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Pockets of Wisdom - Oct. 22, 2021, 11:14 a.m.

haha, "breathless mysticism" - love it. but yeah. all this was happening pre- social media & smart phones, so info dissemination was a very different thing & relatively little was documented for posterity. so much epic-ness relegated to foggy memories. 

i remember when the shore issue of bike mag dropped - so stoked to see our little scene finally getting recognition on the world stage.

Pockets of Wisdom - Oct. 22, 2021, 8:53 a.m.

that was such a cool period of time. the vancouver scene was just vibrating with energy - ever more extreme trails were being built, and a cottage industry of core manufacturers building gear capable of withstanding the punishment sprang up alongside. i also worked in a shop at the time, and the stack of broken warranty frames that accumulated in the early days was impressive. but the manufacturers were paying attention, and subsequent iterations got burlier in response.

So yeah - I have to agree that the north shore had a significant impact on the evolution of the modern mountain bike. Or at least was an important catalyst in the accelerated development of the species. rad to have been part of this era (if only peripherally).

Red Bull Rampage Results 2021 - Oct. 18, 2021, 9:16 a.m.

have to agree. the amplitude (and resulting consequences for error) have grown too large to be sustainable. i think it's time to either can, or seriously re-configure the event.

The Worst Purchase - Oct. 13, 2021, 9:20 a.m.

i remember the unishock! soooo shit. they used a coil spring with no damper - just relied on the friction of snug tolerance plastic bushings for a modicum of rebound damping. of course, sealing & lubrication was nominal at best, so they seized within short order.

Lessons from the Trek Sustainability Report - Oct. 12, 2021, 12:27 p.m.

good to see. i imagine there'll be opportunity for a thriving cottage industry of savvy fixers able to repair no longer supported ebike hardware. curious to see the state of all the current 5 figure ebikes in 10 years time.

Makers - ENNEF Design - Oct. 8, 2021, 8:56 a.m.

good stuff! i love that NF exists - proof that quality local manufacturing (with sane pricing) can thrive. i've got a couple pairs of pants - great product.

The Worst Purchase - Oct. 7, 2021, 1:29 p.m.

i know people that loved frogs (ok, ONE person), but the free-floating / lack of positive retention was sketchy AF to me.

The Worst Purchase - Oct. 7, 2021, 12:14 p.m.

here's the original installation (shudder):

The Worst Purchase - Oct. 7, 2021, 12:13 p.m.

i've run it cruiser mode on my schwinn (sans brake): 

The Worst Purchase - Oct. 7, 2021, 8:56 a.m.

we had a zzyzx come through the shop back in the day & somehow arranged to borrow it for a test ride; did a full disassembly, clean & lube prior to heading up to the bear mt dh track for some laps. after ONE muddy run it was sticky & feeling like shit. quite amazing.

The Worst Purchase - Oct. 7, 2021, 8:46 a.m.

i had a couple USD WB forks - they were quite good (for the era). certainly one of the most reliable forks i've ever run, and decent dampers; lighter & stiffer than a shiver as well. 

my xvert carbon was on the other end of the maintenance spectrum - needed a tear down (to clean & lube) pretty much every race weekend, and ended up cracking the lowers. was quite light, and had a good damper, tho. 

my (1st gen) monster seals died in fairly short order (amazing the volume of oil that can puke past seals on a big open bath fork; i recall seeing people with rags tied to their monsters to catch the flow), and the upper crown broke; otherwise was a good-ish fork? 

i can just go on. we old guys do like to wax nostalgic from our rocking chairs.

The Worst Purchase - Oct. 7, 2021, 8:15 a.m.

random - looks like the brake is more or less functional & someone is making reproduction elastomers for the fork (!), so I could *conceivably* get it rolling again...

The Worst Purchase - Oct. 6, 2021, 10:51 p.m.

oh man. i've been around long enough to have spent lots of $$ on questionable products. i had a mountain cycles suspender fork (circa 1991ish) that looked very trick - inverted single crown with one of the first production disk brakes - but (with only a qr front axle) was terribly flexy torsionally & laterally. and the elastomer springs compressed & hardened reducing the original 2.5" travel to half (i drilled holes in the elastomers to eke out a bit more compliance). it was both more expensive & worse than the OG rockshox RS-1 i had previously. but it sure looked cool.

XTR vs. Deore - Can you tell the Difference? - Oct. 6, 2021, 9:34 p.m.

i love those wee zees. wonder if they work 11 speed? one of those with a compact 9-36 would be the bees knees.

The New Santa Cruz Bicycles Chameleon Has Arrived - Oct. 5, 2021, 7:19 p.m.

a refreshingly diverse cross section of personalities; obviously intentionally curated as such, but a nice break from standard bro mtb culture.

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