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Race Face Next SL Wheelset - Nov. 4, 2021, 2:52 a.m.

Nice one. Blackburn stuff seems well priced compared t some of the insanely expensive options that have appeared since gravel/bikepacking got fashionable

Race Face Next SL Wheelset - Nov. 3, 2021, 3:31 a.m.

I hate to be negative about a brand, but these break all my Raceface rules . Rule number one - don't buy a Raceface product with bearings, and Rule two - don't buy a Raceface product with carbon in it. Not tried their wheels, but after my own experience of their bottom brackets, multiple sets of their carbon cranks, and similar experiences friends have had with their cranks and bars, all combined with the less-than-stellar warranty experience from their UK distributor, and there's just no way I'd ever touch one of their wheelsets. The fact that these wheels broke only adds to that - I guess you had a positive warranty experience, but for me, I don't like the thoughts of going back to those folks and trying to get a rim/wheel replaced

I did quite happily run their aluminium cranks, though.

On a totally separate note - can I ask what you thought of the Blackburn saddle bag? Have the frame bag from the same range, been very happy with it, was looking to add some more luggage bits.

Knolly Tyaughton Steel & Titanium Hardtails - Sept. 21, 2021, 9:26 a.m.

The length you cut them to is a factor also

Gear Shots - some of Pete's BCBR gear picks - Sept. 15, 2021, 12:55 a.m.

Those hooks for protecting you from branches look a lot like hooks for grabbing onto branches to me

Gear Shots - some of Pete's BCBR gear picks - Sept. 15, 2021, 12:55 a.m.

Those hooks for protecting you from branches look a lot like hooks for grabbing onto branches to me

Rachid Nayel's Banshee Titan - Sept. 9, 2021, 1:22 a.m.

I miss Straitline, loved their massive aggro pedals when they first came out. Are they still going? Not much stock left on the website, not sure if it's pandemic or winding down

Canyon Counter-Review - Aug. 30, 2021, 2:05 p.m.

No on both counts, but I wouldn't hate you for it

Canyon Counter-Review - Aug. 30, 2021, 3:59 a.m.

William Shatner deserves a lot of things, but credit for that lyric isn't one of them.

Have New Standards Made Bikes Better? - Aug. 25, 2021, 10:15 a.m.

Garbaruk do a 328 g 11-52 cassette that fits a HG driver (they have 10t XD versions too) and is a fir bit cheaper (at least this side of the Atlantic) than SRAM X01, worth checking out, just bought myself an XD one.

Alex Sinanan's Geometron G-1 - July 18, 2021, 4 a.m.

What stopped you running the Bikeyoke? Run a 185 on my size L with room to spare

The FrankenCamber: A COVID-Era Bike Build - July 5, 2021, 12:48 a.m.

You're not going to buy another press-fit frame and swap over the BB?

Corsair Was High Pivot AND Pedaling, In 2007 - June 30, 2021, 1:06 a.m.

My Morewood Makulu was another bike with that 10.5x3.5 shock. They were proper monsters, just filled the front triangle. The water bottle crowd would never stand for it.

Five Ten Trail Cross Mid Pro - June 2, 2021, 4:13 a.m.

You had me at "Gore-Tex version of this shoe, rumoured to be landing this August."

Crankbrothers Stamp Shoes - May 18, 2021, 12:56 a.m.

The last non-Five Ten shoes I used were the Teva Links, which I loved (oh... and a short lived pair of the Vans bike shoes which separated from their soles almost immediately)

I loved the Tevas, and the Stamps are very similar in comfort and grip, but compared to the Freerider Pro, I'm definitely a bit less stuck to the pedals on them. Using Burgtec Mk5 and Mk4 pedals.

Not a major thing, and given the Stamps are better looking, more comfortable and more practical in the bad weather than the Five Tens, I'm happy with the tradeoff.

Crankbrothers Stamp Shoes - May 17, 2021, 12:15 p.m.

I foundd these noticeably less grippy that Freerider Pros, but nicer to wear and ride in just about every other way, comfort and weatherproofing being near top of the list. Plus a hideaway for laces - thin laces which don't soak up water and dirt, and an upper that dries quick and then brushes clean.

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