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Chromag Primer 27+ - Feb. 11, 2017, 3:18 p.m.

I've ridden the primer in both 2.8 plus and 29. Different beasts for sure. And I wouldn't say one is necessarily better than the other. Read Cams take on plus vs 29 on the SC Tallboy. Pretty much sums up my experience too.
However, I would choose to ride the plus in the cold and the wet and the 29 in the dry.

Chromag Primer 27+ - Feb. 11, 2017, 2:20 p.m.

Great write up, Pete. I think thought many of the same things when I got my Primer. I thought the bike ride a lot differently between the 29 vs 2.8 Minion plus tires. I've got the 29 wheels kicking around, if you want to give them a go…

Mike

Grabbing a Hit of Northern Endorphins - Aug. 23, 2016, 7:56 p.m.

Ok, I will agree that the 130 mm Endo crushes all 130 mm bikes going downhill. But to be fair, you should probably compare it to something like a HD3. That would be a more fair comparison of climbability vs rowdiness.

2016 Yeti SB5.5C - July 18, 2016, 6:57 p.m.

Yep, I hear yah. People were asking, so I thought I'd give a small bit of feed back.

I'm running the 36 rc2 up front at 88 psi and the rear is 214 psi (I'll double check that one). I'm 185 pounds without gear. Around 28% sag. I think it could use a volume spacer in the rear though. I'm going to toss one in the next week and try it out.

2016 Yeti SB5.5C - July 18, 2016, 5:43 p.m.

ive only had a few rides on mine, but it's pretty fun so far. I thought I would be a bit of a plow, but it's very agile and jumps way better than it should. It seems like a great all around shore bike. Pedals like a champ, but still big enough to bail you out when you get in over your head.

Pedals similar to the Knolly endorphin. Descends similar to a nomad, without the extra travel to soak up those drops to flat or seriously rough transitions.

Shimano AM5 Shoes - May 6, 2016, 7:28 a.m.

I found the AM9 to be a little on the soft side. They had quite more flex than the M200's. I found that I felt less control with the AM9 than either the M200 or the Specialized 2FO clip. One thing I'll have to give to the 9's is that they are way warmer in nasty conditions.

Revamping the Reverb - March 15, 2016, 8:15 p.m.

The one thing I don't get is that everyone says these big posts are only for tall riders. You already have long legs (i.e. Suspension)!! I think the long posts are better for short(ish) people. Us guys who don't have extra suspension in our stumpy legs. Ok, maybe it's a fair statement for those that are really short and are buying the xs frame. But bike manufacturers, please design your frame for us shorty' and allow everyone the joy of over 150 mm between the legs!

Mike

First Look: GT Sanction Team - Feb. 15, 2016, 1:21 p.m.

Really interested in the ride review (short and long) for this bike. Also curious to see how this would stack up against the Nomad/etc.

RaceFace Agent Waterproof Shorts - Dec. 3, 2015, 9:07 a.m.

I've had these shorts on a few wet rides. They feel a little weird when you first put them on as they don't fit like a typical riding short (at least on me). But they are awesome when it's wet. So much more comfortable to put those few extra laps/km's in when it's wet out. I'd buy them again in a heartbeat.

Mike

OneUp 45T Sprocket - Sept. 30, 2015, 12:48 p.m.

Very true. But I'm also old with old knees! It helps us old buggers keep up with you young whippersnappers!!

OneUp 45T Sprocket - Sept. 30, 2015, 8:07 a.m.

I've been rocking this set up on both my bikes for a while and it's awesome. One has the same gearing as you, Jon, and the other I have a 30 t chain ring and use the 45 for a bail out gear. A couple of things I noticed with the 45. First, chain length on some bikes is exact. On the 275 Nomad, there was almost no chain tension in the 11 t cog and the derailleur only has a bit of play left in the 45 t cog with the suspension bottomed out. However, with a bike with less chain growth (Knolly), the conversion was super simple and had some room for error for the chain length. Shifting is also very slightly worse with the OneUp. Most of the cassette is fine, so is the 45 t, but you'll notice the difference going from the Shimano cogs to the 18 t OneUp cog. Having said all that, I would buy it again in a heartbeat. I love the bail out gear on one bike and I love that I have a little longer gear on the other. I bet OneUp will sell a bucket of these when the new XT comes out.

Mike

2016 Cane Creek DB COIL Climb Switch - Aug. 26, 2015, 12:42 p.m.

Great review Tim. It's kinda of funny comparing your review to the one recently posted on Pinkbike. Seems almost polar opposite. I also went to a coil recently on my trail bike and it is awesome. Feels just like some of my old freeride bikes. Good stuff.

Mike

Uncle Dave Disagrees about this Milennium - June 16, 2015, 9:28 p.m.

I've had some of my best rides gloveless. Of course, only when I've forgotten them. I've tried to recreate the awesomeness by riding gloveless on purpose, only to eat it. Where gloves. Keep the ground from cutting your hand open like a va-jay-jay. Just sayin'…

2015 Ibis Mojo HD3 Reviewed - April 8, 2015, 7:49 p.m.

I've been running my HD3 for about 2.5 months now. I got the XTR package, but not with the carbon wheels as I haven't had great experiences in the past. 36 up front and DB Inline in the rear. I started out swapping the tires (to Schwalbe Hans Dampf 2.25) and swapping in a RaceFace SixC bar (what was Ibis thinking with the 740 mm stock bar????). I ended up at 28.5 pounds with XTR trail pedals. I have found that the HD3 is an awesome do-everything bike. Good enough for the Dirty Duo XC race and happy enough on Dales, Boogie, etc. One of the better do-all bikes that I have ridden. One thing that I've noted is that it really prefers when you pick your line accurately, and luckily it's easier to do on this bike (steeper HA and shorter wheelbase). But I have noticed it can get a bit out of sorts when I get off line in a rough and steep section.

I just recently tossed the stock tires back on it. Wow, big difference. Much more aggressive little bike. Overall, great bike. Everytime I ride it, it's my favourite bike.

Mike

2015 Ibis Mojo HD3 – First Impressions - Feb. 12, 2015, 6:58 a.m.

Hey Al, I'm 5'8″ and the medium fits pretty good. I think it fits a little tighter than what the numbers say, but way different than the old one. I was on the fence for the med or large, but the seat tube length on the large would be too much to get a 6″ dropper in there, for me at least. Nice thing about the large is that you get the second bottle cage, if you're into that. Hope this helps.

Mike

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