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Why Did Evil Build the 29″ Following? - May 12, 2015, 4:17 a.m.

People who say those things about 29ers either haven't ridden one, or at least haven't ridden a well built one. I've been wanting to try a The Following since the Bible of Bike Tests came out. Seemed like everyone who rode it had great things to say. Also, love me some Tiger Mountain!

Don’t Blame The Bike Industry - April 22, 2015, 8:44 a.m.

More precisely the article is a moot point. If people stopped buying these new products, then companies wouldn't make them… But people are buying and buying and buying, and then buying some more. So the vote is in, these new products must continue to be made to feed the consumption beast.

Innovation or Industry Scam? - April 22, 2015, 7:02 a.m.

The bigger issue is going to be when buying complete bikes. Try buying a complete build next year that doesn't have 110×15 front axle. My gut is telling me "not possible".

Don’t Blame The Bike Industry - April 22, 2015, 6:46 a.m.

I share the frustration over this issue. In the Vernon Felton video all of the bike engineers he interviewed kept referencing the tech industry for their innovation, but as you stated, that industry has become one of planned obsolescence with incremental benefits over the year prior version. This scared me quite a bit that all of the companies Vernon interviewed shared this sentiment.

However, this article does not make any sense. It's written for a group that is already saying "stop doing this!" and theoretically is already voting with their dollars. The people who are enamored by +sized wheels already have the money spent in their minds before the bike is even available to buy. Those people are voting with their dollars, often!

Don’t Blame The Bike Industry - April 22, 2015, 6:30 a.m.

That's exactly how I feel about 1x drivetrains. They're standard on almost every higher end complete build now. All of the trails that I ride are long out-and-backs in the mountains, which means first half of the ride is a sustained technical climb to the top and then rip roaring decent back to the bottom. Granny gear is much welcomed if not a requisite on these rides. So, basically any new bike I buy will have to be fitted with a 2x drivetrain, or I will seek out a complete build that offers that.

650b And The Luddites - Aug. 6, 2014, 12:47 p.m.

Ride an Ibis Ripley, then tell me 29ers aren't playful/flickable.

Your Cockpit is Garbage - April 9, 2014, 2:47 p.m.

The High Roller 2s were no good?

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