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Canyon Spectral:ON CFR LTD eMTB - March 1, 2023, 11:29 p.m.

Great review! At some point I think I’ll add an e-bike to my life, but to me it still seems worth it to wait it out a couple of years to let the tech mature a bit more. Especially considering the price of entry.

Hope Tech 4 E4 Brakes - Jan. 11, 2023, 10:52 a.m.

The Hope support guy who answered me suggested getting some “in spec” hope hubs. Would it be cynical of me to think that they make the callipers slightly different than the industry standard (if there is such a thing) to make people buy their stuff?

Hope Tech 4 E4 Brakes - Jan. 11, 2023, 9:38 a.m.

I’ve got a set of Tech 4 V4s and I really love them. Perfect compromise between power and modulation, and they look like jewellery. 

But there is something weird about the callipers and centre lock hubs. I’ve had the same issue as you with being unable to centre the calliper over the rotor when running I9 Hydras with centre lock SRAM hs2 200mm discs. Weirdly it was only an issue on the rear hub. Contacted Hope, and they claimed my hubs were “out of spec” which I really doubt, especially when I read of others with a similar issue. Never had the same problem with other manufacturers, and I’ve run the same wheelset with other brakes.  

I must admit that I just kept running the brakes aligned, but uncentered, and it seems to be all good, but I don’t know if I’m doing something stupid?

Riding Near Night? Please Take A Blinky Light. - Dec. 23, 2022, 12:09 a.m.

I kinda like the way the Ibis Oso has integrated high quality lights. Might as well when you’re riding around with a huge battery between your legs. Too bad the bike is incredibly expensive for the kit.

Kona Honzo DL - Oct. 11, 2022, 11:13 p.m.

Great review and photos! Would be nice to have a proper picture of the bike as well. 

Interesting how the bike feels so stable, bike geometries works in mysterious ways.

LoamLab Counterpunch and Grips - July 13, 2022, 6:33 p.m.

As you have mentioned here, some rubber on the CP for better hand comfort, and a grip that’s a bit thicker would be great improvements for a good product. 

The only significant downside for me has been me denting the doorframe with the CP multiple times when I carry the bike inside after the ride.  

Another really small annoyance has been if I ride through some really overgrown sections of trail, where I will place my hands further in on the handlebars to avoid the branches/plants, the CPs would grab hold of the thin branches and bring them a bit closer to the hands. Safety wise it’s totally worth it though.

The Sad State Of The 'Because I Can' Mountain Bike - July 10, 2022, 11:06 p.m.

The real question is how filthy rich you would have to be to get Dangerholm to build your bike.

2022 Canyon Torque CF8 First Impressions - May 4, 2022, 2:06 p.m.

I’m kinda curious about that as well? Will a 13 mm difference in length in the chain stay actually make a significant difference in the front/rear balance of the bike. Anyone with experience from bikes with flip-chips on the chainstay?

Magura MT5 HC Disc Brakes - May 3, 2022, 1:54 a.m.

In a recent episode of the Downtime Podcast, some Magura employees were saying that the name of the “two finger lever” was very misleading as it works great with one finger. I think the name is there because it is also used for more consumer oriented bikes as well, where customers might want two fingers on the brake as that’s what they are used to. 

They should change it to “long lever” or something.

2022 Norco Range C2 Reviewed - Feb. 3, 2022, 2:18 a.m.

You touched briefly upon it, but does the ground-huggieness of the bike make it less playful? Seems like it works great on bigger jumps, bit how about popping of smaller features along the trail?

Gear Shots: Jan 26, 2022 - Jan. 26, 2022, 11:59 a.m.

Great read, and I’m hoping to get my hands on some WPL lube, no need to use toxic stuff if alternatives exist.

But I’ll have to inform you that Nøkken is not a shape shifting troll, but a different kind of creature from the underworld, residing in lakes waiting to pull you under. So take care next time you feel something touching your legs while swimming in your local lake.

Leatt Full Face Helmets Reviewed and Compared - Sept. 10, 2021, 9:34 a.m.

Looking forward to seeing more of these reviews then. Will be interesting to see what you think in cases where brands are limiting product features in different price brackets.

Leatt Full Face Helmets Reviewed and Compared - Sept. 10, 2021, 1:54 a.m.

Maybe it’s been mentioned at some point, but is there any particular reason we’re seeing so many Leatt product reviews? 

I really appreciate the quality of the reviews, but just wondering if we will see similar comparisons in other brands as well?

I did in fact buy a set of Leatt gloves after the glove review, and I’m well pleased. But that really does say something about how valuable the exposure is for the brand.

Oakley Sutro Review - Aug. 24, 2021, 8:37 p.m.

I’m pretty keen on the Sutro Lite as that seems to be perfect, but the lack of lens choices is really holding me back. As far as I can see there is no clear lens yet which is what works where I live.

7mesh Thunder Pants and Men's Skypilot Jacket - Jan. 22, 2021, 1:33 p.m.

Thanks for the review of the claps, I’ve been looking at them but was hesitating as 7mesh really seem to struggle to get things right at the first try. 

Regarding the stretch, I think Gore-Tex released a stretchy version last year. Some of that would make sense in these pants I think.

I have a Guardian and absolutely love it. The only thing they should change is the silly elastic cuffs. Why not just have some low profile Velcro ones like the Revelation has?

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