Check with Kinetik in Coquitlam? I pre-ordered my new Patrol in June and got it mid August. When I had my bike in for some work in mid September they had a bunch of Patrols and Spires on the shop floor. North Shore Bikes had some stock as well, not sure if it's sold through yet though.
My kids are still young (3 and 4 months) but reading stuff like this makes me think of potential fun times in the future, well written.
As a Shimano/Fox guy, the XT spec is just bang on... was one of the things that convinced me to put a deposit on a Patrol XT :).
I should clarify my first comment in that I fully agree we need a better approach to addiction, mental illness and systemic poverty in Vancouver/BC/Canada. We need a holistic approach to give people a real chance to improve their lives including access to housing, medical, counseling etc. services and that a lot of people dealing with these issues have had a shit life with no hope.
At the same time the status quo of shrugging shoulders are property crime and having no consequences cannot continue. There was a video on Vancouver reddit the other day of a dude with a baseball bat going after a homeless looking guy who just stole something of his. We are going to see more vigilante justice like this and it isn't good.
Career/professional criminals stealing high end bikes is another issue, those guys need serious consequences when caught given value of bikes these days which is what I interpreted this situation as (is it really a DTES addict hiding in the bushes at Parkgate to steal a new Altitude? Doubt it).
I follow Jono on instagram and was super stoked when he got his bike back... but the part of the whole ordeal that sticks with me is the VPD basically saying "don't bother" pressing charges against people who stole a ~$10k bike. Something needs to change in our judicial process, theft of high end bikes needs to result in years of jail time.
This. Enthusiasts looking at spy shots already know if the bike company is running 2/3/4 year product cycles and when an update is likely due. The people walking into bike shops to buy from the floor inventory and use the advice/expertise of shop staff are probably not looking at spy shots or anticipating new models (and because bikes are so good, they probably don't care much if a revision comes out next year, too busy enjoying their sweet ride).
The reaction is overblown here. I still don't understand why they don't do testing at a more low key riding area on weekday mornings? If they want to do shuttle runs could just go to Cypress on a Tuesday morning or out to Vedder, unlikely anyone will be taking pics then.
Also that Norco has had full pro high res shots from races going back to Psychosis, NZ DH series etc.
Any bigger guys have experience on the Sight? I'm about 225lbs geared up to ride and have read about problems with getting the X2 setup properly. Is a DHX2 an option?
Been using an Osprey Talon 6L fanny pack for two years now, the Savu wasn't out yet or I would've gotten it. Love it so much more than a backpack. Has held up great as you would expect (I also have an Osprey backcountry skiing pack that shows minimal wear after hundreds of days).
I like to drink a lot of water in the summer especially on 4+ hour rides, so having 2 bottles on pack plus 1 in the frame is awesome. I've only used my hydration backpack when riding in the California desert heat.
The athletes with the RAD 38's and the new RAD air/coil shocks won't talk about them if you ask :)
Pant design looks good, have not worn riding pants before for some of the reasons outlined above (fit mostly, stubby/big legs here). Have been thinking about checking out NF and knowing the company story I am more motivated now... factory is 7 min from my house in Mount Pleasant so I'll drop by some time!
Hah, I'm with you except I fear more people will be willing to get up there and line-up for upload on pow days if they can show up at 8:30 instead of 7:30 to get in line.
Great review. When my 2.5WT DHF DD MaxxGrip up front is ready to die I'll probably try an Assegai DD MaxxGrip... and keep the DHR II DD MaxxTerra in the rear. Dissector rear would be interesting in the summer as well.
Maxxis' website is confusing, but I am running a 27.5x2.4WT DHR II DD MaxxTerra in the rear right now and it's awesome. When I look at the website I see a 2.4WT DD "Triple Compound" but it doesn't spell out MaxxTerra. I think I ordered it from either TBS Bike Parts or one of the German sites.
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).
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.