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Race Face Aeffect R Wheelset & Trace Rear Hub - Nov. 3, 2020, 12:27 p.m.

"On many mid-range bikes, a common point of failure remains the wheels. Riders are frustrated by lost trail miles while their bike is stuck in the shop for repairs on sub-par wheels. 

Hmm. Very true, my 2018 Rocky Altitude A70 came with Race Face wheels (AR30s I think). After 2 years, I had to replace both wheels because hairline cracks. I'm no more than 175lb with gear and I'm not particularly aggressive rider. So RF is correct about their wheels.

Just my $0.02.

Fox Goes Electric with the Live Valve System - Aug. 28, 2018, 9:19 p.m.

This is one of those things like Di2 were I think, huh that's neat but can't see myself buying it even if I had the money. At my skill level I probably wouldn't notice the difference. Might make a difference to some pro riders. The innovation is always interesting though.

Mountain Biking’s Worst Enemy - Aug. 1, 2018, 1:17 p.m.

Cam, thank you for this sentence, "Leppard would be a black diamond trail virtually everywhere else".

Makes me feel much better about my riding ability. :)

Seriously though, a very well thought out piece. I do some trail days with BMBA and I know that working on the trails is a delicate balance between the land managers need to be risk averse and the rider's need for fun. I have nothing but respect for NSMBA and the work that they have done and continue to do. Access is everything.

Dear Uncle Dave: How much crap does a newbie require? - June 20, 2018, 12:19 p.m.

Don't cheap out on the safety gear. Buy a good helmet in particular. Mountain biking isn't inexpensive.

2018 Trek RE:aktiv Thru Shaft Shock - May 1, 2018, 1:13 p.m.

Thanks Andrew,

Actually, the knock block is the only thing that is making hesitant to purchase the bike. The bottom line for me is if I am hitting the knock block limit in a situation where I would just steer through on another bike. I was going to try GSM. 



2018 Trek RE:aktiv Thru Shaft Shock - April 30, 2018, 9:31 p.m.

Hey Andrew,

Were the limitations of the turning radius noticeable? If so, where or what situations did you notice it? I was curious about the double crown fork turning radius comment because I took a one day lesson at WBP riding a bike with single crown fork and when we through one of the tighter trails through the trees, I passed the rest of the class who were struggling to steer through the tight turns.

I rode a 9.8 in tight circles in parking lot and I didn't seem to have any issues. I plan to demo one in a couple weeks.

Leatt DBX 3.0 Enduro Helmet - March 24, 2018, 10:03 p.m.

Thanks Andrew. I'm serious about buying a helmet but it comes down to fit and comfort. I don't want to have a shop bring in a helmet if I'm really not sure whether or not I'm going to buy it. The Super 3R fits really well but I wasn't entirely sure about carrying around the giant chin bar. I always wear a pack anyway so I think I can make the Super 3R work.

On another note; thanks for all of your work with BMBA.

Leatt DBX 3.0 Enduro Helmet - March 23, 2018, 1:26 p.m.

Who sells these locally (GVRD)? I tried the Switchblade; nice helmet but doesn't fit my head. The Super 2R doesn't fit either but the Super 3R does. I just wanted to try this one for comparison. I agree that point of the helmet is for some extra protection, not for the bike park. I often solo ride because I don't usually plan my rides too much in advance and wearing the full face, "just makes me feel better". I have a MET parachute that I like but it sucks for climbing something like GSM.

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