Sorry for the snark. I hadn't yet followed the link - I just did and you're right: that's a cool little add-on. With that said, you were not up front about your involvement with Jank, and that, sir, is bad form. Next time please be up front about it.
Sorry to hear about your injury, slyfink, and hope you recover soon.
To your question about proper coverage, I don't have an answer - perhaps Andrew does but it may also depend on your answer to my question: Was the nature of your crash one in which a spine protector would have helped prevent some or all of your injuries? I assume the answer is at least a partial yes, but just wondering as I understand when a back protector would be useful but it also seems to me that most injuries wouldn't be prevented by one.
I've been saved by a full bladder in the past - that used to be the case way more often in the past when we had steeper HTAs and shorter front centres so that OTB crashes were more common. Anyway, just curious about the nature of your crash and where a back protector would and would not (potentially) have helped.
Can't tell you how much I appreciate you dropping in to the comments to steer people away from one of my recommendations.
You got it. I can appreciate a quality bottle opener, even if I rarely use them these days, thanks to craft beer trends and cans being better suited to trailheads and hot tubs. But their ubiquity only points to their semi-utility: it's easy to use any straight edge to open a bottle.
Up to you to decide whether the frame is just a metal or plastic part that you drape all the other parts on, but if that's how you compare prices - and there's nothing wrong with that - then the design elements built into a good frame are not being accounted for. The D2C part is also an obvious differentiator for most of those ones you mention.
I'm not saying your comment isn't valid, but I am saying it's not 100% accurate in terms of taking everything into account.
This is getting out of control. You all know T-Bone well enough to stop that head from growing any larger.
Times I wish we had our own sticker printer and die-cut machine. These would be in the store already.
Agreed. I'd be surprised if they don't offer more waterproof versions in future.
Well put. Reviews are nuanced, complex evaluations of a product. At least the good ones are. What most of us are subjected to on a daily basis is either people blowing smoke up the ass of something they got for free (aka the Youtuber/blogger/influencer 'review') or someone using their social bullhorn to bitch about their bad day (Yelp).
Well said. If anyone can distinguish between DC and Trail as categories, I'm all ears. That's the fallacy of DC to me - it does nothing to help understand a bike, trail, or category that isn't already covered by either XC or Trail. Trail is broad and therefore perhaps a bit vague, but very few mountain bikers only want to ride on one kind of trail, so why would we need both categories? For that matter, as much as I also hated Enduro as a category (other than Enduro racing), Trail pretty much speaks to what mountain biking was from the very beginning.
I hate categorizations that don't help, but I know why we have them and even acknowledge that we need them. DC still sucks. Long live Shore Country.
Thanks, Kos. In hindsight, suffering over six days was no worse - and maybe slightly better - than one day because it felt like part of something bigger. I think I'm more excited about future multi-day races than single days, but time will tell.
Thanks, Chase. Only fade I saw was your cramping on day one and I was impressed how well you brought it home. Hope to see you at a future one, too! I'll share my spicy dill pickle chips on the stage one start line ;)
Thanks, Todd! Good synopsis.
Found the yankee.
Thanks for chiming in, TJ!