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Dear Santa: Uncle Dave's 2018 Christmas List

Words Dave Tolnai
Date Dec 11, 2018

I haaaate writing these sorts of things, but it is far easier than coming up with a fresh premise for an interesting article. So, here is my 2018 Christmas List.

One of these Smart Remotes for my Camera

I’ve messed around with bike selfies a fair amount over the years, and have pretty much given up because it’s such a pain in the ass. My one set-up required the patience of a journalist at a Trump rally to make it work properly, and the other led me to remove my thumb from the handlebar and nearly die each time I used it. I’ve narrowed it down to either the Pluto or the MIOPS (whoah...that MIOPS is pretty expensive...this may have decided itself!). I’m just trying to figure out which is going to do the things that I need. The ability to control your camera by yelling at it could make for the ultimate selfie rig.

selfie dave

So Dave can take selfies and pretend they aren't selfies. 


The Fuji 16-55 2.8, with IS

Ya. I know. More camera gear. And nothing pegs you down as an amateur faster than asking for a lens with IS.

What drew me to Fuji in the first place was the lenses. I was so close to plunging into full frame world, but the Canon options in my price range sucked, Nikon's baffle me and Sony...well, I was close on Sony. I started reading about Fuji, and I loved the idea of a small system, with quality, designed for the sensor size, lenses. I've been pretty happy with the 18-55 2.8/4.0 as my daily driver. It's a nice lens. But I'm deep enough into Fuji now that I'm ready for something more. The 16-55 2.8 is the logical next step, but every time I pick it up, my hands betray me. When I get it right, oh, it's a beautiful lens. But I usually have to sift through a couple of grandpa-shaky-hands images to get there. Just gimme the IS and I'll buy it.

glass

Dave wants glass. 

The ability to buy tires

I complain about tires a fair amount, but seem to do nothing about it. My tire choice generally comes down to whatever shit was given to me recently that fits the current bike. I long for meatier rubber, pretty much always. On my current bike, I swapped from the stock High Roller II/Minion SS (that was pretty darn good in the dry) to a dual Hans Dampf setup (that’s doing adequately in the wet). I’ve got two different set-ups in a variety of shopping carts spread across the Internet (Minion DHF/DHR Wide Trail vs. Butcher BLCK DMND’s front and rear in a 2.6) and I really can’t make up my mind. Maxxis very nearly wins on hype, and Specialized very nearly loses out on a lack of vowels...but edges back into the conversation on price. I really just need somebody to tell me what to do here. And don’t worry, I’m going to buy them from Dunbar once I’m ready.

A normal person would probably just ask for tires here...

rubber

Rubbers.


The end of "resin pad only" rotors

When is this madness going to end? I was just looking at another bike yesterday - granted, not a mountain bike - and there it was. "Resin Pad Only". How can you justify saving money by making your brakes shitty? Can all product managers just agree to spend the extra $0.63 on real rotors moving forward? If you stop buying these, the brake companies will stop making them. "Shimano only sells these with those rotors" is not a valid excuse. Do better.

More junkets please!

I don't care if it's an ebike in Europe, or a recumbent in Iowa. I don't care if my ethics, morals or soul is compromised. I don't care if they feed me steak or roast beets.  I'm hooked on junkets, and I need some more.

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Dave is happier when he's being fed and watered by bike companies. Photo - Harookz

A Path Forward

Yes. I know. It’s my own damned fault. If I actually answered questions, I’d probably receive more of them. But even when I don’t answer your questions, you guys are undoubtedly an inspiration. So, I promise, if you do your best to send me questions, I’ll do better in answering them. Either via a column, or via word salad e-mails for your private consumption. Shit, it doesn’t even need to be a question. It could also just be a complaint, diatribe or conspiracy theory. Those are welcome too.

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jan
+2 Pete Roggeman Endur-Bro
Jan  - Dec. 10, 2018, 11:31 p.m.

Something for the future junket endeavors.

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davetolnai
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Dave Tolnai  - Dec. 11, 2018, 5:38 p.m.

Oh man!  A lube junket would be epic!

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fartymarty
+2 Endur-Bro Jonas Dodd
fartymarty  - Dec. 11, 2018, 4:40 a.m.

Tyres - just wait till the new year and buy 2.6 DHR2 F+R.

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davetolnai
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Dave Tolnai  - Dec. 11, 2018, 5:39 p.m.

Why the new year?  And why DHR's front and rear?

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fartymarty
+1 Cam McRae
fartymarty  - Dec. 11, 2018, 11:45 p.m.

The 2.6s are out in Jan 19 (IIRC) and DHR2 work great up front as well.

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grimwood
+1 luisgutierod
grimwood  - Dec. 11, 2018, 7:01 a.m.

