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SR Suntour TriAir Rear Shock - Feb. 25, 2021, 9:35 a.m.

Andrew - definitely interesting, especially since you arrived there via careful and nuanced consideration of numerous saddles.  Makes me feel even better about my decision.  

Hardtail is a Chameleon (73 sta) and trail bike is an OG Hightower (74 sta).  Saddle is kinda close to center on Chameleon and pushed pretty far forward on Hightower.  I'm mostly arms and legs.  Running a 185 Revive on the Hightower with a 490mm seat tube and 20-30mm to spare. 

Run the bars on the lower side for a trail bike.  Ride the Hightower on rolling terrain with lots of mellow grades and may be on it for a few more years because I don't want to give up the geo.  If I had to replace it right now, would almost certainly be a Revel Rascal.

Obviously, the Titan will have pretty "modern" geo.  Anticipate having the saddle in the middle or even pushed back slightly.

I thought the marketing on the 60x was confusing so I called SQ Labs USA.  They talked about it more as a "gravity" saddle than an ebike saddle.  I like it on a wench-and-plummet bike where I run the bars a little higher and spend most of the saddle-up time with the front wheel a decent ways above the rear.  Conversely, it's a lot of saddle when you're in a little more traditional/aggressive position.  611 feels much better to me in those scenarios.

I would discount the ebike label on the 60X.  I just got a new 611 and it had an "ebike" sticker on it.  Forget exactly what the sticker said.  

I'm guessing the prominence of ebikes in the marketing of the saddles is related to their being based in Europe and ebikes being so prevalent over there - sort of like what we've had to suffer through over here with "enduro."  I'd think of the 60x as a gravity or wench-and-plummet saddle that might be especially appealing to larger people.

Finally, a tip that might be worth sharing.  With a slack STA and a bike yoke post, getting the nose a little below horizontal (sqlab recommendation and my preference) meant that the end of the front saddle clamp bolt was close enough to the saddle that when the saddle flexed a lot it barely hit the bolt.  Was starting to nick away at the saddle shell until I caught it.  Just cut 5mm off the end of the bolt and was good to go.  Have no idea if this would have been an issue with other saddles.  Also possible this would not have been an issue with their v2 saddle clamp.  Still, good thing to check for those of us partial to slacker sta frames and $170 msrp saddles.

BTW, thanks so, so much for this site.  It is a complete breath of fresh air and helps me stay in touch with the ethos I want my riding to embody.

SR Suntour TriAir Rear Shock - Feb. 25, 2021, 4:03 a.m.

Andrew definitely and obviously has a more informed and valuable opinion, but FWIW at 6’2” and 205lbs I ride 611 on hardtail and trail bike and 60x on bigger, wench-and-plummet bike.  Have really struggled with saddles in the past.  Very, very happy with my current setup.

SR Suntour TriAir Rear Shock - Feb. 24, 2021, 10:31 a.m.

Sorry to hijack your article further, but I've got a Titan arriving tomorrow (btw, saved $250 and got the last 2020, based on your comments on the shock).  

My OCD antennae went up on the cable noise comment.  I'm planning on using the jagwire foam sleeves inside the frame.  Is there a quirk I should aware of?  Would very much like to get that sorted the first time around.

Also, +1 on STA and SQ Lab 60x.  That's exactly what's going on my Titan.  Have their saddles on all my bikes.  

Looking forward to reading your final review and vehemently and categorically disagreeing with anything that's not glowingly positive. ;)

Banshee Titan - Part One - Jan. 13, 2021, 11:06 a.m.

I think the people favoring the reviewing of the frame-only vs a complete bike are actually just frustrated with reviewers' proclivity to spend too much time reviewing the parts vis-a-vis the frame - and I couldn't agree more.  This site does a good job, but the subconscious frustration carries over.  

