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Race Face Next SL Wheelset - Nov. 3, 2021, 9:31 a.m.

Have metal RF rims arc30 on ebike + regular bike. No issues, been very happy, they hold up well. One dent due to me running too low pressure that i was able to fix up, but otherwise quite solid, stay pretty true.

Cushcore is probably the single best rim upgrade if you're smashing/denting rims. Should really come stock on enduro ebikes :)

Did break a carbon RF crank, there seem to be a lot of complaints out there on this. Based on internet feedback, wouldn't buy a RF carbon crank. My X01's have been solid and seen lots of use & crashes.

The 2022 Santa Cruz Bronson CC XO1 AXS - Sept. 16, 2021, 2:43 p.m.

Let me add a comparison to v3 Bronson, as I switched over when the new one came out.  I've ridden the v3 a LOT.

Overall, it's a noticeable improvement.  I also didn't have big interest in 29's, but my upgrade came result of a frame warranty. 

A slacker front with a bigger wheel allows me to drop into steep nasty stuff with more confidence and less chance of OTB :)    This is going to be true for most recent bikes compared to the v3 bronson where many trail bikes are now pushing 63 degree HTA.

I don't feel it's any less playful or poppy than the previous one.  The old bronson for me was great at plowing - the harder and faster i went through rough stuff, the smoother it felt and this new one continues and improves on this.   I feel like the bigger wheel up front carries through the roots and rocks better, and a slacker front makes you ride OVER obstacles instead of running into them.  New one also feels more stable at speed, and landing jumps into less than smooth landings. 

I don't care about the rear much as long as it generally stays behind the front wheel while I'm riding.  Compared to my full 29" DH bike, the room out back is appreciated.  Mullet to me basically feels like all the benefits of 29 without any of the tradeoffs or downsides.   Overall for my 5'10" size, I like the mullet but have no problems quickly adjusting to a full on 29 as well.

Could not possibly care less about clearing tech climbs.  If I don't clear something, I'll push it past the obstacle and save energy for another lap.   Riding = descending for me :) 

Unless I was riding A-Line/jump trails all day and needed to move the bike in the air, I'm converted to 29" at least for the front for north shore/sea to sky riding.

Two Rides: The 2022 Santa Cruz Bronson CC XO1 AXS - June 9, 2021, 12:09 p.m.

Seb answered better than I can, but just to add from someone who has a 2x29 v10, mullet Bullit, + 2x275 Bronson (all santa cruz, though I'm not sponsored, hint hint SC ;)

I really like the mullet of all the options.  I agree that steering redirecting with the 29 front feels more natural, i don't get thrown around on roots/rocks and have better traction to steer my bike.

The 27.5 rear  just results in my ass getting buzzed less (i'm 5'10), more forgiveness when i screw up on jumps and rear comes up too much.  Plush forks save me each time :D

Not a huge deal for me with the 29'er rear, i adjust my riding style fairly quickly, but given the choice, I'm currently pro mullet, albeit with limited set of bikes to compare with.

For me only downsides of mullet are that you can't move the front tire to the back to live out the end of its life.  You can stretch out a 27.5 spare tube onto a 29 if need be, I hear.  However as long as you run "proper" tires (DD) you shouldn't need tubes.

Specialized Butcher T9 Tires - March 4, 2021, 6:31 p.m.

So if money's no object,  all around North Shore tire all year long - what's your #1 pick for front? 

You compare this to Assegai, do you think you could tell in blind test?  Would you slot it same as Assegai or somewhere between Assegai & DHF for front? 

...asking for the people who only know how to speak in maxxis lingo :D

Shimano Derailleur Clutch Service - March 2, 2021, 11:52 p.m.

My XT needed such service after just over 200km.  Thankfully new bike tuneup service warranty covered it, but food for thought as no issues with my SRAM in over 2000km riding.   No doubt Shimano shifting is amazingly smooth when functions, but not looking forward to having to do this too often.  Very appreciative this guide exists now and will know where to look once i'm on my own to maintain :)

To Raise an Athlete (Ride Like A Girl) - Feb. 23, 2021, 12:20 a.m.

Would love to see some programs for young girls like 7-10, sort of like ski lessons,  just getting them up for a few laps and help build the stoke.    I know for my daughter, she really notices when it's all boys doing stuff and it's a more encouraging for her when it's female instructors and she's not the only girl in a class.

Disrupting Lousy Warranties in Mountain Biking - Feb. 10, 2021, 11:13 a.m.

Yes on Santa Cruz.

Have a chip on the cable port near the head tube.  It's cosmetic really, just a bigger hole, not structural.

Shop sent in warranty claim to check, got email from SC a day or two later that it did qualify, but because not structural i would have to wait, because there are no such things as bikes or bike frames in 2020.   No problem. :)

Then there was some confusion, bike shop called me that because someone else at SC processed and thought it was result of crash it didn't qualify.  I forward them the initial email i got, some more calls between shop and SC, then SC calls me directly... asks what happened, i say i honestly don't know - don't think there's any way of direct impact, my guess is one of the many OTB instances as my bar spun 180 and pulled on cable...  

What helped my case is i mentioned i also have 2 other SC bikes (have a trail, DH, e-bike).  That I think helped, but long story short I'm in line for a next version of the same frame some time later this year.  The SC guy is like "seems you have enough bikes to ride..." i say yes, it's just cosmetic, I'm mostly concerned about eventual resale when i want to upgrade, I don't mind waiting..".    BTW they said they had never seen that before (a chip in that spot).   They have me choices of frames (for example switching to nomad now, but would have to get my own suspension).

I guess him doing the math that i've got ~$30k in bikes from SC, maybe worthwhile to send a new frame for future business :D. Like others said, not being an entitled jerk and dealing with a shop helped my case i think as well.

Anyways, yes happy with SC warranty for sure, and the bikes are high quality and very fun to ride.  Now i just have to pick color & frame size when the new ones come out.

SC also is original owner only warranty as far as i know.  Like others mentioned, kind of cheating on the warranty in that respect, would be nice to see at least some +2 year extension.

Disrupting Lousy Warranties in Mountain Biking - Feb. 9, 2021, 9:41 p.m.

Yep, 100%.  Only reason toyota eventually came forward with this was the class action.  My 05 frame got replaced because it had a hole in it, rusted through with only 150k on the odo here in lower mainland.

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.

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