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Disrupting Lousy Warranties in Mountain Biking - Feb. 9, 2021, 5:47 a.m.

Big ups to PNW! I've been on my Rainer post for 3 years, and it has been fantastically reliable. Of the few times when it has become saggy, or failed to return to full height, all it has required is pumping back up to pressure. Well worth noting that by the time the post was getting to this point, it was nearly 100 psi lower than recommended, yet still managing to operate. Based on my experience, I'd say they have good reason to be confident in offering a lifetime warranty on their products. 

The Loam Lever is also far & away the most pleasant feeling dropper lever I've ever put a thumb on. The "yoga mat" thumb pad is much more enjoyable to the touch (even with gloves on) v. the various machined patterns on other dropper levers.

Canfield Crampon Ultimate and Mountain Flat Pedals - Nov. 28, 2020, 5:55 a.m.

I would put the Pedaling Dynamics Catalyst pedal up against the Dagga for grip and size. Been running the Catalyst pedals for 5 years in Western Colorado. Grip is amazing, and no durability issues either.

Best Of 2019 - Andrew's List - Jan. 3, 2020, 5:52 a.m.

I just bought a set of Formula Cura 4 brakes based largely on your teardown / review, and the feedback / comments that followed. Long lever, mineral oil, and power were the factors that sold me. Curious to see what the upgrade feels like from my OG Juicy 7's.

Does The Future Have Fewer Gears? - Oct. 23, 2019, 6:03 a.m.

I'm still on the 10 spd bandwagon, mostly because I'm reluctant to add a long ol' dangly derailluer to my bike. The "short cage" offering on the new 12 spd XTR has me intrigued; I'm bummed this option doesn't seem to have trickled down to the XT/SLX level.

PNW Rainier Dropper Post and Loam Lever - Reviewed - Jan. 27, 2019, 6:01 a.m.

I've been running the Bachelor post (170mm version) for over six months, and it has been absolutely solid. 

Trimming the end of the cable was kinda baffling to me at first, until I figured out a better order of operations when installing the Loam Lever: 1.) Pull cable taut; 2.) Measure and mark the 19 mm of cable; 3.) Slip barrel nut onto cable; 4.) trim cable and slide barrel nut to the end, then tighten. 

Previously, I was attempting to measure the cable with the barrel nut in place, then trimming the cable after tightening the barrel nut. Results looked similar to those posted above, with frayed cable protruding from the barrel nut, which interfered with installation. Measuring without the barrel nut made it much easier to get an accurate measurement with a basic caliper. Sliding the barrel nut over the cable, then trimming allow you to position the barrel nut at the very end of the cable, and eliminate the frayed ends.

Loading Up the Osprey Gearkit 40L Duffel Bag - Dec. 23, 2018, 6:49 a.m.

Thanks for the detailed review of what you liked & didn't like. Pockets and organizational compartments are totally my jam; most of what you mentioned about it being too complicated and fussy sounded like exactly what I'm looking for in a gear bag. Lack of helmet carrying capacity seems to be the biggest drawback, especially as mtb helmets are trending towards larger volumes (currently rocking a Giro Switchblade myself). 

For all you fans of "just give me one big compartment to stuff it in," have you considered these : They come in black so everyone will know you are cool, haha.

3 Fresh Products For Fall - Nov. 19, 2018, 9:05 a.m.

Shades of the Caramba Double Barrel cranks in those new FSA Afterburners - all they need now is some sweet ano options!

Dorking Up MTB - Feb. 4, 2018, 6:46 a.m.

Mmmm.... Ti hardtail, Z1 fork, XTR - still sounds sexy to me!

Dorking Up MTB - Feb. 2, 2018, 6:17 a.m.

I'd like to defend the pic of the Big Hit as "period correct."

Beauty's In The Eye Of The Bike Owner - Dec. 30, 2017, 8:33 a.m.

The focus on weird & unusual bikes has been my favorite aspect of NSMB. I picked up a little freak show of my own a few years ago, but was disappointed to find that it was far too small for me. Anyone looking for a Sinister Splinter MX as a winter project bike? 

Race Face Aeffect Dropper Post Teardown - Dec. 16, 2017, 7:37 a.m.

What is the source for the nifty color-coded hex keys?

Dear Santa - Tim's List - Dec. 13, 2017, 6:08 a.m.

I'm all about the vintage DH racing concept. The article about the Balfa BB7 nearly sidetracked my quest for a new squishy bike... Curious what the rulebook is looking like for your vintage DH series?

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