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Cascade Components Forbidden Druid-Nought Link - Dec. 1, 2021, 5:29 p.m.

interesting thought there - are bike designers *really* getting it wrong or dumbing things down (for whatever reason)? i've heard lots of positive reviews of various cascade links. would totally like to hear bike designers' perspective. 

also: if cascade is listening - I pine for a 2021 commencal meta tr link that adds a bit of progression, a dash of travel - AND mullet conversion.

Dual Squish vs Hardtail: Service Spending - Nov. 30, 2021, 10:44 a.m.

the bearing rotation trick is SMRT. should really get in on that game. (alas, i am lazy).

Dual Squish vs Hardtail: Service Spending - Nov. 30, 2021, 9:19 a.m.

as someone with 2 bushing-ed banshees in the family, i do loathe these things. all sorts of fabricobbling hijinks required to keep things moving (somewhat) non-wobbily.

Dual Squish vs Hardtail: Service Spending - Nov. 30, 2021, 9:13 a.m.

speaking of SC - i'm amazed by their lifetime bearing warranty. do they generally have better than average bearing sealing / longevity? that could add up over the years. (as I proceed to order my second set of main pivot bearings this year).

Race Face Conspiracy Wet Weather Line - Nov. 30, 2021, 9:03 a.m.

curious how everyone's DWR is holding up? 3 washes in & my pants & jacket are fully wetting out; no water shedding to be seen. breaking out the nikwax already. kinda disappointing.

Race Face Conspiracy Wet Weather Line - Nov. 25, 2021, 9:02 a.m.

i've got a medium jacket, and find the hood too small (or too short, to be accurate); will fit over the lid, but can't zip the jacket all the way as it lifts the jacket off my shoulders. maybe i've got a long neck / cranium? otherwise works fine as a minimalist, no frills shell. 

i do like the fit & function of the pants, though i agree they are clammy. i prefer a comfy pair of NF's for most (drier) conditions, but the RF's are great in the proper wet.

My Yeti SB104 - Sheared Pedal Pins & Terrified Grins - Nov. 23, 2021, 9:10 a.m.

adding another to the list of burly / aggressive short travel bikes ahead of their time - i had a nicolai DS (circa ~2005); 115mm rear, 150f; lots of geo adjustability via a plethora of shock mounts:  

My Yeti SB104 - Sheared Pedal Pins & Terrified Grins - Nov. 22, 2021, 11:02 a.m.

oh hey! https://nsmb.com/articles/readers-rides-pdc-racing-825/

My Yeti SB104 - Sheared Pedal Pins & Terrified Grins - Nov. 22, 2021, 10:02 a.m.

stop right there sir.

i once short shocked my PDC abomination trail-esque bike; was running a bb at about 12" even (with around 6" travel) & silly slack. to say pedal awareness was important was an understatement. was fun in (smooth) corners tho. said experiment was short-lived.

2022 Canyon Lux, Trail Bike? - Nov. 15, 2021, 5:27 p.m.

given marinos are so silly cheap, perhaps one shouldn't really expect sophisticated kinematic analysis, but i've seen some pretty terrible (eyeballed) leverage rates on some of those frames. looks like the swingarm shock position is fixed, and you get to choose a shock stroke, and the downtube shock mount just ends up where it ends up, given those & the geometry parameters - often in territory that no amount of volume spacers can fix. that said, if one spent a bit of time messing about in linkage to confirm some numbers that don't suck (assuming you can get enough hard data from marino), it's a damn cheap option to play with some interesting numbers. 

HOWEVER, having spent time on an optimized simple single pivot, if it were my $$, i'm in andrew's camp - it'd be a linkage actuated bike.

2022 Canyon Lux, Trail Bike? - Nov. 15, 2021, 11:01 a.m.

daam, that's sweet.

WRP Mullet yoke for Specialized Enduros - Nov. 10, 2021, 10:27 a.m.

i did a 26/27.5 mullet to an old 26er bike of mine for a kid build. pretty effective refresh; fun rig.

WRP Mullet yoke for Specialized Enduros - Nov. 10, 2021, 9:21 a.m.

i'd assume primarily because of the teeny tiny wheels? i ran a couple mullets back in the day as well (rm-7 & letoy) to try to slacken / lower the shitty geometry a bit. those 24" rears just fell into everything. granted, wasn't doing a/b comparisons, so they felt fine at the time. 

WRP are doing some neat work (sprag clutch front freewheel??). was eyeing up the meta mullet yolk; alas, it's a big chunk of metal ($425aud), so maybe not *that* curious about trying a smaller wheel.

The Gear We Live In - Nov. 2, 2021, 11:39 a.m.

i consider the shoe dryer essential hardware in this climate. hose down the galoshes post ride, toss em on the dryer, & they're spiffy clean, dry (& non stanky) for tomorrow's ride. brilliant.

The Gear We Live In - Nov. 2, 2021, 9:11 a.m.

i concur that the MW's are brilliant. can't believe i've put up with cold / wet feet for so many years. 

and i just love my NF pants - both the dp3's & berzerkers (for cooler / wetter conditions). near perfect garments; that they're made here (by good people) put them over the top. AND their new repair / re-sale used garment program is a fantastic initiative.

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