I still run 1X9 on my hardtail and love it. I did an un scientific test and tracked my cog usage on my 12 speeder and the even cogs almost never got used. I almost always click down 2 gears or 4 gears then go back up 1 at a time, but for very short periods of time. On my 1X9 the jumps better fit my riding so I use all the cogs fairly evenly.
This story reminds me of years ago following a couple much better riders down an trail with a bunch of wooden features. 2 jump out to me, first a skinny that started 2-3 feet off the ground then went around a corner and was instantly 5-6 feet off the ground. My buddy was manualing the dam thing and I was having a code brown just trying to ride the thing. The second was a teeter totter with a 6 foot high pivot point my buddy yelled "give me space" I rode up this thing and it felt like it was never going to pivot, then it did and I immediately climbed back up and rode that dam thing 5 or 6 times because it scared me so good.
September 2020 is going to be crazy 3 race weekends in a row?????????????
Exactly just because there is an eBike does not turn the term "bike" into something people do not understand.
I have been a loyal Conti tire guy for years. My last bike came with a set of Minions and they are amazing, great traction and they last and don't degrade in traction over time very much. 100% will buy another set, my issue is I like the less feature single compound version but have a hell of a time finding them at shops or online.
One of the fastest guys I know rides them and they feel like they do what they say they do. I believe they have been making dirtbike bars for years so it makes sense to transfer over to bikes.
I think the issue for many people is with 35mm you either need a carbon bar or a high quality alu bar. The larger diameter can transfer more vibration that can cause issues. Prime example is the flat Race Face alu bar that comes on a ton of bikes these days, it was killing my hands. Replaced with a Renthal and instantly felt better.
This bike to me feels like a Yeti done by blind people. The suspension has all these extra bits to make it work, but packaging is a hot mess and adds weight. The Yeti people figured out a way to make it look nice and be light, but Marin decided to just call it a day and sell a ugly heavy bike.
Am I the only one who isn't bothered by chain slap noises?
Different people and bikes is key. I love my Hightower, but sometimes it is more fun to ride my Nimble 9 for a few weeks and then switch back. Also riding with friends then with my kids keeps me interested and trying different things. My kids climb pretty slow so I have been working on riding wheelies uphill when I am with them, it keeps it interesting for me and the kids think it is pretty cool.
Aluminum frame only option would be amazing.
29er with the low suspension and aluminum? This is a no brainer and I can't wait to ride one. I love my current Hightower, but this checks all the boxes for me. One ride on a Bronson told me a 29 version would be perfect. Being able to get it in aluminum so I don't have to worry about the carbon getting scratched is worth any weight penalty.
2 years ago I moved to Helena Montana and my riding abilities have come back to where they were 20 years ago. If you love riding, but have to drive more than 20 minutes to trails do yourself a favor and move. Downsize and ride more, it is the key to happiness.
My other advice is get a modern hardtail, they ride amazingly well and remind me why I started riding in the first place. Sure I am faster (on most trails) on my full squish, but I have less fun 90% of the time. There is nothing like keeping up with a rider 20 years younger on a 5 inch travel bike going DH while riding a hardtail.
1 more tid bit, never stop learning new skills. I tried trials riding and being able to hop onto and over stuff is so much fun. It isn't the easiest thing to learn, but you can do it in low risk ways and it makes riding so much fun.
Exactly, I always liked this race because it was like a bike park run. Having different races allows riders who do better at different things to perform better. Just like in WRC where a tarmac expert does poorly in the snow then a guy named Seb wins everything anyway.
What would be really cool is to have the WRC do their racer line up like UCI and not screw over the series leader by having them sweep the roads.
PNW stuff is awesome and their service is equally awesome. I thought my Reverb was a nice post until I tried a PNW on my other bike, I have seen the light and can't wait for my Reverb to break so I can justify replacing it.
My SRAM drive train has been hassle free for 3 years, I never made it more than a couple months with any Shimano drive train before it needed adjustments. This stuff would need to be significantly cheaper and have glowing reviews to get me to switch back.
Microspline and the splined rotors also drive me away, is there any advantage to either of these for a normal rider? I get that microspline applies to e-bikes but I power myself thank you very much.
The flat pedals seem odd to me, there are so many options here that work and OEM bikes typically come without pedals is there any reason to buy these?