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Product Review Updates - Winter Edition - Feb. 19, 2020, 11:35 p.m.

I have sealed up weepy, porous tires with good success using Continental’s recommended method of rubbing the sealant into the full surface area on the inside of the tire. It has worked for me using regular Stan’s on multiple tire brands. Continentals are notoriously porous, which is likely why they recommend doing this.

I had an OEM Maxxis DHR II that was so porous that the sidewalls were peppered with Stan’s boogers and it wouldn’t hold air overnight. Rubbing some Stan’s into the sidewalls using a paper towel solved the problem.

Continental’s tubeless install video: https://youtube.com/watch?v=1HfULR0PnZE

Product Review Updates - Winter Edition - Feb. 19, 2020, 11:30 p.m.

I agree, the 11 speed SLX shifter feels imprecise. XT is closer in feel to XTR, and SLX is a step down. I am not sure about 12-speed, though.

The Best Of Lubes vs The Rest Of Lubes - Jan. 16, 2020, 8:14 a.m.

@Vik Banerjee I use the same approach. I have been buying $19 SRAM PC-1110 chains for my 11 speed drivetrain and don’t find the longevity to be all that different from more expensive chains. I wipe/lube with cheap triflow every ride, and have zero qualms about replacing the chain as soon as needed.

For 12-speed, I have become convinced that the X01 chain is worth the splurge over GX. That thing goes forever, whereas GX seems to last a more typical length of time before reaching 0.5% elongation.

Spank Tuned 359/350 Vibrocore Wheelset Review - Dec. 13, 2019, 6:32 a.m.

Did you get any dents or flat spots in the rim bed? With the latest crop of wide, light rims (e.g. Stan’s Flow MK3, Race Face Arc), it’s a common form of damage that makes seating tubeless tires a lot harder after. There are some heavier, more reinforced options (Flow EX3, Chromag BA) that should do better, like my old Flow EX did, but did you see any similar anti-denting benefits from the foam?

2020 Rocky Mountain Growler 20 - Dec. 9, 2019, 11:31 a.m.

I'm with you. Seat angles that make sense on a full suspension, where the rear sags and the seat travels backwards, do not make sense on a hardtail. Something that looks fashionably steep on paper ends up very steep on a hardtail once the fork sags.

I am riding a 2019 Rootdown with 150 fork (10 mm shorter than stock) and feel quite over the bars while seated. I am not sold.

OneUp V2 210 mm Dropper Post Reviewed - Dec. 4, 2019, 6:51 a.m.

I had a V1 170 post and it seized up after a couple months of use in sloppy conditions. I emailed OneUp and they quickly sent me a new upper bushing free of charge, which popped in without needing to disassemble the post. That solved the issue, and post was flawless after that over 8 months of use before I sold the bike.

I now have a 180 V2 on my new bike, and the action feels smoother than the V1. As said above, they now ship standard with the V2.1 actuator mechanism, where the cable moves instead of the housing. I have only had the new post for a week, so I can’t comment on durability.

Maxxis Assegai DD & EXO+ Tire Review - Sept. 17, 2019, 12:01 p.m.

It does in 27.5 but not in 29.

Maxxis Assegai DD & EXO+ Tire Review - Sept. 16, 2019, 11:06 p.m.

Maxx Grip in EXO+ would be awesome. The 1300 g DD I’ve been lugging around on my trail bike is exhausting, but I’m spoiled with the grip and don’t think I can go back to anything else.

Thanks for the great review and interesting perspective on the drawbacks of the harder rubber.

Where The Rain Gets In - A Fall Service Story - Sept. 16, 2019, 11:12 a.m.

I have drilled a hole in the bb shell on steel and alloy hardtail frames that didn’t come with them. It solved my problem of having bottom brackets seize.

I’ve also had issues with water sitting in the head tube and seizing the lower headset bearing. The solution to this might be to tip the bike back so it drains into the downtube (assuming the headtube has an opening into the downtube).

I think your take-home message is that it’s important to be aware of water getting into the frame and to make sure that water is evacuated in some way.

Where The Rain Gets In - A Fall Service Story - Sept. 15, 2019, 11:09 p.m.

What if your bike has a drain hole in the bb shell? Is pulling the seatpost still necessary?

Dear Uncle Dave: My OEM tires tried to kill me. - July 15, 2019, 9:44 p.m.

Not sure I agree. I think most people get on fine with EXOs, especially if your riding area has fewer jagged rocks (including quite a few of my friends who ride hard on the Shore). Heavy tires are necessary for some usage or terrain, but really neuter the versatility of a bike and are probably overkill for lots of people.

Cush Core and a Return to Downhill Racing (V10 Style!) - July 10, 2019, 4:20 p.m.

I’m a fan of CushCore in back on the enduro bike. I took it out for a trip to the Kootenays, where the dirt is softer and loamier than what we typically ride on the Shore, and didn’t really miss it. 

But first lap back from the trip, I rode Executioner with 26 psi in back and thought I was going to rattle my teeth out. Being able to run 22 psi in the rear tire without folding tires over or destroying rims is a game changer on hard, bumpy terrain. It’s the small-bump sensitivity everyone thinks they are looking for from their suspension.

CushCore in front on the enduro bike felt like diminishing returns.

Removal of Teeter Totters on Shore Trails To Begin Immediately - July 1, 2019, 10:30 p.m.

Thanks for sharing this perspective, and for your work on Pipeline.

“The DNV is NOT at fault”

Can you elaborate?

Sea Otter's Best Bits (and a trip to Santa Cruz Bikes) - April 24, 2019, 6:09 a.m.

Other than rim protection, it would be interesting to know what, if anything, the CushCore XC inserts give up in ride quality compared to the heavier ones. Maybe some side-by-side testing would be good.

Introducing the 2019 Kona Big Honzo - July 26, 2018, 6:58 a.m.

In my view, these bikes are pretty long. Hardtails have their reach increase as the fork sags, whereas a full-suspension’s  reach stays the same or shrinks through sagging of both ends. A medium hardtail with 450 reach is a long bike.

Agreed on the head angle though, but you can always bump up the fork to 150 for an extra degree.

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