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The NSMB Podcast: Chris Porter – Big Mouth Strikes Again - July 10, 2021, 4:25 p.m.

As I scramble across the bikerwebs checking EX471 inventory…

Canyon Spectral 29 CF8 vs. Ibis Ripmo AF SLX - June 28, 2021, 4:46 p.m.

Also running a super deluxe on mine (standard tune) and about 30% sag. Will try dropping a few more psi as the steep trails deteriorate over summer.

Chasing Bike Silence – STFU Chain Damper - Jan. 26, 2021, 9:49 a.m.

I'm with you, rolly.  After a couple of decades on normal/crappy hubs I built a wheel with a Project321 quiet pawl hub.  High engagement and nice and (almost) silent.  Might try Onyz next but this P321/LB carbon rear wheel refuses to die after 3 1/2 years of trail riding in the west and hundreds of cased landings.

My buddy built a wheelset on King hubs and I thought they would be obnoxious but I like them the best of the 'noisy' hubs.  I9s are like the guy with the anti-muffler on his truck just riding around looking for attention... as much as I'd love a wheel built with their lovely ano spokes one day.

Chasing Bike Silence – STFU Chain Damper - Jan. 26, 2021, 9:41 a.m.

I've been on this a while so here's some rando's experience:

1. I'm running this on my alu ripmo and couldn't secure the forward mount so just run the rear.  So yes, chainstay shape can have an affect (or I'm a hack).

2. I think the instructions say to err on the cautious side. Once you cinch it down you may find you cut one too many notches off (ask me how i know).

3. probably (stays and/or gearing) but I like how affordable this is.

4. snug those zip ties again after a ride or two then you're good. 

5. yes.

The 2021 Specialized Stumpjumper EVO Has Landed - Oct. 13, 2020, 9:02 a.m.

Thank you for signaling how virtuous you are.

The 2021 Specialized Stumpjumper EVO Has Landed - Oct. 6, 2020, 3:56 p.m.

Air or coil Walrus?  I had the same concern recently considering an Ohlins coil for my Ripmo AF (driven off a clevis like the stumpy) as Ibis specs the DVO coil which has a 'thicker' stanchion/damper rod (tee hee).  The Ohlins dealer I spoke with said their steel rod, whilst smaller diameter, was strong AF and rarely had issues, even on Specialized bikes.

Anyways, I think the comp model of the new evo is gonna fly off the shelves.  Lotsa value there (usd) for a full carbon slx setup with shocks that are decent enough for most of us.

When Is A Semi-Slick Too Damn Quick?! - May 28, 2020, 8:36 a.m.

Ha!  My e13 S/S (enduro casing, plus compound) was too damn quick this morning down a scree-filled ridgeline!  Spicy for sure.

Buy The Bike You Already Own - A Spring Service Story - Feb. 14, 2020, 2:46 p.m.

great article Andrew and timely for most of us as spring is knocking on the door.  a good problem to have is that there are a handful of woke geo bikes with decent spec in the $3k range like the Ripmo AF and Jeffsy (and with a carbon frame). 

it's a great principle to run what you brung and love it whilst occasionally upgrading for performance gains. my '17 stumpy is running well (topaz, lyrik, zees, plastic rims) but the newer stuff is tempting.... and i'm keeping my zee brakes and wheelset, no doubt.

i think the latest anti-squat kings from the boutique crowd are trying to offer the best of all worlds but they come with a hefty price tag (except the AF, not sure about Banshees latest but looking forward to reviews on the new Prime, etc.)

anyway, great read and comments!

e*thirteen's New TRS/AT and LG1 MOPO Tires Reviewed - Sept. 13, 2019, 4:18 p.m.

I don’t recall flatting it yet but the trail version 29 x 2.35 is about 950 grams which is even a little lighter than I prefer. I’m over 200 lbs and ride a big variety of terrrain here in northern Utah. A few months as a front tire and a few on the rear. It’s getting pretty worn now. There a dh version in 2.35 but it’s well over 1200 g. Anyway that’s surprising to hear. I’d like to try the 2.6 front with an E13 semislick rear.

e*thirteen's New TRS/AT and LG1 MOPO Tires Reviewed - Sept. 12, 2019, 3:10 p.m.

I'm still waiting for the 29 x 2.6 Vittoria Martello..... still says 'coming soon' on their website. 1100g in the trail casing.  I love the 2.35 version but moved it to the rear and am wanting something bigger on the front.

I've had mixed results with e13 in the past.  I wonder how this compares to a DHR2?

My Three Favourite Bikes from Sea Otter - April 28, 2019, 5:15 p.m.

So crush/plush does not affect geo, just leverage ratio. Also the Smash bb is actually above average. They haven’t bought in to the low AF crowd like the Stumpy EVO I demoed over the weekend with 170 cranks. Yeah it helped to reduce pedal strikes but I’m with you in that I don’t see a need to switch from 175. Feels like I could make either work tho.

My Three Favourite Bikes from Sea Otter - April 18, 2019, 1:32 p.m.

Hey Island - I'm still stewing over what the next bike will be and the Fugi LT and Smash both made the final cut (with the Sentinel and Stumpy EVO).

I have zero concerns on how it descends, but how's the anti squat and how does the thing climb? (I know these are separate things).  If I went Fugitive I'd build it frame up with a RS Super Deluxe air.

Dear Uncle Dave: My Roadtrips have become Petty Arguments Disguised as Vacations - Oct. 3, 2018, 11:23 a.m.

Try a solo road trip, at least for a weekender.  Appreciate the open road, mountain air, peace and quiet, and wandering the wilderness on your steed.

You're welcome.

The Surprising Bontrager SE2 29x2.6" Team Issue TLR Tire - Sept. 10, 2018, 12:48 p.m.

hell yes! give me a 2.4 or 2.5 WT please!

The Surprising Bontrager SE2 29x2.6" Team Issue TLR Tire - Sept. 7, 2018, 9:18 a.m.

Also - anyone tried the WTB Riddler 29 x 2.25 and know actual measured width? The 2.4 version looks perfect but has been discontinued... :(

The 2.3 Minion SS is too squared off on an i30 rear rim but i like that it's available in DD.

*nothing against the SE2 reviewed above. almost looks like a viable option but looks huuuuge, and i'm trying to get down to more of an actual measured 2.35-2.5 situation on an i30 rear rim. also, hard cornering?

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