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My Yeti SB104 - Sheared Pedal Pins & Terrified Grins - Nov. 22, 2021, 1:35 p.m.

Has anyone else noticed slack HT angle feels very awkward at slow speeds? Like doing skinnies or slow teck?  Mind you I'm on smaller wheels .  I remember my 68 degree bike cruised on skinnes . Less chance of fork wobble caused by slow speed negotiating a narrow log.  Track stands and slow trials down hill I swear it's tougher to keep bike stable. Isn't slack for hi speed?  

It's possible that 29 inch wheels need slack .  Same angles as a DH race bike ? 

I'm confused. Or maybe I just suck at riding.

Oh 2003 I had a Giant Warp . 2 inch rear shock . 5 inches rear travel.  Marzochi  5 inch fork up front.  That was my only bike for years.  Rode every trail on the Shore . Loved that bike . Handled perfect . Feels perfect.  

Then some fu. Ker stole it. !  

Some of us  always enjoyed short travel Shore bikes.  

29 inch wheels . Long and slack.  No thanks.  

Not on slow double black teck trails.  

Yes to upgrades to vintage bikes !   Glad we have so much variety.

NSBillet Daemon Pedals Are Made In Canada - Nov. 19, 2021, 11:11 a.m.

Cranking out parts on a CNC machine makes parts affordable.  Machining hardened steel axels is what's bumping up the cost.  As long as standards don't change ..........

These are an investment that should last . Even your new steed will fit these years from now.  Made locally that's awesome! 

Same I don't like my feet being stuck like glue . The worst is when you put your foot down awkward and then hit some teck trail.  I feel much more confident knowing I can easily re position my foot.

The Gear We Live In - Nov. 2, 2021, 11:16 a.m.

I must have 20 jerseys. My minimum ten year old long sleeve Sombrio jerseys always make me smile when I put them on.  

MEC gear and Patagonia as well as top end Arc'teryx is life time warranty.  

For small holes and rips yes give the local tailor a few bucks and you have helped the local economy and the planet.  Thank you Andrew!!!! 

Or if your not too concerned about image but need function. I use shoe glue . It's my sewing kit in a tube . It's waterproof , flexible and very strong.  

Merino wool. If you own it you know its the shit! 

Sorry I have no idea the names of my garments just who makes them . 

Andrew who makes water proof, resistant pants for commuting that work and you don't overheat! I have MEC water proof pants . They work but I overheat after an hour. My Goretex moon stone pants are a perfect fit . Work untill road grime gets in the Goretex.  But I still overheat.

Night Riding Needs: The Blackburn Dayblazer 1500 - Oct. 16, 2021, 9:29 a.m.

Yep that's how I discovered the soldered 18650 in one of my trashed units.  

Batteries can be purchased on line for low $.

Night Riding Needs: The Blackburn Dayblazer 1500 - Oct. 16, 2021, 9:25 a.m.

I'm going to guess that every single unit uses the same battery it's a 18650 lithium ion battery. Ranging from 1.5 to 3 amps.   The battery has a protection circut . So does the charging circut. To prevent fires . 

I have had one unit compleatly fail and another that never gave a full charge.  Yes warranty covers this. Warranty is rather pointless in the bush at night.  Purchased my units from MEC . 

How long would your Ion pro last if you used it every day, um night , for commuting? 

Cables failing is exactly why I would never use a separate battery.  Night rides and loose cables is a problem waiting to happen.  

Are you aware that all these single units  most likely use the exact same extremely common battery?  

When my battery is low on power I pop in a fresh one. Who wouldn't want that feature. ?  No need for battery conservation.  Full burn whenever I want.  And you probably have a story or two as I do of creeping home on low power.  Those days are over for me.

Night Riding Needs: The Blackburn Dayblazer 1500 - Oct. 15, 2021, 10:56 a.m.

Chances are the tiny protection circut connected to the sealed battery failed. Common occurrence. Then what? Throw it in the garbage? 

I have bike lights with batteries I can take out and charge. I can also bring spare batteries for unlimited riding. 

Maybe a bike light investment should have more value than a disposable bic  lighter. 

How difficult is it to have a battery you can remove ? More important to save a dollar on cheaper assembly.

Panic Mechanicking - Oct. 14, 2021, 10:17 a.m.

Ah yes the primal joy of exorsize and recreation on a two wheeled human powered contraption.  To escape the complexities of modern civilization.

Lessons from the Trek Sustainability Report - Oct. 12, 2021, 8:51 a.m.

