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Dear Uncle Dave: What's with the Drivetrain Cartels? - June 26, 2020, 7:02 a.m.

Interesting article. It took Shimano longer to get to 10, 11, and 12, but was the general consensus that it was easier to sell a bike with plastic NX or SX components that go to N speeds, than a better Shimano SLX setup at a similar cost but with N-1 speeds to a clueless consumer?

A Month with the Santa Cruz Heckler E-Bike - April 22, 2020, 7:31 a.m.

I can see people failing to understand this where their home trails are one way (uphill climb trail followed by downhill). The problem is on 2 way, multi-use singletrack trails with limited sight lines. It's already possible to ride too fast for the trail and other users with leg power (hammering out of corners), but an advanced rider (top 20% of riders) is only able to do it 3 days a week, for maybe 20 minutes per ride before their legs get tired. With an e-bike, any rider can do it 7 days a week for 1hr per ride. If ebikes gain significant traction (pun intended), 2 way trails will be un-rideable.

As far as erosion on 2 way trails, braking power will always cause significantly more erosion than pedal or motor power.

2020 Norco Sight – Build Your Ride - Feb. 27, 2020, 2:45 p.m.

But it's across the board, even on XC bikes which aren't getting ridden hard. Maybe not with the crowd here I'm sure there is a subset out there who are lightweight and don't need the extra stiffness but would appreciate the modern touches: trail geometry, 130-140mm travel, tire sizes, etc... but with a frame weight that they were able to achieve even with the technology of 10 years ago.

Santa Cruz Ebikes? Interview with Seb Kemp of SCB - Feb. 13, 2020, 9:37 a.m.

Probably similar to the jump in price from an NX build to a GX, or GX to X0 which seems totally out of line with the actual price differences. It's like they don't know we can go online and check out the price difference between the different levels and it's just a couple hundred bucks at most. I think SRAM gives away NX to bike companies for free.

Sellers Remorse - Nov. 6, 2019, 6:28 a.m.

I just sold a 26" Stans Arch, Hadley rear hub wheelset that served me well. It was 12x135 (yup), my main bike is boost, and the 142mm end caps seem hard to find, so time will tell if I come to regret that one.

Trading Watts for Rainbows: Making Sense of eMTB World Champs - Sept. 6, 2019, 8:40 a.m.

so true. "i gO On 60kM rIDeS nOW!" "i gOT 12 lAPs iN". And it seems people are forgetting that there are some trails that you shouldn't be adding another 250W up to 30km/hr on: 2 way, multi use, blind corners, poor sightlines. I'm going to stop riding those completely once eBikes start to become more common. Don't want a head-on collision.

Ask Uncle Dave: Talking Tires with Maxxis - Aug. 28, 2019, 2:22 p.m.

I can guess by googling "bike 2019 maxxis ardent 130mm 27.5". I found another brand doing the Ardent on low end bikes and dhf on high end, but in 29".

Anyways, if anything I would prefer my bikes come with more aggressive tires. Adds some versatility for road trips.

Dear Uncle Dave: My OEM tires tried to kill me. - July 15, 2019, 7:54 a.m.

I figure you would find something similar when looking at the jump in price between bike builds with straight gauge vs butted spokes, basic rims vs Stans/DT, NX vs GX, resin-pad only rotors vs standard rotors, etc... where the low cost option is pretty much being given away.

Crankbrothers Rose Pedal Cleats - May 27, 2019, 11:05 a.m.

The shim plates are almost necessary for CB's because otherwise the 'beater rails wear grooves into the shoes and the connection becomes sloppy with lots of vertical play even after cleat replacement. Nice to hear about the multiple shoe lifespan. This kind of wear isn't as much of an issue with SPD from my experience.

I'm interested in what kind of maintenance regime and lifespan Andrew gets out of his pedals. Every time they come out with a new version they are like "trust us, these ones are better than the last ones, we swear!" Do you have to buy more than the base model? When I was running CB's, I had to bin the set ($50) every year whereas I've had SPD's 520's (also $50) that I've used with 0 maintenance for 7 years now.

In Defense Of HammerSchmidt - Dec. 4, 2018, 2:22 p.m.

Products like this (and Shimano dual action shifting) are unfairly targeteted in "ReMEmbER tHEse 10 wOrST bIKe pArTS?" articles when there are real shit bike parts that still plague stock bikes to this day: stock tires that use hockey puck rubber, organic brake pads, non-tubeless rims, shit cable routing, disposable rear hubs, remote lockouts etc...

If You Can't Ride From Home, Ride From Somewhere - Oct. 26, 2018, 8:01 a.m.

I too enjoy the articles. Imagine if bike companies read what he writes. We would have better bikes coming right out of the box!

Riding from somewhere else to the trails is also a great idea from a safety perspective. Not specific to the shore, but many places have trails that spill out or cross the access road. Less cars = less danger for our fellow riders.

What do Trump's Tariffs Mean for Bike Prices? - Sept. 26, 2018, 10:44 a.m.

Really think our distributors will pass on the savings of any potential export reimbursements?

4 Bikes For Price of 2 - Feb. 15, 2017, 2:31 p.m.

Interesting concept and I've done it on a couple of bikes, but trying to stay on top of the standards really ruins finding hubs on sale and resale value. Thought about doing this to a fatbike, (26×4 and 29×3) but decided to build up a used 29er instead.

Do We Need Man-Specific Bikes? - Jan. 18, 2017, 10:22 a.m.

not to open up the can of worms, but I think Amanda was referring to the next step up: ambassadors who get bikes for free replacing racers who get bikes for free.

Do We Need Man-Specific Bikes? - Jan. 18, 2017, 8:22 a.m.

I think people riding 160mm bikes on Frisby Ridge could use a Man Specific Bike

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