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Budget Flats : Race Face Chester Pedals X Giro Jacket II Shoes - Sept. 20, 2020, 11:02 p.m.

I had the Jacket I for test and had a similar experience to you. They were okay on the full suspension bike, less okay on the hardtail, and not okay for anything technical in the Whistler Bike Park. 

But I liked wearing them around campus on my commuter, and I pretty much lived in them for 4 months when I was living in the prairies and riding flowy single track trails every day after work.

Uncle Dave's Music Club Guest Spectacular - Aug. 18, 2020, 12:55 a.m.

I don't normally read music club because I don't don't have the same taste in music, but I really enjoyed this piece. The analogy for Cooper's piece is perfect.

And I really enjoyed Natbrowni's contribution, which re-affirms I have different taste than Dave. Thanks for sharing some alternative recommendations.

2021 Canyon Sender CFR - Aug. 11, 2020, 9:53 a.m.

What size did Tim get?

I know a bike's reach isn't the whole story to it's geo, but the M Sender has the same reach as the S4 (XL) Spec Demo:
Sender M = 460 +/- 8
Demo S4 = 465 (or 466 for the 27.5 mullet option)

Best Of 2019 - Andrew's List - Dec. 31, 2019, 10:40 a.m.

I've gotten into skinnies for the first time in my life since your scare yourself article, thanks Andrew!

2020 Rocky Mountain Growler 20 - Dec. 9, 2019, 1:27 a.m.

That fork sounds brutal. I think I’d rather have no damper than an inconsistent one.

It would be nice if low end forks came with a high-end compatible chassis (I.e straight 32mm or 34mm stanchions). As you mentioned with finding an old Saint calliper for the brakes, you could probably find old high-end dampers and springs to upgrade the suspension from old forks with worn stanchions or leaky air-springs. Suntour could ship their fork with the double-springs and plastic top caps, and the buyer could easily find new internals from friends or the buy’n’sell. Suntour would get the added bonus of their name still being on the chassis too.

WTB's New Saddle Fit System - Nov. 13, 2019, 10:58 a.m.

In my personal experience it doesn’t seem to matter how wide or firm a saddle is. When I move into a more aggressive position for a steep climb, I roll off my sit-bones. The narrower the saddle, the more upright I need to be to stay on my sit-bones.

Scare Yourself - Nov. 12, 2019, 5:37 a.m.

The photos for this piece are perfect. Great job Andrew.

Hayes Dominion A4 Brakes Ridden and Torndown - Nov. 4, 2019, 11:45 p.m.

After seeing the price, I'm now curious why there's all this hype for the new Hayes? They're priced pretty close to the Code RSC, and far above the Code R.

2020 Norco Optic 29 Review - Oct. 15, 2019, 12:13 p.m.

Thank you for throwing the comparison in there AJ!

I've been calling the Trance my next bike since I rented one in Salt Lake City a couple of years ago, expecting to toodle about on XC trails, but ending up in bike parks and other non-xc terrain. That was the 27.5 version. I'm happy to see the new model get the nod from you.

I learned long ago on a Specialized Enduro that geometry isn't everything, if the suspensions platform doesn't jive with my riding style, I'd rather be on a hardtail.

Formula Cura 4 Brakes Ridden - Oct. 12, 2019, 3:55 p.m.

I ran avid/code rotors, developed a leak in the rear code lever, pulled the TRPs off my enduro bike and put them on my DH bike. i didn’t like them so I swapped the TRP pads to Shimano. Then swapped both rotors to bigger Magura’s. then gave up and put the front code back on and am dealing with the rear. The TRPs were on Shimano rotors on the enduro, but they didn’t see too many rides and had the stock pads. The MT5s on the same Shimano rotors feel pretty good already even with the stock pads.

Formula Cura 4 Brakes Ridden - Oct. 12, 2019, 9:27 a.m.

Yeah, I have Shimano pads front and back. I gave up on the front pretty quick though. I’m still running the TRP rear, but I put an old code on the front for the majority of this season.

Formula Cura 4 Brakes Ridden - Oct. 12, 2019, 12:08 a.m.

I bought the TRPs. They’ll probably end up on my hard tail. 

Not enough power for my liking in the bike park, and I’m 180lbs. I even tried upping the rotor size to old Magura’s that were 210 (?) front and 203 rear. 

Someone in the lift line at whistler asked me about them, and I replied that I was actually wanting to ask the guy beside me who also happened to have them what he thought because I was finding they didn’t have enough power. Guy beside me in the lift line was offended and told me yeah he has to brake with two fingers sometimes, but they have ample power. Dude that asked me responded that yeah, his kid had them and found they didn’t have enough power either. 

I bought a set of the Magura MT5s for a good price from Germany. They’re feeling more powerful than the TRPs so far on the enduro bike, and they were cheaper. They’re also mineral oil and have the plastic lever for cold days.  I’ll have them on the downhill bike next season, but it was too big of a pain to do the internal cable routing at the end of the season, especially considering I’d like to have them back on the enduro bike this winter.

Formula Cura 4 Brakes Ridden - Oct. 12, 2019, 12:08 a.m.

I bought the TRPs. They’ll probably end up on my hard tail. 

Not enough power for my liking in the bike park, and I’m 180lbs. I even tried upping the rotor size to old Magura’s that were 210 (?) front and 203 rear. 

Someone in the lift line at whistler asked me about them, and I replied that I was actually wanting to ask the guy beside me who also happened to have them what he thought because I was finding they didn’t have enough power. Guy beside me in the lift line was offended and told me yeah he has to brake with two fingers sometimes, but they have ample power. Dude that asked me responded that yeah, his kid had them and found they didn’t have enough power either. 

I bought a set of the Magura MT5s for a good price from Germany. They’re feeling more powerful than the TRPs so far on the enduro bike, and they were cheaper. They’re also mineral oil and have the plastic lever for cold days.  I’ll have them on the downhill bike next season, but it was too big of a pain to do the internal cable routing at the end of the season, especially considering I’d like to have them back on the enduro bike this winter.

Suspension Testing with Fox for Masters World Champs - Aug. 23, 2019, 11:06 a.m.

I'm between the Firm and Extra Firm in my Boxxer. I find the same as you with a little slipperier front end on the flow, but a better feeling in the tech (and jumps).  I found backing my low speed compression all the way out made a notable improvement once I went up in spring weight. I haven't touched any other settings after swapping, but I believe I probably should have tweaked rebound. I've been enjoying the fork set-up fast though.

Sweating The Small Stuff At Crankworx 2019: Part 1 - Aug. 19, 2019, 10:08 p.m.

I saw the last years (?) pink Specialized Demo on the back of a car this weekend. It really stands out and looks great! Definitely a bit brighter than the new enduro’s shade.

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