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2022 Canyon Lux Trail - Aug. 19, 2021, 1:24 p.m.

I think of bikes on a spectrum, from left to right, of like... track-road-cx-gravel-xc-trail-enduro-dh, or thereabouts. 

I'd say the geo (and tire/brake spec) plant this a bit to the left of the Spur, but they're definitely bikes you could be cross-shopping.

I've got a Spur review up, and a bit of a comparison to the Tallboy if you search the site here.

I Learned to Ride in Crappy Gear (and my Kid doesn't have to) - Aug. 15, 2021, 9:35 a.m.

Reminder for your AC that here in BC, power is generally hydro power. 

We can debate the 'greenness' of hydro power all day long, but turning your AC on isn't really putting more greenhouse gasses in the air here. (all that said, we set ours to "as warm as comfortably possible" too.)

I Learned to Ride in Crappy Gear (and my Kid doesn't have to) - Aug. 15, 2021, 9:33 a.m.

I love janky trails, natural trails, gnarly trails... all kinds of trails.

I Learned to Ride in Crappy Gear (and my Kid doesn't have to) - Aug. 13, 2021, 12:08 p.m.

I'm a bit confused, and think we've possibly gotten wires crossed... I'm just talking about trail progression; I'm not commenting on 'eroded or technical trails' at all?

I WOULD say learning to ride bikes on Grannies, Upper/Lower Crippler, etc was a bad plan when they were new, and would be a bad plan now... much like chaffing your nipples in a sweaty T on your first rides? Maybe its a bad metaphor. I'm not saying old trails are bad, I'm saying how we all learned to ride was bad. 

There's a better way to learn how to ride (we understand how trail progression and stacked loop systems work), and being hurled down TNT on your second ride isn't some kind of 'right-of-passage' that folks should to be be subjected to.

I Learned to Ride in Crappy Gear (and my Kid doesn't have to) - Aug. 13, 2021, 11:33 a.m.

It was better than the stuff that came before it, for the most part! Its how progress works, and to your point, we're still doin' it. 

Just because THAT guy learned to ride on teh gnarliez... doesn't mean we still need to. It was kind of a crappy path. 

The "we used to do it in an objectively worse, harder way, and everyone else should now have to follow that same path" attitude drives me bonkers.

I Learned to Ride in Crappy Gear (and my Kid doesn't have to) - Aug. 13, 2021, 9:42 a.m.

"But what's incredible to me, as much as I've loved every era of mountain biking I've experienced, is that some folks actually think riding in shitty gear, on shitty bikes, is some kind of right-of-passage."

Some people think this applies to trails, as well.

2021 Canyon Stoic 4 - Aug. 8, 2021, 3:13 p.m.

I'm reasonably cognizant of what happens w.r.t. trail maintenance on the Shore, yes.

There's plenty of roots and rocks out there.

2021 Canyon Stoic 4 - Aug. 8, 2021, 3:10 p.m.

As mentioned in the article there, the RM Growler and Meta AM are both solid. Marin San Quentin as well.

2021 Canyon Stoic 4 - Aug. 8, 2021, 3:09 p.m.

Easy!

2021 Canyon Stoic 4 - Aug. 8, 2021, 3:09 p.m.

Black and Phillip's are still there, for sure! 

There's a great climb up to Phillips now that avoids all that fire road. And another trail up on the ridge to the south. 

I remember my first ride down Black Canyon... the braking bumps in the switchbacks were memorable. They're still there.

2021 Canyon Stoic 4 - Aug. 7, 2021, 9:43 p.m.

Yeah. Pretty wild. Lots of people got screwed. :(

2021 Canyon Stoic 4 - Aug. 6, 2021, 9:22 p.m.

I am also available and willing to test Ferraris.

2021 Canyon Stoic 4 - Aug. 6, 2021, 9:20 p.m.

I'm not a summer ride guy - July/Aug are the worst months for bicycling here - but evening light like that is hard to beat.

2021 Canyon Stoic 4 - Aug. 6, 2021, 9:19 p.m.

HA! Someone remembers that. 

Frame to frame, I'd take this one. The STA on the Sick! was just too steep. It was nice steel, sliding dropouts, and a couple other nice things, but this is more enjoyable to ride overall. The geo was a fun experiment that helped show me what works, and what's too far.

My ideal Stoic build would probably be a bit 'upgraded', but still built around a Pike, 170mm dropper, and Eagle. With all due respect to Mr. Major, I can do without sliding dropouts. I like gears.

The Sick! now resides on the wall behind my work stand as a piece of art.

2021 Canyon Stoic 4 - Aug. 6, 2021, 4:48 p.m.

Agreed. Its complication in a spot that probably doesn't need it at this level.

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