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Magura MT5 HC Disc Brakes - April 27, 2022, 6:50 a.m.

I've been running MT5s on my trail and downhill bikes for the last 6 seasons, here's what I've learned:  the two finger levers (which you can use one finger on just fine) produces significantly more power than the HC levers (started with the 2 finger lever, upgraded to the HC levers then went back to the 2 finger levers), the race pads have more stopping power, but glaze over pretty easily (I've found that the 2 finger levers plus the performance pads have more than enough stopping power), it's best to gravity bleed these if you can.

Winning the Dropper Post Arms Race - April 22, 2021, 6:55 a.m.

My experience with a Oneup V1 removed any desire to try the V2.  The thing constantly sticks, and no amount of rebuilding has ever resolved it for long.

2021 Norco Shore 1 - Review - Feb. 12, 2021, 9:32 a.m.

Yeah, I'd be into a mullet version if they made one.

2021 Norco Shore 1 - Review - Feb. 11, 2021, 2:05 p.m.

2021 Norco Shore 1 - Review - Feb. 11, 2021, 7:01 a.m.

I can compare it directly to a 2018 Glory which is what I'm coming off of.  As far as the TR11, my buddy has one but I've only pedaled it in the parking lot, so I can only comment on geo at a very basic level.  For the sake of discussion the Glory and TR11 felt fairly similar.  The TR11 is a touch longer, but due to differences in cockpit setup felt slightly smaller to me.  Both feel pretty agile side to side, are easy to move around and get the front end up.  

Due to the chainstay lengthening effect of high pivots, I expected the Shore to take a lot more work to corner, however that hasn't been the case; it moves around pretty well.  I do notice the longer wheelbase at sag a little, but it's actual impact on cornering radius has been minimal and it pays dividends at speed. I do notice the extra weight at lower speeds, my large frame plus DHX2 comes to 11.2 lbs on my digi bathroom scale.  Getting the front end up for low speed wheelie drops or bunny hops takes a good deal more effort due to the chainstay lengthening.

2021 Norco Shore 1 - Review - Feb. 10, 2021, 7:27 a.m.

Good writeup. I built up a Shore frame a week ago with a Boxxer and running the rear at 190mm. It's replacing a Glory as my DH bike, with the added ability to make long resort traverses and fire road grinds to get to ligit DH terrain much easier thanks the the steep seat tube angle and a dropper. It corners surprisingly well for it's length and the suspension design is the best I've ridden in terms of smoothing out chunk. However, getting the front end up and bunny hopping takes more effort.

I found the Norco Ride Aligned settings on their site pretty far off in terms of spring rate for me. For example, the top of the RS air pressure recommendations for a boxxer at my weight (and what I've been running on the Glory) are 15lbs less than what Norco recommends. Getting the rear to match the Boxxer at RS recommendations, as well as matching the feel I had on the Glory which had an Avalanche tuned shock valved for Cat 2 DH racing on it requires dropping down ~100lbs in the rear (which still has me at a bit less than 30% sag).

Fiveten and Adidas Reinvent the Flat Pedal Shoe - The Trailcross - Aug. 26, 2019, 5:42 a.m.

Hmmm...besides the lack of protection from rock/log strikes the thin soles won't provide any of the damping that their thicker soled models do.

Interview: 2020 Hightower Lead Engineer Eamon Briggs - July 9, 2019, 10:54 p.m.

What changed after the first iteration of the new Bronson mentioned in the article? Shock tune?

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