Over-forking is near and dear to me... can't remember a bike in recent memory that I didn't experiment with over-forking? It definitely works for me in the Kootenays!!
RF Nano jacket for me. It's just right for those I wish I packed another layer moments.
Currently experimenting with semi-flat lever placement... so far so good. I get what you are saying Cam about flat levers seeming counter intuitive... but there's something to it when the terrain gets really steep....
Hey Cam... the Bell Super DH preceeded this helmet with MIPS spherical technology. Only mentioning as its half-shell compatible.... and looks decent.
When I get passed by an e-bike it doesn't rile me up... I'm just happy to be out doing my own thing. Its all about personal perspective for me. I can ride e-bikes anytime I want. I generally don't. But feel no need to discriminate against those who choose to.
I have 2 packs that I rotate between depending on time of year and type of ride. An USWE 15L and a EVOC hip pack. Contents vary but in the spring I always try and ride with a saw for trail clearing. For you Cam, I would recommend one of the Silky folders... I have the BigBoy2000 for pack days and PocketBoy for hip pack ones. Best saws on the market...
I have tried the Helm yet. Its on the shortlist!!
Good article Cam... nothing negative from me on your experiences and take aways. E-bikes have a place in our riding culture. But I love my normally aspirated bike even more after getting off one.... its funny.
The Marz Shiver SC was another fork that I owned back in the day. Thx for the trip through memory lane!! Oh and agree with your assessment of the Ohlins M.2 Air... love that fork.
Best looking fork? Now that's highly subjective!! Ha ha... ;-) I've never particularly thought Manitou forks to be attractive.... except the single crown Dorado... now that was cool.
I am running the M.2 Air version currently with the TTX air shock out back...very impressed with this setup.
So you can get a set of We Are One Union wheels with the same hubs for $1600 CDN... just sayin... support LOCAL... especially now.
Complete wheelsets are available from NRG in Nelson. We stock them at our shop.
Great article and made me do some self reflection. What is really concering to me is the effects this crisis is having on mental health... I think its hard to argue that alcohol and drug abuse are spiking as is depression and severe anxiety. I have this in my family (myself included) and without some exercise the prognosis is bleak. Biking has been paramount to my journey to stay healthy. My son has ADHD and sensory processing disorder and with schools closed he is depressed and my concern is this could get worse for him. Cycling is one outlet to keep him and I ironically safe from ourselves. We are in a very rural setting so there is very low risk of community spread and its tires on dirt only (low risk).
Man, I appreciate what you are saying Andrew... but I hate cutting handlebars.... what's wrong with 820mm, ha ha!! But seriously as a dude riding at 230 without gear and being a self-proclaimed wide body I am comfortable at 800mm, especially on terrain where you are going fast... slower speed tech, with narrow trail and trees, yeah those pinkies can take a beating.