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Teardown - Shimano XTR M9100 Hubs - Feb. 20, 2020, 2:11 p.m.

"some TLC these hubs from yesteryear will easily last long enough for your axles, wheel size and headset standard to all become obsolete"

HAH! love this, sneaky jab

Polygon Siskiu N9 160mm 29'er Review - Feb. 20, 2020, 1:46 p.m.

That's a real odd thing because the systems should be 'simple'. The bad set had a good firm bleed at the levers. Ran pads from my good set so I knew it wasn't issue with the pads. I even swapped the master cylinders around with no change so that would infer that it was a caliper issue. All pistons seemingly extended and retracted with no issues, but there was just no bite.

Polygon Siskiu N9 160mm 29'er Review - Feb. 18, 2020, 9:58 p.m.

FWIW I was happy with my set of Slate T4s even on the stock red pads, they were better with Shimano metal pads -- think Zee like power with more linear delivery and modulation; better than Guide R and T I've tried in the past.  I had a second set of these brakes come OEM on a bike that was not good at all (especially the front), even with known 'good' pads and a full brake fluid purge and bleed.

Hayes Dominion A4 Brake Review - Jan. 30, 2020, 7:43 p.m.

I get and appreciate your well thought out points as always Andrew. I guess what I was trying to say with Hayes (and Manitou) is we've heard this before. 

Til then, I'll happily continue to enjoy my DVO suspension and old Shimano 985 levers paired to Deore 4 pot calipers, of which neither have never left me wanting for more.

Hayes Dominion A4 Brake Review - Jan. 30, 2020, 12:39 p.m.

Colour me skeptical, not to the performance, but to these pulling Hayes back into relevance. I believe the Stroker Ace from several years back reviewed and performed as well or better than its competition, and just kind of fizzled out. The segment is quite crowded, and sure there will be those who want to try something different for the sake of being different (see the Shigura bunch)  and an even smaller percentage who absolutely need these unique performance attributes.

I share the same opinion on the recent Manitou suspension product as well. That they are under the same ownership group isn't merely a coincidence IMO

Best of 2019 - Tim's List - Jan. 8, 2020, 10:36 p.m.

https://youtu.be/BE7mgfwd6M8  this guy is pretty over the top with excitement, but maybe not?

https://youtu.be/nfh-Essrs9Q  this is a different guy but has more actual track footage with audio.

My consensus is that to drive these things at 10/10 for 90 mins straight as well as to operate and adjust car settings, monitor everything else going on around you on track, is basically other worldly. And no ABS or traction control.

Best of 2019 - Cam's List - Jan. 7, 2020, 3:19 p.m.

For me, a bigger bike allowed me to ride faster and feel like I'm a better rider than I actually am, until I hit actual harder trails and features and get served humble pie. And crashes at higher speeds also typically hurt more or cause more bodily damage. The small bikes IMO help to keep the trails in my wheelhouse interesting and keeps me on my toes without letting the bike go straight down wherever it wants. 

But I do also understand the struggle and safety net of 'overbiking', with how well many bikes pedal nowadays and weights that are very comparable to the smaller trail bikes

Best of 2019 - Tim's List - Jan. 5, 2020, 4:11 p.m.

I've been geeking out on YouTube where a couple of civilians have been invited to drive F1 cars. Their description that stomping on the brakes from high speed with literally all the strength they had to prepare for a turn and the resultant G forces snapping their heads into their crotches was pretty eye opening. Then they find out they only actually hit 75% of max braking force. Knowing the pros do this 10+ times for 90 minutes straight sets things in perspective.

Best of 2019 - Tim's List - Jan. 2, 2020, 5:42 p.m.

Drive to Survive was fantastic, totally hooked me from being a barely casual F1 follower to a pretty dedicated fan this year. I can't believe I looked forward to waking up at 5am Sundays to watch!!

PNW Loam Grips & 10° Range Handlebar - Dec. 26, 2019, 5:11 p.m.

Well you've already given up suspension, gears, and a 'flickable' rear end ;P

I was a very late adopter to dropper posts,  so obviously I made do for a long time without. But it's one of those overly complicated pieces that does something so simple with a resulting convenience that has made riding more enjoyable for sure. But back to the top about suspension, gears and short rear ends...

PNW Loam Grips & 10° Range Handlebar - Dec. 23, 2019, 3:34 p.m.

With your anti conformity to the marketing machine,  I'm expecting you to revert back to a fixed seatpost and rim brakes in 2020

2020 Rocky Mountain Growler 20 - Dec. 10, 2019, 8:58 p.m.

The $99usd 1up v1 dropper would be perfect for this bike.

I do wish they went 10spd even if it added $100 to the msrp, 9 speed upgrade path for lower gearing is a challenge...the M6000 Deore rear derailleur will happily handle 11-46 smoothly on a hardtail with a clutch that actually works and give you Eagle-like gearing with the 28t ring. I guess they can't have the entry level model shift better than the SX and NX drivetrain of the higher spec models costing 1.5x and 2x more

Polygon Siskiu N9 29er - Nov. 19, 2019, 11:21 p.m.

I've had great success with a set of Slate T4's on the stock red pads even (but with SRAM centerline rotors), so much so they've ended up on my park bike. I came across a second set in which I could never get the same power out of the front brake... I tried to swap the lever with my known good set, tried finned Shimano metal pads, both with no improvements. So something going on at the caliper.

Sellers Remorse - Nov. 11, 2019, 10:44 a.m.

Could that brass Chromag QR lever not have just bolted onto a 34.9 or whatever you need clamp? *sorry*

2020 Ibis Ripley - Long Term Review - Oct. 31, 2019, 1:57 p.m.

"it's capable of writing cheques that the suspension can't cash."

That's an interesting concept for me as a primarily hardtail rider. Similar train of thought to Andrew's lack of concern in overforking FS bikes vs. overforking HT's.

Your Ripley review is timely as I'm considering moving to a 120 or 140mm FS primary bike. I guess what I'd be curious with is for you to spend similar time in a Ripmo and see how much it gives up on the flats and climbs given its weight is about the same, to cash in on 20mm more suspension. Just sweet talk Cam some and make it happen.

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