It's a luxury. All first world luxury is temporary satisfaction with long term complications.  It's our love of cars and trucks. Vehicles that weigh tonnes to haul Bodies that weigh in kilos. 

Then we commute long distances for that desired job.  

Well I don't. I ride a ten year old mountain bike with the goal of a sustainable bike . It's not difficult. 

Each automobile running on fossil fuel releases litteraly tonnes of Co2 . Each year. How much from a carbon fiber bike?  

I refuse work that involves long commutes.   

It's out unbelievably wasteful lifestyles that destroy our own environment.  

Yes I'm a part of that greedy consumer lifestyle.  More material shite than I know what to do with .  That material shite is what we are brainwashed to believe will give us happiness.  

Sort of ironic me looking at new stuff on this site. It's refreshing to know that this site has Andrew . A man that lives a practical life and often the discussion is about sustainable parts and the joy of riding.  

In conclusion you , I , we are the problem . Pointing fingers at something else is easy and a great way to stay ignorant and not change.

The Worst Purchase - Oct. 8, 2021, 10:42 a.m.

Maxis does pump out some wobble tires out of the mold.  I've had a few Maxis tires that are impossible to roll perfectly straight. Maybe the insert amplifies the issue?

The Worst Purchase - Oct. 7, 2021, 9:19 a.m.

What was the name of the Marz repair shop ? Torca?  

Anyways I remember seeing hundreds of old damping carts ready to be recycled.  And an inverted fork with carbonfibre crown. Wade would sometimes be hanging around .  

I got lucky had Super T fork and many 55 forks. The 55 chassis could accommodate many different parts .  The ATA damper is a sealed piece of junk . Personally I still don't like how air springs feel.  For forks. 

My 55 rc3 ti has chrome bubbling off the stantions. It's done.  If I found another in exelent shape I would throw it on. I love a fork that stays consistent in feel and is easy to rebuild.  

Far too many reviews of new fork test were the fork had issues and needed to be addressed through warranty and a trip to the shop.  Not my idea of a reliable fork .

Introducing the All-New Rocky Mountain Element - Sept. 29, 2021, 10:56 a.m.

Increased anti squat makes for a smoother calmer ride. Who writes this stuff! Increased anti squat equates to less pedal Bob. Less small bump sensitivity. 

This is an XC bike so having plenty of pedal platform through anti squat numbers way over 100 percent is a good idea but the ride will be choppy not smooth.  

But hey if your a cluttz with lousy biking skills . Having plenty of pedal platform is what will sell the bike.

Rivals & Collaborators: The Race Face Conspiracy Jersey v. Stash Jacket - Sept. 22, 2021, 6:53 a.m.

Has anyone got thiere hands on the 38 mm beast 20mm axle (option) Durolux. ? 

Andrew I remember lusting over the Intense Slope style . I think Norco made a dual suspension 4 x bike . A 26/ 27.5 mullet? . Yeah . I'm old!

Rivals & Collaborators: The Race Face Conspiracy Jersey v. Stash Jacket - Sept. 21, 2021, 10:22 a.m.

Ultimate climbing dual suspension?  I'm assuming that's a Durolux up front . Are you swapping carts or is it the older coil negative version?  

Suspension werx rebuilt mine. The coil negative version and did a mod. Something about a hole drilled In air shaft. All I know is now I don't get suck down. The fork always sits at a glorious 180 mm of travel.  

Bit off topic . If your wondering if you need a new fork because of performance issuses. Try sending your fork into suspension werx . My fork now performs much better than it did out if the box. 

Treats from Thomas Has  work wonders for showing appreciation.

Rivals & Collaborators: The Race Face Conspiracy Jersey v. Stash Jacket - Sept. 20, 2021, 11:30 a.m.

Andrew that gnar shot on the wet rocks! Noice! 

Thank you for reviewing affordable gear!

Makers - Paul Brodie - Sept. 17, 2021, 12:01 p.m.

Was reading another publication . MBA has a story mentioning how the builders in Cali saw the sloping top tube on the frame Brodie built and borrowed his idea. 

I'm terrible at links and copy paste . I could PM you the story.

Sloping top tubes were big, and I give Canadian builder Paul Brodie credit for making that happen. The first days of Kona, we called the bikes Cascade, and we also raced and sold Brodie bikes. So, we adopted the sloping top tubes pretty much before anyone else and used the 71/73 geometry. Frame geometries never really changed until we started making the top tubes longer. I recall getting a prototype Marin made with a 23.5-inch-long top tube, 70-degree head angle and a 130mm stem. Times have changed!

Quote from Joe Murray.

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