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When Is A Semi-Slick Too Damn Quick?! - May 28, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

One other factor is whether you ride-to-ride or you unload your bike off the car at the trailhead and are on dirt almost immediately. I have recently had the pleasure of new bike day that included stock Assegais front and rear. Very nice tires but, geez, that rear sure is a slow rolling anchor on the 25 minutes of asphalt/gravel-under-powerline/path spin up to the base of where the trail network starts properly. Once on dirt I don't notice it too much but from a practicality stand point, something that rolls well yet still has some side knobs is appreciated. 

I used to run the Aggressor front/rear and I actually thought they were pretty fun (fast rolling, a bit drifty but predictably so and thus kind of fun). I've got a new Aggressor on order to run as a rear and will keep the Assegai up front.

Why Would Anyone Buy Carbon Wheels?* - July 12, 2017, 8:53 a.m.

One nice thing about carbon is that depending on how they break (full explosion vs. a crack) they might actually be repairable. I was experimenting with low pressures on my Ibis 941 wheels and found the cracking point on my rear rim. I was initially crushed by my investment going down the tubes but Roberts Composites was able to repair and I've been riding the same rear for about two years now. Had to pull out some spokes temporarily and get it re-tensioned but it a full rebuild of the wheel wasn't necessary. Try that with aluminum.

A Placebo for the Common Cold - Jan. 13, 2017, 3:12 p.m.

May I recommend keeping an eye out for my boys over at The Woods Spirit Co -- . Their amaro is a nice upgrade on campari and they're building their new distillery in North Van. They've got some early bottles available in private liquor stores and with better bartenders.

Wolf Tooth: Stainless Rings + Boost Conversions - Oct. 17, 2016, 11:07 a.m.

I guess this is the solution to the industry not being able to agree on a direct mount standard? I'm happy to see stainless steel rings - the wear on aluminum ones is pretty terrible, particularly if running smaller sizes and/or you're heavy enough to really be torquing. I would have loved to see Race Face DM steel rings but I guess the economics just don't work…

Tools Missing from your Pack - Sept. 8, 2016, 9:50 a.m.

Am I the only one who finds multi-tools a PITA? I still carry the cheapo 2 through 8mm hex key set that you get at MEC. Seems to get me or other people out of 99% of jams with a minimum of fuss and it's less than 100g, cheap, and not bulky…. Put a guys crank arm back on earlier this week with <30min to sunset because he didn't have an 8mm on his tool.

SRAM XX1 & X01 Eagle 12spd! - March 24, 2016, 9:07 a.m.

It sure would be nice if they started to offer different size cassettes on these systems like the old days. I'm no retro-grouch; 11-spd, 12-spd, 18-spd is fine by me. But jumping from 6T from 36T to 42T is noticeably annoying so 42T to 50T is going to feel even worse. It's fine for them to offer a 50T cassette for someone who just wants the bailout but I'd love to see a 12-spd 10-44 cassette to give me better jumps and I'll run a suitable chainring for my terrain.

2014 Ibis Mojo HDR 650B – With Ibis 41mm Rims - June 3, 2014, 5:16 p.m.

I think you need a compare and contrast review section to the Mojo HD 160mm/26er. Oh hey, I have one of those! 🙂

19 Winter Riding Essentials - Oct. 30, 2013, 8:57 a.m.

11b: Waterproof shorts for when it's really wet. A dry butt is nice but with fenders being super DIY and not always effective the easiest solution is to get some good shorts. I have a pair of Endura knickers that do the trick.

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