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Let's Talk About Multi-Tools - Sept. 18, 2020, 12:44 p.m.

I lost one half of that click-together tool years ago but i refuse to bin the remaining half. Useful design on that one. Had that locking mechanism that sorta made up for how short the allens were.

Introducing the 2021 Trek Slash 9.9 XO1 - Sept. 8, 2020, 9:39 p.m.

At 6’5”, I’m a little anxious about the STA too. Eager for demo programs to come back full swing. 

The inconsistent SRAM spec prompted me to review the details of the XT bike. Happy to see that’s truly XT through and through. That’d have to be my pick from these models: while $6K isn’t exactly pocket change, this build is a far better value than the $5500 USD MSRP 9.7 model from 2018 that I own. Why? NX 11sp gruppo, 125mm Bonti post, Yari fork, and butter-soft 28H Line 30 alloy wheels shod with XC grade SE4 tires. (I’ve since replaced each of those components).

Introducing the 2021 Trek Slash 9.9 XO1 - Sept. 8, 2020, 9:02 p.m.

Serious question: would you not run DT protection on an alloy bike?

Introducing the 2021 Trek Slash 9.9 XO1 - Sept. 8, 2020, 2:41 p.m.

Good call out. I set my '18 in low from the outset but later upped my Yari from 160- to 170mm (plus Charger 2 and Debonair spring). You comment gets my thinking I'll set it to high and see if there are any noticeable differences.

Introducing the 2021 Trek Slash 9.9 XO1 - Sept. 8, 2020, 2:36 p.m.

My '18 Slash has slowly wept oil like that since I first bought it. What makes it look 'bad' IMO is that the oil collects dirt so the volume looks greater than it is. I get the shock serviced every season and it keeps on (monster) truckin'.

Self-Shot Fern Surfing - Aug. 13, 2020, 1:34 p.m.

That one gets the ol' chef's kiss

Cascade feat. Brandon Semenuk - Aug. 10, 2020, 10:54 p.m.

I dunno about this one. Too many quick cuts and unnecessary zoomy things happening. Too bad, as Brandon is sylish as hell. Don't need the Fast and Furious jump cuts to enjoy his riding.

Dream Rides: 2018 Porsche 911 GTS & 2020 Specialized Enduro Expert - July 17, 2020, 12:25 p.m.

Good observation! There was a recent post on Jalopnik where the journo took a stock Jeep Rubicon from the Hertz rental lot out to Windrock ORV and had a blast. Can't imagine doing that 20 years ago. Lotta good bikes these days, and a lot of capable factory-built offroaders, too.

Dream Rides: 2018 Porsche 911 GTS & 2020 Specialized Enduro Expert - July 17, 2020, 12:22 p.m.

Another great post, Cam. Despite (or perhaps because of) the myriad configurations and dizzying array of option$ on modern Porsches (That's two syllables, people. Pushes glass up.) the classic 911 silhouette just gets better and better with each iteration. What I wouldn't give for some windshield time on the Sea to Sky Highway in any 911... 

Two small observations: I had a '91 or '92 Stumpjumper M2 S Works that had a very similar paint job. I *think* it was called Black Cherry. There was a very subtle metallic red flake glint that was visible at certain angles. Second - the carbon door sill photo - isn't that the carbon trim on the dash above the glovebox? (Pushes glasses up for a second time.)

Hot Pursuit: Drone Followcams with Rémy Métailler - July 10, 2020, 8:33 a.m.

This clip showed up in my YouTube feed this week - I didn't see it here when it was first published. I've watched it several times now and I cannot get over how incredibly good it is. As a longtime rider, this is the first time in a while where I've thought that this format captures more effectively what it's like to ride. POV cams esp those with gimbals are impressive, sure, but you're view is constrained to where the camera is pointing. This is so much more dynamic, just like one's own vision when riding - your field of vision is so much wider than a camera on your chest can capture and convey. Bravo - an awesome effort.

Hidden Colabs - July 1, 2020, 1:19 p.m.

"BB forging" to me suggests to me that it's an alloy frame. ;)

2021 Transition Spur Ridden on the Shore - July 1, 2020, 1:14 p.m.

Meh. Why not pop for the Smuggler then?

Bontrager's Outrageously-Priced Line Elite Carbon Wheels - June 19, 2020, 1:41 p.m.

Just an 'out there' what point is 'adding more material to improve durability' eclipsing the benefit(s) of carbon? That is, do these ride appreciably better than alloy like the so-called tuned carbon wheels? Or is it a product that weighs and performs the same as DT's Spline system but priced to allow a dental assistant to get into the plastic game?

I also wonder - does Keith's infamous "Strong, Light, Cheap - Pick Two" adage hold up as well as these wheels? I am surprised it was not referenced in the article. :)

Bontrager's Outrageously-Priced Line Elite Carbon Wheels - June 19, 2020, 11:02 a.m.

Yeesh that sounds like a spendy update to bring that hub back to active duty. :(

2020 Rocky Mountain Slayer 70 - June 17, 2020, 9:21 p.m.

Thanks for helping us out! One more question: is 'tool dwell' the phenomenon of the machining bit uh 'staying in place' when it should keep moving?

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