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2023 Cannondale Jekyll 1 First Impressions - Jan. 30, 2023, 8:38 a.m.

It's got geo on the trailish/all rounder side of enduro, but big travel and the idler/high pivot combo that seems to fall flat on.. flatter rides. Interesting combo...

Marin Oso Composite Flat Pedals - Jan. 5, 2023, 5:26 a.m.

I could honestly see something like that for a race pedal coming back around, especially with the popularity of plastic flats and lower BBs... new saint single sided SPD with removable skid plate...

Sort of similar, Shimano dual sided trekking pedals are similarly weighted so they stand up vertically and you can choose your own adventure wether clipping in or running flat fairly easily... Those pedals are a guilty pleasure of mine on commuter/SUV bikes, and that feature actually works pretty well.

Salad Daze - Dec. 28, 2022, 8:33 p.m.

I'm going to be a negative nancy and harp on the paralysis part - it's driven by absolutely asinine marketing. I've been running Pirellis on my gravel bike all year with great results, which has me eyeing their MTB line. A few tread patterns, casings, compounds, a couple widths for most, and I'm just looking for 29ers. The marketing speak is impenetrable and useless.

Conti just got product of the year. On another website... So I go check them out, because as much as I've been a Maxxis guy for a decade plus, it's fun to try new things. A few treads, compounds, casings, widths AND some legacy product with entirely different language/nomenclature thrown in and a functionally useless 'periodic table's of tires... All marketing garbage.

Maxxis isn't much better, but I'm at least used to it, and I do think their literature is published at a higher standard of telling you what a 3CMG EXO+ tire actually is, and they have a PDF of their full offering you can peruse and make relatively easy comparisons between their massive, massive tire offering.

Consumers, shops, are confused, needlessly. It's unsustainable and stupid.

Andrew's Five Little Christmas Product Wishes - Dec. 7, 2022, 3:32 p.m.

Shimanos last gen of 10 speed, 11-36 XT cassette, and that whole group set, really, was their best ever. I'm let down by their 12s offering, and 11s was ok.... New Deore 11s is a great value, though.

Knolly Tyaughton Titanium Review - Nov. 16, 2022, 6:33 a.m.

I'm a steel guy, just from a practicality, budget, value perspective, but I'm lusting after Ti right now, thinking I may give it a try next year...

At the end of the day, did you notice any real difference in ride between bikes? Lots of mythology and marketing goes with Ti... But it's also just metal. That said, tube profiles, diameters, etc, that are differentiatiors between the Ti and steel frames could definitely influence feel. I find weight is something you notice hoisting the bike off the rack or stand, feels good in the first quick sprint up to speed on the trail... Then I forget about. Wheels are different, light wheels feel great and it takes a while for that sheen to wear off, but straight bike weight... My bikes lose a pound every ride as I drink my water and I never notice.

Lizardskins DSP Lever Grips - Oct. 28, 2022, 6:47 a.m.

I think you'd really like the Wolftooth pogies - the V1s are easy on off, have sort of a trail mode and adjust for more warmth. Pretty light, pretty low profile, don't feel like monster fat bike pogies. Perfect for winter MTB trail riding. V2s are warmer but bulkier, great for a true fat bike and sub zero snow blasting.

2022 Canyon Spectral 125 CF 8 Review - June 2, 2022, 9:04 a.m.

The rare bike that climbs like it has longer travel than it does...

I think it'd be fun. Where I live there are no longer downs, not many big hits, so big bikes really go to waste, in my opinion, but there is plenty of opportunity to stay in sprint mode, pop off everything, and pretend you're a gnarly Enduro pro... I think a bike like this that encourages aggressive riding would suit that approach really well, without dragging around a couple inches of extra travel.

Better Than Christmas - May 31, 2022, 1:21 p.m.

Last year I had a local race, trained, rested, ate well... Fresh minions. Did pretty well.

Guy that beat me was on absolutely bald DHFs front and rear.

New Bike Day! - May 12, 2022, 4 a.m.

I noped out 2 seconds into the e bike ad.

XTR vs. Deore - Can you tell the Difference? - Oct. 7, 2021, 6 a.m.

I want to love Shimano twelve speed, but I went XT/SLX mix a little over a year ago and I am dissapointed.

-Blew an XT chain, out of the blue, in two places in the middle of a regular chunk of trail. About as JRA as you can get, and the chain disintegrated. It was ~a month old

-SLX chainring failed when a couple of those anti tamper bolts backed out, and the chainring bent in that area under power. Only Shimano could design a direct mount chainring with 8 bolts... Warranty was XTR, which is never worth the premium for me, but at least is a one piece part, as all direct mount rings should be (quick change,  CAMO/Switch aside). Failed a couple months after the chain.

-XT shifter stopped down shifting - lever just swung freely. Warranty took 4 months. It was ~3 months old.

- 9 months later, warranty XT shifter does the same thing. Warranty only took a few weeks.

- Two days ago, grenaded a year old, 2000 mile chain. Chain checker showed it about half life. 

I've also found that XT 12s chains rust, even in my dry midwestern US clime. I don't have that issue with any other chain in the fleet - some cheapy KMC, 11s XT, and a variety of chunky single speed chains.

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