Tires. Assegai (DH casing) in the rear. Go for all the traction and toss another one on the front. Or save a few grams and go with the DHF WT or DHF WT DD.

Climbing on the assegai is a little worse, but the climbs kinda suck anyways, right? So solid on the fun stuff.

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cooperquinn
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Cooper Quinn  - Dec. 11, 2018, 8:03 a.m.

The end of "resin pad only" rotors 

My god. Yes. Why on God's green earth is this even a thing?

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Timmigrant
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Tim Coleman  - Dec. 11, 2018, 9:54 a.m.

This is a thing? I've never heard of this before. Run away.

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cooperquinn
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Cooper Quinn  - Dec. 11, 2018, 1:48 p.m.

Its a thing. Somewhat common OE spec, typically on lower end builds. 

Which really tells you all you need to know about why its a thing. Beancounters.

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davetolnai
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Dave Tolnai  - Dec. 11, 2018, 5:40 p.m.

Can confirm...still a thing.

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ollypackman
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ollypackman  - Dec. 12, 2018, 12:49 p.m.

Resin pads are the only thing that work for me, only used them on 'proper? formular/xt/xtr rotors though...

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davetolnai
+1 IslandLife
Dave Tolnai  - Dec. 12, 2018, 5:52 p.m.

It's not the pads that are the problem.  It's the crappy discs that will only work (poorly) with resin pads.

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LoamtoHome
+2 ollypackman Endur-Bro
Jerry Willows  - Dec. 11, 2018, 8:08 a.m.

Maxxis are great tires but super pricey. The new Michelin Wild Enduros are worth looking at.... $80 retail.

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Endur-Bro
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Endur-Bro  - Dec. 11, 2018, 8:39 a.m.

I've went to WE. Partly for cost and partly to try something else.

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rhw
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rhw  - Dec. 11, 2018, 1:22 p.m.

Maxxis tires are not that hard to find for around C$80.

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LoamtoHome
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Jerry Willows  - Dec. 11, 2018, 5:32 p.m.

Why not support your local shop?  With online you have to spend a certain amount for free shipping, sizes/casing not available.

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davetolnai
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Dave Tolnai  - Dec. 11, 2018, 6:29 p.m.

Hot deal on 26's at Dunbar right now!

https://dunbarcycles.com/collections/maxxis-mtb-tires

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Timmigrant
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Tim Coleman  - Dec. 11, 2018, 9:55 a.m.

Tires my favourite front tire is always Magic Mary Ultra Soft in Super Gravity casing. Rear tire has options. It was the WTB Breakout for me. Not sure now, maybe that WTB Judge.

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cooperquinn
+3 Todd Hellinga NealWood Jerry Willows
Cooper Quinn  - Dec. 11, 2018, 1:48 p.m.

Yes, Tim. We read your piece.

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IslandLife
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IslandLife  - Dec. 13, 2018, 9:39 a.m.

I see quite a few people not sing the Magic Mary out back... is it really that bad as a rear tire?  Comments?  I want to put Magic Mary's on my new ride and just second guessing it now as a rear tire...

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luisgutierod
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luisgutierod  - Dec. 13, 2018, 4:13 p.m.

well, if you are not pedalling that much and plan to go down really steep slippery trails, the magic mary will work... I've used a worn magic mary SG vertstar as rear tire, and it really gives you confidence.. pedalling sucks compared to a minion dhr II 2.3 for comparison... there is a 2.25 magic mary but I believe is the snakeskin version without reinforcement... for me its a nogo in my bike..

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Veetireco
+3 Velocipedestrian pedalhound Agleck7
Vee Tire Co  - Dec. 11, 2018, 6:06 p.m.

hi, Uncle Dave, do you interest to try same tire as Jordie Lunn?

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davetolnai
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Dave Tolnai  - Dec. 12, 2018, 5:54 p.m.

I feel like if I tried anything that Jordie Lunn has tried, I might die.

But you should reach out to Cam or Pete...they handle the review gear dispersion.

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pedalhound
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pedalhound  - Dec. 12, 2018, 10:01 a.m.

Hey Dave...try the Conti Trail Kings...Tons of grip, rolls great and I have never had sidewall issues with them. I have yet to try the new version though.

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davetolnai
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Dave Tolnai  - Dec. 12, 2018, 5:56 p.m.

I've tried some of the older Conti's and they were okay.  I find they last a long time...but then again, I blew a sidewall on one doing nothing.

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andrewbikeguide
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AndrewR  - Dec. 13, 2018, 1:19 p.m.

Continental Der Baron Projekt 2.4" - best all round tyre, great grip, fast rolling, great wear and now stays on rims properly.

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E-wok
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E-wok  - Dec. 16, 2018, 11:40 a.m.

There certainly are some juicy looking new E mountain bikes coming out!

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