I love Leatt gear, but my funny oval-shaped large head means that trying on helmets in person (and playing with padding options) is a must. And Leatt cannot seem to figure out how to get their helmets into shops. There are zero options for me to try them on in my area which is pretty darn MTB popular.
I'm glad others are catching on to this quirk, as the comments always seem to overlook that many 35/36lb trailduro bikes commonly get 5lb+ of pedals, inserts, water, tools, tube, and more added to them and now weigh more than a DH bike.
I'll always choose to keep my water and tools on me, run the right tires without inserts, and keep my bike under 32lb. It's so much nicer to throw around.
Reading this made me feel an overall sense of happiness and pride for you Matt, and for our community. The MTB world is a great place with great people. It's unfortunate that the rest of the world outside MTB still has some progress to make. While we can't necessarily force someone to change their beliefs, we can provide the best example we can with outward support and love for each other. If even a slightly rational person sees a world full of love, perhaps they can let go of their hate.
You know, something I never even considered... Shorter legged riders will get even lower on the bike in a crouch, and therefore need the seat even lower than I would.
And then there's the terrain and riding style to throw in the mix. I don't have a lot of super steep janky terrain where I am so I'm not tucking super low on my rides.
Personally, I think we are hitting the point with dropper post travel where we don't necessarily need much more. It's definitely dependent on the rider's body geometry... For myself, being somewhat tall (6' + a bit when I don't slouch) with longer legs (35" book in crotch) I found that my 160mm Revive V1 felt a little short but my new 185mm Revive V2 may be a hair too long. Dropping it on the trail then getting back into riding position feels a bit too cumbersome. Both posts have been flawless and well worth the investment.
So in my opinion, an average height rider (5'-9" American / Canadian male) is probably better served by a 150/160mm post than a 180mm+ post. But I can't argue with the cool factor of longer droppers ...
Seat tube angle also plays a part in this equation, but I'm considering this for a normal 2021 era frame.
CALIPER BOLT! Gotta check that too. I had the XT pad fin rattle of doom which I solved but something else is still making noise.
Man, you kind of sound like me. Night-before-something-is-due freakout blitz work sessions are par for the course for me. ADD is a pain in the ass.
And I'm also chasing a damn rattle on my Ibis HD5... I thought it was chain related but I can't see a single wear mark. I'm at a loss.
Great article Cam, thanks for addressing the larger discussion of inserts VS no-inserts. Many of us have not "seen the light" that insert fans rave about, and while a lot of it depends on combinations of bike, terrain, tire, rim, rider skill, rider style, speed, etc, it does also boil down to feel and preference. It's even interesting to hear differing opinions among pro racers, a majority whom seem to not run any inserts at all.
I love the idea of the DBX3.0, but my feet are quite particular about shoe fit and I 100% need to try on shoes before buying. The fact that not a single shop in the Portland metro area seems to stock Leatt shoes means that I can't confidently order a pair. Oh well, I will continue to buy 5.10s because I know how they fit and the Impact Pro provides all the support and then some.
Discussing modern bike weight could actually make for a good article. With "Enduro" bikes getting heavier and the lines blurring between trail/AM/freeride bikes there are definitely diverging schools of thought on weight. And once you add water bottle/cage, tools, pump, tube, etc onto a 35-36lb bike you're pushing 40lb. Many people don't see an issue with that. The irony is that I'm considered a weight weenie now because I want to keep my bike as close to 30lb as possible (well as close as my wallet allows). So I'll gladly rock a hip/fanny pack and put things in my pockets.
Some claim that "weight is weight" but I definitely feel the difference in handling by a 1-2lb difference on my bike when I'm having fun on it. Maybe it doesn't matter while slogging up a logging road, I can see that point.
True, and the RAF GX does get the carbon handlebar too.
Yep, and the build spec is also a bit heavier for the AF builds. Last I checked a Medium AF was 34.5lb-ish with the lighter GX build. SLX adds a bit as well.
I was very close to buying a Ripmo AF, but the weight weenie in me held back. I noticed you forgot to list the weight @Dave Tolnai, IIRC an XL is something like 35-36lb without pedals. Then I decided to stick with 27.5" tires so I bought a Mojo HD5 which has been perfect. I'm definitely an Ibis fan, it's a great brand with great people. The newest bikes (Ripmo AF, HD5, etc) had their suspension designed and tuned with Motion Instruments technology and it definitely shows in the lively, playful feel.
I have been a fan of my simple Garmin Instinct watch, which appears to provide 80% of the MTB features as this but also works for everyday life, running, hiking, simple phone integration, etc. Besides the brief Garmin service outage this year it has been great.
I love what Leatt does, I have chatted with their employees a few times and they are one of the more progressive protection companies in the game. I would consider rocking Leatt gear head to toe if I could try it on first (this applies to their shoes as well!).