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2021 Norco Shore 1 - Review - Feb. 10, 2021, 9:24 p.m.

They're more different than you'd think. First off, the rear end of the Norco is far more suited to the coil shock.  I thought about digging in to all the leverage ratio differences and whatnot, but the Norco manages to be just as plush, but without any concerns about bottoming out.  If I'm at the top of a trail, I pick the Norco, no question.  The Yeti is probably a bit happier on mellow stuff compared to the Norco, but if it's gnarly I'll take the rear end and geometry of the Norco every day.

But, if you are looking for something that is super capable but that you are going to climb a lot, the Yeti could be a good choice.  It's a far, far superior climber.

Both fun bikes.  If I was lighter and wealthier and liked to pick my way around Fromme, the Yeti could be a good all around Shore bike, but it's not as capable as the Norco.  I would have loved to have had them back-to-back though, to better test that theory.

2021 Norco Shore 1 - Review - Feb. 10, 2021, 4:47 p.m.

It's interesting how important height and weight are to a review, but how little they get talked about.  Read reviews where one tester is heavier and one is lighter, and it can almost sound like 2 different bikes in certain scenarios.  It also reminds me of the SB5.5 from a few years back, where I struggled to climb it up steep things but others thought it was amazing.  That was probably all down to the extra inch or so of seatpost that I had exposed compared to others.

So, with this bike, I probably could have gotten a bit more aggressive with the LSC/LSR, but this may have compromised something else.  Easy solution - put a climb switch on it.  Especially when you're trying to optimize a tune for so many different weights and types of riders.  I did notice that Norco makes the same no climb switch call on a lot of their other bikes though.

2021 Norco Shore 1 - Review - Feb. 10, 2021, 4:41 p.m.

My knees hurt just thinking about pedaling this bike up Fromme with a dh cassette on the back.

2021 Norco Shore 1 - Review - Feb. 10, 2021, 12:25 p.m.

Mostly just that even though this is a really big bike - perhaps the largest I've ever ridden, by some measurements - it just does not look all that big with myself in there for context.  I'll definitely be going with larger options (when available) in the I sit and look at the size L test bike that I just took on.

POC Crave Clarity Riding Glasses - Feb. 2, 2021, 4:40 p.m.

This is fair.  I think most of my angst is towards whichever editor called me grumpy.

POC Crave Clarity Riding Glasses - Feb. 1, 2021, 5:38 p.m.

Man. Tough crowd. I mean...what would have happened if I reviewed these things and didn't dwell a bit on the price tag? You'd have called me more than grumpy.

My only complaints are the price and the particular frame colour that got sent my way. As others pointed out, it's really easy to spend a lot less money and wind up with something that sucks and that you don't wear. As I said in the review, these totally disappear from your field of view and I've never really experienced that before. So while I would love it if these things came in at half the price (or less), I can't really complain about the results.

Rimpact and Rimpact Pro Insert Review - Jan. 18, 2021, 7:37 a.m.

Not many tests bikes show up with maxxgrip. I actually did have a maxxgrip that I could have swapped to the front, but wanted to keep it apples to apples.  If I was buying new, of course I would try to go maxxgrip up front. But at the same time, I’ve been doing a lot of wet riding lately, and I have pretty good confidence on maxxterra with an insert.

Dear Uncle Dave: Where the hell is my new bicycle!? - Jan. 11, 2021, 4:43 p.m.

That's interesting to look at it as an opportunity to improve options and competition.  If you can figure out how to get something made, there might be a market for it.  Now, all we need is for bike companies to be a bit more open about what they need to get made.  Then I can dust off the old Autocad and rake in the profits.  Right?

2021 Ibis Ripmo AF - First Look - Dec. 10, 2020, 4:50 p.m.

Somebody should do some science on bike weight vs. rider weight.

2021 Ibis Ripmo AF - First Look - Dec. 8, 2020, 4:11 p.m.

I haven't included a weight in a review since...gosh...I think I did it once!  I need to get a weight on the Norco Shore, so we'll see if I get around to this one as well.

2021 Ibis Ripmo AF - First Look - Dec. 8, 2020, 4:10 p.m.

@Timer - I haven't noticed that much difference with increasing the bladder pressure, but I will play with a bit more over the course of the review.

@Kenny - I agree on the sag.  I would increase my pressure a bit, but the bike doesn't feel as good somehow when you do that.  It might just put you too far down on the progressive portion of the curve or something.

@Mammal - I also think there is something to the lighter tune/heavier rider combination.  That may be a conclusion that gets drawn at some point, but I'm not quite there yet.

POC Axion Spin and Tectal Race Spin - Long Term Follow-Up - Nov. 25, 2020, 4:01 p.m.

Ya, the key to any helmet is good fit.  If it doesn't fit you, doesn't matter how fancy the helmet is.  Curious by what you mean by "noisy travelling down the trail"? bounces around?  I certainly haven't noticed anything with mine.

POC Axion Spin and Tectal Race Spin - Long Term Follow-Up - Nov. 25, 2020, 4 p.m.

It's crazy that we've been trained to accept such crappy parts support for so long.  I didn't even think to look for small parts.  The Poc rep pointed me at it!  Same with bike small parts.  For how long was it a struggle to find bearing kits and all of that?  Now, companies are finally catching on and making these things easily available.  I think it's a huge selling point.

Build Your Own tubeless Inflator - Nov. 14, 2020, 2:52 p.m.

Awesome!  Ya, I was hoping to figure out a way to attach something right to the regulator or gauge.  There's so many different types of fire extinguishers, I'm sure it's just a function of searching for the correct one.

I had planned on using a compressor to fill it.  I might start to worry a bit about some of my homemade bits getting a bit stressed out if the pressure got too high.  I generally hand pump mine to about 120 psi or so and that easily does a tire with room to spare.  So it's no big deal for me to pump for 60 seconds each time I need to pop a bead.

1 Bum, 3 Bags - Nov. 10, 2020, 5:19 p.m.

I'm not going to say it would be impossible for the Fidlock to come loose during riding, but it would be really challenging.  It's a bit of a 2 step process - you have to lift the little handle and pull it away from itself.  Super simple, but fairly intentional.

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