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2018 Ibis Ripmo Reviewed - July 24, 2018, 4:06 p.m.

It seems like the Ripmo doesn't fit particularly big.  Is that a fair assessment?  I.e. if an XL HD4 fits small the XL Ripmo won't be much better?

Interview: Santa Cruz Product Mgr. Josh Kissner on Bronson/5010 Mk 3 - July 4, 2018, 11:09 a.m.

Any chance you could ask Santa Cruz why no XXL in either bike (add Nomad to the list) when Santa Cruz sizing dictates a need for an XXL (see Hightower LT and V10 for proof)?

Spending in the Sea to Sky: How Mountain Biking Boosts Tourism - June 28, 2018, 9:58 p.m.

Non parametric model running on 1996 data and a survey with a single collection modality?

This is more a marketing paper than anything else IMHO.

2018 Zerode Taniwha - March 19, 2018, 1:46 p.m.

"...I wouldn't fear tossing into the weeds. Of course, I have no real data to substantiate this opinion"

I see many weeds in the photos, thus providing ample opportunity to throw said bike into the weeds and to then gauge resulting fear levels.  Not generating this data, in spite of the opportunity given, is an opportunity missed indeed.

Stiffer Isn't The Solution - Feb. 23, 2018, 2:41 p.m.

Geared up I'm 230lbs on the bike and this new gen of "stiff" bikes are about right for me.  It isn't that long ago that road riding meant watching the BB sway back and forth and trail riding meant listening to the pivots creak.

The New 2018 YT Capra 27 & 29 - Feb. 12, 2018, 9:04 a.m.

The addition of the XXL puts YT on the map for me and is one more piece of evidence that bike manufacturers are recognizing there are +6'2" riders out there.

Dorking Up MTB - Feb. 2, 2018, 10:02 a.m.

Forgive me if someone already said this, but I don't think any of these are mistakes.  Rather, the list is just a timeline of being a mountain biker in the early 90s to today.  

What people can forget is that we weren't so much developing mountain riding culture as we were transitioning from/overcoming a century or road bike culture.

I think that where we are with mountain biking after only 20 years of collective learning is pretty good compared to other riding tribes (road, city, bmx, etc.).

RRP ProGuard - The Max Protection Edition - Jan. 31, 2018, 7:55 a.m.

A 4L milk carton and zip ties can do wonders in the rain.

Dear Uncle Dave - I Can't Decide What Bike to Buy! - Jan. 25, 2018, 7:47 a.m.

You forgot to mention the Giant Reign.  The Reign is decently long and cheap.

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.

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