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Min-Max: Bean's 2017 Salsa Timberjack - June 2, 2022, 1:03 p.m.

The quote about riding precious bikes less often is spot on, for me. Obsessing over every detail can be debilitating, also. You know it’s particularly bad when you choose not to ride until you have a part that you’ve ordered, or something of that nature. Switching to a hardtail has benefitted me quite a bit, in that regard. At the end of the day, if I have a bad day on my NS Bikes Eccentric, it’s because I didn’t ride it well. I’m faster and more comfortable on it, than I ever was on my full-suspension bike, here in the midwest, because I stopped spending more time on setup than actually improving my riding. 

Not knocking anyone on a tricked out fully, just saying that for me, the limiting factor has always been me.

Min-Max: Daniele's 2013 MDE Carve - April 28, 2022, 6:49 a.m.

Great article. I am really impressed by the existence of MDE’s Revitalize program. It’s not outrageously expensive, and it could greatly reduce waste from the bicycle industry, if other manufacturers got on board. You definitely just put MDE on my radar.

Magura MT5 HC Disc Brakes - April 27, 2022, 6:51 p.m.

Having owned some Maguras in the past, my first thought when looking at these was, “omg do those things look fragile.” I had a small piece of plastic that covered the bladder break off of mine, and the Magura reps told me it was irreplaceable and a new brake was necessary. I bought the new brake, popped the piece of plastic off and put it on the old brake, and it functioned as if it were never gone. That experience and the delicate builds, in general, put me off the company. They would have to come up with a real rock star new brake for me to try them again.

We're Still Buying Rear Derailleurs Instead Of Mountain Bikes - April 26, 2022, 6:45 p.m.

It regrettably wouldn’t be particularly enjoyable, on your end, but neither of those is precisely what I had in mind. 

I was thinking that a writer might choose a common warranty issue amongst most brands, then try to get it resolved, and review the process. Essentially, it would be Yelp crossed with investigative journalism. The article would then be presented in a more digestible manner, where you would be comparing like to like, and giving examples of how each brand did. 

I’m picturing something that looks like a helmet or trailbike round-up, where there are some criteria, and each company gets a score. 

Although gathering anonymous feedback from shops and presenting it in organized detailed form (perhaps with a graphic rating) would also make for a good article, I am slightly more interested in seeing whether some brands might go above and beyond to get you back on your bike, where as, some might leave you high and dry. 

Regardless of the exact form such an article takes, I think readers would be stoked to see that their bike brand is dope or have some catharsis in knowing that they aren’t alone in going through the bs their brand put them through.

We're Still Buying Rear Derailleurs Instead Of Mountain Bikes - April 25, 2022, 5:29 p.m.

Do you think any writers would be willing to do customer service round-up style reviews? It would be real interesting to see how brands stack up, and if such reviews might change the industry for the better.

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