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Product Review Updates - Winter Edition - Feb. 19, 2020, 10:44 a.m.

The clear weeping!

Buy The Bike You Already Own - A Spring Service Story - Feb. 12, 2020, 2:38 p.m.

...you mean I can't replace this Specialized Brain with a CC Coil?

Buy The Bike You Already Own - A Spring Service Story - Feb. 12, 2020, 2:36 p.m.

Your restraint to not make this whole article into SS evangelism is impressive.

Buy The Bike You Already Own - A Spring Service Story - Feb. 12, 2020, 10:12 a.m.

Second question: 

I have a an older (read: worthless on the used market) hardtail sitting around. Geo is reasonable, brakes & fork are totally decent. But the drivetrain is roached, and I don't really have the money to replace it. 

WHAT SHOULD I DO!?

Buy The Bike You Already Own - A Spring Service Story - Feb. 11, 2020, 11:40 p.m.

I have a 2010 Santa Cruz Heckler...  what's your suggested route to make my bike compete with the new Heckler? Is the integrated motor/battery going to be difficult to add, or is there a kit?

Fraser Newton's '92 Dodge B250 Sport Van & 2019 Trek Remedy - Feb. 10, 2020, 4:52 p.m.

He'd look *stunning* in an evening gown.

Fraser Newton's '92 Dodge B250 Sport Van & 2019 Trek Remedy - Feb. 9, 2020, 10:19 p.m.

When Fraser runs for Prime Minister I'm voting for him.

Alchemy Arktos 29 - Reviewed - Feb. 6, 2020, 9:25 a.m.

I didn't have any issues, but also didn't like... smash the thing through a full Shore winter. Its also not that hard to take apart to clean, but I'd agree with your assessment that its sub-optimal.

Alchemy Arktos 29 - Reviewed - Feb. 5, 2020, 3 p.m.

Stack, reach, rear center... they're all very much at play... along with every other number in the geo chart. 

Its really easy to get sucked into looking at one number... Remember when we measured bikes by seat tube? Or when nothing mattered but HTA, or BB height, or the more recent obsession with reach? 

One measurement just isn't how bikes work, though. And on any bike with suspension, all the geometry numbers are dynamic.

Alchemy Arktos 29 - Reviewed - Feb. 4, 2020, 3:40 p.m.

The STA in isolation isn't that slack - I don't think I framed that as a real problem here? Slack-ish.And worth noting I'm not particularly prone to the challenges of people with large inseams and slack actual STA's.

But you can't look at any geometry number in isolation; take a somewhat slack STA, add some stack height, relatively short reach, and your center of mass is positioned rather near the rear axle when things get particularly steep. The new Hightower is a full 20-something mm longer in reach, and has 25mm less stack height.

Alchemy Arktos 29 - Reviewed - Feb. 4, 2020, 10:03 a.m.

Horses for courses, right?

Alchemy Arktos 29 - Reviewed - Feb. 4, 2020, 9:02 a.m.

The test bike was a large - I'm 'round about 5'10-ish and with a relatively short 30" inseam. I've got 1" of additional drop I could use on the post. If I wanted to use something with more drop, I might have to look at a post with less stack height. 

So... your concerns aren't unfounded, but a lot of riders my height will probably have a little bit more wiggle room. 

And agreed - this bike is in a very crowded market. The ST platform is very interesting, if possibly a bit less of a One Bike to Rule Them All here in BC? It'd be a lot more interesting to me if the geo was modernized a bit, I really enjoy a good short travel bike (I'd love to play on a Yeti SB100 for a bit). The suspension works well, but the angles on this (or the ST) just never quite did it for me around here when the going got steep.

2-Minute Expert: How Gore-Tex Works - Jan. 25, 2020, 11:11 a.m.

A friend at Dead Bird says a big part of their customer service is basically shouting "DIRTY GEAR DOESN'T WORK" into the phone a la Jim Carrey in Liar, Liar.

The Best Of Lubes vs The Rest Of Lubes - Jan. 16, 2020, 11:29 a.m.

I have, and, meh. 

I do use Boeshield on the inside of steel bike frames?

The Best Of Lubes vs The Rest Of Lubes - Jan. 16, 2020, 11:29 a.m.

Up next, Perry suggests White Lightning. 

Andrew bludgeons him with a handlebar with unusual sweep.

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