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Specialized Butcher T9 Tires - March 11, 2021, 10:41 p.m.

Engineering textbooks, whitepapers, and industry have used both words interchangeably forever. I found that it depended more on the professor teaching the subject than anything else. You can damp vibrations and you can dampen vibrations. 

Or is there some nuance that I’m missing?

Banshee Titan - Part One - Jan. 17, 2021, 10:08 p.m.

For me at 6’5” tall, Santa Cruz has nailed their sizing. I’m on their XXLs and love the sizing. I’m truly in the XXL for clothing which just makes sense. The reach, stack and STA of my Hightower 2 is spot on for my height. They seems to have found an great balance so that the front end stays planted on all but the very steepest climbs, the STA is slack enough that I can put power down well, and the reach/stack combo gives me a balanced riding position. 

I’m eager to try Specialized’s S6 sizing which is their XXL whether they want to admit it or not. It looks to be a touch bigger than SC’s XXL so I’m curious to see if I’ve finally reached my limit and have bikes that are truly big enough.

Banshee Titan - Part One - Jan. 17, 2021, 8:19 a.m.

I’m up there in height @ 195cm and find that super steep STAs are a hindrance to making power. Good thing that most bikes that are listed at 76-78 degrees seem to fall to 73-75 at my seat height because of the slack actual STAs. 74-75 is my sweet spot for powering steep climbs while keeping the front end tracking. Steeper than that and I feel like I’m tiptoeing up climbs. For more rolling terrain, like Galbraith, a steep seat angle fells absolutely terrible because fork is weighted too heavily. 

Years of road and TT riding have taught me that I cannot generate power with such a steep STA. On a TT bike, the steep STA is only usable because you’re finding a balance between power and aerodynamics. 

I almost feel that the industry knows this so they publish steep STAs in geo charts only to have them fall in a more balanced range when the saddle is at climbing height.

You Can’t Do That in a Porsche - July 7, 2020, 2:19 a.m.

A buddy of mine had a red Tercel that I dubbed the Terrari. That nickname stuck with the car until it finally blew into pieces after being hammered on for 15 years.

2021 Transition Spur Ridden on the Shore - July 1, 2020, 7:02 a.m.

This is the 35mm stanchioned Sid so it should be plenty stiff at 120mm travel. It’s more of a Pike-light than a Sid IMO.

Giro Manifest Helmet Ridden - with Ball and Socket Tech - May 10, 2020, 8:42 p.m.

It’s the Bell Super Air (and Super Air R) that has the MIPS Spherical.  I bought the R version (removable chinbar) late last year and love it with and without the chinbar attached. It has very good coverage with excellent ventilation and fits my noggin perfectly.

3 Test Products for Andrew Major: Spring 2020 - April 19, 2020, 9:35 a.m.

A great way to core the end is to loosen the clamp and tap the end of the bar with a rubber mallet. It leaves a nice clean hole. If you have an old bar lying around you can use it as the core tool.

Awesomize Your Ride - A Spring Service Primer - March 25, 2019, 2:28 p.m.

A few light blasts from an air compressor gets them on the bar in seconds.

Specialized Body Geometry & Finding the Right Saddle - March 25, 2019, 2:23 p.m.

Agreeeeee! I know the minimalist saddles look cool and all, but bring back some side cushion to all saddles! It helps on the mtb by providing more comfort for moving around on the bike and it helps on the road by reducing friction between shorts and the sharp side edge on so many saddles.

INTERVIEW - Santa Cruz Engineering Mgr. Nick Anderson talks Megatower - March 24, 2019, 11:05 p.m.

But Boost is already everywhere so we’re stuck with it. SC even held back on Boost for quite a while.

INTERVIEW - Santa Cruz Engineering Mgr. Nick Anderson talks Megatower - March 21, 2019, 12:45 p.m.

I've found that SC is great at bringing a range of sizes on their demo tours. Last year I was easily able to demo an XL Nomad and XXL Hightower LT at two different demo days. I brought some tools to adjust the cockpit to my liking and a shockpump to adjust the suspension. 

I couldn't tweak other items like rotor size (SC put 180mm rotors on an XXL HTLT!) or shock tokens but overall I was able to get a great feel for the bikes.

INTERVIEW - Santa Cruz Engineering Mgr. Nick Anderson talks Megatower - March 21, 2019, 12:42 p.m.

Kudos to Nick being a reasonable guy and not being pressured by Superboost. It is completely unnecessary and no matter what garbage marketing claims are made, it makes the back end wider and increases heel strike especially for those of us with big feet.

Ride Impressions: SRAM's Electronic AXS Wireless Group - Feb. 9, 2019, 7:42 a.m.

The swap is not quite as simple as it sounds. You’d have to break and reconnect the chain for each swap and likely mess with the RD limit screws. Probably better to have a properly sized chain for each bike though. 

On the other hand, you could just buy a shifter bar clamp and leave one on each bike which makes for a quicker shifter swap.

Ride Impressions: SRAM's Electronic AXS Wireless Group - Feb. 9, 2019, 7:36 a.m.

@awesterner, Unless things have changed very recently you’re correct. Typically there is a full hydraulic braking system that is controlled by the electric braking system. There are force and position sensors at the brake pedal and electric pumps in the hydraulic system to create the braking pressure to augment the regenerative braking. The system can still operate as full hydraulic if there is a power loss,. 

I’ve driven a few hybrids with this system and they all feel very disconnected compared to a traditional system. Electric steering feels awful in the same way.

The Apple-ization of the Mountain Bike - Nov. 8, 2018, 11:10 p.m.

Problem is, engineers already knew enough about gearboxes to know it was a bad idea on a bike. Too bad the decision makers at Sram didn’t know. Unfortunately too many of these sorts of decisions are made by people that have no business making these decisions.

The attitude of many companies is to rush to market with half baked products and fix problems later (if they ever fix them at all).

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