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Canyon Spectral 29 CF8 vs. Ibis Ripmo AF SLX - June 28, 2021, 4:25 p.m.

I don't know if "nothing I liked about it" matched my experience, but I hear you.  Jeff Kendall-Weed and the Ibis Enduro team have certainly shown what the bike is capable of.  There are definitely people out there that will benefit from how the Ibis is tuned, and it's kind of cool that there are companies out there that do things a bit differently.

Canyon Spectral 29 CF8 vs. Ibis Ripmo AF SLX - June 28, 2021, 4:23 p.m.

I do agree that I think the shifter plays a part in this, but it can't be all of it.

I will probably never, ever, ever un-learn one up shift at a time, so this feature will never be a factor for me.  I like the premium feel of the XT shifter, but it's tough to argue with how smooth the SLX package is.

Canyon Spectral 29 CF8 vs. Ibis Ripmo AF SLX - June 28, 2021, 4:20 p.m.

It is tricky to understand what impacts a suspension curve before sag will have.  I don't think the top end matters as much as at other points, as by definition you're moving through that portion of the travel fairly easily no matter what.  You also need to consider that air shocks tend to do slightly weird things through the first part of travel, as well.  I know in the past that some companies have tried to sell certain shock curves as giving "more pop" and whatnot, but I'm not sure I totally buy it.

I do think the changes that happen around sag can have a sizeable impact though.  I think what is really going on is that there is more of an impact to changes in pressure on ride height when there's a large bend in the curve around sag, as well as what I pointed out in the review.

Canyon Spectral 29 CF8 vs. Ibis Ripmo AF SLX - June 28, 2021, 4:10 p.m.

I didn't know they were making a link for the Ripmo.  It's interesting, I'm just not sure it makes it better for my use.  It looks like they made the curve even steeper through sag, which could make that knuckle even trickier to hit.  It's definitely a bit more progressive from sag onwards, which could help.  It could wind up being pretty soft off the top.  Curious to hear your experience, when you have it.

Canyon Spectral 29 CF8 vs. Ibis Ripmo AF SLX - June 28, 2021, 4:06 p.m.

I'm about 6'3".  No idea my bb/seat height measurement.  I tried to measure that once for a bike setup for a launch and I was so far from getting it right.

Neither of these bikes was super long.  I definitely could have handled the XL Canyon, but I was fine with the L.  I wouldn't want to go much shorter than that.  There are plenty of options out there with more reach.  It depends on what sort of use and travel you are looking for.

The NSMB Podcast: Ep. 9 – Katy Winton - May 11, 2021, 5:32 p.m.

Katy was the definite winner this year of the Vital Team Rumours Forum Thread.  Awesome to see her turn her crappy situation around to an awesome story that people are excited about.

Wera Bicycle Tools - April 28, 2021, 5:54 p.m.

Ack! The ball bearing in the ball end has proven that I'm a bit of a bell end.

The regular ones...don't have the ball bearing.

Wera Bicycle Tools - April 28, 2021, 4:54 p.m.

I hear what you're saying, but couldn't you say that about most of the bikes and bike parts reviewed on this, and other, websites?  A $50 handlebar does pretty much the same thing as a $150 handlebar, after all.

I totally get it though.  I now have...jeez...four quality sets of L/P handles, and probably 1 or 2 other crappy sets buried somewhere in my toolbox.  When the box from Wera showed up, my girlfriend actually asked me if I was going to get rid of some of my tools, since I probably didn't need them any longer.  Oh, I laughed and I laughed.

Honestly though, I don't think I have ever, in my life, regretted buying the more expensive tool option over the cheap one.  Of course, there's a balancing point in there somewhere, but I've wrecked too many bad tools (and parts using bad tools) to feel badly about spending a bit on tools.  But I also don't own a $400 hammer.

Wera Bicycle Tools - April 28, 2021, 4:12 p.m.

Appreciate that link.  I definitely hadn't seen the bicycle tools at those prices and that definitely closes some of the gap between the regular and the bicycle tools.  I'll add an amendment to the article.

Wera Bicycle Tools - April 28, 2021, 4:11 p.m.

You're certainly entitled to your own opinion on the matter.  However, as a person who recently bruised their hand trying to remove a DUB crankset with a Park P-handle, I don't agree.  I am near certain that the same thing wouldn't have happened with these wrenches.  Does that matter with a 2.5mm?  Probably not.  But on the larger sizes, these feel way nicer on your hand when you're applying a whole bunch of leverage.

I wound up having to get my breaker bar out to get that crankset off, so it was all a bunch of wasted effort.  But it would have been hand friendlier wasted effort with the Wera's.

Coming OUT On A Ride - April 26, 2021, 4:32 p.m.

I was struck by the paragraph about you coming out to your best friend Max.  I thank you for sharing such a personal moment, and thanks to other commenters for sharing theirs, as well.

Canyon Spectral 29 CF 8: First Impressions - April 12, 2021, 4:12 p.m.

Good question.  I would think for most people on an L/XL, this isn't going to be much of a problem.  When (if) I remember, I'll slide the post all the way down to see if there is any interference.  I'm thinking that it probably looks worse than it is.  If you look at the photo, it looks like a fair amount of clearance beneath the kink that is open to the bottom of the post, if that makes sense.  It looks like it would probably bottom out at a point just slightly above where the top rear of the water bottle sits.

Daylight Saving Time: You're Doing it Wrong - March 22, 2021, 4:44 p.m.

Who knew there were so may DST truthers out there?

I wrote this last week as I came down off the stoke of my first evening ride. I'm willing to consider other opinions now, but it seems really foreign to me to want to do anything so early in the morning.  I wish it weren't the case.

2021 Norco Shore 1 - Review - Feb. 11, 2021, 9:06 p.m.

Oh man!  I totally forgot.  I was going to include this line somewhere.  "Norco needs to stick a motor on this thing and call it a day."

Rimpact and Rimpact Pro Insert Review - Feb. 11, 2021, 5:44 p.m.

An update.  I just installed a used Rimpact on the front of a different bike.  Installation was even easier than the first time around...aside from the odd, gloopy pink sealant in the tire.  I was almost able to do it just with my hands.  I needed  a standard tire lever for the last 3-4 inches of bead, but barely.  Here was my process:

- Bead off 1 side of tire, push the Rimpact all the way on to the rim - this was the first big difference - I couldn't get a brand new Rimpact seated all the way around with the bead in place on 1 side - but the used one went right on

- Start pushing your exposed bead onto the rim - the rimpact actually holds it in place, so this is no more difficult than with no insert, just a bit different.

- Once you get to the last 4-5 inches, it gets difficult, just like with a regular tire. Push the bead that is already on the rim all the way down into the center of the rim to give yourself as much slack as possible, then either push the remaining bead on, or lever it over with a tire lever

Really, with a used rimpact that has stretched out a bit (I think that's the only difference) it becomes really trivial to install, as it was super easy to get it seated on top of the rim, and the whole process isn't much different than a regular tubeless install...except...just pump it up like normal.  The Rimpact holds the beads in place, so no high pressure required.

As well, I only had a stock valve, so I just took a file and cut a groove down the middle of it, and this seemed to be enough to allow the air to get in under the rimpact.

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