Shimano has quietly updated a number of their product lineups, with SLX 11-speed going to 11-46 and Boost-compatible XT hubs among the announcements.
Going back to a hardtail – even one with progressive geometry like the Primer – required patience. The payoff was well worth it.
True Precision’s hubs roll without even a whisper but they engage with virtually no hesitation – does that mean they are delicate and complicated?
From bikes that defy their category to jackets that deliver and a electronic shifting, Pete’s Best of 2016 choices ran the gamut this year.
Efficient Velo Tools. Lust, Leather, Steel. The E-Z Lift repair stand and Ultra Tru-Arc alignment guide are masterpiece tools to use and behold.
Don’t let its ‘mere’ 120mm of rear wheel travel or its ‘small’ 27.5″ wheels deceive you – this is a barn-burner of a trail bike.
“The AM7 shoes look like an early 2000’s Michael Jordan took up hiking. Which I think is kind of awesome, by the way…”
“In all honesty, I had to chew through my aversion to the marketing behind the new 500% gear range 1x setups…”
“I imagined Di2, servo motors, exotic materials, XTR grey, and a post that would go up and down on its own to programmable preset positions…”
Andrew Major appreciates and identifies the small details that set bikes, mechanics, shops and manufacturers apart…
“This groove accommodates the SPD bits, so the sole can grip the outer pedal body and behave more like a proper flat pedal…”
“The actual prep time is tiny so there is plenty of opportunity to get your bike dialed in for tomorrow ride prior to chowing down…”
“Is this some kind of masochistic manifestation of mid-life in crisis, or just the next phase in my infatuation with bikes?”
Sid Slotegraaf shows Ricky Federau, Canadian XC world cup veteran, around some of Squamish’s finest trails.
“Seasoned cyclists generally revere anyone who can twiddle knobs on a suspension fork or bleed a brake without poisoning an animal…”