I had a switchback. Nice bike but lime loads of the trail hardtails I reckon they’re overbuilt in the rear triangle so don’t feel really comfortable.
Riding a bike is inherently unsafe. Carrying a gun changes nothing.
That’s the problem - people just end up still feeling unsafe, and confuse this with greater risk, not a perceived risk that their gun hasn’t eased, and now they have a firearm to react with. See the state of US armed police response for an illustration of that.
Instead of a firearm, these guys need to accept that life feels risky.
Posted by: JBV
having watched that test, i wonder if measured deflection=riding comfort or if there's more to it.
More deflection equals more rebound so the darling of the bar is important. That’s what I really rate the Spank vibrocore bars. I’ve found the Spike (dh) bar slightly more comfortable than the Oozy (trail) bar at the same width, same grips.
Rather than material, it’s really useful to prioritise stiffness/directness or comfort, cost, safety (if you travel or crash a bit).
I’ve been really digging my Spartan 29 of late. I’ve said it before in here but have found it so versatile recently it’s stuck me as a near perfect example of the breed. Coil front and rear, just does what it should. It’s taken a load of abuse too.
So many of the 'trail' hardtails are so overbuilt they're like the DH / Dirtjumpers of old and the ride reflects it. There are a couple of steel options that ride light and lively similar to Ti, and in my experience the way each frame is put together can mean it's hard to compare Ti and Steel from different builders.
The DVO's feel great - the negative coil spring (OTT) gives a lot of the suppleness of a full coil fork. I hopped back on my big bike (Fox 36, Grip2) after riding my SS a lot with a Sapphire 34 and I honestly thought the 36 needed a warranty. It feels rubbish off the top compared, although the Grip2 damper is pretty refined.
The new 170/80mm DVO Onyx SC 29" fork is available in a couple weeks, but with a big trip planned I decided not to wait and have a Smashpot for my 36.
My BTR. It’s custom and splits the difference between a Chaser and a Ranger geo wise. The seat angle is ever so slightly slacker than is in vogue because I like 180mm cranks for SS.
Super happy with how my geo design turned out, and really liking the fact the tubeset is slightly lighter and more comfortable than most of the newer style hardtails I see. I’ve since swapped out the DVO post for a Bikeyoke, the DVO post is pretty disappointing.
@Xorrox - I hear you on trying new stuff. I’ve only used the Ramp cartridges (and older Ramp with independent negative spring conversation for 36 - still the best feeling fork I’ve ever ridden) and the mrp forks seem really well like by friends riding them hard.
Isn't this what the MRP Bartlett was designed for?
My Helm was good, but maxes out at 160mm and I did manage to blow one up in short order (and I'm only 83kg in kit).
I've found DT and Praxis the most durable, and it the event of dents, they tend to pull out ok without cracking.
Some more recent research showed they weren't working quite as expected - transferring force and causing vertebral fractures lower (which isn't a bad outcome, assuming same force would have caused one higher). I think this was exacerbated where set up was poor, and especially in kids (because set up is harder). The rise of more things like MIPS might play in to less neck braces being around too.
I used spacers that allow you to use 3mm each side (so you preserve the geo and don't need to re-dish, but do need to adjust limits), and a spacer under rotor.
It worked, but it was a massive PITA. Getting spacers in every time, then getting axle through, and not forgetting or losing them when wheel was out was a nightmare. I'd only use one again on a bike that I never expected to have the wheel out of, like a commuter.
(edit: this is why the Boostinator option is great, IF you have a compatible hub)