I forgot the Runt even existed! That's definitely something else to look into on my end, thanks!
My question is, do you think upgrading from a GRIP to GRIP2 Damper is the same worthy upgrade for an air sprung fork? That's something I've been going back and forth on but haven't decided whether I'll make the upgrade or not.
For now, I've at least spent the money to get a digital shock pump to really dial in my suspension pressures.
In my case, I've only been riding since Feb of 2015, so I always had more options than just 5.10.
I also feel the same way. My go-to pedal combo is freerider pro shoes and DMR Vault pedals. It may be because I actually ride clipped in a lot more than on flats, but I really don't like my feet moving on the pedals. All the grip/stick for me.
For the insoles, I find the aftermarket versions with the higher arches have the aforementioned features much more prominently than then stock ones. Specialized usually puts a "+" version stock in shoes and has a "++" and "+++" version of the insoles aftermarket. The "stock" version always seemed like a watered-down version of the aftermarket insoles.
Related but unrelated, I'm praying for an updated 2f0 Cliplite. I LOVE those shoes. Actually, I love all the pairs of Specialized shoes I've owned (mostly clipless variants) over the years.
Oh yes, BikeYoke! I had commented elsewhere about other companies about that have treated me well with warranty stuff over the years, but BikeYoke is another level. Sacki is the absolute best. I was having an issue with my post and he worked with me over email to diagnose the issue and then explained how to rebuild the post to solve the problem!
I've also had great warranty experiences with Kuat and Maxxis. Also, Fox, Kali, and Raceface (since it became part of Fox). Oh, and Specialized and RS/SRAM.
Unfortunately, Oakley has actually changed how they handle their warranty process and it's honestly a nuisance now. While I love my glasses from them, their new way of handling warranty claims is abysmal
This article spoke to me on a personal level.
Because of the trails I ride (lots of small, often very punchy climbs, with a lot of accelerations/decelerations), I just can't bring myself to using inserts because of the weight... so I've found myself on carbon wheels instead, albeit a different brand. So far I've gotten around 3 years out of my carbon wheels, and hopefully many more to come! I'd definitely say the higher intial cost has turned out to be well worth it for me.
And a similar tire scenario has happened to me. Couldn't get a Schwalbe tire off the aforementioned rims. Ended up having to cut the actual bead in half and ruin a perfectly good tire. But hey, at least it wasn't a trailside mishap!
Edit: With some level of irony, I do ride cushcore on my gravel bike to avoid blowing up a rim while riding rocky/rooty singletrack sections
As someone who owns a sb130, this is news to me as I really like the shock set up pretty much as directed, just with a larger volume spacer.
If you're someone who likes a progressive suspension, I'd imagine a x2 is actually less beneficial.
Based on how long the batteries in the shifters last, I highly doubt you'd see them discarded around trailheads. I've had a set of batteries running in a set of Force ETAP shifters with over a year and a half of use and I don't think they are even close to running out.
Mammal, based on your comments, I think you also might have been on the older internal design for the Reverb, which got an update with the newer AXS launch.
I'd also argue that if you are moving the dropper (already undoing one bolt), you might was well move the actuator, too. All you would need is a clamp on each handlebar so you could just put it right into place. That's significantly less than the cost of a second actuator
@Andy - I agree about the "hanging up" issue. I personally find that if I am hitting my bash guard, it's usually in a move that is more likely followed up by a "hop," rather than continuing pedaling to get over something.
That's a combo I've seen around that I'm keen on trying.
When I was in the NE US, I was liking a DHF or Assegai front, with a Dissector or Dhr2 rear depending on the exact trails, but now that I'm back in the SE US, it might be time to go back down to a faster rolling, lighter tire setup.
I definitely fall in the camp of riders who religiously check their tire pressure before each ride. I have a few of the Topeak digital gauges so that I can keep one in my garage, one in my car, and third in case I ever have the need to carry one on a ride. Excessive? Maybe, but at least I never have to think about where I put my tire pressure gauge.