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1 Bum, 3 Bags - Nov. 10, 2020, 5:16 p.m.

+1 for "nipple lariat"

Dear Uncle Dave: How do you Keep a Secret Bike, Secret? - Oct. 28, 2020, 7:33 a.m.

Oh, for sure.  This was totally flippant on my part.  I was searching for something new and exciting that I've been listening to and I realized that most of the things that have recently been released haven't struck a chord.  Yet.  We'll see how I feel once we're deeper into the second wave.

MUST WATCH: Brandon Semenuk Turns an Abandoned Mine into the Ultimate Line - Oct. 14, 2020, 6:58 p.m.

Ya, I actually yelled out loud when I saw that.

2021 Norco Shore A1 - First Impressions Review - Oct. 14, 2020, 6:49 p.m.

I second this.

For years we heard about "brake jack" with high pivot bikes...which is the opposite of what is actually happening.

This bike brakes fine and handles well under braking.

2021 Norco Shore A1 - First Impressions Review - Oct. 14, 2020, 6:47 p.m.

Yes. I realize that, in theory, it should be fine to push a 34t on this bike. In practice, I'd love a 32t, or even a 30t.  I pooh-pooh'd the 30t that the Yeti SB165 came with, but I really want it now.

I do have a 32t from Cam that I need to put on. I bruised the shit out of my hand trying to get the Dub cranks off. I need to get out my breaker bar to get those things off.

2021 Norco Shore A1 - First Impressions Review - Oct. 14, 2020, 6:15 p.m.

Man, I dig the looks!  It's sort of industrial.  It's pretty cool looking in person.

I'm also curious about the lower spec model.  It's a bundle of cash and I wonder what difference the lower spec suspension will make.  If I was building a bike park bomber, that would be the one, for sure.

2021 Norco Shore A1 - First Impressions Review - Oct. 14, 2020, 5:14 p.m.

It's not a long term review.  It's just a preview of a bike that we will conduct a long term review on.

I had similar thoughts about the 4 bar durability.  I expressed surprise when they mentioned this and they spoke to some things they learned with the Aurum HSP.  They felt they could get better durability out of this design and I didn't challenge them on it.

I hear you on chainring size.  This is what I was getting at when I spoke about the ability to optimize around the idler rather than a chainring but I wasn't explicit.  It's a good point to make all on its own.

On braking. Man. If you think people misunderstand anti-squat, that's got nothing on anti-rise.  My feeling is that it's not quite as simple as high pivot bad, single pivot bad, horst link good. Looking back through the media kit, I don't see any mention of braking. I'm going to guess that's because there's not much to it.  But I can ask!

2021 Norco Shore A1 - First Impressions Review - Oct. 14, 2020, 4:34 p.m.

Your suspension compresses?  It's not really any different than any other rear suspension system.  I see what you're saying.  Your rear wheel is creating some kind of forward momentum upon return that needs to be compensated for.  Honestly, I don't necessarily buy in to the whole high pivot/rearward axle path hype.  I get what it is in theory.  I should dive in to the actual change in the angle of trajectory, but that sounds like a lot of work.  But multiple hits don't create any sort of problem.

2021 Norco Shore A1 - First Impressions Review - Oct. 14, 2020, 4:31 p.m.

I hear you on the chainring and tire.

The geometry is a definite adjustment. I can generally hop on most bikes and feel okay within a few corners.  This took a bit longer.  Even just figuring out where your rear wheel is going to go.  I would imagine if you came off another ultra long/slack bike, it probably wouldn't be the case, but it's different than many bikes out there and it requires adjustment.

On set-up.  Well, I'm realizing that some of what I experienced might be fork break-in, but it has taken a bit of fiddling with the fork.  Talking with Norco, they have lots of thoughts on how fork set-up effects the ride.  How about this - as I get closer to my "ideal" fork tune, I'm feeling more and more comfortable?

2021 Norco Shore A1 - First Impressions Review - Oct. 14, 2020, 4:28 p.m.

Funny.  I had exactly the same thought as I was trundling along Bridle Path the other day, about your old Transition Blindside.

Paul Aston's 210mm Do Everything Nicolai G1 - Sept. 17, 2020, 10:07 a.m.

It's like all the vocal members of a gear related forum got together and built a bike.

Edit - Said with respect, not judgement.

2021 Fox Transfer Dropper Post - Reviewed - Sept. 14, 2020, 4:14 p.m.

Oh man...Superheats!  Do you happen to have a pair still?  Was it Matsuboshi?  I remember it being some company I had never heard of (and never heard of again) but can't quite remember what it was.  I tried to do a search but nothing comes up.

2021 Fox Transfer Dropper Post - Reviewed - Sept. 14, 2020, 4:12 p.m.

I tried not to make too much of a judgement on the cost or the value of this post.  People are going to make up their own minds on how much they want to be spending on a post.  If it were my money, I'd probably be thinking in a similar way as you.  There are definitely posts that work really well that cost a lot less money.  It does work well though, and if I was going to be doing a head-to-head, back-to-back seat shootout, it would be the post I would run.  

It would be interesting to find out what percentage of these things Fox sells OEM vs. aftermarket.

2021 Fox Transfer Dropper Post - Reviewed - Sept. 14, 2020, 4:07 p.m.

Yes.  I would think the smoothness of this post has a lot more to do with what Fox is doing on the inside, than on what coating they put on the outside.

2021 Fox Transfer Dropper Post - Reviewed - Sept. 14, 2020, 8:53 a.m.

Just set up a One Up V2 as well.  That does indeed seem to have a super short lever throw.  I didn't think the Fox was too far off of that, but I prefer having a bit of room to play with on the Fox.

Not sure about return speed.  The Fox isn't slow, by any means.  But if you do want a super fast return, there isn't a way to adjust it.

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