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Rev Grips Race Series Shock Absorbing Grip System - Jan. 19, 2021, 9:50 a.m.

Have you tried the Ergon GA3's and wondering how these would compare?  The GA3's have the paddle, i certainly feel a difference compared to a 'regular' grip, but thinking of putting something like this on my DH bike for park.

Rimpact and Rimpact Pro Insert Review - Jan. 15, 2021, 9:01 a.m.

I'm so amazed when I hear about use of exo/exo+ tires here.  I just do DD, never had a flat and tires never feel flimsy, and able to run about 18/20 PSI.  I suspect this goes with me not being as good of a rider and picking my lines properly :D

Also I never paid too much attention to what grip people are wearing, but i always assumed maaxgrip at least for front, always.  Given how wet our wet coast is, i kind of figured maaxgrip is just a requirement.  I really try to avoid dragging my brakes, and maybe i'm not riding enough rocky terrain but been getting about ~800-1000km out of a maxxgrip on the back (running to bald tire!).  I probably need to start riding more aggressively.  

I guess inserts open up more options with grip rating to get longer lasting tire while getting grip via lower pressure.  I assume you can still slice an exo the same way with or without an insert, but lesser chance of damage done via rim.

Best of 2020 - Pete Roggeman's List - Jan. 11, 2021, 10:37 a.m.

A positive (I hope) about the end of the sideshow down south is that people up here start paying attention to their local politics, which is long overdue.

We have the most fiscally incompetent & damaging government arguably in the entire history of our country with a leader who has been caught funneling taxpayer money to his family like a warlord in a banana republic, hailing communist despots like Fidel Castro as "remarkable"....   Hopefully he stops getting a pass with the 'at least he's not...' comparison being out now.  With Trudeaumania sometimes i feel like Marge Simpson in that monorail episode.

Away from facebook-related stuff, and back to bikes, also came to huge realization of value of pants this year.   Thought it would be too hot, but works great and cleanup is so much better.

Leatt 2.0 Flat Pedal Shoes - Dec. 22, 2020, 8:15 p.m.

To be fair, with chromag daggas i don't think the shoes matter, you're basically almost the equivalent of being clipped in.  The grip is stupid good & addictive.   Also have 5 10 freeriders with those, and I've fallen over because i just couldn't get my foot loose on a weird angle with bike on a skinny...    Just got the one ups on new bike as well and that seems like a good balance for pedal grip and hopefully shoes don't get shredded as much as with daggas.

2020 YT Decoy 29 Pro eMTB - Dec. 13, 2020, 11:27 p.m.

Yep, time is the main reason I'm looking at emtb.   Also looking to understand how many laps i can pull off, how long does the climb take compared.  Putting the commute to fromme + 2 laps on the battery , 15 minutes to top gives me great perspective, so great article, as always.   

My normal bike will still get regular use!

2020 YT Decoy 29 Pro eMTB - Dec. 11, 2020, 11:41 p.m.

I've been ignoring the steps8000 motor options as outdated, akin to buying a 4 year old laptop, but that's probably an unfair comparison, since on the way down it doesn't really matter as much, and it's all about the down.  I've kind of also taken YT off my list because of the water bottle situation, maybe I'm too picky.    The overall build value does seem great compared to others. 

Riding a Bronson currently, the Heckler seems appealing.    How would you compare the Heckler to the Bullit in terms of fit for riding shore?    Feels to me like they forgot to make the head tube a little slacker on the Heckler to future proof it more :)   Is it mostly the weight that makes the Heckler feel more like a regular/proper bike?

Riding the 2021 Santa Cruz Bullit eMTB - Nov. 18, 2020, 11:24 a.m.

Really interesting how low end components are making it into ($12k bikes DT 370 hubs?, NX drivetrain on $10k)

If you google profit margins (I came across giant), seems ebike is better at margin (meaning lower "value" for consumers).  Not unique to santa cruz here, I've been seeing poor brakes likes guides, NX drivetrains on pretty darn expensive Ebikes as i'm shopping around.  

Of course you can't compare ebike to normal bike prices, but still doesn't feel right.  Would be great to be able to just buy frame for decent price, and spec your own parts, and this is probably an opportunity for nerd brands per Andrew's article here.   The market is what the market is, but hopefully we'll start to see some disruption here.  

Was not able to see a good breakdown of real cost of e-components to create an apples to apples comparison.

Riding in Royal Race Pants - Oct. 19, 2020, 9:58 a.m.

Interesting about the lack of waterproofness.  I have the agent shorts, and they're great at keeping my fairly dry, water beads off them, they don't get fully soaked and have been in some heavy rains in them.  Especially the water/mud coming off the rear wheel.  
I've seen the 'not waterproof' reviews on MEC for the pants which has kept me from buying these, thinking there has been some reduction in quality/waterproofness.   My agent shorts are from ~2 years ago or so.

2021 Fox 36 Fork Reviewed - Aug. 2, 2020, 3:19 p.m.

Would be cool to see NSMB team do an interview with fox, discuss future bike suspension direction and see if fox would address the CSU problem here and acknowledge that they’re working on something.     Had mine just serviced, mechanic said it was the worst he had seen.   Got another squeak now and trying to figure out if it’s CSU again or something else.    

I asked in the shop there’s a lot of problems with fox shocks, guy said he wouldn’t want one.  Not sure if lyrics have as much of an issue here as well.

2021 Fox 36 Fork Reviewed - Aug. 2, 2020, 3:19 p.m.

Would be cool to see NSMB team do an interview with fox, discuss future bike suspension direction and see if fox would address the CSU problem here and acknowledge that they’re working on something.     Had mine just serviced, mechanic said it was the worst he had seen.   Got another squeak now and trying to figure out if it’s CSU again or something else.    

I asked in the shop there’s a lot of problems with fox shocks, guy said he wouldn’t want one.  Not sure if lyrics have as much of an issue here as well.

SilverStar Bike Park is Opening Soon - June 13, 2020, 10:55 p.m.

If they social distance on the chair lifts and put 2 people per chair on opposite ends, lineups will probably get pretty intense.   Whistler may get a reprieve because less/0 people coming up from down south.  Just seeing how many people are out on bikes these days, bike parks may get actually busier than ever though.

A Month with the Santa Cruz Heckler E-Bike - April 21, 2020, 10:02 a.m.

So curious, how many laps to top of 7th for example could you knock out on this thing before running it dry?
And did you try pedaling unassisted up fire road? 

I have a 2019 bronson  which is basically the normally aspired (we need to make this a thing!) version of the heckler I hear. 

On a weekend where I don't have my daughter, i can knock out 1600m elevation doing fromme laps, and it's holding onto the bike on the descent that makes me stop.   

Also tempted with the quicker ride though, something to smack out during my work at home lunch break during covid.

Totally agree about the extra laps + tear & wear on the trails though.  Maybe we need to require ebikes to display the local mountain bike associate membership sticker to make sure trail contributes has been made :D

(oh i don't want to open up a tax flame war here, I know a noob who drags their brakes will also damage trail, as will someone who rides normally aspired daily compared to someone who rides ebike on weekend only.  No such thing as a "fair tax")

Wet Weather & The 29x2.8" WTB Vigilante Plus Tire - Oct. 30, 2019, 10:55 p.m.

Would you expect better traction out of a 2.6 Vigi vs 2.5 assegai?  Currently run an assegai up front and quite happy with it, but when it's time to swap out and there's an ever stickier option...

i assume i could go to 2.6 no problem on the raceface30 rim that currently runs the 2.5 assegai

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