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Giro Latch Flat Shoes - Sept. 8, 2021, 2:18 p.m.

I guess I'll be the grouch...  :^)

$150US (~$200CAD?) is a bit rich for a shoe that appears it may not last more than a couple of months.  I used to get sick of my 5.10s lasting ~3/4 of a season but that would appear to be as good as it gets for me.  I tried the Shimano's a couple years back and only OK fit (a personal thing), I could live with the limited grip but the sole ground to bits in a few months and I didnt feel worth buying another pair.  I got a very nice pair of brand new Ride Concepts Powerlines for this season and havent been impressed either.  its a (really) nice shoe, the grip is good enough but the soles are shredded to bits and its been a down year for me for riding time. 

I was going to try a pair of the Specialized ones per AJ's articles but Jenson doesnt ship S products to Canada so I just got a new pair of the 5.10 Impact Pros and I think I'll leave it at that.  I know what I'm getting, the grip is as good as it gets from what I've read, and I know what to expect for wear.

TRP's TR12 Derailleur & Shifter Reviewed - Sept. 3, 2021, 11:48 a.m.

Shimano released new Dura Ace and Ultegra this week.  I didnt pour thru the details but electronic only and apparently some pretty steep prices.  if that is a harbinger of things to come with Shimano and SRAM MTB drive trains then I think there is absolutely a place for TRP and other players.

Exclusive First Ride: The 2022 We Are One Arrival - Aug. 3, 2021, 2:54 p.m.

The warranty includes repairing the frame (I assume there are some limitations/conditions to this).  But from the perspective of longevity and reducing waste, I think this is excellent.   And the bike looks excellent!

Bike Weight vs Bike Geometry - July 15, 2021, 12:23 p.m.

I'm to the point where my cardio fitness kind of is whatever it is.  I dont have endless hours to spend "training" and I derive more enjoyment from learning new skills - manuals, jumping, etc.  My biggest gain would be to lose a few pounds but that seems easier said than done....

That said, I honestly think as we age that strength and mobility work is more important than endless cardio.  I feel really good when I keep up on those things.  And it might take a month or two when I let it slide but invariably start to feel and move poorly.

Ride a bit less and do other things.  For me, that makes for better riding.

Corsair Was High Pivot AND Pedaling, In 2007 - June 30, 2021, 5:53 p.m.

Agree, great article, was a fun read!  

somewhat of a side note, but I have to wonder if the current crop of super capable but also heavy bikes will have staying power.  Or if we'll all rush over to bikes that are a bit lighter, simpler and more versatile for the next versions.  I cant imagine a new Range being much fun outside of places with a big helping of serious double black DH trails.

as for the Prophet... I know that bike received lots of love in the media and internet back in the day but my 2005 Prophet 2000 was absolutely terrible!  The Lefty was horrid (even when it was working) and I had no end of problems with the drivetrain.  I must have spent a thousand bucks on new drivetrain parts and an endless supply of new cables and housings, to no avail.  It was the happiest day of my life when my 2010 Knolly Endorphin frame was delivered.  In the end, my conclusion was that it wasnt as advertised - it was just a long travel (for the time) XC bike, and a very flimsy/flexy one at that.  Its interesting how experiences can be so different!

Canyon Spectral 29 CF8 vs. Ibis Ripmo AF SLX - June 28, 2021, 2:56 p.m.

Appreciated the insight into Ibis' shock tune.  An HD5 was on my radar 1.5 years ago as Ibis is one of my LBS' brands but I wasnt sure that set up made a lot of sense and so got something different.  Sounds like that was the right choice for me.

Mixed-Wheel Puzzling – It's About More Than Clearance - June 25, 2021, 8:10 a.m.

that was impressive and insightful, thank you!

Two Rides: The 2022 Santa Cruz Bronson CC XO1 AXS - June 9, 2021, 11:50 a.m.

thx for a detailed and nuanced response!  your points make sense to me

Two Rides: The 2022 Santa Cruz Bronson CC XO1 AXS - June 8, 2021, 9:10 a.m.

mullet... so its a bit more planted/faster but a bit less nimble and poppy compared to a full 27.5 bike?

Dear Uncle Dave: Help me with my Pandemic Purchasing Challenges - May 3, 2021, 7:52 a.m.

Uncle Dave's last sentence in the first section is all that need be said.  

Or ride your current bike for another season.  COVID started a 14 months ago and the impact on the bike industry was abundantly obvious well before Nov 2020.

Alternatives for Shimano Brake Pads - April 30, 2021, 10:04 a.m.

I have Saints on all my bikes (DJ included, lol...) and I've found Shimano pads and rotors to leave a bit to be desired.  Either the pad or rotor (or both, I dont know) will glaze over and braking power reduced to terrible. This is random but its happened often enough that I've run out of patience with it. Not sure about availability right now but I run swiss stop rotors and pads and that combo works really well.  the pads do take a bit to bed in but they last a long time and work well.

Love the Bike You Already Have - April 27, 2021, 8:36 a.m.

big yes to better bike maintenance and I've committed to improving my game here.  And the free, and truly liberating, option is to focus on bike riding rather than bike buying.

Want to Ride Better? Do Your Homework. - April 21, 2021, 3:31 p.m.

I've gotten lazy with my bike mechanic skills over the years as I have a very good shop that looks after my bikes for me. 

While that is great, I've also become somewhat helpless, which is an awful feeling when something needs to be fixed.  And now with COVID, my home shop is booked months out (literally). But the upside is that I am paying attention to this stuff again so I can be more self sufficient.  

I'm getting a few tools to work on my modern bike parts.  And I would say that manufacturers can be good sources of info on their own products.  SRAM had a really good manual and instruction video I followed to tune up my rear derailleur.  I need to give my Fox forks some love and Fox has good online resources that cover the basics.

Pitching Forward: The Impact of Steep Seat Tubes - March 29, 2021, 10:17 a.m.

Great article, a few observations for me.  First, steep STA seem to be more important for taller riders.  Second, I would think the terrain and riding style would play into this.  "winch and plummet" is a fair bit different from long traverse pedal rides.  Noel Buckley had a good (IMO) synthesis of this in a recent comment in a different forum.  

People are talking lots now about size matched chain stays but seems to me the entire bike geo needs to change between sizes.  With carbon, you have different molds for every frame size regardless so this shouldn't be THAT big of an obstacle.  God forbid the manufacturer has to do a bit of extra thinking up front though...

Finally, AJ, do you have an idea what your actual STA is when climbing?  I think the main benefit of steeper STA is to stay in a better climbing position, especially with longer travel bikes with more sag.  So a static 78 turns into a comfortable 75-ish when actually riding, instead of a static 74 turning into a miserable 71, or whatever the value is, when sagged under rider weight and pedaling forces.

MTB Media and Spy Shots - Feb. 26, 2021, 10:16 a.m.

I think NSMB behaves like the mature kid in the sandbox on this topic, trust you'll keep it that way.

As others have said above, the "spy shot" stuff is completely useless speculation.  I get it that its maybe sorta fun at some level but without any actual info its just empty gossip, at best.  PB, Vital forums, etc seem to have that (large?) niche well covered...

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