I certainly miss the modularity of some of the old timer forks like Marzocchi, Stratos. If your steerer was too short for your new frame, get a new one. Dented a lower? Replace it. Fatter rubber? Custom brake arch. Granted, they all came with their drawbacks like premature stress fractures in the crowns, creaking, weight, etc. but those forks were on a whole different level when it came to user service-ability.
I miss my single crown Dorado. Sexy carbon fiber legs. 20mm axle. 5 inches of what-was-old-is-new-again coil sprung travel. I wonder how it would have fared with modern fat tires. I'm pretty sure I ran a 3" Gazzaloddi without issue.
Bushing slop at top out is something that I've been noticing more and more on my Mastodon too. With it not even being a year old, and me only riding once or twice a week, I didn't expect any sort of wiggle so early in it's life.
I get out there and kick the shit out of the trails with the brushcutter. That stump I couldn't see beneath the canopy of ferns that threw me OTB and bruised a few ribs... I'll teach you. Once I've pruned everything back, a couple hours pulling a rake down a trail is some of the best cross training, if you ask me.
Very coincidental and timely. I had narrowed my focus to Pearl Izumi last week while looking for a replacement for my 9 year old Sidi Dragon 2s. Pearl Izumi had a 25% off sale over the past long weekend too. I held off awaiting a response from their customer support regarding any possibility of duty on any orders. Even at 25% off, their top end X-Projects were going to run $375 CAD. I've been nailed with huge tariffs bringing in shoes from other countries and wanted to be sure there weren't going to be any additional costs. I missed the sale nevertheless. The X-Alp Elevates may be a good compromise if they don't stray too far from what I'm used to. They look and sound good.
Full ones in the pack, empty ones get squished and stuffed in the frame bag. Quite the cacophony on longer days in the saddle. Probably not the best weight distribution, but who cares its a fat bike.
That's rather interesting. I grew up on the North Shore and rode my YZ125 on many of the trails that eventually became mainstream mtb. We're talking early to mid 80s. I eventually felt out of place riding up the switchbacks to the ski runs on Grouse and in turn any of the trails in between, which is what pushed me into mountain bikes to begin with. Didn't matter how slow or respectful I was to others on the road/trails, I was increasingly getting yelled at and fists shaken at me. I really haven't looked back.
Where I live, it's not the other mountain bikers, since there are only a handful of us. Any trails we maintain eventually get explored by motos or quads, usually going up vs. the intended direction of travel. You can just imagine the roosts. I especially like the result of any traction we put down on our bridges/logs, ie. chicken wire, roofing, etc. That stuff gets peeled up like it was never there. Absolutely no respect for the trail that's in front of them.
Finned Shimano sintered pads on XTR brakes. Those crap rotors came stock on my RM Blizzard. I stopped riding my other higher spec'd bikes in favor of my fatbike, eventually robbing better parts from them. I wouldn't call their performance great by any means, but they worked without issue.
I rode resin only rotors for the better part of a year with sintered pads. They grabbed a bit better. Is the problem that the rotors will wear out faster or something?
My hope is to do my regular group rides in them. Obviously with mail order I am sort of rolling the dice on fit. I'm trying to solve an aging problem of my toes going numb on our rides this time of year. I've got winter shoes, water proof socks, booties even, but the pants need to be long enough to stay down over my boot cuffs and narrow enough to not get hung up in the drive train. As soon as my feet are wet, my toes are numb. Once thawed they ache for days. I'm pretty sure this is more of a fight against aging versus a simple staying dry whilst riding sort of thing.
As for commuting, it's a 85km round trip. I gave up on that road bike ridiculousness years ago.
With the unknown return date of these pants, I had to break down and order something while in the midst of this wet season. I shopped the lower mainland over the holidays for a size-large-anything-waterproof and came up dry (pun intended). Crazy to think one could buy a proper set of pants for winter riding in the winter.
I ended up ordering a set of Showers Pass Refuge pants online.
I have bought into the waterproof short thing myself. Soggy chamois be gone. They get used when its wet out, but not pouring. The trend seems to be moving away from full pants for some reason. I have Gore-tex shoes, Gore-tex shorts, waterproof socks, but when it's truly pissing out, as it is at this very moment, how does one keep their shoes from filling up, and in turn, your feet going full hypothermic?
My 15 year old MEC Gore-tex pants have long since died. I even had Ingrid at Roach (RIP) custom make me some waterproof pants back in the day. I recently tried to buy into the Raceface Agent pants after Andrew gave them a glowing review, but a) I was a bit hesitant based on their past products, and b) they sold out quick. What I'm finding are few options, aside from commuter oriented offerings. Especially those that are up to a more demanding environment, ie. belt loops, abrasion resistant, etc.
These shorts would be great if they were only offered in a longer pant version.
So how is the taping of the seams? The Agent jacket and shorts from the last few years have been terrible. I browsed the MEC racks of shorts on a few occasions looking for a pair where the seams were taped well. No luck. The jackets were not much better. I broke down and went 7mesh with the shorts. Belt loops, Goretex, expensive, but very well made. God forbid I outgrow them and need the next size up (getting close).
I'm in need of a new set of waterproof pants. I almost jumped on these before they were sold out on MEC. Very skeptical to mail order them based on what I've seen in the past.
Confirmed. I stopped in at Cowichan Cycles last Saturday, got measured up and walked out with a 611 Ergowave active. They have quite bit of SQlab stuff in stock. Great bunch of guys.
Tonight will be my first ride out on it.