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SRAM Launches new 52-tooth Eagle Drivetrains - June 11, 2020, 10:29 a.m.

I'm running xtr/1st/xo1/e13 11 speed mix on 2 of my bikes. Ive been happy with this mix for several years. 

That said, I recently swapped a 12 speed SLX drivetrain off an ebike (because I know the torque would eat that stuff for breakfast) on to my long travel rig.  I find it ridiculously impressive for the slx level. So long as my 11 speed xtr shifters keep working I'm not about to trade them in but I was very impressed with 12 speed slx to the point I'm not sure id feel any need to spend more money to go to a level above that.

2020 Rocky Mountain Growler 20 - Dec. 12, 2019, 11:07 a.m.

This bike is crazy, particularly the mid price point of it with dropper and 34mm stanchion air fork.

I'd certainly say I'm 'bike blessed' and yet I would strongly consider this a contender to add to the fleet if I were looking for a hardtail of this type even though the MSRP is below what I'd normally consider.  It's too bad this one falls a bit short with no dropper and a crummy Fork, but I guess that's the pricepoint for you. The frame seems banger. While I thought the last growler was a pretty cool bike for a beginner, I'd never consider owning one. Now this? Maybe maybe. 

Now that I mention it, my stache is looking a little long in the tooth....

Sellers Remorse - Nov. 6, 2019, 10:04 a.m.

I regret selling my 2013 NS Soda Air.  It was a 26" bike, the suspension design wasn't brilliant, it was absolutely too small for me, especially by today's standards. 

But it was my first Full Suspension mountain bike, and the first bike that I purchased as a young independent man completely with my own money. It saw me from messing around small blue schmuck trails in Ontario to moving out west and riding pipe dream at silver star. 

The year after I moved out I started working at a shop, and 2.5 years after owning the thing I sold it for like $1700 bucks, because how much can you get for a fairly entry level 26" bike, even in 2016? At the time I wanted the money for a fancy staff purchased carbon Trek with the 'much-improved' 27.5 wheels. Looking back a few years later, it was pretty clear that I could have just gotten the Trek without selling my Soda. I'd like to still have the Soda now because of how much fun I had on it, how much I progressed on it in my formative mountain bike years ,and the fact that it represented something really special to me, as it was the first 'real' thing that I purchased for myself as an adult. 

I've looked for it since. I saw a person who had it on pinkbike who purchased it from whoever I sold it to, but he wanted way too much for it. I've been looking again since and nothing. I know I wouldn't ride it. I just want it to be on the wall. I just want it around again.

Extended Play - May 1, 2019, 9:14 a.m.

What time of year did you fly  up?

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