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What Gear was Actually New at Sea Otter? - April 21, 2022, 5:41 p.m.

That 5Dev stuff reminds me of early crankbrothers in that they seem to have spent an awful lot of time and energy focused on aesthetics.  Curious to hear some reviews and see what the durability is once a decent amount of product gets out in the marketplace.

Brakes Of Future Past - April 20, 2022, 3:43 a.m.

Agreed on SRAM. Putting aside buying local and such, in the States you can get SRAM small parts from Amazon (often prime), which is about as easy as it gets to buy something and have it relatively quickly.

However, I do wish they would sell piston seals separately from the whole master cylinder kit.

Santa Cruz Megatower V2 Review - April 19, 2022, 6:47 p.m.

Does anyone else find the chrome parts of the door behind the bike very distracting.  Weird press release picture.

Everyday Bicycle Tools - April 13, 2022, 4:55 a.m.

Agreed on the glasses.  I'm about 1.5 in reading glasses. I've found that for working on bikes I like small 1.75 or 2.0.  Can look over the top to select tools and such, and then when working the extra magnification is really nice.

Crankbrothers Highline 11 Carbon Dropper Post - April 9, 2022, 5:53 a.m.

I am deeply skeptical of this post, but the fact you wrote "I'm inclined to give Crankbrothers the benefit of the doubt" shows just how far the company has come from the early days. Definitely a phrase I never thought I'd see written by a reviewer I respect!

The Death of Plus Tires, Take II - March 16, 2022, 4:44 a.m.

Well put.  I've got 2.3 on the trail bike that gets ridden on machine built trails on rolling terrain for these reasons, except on #2 I'm running EXO with tannus tubeless.  I'm also on older 27mm Reserves instead of 30mm or more, which is another marginal weight savings.

As to #3, I've always wondered if it holds true vs a 2.4 or 2.5 that could arguably be run at slightly lower pressure and thus better deform to trail surface irregularities.  

On this point, I'm not worried about sidewall cuts on the trail bike and think/hope the EXO + insert gives me lower pressures with sidewall support and a supple casing for lower rolling resistance.

The Death of Plus Tires, Take II - March 16, 2022, 4:33 a.m.

Excellent and useful info.  Thanks for sharing.

News Roundup - Week of March 8th - March 8, 2022, 4:57 p.m.

Do I remember correctly that Hand Up was acquired by Pit Viper, or is that just my imagination getting the better of me?

Are We On The Cusp Of Transferable Warranties? - Feb. 26, 2022, 5:08 a.m.

I've always thought it was primarily to incentivize new bike purchases.

Existential Dread And The Proliferation Blues - Feb. 24, 2022, 7:14 p.m.

"implying (even sarcastically) that one company makes up the majority of failures, when evidence points to the opposite, well, that's just not good for the industry."

What's Your Bare Minimum Mountain Bike? - Feb. 18, 2022, 5:38 a.m.

Being more serious, there's definitely a lower limit.  I've had to give up rigid bikes and hard trails to try to put off some cervical spine surgery, but I do think we'd all adjust to rigid bikes if we had to.  However, throw away stuff you couldn't work on would definitely take away a lot of the enjoyment for me as well.

Also, we have to remember that, in many ways, trails have evolved in response to bikes.  For most of us, if we all went back to rigid bikes, our expectations AND the trails we ride would change dramatically.

What's Your Bare Minimum Mountain Bike? - Feb. 16, 2022, 3:44 p.m.

Great article, but PUH-LEASE.  Everybody pretending like they have some minimum is hysterical.  90% of us are complete addicts.  We can wax poetic about undertones of vanilla and hints of clove, but at the end of the day we'd all end up outside the liquor store begging for spare change and drinking 40s out of paper bags.  It's OK.  We don't have to pretend otherwise.  We're among friends.

RESERVE 30|HD Wheels - Feb. 15, 2022, 6:17 p.m.

Can't believe that's the first mention I've seen of lose the cap, don't hold air.  I can easily see that happening trail side when inserting plugs and airing back up repeatedly until you have enough.  I never lay down a part or tool in the leaves and then have to anxiously hunt for it, but I've heard other people do that from time to time.

Still, I guess props to them for trying to come up with something new and creative.  At least it's not another new stem.

Also can't say enough good things about the 4-yr-old Reserves on my trail bike.  Like the way they're making multiple models in basically the same width (including the DH).

EXT Storia V3 Lok Shock Review (w/Cascade Link) - Feb. 15, 2022, 3:58 a.m.

Thanks for the responses guys!  Thinking hard about one for my Titan.

EXT Storia V3 Lok Shock Review (w/Cascade Link) - Feb. 12, 2022, 4:10 a.m.

Very curious about the sound.  Are you pretty sensitive to sounds coming from the bike?  Has it fully faded into background?

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