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Bearing Swap - Santa Cruz Tallboy IV - May 6, 2020, 6:07 a.m.

Thanks for your candidness on the screw up! Glad it worked out for the better. 

I nearly did the exact same thing on my Santa Cruz last year. But I caught it before I started tightening anything. Phew. I did, however, have a couple pops at that point so I’ll blame that.

Riding Tall With The Manitou Mezzer Pro IRT Fork - April 20, 2020, 8:46 p.m.

Your opening paragraphs made me feel smug! I’ve always felt the typical softness and sag people run to be almost unnerving to me. Firmer is always better.  That said I’m 230 geared up and happily ride a Mattoc Pro w/ IRT (very much based on your first reviews BTW). 

That other site mentioned the Mezzer had some clunks and was a little unrefined. What did you find in regards to this, poor setup? 

Is 160 the lowest it can go or can it do 150? I agree I love the, decidedly subjective, looks of this fork.

To Ride or not to Ride During a Global Pandemic? - March 19, 2020, 10:35 p.m.

I’ve been of this similar thought process lately. It seems like a biweekly occurrence that I see a local news piece on a cyclist being struck by a car. Mountain bike injuries are still certainly a risk but I would rather have the ability to manage that risk than give that risk over to a texting driver. For the offseason on the MTB I think a gravel or cx ride makes more sense these days.

Giant Clutch Hidden Bike Tools - Feb. 8, 2020, 9:56 a.m.

Was just coming here to say Fork Cork from https://miles-wide.com/. Have always been curious about them, seems simple and low-tech --- just what I like for something like this.

Banshee Launches Two New Enduro Bikes - Sept. 16, 2019, 2:46 p.m.

Loving all the new quality alloy bikes coming out. 

In the market for a new bike next year and doing another one-off build in an alloy is tempting.

The Ibis Ripmo AF Has Landed - Sept. 10, 2019, 3:55 p.m.

Agreed the name is awesome AF.

The Ibis Ripmo AF Has Landed - Sept. 10, 2019, 2:19 p.m.

Wow that’s impressive. Frame only with coil upgrade  is about $2400 CDN. Good candidate for a custom build.

Trading Watts for Rainbows: Making Sense of eMTB World Champs - Sept. 5, 2019, 11:59 a.m.

My dislike isn't focused on the fact it compares against e-bikes. Acoustic is sound and music -- end of story. Specialized used it because they had a famour bass player use the term. 

I've suggested "bikes" or "conventional bikes"

Trading Watts for Rainbows: Making Sense of eMTB World Champs - Sept. 5, 2019, 11:59 a.m.

My dislike isn't focused on the fact it compares against e-bikes. Acoustic is sound and music -- end of story. Specialized used it because they had a famour bass player use the term. 

I've suggested "bikes" or "conventional bikes"

Trading Watts for Rainbows: Making Sense of eMTB World Champs - Sept. 5, 2019, 11:56 a.m.

how about Mountain Bike or conventional bike? And then eMTB or eBike?

We don't call non-electric cars "acoustic cars".

I do understand where you are coming from on a need to differentiate. And it isn't a criticism of your writing (it's a criticism of the industry), I just feel that calling them "acoustic" or "analog" comes off as marketing schtick or trying hard to be cool. It evokes too much of an analogy of guitars, maybe that is a function of who Specialized used to popularize the term.

Damnit, I'm going for a ride on my bike powered 100% by my legs!

Trading Watts for Rainbows: Making Sense of eMTB World Champs - Sept. 5, 2019, 10:03 a.m.

oh I forgot about that. I rounded out my teeth by grinding them while reading that.

Trading Watts for Rainbows: Making Sense of eMTB World Champs - Sept. 5, 2019, 7:44 a.m.

Can we please remove acoustic bike from our lexicon? 

Not necessarily opposed to eBikes but damnit out of all the ridiculous terms we have in this sport nothing sounds more stupid than acoustic bike. 

And because it was popularised by Tim commerford (via specialized) of Rage and Audioslave it’s even ruined my perception of him! 

End rant.

Tim's Masters Worlds Championships 2019 - Aug. 30, 2019, 5:09 a.m.

Great story! Tough on the injury but good on you for pushing through and racing even in inclement weather. Such a gnarly looking course. It’s articles like this that keep bringing to this webpage for the last 15 years. 

Watch that whiplash injury, they have a tendency to pop up weeks later after everything seems fine.

Mullet Mania - Crankbrothers Launch the Synthesis Mixed Wheelset - Aug. 14, 2019, 10:30 p.m.

Feels like 2003

2019 Canyon Strive CFR 9.0 Team - Unboxing!? - July 23, 2019, 2:33 p.m.

Interesting. Thanks!

Awaiting the review

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