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Dear Uncle Dave - I Can't Decide What Bike to Buy! - Jan. 24, 2018, 8:07 a.m.

There are some lines on South Mountain in PHX that are very Shore'esque - janky with no room for error and a broken collarbone if you get it wrong.

That loose sand/gravel stuff in PHX is just as greasy as a wet root as far as I'm concerned.

Dear Uncle Dave - I Can't Decide What Bike to Buy! - Jan. 24, 2018, 8:05 a.m.

If only the Nicolai GeoMetron wasn't priced like a Bently.

Dear Uncle Dave - I Can't Decide What Bike to Buy! - Jan. 23, 2018, 2:34 p.m.

Thanks Dave.  You've nicely summarized the disjointed and incoherent decision making I follow with every bike purchase.  Purchases that always plop me on an XT bike with solid components, aluminum wheels, and a frame that doesn't cost more than a car.

2018 Santa Cruz Hightower LT - Jan. 15, 2018, 9:11 a.m.

It seems a bit slack when you look at what GeoMetron  is doing.

2018 Santa Cruz Hightower LT - Jan. 12, 2018, 1:54 p.m.

It was the rebuild and the spacer that sounds like it did it.

2018 Santa Cruz Hightower LT - Jan. 12, 2018, 1:09 p.m.

I was extremely close to buying a HTLT, largely based on the XXL size offering.  However, I couldn't get over the feeling that it was a slapped together design from Santa Cruz. Sort of a "we need a bigger travel big wheel so what have we got we can put together?".  

Being SC I knew it'd be a good bike, but I also feel the next bike they build will be better.  Hightower Vs. Tallboy.  Bronson Vs. Blur LT.  See where I'm going with this?

If SC can steepen up that ST, stretch the cockpit a wee bit, and add 10mm of travel I'll be first in line with my cash in hand.

Personal Rides: GeoMetron G16 - Jan. 8, 2018, 2:51 p.m.

My 6'4" comes with tall arms and my XL Reign has a longer stem, my dropper isn't slammed in the frame, and I can feel cramped at times.

I threw a leg over an XXL Santa Cruz Hightower and my first impression was it didn't feel like it needed a longer stem.  It was also the first bike my friends said I didn't look like a clown on.

Behind Pole's CNC 'Superbike' - The Machine - Jan. 8, 2018, 10:14 a.m.

MTB'ing is inherently tough on the environment.  Anyone else remember when Race Face used CNC filings as their packing fill on shipments?

That someone is creatively working with metal again is nice to see.  The geo looks good but that asymetrical mount is something I'd like to see someone else bottom out before my 220lbs lands flat on it.

Personal Rides: GeoMetron G16 - Jan. 8, 2018, 9:56 a.m.

At 6'4" I'm with Cr4W on this one. Slack bikes with proper reach have been missing from the market for ages - just ask any tall guy running a 80mm stem on an XL trail bike.

I appreciate that NSMB is spending some bandwidth on bikes that are offering something new to the market.

I've got a wonky wrist and getting up and off the wrists will likely help me out.  Currently geomoetry always has me reaching for the bar when pedaling and pushing back off the bar when in a descending (standing) position.  Sitting and standing neutrally on the bike will be worth trying out.

Behind Pole's CNC 'Superbike' - The Machine - Jan. 5, 2018, 12:52 p.m.

I enjoyed the write up and agree with a lot of the principles; waste of carbon, reach length, wheel size, etc. but a +$4k frame sight unseen is really tough to do.

Santa Cruz Nomad IV - Dec. 21, 2017, 8:25 a.m.

This is a great review and more stuff for the sausage factory that is deciding on a bike.  What I'd really like to see from Santa Cruz is a XXL Hightower LT sized bike with 160mm of squish and Nomad geo.

I think it is called a Wreckoning...

Five Ten Kestrel Lace Clipless Shoes - Dec. 6, 2017, 2:26 p.m.

I love my 5.10 Low Impact (on my 3rd pair) and loath my Kestrels (worst cycling shoes I've owned in 20 years).

I wonder how these ones rank?

#NotASlopestyleCourse - Oct. 30, 2017, 1:54 p.m.

The TV coverage is to blame.  The cameras don't do the terrain and line selection justice.

Jesse Melamed's Winning EWS Bike - Exclusive Details - Aug. 14, 2017, 8:50 a.m.

The most important detail to learn is that without a sticker you will lose.

Barbed Wire Claimant Charged with Fraud - July 21, 2017, 2:04 p.m.

Don't mess with the Calgary Riding community!

He admits to riding a quad, in a different area, at a different time.

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