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2021 Norco Shore 1 - Review - Feb. 10, 2021, 7:53 p.m.

Pros/cons on this compared to the Yeti SB165 you wrote about in Jan 2020?  or about what one would expect... Shore is a bit worse on the way up and a bit better on the way down?

Bontrager Line Elite Carbon Wheels - Feb. 8, 2021, 2 p.m.

good questions, I dont know re the precise failure mechanism.  All I know is that in each case after about a season of riding I'd start to get some "slipping" when pedaling and then within a few kms I could spin the cranks forward and nothing happens at the wheel.  LOL.  The shop seems rather familiar with this and simply proceeded directly with warranty.  

And yes, Trek does seem pretty good on the warranty end of things.  Aside from the time required, its a pretty much "no questions asked" sort of thing.  However, my shop is excellent and I suspect that plays a role too.

Bontrager Line Elite Carbon Wheels - Feb. 8, 2021, 9:05 a.m.

I've had the Line wheels on my 2018 and now 2020 Remedy.  First, I had a busted spoke while on vacation last summer and had to take a knife to the tire to get the thing off.  I thought it was just my inexperience so good to know re the rim strips.  It was a Bontrager SE5 tire but thankfully it was basically worn out anyway.

Second, the freehubs are well known for their lack of durability in my riding area/LBS.  I've wrecked two of them now and the LBS moved me over to an Onyx freehub.

POC Crave Clarity Riding Glasses - Feb. 1, 2021, 8:23 a.m.

opposite perspective...  I have a pair of these (several years old now) and love them, money well spent for me.  I have limited vision in one eye and am getting to the age where the eyes dont work quite as well as they used. So eye protection and clear vision is important to me.  I tried multiple pairs of cheaper glasses and was never happy.  These are fantastic.  Yes, they are expensive but glasses are not hard things to take care of.

Best Of 2020 - Andrew's List - Dec. 30, 2020, 3:46 p.m.

Your Waltworks v2 also really hit the mark for me.  When my Stache dies or gets retired I want something very similar.  And then I'd also aim to ride it till it breaks.  I think its a cool spot to be in to enjoy a bike enough that you're not constantly eyeing other options.

(Will There Be) Revenge Of The Nerd Brands? - Nov. 16, 2020, 8:16 a.m.

Excellent article.  I've wondered about this as I used to be pretty set on "boutique" bikes but I'm not sure I see the point much anymore.  I don't know if that is just that my personal preferences have evolved or that that the bikes themselves have evolved or some of both.

I have a hard time buying the argument that a given boutique bike is objectively better than big brand bikes like the new Stumpy or Slash.  Reference last week's review on the Knolly Warden - good bike, had some quirks, did some things really well, maybe not so great at other things and certainly not the be all end all for an aggressive trail bike.

not totally convinced on the adjustability thing - I know I'd never fuss with it after setting it up how I liked, but not sure how representative of the overall market that might be.

Riding the 2021 Knolly Warden LT V2 - Nov. 13, 2020, 11:11 a.m.

I understand the Wardens are the same frame (different shock) but the Delirium is a different frame, isn't it?  I am pretty sure it was around before the current gen Warden's.

As a former Knolly owner and bit of a fanboi, it pains me to say this but the seat tube, creaking and cable rattling issues are unacceptable. Especially for a brand that tries to market itself as taking an engineering first approach to its business and positions itself in the premium end of the market place.

as others have stated, its nice to see NSMB continue to provide thorough and honest assessments of the bikes it reviews

Some thoughts on the recent purchase of MEC from Uncle Dave - Sept. 29, 2020, 8:13 a.m.

Good article as usual and I'd echo the sentiments above.  No love for VC but honestly, MEC started to die about 10y ago and that's on the people who were "leading" MEC, not the buyer.  They went from something unique and special to just another poorly executed big box retailer in the urban wasteland.

2021 Fox Transfer Dropper Post - Reviewed - Sept. 15, 2020, 8:01 a.m.

I had two.  the first one was bomber.  the second one had issues out of the box and was sent back to 9.8 to no avail.  I've just dealt with it but I'm done.  the rebuild kit might help but at this point I'm just not willing to spend more time and money for unknown outcome

2021 Fox Transfer Dropper Post - Reviewed - Sept. 14, 2020, 2:04 p.m.

I also really liked the 9.8 seat bolt system.  but that may be mainly because the thing will not hold any air and so have had to take the seat off constantly to pump up the air chamber.

Cure Your "2006 Posture" with Cone Training - Aug. 7, 2020, 12:30 p.m.

good read!  I previously saw this video but this was really good additional info.  In my experience cornering seems to be the hardest of all MTB skills to become truly proficient at.  every corner is different, there are several things to think about and apply (as you explain) and often in varying amounts depending on the type of corners, terrain, etc.

Scotland is a Mountain Bikers' Paradise - June 8, 2020, 1:19 p.m.

this was really interesting - I knew golf was born in Scotland but had no idea the extra details and info provided here.  the shared use land use paradigm is also a pretty cool perspective.

Personal Rides: Andrew's Custom Waltworks V2 - May 14, 2020, 11:55 a.m.

another geo related question for you - I didnt see anything in the comments above.  I noticed you kept the rather "normal" STA of 73.5.  I understand steep STA in the context of FS bikes where the rear sags and the steeper angle accounts for that.  I dont understand why you'd want a steep STA on a HT?  I observe that pretty much all the new Chromags have something like 77 (or steeper).  Road bikes also seem to have ~73* STA.  I know a road bike isnt a MTB but if seated pedaling power is the priority it seems like that is about where the STA should end up?  curious your thoughts.

cool bike and write up!

- April 30, 2020, 12:23 p.m.

First, I am ambivalent about whatever we're calling a bike with a motor and a battery. I've never ridden one but its obvious they are only going to become more common.

I thought the previous article about riding the Santa Cruz was reasonable, thoughtful and entertaining, only to have that destroyed by the author going on a pinkbike worthy rampage in the comments in response to what I thought were some pretty innocuous observations and contributions to the discussion. Not sure how all that helped anything.

The Heckler isnt a CRF450RR; its also not exactly a bike anymore either though. And if you look at media for other areas like motorbikes (real ones!), hunting, overlanding and the like there seems to be a growing number of things called "ebikes" that, in fact, do seem to have more in common with mopeds and motorbikes than bicycles. So its a bit of a messy discussion almost by necessity.

Dear Uncle Dave: COVID-19 has me down. Should I ride my bike? - April 2, 2020, 1:49 p.m.

FWIW, a couple of the early lessons in the wheelie course are specifically targeted to get it ingrained in your head to use the rear brake to prevent looping out, and getting comfortable jumping off the back of the bike. Ryan's progressions are very good at addressing safety and building skills in small, safe, incremental steps.  Each to their own risk assessment but I'd suggest this is actually a pretty low risk activity if you follow the program.

If any sort of trail riding turns into a no-go (which I suspect will happen as people just dont seem to understand the concept of "social distance"...) I know my garage and backyard will turn into a makeshift trials zone to practice beginner level trials riding.  I do this all winter in the garage as it is and I've found it to be a fun challenge and a surprisingly good workout!

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