The V2 Spitfire was probably the most versatile, playful bike we have had in our fleet. Not the fanciest or lightest, but just so much fun to ride on almost any trail.
There's some great discussion on MTBR from Outbound Lights on how the hangover compares with external battery lights. According to OL, the hangover is not intended to compete with these. The EVO should pair well with them though.
Thanks for the tip. I just picked up a couple of sets from KMS. They are going to make great Christmas presents. Who says you can't give presents to yourself?
I just ordered an EVO. It seems like the perfect bar-light solution to me. I am going to stick with the seperate battery pack solution for my helmet light since I am heavily invested already. I actually like the ability to run high lumens, extremely long run-time, and tiny, lightweight light-head for helmet use. If Outbound comes out with a brighter, longer run-time Hangover I would definitely be interested.
Do you think the outbound is sufficient in terms of brightness and run-time ?
Interesting. What situations cause you to swap out the shock? I actually have a shorter-travel shock for my Fugitive that would drop the travel from 135mm to 120mm but I have never felt the need to try it out.
Getting back to the original thread of this article, how many of you actually change the adjustable geometry on your bikes once you have it dialled in? Geo adjustment isn't a very important feature for me, but it's so quick and easy on the Fugitive LT that I will put it in steep mode for big climbing days, and often change it back to slack mode at the top if the descent is steep and gnarly (and I remember to). The difference isn't huge, but it is enough to make it worth the (small) effort.
Smaller bike companies can offer something that most big brands don't. That is outstanding customer service and direct communication with the owner/designer(s). I started riding Knolly bikes 6 years ago primarily because of their great performance and thoughtful design, but almost as importantly because they are a small, local company that always pick up the phone and take the time to answer any questions I have. Having Noel actively participate in this and other bike forums means a lot to me, and I am happy to be supporting his company. This is a connection I could never have with a bike-name bike brand.
I really appreciate the honest, no BS review Tim, and the straightforward, no excuses feedback Noel. I wish more bike review were like this. My riding style is quite different from Tim's (much slower), and I absolutely love the way the Knolly bikes handle on steep technical trails. So much traction on the way up and so much fun on the way down. I think they are great bikes for riding the shore and S2S trails. The Fugitive is such a versatile bike. It's my 4th Knolly, and it won't be my last one.
I have been running the Evoc fanny pack all summer, and really like it. There is absolutely no down side to wearing it. It's very comfortable and I have never wished I had more stuff on my bike and less in my pack. I love having everything in one pack so I can jump on any bike and be good to go. I didn't see it mentioned above, but the Evoc pack holds a water bottle very well.
My elbows are just as exposed as my knees, and I always wear knee pads, so it makes sense to me to wear elbow pads as well. I have been running the RF Indy elbow pads for the last 5 years and they work great for me. They fit well and stay in place (sizing is on the small side as Trevor mentioned). Very unobtrusive, and they offer enough protection. I haven't injured my elbows while wearing them, but I certainly have when not wearing them!
Nobody in any of my riding groups wear glasses. I know some people wear them all the time, but I would say the majority of people around here don't. Definitely not a must have item.
I added a good quality pressure gauge to my floor pump. Makes it fast and easy to top up tire pressures before a ride. No need for a seperate pressure gauge.
Also, how long before these get plugged with sealant?
That doesn't sound good. Looks like I will be (happily) running my trusty XT 11-speed for a while yet.
IMO, Shimano is better value and is more robust than SRAM. SRAM works beautifully when it is new and properly tuned, but Shimano seems more tolerant of wear and misalignment. I have been running the 11-speed sunrace cassettes for quite a while now and they're great. They shift fine and last reasonably well.