Rigid SS is about as maintenance free as any hobby. And fun too. Sadly, I have accumulated far too many injuries (many on rigid SSs) to enjoy being beaten up when I ride anymore. I still throw a leg over one occasionally, but that is a young rider's game. As to ebikes, can't wait to get one in another year or two, perfect for recovery rides, especially injury recovery.
Beam pattern is so much more important than lumens. I could run full on daytime speed with a pair of Lumina 1100s, and can't remember ever really using my NR 3600 Pro and 1800 Pro at full power, unless it was to show off. Really bright lights also screw up the trail for anyone in front, thanks to the dark shadows. Where the big lumen lights pay off is on run time at lower power. Or at least that is what decades of night riding about 2x weekly has taught me.
Can't stand riding with packs, but plan to ride park and race enduro with protection in 2022. Years of wearing roost guards on motorcycles has convinced me the extra protection is worth it. I've just been lazy. Had 3 crashes over the past 4 years or so where broken ribs were part of the equation.
SS always has a place in the future. Love my SS and ride it more than my geared bike most of the time.
Most of us can lose far more weight than that from our bodies for free, and get the benefits in all aspects of our lives. 6 pounds out of over 220 pounds rider and bike ( most of my buddies are 180+) is minimal unless you are an avid hill climber.
Are we sure that simply marking a ride PRIVATE is enough? While it won't show on other people's feeds/leaderboards, I am pretty sure it still shows up on the heat maps that land managers can view.
Most mapping apps try to keep the trails posted to legal stuff. Most trail areas have trail maps. Most forums are full of information about where you can legally ride for your local stuff. Do your homework BEFORE hitting the trails and it becomes much easier. But if you are in doubt on a ride, respectfully poach? And if the trail says STAY OUT, CLOSED, or anything like that...DEFINITELY DO NOT blow right into it...I see people on clearly marked CLOSED trails almost every ride. Most are cool when called out for it. Some are complete ass hats.
EVERYONE needs to read and heed this! I am so sick of the entitled Bros who think etiquette is a mere suggestion, and don't realize every stupid thing they do comes back on the entire community. Just got word of a crew that forced a female rider off trail and into the scrub on a Sunday at @ 0800 on one of the most crowded trail areas in San Diego. And they didn't even stop to see if she was OK. I am sure in their minds (like all the poachers, segment racers, ass hats rude riders), they figure it isn't their problem.
AMEN! Who cares what other people are doing, as long as it doesn't interfere with our enjoyment or access.
Tue night ride, last 2 guys were way behind the group...@ 5 minutes after the slow guys. One of the guys runs AXS shifting, and his shifter battery died while he was in low gear. They rode back the last 2.5 miles in his 3rd lowest gear. If you run that stuff, keep a button cell with your other essential riding gear.
Not enough people understand the concept of keeping things longer and taking care of them. We are taught to buy new as often as we can afford to. Bad for the planet and your finances.
Sounds awesome, and though it is a new bike, the review sure reads a lot like some of the reviews on the Yeti SB 5.5...Sounds like a comparable but slightly updated version of a playful big bike.
Just installed one on my Yeti SB 5.5 this week. The cheap previous bearings were nice and crunchy, so I decided to spoil my bike.
to be fair, I've run Next SLs for over 5k miles without boots and they are holding up just fine in spite of countless strikes and gouges.
you won't get hardtail feel out of a squishy bike. If you like hardtails, you will likely always own one. I say that as a guy with a modified Chameleon and a Yeti SB 5.5.