Same experience. The agent shorts were possibly the single worst mtb clothing item I have ever purchased.
Yeah, use firstname.lastname@example.org. Literally one of the fastest responses I've had. Dude is on it.
I don’t think that’s the right takeaway. The companies that are advocating for shorter offsets here think they work better for their respective bike geometries. Read Lars’ entry again. For the bikes Transition has designed, that’s not the sound of a guy that thinks that decreased offset (and the resulting trail figure) is “not really significant”. I’m building a Geometron and I purchased a short offset fork, mostly because Chris Porter has forgotten more about bikes this week than I have rolodexed. Will I notice the fork offset nearly as much as moving from a 480mm reach to 535? Likely not. If I were buying a YT I probably wouldn't have made the same decision. I had a choice, and that’s a good thing.
The below doesn't make it sound easy if you're not a business or trail organization. Do you consider the process uniformly fair for anyone who applies for a permit?
> I tried once to apply for a section 57. I waited two years, and then was told that since I was not a company, or trail building association, that my trail was denied. After that, I realized that getting endorsement was a political friend thing, and not based on merit, or past building experience.
I love the Uncle Dave contributions and as usual I think the content was on point. However, I think you let Fildo off easy. Dude sends you a note about how he has a great wife and smart kids. Fildo suggests that he is very funny, a great employee, with a nice sense of humor. I’m thinking to myself, this has to be sarcasm, right? Then he cites his riding prowess . Fildo deserves a cast for the broken arm he suffered while patting himself on the back, but instead you’ve promptly rewarded him with a Loam Ranger jacket that is bound to be the envy of his riding group. Uncle Dave nailed the following:
> Life is challenges. Life is ugly. We need to embrace that ugliness. We need to get into the gutters and start seeing and showing the parts that people don’t want to see.
As a point of clarification, I think the important verb here is showing. Before recognizing imperfection in others, it’s probably more important to identify our own. If you’re in a position where your envy of travel photographers is causing you to question your choices, another trip to the Chilcotins with an expensive camera (to fill your Instagram with beauties) is not going to solve your problem.
Fildo, if you’re riding 3 days a week and still whooping everybody’s ass down the hill, why not drop a day and volunteer some time?
I guess you're right. It's definitely hard to find specifics.
Here is a Metro Regional Parks regulation document that spells out some specifics. This would cover many trails that I ride. See part 10.
The contents of my pack is usually dependent on how deep the ride is. That said, I always carry 9, 10, and 11 speed power links to help speed up the occasional chain break. I ride alone much of the time, so I also carry 3 bear bangers and a pen launcher. Nice to be able to sound louder than your group size.
The jumps would be a deal breaker for me as well. Even on 1×11, I often find myself searching for smaller intervals (to no avail). I’m sure it would be perfectly suitable for some. I wonder if we’re not moving in the direction of “design your own custom drivetrain”. You want 1×12 with smaller jumps on the low end? Login and configure:-)
Really enjoyed this. I'm glad to hear that rebuilding is as easy as advertised!
I can understand not making a small but why no XXL? I was expecting sizing to stay similar to the Tallboy/Highball. I wonder how the 6’1 and 6’6 crew will dig this bike.
Great topic and writing, but I think it underestimates the size of the human spirit. For every rich boomer weekend warrior buying 10k bikes, there is a hungry kid watching videos of some dude in Squamish and dreaming of the possibilities. Bring a group of young kids to a trail that they’re comfortable with and watch them look for the roughest terrain to ride. Everybody wants to be the winner, and the lone responsible adult is screaming at them to stop braiding the fucking trail. Maybe I’m an optimist, but no amount bike marketing or landowner disapproval is going to quell those spirits.
I don't disagree with what you're saying about social media.
It sounds like you think MTBs are “good enough” and we shouldn’t be fixating with puny iterative advancements. Rather, we should rely on the good old boys to provide. To be honest, there’s a hint of self-interested tone in that sound. I like my place in the industry as an accountable consumer.
I gotta walk away, but thanks for your replies.
You missed an important one…
"In an industry full of conglomerates, realistically, can any new-to-the-game company exist without marketing? Wouldn’t excluding newish companies just encourage the bro game even further?"
Answering yours in pretty simple, really: greed and envy. I don’t think it’s any big secret.
IMO…Hadley and Chris King are pretty extreme examples. They’re both small companies who’ve been in the game for quite a while, and occupy a real thin slice of an already pretty vertical market. In an industry full of conglomerates, realistically, can any new-to-the-game company exist without marketing? Wouldn’t excluding newish companies just encourage the bro game even further? Instead of discouraging marketing shouldn’t we really be advocating for increased consumer awareness and accountability. If people can’t be held personally accountable, then marketing doesn’t increase their sheep factor. The last Bike magazine I read is probably now considered vintage. I don’t know or have an opinion about Felton, but he called the +wheeled game what it is, garbage. It may have been half-assed, but it’s something.
I’d argue that mine is more relevant to the topic, but coming from an American, yours is unarguably more important.