Those ties are super important too...never loose track of that! Really enjoyed reading your perspective on things MTB this year, looking forward to 2022!
That is a lovely story, thank you for sharing!
Ahh, I forgot you had the mx version...yeah that's a little tricky. It was a caffeine induced thought exercise anyway...re. travel; my thought has always been 10mm more travel on a hardtail (ride the front a little more) compared to full suspension, so a 130 hardtail compared to a 120 f/r (like a spur). A little in the weeds at this point, but I always wondered how a well thought out, modern hardtail compares to something, uh...shorecountry?*
Hey Andrew, do you think that you guys could offer a comparison of the Chameleon to the Spur? Just thinking, in light of this article, how a lightweight and capable hardtail would compare to that lightweight and capable short travel 29er. I know you did not review the spur, but maybe you could pass the bike off to who did for part of the long-term test. It would be interesting to see how they stack up re. performance to price ratio.
This sounds like a great case for a crate suspension setup ;)
It's funny, I've looked at bikes like the spur but always come back to a hardtail instead. There is nothing on my local trails that a spur could do, that my hardtail will not. Horses for courses, as they say!
As someone who has wrenched on plenty of bikes myself...I agree whole heartily. You have to look at what each person needs...sometimes the extra service fees can push beginners out of the sport, so a hardtail is the way to go. Its not for everyone, but the new hardtails are very capable.
Excited to give this a listen...Grimy Handshake wasn't what made me pick up Bike, but was the reason I came back and subscribed for over a decade...miss the old days of the mag, it made those of us not on the shore feel like we were still involved in something big...and I'll forever be grateful for Monster Park brining some freeride flair to snowshoe so us east coasters could experience what was happening!
This is pure gold! I may be printing parts of this out to put on my office wall! Cheers for the Friday laugh Dave!
I think it will work great for you use (not that I'm an expert) and am excited to see the full build...I love a good nerd-bike that repurposes good-old tech!
I will have you know that I am narrow wide without a clutch on this gen of system with no issues on my hardtail...has worked for years...I am not on a super wide cassette tho, just a 30t to make up for it. My racing days are long past me!
I believe I read on here that it works with the 11s Shimano for a 9sp as well.
Wait...ss in not the future? Has someone told Andrew???
Thanks for that! Always looking for a new tool! In other non-bike specific tools...I have a wright tool 3425 ratchet that is my go-to for seized bottom brackets, as well as other things. The long handle is great (no cheater pipe needed!), it's got a high quality finish, strong pawl system, and they are still made in Ohio!
Mike!!!! Thanks for moving from my former favorite rag (loved grimmy handshake), to my new favorite...NSMB. Can't wait to read what you and the crew get into...