’ - What Do Mountain Biking’s New ‘Pandemic Riders’ Think of the Sport so Far?
Couldn't help but notice that most of the people in the article (and rookies I've met) are not on modern trail bikes. It's probably safe to assume that is related to the cost of entry into the sport. Hardtails are fine for beginners to a point, but limit progression to more challenging terrain for many people. 23 year old bikes are probably just unsafe. Perhaps a good way to pull more people into the sport and retain them is a bike lease program. Rather than $3k to $10k for the purchase of a modern bike, lease a modern trail bike for a season or a different one every month for the first year or two until you've decided that you want to commit to the sport and know what type of riding you want to do. Rentals are good for short term, but are rare outside bike parks and require constantly going to the bike shop for pickup and return.
zacjob mikekazimer's article
Jan 8, 2021 at 12:43
Jan 8, 2021
Pinkbike Poll: Would You Rather Buy a Frame Only or a Complete Bike?
It comes down to value for me. It's almost always cheaper to buy a complete bike (usually not the most expensive model) and swap out parts to complete the dream machine. As far as building a frame up from old parts, that really only works if the frames are very similar. My 2017 Range, while clad with carbon rims, XT and Fox Factory components, has 27.5 wheels, 11 speed drivetrain, and 2 piston brakes. There's very few components I could or would bring over to a modern 29er enduro bike. At a minimum, I would need new a new wheelset, tires, and a fork. Sell bike for $2000 and buy new bike for $8000 costs $6000. Sell frame fork and wheels for $1500 and buy a new frame fork and wheels for $6000 costs $4500. The swap over might be cheaper, but I'll still have a outdated and worn out drivetrain, powerless brakes that need a bleed, and a too short dropper that feels like it's full of sand.
zacjob danielsapp's article
Nov 20, 2020 at 13:02
Nov 20, 2020
Outbound Lighting Launch Trail Evo Light
Not sure about this new one, but the original Trail light has a removable handlebar clamp and ships with a GoPro adapter.
zacjob brianpark's article
Oct 5, 2020 at 13:26
Oct 5, 2020
14 Job Postings for Pinkbike, Trailforks & CyclingTips: Hiring for Editorial, Sales, Marketing, & Development
At least one of those postings looks like it's specifically targeting an individual from Bike mag. Bring over Ryan Palmer!
zacjob mikekazimer's article
Sep 18, 2020 at 12:58
Sep 18, 2020
Pinkbike Poll: Does Mixing Wheel Sizes Make Sense?
I haven't ridden one so I can't speak for how mullets handle. However, based soley on rear wheel to bum clearance, there's a grey area for medium and large bikes based on bike design intent. At 5'11", I'd be keen to try a mullet on a burly enduro bike like a Rocky Slayer or Specialized Enduro if I'm going to ride it on steep single track. Racing a 160/150 bike on lower angle terrain, I'd be shocked if the full 29er wasn't faster. For general trail riding, I don't really care. I'll just take whatever handles better and is more fun.
zacjob FiaskoRacing's article
May 14, 2020 at 12:01
May 14, 2020
Video: Actofive's Steel & Aluminum High Pivot Trail Bike
I agree this is a super cool bike and it certainly inspires new ideas and innovation, but where would I get one. There are lots of super cool garage brands like this in Europe. If I could even get one here in North America, it would be expensive to import and even more to complete the build with components. Even then, I'd likely not have the opportunity to test ride it before buying. If I had imported boutique frame cash to spend, it would still be way more practical to head over to my LBS and test then purchase an S-Works (or equivalent) of my choice. Don't get me wrong. That bike (and others like it) is what dreams are made of. I just don't see the cost/performance ratio making any sense. For value, complete bikes at any level are the way to go. If it's more about the art of it to you, then that's an entirely different matter altogether.
zacjob sarahmoore's article
Mar 26, 2020 at 11:28
Mar 26, 2020
The Pinkbike Guide to Indoor Cycling
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