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Shimano SLX Four-Piston Brake Review - Sept. 1, 2020, 8:33 a.m.

The issue is you would buy the Hopes then want the Shimano.  I have tried almost every option out there and come back to Shimano every time.  Nobody feels like Shimano.  Others have "better" modulation or power, but nothing I have ridden feels the way I want my brakes to feel.  These will be like everything else give it 6 months and retailers will have it at a 20% discount.

PNW Rainier Gen 3 Dropper Post - Aug. 6, 2020, 7:25 a.m.

At my house we  have 2 PNWs and they are exactly 14.7643 times smoother than the 2 Reverbs we have.  Amazingly easy to setup, their service is insanely good.  We will be down to 1 Reverb in the near future when I swap for one of these when my stupid plunger needs bleed again.

Deity 35mm Handlebar Range Compared - July 28, 2020, 7:35 a.m.

35mm isn't as pervasive because it is an inferior product.  It is stiffer, which for 99.9999% of riders is worse not better.  For bars with little to no rise or sweep they are brutal on your hands.  I rode the OEM Race Face bar on my Hightower for a year and my wrists couldn't do it a second year.  Switched to a Renthal and it is miles better, but still not as comfortable as a smaller diameter bar.  If I wasn't so cheap I would swap the bar and stem to 31.8, but for now I just ride the 35.

The Problem with "Tribe" - July 21, 2020, 7:43 a.m.

Perfectly written article.  The only group you missed, they may not be in the PB comment section, are the "but using their words shows that we value them."  I am sure the marketing people at Yeti had this in mind when they started the whole tribe thing.  When I heard what Yeti was doing the only thought I had was, they should take any profits from their tribe campaigns and donate it to native causes.

You Can’t Do That in a Porsche - July 7, 2020, 7:45 a.m.

It has always been cars for me too.  3 years ago I moved from Ohio to Montana, before moving I sold my track rat Miata to fund a Hightower.  A few friends have bought new bikes this year and when I look there is nothing I would prefer to my bike right now. If mine broke I would get an aluminum Hightower.

Car projects are a great past time.  I'm currently working on an 85 Fiero.  Bought for $1,000 blew the engine and will replace it with a K20 from an Acura.  The goal is a very reliable car to take on drives and hit some tracks along the way.  I learned my lesson with the Miata, always keep the car comfortable enough to drive for a few hours or you will stop driving the fun car.  I think the same applies to bikes, make sure your still challenged or you will get bored.  My Hightower is still limited by my abilities so I enjoy trying to get more out of it.

The Only Drivetrain That Matters - July 6, 2020, 7:39 a.m.

Why does SLX exist?  Is there a need for more than:

XTR - top spec for racers and people who burn money, replace every year.

XT - XTR performance with added weight and lower price, replace every 1.5 years.

Deore - 90% of XTR / XT performance with more weight, lower price, and life expectancy of Yoda.

If Shiftmano stopped making the other options how much cheaper could the remaining ones be?

When Is A Semi-Slick Too Damn Quick?! - May 28, 2020, 12:05 p.m.

I remember the side knobs being a bit more aggressive, BUT that is the tire I used.  I might have to get a set for my bike.

When Is A Semi-Slick Too Damn Quick?! - May 28, 2020, 7:41 a.m.

I have started riding my old Salsa El Mariachi with semi-slicks front and back.  It is 80% gravel rides, but on trail I am amazed at how well the tiny knobs do.  My big bike has Conti's that constantly pick up small rocks and fling them, it is literally pulling the earth up out of the ground.  

One of my favorite tires was an old Michelin semi-slick that came in the weird green rubber, it had nice big side knobs and it rolled soooo fast.  I always thought, well this tires is going to suck in whatever new condition I threw at it, but it worked everywhere.  I still think there was some magic in that green rubber.

Over-Forking The North Shore - May 22, 2020, 7:25 a.m.

My favorite bike was a 90's SC Superlight that I overforked with a Zokie.  It slacked it out and I ran a 50mm stem with rise and a nice riser bar.  People would try it and hated how it climbed, BUT loved how it descended.  I always joked that I built the bike to save money on front tires :)

Forbidden Bicycle Co. Multi Part Review - May 1, 2020, 8:13 a.m.

I love this bike, except the seat tube just looks weird to me.  Does it look as odd in person as it does in pictures?

Whatcha Packin' - Cam McRae's on Ride Carry - April 23, 2020, 7:21 a.m.

I have 2 packs, my regular ride and my family ride.  The family ride allows me to take everything but the kitchen sink just in case things so wrong.  That pack also serves as enduro course worker bag so I can haul tons of stuff into the woods.

2 things I have adapted over time.  A manual chain saw packs very small and can clear larger stuff pretty fast.  Crankbrothers Gem pump is amazing, the high volume / high pressure setting make getting the right amount of air in a tire very easy: For the record this is the only Crankbrothers item I have ever bought that I didn't instantly hate the first time I used it, I can't stand them but this product is just plain awesome.

3 Test Products for Andrew Major: Spring 2020 - April 15, 2020, 9:20 a.m.

If I run a single side lock on grip how does the Wolf Tooth work?  Is my grip going to spin toward the bar end?  I really like the idea of these, but I also really like my grips.

To Ride or not to Ride During a Global Pandemic? - March 19, 2020, 9:18 a.m.

Thanks for a good article, the risk isn't from the virus infecting a single person. The risk is from the hospital not being open to trauma patients because of the virus infecting too many people.  Anything we can do to limit the need for hospital care right now makes a difference.

Orbea Rallon M10 - First Impressions - Feb. 26, 2020, 6:57 a.m.

It also drives me crazy that at the same time we are growing handelbar width we are reducing the number of things that go on the bar.  I would much rather my brake and dropper levers be where I want them when riding than have my handelbar look "cleaner" because it has one less thing on it.

AXS Strikes Back! (Does The Future Have Fewer Gears pt II) - Jan. 24, 2020, 9:44 a.m.

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.

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