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STFU Chain! – Kovarik's Silent Solution - July 17, 2019, 9:51 a.m.

Clutch doesn't impact chain tension above the chainstay though does it? That is where the slap this deals with comes from. I don't notice it as much on my trail bike but for sure on DH bike (Norco Aurum, non-HSP) with Saint mech and 7-speed cassette (so a pretty short chain).

Dear Uncle Dave: My OEM tires tried to kill me. - July 15, 2019, 11:38 a.m.

One dumb trend with tires is using EXO casing on hard hitting enduro/all mountain bikes (160-180mm travel, slack geo, long wheelbase etc). I don't blame the bike companies, they know the total bike weight needs to be comparable to their competitors and adding an extra 200-300g for DoubleDown/SuperGravity is probably not worth it. EXO is fine on trail bikes of course, but I don't see how it makes sense on a 64-65deg HTA 29er with a 170mm Fox 36, coil shock etc.

2019 Santa Cruz V10 29er - June 27, 2019, 12:52 p.m.

Nice, looking forward to following this. Kinda hilarious the first riding picture :)

The New ROCKSHOX REVERB Stealth Ridden - June 25, 2019, 10:19 a.m.

This. Who the hell is paying $400USD (no one wants the trash button remote) for a Reverb in 2019? Why wouldn't you buy a Fox Transfer, BikeYoke Revive or OneUp? I was lucky that my RF Turbine (first version that sucks) worked well enough for 18 months before I got my OneUp which has been perfect so far and nearly half the cost.

Dear Uncle Dave: Getting old and other nonsense - May 8, 2019, 1:03 p.m.

Hikers can anticipate mountain bikers climbing behind them because they are not much faster than walking on single track or steep road climbs, they can also hear the breathing and there's time for a friendly "on your left" or "can I pass when it's safe".

Ebikes travel much faster uphill and are silent, so hikers do not have any warning/anticipation especially on fire roads.

For descending, there's no difference. Hikers on multi-use trails know to expect bikers (or should, at this point) and bikers should be respectful when descending.

Dear Uncle Dave: Getting old and other nonsense - May 6, 2019, 3:39 p.m.

Have seen the exact same thing on Mountain Highway with ebikes. On the one hand I give credit to those guys for putting down the watts and not just spinning up (which they could do at 15km/h without breathing hard), on the other this is a real world example of how user conflict with ebikes climbing CAN and DOES happen where it does NOT happen with normal bikes. 

Ebike supporters will just blame a few bad apples, i.e. "guns don't kill people" argument.

An E-MTB from YT. Seriously! - March 28, 2019, 9:10 a.m.

"With the E-Enduro you can join any group of mountain bikers without sticking out like a sore thumb."

Nope. You'll still stick out like a sore thumb, better hope all your friends give up and buy an ebike too.

2019 RockShox BoXXer World Cup (29) Reviewed - Feb. 3, 2019, 9:31 p.m.

I saw Paul's comment over there. As a stubby legged 5'10" dude (30" inseam) I would like to try an HSP 29er but am not sure I would end up with one. I struggled with a couple 29er trail bikes for the same reason on the shore, but they were more traditional geo and not as long reach.

OneUp's Axle F Thru-Axle - Jan. 21, 2019, 12:09 p.m.

Want this and a bolt through rear 12x148 DT Swiss style axle for my trail bike... Never had the fork come loose but it's unnecessary to have the QR style. I have actually had the rear work its way loose before which is scary.

Another Rampage, Another Robbery? - Oct. 31, 2018, 2:14 p.m.

The judging criteria was explained to riders beforehand, but I wonder if they really get into the weighting of flow/line choice and how they evaluate those? Brendog's was by far my favourite line (sad we didn't get to see Jordie's though) and I would've scored him 10 points higher but I still think you gotta give the podium to the dudes doing tricks based on the scroing criteria.

That said, I would love if they either changed the criteria (tricks = worth way less) or did something with line building to reduce the BMX/dirtjump perfectly sculpted jumps that would be great. Having one well built kicker/drop to showcase a trick would be fine but when the entire run is just perfectly sculpted hits... meh.

Drunk on Press Junket Lemonade - Sept. 18, 2018, 1:43 p.m.

I've read about that Devinci incident in a few places, thanks if you were the person that saw it and spoke up. Fuck those dipshits for their willful ignorance and jeopardizing the hard work by WORCA and all stake holders involved in the Sproatt alpine projects over the past few years. Cross Devinci off the list I guess.

How did Martin Maes Crush the Field? - Aug. 28, 2018, 4:35 p.m.

Eh, I love his manner of speaking personally, find it engaging...

And Red Bull cheers for finally finding the full run footage of Maes. Wow he looks fast in the middle section! Full attack.

Introducing the New Yeti SB 150 - Aug. 28, 2018, 4:30 p.m.

Ohhhhhhh that is interesting. I assumed the CS was longer (and that was one reason they kept aluminum) but that is clever.

Race Face Next R Carbon Cranks Reviewed - Aug. 3, 2018, 10:48 a.m.

I rode a pair of SIXC 165mm cranks hard on my DH bike for two summers and I weigh 215lbs, no issues at all despite a few rough touch downs into rock gardens that had sparks flying off my pedals. Hard to say if there's a performance benefit, they felt the same as the Saint cranks on my previous bike. Maybe they are a touch stiffer than the Turbines on my trail bike but maybe that's because those are 175mm.

TiGr Titanium Mini Lock - July 31, 2018, 11:58 a.m.

$188CAD on Amazon? I get the light weight and packability benefit and good for stopping opportunistic thieves. I guess it depends on your ride, I'm not lucky enough to pedal from home, but if I was doing a loop I'd just drop my heavy ass Kryptonite U-lock or Abus at the apres spot on my way up...

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