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Corsair Was High Pivot AND Pedaling, In 2007 - July 1, 2021, 9:25 p.m.

Oh now it’s all coming back to me…that sliding idler! I think I ultimately spaced out a jockey wheel from a chain guide as I went 1x on that thing. I went through a bag of those pulley (sent by them as replacements). Then they improved them but still were weird. If I recall the chain would jam against the roof (upper guard??). I rode out once just with the chain on the pulley shaft after I broke the thing. **note Andrew’s comments of OG riders bringing the kitchen sink with them on rides, I needed it hahahaha

Corsair Was High Pivot AND Pedaling, In 2007 - June 30, 2021, 4:25 p.m.

This is amazing Andrew, I had one of these!! I think it was a 2007/8 in some sort of creamy off white colour. I can’t recall what shock it had but may have been a Marz. Bought the frame from United Cycles in Edmonton, behind the hockey section.  Even today it has nice proportions and a cool industrial design. 

It was very heavy. It was also a very fun bike riding the big long descents at Moose Mtn in Kananskis. I’ve ridden a lot of bikes since but that one has the most downhill comfort of anything I’ve had ridden in recent years.

It had issues and I think they were related to the idler. From what I recall the pulley wore out very easy. What was great though, being a small company back in the day… I talked to the owner/marketer/designer a few times on the phone. Sorted me out with a newly designed pulley that they made. 

Wow, thanks for tickling my memory bank. Those were simpler times haha.

Trek Rail 9.8 XT - June 24, 2021, 4:53 p.m.

It’s the new E6100 on her Kona, mine being the Active Line Plus. I demoed a city bike last year with the CX. It was overkill (too much assist, a little unnatural on a city bike). I’m a pretty fit high mileage rider that just likes enough boost when carry loads. I think the unrefined comment about the Shimano stems mostly from the noise. Other than that it’s still very nice. And the complete weight of her ride is considerably less than my Cannondale Canvas, even after fully nerding out on XT, 11spd XO1 leftovers, and nice cockpit and wheels 8-).

I do want to try a new gen emtb, but we are tapped out on bikes for a good while (n+5;)

Trek Rail 9.8 XT - June 24, 2021, 8:30 a.m.

We have 2 e-bikes in the house for commuting, deleting one car. Work, CSA pickup, groceries, General errands. Amazing, especially if you live in the traffic sh*T show of North Vancouver. Casual cruise into the city for a beer after a big mtb ride in the morning? Sure! 

I’m personally not a fan of e-mtb  s at this point, but I get the arguments some have on the long solo rides. Personally any form of bike to get out in the air, especially if it replaces driving a truck to our local trailhead, have at it :)

Now technically speaking, with one being Shimano E-steps and one Bosch, the Bosch is completely silent and more refined. By a large margin.

Two Ways To Lube A Chain - June 15, 2021, 8:17 a.m.

Worth a try! It’s decent in the winter as well, as long as it’s applied several hours prior to a dry chain. I usually reapply every couple MTB rides. On my e-commuter I apply every trip or two (58km round trip). Probably don’t have too, but I can hear it in the shifting. It calls to be to re apply haha. Gravel/road-every ride, due to the occasional dust and longer distances. Of course everyone is different :)

Two Ways To Lube A Chain - June 15, 2021, 8:17 a.m.

Worth a try! It’s decent in the winter as well, as long as it’s applied several hours prior to a dry chain. I usually reapply every couple MTB rides. On my e-commuter I apply every trip or two (58km round trip). Probably don’t have too, but I can hear it in the shifting. It calls to be to re apply haha. Gravel/road-every ride, due to the occasional dust and longer distances. Of course everyone is different :)

Two Ways To Lube A Chain - June 14, 2021, 5:26 p.m.

T9 is a harsh chemical so make sure to wear gloves:) It’s also very toxic to our groundwater, so don’t dump out out people! 

That being said, it’s a really durable lube. I’ve gone back and forth between T9 and SQUIRT for a few years and settled on the later as it’s water emulsified.  It’s somewhat messier (gums up a bit), but I’m getting mad distance out of my drivetrains akin to the performance I had with T9. 

Fun fact, Triflow, like T9, is aviation approved. No idea what it’s used for, presumably for lubing cables or something:) there are a few bottles in our Chem cabinet. 

Great read as usual Andrew, love it. 

