My hope remains that Washington State remains analog bikes only. I'm not going to actively hate on offroad ebikes, I'm just going to continue to celebrate the status quo.
Knocking on every piece of wood I can find - I just had the first puncture in oh 3-4 years? I'm 105kg in riding kit and on carbon wheels. I feel I'm the only person not bitching about EXO casings - they work just fine for me. Haven't felt the compulsion to spring for inserts - DHF/HR2 on 30mm wide hoops, running 25/28 F/R is supportive enough with great traction in the PNW.
As for the growth in this market, I have to confess I'm pretty cynical. When I think about the majority of these projects (save for procore) I think they're seriously overpriced - it's just a bit of foam. ~$75 a wheel? Please.
With innovative gear like this, we're truly in a golden age of bikes.
I'll stay tuned for a long term review but color my skeptical. Relying on tubes sounds like a step backwards. Then add more mass? Meh....
Doubtful they'll change *my* game but they do look promising.
After seven seasons my Five Tens are finally ready for the big shoe pile in the sky. I will definitely give these a test. If the size 48 fits as well as I hope it does, I'll snatch up a pair. (And for those that don't know, Bonti's fit guarantee means I have 30 days to return 'em.)
It'd be fantastic if they also offered these with an SPD-compatible sole. Trek, if you're listening.... they'd go great with my Slash!
Looks absolutely awesome. Fit and finish appear to be tip-top. I too have been following them for some time and now very eager to get on one. Here in Bellingham, WA it looks like Fanatik Bikes will have a demo day 27 April. I hope an XL is available for a lap as I am +3 on the ape index.
My guess is that's Owen's influence as Norco has offered size-specific stays for a little while now.
This is pretty awesome. I have a decrepit pair of DXs and a pair XC shoes from the mid-00s that really ought to disappear but I really don't want to put em in a landfill. I'll bring em up to Vancouver next month!
I've been on a P321 hub since late summer and no bearing preload problems at all. Park laps, shuttles, trail rides. I *really* like the near-silence when coasting.
Thanks for re-posting, Cam, as it reminds me to commit to re-learning the skills of manuals and wheelies. I was decently capable in years past but lately as I have grown older and leisure time gets more and more precious, "deliberate practice" is an afterthought at best.
Really looking forward to some sunbeams to melt the Bellingham snow (shakes fist at sky) so I can apply Ryan's lessons in a nearby parking lot after work. Twenty- and thirty minute blasts of focused, intentional skill-building are easy to add to the mix.
Clearly there's more than one way to skin a cat. This Dakine item serves as my tire-repair solution, nothing more. Levers, CO2, one tube, and a pair of Pedro's levers. While I don't care too much about the paint on my frame, I don't want to use toe clip straps, gaffer tape, etc. The Hot Laps Gripper does the trick.
Then the other essentials you cite are in my Bontrager Rapid Pack (save for my EDC pump, which resides next to my downtube mounted water bottle), which is another really nice piece of kit. Compact, affordable, durable - it's a nice go-to.
I've had one of these since last July and it works great on my Slash. Works best on the downtube between the HT and the 20oz bottle I use. It shifts a little bit but I've never lost any contents, even while riding WBP.
I'll also offer that there are two distinct philosophies on frame protection - those who use it, and those (like me) who do not. ;) Sure, the rubber backing of this pack does mar the frame finish a little, but I honestly don't care.
Reading through this post for the first time. I wasn't on carbon hoops until this summer and now I "get it". The performance and reliability has been quite good for me so far on a pair of Bontrager Line 40s and Crank Bros Synthesis wheels on an '18 Slash. I'm finding the Trek wheels a skosh to stiff for most of my riding here in Bellingham but they work well in the wet months when velocities and tire pressures decrease. The Synthesis wheels have seen a lot more mileage though, and I have to say they're pretty awesome for the riding I do. ~30mm width, some compliance in the front, stiffness out back. I would like to give the Reserves a try, too, and see how they stack up. A regular riding buddy just fit a set to his Capra...