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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.

Tannus Armour TUBELESS Inserts Tested - Oct. 31, 2020, 5:18 a.m.

For the googlers researching and seeing this, just installed on reserve 27's and it was a piece of cake.  My takeaway is be prepared with a tube to seat one of the beads if the wheel is 35ish or more.  Really liking the inserts, btw.

The Coolest Tool - Oct. 10, 2020, 6:04 a.m.

Yep.  Seems to be OEM on a lot of bikes but no aftermarket sales.

The Coolest Tool - Oct. 9, 2020, 3:33 a.m.

Could you please share who makes the cable clip?  I've looked for that style before but not been able to find it.  Thanks!

Tannus Armour TUBELESS Inserts Tested - Oct. 5, 2020, 3:41 p.m.

Hope you get a more expert opinion, but cushcore and tannus are about tire performance, not merely flats.  Outside of weight weenie xc and such, in 3-5 yrs we will view not running inserts like we view running tubes today.  Not normally an early adopter, but I’m all in on tire inserts.

Tannus Armour TUBELESS Inserts Tested - Sept. 21, 2020, 10:37 a.m.

Report on installation for the good of the order.  27.5 x 2.6 tire on 37mm Reserve rims (asymmetric).  Got it fitted and it was quickly obvious there was absolutely no way the tire was going to seat, because when the insert was pushing out on the middle of the sidewall it pulled the beads together, because, unlike cushcore, nothing was pushing out on the beads.  Pulled the insert and seated the tire.  Popped one bead off, put in the insert, and seated with ease.  Maybe I'm not the only idiot and this will help somebody.   

PS - Based on my limited experience with 27.5 and 29 Reserve rims I dispute that installing one of these is that much less hassle than cushcore once you get the hang of it, but then again I don't find cushcore to be a hassle, just an extra couple of minutes and bonus forearm workout.

Five Trail Etiquette Essentials To Be a Mountain Biker - Sept. 17, 2020, 11:07 a.m.

Very true, and actual roosting or cutties are fun.  But, those facts don't blunt the adverse impact of the videos that the companies and people making a living off our sport are putting out without a second thought about anything other than their own personal self interest.  Has always seemed to me that the people for whom mountain biking is a hobby and means to earn a living should give more than the rest, but it always seems like they give less.

6 Months with the 12sp Shimano XT Group - Aug. 25, 2020, 10:21 a.m.

Nice to hear about the xt paddle resistance.  Shift ergonomics and feel is the main thing that has caused me to stick with SRAM in the past.  If the shifter can get along with my Code levers on the bar I might switch the next time a drivetrain wears out or I build a new bike.

6 Months with the 12sp Shimano XT Group - Aug. 25, 2020, 10:16 a.m.

I am not a SRAM fanboy by any means and I'll spare everyone the list of their many, many missteps with introducing new product, but it sure does seem like Shimano is getting a free pass with all these clutch issues.  What percentage of riding population even understands what the clutch is, much less how to properly adjust and service it?  If I was a shop having to service every new derailleur before selling it I would be pretty upset.

Tannus Armour TUBELESS Inserts Tested - Aug. 21, 2020, 10:45 a.m.

Very interesting and best review I've seen to date.  Running CC pro rear and xc front on a Hightower OG with 2.3 Maxxis and love them.  However, may give these a try at next tire swap.  Think I'll keep the CC on the rear of the Chameleon 27.5 x 2.6 for vibration damping.  Also, perhaps a blue or green would have been a less suggestive color?

Cascade feat. Brandon Semenuk - Aug. 11, 2020, 11:31 a.m.

Makes me a think of an excellent cut of meat with way too much sauce on it.

2021 Fox 36 Fork Reviewed - Aug. 1, 2020, 2:15 p.m.

Would it to be too much of a generalization to say that every new iteration of the 36 that makes everything else stiffer while using the same stanchions\crown and crow\steerer interface exacerbates the creaking issues?

2021 Fox 36 Fork Reviewed - Aug. 1, 2020, 2:06 p.m.

Although I have a hard time believing an I9 or similar hub varies enough to truly impact fork performance, all of the other new tech is really compelling.  However, hard to leave an existing 36 that isn't creaking.  Really, really wish they would devote some effort to the CSU.  If I knew the CSU would not creak, would already have a new on order.

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