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Shimano Trickles Down 11-46, Boost - Feb. 22, 2017, 9:04 a.m.

Yes…it does look a little bit mega-rangey.

167 km/h on MTB: Should I Care? - Feb. 22, 2017, 8:13 a.m.

Yes, Plague Park was pretty good. But did you ever see them live? I remember telling a friend I was going, and they said something along the lines of "Oh no…I can't go and watch her for that long." This confused me. But Alexei Perry has a tremendously annoying stage presence that makes the band hard to watch. I think that did it for me.

2017 Marin Hawk Hill – First Impressions - Feb. 9, 2017, 12:23 p.m.

I agree. This would be a fantastic upgrade for somebody coming off a $700 bike. And I see your point about the price point, and it becomes an exercise in how much slack should be cut. The way I look at it is that any part that shouldn't have been made in the first place, and needs to be swapped out or upgraded before the bike leaves the store, is counterproductive to keeping the price low and needs to be called out. Cut some slack on the nice-to-haves.

Demystifying Fork Offset and Trail - Feb. 8, 2017, 3:33 p.m.

Ya, I've seen this article before. And we all know that more trail will add stability to a bike. The point I was trying to make is that you're not changing just the trail, and your change will have an impact on some other areas of your bike. If you just look at the trail numbers between the base case 140mm Revelation and the 150mm Pike, yes, it will probably be less stable. But your BB height and your wheelbase also changed so what does that mean? And what happens to your seat angle if you drop the rear end to compensate? Is that worth the trade-off? I can't provide the answer to that, but I can show some of the actual numbers that we're talking about.

Demystifying Fork Offset and Trail - Feb. 8, 2017, 10:45 a.m.

I don't think my sub-par Autocad skills will allow me to compensate for various spring rates and differences in travel.

Demystifying Fork Offset and Trail - Feb. 7, 2017, 2:09 p.m.

Assuming the same amount of travel front and rear, it doesn't change.

Demystifying Fork Offset and Trail - Feb. 7, 2017, 2:06 p.m.

Sweet! They did it for me!

The original response I had typed out mumbled through some excuses about bike companies not providing enough information to properly figure this out. That's great the Canfield goes that far.

Demystifying Fork Offset and Trail - Feb. 7, 2017, 8:44 a.m.

It's difficult to discuss something that only exists in the imagination of the bike designer.

DVO Diamond Long Term Review - Jan. 20, 2017, 5:38 p.m.

I've spent a fair amount of time on both…the DVO as above and the Fox on the Yeti that I reviewed a while back. Both are really good forks and I'm not sure you can go all that wrong with either.

Do We Need Man-Specific Bikes? - Jan. 18, 2017, 12:31 p.m.

In all honesty, I’m baffled by this article. What exactly are you trying to say here, Andrew? Are you calling out companies for not doing enough to make women’s models truly woman specific? Are you suggesting that women’s specific bikes shouldn’t exist?

If the former, this may be a fair point, but is the best way to make that point to call out the companies that are actually making some kind of effort? I don’t know as much about Liv and Beti, but I’ve met some of the women behind Juliana and these are some passionate women that are doing a tonne of work to build the sport for women. Are there women that their bikes won’t appeal to? Could they do more to differentiate their product line? Can they do more, in general? For sure. But is this a deserving target of our mockery? Surely we can make these points in some other way.

If the latter…I don’t even know what to say.

I get it. It’s satire. But if your point is lost, it’s not very effective satire.

Talking E-bikes With Uncle Dave - Jan. 10, 2017, 4:14 p.m.

Intransigence - "refusal to change one's views or agree about something" - Honestly…I don't really understand your question.

If I was to TL;DR my own article, it would be:
1 - The media is going to have to stop sitting on the fence about this pretty quickly.
2 - If there's areas where the potential of conflict is great, let's get to work on the banning.
3 - Let's cut out the hyperbolic rhetoric (on both sides) when we're talking about these things.

Ya, it took me 1700 words to get there….but that's what I was trying to do. If that's pro e-bike or anti advocate…well..fuck me.

Talking E-bikes With Uncle Dave - Jan. 10, 2017, 2:15 p.m.

And Todd commented, several times below…and I don't really see anybody ignoring or disparaging his remarks.

Talking E-bikes With Uncle Dave - Jan. 10, 2017, 8:53 a.m.

It's great to read about the specifics of what you guys are doing up in Whistler. Maybe all the policies are in place in a lot of places and all we're really dealing with right now is a lack of signage?

Talking E-bikes With Uncle Dave - Jan. 10, 2017, 8:50 a.m.

This is definitely a fair counterpoint. I sort of touched on this a few months ago but it would have been fair to work that in as well.

Talking E-bikes With Uncle Dave - Jan. 10, 2017, 8:47 a.m.

"These areas are well established, especially on The Shore."

They are? This is all I can find about e-bikes on the NSMBA site. It's far from thorough.

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