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Jones Plus Long Term Review - June 27, 2019, 3:22 p.m.

thanks for the kind words marty. cass linked here from his recent review of the jones swb complete. i'm glad to see people are still finding it interesting and informative

Jones Plus Long Term Review - June 27, 2019, 3:21 p.m.

sorry, i didn't weigh the bike

X-Fusion Trace HLR – Teardown - March 25, 2019, 5:01 a.m.

long term follow-up: i just bought a trace. based in no small part on your teardown insights and review. thanks again andrew

2018 Ibis Ripmo Reviewed - July 18, 2018, 10:30 a.m.

comment-section cherry on top of an already stellar review. compelling writing and voice coupled with thoughtful insights and a keen eye for detail. i really enjoyed this

2018 Zerode Taniwha - w/Pinion Gearbox - June 6, 2018, 6:29 a.m.

in terms of ride feels, does the presence and weight of the gearbox offset the high bb?

Ride 7th Secret w/ Geoff Gulevich - April 27, 2018, 7:16 a.m.

"so nice to have suspension that works... after years!"

shots fired - but at whom?

Chromag Primer 27+ - Feb. 11, 2017, 6:44 p.m.


Chromag Primer 27+ - Feb. 11, 2017, 4:34 a.m.

I had a first generation chromag samurai. 6'2″ on a large frame, the 71 sta was the only thing I disliked about that bike. currently on a last-generation chromag surface with a 73 sta, no offset seat post and my saddle slammed forward, which is better - but for steep up and down riding, I dream of 75/76*…

ftr I run a Thomson layback post on my road bike, saddle slammed back on a 72* sta frame - apples and oranges

Jones Plus Long Term Review - Oct. 28, 2016, 3:07 a.m.

haha, sorry couldn't tell you. i never took the cranks off or looked at it that closely. i would give jeff a call and ask him yourself

Jones Plus Long Term Review - Oct. 28, 2016, 2:34 a.m.

thanks mateusz. and you are correct: as covered in the first look article () all jones bikes feature eccentric bb's

Serenely Swallowing Standards - June 8, 2016, 11:32 a.m.

do what you like? just maybe leave me out of it

Serenely Swallowing Standards - June 8, 2016, 8:57 a.m.

not saying i'm always successful, but i try to be fair

i also try to avoid ad hominem attacks and throwing people i know under the bus in order to "entertain". i read somewhere that "mean people suck" and i think it might be true

Serenely Swallowing Standards - June 8, 2016, 7:08 a.m.

go back and read the first look article again -- it's in there. railing against proprietary bits on the Jones plus would have been missing the forest for the trees. jeff has been using proprietary front hubs for years, which I can't begrudge him for given how unique his bikes are. but he's not bloody minded about it, as illustrated by the running change recently made to the newest plus fork, which uses the 150x15mm fat front standard hub

Serenely Swallowing Standards - June 7, 2016, 11:40 p.m.

didn't the mb-zip require a proprietary, even unique bb?

and the jones plus i reviewed has a proprietary (even unique )142mm x 15mm front hub

finally, petersen didn't murder bridgestone bikes because of his abhorence of new technologies. he made them what they were because he was willing to try, embrace and push new technologies. his mb's were the first modern, purpose built mountain bikes. everyone designing for offroad at the time was following the schwinn cruiser model, which was nice and stable while ripping fireroads but good for little else. petersen steepened up head and seat tube angles so the bikes pedalled and climbed well - he basically invented the modern xc bike, presaging "norba" geometry that would come to dominate mtb design (for better and worse) for more than a decade. true, he later refused to follow the herd and bridgestone suffered and died as a result - he'd found what for him was ~ the apotheosis of bicycle design, and decided to sit under his own vine and fig tree, and chill; and he's still there… proving you can find serenity w/o an industry-sized dick in your mouth

Jones Plus Bike? - June 7, 2016, 10:22 p.m.

hi folks, the full review got posted last week, for anyone who subscribed here but missed it

apologies again for the looooong delay

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