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Review: Schwalbe Hans Dampf 2.35″ - Sept. 3, 2013, 1:04 p.m.

26″
I've had a few sets in 26″. Trailstar front, Pacestar rear. If you ride hard, they don't last too long, even the Pacestar. They are a good Shore tire though, where slow speed traction on wet rocks and roots is needed. I've trimmed the transition knobs on an old one and it improves high speed cornering, but the outer knobs completely finished themselves in about three rides (they were starting to tear already though) I agree about the size as well, friggen huge.

29″
I also tried them on my 29er Satori. Way to big, but wow insane grip, too much actually as a rear tire. Wear was terrible again though. 2 NSMBA toonies plus 4 pre ride days. The rear outer knobs are undercutting already and heavy braking started to tear apart the centre knobs.
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27.5
I picked up a takeoff 27.5 2.25 Trailstar. Perfect size, still fairly big. Knobs are closer together, makes a great rear tire as it drifts a bit more. I can't wait for this size to come out in Pacestar

This Is Not An Enduro Ride - Aug. 7, 2013, 6:46 p.m.

I find the term 'trail" strange. I stumbled across a tire discussion on another site, where one poster categorized a tire more XC/trail than trail/all mountain. I think of trail in the sense that it is something we ride and hike on, and in the mechanical termology. But when defining a riding style, really? That's a bit of a stretch, no?

Kona Pushes for 2014 - July 11, 2013, 9:03 p.m.

Actually I was comparing them as a boutique brand, with a more realistic apples to apples frame and build spec. Curious though, looking at the Process decals on the top tube….why would they need to put '111A'? Maybe an upcoming 111C 🙂

I think Kona is doing a whole lot right these days. I picked up a used Satori frame and fox 34 on a whim this year to try the 29er thing out. To be honest my seriously boutique Mojo HD is hanging more than rolling. The Kona handles very well, and is a fantastic bike, and quite quick, even on the Shore;-)

Kona Pushes for 2014 - July 11, 2013, 5:19 p.m.

I really want to try the Process 111. 68HA with 16.9 stays, longer front centre….should be a fun bike.

"Will riders pay almost 6K for an aluminum frame that isn’t made by a boutique brand?"

A Kona XX1 for $5600?
A thousand dollars cheaper than a Tallboy Aluminum with XX1 (no Reverb)
A couple thousand dollars cheaper than a Tallboy LT Aluminum with XTR build.
etc…
It may not be boutique but hot damn, judging by the specs, that's a snappier shorter Satori. That's a win in my books.

Exclusive: 2014 Cove 650B Proto - May 28, 2013, 9:53 p.m.

Yikes! Long seat stays! Must be a noodle! All kidding aside, I grabbed a hold of the seat stays on my Satori and yanked back and forth. Couldn't really notice any movement. About the same as my DW Mojo HD. So does that mean it's stiff? I dunno, but that design allows for some really short chain stays (430mm) for a 29er. How about the Altitude…no comments on the long seat stays there. Is it a noodle? Not likely. The Rocky guys in that last video seem to get on well on it. So this Cove is outdated? That depends on one's interpretation of outdated. For the Satori, the geo is pretty progressive actually. I personally think a frame like a Nikolai is dated looking (but cool), but there are a lot of dudes that would take a Johnson up the Wazoo to have one. Same for a Classic Chromag.

Exclusive: 2014 Cove 650B Proto - May 28, 2013, 1:33 p.m.

Maybe it's a typo, the Satori has a 74 degree ATA. Not sure why a 650 variant would need to be that much slacker ?

Exclusive: 2014 Cove 650B Proto - May 28, 2013, 1:13 p.m.

Not everybody can afford $2800-$3500 for a carbon frameset. I have both, a Mojo HD, and a Satori. I haven't ridden the Mojo in 3 week. This Cove job should be a good one!

Exclusive: 2014 Cove 650B Proto - May 28, 2013, 9:04 a.m.

I have a 2012 Satori here and it's the exact same front triangle. The hydro forming on the tubes are identical, as to is the linkage. However, the rear triangle appears to be modified with a different stay pivot location.

Does Kona and Cove have some sort of agreement?

North Shore Loops - Dec. 19, 2012, 1:07 a.m.

I don't live on the Shore, but when I do ride the Shore I do the longest loops I can tolerate. In the winter that's on a SS, snow dependant. Fromme I like 7th/Leppard/Crinkum/Kirkford/Griffen/KOS, then back up to Executioner/Dreamweaver, out BP then if I have anything left I'll do a Bobsled. On Seymour I almost always do Indian Arm to BP, up to TNT/Cabin, the top part of Dales, cut up to Incline, Powerlines to Pingu/Pangor, Bridal/Greenland, BottleTop, back up to Bridal, S&S (now will include Salamander!), down to the Golf course, back up to Empress and down and out. I'f it's snowy I'll just go as high as BP and to SD, or CB. Seymour I ride with gears;-) My loops always turn into sort-of figure 8's 🙂 I don't know Cypress very well as all.

Hey my blue jacket glows in the dark!!

Steve

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