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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?

The Surprising Bontrager SE2 29x2.6" Team Issue TLR Tire - Sept. 7, 2018, 9:15 a.m.

Andrew et al.,

I'm bouncing (tee hee) between rear tires at the moment, currently rocking a Teravail Cumberland 29 x 2.6 on my trail bike (Stumpy29 w/ Butcher 2.6 grid front), which is absofreakinglutely huge. It's like a massive Slaughter. Coming off a 2.3 Aggressor DD the Cumberland rolls noticeably faster but is kind of bouncy and on an i30 rear rim it's hard to get to the massive cornering knobs as it's pretty rounded off. I'm running the light and supple casing which i believe weighs in at about 1,000g. Highly recommend as a fast rolling rear tire if you're on i35-40mm rim and like semi-plus options.

Anyway, same here I'm looking forward to a 29 x 2.6 Slaughter Grid as the new 2.3 Slaughter Grid is too lightweight, flimsy, and unsupportive for heavy riding as it just lost 100g (now about 850g vs 950g for the old version). The blue addix 2.35 Rock Razor is also light and flimsy for my weight and riding style, i love the profile and would love to try it in SG casing but i don't necessarily need a stickier, faster-wearing  compound, and also the new SG addix RR is apparently a mythical unicorn. The old SG ones are still floating around but i don't trust their durability. I also know a 29 x 2.6 Slaughter will be more like a 2.5, which I like.

And now the ask:  

1) has anyone used the 29 x 2.35 Maxxis Ikon Double Down? That's right, it comes in a 995g DD version which I'm very intrigued by it. Looking for fast rolling, tough casing, decent grip, but a little nervous about how it would corner.

2) thoughts on the 29 x 2.6 Maxxis Rekon? The burliest version is about 860g and i wonder if it'll work with a pool noodle inside to give it a little more support, or if it'll be flat prone under hard northern Utah riding due to lighter casing than what i'm used to running. I know it's been specced on some Yetis, matched to a 1,000g 2.5 DHF front which seems kinda strange.

The Tale Of Turbo Levo Man - July 21, 2017, 6:25 p.m.

I'm already planning on it..... for my 65th bday. I figure the 26 years I have left will give em time to refine the tech. Hope my knees hold up in the meantime.

X-Fusion – Making Bikes Sane Again - Oct. 27, 2016, 10:16 a.m.

I just added the bike yoke to my 2016 Stumpy with a Monarch Plus Debonair. Noticeably better rear suspension performance now vs the Float CTD (even with an Avy tune). A simple hack that's worth it if you're outriding the little p.o.s. shock that bike comes with. The shocks on the 2017's do look better though. Anyway, get a bike yoke!

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