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The Weight Is Over - July 29, 2021, 12:49 p.m.

i don't run flats any more, but when i did, loved my plastic pedals (nukeproof). achieving the very rare trifecta of: light, cheap, strong - pick all 3.  wish there were more bits like this. my choice of a compact 11speed drivetrain is a nod in that general direction.

The Weight Is Over - July 28, 2021, 10:45 p.m.

a side (potential) benefit to a compact drivetrain, is with improved bb clearance (i run a 26t chainring), i've not found any need for a bash. and run sans guide, for a pretty minimalist, problem-free drivetrain. tho big brakes, reasonably stout tires, and a robust alu frame still add up to a 36lb 140mm "trail" bike. *shrug*. despite previous adventures in weight weenieism (ti & carbon everything / questionable choices), i've come to the realization that it really doesn't matter that much (at least to justify significant sums of $ or compromise performance / reliability).

2021 Rocky Mountain Instinct C90 - Long Term Review - July 21, 2021, 12:23 p.m.

nothing escapes his scrutinizing eye

Alex Sinanan's Geometron G-1 - July 17, 2021, 1:16 p.m.

*nods approvingly & tosses horns*

Alex Sinanan's Geometron G-1 - July 16, 2021, 9:17 a.m.

haha. geometrons: so hot rn.

also - sweet, no-bs utilitarian build. my preferred aesthetic!

2022 Norco Range C1 VLT eMTB - July 14, 2021, 2:05 p.m.

the sight is 57lbs, so that's probably in the ballpark for the range. better work on your squats if you plan to lift these.

Blowing Minds: Santa Cruz Blur - July 13, 2021, 9:28 a.m.

*reminisces* the local OG xc race scene was RAD. if only we had dropper posts back then. memories of highposting down stuff like severed (hell of the north) on shitty 2" tires, 71* headangles, 150mm stems & 22" flat bars...

Legends Never Die - Introducing the New Manitou Dorado - July 12, 2021, 1:45 p.m.

15 yrs younger me would be salivating over the new carbon dorado.

The NSMB Podcast: Chris Porter – Big Mouth Strikes Again - July 9, 2021, 2:20 p.m.

cool to hear he also used to have a TMX - and similarly attempted (futilely) to weight weenie the thing (i was also running the titanium profile bolts & axle - in addition to ~40 other ti bolts).

The NSMB Podcast: Chris Porter – Big Mouth Strikes Again - July 9, 2021, 8:52 a.m.

oh hell yes! *settles down with big mug o coffee*

Corsair Was High Pivot AND Pedaling, In 2007 - July 8, 2021, 9:59 p.m.

that IS weighty. my review bike (size large) was just over 32. some chunky bits on there?

Bontrager RSL Trail Handlebar-Stem - July 8, 2021, 7:02 p.m.

alas, said build is purely hypothetical. no new bikes on the horizon for me.

Bontrager RSL Trail Handlebar-Stem - July 8, 2021, 8:14 a.m.

i'm envisioning this on the new carbon stumpjumper as the start of a silly light aggressive trailbike build.

Burgtec Josh Bryceland Ride High Handlebar (+ other bits) - July 7, 2021, 9:48 a.m.

this. though (imo) a proportional head tube length looks a hell of a lot better than a big stack of headset spacers.

Garage Built: Tom Moffatt's Custom Made Bikes - July 6, 2021, 12:58 p.m.

syncros. though quite scarce, and may have only been front hubs, now that i think about it. 

and yeah, M&B was mtb mecca for me. couldn't afford much there as a poor student, but went there to drool on a few occasions. so many cool cnc bits... i do recall buying an IRD switchback brake there. 

similarly, the fillet brazed team toad was one of my all time most lusted over bikes.

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