That you're comparing to Minions is really helpful. Thank you for the review Cam!
My first aid has pain killers, fire starter, an emergency blanket, stuff to try and stop a bad bleed, and a SPOT. It isn't that big and doesn't weigh much at all. Overall, I figure you can ride it out, or you're in the s**t and need to do something drastic while you wait for the chopper.
The exception are big chunks of flesh being open. You aren't hitting S.O.S., you aren't bleeding to death, nor do you want to drip all the way back to the trailhead. I've had and seen a few of these over the years and have appreciated having my first aid every time.
I'm a lifelong pack wearer and I often lend people my full tool after they've fiddled with their EDC enough. If I encounter and advanced rider that didn't pack anything at all I don't even offer them a tool anymore. Beginners or people that just had something bad happen always get my help.
Manufacturers will definitely make more of these if they can sell tools for 4x the price so long as they include a plastic attachment.
$206 CAD for an allen key, chain tool, bacon plugs, and a CO2. From MEC you could buy the same tools for $15, $23.50, $12, and $18, respectively. $68.50 vs. $206. I think I can carry something in a pocket or rummage through a bag for the price difference.
Pivot used to a bit to XC for my taste, but with the FB29 last year and this new Switchblade it's nice to see they are building burlier bikes. Float X2 on it to handle long rowdy descents and it'd be GTG.
I moved off my Scarabs to clips because I was tired of my duck stance pushing my feet to the outside of the pedals as my size tried to find a wider stance. That these pedals are designed wider (and longer) is very interesting. I'm definitely intrigued and may have to give them a try.
Most honest review of 2020 right here!
C'mon east to Calgary for our indoor pump track :)
One bit that works very well for is is the straps on top. I can fit a jacket and elbow pads in those straps without worrying about anything inside. Weather where I ride is very unpredictable and it's always a very risky thing to go without a jacket.
I was able to re-own a circa-1996/95 Norco Team ST that had benefited from an upgrade in 1998 (Sid and V-brakes). I thought it'd be this awesome bike, given I'd ridden handmade steel and Ti for years in that era. Was I in for a shock. Geometry and tubesets rooted in 1970s road bikes make for terrible bikes as compared to today's bikes. The "jewel of the 90s" was a deathtrap compared to my modern bikes.
I sold it to someone that was more nostalgic than me and I'm sure he's very happy with it.
I don't regret a single bike part I've sold or moved on from.
How did it already eat a tranny?
I grabbed some gripshift grips (nice and short) from Canadian Tire and squeezed them on with the air compressor. If gives my son a warmer/softer bit to grab, which only works when I can get him to let go of my grips.
Who know an 800mm bar was about right for a toddler.
You know the "everything will get stolen" is largely a Vancouver/Lower Mainland phenomenon right?
I've found the cinch system to be a pain and have noticed friends having to adjust their cranks mid-day and/or get used to the creaks.
The 2 pinch bolt system has been bomber for years so I'm also very reluctant to give up tried and true. Shimano does put a lot of effort into things, but they do flub things from time to time.