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Aaron's Guerrilla Gravity Smash - May 16, 2022, 7:11 p.m.

^Exactly. The servowave mechanism boosts hydraulic pressure 20% over the same lever without servowave. It’s an impressive design. It changes the leverage ratio of the hydraulic plunger arm when the pads make contact.

Now that I think about it, maybe the wandering bite point is magnified by servo wave.   Hmm

Aaron's Guerrilla Gravity Smash - May 16, 2022, 4:35 p.m.

I never understood the hate for servo wave levers.  Changing leverage ratio at pad contact point is a Brilliant design, effectively  reduces finger effort by 20% all other things being equal. I will take a free 20% boost in brake power any day.  Sure, the initial pull of the lever feels a little odd but you get used to it.

Knolly Tyaughton Titanium Hardtail - May 11, 2022, 1:02 p.m.

No mention of the ride quality of Ti?  I'm beginning to think the appeal of steel and Ti hardtails is diminishing. Considering the rollover ability of 29in wheels and tire inserts that let you run 18psi in a huge volume tire.  Hardtail ride quality has gone way up recently.  You can get a great cheap modern alu HT frame for $500.  Sweet ride though.  Totally agree with how fun modern geo hardtails are.

Parked Projects: GeoShift -2° Vs. Budget Hardtails - April 4, 2022, 12:43 p.m.

All frames should have steep seat angles, and now is the time to bring back the 'setback' seatpost design from 20 years ago for those that want to slacken it out.

Parked Projects: GeoShift -2° Vs. Budget Hardtails - April 4, 2022, 12:12 p.m.

Super steep 78 STA on enduro bikes account for rear suspension sag while climbing.  In my experience, 75 STA on a hardtail is perfect.

Parked Projects: GeoShift -2° Vs. Budget Hardtails - April 4, 2022, 12:08 p.m.

Try climbing an old hardtail with a 70deg STA and let me know how that works out.  There is a sweet spot of where your butt is relative to the cranks.

Min-Max: Claire's 2009 Kona Stinky 6 - March 29, 2022, 12:59 p.m.

Perfect.  She looks about 5'-7" and is on a old skool M or L

Vanity's Pricetag - March 23, 2022, 12:15 p.m.

I dont give a F**** how my bike looks.  I want it to perform excellent and be easy to work on.  Sad this is a priority for the industry.

Min-Max: Dave's Banshee Spitfire V2 - March 19, 2022, 12:31 p.m.

The banshee geo chart shows 450reach and 595 stack.  I don’t get how your stack can be 625 without reducing reach.  No need to get so worked up man, it’s just aluminum tubes. Believe me, I rocked small bikes for way too long and had tons of fun.  Now on proper long bikes and it’s been a revelation. I believe them vastly superior, especially in BC.   As does the rest of the bike industry looking at the common geometry trends.  

And calling me a sheep for swallowing long reach trends?  Cmon man.  I’ve tried both, and made my choice what’s better.

My takeaway from your piece is you can breathe new life info an old rig with angle set and new parts, but IMHO, you leave one of the best MTB innovations (modern reach) off the table.  So I personally dont think it’s worth it, dependant on rider height and old frame size.  Cheers.

Min-Max: Dave's Banshee Spitfire V2 - March 18, 2022, 1:55 p.m.

Humans are adaptable monkeys and you can get away with riding small bikes and still have fun...but if you are 6'-2" and riding a 450mm reach 595 stack bike I think you are leaving something on the table.  Choosing a 70mm stem is telling the bike doesn't fit you well.  The geometry revolution isn't just a gimmick.  Hey ride what ya want, I'll post my opinion. :)

Look at any size chart of a modern bike, and they do recommend a 450reach and 595 stack bike as fitting people in the 5'-7"range.  Dont get mad at me lol

Min-Max: Dave's Banshee Spitfire V2 - March 18, 2022, 1:18 p.m.

Nope - reach is too short.  455mm reach at a measly 595 stack on a large?.... maybe if your 5'-7".  Life is too short to ride a too small bike.  I did that for too many years.  Wish I didn't.  Bite the bullet and bin the frame, move on.  Proper fitting bikes is no1 on the list.

Three Tears For The Too-Fresh Retro Rigs - March 14, 2022, 10:24 a.m.

any old retro frame the reach is so short they are all unrideable for me.  Even as a seawall cruiser, wont do it.

Rocky Mountain Issues Voluntary Recall for 2018-2020 Alloy Instinct, Instinct BC and Pipeline frames - Feb. 24, 2022, 12:32 p.m.

Headtubes are getting too short. Longer headtube = more weld area and greater strength. Take the rise out of the handle bar and put that height back into the headtube. 29ers and slack head angles have only increased the stress on the headtube.

What's Your Bare Minimum Mountain Bike? - Feb. 14, 2022, 3:36 p.m.

That DHX 5 has moved from bike to bike over the years but I've had to change the spring rate as bikes change.  Current ti spring is maybe 10 years old.

What's Your Bare Minimum Mountain Bike? - Feb. 14, 2022, 10:35 a.m.

Tell me, have modern air shocks closed the gap to coil shocks?  I'm still running a 20 year old DHX 5.0 with a TI coil.  For a paltry ~130g weight penalty to an air can, I'm still impressed with its small bump and big hit capability.

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