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Dec. 26, 2017, 4:55 a.m.
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Re: Evil insurgent

There are numerous stories/interviews out regarding Evil's past and how those days are behind them. My friend is a local dealer and they've been great to work with the past three years. We've seen exactly two bikes require warranty service (both of which were due to improper rider set up; improper torque, etc.). Evil took care of these promptly. 

As far as the bikes go, nothing rides like them. Go read the reviews. I've ridden all of them and my daily driver is the Wreckoning. The Insurgent is a fantastic bike and if you already have the parts and wheelset that will go on it (142 rear axle/27.5 wheels) then picking up the current frame at it's reduced price is a no brainer. Otherwise, pick one of the newer models that turns you one. If you want further specifics ask away.

Aug. 29, 2016, 5:57 p.m.
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Bikes with that certain 'je ne sais quoi '
  • Banshee Rune V2 -An absolute all around rager. Could be lighter, but who gives AF when it rips like it does both up and down.
  • Santa Cruz Butcher -Super fun bike that was dumb simple and just a blast. Too bad SC didn't bring this one into the new school geometry/27.5 wheel world.
  • Evil Insurgent -The ONLY bike I've pedalled around (and I've demoed everything) that gives the aforementioned Banshee a run for it's money. Could be my next whip.
  • Kona Honzo -The first 29'er I rode that didn't suck. The only other 29'ers since then that I've liked were the Ibis Ripley LS and Evil Wreckoning.
  • Surly Instigator 1.0 -I had mine for 13 years(!!!). I rode it built up every way to Sunday and was bummed when it finally cracked last year. Ridiculously killer steel beast.

:devil:

June 21, 2016, 4:55 a.m.
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Best bike travel case?

I am sure there are other decent options, but the Ironcase is the most bombproof case I have ever seen or used. It has been around longer than anything else for a good reason. I have had mine for over 16 years and have never had ANY issues with a bike that I traveled with it. I would look for a used one as they are not cheap.

Feb. 15, 2016, 8:24 p.m.
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These...

Triple 8 wrist gaurds. I have used these for more than fifteen years. I go through about three sets a year +/-. I put my gloves on and then these over top of them. As my hands are my job, I wear them all the time off road. Sure, I know how to fall, but these have saved me countless times. They are inexpensive, easy to get used to, make you look like a Terminator, provide tons of support/protection and will always be cheaper than surgery. Believe me, I tried every guard/brace out there including custom orthotic numbers. These are WAY more durable, protective and economic. I do not ride without them. I have taken plenty of nasty falls, but zero wrist injuries. :devil:

Dec. 21, 2015, 5:46 a.m.
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Banshee Darkside?

I do not own a Darkside, but I have been aboard a Rune V2 for more than a year and half. The Darkside on paper appears to be a Rune on steroids. I would surmise that like the Rune the Darkside is going to be amazing pedaling bike, making it very fun and playful on messy trails or in a park. I agree with Porkchop in so much that if you are looking for a more DH mow-over-everything kind of rig that it's not likely going to suit you. "Freeduro" or "Superenduro" …that sounds about right. :evil:

Nov. 20, 2015, 9:17 a.m.
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NSMB Forum Testing: Ryders antiFOG Glasses

Oh, hey alright, let's do this again! Note that I did not say "one more time" as that utterance always precedes a crash. Here you go…

1. What eyewear do you currently use when you ride (goggles, glasses) and for what kind of riding? I current employ a couple of pairs of Oakley glasses for both my mountain and cyclocross riding (mis)adventures. They both have pink lens with black frames. This provides me with nice contrast in the deep forests of my southern surroundings and a reminder of my New Wave/Punk roots.

2. Have you had any experience with Ryders eyewear? I have a ten plus year old pair of Ryders lurking in the bottom of my gear bag. They were inexpensive and worked fine when I bought them in a pinch upon forgetting my usual go to's. They make a nice spare for my occasional forgetful cohorts.

3. Are fogged up glasses a problem for you when riding? Is this a joke? I generally refer to myself as a schwettefatf*ck as I sweat like the proverbial pig. They don't call it "Hotlanta" for nothing. Most of the time, my glasses stay perched on my helmet save on exceptionally (rare) sunny rides or if it's a particularly nasty descent. Otherwise, it is very tricky to see through them. I could rant on about how one of the main reasons I like my Bell Super is how well it holds my glasses beneath the visor, but I will save that for another contest.

4. Where do you live and ride? I live in Alpharetta, Georgia a small city just north of Atlanta. I have a number of local trails I frequent including one I can pedal too. In addition, about once a month I hit trails up in N GA/W NC/E TN including my favorites up in Pisgah.

