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Night Riding Needs: The Blackburn Dayblazer 1500 - Oct. 18, 2021, 8:57 a.m.

Aaarghh That’s too bad. Sounds like the light is still awesome, but the beam issue is virtually a deal-breaker for serious trail riding ( at speed anyway...?) 

Of course, no clue how it would compare to my old L&M setup. And regardless, I usually keep the tech and the speed dialed down at night. I’ve never had the confidence to go full-on (or maybe just never had enough good light?!)

Night Riding Needs: The Blackburn Dayblazer 1500 - Oct. 18, 2021, 7:37 a.m.

Uh that light looks amazing, what’s the catch? 

Seriously ready to order that poste-haste .. to complete my research though, could you tell me your least favorite thing about it?

BeggarsWouldRide - Oct. 15, 2021, 5:48 a.m.

Mike, always looked for your byline in Bike, loved that mag, the writing, and the photos of course. 

But now that’s gone, great to see you here! NSBM is the best for sure. You’ve touched on something I’ve wondered about ever since latching on to this site:  This crew sure is professional, excellent at their craft, and reviews both obscure and high-end brand-new stuff. Yet the ads are minimal and corporate overlordship seems to be absent..... I’m impressed and genuinely curious how you all pull it off. Any chance of a piece about NSMB and independent niche journalism in the modern age?


The Worst Purchase - Oct. 7, 2021, 12:58 p.m.

I put one on the rear of my hardtail, at 25, 30, or 20psi (didn’t matter) it felt like solid oak and rolled like a cinnamon bun! 

(On top of being slippery  and hard to get on and off)

The Worst Purchase - Oct. 7, 2021, 12:44 p.m.

Beautiful fork! ;)

My LBS, mid-1990s, was a huuuuge advocate of those. They also sold Kona and put most of the factory rigid bikes on the floor with a Zocchi. My Lava Dome was paired with the next spec down, the Marzocchi XCR. At the time I thought it was great!

I think my worst purchase ever was also from that LBS, and pushed hard by the owner. Speedplay Frog pedals.   Ugh! Fragile and expensive cleats that had a pedal interface that relied on about half-a-millimeter metal-on metal overlap to hold tight. About 2 rides worth of mud wore away the metal enough for constant spontaneous foot release.

XTR vs. Deore - Can you tell the Difference? - Oct. 6, 2021, 1:16 p.m.

As an armchair engineer, I have to point out that mass does not change at elevation vs those of us stuck closer to sea level... ;)

Trepidation - Sept. 30, 2021, 1:57 p.m.

So relatable, great editorial! When a lot younger, I used to absolutely torture myself when I was having a scared/ off day —  rolling up to the lip of a feature 5 times... 10 times... more??? If it was something I’d done in the past, I wouldn’t let myself skip it, figuring progression was only linear and one-directional. 

Now 3 is my max, if I’m not comfortable and everything’s flowing by then, I give myself a pass. Ahhh, wisdom. Or age..?

AXS Eagle Economics - Sept. 27, 2021, 6:29 a.m.

The cover shot of the handlebar with 4 cables really confused me about the wireless aspect...!?

AXS Eagle Economics - Sept. 27, 2021, 6:27 a.m.

Good point!! Had front derailleurs remained.... would we still now be seeing Ochain & the like?

Progression and the Dreaded Plateau* - Sept. 22, 2021, 6:52 a.m.

Interesting comment Hugo! In terms of pushing myself I really see both sides. With others I’m surely able to try features that spook me, probably moreso than riding alone —- but sometimes it’s a frenetic experience, almost surprised afterwords, “wait did I actually just ride that?” 

In contrast to solo rides where that zen feeling is much easier to reach, and I can visualize myself doing the tough moves, then hitting them (haha or just as often not hitting them if Zen is in short supply that day)

Knolly Tyaughton Steel & Titanium Hardtails - Sept. 21, 2021, 7:20 a.m.

I think it’s like, the dorp was so tight, greasy & janky that the letters got mixed up between somebody’s mouth & your ears.

Knolly Tyaughton Steel & Titanium Hardtails - Sept. 21, 2021, 6:17 a.m.

Well I know a hardtail is a hardtail.... always a slight variation on two triangles.......but that BC-heavy origin tube bend.... and even logo placement.....ummmmmmm??

**Edit** forgot to yoke....

The 2022 Santa Cruz Bronson CC XO1 AXS - Sept. 16, 2021, 6:33 a.m.

Opening photo rock roll: 1000% awesome!

The 365 Day Flat Pedal Challenge - Sept. 14, 2021, 10:52 a.m.

Oh for sure, now with my dropper seat height is “textbook” at full up. Back in the old days, choosing the right off-road seat height was much more.....nuanced :)

The 365 Day Flat Pedal Challenge - Sept. 14, 2021, 5:46 a.m.

For sure in the Singlespeed sense, struggling up the last steep bit of a tough climb, clipped in definitely absolutely lets you convert more flailing body motion to forward bike motion. 

I think droppers are part of the flat-pedal renaissance, because in my opinion, there’s no way to do a (even slightly janky) trail ride on a hardtail with the post up. 

On the other hand, I got to the top of my technical game (especially slow speed tech) clipped in on my rigid SS with a rigid post. Without having fork dive working against you, even steep descents and rock rolls were totally ok, safe in the knowledge my feet wouldn’t go popping off. (For reeaally steep or extended stuff, sure stop & lower the post. But 99% of the time..)

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