"producing 50 or so frames each year" - the frames are expensive but that sounds like a "business" that could barely support one individual, let alone 7 employees? They're beautiful bikes; honestly curious.
interesting read! the 2nd paragraph in your pre-ramble was quite interesting. I'm not one to complain about prices and I dont know anything about the economics of bike industry sales but the notion of $7K bikes with at best a mediocre spec and ebikes now costing twice that amount, I wonder if/when the whole business may have a major correction.
You touch on it at the end of the review but if you guys are looking at a few of these types of bikes some general discussion of where/why owning these sort of bikes makes sense would be great.
I seriously considered this bike for the upcoming season. But actual "mountains" requires a committed weekend for me to access and I have a modern DH bike for bike parks. And so I went with a more AM style bike. If I lived in the Van - Pemberton area (or similar) and/or didnt have a modern DH bike, I'd be all over this.
sorry if I am a bit daft but I dont quite follow the comments re shifting. "... SRAM has Shimano licked in the shifting game.." but then XTR "...is the new standard for shifting". So you like the SRAM feel but the Shimano actually works better?
good info! Its good to know the recommended settings are likely not far off from "ideal", especially for an average rider. Also interesting that a bit more PSI resulted in a better ride - I found the same in my limited experience to date with the Float X2.
I've also observed the difference in pressure when checking. I suspect it may be a combination of temperature and elevation changes, any small internal pressure changes with heat while in use, maybe lose a bit putting the pump on/off. As said above, I doubt the pressure change is solely due to the small ambient temp range we're talking about.
A similar article on the rear shock would be great. and what sort of digital pressure gauge do you use?
excellent review as usual Andrew! Curious on your thoughts re the pros/cons and why you'd pick this over the Trek Stache (which also comes in alu and carbon flavors)?
Andrew, you've talked about cold hands and carbon levers enough that it seems like a bit of an obsession! :) I live in the prairies and so I am well versed with cold. I just wear my big Hestra lobster claw mitts and I'm good. Why do decent gloves not work? I am assuming its wet weather riding for you in the winter - is that the problem? Tech nature of Shore riding that requires frequent and hard braking? poor blood circulation in your hands? All the above? Not poking at you, just honestly curious!
thx Pete, fair reply. I'm not involved in trail advocacy but for sure acknowledge the huge efforts required.
I guess I was thinking mainly of areas that I like to ride that are rather remote and so not much in the way of trail building . And in this context, some braiding or blown out corners seems inevitable and maybe irrelevant in the overall scheme of things.
For areas with more dedicated building for dedicated trail networks I think a couple of things. First, build robust trails that can withstand a beating, its not unreasonable to have to do a bit of maintenance on occasion and maybe most important dont ride in poor conditions. I realize you can ride when its raining on the coast but in many areas wet = mud and mud + bikes = a miserable mess for everyone. but I have no idea how you enforce common sense...
anyway, good article and discussion!
While I do think respect is a good thing (in all aspects of life), here's maybe a counterpoint. Its dirt and rocks in the bush. We're not strip mining or clear cut logging or building and then wrecking 8 lane freeways. Dont we ride bikes in the bush because its fun? jumps, drops, steeps, speed, rock gardens, cornering g forces are fun. Rides without those sort of things are basically road rides (also fun, but not mtn biking IMO).
As for MTB media, who cares and what are you going to do? They are going to film what they're going to film and for all we as consumers know the crew put more work into the trail before and after filming than the rest of us ever will.
Land is constantly evolving - slopes slump, big snow years and rain storms create trenches and washouts, etc. I see this all the time in my riding in AB and BC. Often the trail itself is so inconsequential in the landscape that its almost funny how seriously we take it. So I take a bit more of an organic approach to this - land evolves and trails can come, change and maybe need to disappear sometimes.
Not advocating for no rules or no respect. I just think there is a bit of a sliding scale maybe depending on the terrain and volume of traffic and that maybe some of this is overblown a bit.
Not sure how this would work on tighter, low slope "normal" trails but to me this looks like an ideal hard tail for riding the gnarliest trails around Whistler.
I dont get all the yelling about HT angle. If your suspension fork moves up and down then yes the HT angle has to change but if you're that obsessed or perturbed by the idea then maybe a hardtail isnt your ride.
Marketing is a fickle mistress and Chromag does seem to have that black art mastered but... this is hardly progressive. Wheel size aside, Nicolai has had a HT with similar geometry for several years now. And I think at least a few other European brands as well. Blasphemy, I know :)
"Our main goal and focus right now is to have 100% quality production, deliver to our customers on time, and make sure we support the product in the market." subtle dig at the other S? LOL
it looks cool and well done but I tend to agree with legbacon regarding my bike parts priorities
As someone who provides some MTB coaching and having attended various PMBI courses, I have to cringe at some of the experiences people have had! The ability to pro-bro-shred does not equal the ability to teach anything. MTB skills coaching is fundamentally about teaching, not showing off your self perceived pro riding skills. I've had to really work and practice to improve aspects of my riding and I think that helps my teaching.
Teaching means you understand the fundamentals, know how skills build and progress, and are able to combine that theoretical knowledge with the ability to observe people's movements, understand what they are doing and finally be able to communicate all this to them in a way that they can understand and relate to.
I can imagine its hard to find a "good" coach but I do think the PMBI certifications provide a pretty solid framework and foundation. And for what its worth, I think cornering is actually the hardest MTB skill to master and/or teach - there is just so much going on, variables to deal with and options to use.
I enjoyed the bits I watched of the event and the coverage afterwards. I think its ironic that the event is held in some terrifying and unforgiving terrain, which is then largely manicured into slope style hits, albeit very large ones! I also really liked Brendan's run. But, I wonder if huge tricks are required to separate the riders now. I suspect most riders there could do Brendan's line as well as he did. Not sure if the opposite would hold? Rampage seems like its in a bit of an awkward adolescence where its not quite sure what it is.
I found this an interesting review as it sounded pretty much how I would have described the 2018 9.8 Remedy I rode this season. On paper, the Bronson and Remedy are very similar bikes and my riding experiences were also very similar to Cam's with the Bronson. Incredibly fun and capable bikes. Was also interesting to hear positive things about the 2.6 sized tires.
I have a 2018 Trek with this post (not sure if its this "new model" or 1st gen) and my original plan was to swap it out immediately for the 9.8 on my "old" bike. I've never bothered... Its not quite as nice as the 9.8 in that the saddle wiggles a small amount and its not as quick to go up. But its been more than fine. been pleasantly surprised/impressed!