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A Year of Shore on ENVE M630 Trail Wheels - May 26, 2021, 3:10 p.m.

Things I have learned after a year on the M630 on the shore, mounted to the rear of my V1 Hightower, under a tall 190-lb rider:

  1. They are not as harsh as the M60/forty that preceded them. But not as snappy to accelerate either.
  2. You will pinch-flat a lot unless you ride with an insert (I ride with Tannus now and have come to be okay with it). Probably more than with the M60/forty. This negates some of the benefits of an ultralight rim.
  3. You will break spokes. A lot. And when you do, the nipple that's embedded inside the rim will fire through your rim tape, leaving you with a flat that sealant won't seal. You will be walking unless you have inserts.
  4. Removing a tire from this rim, especially with the insert that you for-sure need, is a special brand of hell. It's definitely not a trail-side move.
  5. ENVE is really good about replacing a broken rim (here, the M60/forty that the M630 replaced).

While I'm happy enough to keep riding these while I have them, they won't be part of my next build.

Building A Better Kids' Mountain Bike Drivetrain - April 13, 2021, 12:11 p.m.

Interesting. My 6-year-old has the 24" version of this Early Rider bike. Came with an NX 1x11 drivetrain. That stock bit of kit seems perfect for him; I haven't been tempted to swap it. Loving how light this bike is. Now, about those pinner rims and the lack of a water bottle mount and dropper post...

2021 Trek Slash 9.9 XO1 - Full Review - Feb. 23, 2021, 12:52 p.m.

Interesting that you briefly discuss the stiff and heavy stock wheel/tire combo, but all the photos are of ENVEs. Curious as to whether a wheel swap changed the ride much? What does that say about the wheel spec? Also curious about your impressions of the ENVE rims to compare against my own.

Disrupting Lousy Warranties in Mountain Biking - Feb. 9, 2021, 11:19 a.m.

Enve replaced a rim I bought second-hand. No hassles. Easy to get a hold of and talk the issue through. Maybe their nominal line is “original owner only”, but they go beyond that in practice. 

SRAM, on the other hand... what a nightmare.

7Mesh Copilot Jacket Review - Feb. 4, 2021, 8:54 p.m.

I happen to own this very same jacket, right down to the colour and size. I’m Pete’s weight but three inches taller. Fit is perfect. Nice and light. Easy to layer so I’m just warm enough, even through this winter we’re having here in North Van. Doubles as a decent running or XC ski option when it’s inclement. If I find myself too wet, it’s not the jacket. No complaints.

Cam McRae's Best of 2020 - Jan. 6, 2021, 10:06 p.m.

Another voice in support of Tannus here. I found myself this summer getting rear-wheel sidewall pinch flats pretty much every ride on my EXO and e-thirteen TR casings, when running anything less than about 27 PSI. I had blamed it on the ENVE rims (and still think they’re partly culpable, with how stiff and thin-beaded they are), as I’d gone years without flatting on aluminum rims. Then I dropped in a Tannus and haven’t flatted since. I can even run <20 PSI if it’s slick and slow and techy. Grip is pretty great too. Threw one in the front after a few hard bottom-outs and have been stoked. TLDR: Tannus good, ENVE bad.

Michelin Wild Enduro Tire Review - Nov. 18, 2020, 1:58 p.m.

Yours look like a leak at the rim bead. I'm talking about weeping through the entire sidewall, so through the rubber itself. Wondering if anyone has experienced this - is it common to these tires, or just a manufacturing defect in particular runs?

Michelin Wild Enduro Tire Review - Nov. 18, 2020, 9:57 a.m.

I've mounted the Gum-X rear tire and am finding air is weeping out the sidewall, meaning I have to pump up the tire two or three times in a ride. I expect over time the sealant will mitigate that, but it's irritating for now. Did you find the same on your test tires? How common is a weeping sidewall?

1 Bum, 3 Bags - Nov. 10, 2020, 12:30 p.m.

I have a Dakine bag that looks to be the predecessor for the one you've reviewed. Have been using it about a year. Has all the same things except the external cinch straps. I find the water bottle holster on the site pretty useful on longer rides, where I expect to swap out the bottle on my frame when I finish its contents. I have had a full water bottle fly out of that pouch, though, when I was descending something rough in a hurry. I have also found that the waist strap will loosen in the course of a ride, leaving the thing to slide around and become less of a bum bag and more of a gut bag, unless you remember to muffin-top yourself at the top of each descent. These are small gripes. It's comfy and generally does what I expect. And it was cheap. I'd love to have the external straps at my disposal.

2021 Norco Shore A1 - First Impressions Review - Oct. 14, 2020, 11:53 a.m.

"What it doesn't seem to like as much is going slow"... reminds me of my old Transition Blindside. Felt like it only ever really woke up at bike-park speeds.

Tannus Armour TUBELESS Inserts Tested - Oct. 5, 2020, 7:21 p.m.

Install was a piece of cake for me. 29” Enve M6 rim, E-thirteen TRS tire. Put on the first tire bead, then the insert beads one by one. Massaged it around to get the first tire bead into the mid-rim trough, then worked the other bead in. Made sure the tire beads got under the insert and rested into the trough, and used a lever to pop the last 8” into place. Seated without drama with a standard floor pump. 

Followed the advice from the shop to use a hair dryer to restore the insert’s curve before installing (giving it the right shape after it had been stuffed into its box). I think that helped.

Tannus Armour TUBELESS Inserts Tested - Oct. 4, 2020, 10:51 p.m.

Curious as to your thoughts on the benefits of running Tannus on the front tire. Just installed one on the rear as that’s where the flatting issues that I want to mitigate are all happening. Also looking forward to your Enve M6 review. I have one on my rear wheel and have formed some strong opinions. Spoiler: They’re not positive.

SRAM Launches new 52-tooth Eagle Drivetrains - June 25, 2020, 1:57 p.m.

Wish they'd engineer a different way to attach their cassettes. My XO Eagle cassette is seized to the XD driver; LBS sheared off all the splines trying to remove it (and yes, it was greased, and torqued to spec). A quick internet search tells me this happens a lot. I'd love to have seen SRAM address that before adding two more teeth. Looking quite seriously at an e-thirteen replacement at this point.

Bearing Swap - 2020 Santa Cruz Tallboy (4th Gen) - May 9, 2020, 11:02 p.m.

Re: bending the link wing: I did almost exactly that in almost exactly the same way to the top link of my V1 Hightower when I did a bearing swap. Whoops.

Mountain Bikers are still getting Hurt on the North Shore - March 30, 2020, 5:54 p.m.

I found last week that my riding was as good as it's ever been for early season. I think it's because I've been extra careful and mindful on each move, making sure a moment's inattention didn't throw me off my bike. Nothing like a public health crisis to keep you in the moment.

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