Sorry, this should have gone under Lynx's last comment.
I'm a larger guy (191cm, ape index 0) and really like that Banshee lists 3 saddle heights for ESTA. I'm bang on 800mm (direct BB to seat) on my flats. Totally agree however about the "total setback" this is why the actual steep seat tubes climb steeps needing less body English, your forward of the picvot point of the rear axle. These rando selected measurements also are very misleading.
We just bought my wife a Sight and despite a longer HTT and reach (measured from saddle level with bars is standard) she felt the bike fit very close to her 2018 Mojo, maybe even a touch smaller. I don't care if an XL bike has "long reach" if the HTT is to short it won't fit. If it's HTT "grows" a lot with saddle height, it's climbing position will suffer due to that "set back" getting near the rear hub and the position of the pedals moving into beach cruiser territory. This is probly why I've never loved a Trek. But this new gen may change that....
Thanks for the reply Mike. I, er, "felt that vibe" (too old for that term) at Bike, then Beta, for lack of a better phrase "journalistic integrity" always seemed / seems to be a real value there. You could tell OP-eds had to meet that standard as well. I am an ICU / ER RN and I see the ugly, hard edge of those socio - economic (insert a hundred other terms here too) issues daily. I feel that we (public forward industries) are all finding our way in this "new" push for inclusivity. Clear, rational voices (with a bit of wit) are the the way we'll get there.
Mike, I've been reading your words for most of those 30 years, I had issue 1 of bike, and most of them after. Glad you're back somewhere that lets you "speak". Kinda like being home, looking forward to more.
I played it this way as well. If I said I was going out on a day other than "the group ride" Mercury (Hg) was there. He was part of the reason I was going out and I was clear on the route /distance with him in mind (in his prime 16k was the sweet spot). If some one said otherwise "Well have a good ride then...." Until he was 8, Hg often lead all but the fastest and longest of descents. He would get invited on rides too, the tone is set then. He did come on the odd group ride nite too (if it was the right route), but never w/ out a check in. Often those were "pack rides" anyhow, and he had company.
He was, and still is the most annoying creature to drive to a trailhead with. Even at 10 yrs old and over a thousand trail days. The thought of shuttling with him..... NOPE. Gets as amped for his 4-5 km walk and sniff in the local woods as he ever did for big adventure laps in places like Revelstoke.
Great article Andrew! (As per usual, agree with it 100%) My girls are now 18 and 16 and love riding. The expectation in our household is vacations w/ out snow will include good riding. You are bang on about the "life lessons". Most sports teach SOMETHING, but few activities teach you how to be self reliant in so many ways.
The tubeless tip was a great one. I set my girls up tubeless, my youngest benefitted the most/ longest.
Tubeless tire hack (its the original "Non-tubeless to tubeless conversion") for those shite steel bead tires. This only, really, works on 20" and over.
Supplies: 2 x 16in innertubes (will fit up to 24" as well), Scissors (or exacto knife if you're reeeeaaaaly steady of hand and careful) Tubeless goo (150ml max). Dishsoap and H20 (spray bottle is nice too) RECOMMENDED : More patience than you think and/or and adult beverage and a bunch of loose change and the "swear jar" in easy reach.
Step 1: Inflate tube more than a bit (should fit over rim pretty easy) and mount it. Let out most of the air.
Step 2: Using a pair of scissors (just easiest) filet the tube (cut open all the way 'round the tube), Fold over the rim, should have a good overhang on each side. Clean off the powder. Remove stem core (probably schrader/ car type)
Step 3: Mount one bead of the tire. Using a 1/4 -1/8 dishsoap /H2O mix Now go get that drink, the loose change and the "swear jar", Trust me.....
Step 3.5 to 35 Mount the second bead (try hard not to use levers you don't want to pinch the "liner". Don't worry about how much solution used, you can drain it.
Step 4: DO A TEST FILL! (find a friend with a compressor, way, Way, WAY! easier) If it works.... now add a bit of sealant, and valve core. Inflate. Trim overhanging / exess inner tube close to tire. BAM! Tubeless!
The innertube helps fill the irregularities in the cheap tires on kids bikes.
The "Why is this news?" paragraph hit a solid target. It was well said. I have LGBQ friends, co-workers and family. What I do for living exposes me daily to a diverse cross-section of humanity. Hmmm... don't want to be wordy, so straight up. That paragraph opened my mind a bit. This whole article was well written. Allyship, I like that concept. Matt, Corey, Alex D, I'm glad you're part of this community. I'm glad you all chose to speak up. I guess that's really the key point.
Hybrid GB system. 2 in the front. Ratios 1 and 2.25
Mathed this up with a narrow ratio 9spd road cassette (11 - 25) a long time ago. Same range as 24 /36 with 11-36 cog. But 18 speeds w/ zero overlap.
7 spd (w/ 10spd spacing) in the back w/ wider ratios and accepting some overlap.... a modern hammerschmidt with a wider ratio..... say 1:2. The larger gears would really help with drag reduction.......
Re; "S,y-h-a-f-Mt" (followed that link too) true. Rode an On*One 456 (26r) in the "shiz from my garage" build for years when I was teaching my girls to ride. Kept me honest about what they were experiencing, showed them "it is not about the bike" & made my rides more entertaining. I've always been of the opinion that a hardtail should be in the quiver, ESPECIALLY for those times when your going to take out a newer / less skilled rider. and now tangent time.....
Bought an RSD Middle Child St frame last year to replace the 456, when sourcing a functioning fork in 1" 1/8 straight steer tube became about the same cost as new frame. Turned the old 456 full commuter (rack & fenders to boot) Have to admit became spoiled after riding a bike that actually fits well for the first time in my life (b/c 6'4") with a less than +530 mm stl, 600mm htt and 900mm standover plus needing a 100mm stem to get the "reach" correct (2017 RMB Slayer XL ;509stl, 657htt & 820soh yay! ) All us tall dudes wanna say "Thanks, new school geometry!" . The Mid Kid is almost an identical fit to the Slayer (less seat tube and lower soh) but 29r. It is SOOOO much fun. Its also WAY more capable (mainly b/c it FITS) than the 456 (Ok measured , 605htt), and doesn't hold me back (much) riding with my girls (16 & 18 now). Also they can't say "Well, dad you're on a F-ing Slayer!" when I say, "Seriously, these chunky rock steps are totally ridable."
PS: The Titan is the #1 for my next ride. (The knolly Chilcotin 151, Prime and the Ripmo AF are in the sights as well.) Looking forward to the "full" review.