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Blowing Minds: Santa Cruz Blur - July 13, 2021, 7:29 a.m.

I was just thinking about this bike.  My current bike is a 1st gen Hightower and it is too much bike for my local trails and not quite enough bike for bike parks.  So I am constantly compromised.  Something like this and a Megatower (if keeping everything in the SC family) would be a dam near perfect setup.

Canyon Spectral 29 CF8 vs. Ibis Ripmo AF SLX - June 28, 2021, 12:34 p.m.

Your Ibis comments match my experience.  Rode a friends bike and was amazed at how zippy it was, but other than feeling like my power was instantly translated into motion there was nothing I liked about it.  And I think their bikes are ugly.

Canfield Bikes Balance LE - Review - June 18, 2021, 7:19 a.m.

I loved my Nimble 9, great bike for tight tech riding and capable beyond what I ever thought a hardtail could do.  The short rear does make it a handful when the speeds climb.  It is essentially a 29'er dirt jump bike.

Five Ten Trail Cross Mid Pro - June 2, 2021, 7:34 a.m.

I have a pair of the low tops and absolutely love them for summer rides.  They breath great and still have good grip.  My only issue is the sole wears out pretty fast, due to the rubber being thinner than other riding shoes.  The higher top and better gaiter are a great idea, my low tops grab every pebble from the ground and fling them right into the shoe.

The Loam Ranger Loves Dogs: Except on the Trail - May 27, 2021, 7:15 a.m.

Years ago I created an epic shit storm by asking a dog owner if they knew what the word never meant.  Their dog always ran away and the owner always claimed the dog never did it.  I called her out and she blew a fuse.  We decided after that no dogs on our group rides.  Then a couple years later a new couple showed up with the single best trail dog I have ever seen.  Always moved over when a bike approached, always stayed with his owner, just an amazing dog.  

My last dog was the typical trail dog PITA, but half the time he would run with us for a mile then just run back to the car and sleep till we came back.  It was scary the first couple time it happened and we couldn't find him.  Then it became a joke.  Friends would run into me on the trail and tell me there was a dog asleep under my car.  

RIP Timber and Monk I hope you are both doing what you love in dog heaven.

Lugging About 'Sometimes' Tools - May 25, 2021, 7:24 a.m.

I did a "what can I stop carrying?" exercise this year and decided that I am just going to wear a heavy camleback to my grave.  The risk vs. reward was too strong and I am too lazy to move things in and out based on my ride.  I have also started short rides then ran into a friend on a long ride and decided to just keep going with them.  

This year I added the EDC lite and didn't remove any tools from my pack.  I love being able to pull the tool make an adjustment and then keep going without digging in my pack.  BUT the flip side of that is when something from the pack is needed it is nice to dig it out and ride home instead of walking.

Four Clamps Good, Two Clamps Better - May 5, 2021, 7:23 a.m.

I am the very rare person who prefers Shimano brakes and SRAM shifting.  I also have never riden a 2 clamp bike where the brakes and shifters both felt like they were in the right position.  Being able to adjust independently is way more important than my bar looking cleaner.  Odd thing, when I am riding I never actually look at my bar :)

Weekend Warmup #120 - April 23, 2021, 10:23 a.m.

Remy talking about not riding stuff was a highlight to my week, I thought "me too buddy, me too."  Not something I often think when watching his videos.  The right turn to drop wood feature looks soooooo fun.

2021 Santa Cruz Nomad V - April 19, 2021, 9:21 a.m.

Has anybody done tests to determine if it is better to shrink the rear or grow the front to mullet a bike?  I have a Hightower and would like to try it with a smaller rear wheel.  I tried a Nomad with a 29 up front and it rode decent, I thought it felt better than a both small wheeled Nomad.

Jon Staples' EXT Equipped Specialized Stumpy Evo - April 7, 2021, 7:36 a.m.

A ton of companies say "we ride" but with OneUp it is crystal clear it is the truth.  Everything I have bought from them installed easy and worked great.  This bike is sick, I don't usually like a blacked out bike, but the frame complexity makes up for the lack of color.

Pitching Forward: The Impact of Steep Seat Tubes - March 29, 2021, 7:54 a.m.

I think a part that is missing from this is suspension design.  Some designs benefit greatly from a steeper seat tube angle and others are negatively impacted.  If your suspension sucks down when you climb a steeper angle helps, if your bike firms up it doesn't help.  

The part about muscle memory is HUGE, I rode my wife's bike (which has a steeper STA) and found my legs were sore in odd places the next day.  Oddly I also felt like her bike was a rocket ship climbing, it felt like I was creating way more power than normal.  Riding flat and down hill her bike feels like complete dog poo to me.  I ride a 1st gen Hightower and my wife has a 4th gen 5010.  The jury is still out on if it is the geo or the smaller wheels that make me dislike the 5010 so much.

SRAM's GX AXS is here (and we've been riding it) - March 25, 2021, 9:12 a.m.

Now what to do with all the cable ports, they look so odd without cables.

Provenance: Was that Bike Part Stolen? - March 24, 2021, 7:44 a.m.

A couple years ago I spotted a really nice bike rack on craigslist for an unbelievable price.  So I went and bought it right away, then I reached out to my biking friends.  Within an hour I figured out who actually owned it.  At the end of the day it was returned, I got my money back and the people that stole it were arrested.  

The best part was I told the thieves "nope, I will not call the cops as long as I get my money back."  My friend who owned the rack called the cops, so technically I didn't do it, but I knew the whole time the cops were going to get these people.

2021 Kona Honzo ESD - Full Review - March 5, 2021, 10:15 a.m.

I love the predictability of a hardtail with the right geometry.  To this day I am more comfortable dropping off anything for the first time on my (now sold:( ) Nimble 9 than my Hightower.  The Hightower eats things up and very fun, BUT it doesn't feel right to me when riding a new line.  My Nimble 9 was a trustworthy companion that I hope my Hightower will become one day. Or I might just buy one of these or another Nimble 9, if they do simple paint jobs again.  

There is nothing like the feeling of riding up behind a younger person riding a burly bike when you are on a hardtail.  Especially if you can launch off a drop that they stop to look at while you soar off into the distance.

Specialized Butcher T9 Tires - March 4, 2021, 7:57 a.m.

This summer I tore a Conti and needed a tire fast.  My LBS had a pile of Specilized tires and I grabbed the 29X2.6 round profile I think it is called a Ground Control.  I was amazed at how much grip it has compared to how fast it rolls.  As a rear tire it is a great compliment to a Conti Trail King up front.  It breaks away earlier so the bike will over steer ad it is very predictable.  I live in Montana so dry with sharp rocks, your experience may be different.

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