Oh, if you SQUIRT your chain, method #2 8-)

2021 Transition Sentinel Review - Jan. 15, 2021, 10:34 a.m.

I’ve been riding my V1 for a while now with the cascade link. Really like the change. The first few rides had me frustrated though. It sat higher, and was incredibly compliant. It took a few rides to get the balance back with the fork. Very happy overall with the new 160/152mm setup. Pete mentioned stiffness of the rear triangle. With the OEM carbon rocker I noticed a little flex as well. I damaged it and transition replaced it with the aluminum one last year (at a 60gram weight penalty if anybody cares). I did noticed the rear triangle being more rigid. The Cascade link is a lot more substantial, the bike is noticeably stiffer. I thought I wouldn’t notice it between all three links, but it’s there :)

Best of 2020 - Pete Roggeman's List - Jan. 7, 2021, 8:05 p.m.

Great piece Pete. I was going to go for the V2 Sentinel as well but I dithered and dithered until well, we all know what happened these days when one does that, ha!

This is my 3rd year on the V1 (first was metal, current is Merlot). It’s a great bike all around. I managed to get a Cascade Link for it, snipped a spacer in the shock to up the travel a bit to 152. It’s a big change to how the bike rides, surprisingly. I dig it and I’m very happy to keep rolling on it for the next season!

1 Bum, 3 Bags - Nov. 10, 2020, 5:48 p.m.

To anyone reading this I highly recommend a High Above hip pack. Hand made in Bellingham by a really nice dude. Stiff waterproof shell material, with a really close fit. I have had 2 versions for the last five years and they are indestructible, and still look fantastic with tons of use. Surprisingly good value at 100-125USD depending on version and configuration 

https://www.highabove.net

2020 Norco Sight 29 "Build Your Ride" Review - Aug. 6, 2020, 8:16 p.m.

Transition has a Sentinel in an XXL with a 531mm reach

2021 Fox 36 Fork Reviewed - Aug. 2, 2020, 4:27 p.m.

I’ve had OG fox 36s, lyriks, and Pikes that have creaked in the past so definitely not foreign territory:). 

Head angle, our terrain, the way we ride, as Andrew stated earlier, has to be the main factor. I work in aerospace and see a variety of metal press fits day in and day out. Corrosion, even on surface finishes we may consider almost perfect, is expected. Sooo, I vote for 1 piece CSU’s please.

On my 36 CSU #3 I’m still troubleshooting the usual, dirt, headset cups, etc....but it’s the usual sound we all know when the cracking starts.  My CSU #1 was warranted under the 1 year time frame. I think #2 was out of the 6month window warranty for the replacement, he see the $fee. #3 I’ve been told when I got the fork serviced with the new crown, that Fox will charge a replacement fee on that if it needs changing. I will say, Andrew and Natalie at SW have been amazing as usual. I remember Natalie equally expressing frustration over this at the time.  It is what it is. Perhaps I’ll look to Ohlins or another variety when the time comes.

2021 Fox 36 Fork Reviewed - July 31, 2020, 1:27 p.m.

Judging by the other comments they haven’t addressed the CSU. I’m on CSU number three on my 2019 36, replaced in feb right before covid shutdown. No more than 20hrs total (including riding to trails from my house), and it creaks. Suspensionwerx wouldn’t even touch my fork with CSU #2 as the crown and steerer were moving independent of each other. And that one was 6 months of use. ‘Warranty’ now for my third will be about 175 bucks, no free lunch after your first replacement from FOX, fyi. 

I still like how it rides, and 175$ per year is cheaper than a new fork. But FFS Fox come on guys!

To Ride or not to Ride During a Global Pandemic? - March 19, 2020, 11:05 a.m.

Just keep in mind that our hospitals pretty much run at capacity at the best of times with no pandemic. Make smart choices. Lions gate hospital in North Van has  cases at this time and if you tear your shoulder apart or blow your clavicle to pieces don’t expect to get surgery anytime soon. All elective surgery is cancelled indefinitely and well the back of the line will be way back at this point.

2019 Gift Guide: Week 3 - Dec. 2, 2019, 12:39 a.m.

Another great option is the Zefal enduro guard.  A wee bit less coverage on the sides than the mudhugger, but only 26 bucks at Lynn Valley Bikes for a very decent option made in France (if that means anything to you folks:-)

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