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Owen Foster's Character Rich Toyota 4Runner & Chromag Surface - Oct. 2, 2019, 1:11 p.m.

I've got a >300K Previa with a 1Up rack (and a Fork Up mounted inside). And my bike has pivots. Waiting for your call, NSMB. haha

The Development Story of the Santa Cruz V10.7 - Sept. 11, 2019, 2:23 p.m.

Very cool. I sure love the V10. Haven't had an opportunity/haven't opted to pay to rent one, but now with its big wheels, I owe it to myself to give it a try.

Trading Watts for Rainbows: Making Sense of eMTB World Champs - Sept. 9, 2019, 12:29 p.m.

I remain torn on this topic. On the one hand is the “hey if it helps people get outside” argument, especially when it applies to those among us that may be rehabbing from a serious injury, or those with cardiovascular issues. (I know riders in both camps.) 

But being a rider of 30 years, and one who’s paid close attention to issues of access, I have my reservations about this potential new crop of riders. Will my local laps - steep and forboding - become tracked out by those with e-assist? 

At what point does my paranoia devolve into plain old NIMBYism?

For now our local mountain is off limits to ebikes but it seems that the electrons are coming....

Trust Shout Multi-Link Suspension Fork - Sept. 4, 2019, 9:30 a.m.

Looks and sounds promising. Color me interested to demo.

3 Fresh Products For Fall 2019 - Aug. 30, 2019, 9 a.m.

Great post with bonus content about Freesole and Tenacious Tape. For us below the 49th who are curious, these items are readily available on eBay.

First Rides: 2020 Specialized Enduro - Aug. 17, 2019, 9:41 a.m.

Somewhat surprised to see that the Big S has approved fitment of a dual crown to this chassis. Richie Rude has done the same with his SB165. What times we live in.

First Rides: 2020 Specialized Enduro - Aug. 17, 2019, 9:37 a.m.

Heck, throw a Slash and a GG in there too.

Mountain Biking Can't Get Better Than This... - July 3, 2019, 12:04 p.m.

The sentiment of this post really resonates with me, and it's been stuck in my head all week. It feels like our sport is really at its peak (and I don't see any end in sight.) I've been riding mountain bikes since the late 80s, having been aboard all manner of designs and competed in a variety of disciplines. There has been so much positive change, both from the standpoint of bikes and their components, the breadth of great bikes available, to popular acceptance of bikes in our Western culture, to advocacy and its natural outcome - trailbuilding and bike-specific travel destinations*. It's really striking and uplifting. 

One little nerdy bit I thought I'd share that seems to pertain here: I have a graph in my mind that I dreamed up a few years ago. It relates to Cam's statement about improved personal riding performance as time progresses. Imagine a bell curve but skewed left. I imagine how the graph represents how our average speed** on a bike likely increases pretty quickly early in our riding careers and perhaps hits a zenith at some point (as it does for me) when we're our risk-taking behavior is at a max/life responsibilities are at a min. I imagine that the line of the graph tapers off gradually (avg speed decreases) as years go on. But in my mind, there are upticks in this graph after the high point as it moves to the right and those are - for me - related to breakthroughs in specific bike features or tech. For example, full-suspension bikes, even at their crudest in the early 00s, permitted me to ride a lot faster than my double triangle Stumpy S-Works with its 72' HA and 74' SA. Then came along slacker geo and more fork travel, such as on my Rocky Pipeline. A little faster still on my RM7...then onto a Banshee Scream, and a Cannondale Gemini. Then faster-forwarding quite a bit: I put a KS dropper post on my trail bike and riding changed yet again. Then I hopped from 26" wheels of my SB66 to a Remedy 29. Now I am on a 170/150 travel Slash. Like Cam, I feel I am cornering faster than ever, climbing reasonably well, and handling the steep terrain of Western Washington at least as well as I ever was. 

Halfway through my 42nd lap around the sun, I'm eager for the next breakthrough! How 'bout you?


* There are obviously several other phenomena in our sport like the beast that is Social Media, widespread access to streamable competitions from around the globe, democratization in tech to permit small builders to compete with more-established brands, just to name a few.

**Just to choose a measurable factor for the purpose of this example. One might also select race results, or days ridden per year, or % time spent on black diamond trails.

Introducing the 2020 Santa Cruz Hightower - July 3, 2019, 9:43 a.m.

Quite a treat to see this new chassis out in the wild last week. It rallied everything that was thrown at it - though I can't say that I was *too* surprised. Choice spec, smart geo, and a skilled rider all combined to make for a lot of big smiles and high fives. 

This new silhouette is really growing on me. I predict it will be a big hit given its versatility. As for the tan color, I thought it looked super sharp in person - more like tapioca than desert sand, but that's just me. The orange decals on the fork legs and the MarshGuard were smart esthetic touches, as well. 

If I had any nits to pick from the details that SC shared, it'd be the seemingly short list of rear shocks that will fit, and the lack of size-specific rear triangles. Lastly, it's a bit of a head-scratcher to me that they offer a size small with these big wheels. If I was the product manager, that column would simply say "See Bronson".

Escape to Tassie with Keegan Wright - July 1, 2019, 4:30 p.m.

Haha! Great vibe, and I love the very inventive trailwork!

The New ROCKSHOX REVERB Stealth Ridden - June 25, 2019, 11:28 a.m.

My guess is that it's the same cap they've been using for years elsewhere, now just updated with 'vent valve'.

Now I get to wondering what shop rats think of this significantly-longer service interval. My favorite tech feeds his family on Reverb rebuilds. (Shameless plug for Butter Suspension)

The New ROCKSHOX REVERB Stealth Ridden - June 25, 2019, 11:26 a.m.

Oh duh. I saw this image with the accompanying text but my mind went to "he's already removed the knurled cap, now on to something else." That doesn't make any sense. But as you know, I've got a 3 week old depleting my already-limited cognitive abilities. lol.

The New ROCKSHOX REVERB Stealth Ridden - June 25, 2019, 10:43 a.m.

That was my experience as well - when bled properly, my Reverb worked great. I've since moved on to cable-actuated posts though, and don't imagine I'll ever go back.

The New ROCKSHOX REVERB Stealth Ridden - June 25, 2019, 10:39 a.m.

Vent Valve looks like a great feature, though it's peculiar that the knurled cap appears to be buried so deeply into the top of the post. Does it require a tool to access? I understand that mnfrs usually refrain from caps and bolts that require tools so as to reduce the chance of over-torquing, but this looks like a bit of a hassle that could have been avoided.

Brakes *IN* Your Handlebars? Magura Launches the MCi System - June 20, 2019, 5 p.m.

I bet this system will work great for commuters and other landlubbers. But for us dirtbags? Nope.

Also, kudos for keeping an open mind. Little doubt in my mind that some facet of this will soon apply to something we CAN agree on.

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