Thanks for the quick reply, Andrew! Yeah, I’m fine with good socks for mtb. I was looking for a decent set of shoes for commuting and the occasional mtb ride.
I’m totally on board the the AM DC’s. Knowing you could ride all summer without replacing a CSU would be awesome.
This might be a little off topic, but I would like some water proof shoes for Christmas. I like the look or the Fizik Terra Clima X2 and Terra Artica X2. Does anyone know a shop that has these in stock in the Vancouver area? Preferably near the shore...
I had a terrible experience with the agents. Both pairs this year would be soaked through after riding 2 blocks in decent rain. The fit on the agents was great though.
These NF pants look good. At least there’s decent pockets.
Any chance you know the max seat post insertion on the large?
Andrew, interesting review. I don't know if this is on my short list for off road bars, but looks really cool for my commuter. Price looks decent too. I have a question about the larger sweep bars. I bought one of those SQLab 12 degree sweep bars. I only rode it a couple times when I was having problems with my wrist. The wrist definitely felt better, but my shoulder kinda hurt after. It could have be due to something else; did you have an adjustment period with your shoulders (or other bits)? I kinda feel like that was due to the effective reach being reduced on a bike that was already shorter than I had been riding.
One more question. Do you normally increase your stem length with increased sweep bars? To try to get the grips in the same position?
Both of my post have the exact same issue. I didn’t know you could fix it with a revive cycle. I also hang both of my bikes. I feels like something is stuck, like the cable. Then it frees up and it’s fine.
My experience is a little different than Niels. I notice how smooth the post is on every ride. You don’t have to unweight the saddle before dropping and it’s super smooth every time.
One thing I noticed and maybe Sacki can comment if this. My lever seems to get a little sticky when the post is at the top of the travel. At the bottom or mid I have no issues, but at the top, I tend to have to flick the trigger backward with my thumb. Although that also might be due to me shoehorning the 185 in there...
I’ll have to check out the tech sheet. I just can’t wrap my head around it right now if the front triangle is fixed. Unless they spec different front triangles. Or choose different fork lengths. I noticed that on the G16 specs that they had a 170 or 180 mm fork with 275 and a 160 fork with 29.
Edit: I forgot to add that I appreciate all the prompt, thoughtful replies. Thanks AJ!
Yep. For a big guy like you, even the S3 is the 275 is a little bit run of the mill at 490 reach. But for us shorter guys, it’s a big difference.
I think MTBrent is correct. The front triangle is a fixed unit. If you lower the bb, and keep the fork fixed, you would slacken the HA and STA. Unless you shortened the fork. Unless maybe you’re using some sort of angle set to correct for head angle. Unless I’ve missed something huge here...
Nice write up AJ. After reading a few of your articles on the Geometron, I was definitely geo-curious. I looked into getting a frame and I was almost ready to pull the trigger... but the cost of just the frame is a hard pill to swallow. Especially without demo-ing one and not knowing if you're going to like it. So I dipped my toes in the long slack pond with a Stumpy Evo 29 S3 (I'm 5'8") and the 475 mm reach is a pretty big departure from the 435-440 I've been riding lately. Well it's only been a couple of rides, but it's pretty damn fun. And it didn't take very long to get along with a bike so much longer than my old ones. Like you said AJ, the hardest part is going ultra slow, other than that, all good things.
For those out there that are curious about the longer bikes, try to demo a Stumpy Evo (I think Steed in North Van will have demos) or a Transition. They should be much easier to get a hold of and will give you an idea how things work before dropping >$4k CDN on a frame...
My mother in law got me a Salomon cross country ski vest years ago. I was pretty skeptical, but it’s awesome and gets used all the time. The wind proof front and fleece rear works really well for biking. If it’s really wet or raining, I’ll go for the jacket. But otherwise, this is what I use almost all winter.
Tires. Assegai (DH casing) in the rear. Go for all the traction and toss another one on the front. Or save a few grams and go with the DHF WT or DHF WT DD.
Climbing on the assegai is a little worse, but the climbs kinda suck anyways, right? So solid on the fun stuff.
I run the POC system knew pads for my light weight pedally pad. I’ve tried a bunch of them, but this one is easily the most comfortable pad I’ve ever pedalled in. If you can get over the cost, you should be very happy with the system.
I remember buying these pads and thinking, jeez, this is a lot for knee pads. And then totally forgetting about it first ride. They are the most comfortable pads I’ve ever had, including on the pedal up. I haven’t tested the pads to the same extent that Cam has, but they have been good in some minor falls.
In regards to washing, I have had POC pads harden up over time. I never put them in the drier, but they did seem to get a little harder after each wash. After a bit of riding, they would return to forming around the knee. However, I haven found that with the system. They are still as supple as day one after a lot of use and washing.
I only ran the Nomad in the stock configuration for a few rides, but it pedaled awesome. Way, way better than I thought it would, or should. So if you're just pedaling to the top of the trail, strapping on your pads and bombing the descent, then I would vote for the Nomad. If you have a decent amount of flat trails, then I think you would have more fun on the Bronson.
I had the last version of the Nomad with a Push and this version with a coil DHX2. The N4 is decided more DH, but in a good way. No weirdness to the leverage curve.
Nomad or Bronson, I don't think you can go wrong either way.