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Catlike Leaf Helmet: Reviewed - Feb. 20, 2014, 9:07 a.m.

I love my Leaf helmet - fit is a personal thing for sure, but if you used to wear a medium Giro and find the new fit (Xar) is not for you definitely try on the Leaf.

It is also very cool that the majority of their helmets (and my Leaf) are actually manufactured in Spain.


Gravity Dropper Turbo LP Seat Post: Reviewed - Feb. 18, 2014, 10:56 p.m.

@Morgan : Shoreboy's KS barrel would be the cleanest way to do it, as the barrel would but up right against the remote lever and, once tension was right, you could clip the cable flush; I also looked at a few old Canti brake bits with holes that would work.

My rotor bolt/washer/nut job was originally a test of concept that works perfectly and looks bodged (which I enjoy) but there are definitely way cleaner ways to do it.

You do have to admit that the gold Saint barrel adjuster really makes the package though…


Gravity Dropper Turbo LP Seat Post: Reviewed - Feb. 18, 2014, 3:11 p.m.

Its just a rotor bolt / washers / nyloc nut holding the cable.

I always use Shimano 4mm housing w/ stainless steel cables. It interfaces perfectly with the Gravity Dropper post, inline barrel adjuster and remote.


Gravity Dropper Turbo LP Seat Post: Reviewed - Feb. 17, 2014, 7:22 p.m.

Also posted below… no tutorial required.

I used: 1x Fox DOSS Remote, 1x Rotor Bolt, 1x Nyloc Nut, 1x Washer (mine is off a front derailleur and has a nifty bent shoulder).

In addition to the DOSS barrel adjuster I run an inline barrel adjuster for maximum tune-ability… but it isn't necessary, the remote's barrel adjuster has more then enough adjustment to pre-load the cable.

Gravity Dropper Turbo LP Seat Post: Reviewed - Feb. 17, 2014, 7:02 p.m.

I really like my current Gravity Dropper - the latest version with the bolt-on housing guide a la the post reviewed.

The company has Awesome Customer Service, and it takes 30-seconds (tool free) to un-thread the cap, pop the the post out by engaging the remote, and grease the bushings for almost-play-free performance. It is so easy to work on that any one who can change a shifter cable can fully rebuild it.

That said, I think that Morgan should win Olympic Gold for ice dancing around how awful the remote is, and it has nothing to do with adjustable cable tension which can be remedied in 5-minutes or less by adding an inline barrel adjuster.

The remote needs more leverage and a return spring to assist the post's tiny inline spring. In terms of mimicking the smooth function of competing products some kind of bushing or bearing would go a long way as well.

Here is my Fox DOSS remote (easily run on either side, above or below the bar), which has awesome ergonomics, and super smooth performance thanks to the three features above:

Race Face Chute Jacket: Reviewed - Jan. 29, 2014, 1:36 p.m.

I also found the Chute too warm for most riding, even with the zips open. I am running a (similarly priced to the Chute) Gore jacket that is much better, but still only bearable in torrential conditions… otherwise I just get wet in wool.

I was going to ask you how much better the Arcteryx SL is compared to the Chute, and Gore offerings you have tried, but -- while I love nice things -- the thought of crashing my bike in a $750, super-super light Gore material, jacket gives me heart palpitations. I really don't think it is reasonable to compare a good jacket that is relatively affordable for the majority of riders as a go-to piece (Chute) to Arcteryx's absolutely #1 top-end product!



MTB Reaction GIFs Vol. 1 - Nov. 26, 2013, 9:09 a.m.

"Sold -- lightly used -- DH bike at end of season (then boarded foreign flagged ship under cover of darkness to escape retribution)"

2014 Crank Brothers Cobalt, Iodine, and Opium Wheels - Nov. 19, 2013, 9:23 a.m.

Very well written Dave.


What type of drive mechanism does the hub use? Is it easily user serviceable? Are the wear surfaces replaceable, or machined into the hub shell? How many engagements?

What are the long term testing plans for these wheels? Most riders, thankfully, do not have experience with the original Crank Bros wheels -- in our (Sea-to-Sky) region their failures where legion.

If Crank Bros wants to sell wheels having sponsored pros ride them for miles in the sun, on dry trails, in Laguna is a poor test. If they were serious about showing improved longevity a forum test set-up (a la Specialized tires) where a number of riders - riding year round in our conditions - regularly report on what they are riding and how the wheels are holding up would ensure a multiple sample group.

Otherwise, I don't know anyone who could/would recommend these wheels with good concious on Crank Bros guarruntee that they are improved from the past <>.


Wade Simmons at Rampage 2001 - Oct. 11, 2013, 10:11 a.m.

Hasn't aged a day!


2013 Ghost Cagua 6550 650B - Sept. 16, 2013, 9:08 p.m.



2013 Specialized Enduro S-Works - Sept. 10, 2013, 8:41 p.m.

You are correct that it is a 26t/38t.

A bashguard will have zero compatibility/functional issues with the front derailleur or the frame.

It may look a bit "off" - but I suppose it depends on how you weight the the ascetic of your bike against the survive-ability of your expensive chain ring. It doesn't change the fact that the reviewer can easily resolve their concern and provide a service to any reader in a similar situation by sharing their solution.

Pete - if you want to try a 104BCD Bashring that fits that crankset, I have one left over from a similar set-up. If you have access to a grinding wheel you could turn it down to exactly the right size.


2013 Specialized Enduro S-Works - Sept. 10, 2013, 7:45 a.m.

Given that this is a review of a fully custom built bike it is disingenous to post a picture of a standard, 104-BCD, XTR crankset with a caption lamenting the lack of a bashguard?

Remove the custom flush mount (vanity) chainring nuts/bolts - Purchase a 104-BCD bashguard that covers the ring size of your choosing and a set of standard chainring bolts - Problem Solved.

Blackspire makes a nice, light, 36T bashring if you are having trouble tracking one down.

The carbon Enduro is an awesome - very fun - bike, it was (tied with the carbon Nomad) for my favourite small wheel (26″/650b) bike that I road this year.

Hopefully 2014 comes with the updated CCDB Climb Switch shock as it offers a significantly enhanced climbing platform vs. the "custom for Specialized" LSC adjuster on the Enduro.


Review: Marzocchi 44 Micro Switch TA - Sept. 9, 2013, 10:32 a.m.

I think the important moral of this story (and almost every fork review I read) is that, no matter what fork your purchase, it is a good idea to drop the lowers and do a basic service (lubricate foam rings and bushings).


The opportunity that Marzocchi is missing, by chasing RockShox/Fox down the road of more features and lighter weights (air springs), is to fill the same niche for 29'ers that they fill for 26'ers - namely ultra reliable, extremely smooth, super easy to service, coil sprung forks.

There is a market for a coil sprung 44 RC3 - no one covers the, admittedly niche, demand for such a product in the 29'er world.

None of the 44 Air Forks I have tried can compare to what RockShox / Fox are offering at the high end of the market (weight / performance) or the value that X-Fusion (performance per $) is offering at the lower end of the market.


Morgan Taylor: Beardless & Fearless - June 28, 2013, 9:43 a.m.

As per usual; Awesome choice of songs for the sound track… Matt Dennison is the Tarantino of mountain bike films in that regard.

Very enjoyable.


I’m Faster Than You - March 25, 2013, 8:59 p.m.

Awesome clip of the Lynn Valley Bikes Tuesday Night Crew (second most awesome regular Tuesday night ride on the shore)… oh, and Wade is there too.


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