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Lost In Transmission - March 24, 2023, 2:15 p.m.

Steel Panther reference.  Nice.

We Are One Convergence Wheelset - March 14, 2023, 12:19 p.m.

The other reason to ratchet is to avoid pedal strikes over the crest of tech climbs.

Fresh From the Shore - Introducing Akta Apparel - Oct. 26, 2022, 2:12 p.m.

Same thought. Funny.

Angles Of Repose - Oct. 11, 2022, 2:02 p.m.

I'm pretty sure we are nearing "peak reach".  Maybe it's because I live in winch and plummet land but I look at those as my two states.  The longer and slacker help with the decent and the steeper seat tube helps with the climb.  As long as the two states don't overlap too much then the world is a happy place.

2022 Transition Spire Review - Feb. 16, 2022, 12:30 p.m.

And I'm pretty sure he hasn't been 190 lbs for a few years!

All Things Being Unequal - Feb. 1, 2022, 12:45 p.m.

My recent bikes have all been SRAM and Rockshox just out of coincidence. The last bike I ordered with XT and Fox.  Similar level component spec so I could compare/contrast them. It was really the only way I thought I could speak intelligently about the differences. 

If anyone cares I think that the XT shifting works better than the GX.  I know they aren't exactly the same level spec. I would have to say that the Lyrik and Reverb have been better than the 36 and Transfer. I think Shimano is also winner the brake comparison but it's hard to say with them being at different stages of pad/disk life. That's my thoughts after 6 months or so of back to back riding. The differences are all minimal really.

Jewelry For The Muck - Jan. 25, 2022, 4:26 p.m.

I suspect that the loads on the drive and non-drive side of the BB are not equal. It might not be a fair test to put one brand bearing on one side and another on the other side.

Where Have All The Chin Bars Gone? - Jan. 12, 2022, 5:39 a.m.

Many in my group wear convertible helmets or lighter weight full face helmets.  More and more all the time, although for the trend followers I would agree that when everybody fancied themselves an EWS racer they were fashion for a while. Speaking for myself, normally I do the first big climb with the chin guard off and then put it on for the first big decent.  Unless it's super hot I tend to leave the bar on after that. It's a Super DH that I have and if it fits your head I'd recommend it as a good choice.

Knolly Tyaughton Steel (Hardtail!) - Oct. 19, 2021, 11:22 a.m.


Exclusive First Ride: The 2022 We Are One Arrival - Aug. 3, 2021, 10:02 p.m.

Great news about the local manufacturing.  I can also say that I crash damaged a rim recently and the staff at We are One were the best to deal with.  They totally took care of me. I will always speak positively about them.  They made me a fan.

100 years of Shimano - March 28, 2021, 5:35 p.m.

Worked with Pip for 8 years at Syncros.  He was a special guy. He really kept to himself so none of us knew until it was too late. The guy lived a life that's for sure.

Who Leads? What's your Ride Order Philosophy? - July 24, 2018, 10:59 p.m.

I must admit that I like to ride close on a faster buddy's wheel down hill.  That being said it's good if you develop that relationship a bit first.  The same goes for when someone is following me close.  If its a person I am comfortable with then fine but if not then it wigs me out a bit.  One time I had a guy riding right behind me that I didn't know well and he skidded all the time.  I kept thinking he was going to hit me so I let him in front and he wasn't actually that fast when he had to lead.

The good thing about stopping once in a while is that it lets the Natural order sort it's self out. In my experience if one person thinks they are holding another up then they offer the faster rider the next spot up the line.


Save Us SRAM (and our bikes!) - June 22, 2018, 1:03 p.m.

Not that much testing.  This is all known art. It's not like they would need to save every gram. I would think that instead of the shim solution it would be cheaper and easier to re-purpose an old crown forging tool with the correct sized steer tube hole to be m/c'd for a 1 1/8" steer tube.  That's assuming that the hole is even forged in.

Bang.  Done.

Camelbak, Bell and Giro Caught in Assault Weapon Backlash - March 5, 2018, 9:44 p.m.

I have no issue with exercising my right to spend my money where I want and on what I want.  You can easily extend that to spending it in shops that sell the things I do or do not approve of. If MEC and others decide that they are better off not selling products from one company or another then that's the free market.  I can tell you that I will not be purchasing any of these brands, so a good shop will find other things to sell me.

Searching for a 30mm BB92 Solution - March 1, 2018, 12:36 p.m.

We looked into it in the 90's at Syncros.  What we found is that needle bearings are much more sensitive to contamination than a ball bearing and BB's are likely to have some contamination.  You also still need to consider what is going to support the axial load.  As noted bellow there were some old xtr BB's that used needles for a while.

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