5. Most importantly: Provide an example of a 'gear shots' style review: **I considered providing a link to some of the dental articles I've penned, but I figured you can find more engaging sources for your boredom. Nevertheless, here is a schpeil I wrote about the Nomad 3 and an older piece NPR published of mine.

Party. Now to check my messages**…

Aug. 18, 2015, 11:13 a.m.
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Who's using oval rings?

Is bold the new all caps?

Good info. I've got to say, I'm kind of curious about these things. Do they help with clearance over obstacles too (when your pedals are at approx 3 and 9?

**I just happen to like the way bold looks.:|

Clearance? Maybe, but I am old school and still run a bash guard.** :devil:

Aug. 18, 2015, 10:04 a.m.
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Who's using oval rings?

**I run a Black by Absolute Black 32t driving my 10 speed cassette with a OneUp 42t hack. It works great as my legs are much less tired/sore after big climbs and it is easier to remain on the gas throughout any ride. I had a 30t round ring prior and I more comfortable climbing with the Black and it's higher tooth count.

I began mountain biking 28 years ago when the original Biopace came out. The modern ovals are completely different. I do not notice any pulsing effect or really anything weird while pedaling it. In fact everyone who has hopped on my bike had to look at it to notice that it was oval as you feel nothing out of the ordinary. Several of my friends picked them up too and love them. I ride clipped in, but my friend who rides flats said that it helps him stay glued to the pedals even more than ever on climbs. **:devil:

July 1, 2015, 9:16 a.m.
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NSMB Forum Testing: DT Swiss E 1700 Spline Two 27.5" & 29" Wheels

Is this happening? Are there any updates? Thanks.

I am pretty sure that the editors and/or DT Swiss found the responses so remedial and sub-Pulitzer, they decided this was not such a great idea. Perhaps this exercise was not unlike being a shopper at the Sunglasses Hut and thinking you are qualified to perform opthalmic surgery. Fun, however the results will be less than optimal. :devil:

June 23, 2015, 3:28 p.m.
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NSMB Forum Testing: DT Swiss E 1700 Spline Two 27.5" & 29" Wheels

OMG!!! Thank you all for this great honor!!! :devil:

June 23, 2015, 10:28 a.m.
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anyone had a rear axle snaP?

12X142 axles become weak at the threads if they are overly tightened. I have seen both bolt-down and Maxles break like this. :devil:

June 22, 2015, 8:31 p.m.
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LB rims- how long??

Any particular reason your posts are bolded? We're not blind, man!

Yeah…I happen to like the way it looks. Quit whining. :devil:

June 22, 2015, 8:29 a.m.
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LB rims- how long??

My rims took about 6 weeks to show up. LB kept in contact with me throughout with status updates as I apparently ordered them during a national holiday where their production was down. Nonetheless, they showed up perfect and have been great. :devil:

June 10, 2015, 2:31 p.m.
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Crabon Fibre Forever!!!???

Interesting advertising post, how much did they pay you?

**I wish. Sell out?!? Sign me up and praise Jeebus!!!

Seriously, plastic or not anyone riding a CF frame? ** :devil:

June 9, 2015, 7:45 p.m.
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Crabon Fibre Forever!!!???

**I have long been against the idea of using carbon for mountain bikes, but slowly my mindset has changed. There many examples of carbon parts that perform fantastically and have hard to believe durability. I first had carbon DH bars about seven years ago with Easton's Monkey Lite DH. I rode those for a year and a half without a peep out of them. More recently, I tested a bike that had Race Face's SixC cranks and was floored with how stiff they were. I scored a set and have had them for a year without any problem. Nothing outside of BMX steel cranks feel as solid and they have remained silent as well as trouble free. Several months back I built a set of custom carbon wheels with Hadley hubs. They have been bombproof and the performance gain is astounding. Despite these instances, I remained wary of carbon frames over more than just durability.

Sure, I have seen the impressive testing videos that Santa Cruz put out a couple of years ago and have had friends riding carbon rigs without issue. Really it has been less of a concern of catastrophic failure, but price. Most carbon frames are at least a third more if not double the cost of their alloy counterparts. Yeah, I was able to pick up components on special or OEM take-offs, but buying a used carbon frame seemed like a bad idea. If I trashed it there would be no warranty, maybe crash replacement parts at high fees at best and I'd still be out a wad of kale without a bike to ride.

I am however, now rethinking this after reading up on the repairability of carbon. There are a number of places that do this, but Ruckus really impressed me. Feasibly, I could get a used carbon frame for far less than it's original cost and worst case scenario have it repaired for less than crash replacement. The environmental side is nice too in that it would be one less bike frame in the landfills.

What experiences have you had with the fantastic plastic?** :devil:

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