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Ride Impressions: SRAM's Electronic AXS Wireless Group - Feb. 6, 2019, 12:04 p.m.

I'm pretty sure you still need to bleed brakes on a Prius, there still are lines.  Do you mean regeneration?

Santa Cruz Reserve 30 Carbon Wheels Reviewed - Oct. 13, 2018, 1:32 a.m.

But you won't get that answer out of a Product manager :-)

The Spartan 29 has Arrived - Sept. 30, 2018, 8:41 p.m.

Is your idea of long based on wheelbase or roominess?

Uncle Dave E-Explains Himself - Sept. 19, 2018, 11:13 p.m.

And spending $15K, one better be happy with 45lbs and probably obsolete (next year) geometry. Sign me up when geometry progression dies down and they drop 10lbs. I'm one of those guys that always rides from lower lonsdale to Fromme (if I choose Fromme). I'd be all over taking 30 minutes off my ride when I'm strapped for time, but I will absolutely NOT accept a compromised downhill experience because the bike weighs 45 lbs. I want it to handle the way by current bike handles, and I guess until then I slog it out :-)

Rat-bagging the 2019 FOX 36 GRIP2 & FLOAT X2 - Sept. 13, 2018, 5:31 p.m.

The last few years I've been running the Fox forks with more tokens and open as recommended by some reputable tuners.  However this year, suspensionwerx recommended just the one token that came with my Sentinel, and keeping it around the recommended dial settings (RC2).  Has been fantastic, had me wondering why I didn't tune it this way in the past.

Rat-bagging the 2019 FOX 36 GRIP2 & FLOAT X2 - Sept. 13, 2018, 5:27 p.m.

My 2018 Performance Elite RC2 was creak free on my Sentinel until about month 6.  Still one of the better, most consistent feeling forks I've owned.  But yeah, creaks are very, VERY common this year, again....

Maybe it's the really slack bikes these days putting a lot of stress on the CSU.  That being said, Jerry is right, they should have invested some of their money into 1 piece CSUs or SOMETHING that makes them creak free!

Alone. In The Dark (A Welcome To Night Riding) - Sept. 12, 2018, 9:29 p.m.

Great article Andrew!  It's good you mentioned the warm light.  I don't ride that often at night but when I do I have the somewhat cheapy Gemini lights which are crazy bright but very white and hard (?) that reflect off the trees almost too much making it hard to get much depth perception.  Nevertheless it's enough light to be safe :-)

Introducing the New Yeti SB 150 - Aug. 29, 2018, 9:24 a.m.

Seriously short head tube.  Anybody that rides these super slack creations (me included) have been adding a fair amount of spacers. on my Sentinel...64degrees drops the front a lot, and that something a lot of us weren't prepared for when we first set them up.

Introducing the New Yeti SB 150 - Aug. 29, 2018, 9:21 a.m.

and...you don't want to drop this bike on one of your mile high skinnies;-)  Seriously though, try out a longer reach bike, you'll be surprised that they maybe aren't as roomy as the #s suggest as Andrew says.  You don't want a longer stem than a 40mm on these.  You do take some unique lines though that may requires some extra hopping :-)

Forbidden Bike Company's High Single Pivot Trail Bike - Aug. 20, 2018, 9:35 a.m.

From all accounts his Norco DH design is proving to be really successful, can't wait to see more of these -alternative- designs show up in the lower travel.

Race Face Next R Carbon Cranks Reviewed - Aug. 4, 2018, 12:24 p.m.

Yeah but you have Style for Miles :-)

Race Face Next R Carbon Cranks Reviewed - Aug. 3, 2018, 9:58 a.m.

App. 80g lighter than a 170 turbine with a 30t give or take.  I can confirm the Turbines can take a hell of a lot of abuse. This is my first set of ALu cranks in a long time, and looking at the deep gouges from a couple stacks this summer...I'll happily continue to use them.  And only about $200CAD retail, hard to beat.

If it isn't Carbon - are you Still a Mountain Biker? - July 19, 2018, 11:14 p.m.

The real question is, should one risk showing up at a FIVER without carbon??? ;-)

The Ten Laws Of Loam - June 26, 2018, 12:37 p.m.

THANK YOU for putting this up again this year!  

2. Still happens on the local mountains, you know who you are!

11. If you are a business owner stop Intstagramming your fresh loamer daily.  If it's meant to be we will stumble upon it ;-)

:-)

Short Fork Offset - What's It Good For? - June 19, 2018, 12:21 a.m.

The Sentinel doesn't have floppy steering at all.  Zero flop, zero lift and wandering on steep switchback corners.  It's a Slack AF bike that noodles up hill very well.  It's a 64 degree HA bike that is very reasonable to ride All Mountain.  

Sure maybe the numbers don't make sense on a beer coaster, but they just work.  Lars isn't an engineer but apparently he has a good sense of what works. Same with Chris Porter.  And it really does beg the question....if it's a rider feel thing, who's opinion carries more weight, shredder 'market manager' or engineers?  There is a whole lot of blind trust in engineers in the bike industry.  I know in Aerospace it's a daily struggle for our engineers to see the forest for the trees!

Dollars to donuts Pole will have a short offset in the future.  Just like the onset of 27.5 wheels.....all the early critique ends with.....;-)

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