Also, amen on the STA's.  Instead of basing model differences solely on travel or wheel size, brands need to incorporate geometry.  For example, 29er 140mm rear bikes with rolling-terrain geometry and wench-and-plummet geometry are completely different bikes.  But, will probably be a long time before we see this in the marketplace because, as a group, we're not informed enough to support this sort of offering.

Best of 2020 - Tim's List - Dec. 29, 2020, 4:31 p.m.

Did the same.  Another easy coast rider who really, really appreciates the different tone of this site.  Thanks for what y'all do.

Leatt 2.0 Flat Pedal Shoes - Dec. 23, 2020, 2:38 p.m.

If you find a way to order them please share.  Thanks for the reply!

Leatt 2.0 Flat Pedal Shoes - Dec. 22, 2020, 6:31 p.m.

In all seriousness, any more info on those laces?  I just went to Leatt's website to see if I could order some.

Rockstop Tire Insert Review - Dec. 22, 2020, 3:55 a.m.

Agree it's a tannus and CC world. I'm running 2.3's and tannus most of the time on a trail bike and then when I take trips and ride my bike a little beyond its (and my) capabilities, I throw on 2.5\2.4 and CC pro and really like the extra damping in that scenario. Feel like the lower pressures let me get sufficient traction out of the 2.3s (dhf and aggressor) for normal trail riding. Throwing that out there as an idea for fellow nerds/tinkerers.

Hardtail is tannus front and CC pro rear.  If your getting after it on a hard tail and don't have CC pro in the rear you're missing out imo.

2020 Gift Guide - Week 6 - Dec. 20, 2020, 2:39 p.m.

That's exactly what should be said about earbuds.  Whether bike or foot, you have to be able to hear other people.  So often people cannot.

2020 Gift Guide - Week 6 - Dec. 18, 2020, 10:21 a.m.

Anything to do with earbuds and trails should have some sort of caveat about trail etiquette.  Wouldn't expect that from a lot of publications, but would expect that from you guys, which is a compliment.  

Others may not feel as strongly and I'll definitely admit to some personal bias on this.  Seeing someone listening to music or podcasts on anything but a gravel road climb makes me cringe like I'm witnessing someone mix a nice bourbon with Coke.  Be present in the experience.

Introducing the 2021 Santa Cruz Nomad XO1 - Dec. 15, 2020, 4:44 p.m.

It's hysterical the number of people on various sites that are presumptuous enough to think that Fox, SC, and the reviewer all missed that the CSU\ uppers were on backwards but they, the reader, can set everyone straight.

Review: 2021 Rocky Mountain Altitude C70 - Dec. 5, 2020, 5:38 p.m.

Thanks for weighing in.  Very nice to see as a consumer.  Putting aside spec, I was surprised at the premium over other similar brands for the frame-only option. Is that an exchange rate issue for me here in the states?

2020 NSMB Gift Guide - Week 4 - Dec. 4, 2020, 4:47 p.m.

If shimano makes a running change to get rid of the rattle in the motor, the rise is looking really, really tempting as a first ebike.  Been eyeing it.

SRAM AXS: a year of wireless shifting - Nov. 5, 2020, 5:20 p.m.

Are you adjusting the saddle tilt when swapping between bikes?

Is Cushcore Preferable to a Heavier Tire Casing? - Nov. 2, 2020, 11:20 a.m.

I've always thought we went to wide rims to support the sidewalls of the wider/higher-volume tires.  If you're really looking at optimizing a rim, insert, and tire setup, you can go with a narrower rim because the insert supports the sidewall.   AJ's experiment and all the comments are super helpful, but don't answer what is my main question from a trail-riding perspective: how does 2.5 DHF, 2.5 Aggressor, no inserts, 30mm ID compare to 2.3 DHF, 2.3 Aggressor, inserts (cushcore pro or tannus), 27mm ID, and 4ish psi lower in each tire.  Really narrows down the difference in weight.  And, with the inserts, can easily throw 2.5's (and a DHR) on the 27mm ID for shuttling days.

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