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2021 Transition Spur v. Santa Cruz Tallboy - Feb. 22, 2021, 8:10 a.m.

I moved the parts from my Chromag hardtail to an alloy Devinci Django frame (120 mm travel) for the Nimby 50 but ultimately went back to the hardtail. Also owning a long-travel 29er, the Django was TOO capable and didn’t offer a different enough ride experience. I was hoping the Django would be a hardtail-like experience with slightly more compliance but it turned out to be beyond that - it was planted, suspension was active and I could charge rough sections, at the expense of efficiency and responsiveness.

Is the Spur that hardtail-like ride (snappy, efficient, direct handling) with a bit more compliance, or does it still overlap with your Altitude to a point where you’d rather have a hardtail as a second bike?

And a question to others - what other short travel 29er frames are good candidates for hardtails with some squish?

David Fournier's Well Ridden Yeti SB150 - Feb. 5, 2021, 10:09 p.m.

Was your OSX a 31.8 or a 35?

David Fournier's Well Ridden Yeti SB150 - Feb. 5, 2021, 9:44 p.m.

There’s a 29x2.4 DHR II Maxx Terra DD in the wild now! Grabbed one off the rack at Corsa a couple weeks ago.

David Fournier's Well Ridden Yeti SB150 - Feb. 5, 2021, 9:20 p.m.

The lifespan on XX1 Eagle and X01 Eagle chains is truly impressive. But keep in mind the roller dimensions are larger than other chains, so it won’t show wear properly with most chain checkers.

Best of 2020 - Tim's List - Dec. 28, 2020, 8:58 p.m.

That coffee mug looks sick!

Cam's Gifts for Meticulous Mountain Bikers - Dec. 4, 2020, 7:47 a.m.

What happens if you get the silicone spray on your brakes? Is it an issue? Probably not the best.

Riding the 2021 Fox 40 Fork - Dec. 4, 2020, 7:41 a.m.

From my experience, running a short offset fork requires a head angle about 1 degree slacker than with long offset to not feel like the front-centre is too short. We were all fine with 65 degree head angles on enduro bikes until the short offset fork thing happened.

How come DH bikes haven’t gone short offset with even slacker head angles?

Review: 2021 Rocky Mountain Altitude C70 - Nov. 30, 2020, 3:43 p.m.

@Jenkins5 - good to know! 

My last bike came with Race Face ARC Offset 35s and they didn't do all that well. After a few months, the rear had several dents. I've had the older Race Face/Easton ARC rims as well, welded but made of 6061, and they dented quite easily too. It's tough to say if the 6069 ARC Offsets were an improvement. Stan's MK3 (6069, welded) rims I've had have also suffered a similar fate. I generally run 26 psi without inserts in the rear, and weigh about 170 lbs. I don't think any of these are bad rims. This is just what happens.

The rims I have had the best luck with are the Chromag BA30 and older Stan's Flow EX, both which are overbuilt with an extra rib in the cross-section, and come at a weight penalty.

Review: 2021 Rocky Mountain Altitude C70 - Nov. 30, 2020, 11:45 a.m.

Nice review, Graham! I enjoyed reading that. Sounds like the bike pushed you to send it. Has the confidence carried over to riding your personal bike?

Review: 2021 Rocky Mountain Altitude C70 - Nov. 30, 2020, 9:19 a.m.

@Jerry Willows - it would be interesting to know how much more durable the ARC actually is compared to the AR. In my experience, all rear alloy rims are toast after some time riding them. The only factor I have found to increase longevity is going with a heavier, DH-rated rim. But an alloy rim is a wear item, in my opinion, and I don't mind product managers going with the AR if they need to find a place to save money (though it would also be interesting to know how much it actually saves at the OEM level).

In contrast, replacing a rear hub is expensive enough that I would put it in the 'buy nice or buy twice' category.

Review: 2021 Rocky Mountain Altitude C70 - Nov. 30, 2020, 8:36 a.m.

Personally, I couldn’t be fussed whether the bike comes with AR or ARC rims. The weight difference is minimal, and I’d kill either after a season.

But give me a decent rear hub to build that new rim onto. Any time I have ran cheaper hubs, it has not worked out well for me. Having a rear hub fail is expensive; not only do you need to get a new hub (since many lower-end hubs are not easily serviceable), you need to get the wheel rebuilt as well. And usually a rear hub failure means walking home.

Sadly, DT 370s on an $8000 bike is increasingly normal.

Teravail Kessel Tire Review - Nov. 27, 2020, 9:36 a.m.

There's some good discussion on temperature sensitivity of rubber compounds happening on the forum right now. Someone found information from Maxxis saying that 3C Maxx Terra and Maxx Grip harden below 6 deg C, and their Dual Compound tires are actually a better choice at low temperatures. Others are claiming that Shwalbe tires are more temperature-stable.

https://nsmb.com/forum/forum/gear-4/topic/how-bout-a-good-ol-fashioned-tire-thread-130842/?page=10

It would be awesome to have an article digging into this further.

Riding the 2021 Knolly Warden LT V2 - Nov. 13, 2020, 12:01 p.m.

Reach and headtube length (a proxy for stack) give some idea of how long the front end of a bike will feel. With a short headtube/low stack, you end up losing effective reach with headset spacers. So if you have two bikes with the same listed reach but one has a longer headtube, that one will fit bigger.

I agree that two bikes that appear to be similar in size on paper can fit quite differently.

Steve Vanderhoek - Gap Hunting on 5th Horseman - Oct. 19, 2020, 11:01 a.m.

Well, that was insane.

When Mountain Bikers are the Saboteurs - Oct. 15, 2020, 10:05 a.m.

Also, I was one of the people who rode by your group yesterday and said you were nuts. I still think that is the case. It was greasy out there!

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