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2022 Norco Sight VLT C1 eMTB Review* - Jan. 18, 2022, 8:38 a.m.

i had a similar near death experience on that rock roll on the marin (the distended downtube hooked the top edge of the rock resulting in a very not welcome forward pitch). gotta love those "holy shit i didn't die" moments.

Jailbreak Your Rear Hub (or don't) - Jan. 17, 2022, 1:40 p.m.

that's an 11 speed 11-42 you're running?

Jailbreak Your Rear Hub (or don't) - Jan. 17, 2022, 9:09 a.m.

agreed. love that wee thing (the zee). had them on previous bikes (mine & kids) & feeling a need to rekindle the relationship. is it weird to be enamored by a simple bit of relatively pedestrian tech?

Jailbreak Your Rear Hub (or don't) - Jan. 17, 2022, 8:32 a.m.

i've intentionally stalled the familial drivetrain progression at 11 spd for a combination of value & cross platform emergency swapability (both shimano & sram bits). don't really see any benefit to going 12. 

i'm also a fan of compact geartrains (for our local riding, anyways). currently running a 26t ring w/ 10-42 & mid cage mech (on a 29'er). great bang for the buck, relatively light & robust. contemplating a 36t cassette w/ short cage (on 27 wheel). curious if a zee will work on 11spd spacing...

Where Have All The Chin Bars Gone? - Jan. 16, 2022, 6:35 p.m.

ok, "facial crumple zone" is a fairly ick concept, but those are some interesting points. 

don't know if i'm rolling dice, of making calculated risks, but i haven't dusted off the ff for a few years. because i ride downcountry exclusively, of course.

Battery Flattery - Jan. 15, 2022, 4:58 p.m.

Love this movie. And yes, overdue for a re-watch.

A Look Inside the OneUp Dropper Post V2 - Jan. 11, 2022, 8:42 a.m.

> we just need the right specs for the o-rings and fluids.


A Look Inside the OneUp Dropper Post V2 - Jan. 11, 2022, 8:13 a.m.

would be neat if a cartridge rebuild kit were made available (for homegamers). though oneup is great with warranty (i had a v2 post suffer a similar failure last year), seems a waste to be binning complete cartridge units because of a worn $0.02 o-ring.

We're Being Slowly Boiled Into Super Boost - Jan. 10, 2022, 8:54 a.m.

another vote for small rings shifted inboard! i built up my first (148) boost bike last year, and, assuming the industry knew what they were doing, bought the appropriate boost (dm) ring; resulting (big cog) chainline was terrible! soon swapped to a non boosted ring & everything runs happily now. it just feels like a design error - like how much time to people spend cranking big watts through their 10t cogs?

Forbidden Bikes Launches World Cup DH Team - Jan. 6, 2022, 4:42 p.m.

this is rad. with more large companies dropping DH support, it's cool to see little guys picking up the slack.  

also very stoked about the mullaly / FTW effort. should be a fun season.

The NSMB Podcast - Mike Ferrentino Part II - Dec. 17, 2021, 9:43 a.m.

ugh, right?? riding with pinkies extended and all.

The NSMB Podcast - Mike Ferrentino Part II - Dec. 16, 2021, 1:50 p.m.

great stuff! 

random: i for one kinda / sorta like the DC categorization. it's certainly a definable niche; it's as good as any in terms of categorization labels go. and i'm okay with a bit of cringe / not taking ourselves too seriously.

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.

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