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We Are One Arrival 170 w 2023 Rockshox Super Deluxe Ultimate Coil - Sept. 17, 2022, 5:03 a.m.

This is a good point, but I have two ideas that could possibly work. 

The first is a manitou fork like the mezzer. My mastodon can be adjusted downward in travel just by controlling how compressed the fork is when one removes the shock pump. Pretty sure the mezzer is the same- I think Andrew Major mentioned that at one point on this site. So you could take it from 170 down to 150 in about two minutes. 

The second possibility would be using a DVO shock. I had one that could be downstroked by clipping on travel adjust spacers. I used it to take my process 153 down to 135ish in just a few minutes. Not sure if DVO makes a shock that would work with the WR1 frame, but figured I’d mention it.

You Should Try a Friction Thumb Shifter - Sept. 5, 2022, 7:25 a.m.

I know this is an older article, but I finally tried out a thumb shifter mated to a short cage zee rear derailleur shifting across 5 cogs pulled from a sunrace cassette (16/18/21/24/28 cogs mated to a 30t oval ring). It's perfect for my needs right now, but the no-name friction shifter gradually moves on long descents. Best guess is that since it wasn't designed for a clutched derailleur, the increased tension is enough to get it to move. Planning to upgrade the shifter but otherwise the system feels far better than I imagined. Granted, I'm accustomed to riding a singlespeed, so take that with a grain of salt! Thanks for floating this idea and getting me thinking. Cheers

Endura MT500 Burner Flat Shoe - April 8, 2022, 4:41 a.m.

I read that the prime blues use a different and less grippy rubber than the rest of the five ten lineup. I’m running the current free rider pros, which have terrific grip but terrible longevity. These endura kicks look like they’d be worth a shot! Thanks for the thorough review.

All Things Being Unequal - Jan. 31, 2022, 4:15 a.m.

I've had good luck with Manitou support here in the US. Mainly with forks, but they've gone above and beyond to help solve problems- including helping me fit together parts to upgrade a comp fork to pro level damping. 

On a side note, in my experience, MRP also consistently provides superb support for their forks.

Best Of 2021 - Andrew's List - Dec. 29, 2021, 10:01 a.m.

That's an interesting point about the snow accumulating on the carbon rims Andrew. I haven't noticed it being too bad on my mulefats, but sometimes my tires pack up like massive donuts if I cross open water and then go back onto snow. Speaking of tires, I'm all for aggressive treads. I've tried the FBR and didn't care for it much. If you're looking for the best traction possible, check out the studded 27.5x4.5 gnarwhals. They've treated me really well.

I bumped the travel on my mastodon but haven't tried an angleset yet. Maybe that's my next experiment!

Best Of 2021 - Andrew's List - Dec. 28, 2021, 5:57 a.m.

I'd certainly try out a rigid fork on my honzo if the a-c length was there. I'm currently mid-way through trying a rigid fork on my wozo. The longest I could find was 490, which climbed well, but felt weird descending. I ordered a spacer from reverse components to gain 10mm or so, but went back to the mastodon while I'm waiting on it to arrive. It's far more enjoyable going downhill and the pedaling position feels better (the unsagged a-c is more like 550mm). I have high hopes that the spacer will get the rigid fork into the right ballpark though. If not, then maybe a custom fork will be the ticket! (and yes I know that fatbikes aren't the same as hardtails, but the geometry changes are still relevant methinks). 

But seriously, I love tinkering and your posts have piqued my interests in lots of different ways, prompting me to experiment with things and rethink my riding. Thanks for all the hard work you do!

The Gear We Live In - Nov. 2, 2021, 4:24 a.m.

I have a couple of top pieces I love, still waiting to find the perfect shorts. I appreciate the suggestions here and will check some of those out. In chronological order:

-An old patagonia fleece vest with windblock fleece on the front and breathable fleece on the back. It's mint for riding.

-Chromag wool short sleeve riding t's. These check all the boxes for me in the summer and work well in the winter too as layering pieces.

-Stio Eddy shirt. This is fairly new to me, but so far I'm impressed by its versatility. I've been surprised with how warm it keeps me when I layer it over a base piece, even with light rain and wind. 

Runner-up: Raceface Agent pants. I really like these for winter riding layered over wool long johns, but they're the only pair of riding-specific pants I've used, so I don't have much to compare them to. Kudos to Andrew for turning me on to them. A belt with some stretch by Arcade pairs nicely with these.

Two Ways To Lube A Chain - Oct. 20, 2021, 5:29 a.m.

I apologize for the belated reply, but I wanted to do some experimenting before I reported back. 

I changed up my process and started lubing one roller at a time rather than using the squidulous-esque method I’d relied on for years. That helped a bit, but I was still curious about the product itself.

I didn’t think that the green lube was messy, but I took a chance and tried out the WT-1. It’s way cleaner and seems to last longer, though I probably lube more frequently than I need to (going by chain noise). Thanks for the useful article!

The Weight Is Over - July 30, 2021, 6:10 a.m.

Ah, I see now. Whoosh! Thanks

The Weight Is Over - July 30, 2021, 6:10 a.m.

Ah, I see now. Whoosh! Thanks

The Weight Is Over - July 29, 2021, 8:17 p.m.

Tell me more! Heard good things about the engagement and reliability, but do those benefits outweigh the extra mass?

The Weight Is Over - July 29, 2021, 8:16 p.m.

What tires are you planning to use on those? Wondering how wide one could go on that size rim.

The Weight Is Over - July 29, 2021, 6 a.m.

Good question Andrew. I didn't weigh anything when I was doing the swap, but here's what I found online:

Previous setup: 28t oval ring (54g), 11 speed sunrace 46t cassette (570g), DT Swiss steel freehub body (to minimize notching - 107g) = 731g total.

New setup: 26t oval ring (52g), 11 speed SRAM gx cassette (393g), DT Swiss XD freehub body (39g) = 484g. 

Savings of ~247g, primarily from the cassette. I suspect I lost a few grams by having a slightly shorter chain, but didn't include that. If you could also run a derailleur with a shorter cage, then that would be another bonus.

I was going to make the same point that Perry did- the clearance you gain running a smaller front chainring is significant. Turns out that it's the bashguard itself making contact much of the time, and if you run a smaller chainring alone you can clear way more obstacles. Absolute Black makes a really nice 26t oval direct mount chainring btw. Aluminum, but I've gotten a lot of riding out of mine and I don't feel like it's an unreasonable compromise on the durability front.

The Weight Is Over - July 28, 2021, 8:29 p.m.

Good stuff! I'm interested to see where this goes. I jumped on the "smaller cassettes with smaller chainrings" train this spring and it worked really well. The only downside I noticed was increased chain slap since the chain was closer to the chainstay. That was only in smaller cogs though, and on most rides I don't use those too much.

Two Ways To Lube A Chain - June 14, 2021, 4:47 a.m.

I guess I'm somewhere in the middle? I clean the chain, cog, and chainring with a rag before I apply any lubricant, but I generally apply a thin stream to the inside of the links as I rotate the chain (similar to @cornedbeef, I think). Then rotate, followed by more wiping until a clean rag doesn't show much coloration when run over the chain. 

One departure I've made in recent years is to try a different lube. I like this biodegradable lubricant: Might not last quite as long as some others- chain gets noisy after 2-3 rides-but it seems to work fine and makes me feel slightly better about the world. Baby steps, but still...

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