Great article! I've stayed in Christina Lake the last two summers and agree the riding is awesome there. The lake is fantastic too, so warm and beautiful. Well worth the trip, we'll be back next summer.
Note to self, when riding with Andrew, watch my bike like a hawk.
Seems perfectly logical to me, we live in a metric country!
I mirror Cr4w's comment on this. The XL Spire is quite a bit longer than the Meta AM in Size L, and I have no problems with technical climbing on it. I find the seated position keeps the front end down well. It's quite slack, and I thought that might be an issue at slow speeds, but so far I haven't found that to be a negative yet. Coming from a downhill background I've always picked my bikes based on descending ability, however I don't find the Spire gives up anything on the way up yet.
Fingers crossed for you!
I find the reach and wheelbase fit me really well. I'm on a couple bikes with that wheelbase at the moment, and like this size. That said, I've always gravitated to bikes sized for folks a few inches taller than me, which I think is because I have a long torso, and long arms for my height.
On that topic, I commend Transition for having a longer one again. I think it's great that there is a longer one for folks that are properly tall.
The purple looks awesome! I was hoping for that for the test bike. The matte grey does look nice as well. And agreed on Transition knocking it out of the park for a while, I like the direction they've taken and going.
I'm the opposite. I learned how to ride on flats, which I think taught me many good habits riding wise. But transitioned to clips when I was racing downhill. I've dabbled going back to flats a few times, and had trips where my bag got lost and had to ride a few days on flats. I want to love riding on flats again, and you look cooler @thedumpsters with flats. But for me clips are way more fun. I like not worrying about my feet on the pedals, I like the float of the shoe on the pedal when cornering, and I like the connected feeling to the bike through really rough sections. I feel like I get less foot fatigue with the generally stiffer soles in clipless shoes as well. But I like that people like flats, and have a ton of respect for good riders on flat pedals.
Watching Friday Fails videos I think there are a lot more crashes caused by flat pedals than caused by clipless pedals. That might be because more beginner riders are on flats. But I see a lot of folks losing a foot on a jump or little lift, and having a crash as a result. Finding a crash caused by clipless pedals is much more rare. I'm hard pressed to think of many crashes that were worse when riding with clips.
I hope to do and read more comparative reviews of products were the company produces many levels of a particular type of product.
I consistently blue my rotors, and that happens at 300 °C / 600 °F. This is a neat reference: "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tempering_(metallurgy)"
I think 1000 °F would be pretty extreme, but maybe possible with a heavier rider on a long sustained steep descent.
Neat tip, I'm going to try that!
Great article, love it, and totally agree! I love the process of trying to get interesting imagery to accompany a review, and working with the talented photographers we've had contribute to NSMB. Almost all of my favourite riding shots have come through getting images for articles.
Well there's no question which photographer you shoot with most!
So awesome that we now have a locally produced carbon bike and wheels! Huge kudos to We Are One for the accomplishment. I love the industrial design, and attention to detail. I guess that's not a surprise for anyone that's held a set of new We Are One wheels in their hands. I can't wait to try one!