There are some pretty significant differences between those frames. The first generation Blizzard is closer to the Kona Wo in terms of its numbers, specifically the 197 rear end and 455mm chainstay. Wozo has a narrower bottom bracket and 177 rear axle and a super short 420mm rear end.
In that case you get a really rad drop bar bike with disc brakes, hydraulic if you like, whatever tires you want from 650b rando tires to 27.5 mountain bike tires to 700c road/touring tires and 29″ mountain bike tires. A truly front- of-the-wave bike that does way more than the bikes of only a few years ago.
And in the mountain bike you get something that covers the categories most people consider adventure / xc and certainly slower speed technical descending, but the reality is DH and AM/Enduro imply a different speed/pace of riding technical terrain and most would not consider a hardtail appropriate for that kind of riding.
Personally I'm really into both of these categories of bikes right now, but where the drop bar bike is forward-thinking, the hardtail / rigid mountain bike is a legacy / enthusiast / slower speed fun bike with modern brakes and drivetrain.
I shot this photo, and I didn't even make that connection. Stare at it long enough and you'll find Red the dog!
@boomforeal look at that!
Assuming front and rear ends always compress at the same rate, that is true.
How about those trail numbers at full compression?
I honestly do wonder how far you might get with that. Sounds like you're looking for a very wide, groomed trail. Nothing with that heavy wet snow covering almost everything right now.
Given where you live, you'd better.
I dropped 10 kg with My Fitness Pal and regular exercise this time last year. It was really useful to be able to see where things like seconds at dinner and bread/baked goods instead of veggies for snacks was helping me keep that weight on. Prior to that I'd done pretty well self-regulating with higher than average exercise levels, but it eventually hit me that I'd need to confront it head on and the app was quite helpful.
This reminds me Andrew, I've got a No Garmin No Rules sticker for you at the next #coffeeoutsideyvr 🙂
We have Yaktrax for our running shoes, definitely helps, though haven't even used them much even with the conditions this year. And getting out for a short run is definitely more valuable fitness-wise than riding, when you consider the logistics of preparing to ride and getting to the trails. If you have an hour in the middle of a work day you basically get to run for 50 minutes of it, but there's no way you'll get that much trail riding in. Not even the "half hour" needed for two laps of Bobsled.
1. Good to hear. Not surprised, but the aesthetic is so light-looking that I had to ask.
2. I really, really like this modular design. We bought the boot dryer for the same reason, minimize bacteria, prevent smells, dry things more quickly.
3. The extra wrap is a great suggestion, and combining that with twisting the first wrap in the right direction for the way you do your loops is a full power move. I like how easy it is to see that you've done it wrong…
I thought I could get away with the Five Ten Aescent for touring, as the grip was excellent and they are great casual shoes, but the sole didn't have enough stiffness even for that application. I went to the Freerider Contact and they were (still are) really good. The drying thing is even more key when you're traveling! We generally wore our Chacos when it was raining, saving the Five Tens for night/morning.
I rode my steel rigid bike on the North Shore with the seat all the way up yesterday, and had a blast. Cleaned all the climbs, got bucked on a few descents, laughed just as much if not more than usual. It's all about the attitude!
That makes sense. Looks like that fork has a 530 AC, so yeah, I can see it. I usually can't get a seat tube slack enough on a bike that I'm going to pedal a ton, so 72.5 doesn't sound so bad!