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My Yeti SB104 - Sheared Pedal Pins & Terrified Grins - Nov. 22, 2021, 11:38 p.m.

Yes the Meta! I know I'm forgetting a bunch more the Morewood Ndiza ST as one. 

I'll take the foul on downcountry I was split on whether I would consider them downcountry or trail bikes I went with DC because most XC bikes still had 26" wheels and we were starting to see bikes like the Scott Ransom Carbon that was like 35 pounds and had 150mm or so of travel and claimed to be leading this new category of "All Mountain" bikes.

My Yeti SB104 - Sheared Pedal Pins & Terrified Grins - Nov. 22, 2021, 10:19 p.m.

Bought an 06 Howler in 2012, the only reason I moved on from it was the 30.0 seatpost, I couldn't find a dropper post. I stripped the paint off so people would stop asking when I was going to buy a new bike, they just asked me what bike it was. I remember when I bought it people thought I was crazy because it wouldn't take a front derailleur... Oh how times have changed!

The howler, Cowan Ds, Norco xxxx, intense tazer, blur 4x, yeti 4x, and transition double were all ahead of their time. They were down country bikes when xc bikes were twitchy things loaded with gears when the point was to seemly have the least active suspension you possibly could and Enduro bikes were called freeride bikes and weighed 55 pounds!

My Yeti SB104 - Sheared Pedal Pins & Terrified Grins - Nov. 22, 2021, 10:13 a.m.

As someone who owned a Kona Howler, Brodie Nemesis, Blur 4x, Blur TR, then made my own Blur 4x out of an LT after they stopped making it, I sympathize with the overforked, slackened, low, and slack short travel bikes. I am currently eyeing up an old "Killer B" Norco Sight frame sitting in the back of a friends garage.

NSBillet Daemon Pedals Are Made In Canada - Nov. 20, 2021, 11:41 a.m.

I saw that during the summer and got very excited!

NSBillet Daemon Pedals Are Made In Canada - Nov. 20, 2021, 11:39 a.m.

I'm all for Shimano tooth profile, I have become a huge fan of the Sramano AXS drive trains just to "save" the Shimano shift quality.

NSBillet Daemon Pedals Are Made In Canada - Nov. 19, 2021, 2:59 p.m.

Shame there's no NSB part to thread pedals into...?

Corsair Was High Pivot AND Pedaling, In 2007 - June 30, 2021, 3:48 p.m.

Corsair nailed it for a few years, after this they had that dominion in the days of slopestyle is kinda big rampage is kinda big but neither is big enough to sell bikes. Enter the dominion a single bike that could do both, it was everything the Scott voltage fr was supposed to be. If I remember correctly there was a soured relationship that ended that one. 

Side note, the malestrom had a smaller sibling, the Marque I believe? It was like 150mm. Don't remember if it was high pivot idler but it was definitely 2:1 leverage ratio. Then there was the 2 shock crown! Oh my way too many awesome bikes in the past. I wonder if we'll be reminiscing about that bike in a similar way in a year or 2? 

I love going back in the past and finding rad bikes that came too early.

Andrew's 3.5 Best Kids' Bike Upgrades - May 10, 2021, 1 p.m.

Part of me is so happy that you included the multi tool. I ran mountain bike camps for a number of years and the number of times I encountered kids who's parents had installed really flashy off brand parts on their bike and sent them to camp drove me crazy. I would carry a multi-tool and a 20" presta tube, that solved most of my problems, but without fail I would encounter one kid who shows up with their front brake through the steerer using some sort of Alabama backwoods solution (that their parent though was the latest and greatest) that would need like a 12mm wrench to adjust, they crash and their and bars are crooked and I (or the other councilors on my team) didn't have the tools. Even if the kids don't know how to use the multi tool it is nice to have. 

My partner who is a new rider is the same, she has a multi tool in her bag all time. She doesn't always know what to do with it but she has it so when she is in a group she can find someone who knows what to do and we have made sure that her multi tool and adjust everything on her bike.

Four Clamps Good, Two Clamps Better - May 5, 2021, 1:06 p.m.

Username checks out.

Phil Szczepaniak's Mix-Wheeled Chromag Surface Ti - May 4, 2021, 8:44 a.m.

Very Nice bike Phil, I'm interested in the positive reviews that seem to be following Magura brakes around these days!

Coming OUT On A Ride - April 23, 2021, 10:44 a.m.

Matt, thanks for taking the time to write this and to provide everyone with some very good resources! 

Much love!


Bontrager's Steerer Tube Mounted BITS - July 25, 2020, 5:20 a.m.

Certainly not a big deal! But I guess it's the one thing you're giving up over a traditional headset and multi tool in your pocket so to speak.

Bontrager's Steerer Tube Mounted BITS - July 24, 2020, 7:21 p.m.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but there's no way to adjust your headset once the tool is in there? With 1up they give you that little spanner to tighten a lockring (not install, only tighten in an emergency). From what I see here it looks like you used a long ball end to put it in?

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