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Greg Minnaar's Hunt For Perfect Geometry - Oct. 3, 2019, 9:56 a.m.

Somebody can correct me if I'm wrong but the length of the chainstays on the Norcos don't actually change. Its the pivot behind the bottom bracket that gets moved further back or forward depending on the frame size and this is what lengthens/shortens the Rear Centre...so its a change of the front triangle that alters the Rear Centre length, not a chainstay swap. Unfortunately for Norco they keep the Seattube/Angle relative to the BB so as the frames grow the SA slackens.

Forbidden Druids I believe do the same thing, however they steepen the Seattube/Angle as the frames get bigger to grow the Rear Centre.

Greg Minnaar's Hunt For Perfect Geometry - Sept. 29, 2019, 7:43 p.m.

Thanks Seb,

As an XL rider I have ridden the Megatower in the Long position and preferred the balance both down and up (more traction, less wheelie). I would've liked to have seen the Hightower2 get the same treatment...and probably would've got one.

Greg Minnaar's Hunt For Perfect Geometry - Sept. 26, 2019, 7:34 p.m.

Since you have the Seb Kemp on speed dial, can you ask him why the Santa Cruz marketers decided both the Megatower and Tallboy deserve the adjustable chainstay chip yet probably their most popular (and reasonable to have it) bike the Hightower did not get the same treatment?

ZIPP 3ZERO MOTO Carbon Wheels (RIDDEN!) - June 6, 2019, 8:36 p.m.

Jerry, have a look at the Nox Composites website under Technology-Wheel Building (Vertical Compliance and Carbon Rims), sorry, can't attach link for some reason. It exactly supports what you think.

Unless I missed it though, doesn't Zipp state more of a twisting deformation (not just compression) of the rim as well along the vertical plane...so maybe there is more deformation at the corners than we think, like maybe 10 mm?

Edit: "Ankle Compliance" as stated by tdc_worm below and on Zipp's website.

ZIPP 3ZERO MOTO Carbon Wheels (RIDDEN!) - June 6, 2019, 8:21 p.m.

And our handlebars (OneUP, WeAreOne) and our frames (Yeti), its a goddamn revolution.

We Are One Composites - 6 New Rims plus Bar and Stem - April 16, 2019, 2:34 p.m.

Along with Faction rims laced to XTR 9100 rims!

Introducing the Santa Cruz MEGATOWER 29 - Ridden in NZ - March 20, 2019, 7:06 p.m.

And those puny chain stays...I think not Jitensha Kun;). Plus...WATERBOTTLE!

Introducing the Santa Cruz MEGATOWER 29 - Ridden in NZ - March 19, 2019, 4:37 p.m.

At 6'2" I was hoping for a Reach right at 500mm (and steeper ST, although I suppose thats balanced out by the longer chain stay position) but I shouldn't complain as they did come out with 5 sizes vs 4.  Still, accounting for Reach and TTLength, its a small XL and then its more than 1 size up to the XXL.

Introducing the Santa Cruz MEGATOWER 29 - Ridden in NZ - March 19, 2019, 1:41 p.m.

Let's not forget this Megatower is still fairly conservative as far as modern geometry goes.  As an XL rider I really like the longer chain stay chip, however, that seat angle is STILL slack for us taller dudes...and that top tube/reach fairly short.

Ibis Ripmo 29-inch Brawler - March 27, 2018, 3:56 p.m.

Interesting observation in regards to the fork offset feeling...not sure this point has been brought up before in the last few months with the intro of some of the other 42-44mm fork offset bikes.  I believe Transition has mentioned somewhere that they theorize stem length should equal fork offset for the most direct feel.

I do wish this Ripmo was slightly slacker in the front.  We need to bring back the ability to run angle headsets again.

We Are One Agent Wheelset - Feb. 28, 2018, 3:38 p.m.

Is there a reason We Are One isn't doing Project 321 hubs anymore?  With them being a first year product, were there issues with the magnetic pawl system and reliability?  Really like the idea of these hubs.

2013 Rocky Mountain Altitude 790 MSL: Reviewed - Oct. 7, 2013, 5:50 p.m.

Great review Todd!

Enduro World Series Photo Exclusive - Aug. 12, 2013, 9:53 p.m.

Hairy Spaniard, was that Friday's or Saturday's Meeting? We saw him in the Saturday meeting and assumed he skipped his proper Friday Pro meeting to ride. Is it in the rules that he needed to be at Friday's meeting? I assume so. There was probably lots of people that drove to Function/Cheekamus or Alpine to start their pre-rides on Friday until it was made clear at the meetings. I think it was totally unfair the penalty…

Unless he attended Friday's meeting, if so then carry on!

2014 Intense Carbine 29 - July 25, 2013, 8:39 p.m.

Yup, was really interested when I saw a leaked pic last week, but alas, 3 sizes yet the tallest rider it will fit is 6'0″. At 6'2″ I've tried a Large Spider Comp, same TT as the Carbine TTs, just too small. C'mon Intense, especially for a 29er???

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