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2021 Canyon Stoic 4 - Aug. 6, 2021, 4:47 p.m.

If we want to go deeper, my first two 26" bikes were BOTH Stumpjumpers. The first was a grey one bought in Moab for $250 (????) out of a rental fleet at the end of the season. It had a dropped top tube, and people made fun of me for it because it was a "girls" bike. Whatever. I beat them in the local races. 

The second was green, and I remember scoring a set of fancy (possibly Avid? the ones with the fancy parallellogram setup) out of a shop graveyard at somepoint to upgrade from the cantis. 

The Gary Fisher was a Hoo Koo E Koo, and was the first bike I bought straight off a shop floor, new.

2021 Canyon Stoic 4 - Aug. 6, 2021, 4:42 p.m.

I don't entirely agree with that - trails most folks will start out on are very hardtail friendly. Circuit 8, Bridle, Empress Bypass, Lower Griffen, King of the Shore, Bobsled.... even once you graduate out of there to Expresso, Leppard, Kirkford, John Deer.... all great on a hardtail. 

Sure, maybe you won't immediately go as fast as a rider with the same skill level on a 160mm bike, but you're learning more about your relationship with the thing between you and the ground. 

Check the classifieds and tell me what you can get for $2,500, that's actually trail ready. It ain't much.

2021 Canyon Stoic 4 - Aug. 6, 2021, 2:49 p.m.

Absolutely, I've had this conversation many times. 

"I'm fairly new to riding, and looking at this very used 2015 [insert enduro bike here], what do you think?" 

"...buy a new hardtail?"

"What about this 2013 trail bike that's never been serviced? The price seems great!"

"..."

2021 Canyon Stoic 4 - Aug. 6, 2021, 11:28 a.m.

I get you, but it'd be an additional feature that'd add cost* - and complexity. 

I can see why they didn't go that route. 

*some of this could potentially have been saved by only having one chainstay w/ sliders across the size ranges, though.

The Weight Is Over - Aug. 5, 2021, 2:26 p.m.

No no. Level has to stick around because German and WCXC exist (also, they might as well keep making it, as the caliper/master cylinder is the basis for many of the road/gravel brakes). 

Kill the G2, keep the Code as the do-everything, make a full on f-off DH brake (Monster-Code)

Dear Uncle Dave: Why aren't my chainstays longer? - Aug. 5, 2021, 9:39 a.m.

But doing it this way changes bike travel and leverage ratios, and can tweak other kinematic factors.

Dear Uncle Dave: Why aren't my chainstays longer? - Aug. 5, 2021, 9:37 a.m.

Re: your last point.

No, you've changed the length of the lever arm, so the actual ratio is different. eg if you increase your chainstay length, increasing the spring rate doesn't change the leverage ratio back, your shock is just experiencing more squish now, and you need the extra spring rate to get you back to appropriate sag, etc.

Dear Uncle Dave: Why aren't my chainstays longer? - Aug. 5, 2021, 9:32 a.m.

There's definitely some brands thinking about this. The current Altitude is designed around a shorter stroke length shock for the XS - increasing the leverage ratio and hopefully small bump etc for lighter riders. 

I'd guess that's not the only example, but its the only one I know.

Exclusive First Ride: The 2022 We Are One Arrival - Aug. 3, 2021, 2:45 p.m.

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The Beauty of Stupid Looking Grips - July 19, 2021, 9:37 p.m.

https://www.loamlab.bike/products/counterpunch

The Beauty of Stupid Looking Grips - July 19, 2021, 9:37 p.m.

https://www.loamlab.bike/products/counterpunch

Blowing Minds: Santa Cruz Blur - July 16, 2021, 9:13 a.m.

I haven't ridden the new Blur, but I'd guess its quite different than the Tallboy, based on my experience here: 

https://nsmb.com/articles/2021-transition-spur-v-santa-cruz-tallboy/

Alex Sinanan's Geometron G-1 - July 16, 2021, 8:43 a.m.

TIL, mid-July is Geometron Week on NSMB.com.

Bike Weight vs Bike Geometry - July 15, 2021, 9:47 a.m.

Sure... but look at WC XC bikes.

Bike Weight vs Bike Geometry - July 15, 2021, 9:35 a.m.

"Are bike fit and a comfortable pedalling position more important than bike weight?"

Bike fit/pedalling position are independent of weight, which you kinda touch on, but as its stated above, that question makes no sense to me.

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