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The FrankenCamber: A COVID-Era Bike Build - July 4, 2021, 10:57 a.m.

I was always under the impression that the throw ratios between Shimano and Sram were different, and would therefore make cross compatibility impossible, but that may be old knowledge.  I would also look into a BikeYoke yoke to be able to replace the rear shock.  If memory serves, replacing the yoke also bumps travel up by 5mm.  The camber also is the same front triangle as a same gen stump jumper, so if you can find the back end of a 2014-2016 stumpy you could bump travel further as long as you get a longer stroke shock.

The Loam Ranger Loves Dogs: Except on the Trail - May 27, 2021, 10:27 a.m.

I mean, unless you're into that...

The Loam Ranger Loves Dogs: Except on the Trail - May 27, 2021, 5:34 a.m.

I'm a dog owner, of a dog that rips trails.  She responds to commands, doesn't poop on the trail, and stays close.  Thing is, I don't take her riding if I'm going with other people.  When it's just the two of us, or me and a buddy who's ridden with her before, and we're riding trails that are close to the house, sure, no problem.  But she doesn't get a free invitation on every ride.  Some trail systems require crossing busy roads, some go through private property, some are crowded.  A dog is a variable no matter how well behaved, and responsible owners and riders know where and when dogs are appropriate riding buddies.

Rocky Mountain Issues Voluntary Recall for 2018-2020 Alloy Instinct, Instinct BC and Pipeline frames - June 21, 2020, 10:40 a.m.

And this is what I've been waiting for ever since Rocky's rebranding.  There have been a lot of swirling rumors about the precipitous drop in manufacturing quality in the most recent runs of Rockys Mountain bikes.  I'd be very surprised if this is the only model that will eventually be found to be defective.

Giant TRX0 Wheelset Reviewed - Sept. 26, 2019, 6:53 a.m.

Glad to hear it was helpful!  If there's one lesson I've learned from my crash, its its to aim for the spaces between the trees.  Who knew?

Giant TRX0 Wheelset Reviewed - Sept. 25, 2019, 10:42 a.m.

If you're breaking spokes at the cross point it generally means that your wheel has come out of tension enough to allow significant play between spokes under high torsion (like when you're smashing cutties).  One of the great things about carbon rims is that they're stiff, and they resist coming out of round/true better than aluminum, but that doesn't mean that they don't flex, and that your spokes can't still come out of tension.   This can lead to losing spoke tension without being able to see it, resulting in more spoke play, and hence, spoke abrasion resulting in failure.  A fatigued spoke breaks at its point of highest tension, generally the j-bend, sometimes the nipple, but not mid-shaft.  Hope that's helpful.  Also, really glad to hear you didn't get hurt in that crash.  I had a similar one a few years ago, was riding an aluminum rim, and the impact potato-chipped the rim, but left my fork unscathed.  Somehow I managed to not hit the tree with my body, and just had a nasty case of skier's thumb for a few months from the force of the impact blowing the bars out of my hands.

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