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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

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:-)

Maxxis Assegai DD & EXO+ Tire Review - Sept. 18, 2019, 7:03 p.m.

I've been rocking a Assguy EXO MT on the front all year.  Maybe I'm in a minority here ,but I'm quite happy with the traction.  For me it's more predictable then the DHF that I use to always run.  PNW, TransBC, wet, dry, Interior, Rockies, Coast. Pretty dam decent all around.  Sure I'd prefer a Max Grip version that wasn't DD, but overall, great in my books!

ZIPP 3ZERO MOTO Carbon Wheels (RIDDEN!) - June 6, 2019, 8:11 p.m.

I’ve seen a broken one already in Bellingham, under a rider that is maybe a buck fifty :)

Yeti SB150 'Test Platform' Custom Build - May 22, 2019, 9:02 p.m.

Cam, have you noticed any quirks from the OneUp dropper?  I've had one for a few months and not too many rides.  from the get go it struggles with the last 1/2" or travel on the way up.  Seat collar is as loose as it will go without slipping down.  It seems like a tight upper nylon bushing.  I can remove the upper bushing (after unscrewing the cap) and the post slams up no problem.  With the bushing in and the collar crewed tight, it struggles. I've improved things by sanding the out diameter of the bushing to free up the clearance a bit, but it still is a bit inconsistent. I'm sure a little more grease and maybe try a new bushing from them might help, but I'm curious if it's common. How's yours?

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!

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