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Product Review Updates - Winter Edition - Feb. 19, 2020, 9:30 a.m.

RE XTR: interesting you note that the lower specs "should be almost as good". Late last year I replaced the OEM NX group* on my Slash and installed an SLX shifter and mech with an XT 11sp cassette, and I don't think this shifter is capable of much. There's a remarkable amount of slop in it fresh out of the box, especially for upshifts. I highly suspect it's engineered in to justify the jump to XT (because really, what else really separates these groups? Serious question.) I'm due for a dropper post service and I may as well install new shift cable and housing while I am at it because this SLX unit is a turd so far. I'll chime back in after the service is done. 

Also, another +1 on this format.

*While not flashy or remotely lightweight, the oddball 11sp/HG driver based NX group from '18 wasn't bad. Honest to goodness ka-chunk shifts, mech never failed, and it lasted two full seasons in the NW. Ultimately it was the mech that just plain wore out. I've wanted a Shimano bike from the start so I swapped when the time came. Guides were swapped out for SLX stoppers last year too.

Santa Cruz Ebikes? Interview with Seb Kemp of SCB - Feb. 11, 2020, 9:40 p.m.

Holy cow that is awesome. Haha I owe you a cold one.

The All-New (Electrified) Santa Cruz Heckler - Feb. 11, 2020, 7:48 p.m.

Holy criminy that is a LOT of dough.

Santa Cruz Ebikes? Interview with Seb Kemp of SCB - Feb. 11, 2020, 7:46 p.m.

Perhaps the content is being saved for a ride review but I’m a little surprised not to see any comments about range or performance of the Shimano motor. Specifically, what are the advantages of it over a Bosch or other unit? Why not go homegrown like Rocky? How many hours of riding has Seb experienced on it?

In addition to support of the environmental impact comments, I also have to share a digital double take at the price sheet for this bike. $13K USD is beyond eye watering. Perhaps someone with more time on their hands than me can break out the deltas on the specs to show how a $6K premium pencils out between the base model, and the oral surgeon spec with its i9 hubs, AXS kit, and King headset.

Crankbrothers Highline 7 Dropper Post - Feb. 6, 2020, 11:07 a.m.

I too have had a good experience with my 170mm Highline. I've been running it for 11 months and it's juuuust about time for maintenance as there is some wiggle at the head. I put in a heap of rides this past year so I'm not bothered in the least. I too wish for just a wee bit faster return, but all in all a great dropper. Ball joint mount for the lever is a stroke of genius. I have big hands and it's been a challenge to run controls far enough in from the grips to suit my preferences.

Local Loam Hits Steel Town For Some Blue Collar Biking - Jan. 31, 2020, 8:10 p.m.

Great feature, Jeff! "Cross-stunt-ry" is funny - haha. Also cool to hear some more Astro Divers music. Heard em first through a Mark Matthews video recently. Cool band.

Reader Submitted Vehicles & Round 1 Contest Winner - Jan. 27, 2020, 7:47 p.m.

Agreed - what a rig!

2019 Gift Guide: Week 5 - Dec. 16, 2019, 10:07 p.m.

And here I thought I knew all there was to know about putting beer into (and out of) glasses! Ha! Great thread.

2020 Ibis Ripley - Long Term Review - Oct. 30, 2019, 7:53 p.m.

Reflecting on these comments, I wonder if the common denominator is that we have an innate desire to avoid being under-biked. My Slash is my do-it-all bike simply because its abilities cover the full range of the riding I might do on any given day in the NW. Sure, everyone wants a +1 bike, and even if I could afford it, I can't really imagine choosing the 120mm travel bike a whole lot when the burly Slash is hanging right next to it. Even if I'm lugging around an extra pound or two over a appropriately-spec'd but shorter travel rig, I like the insurance policy of a Lyrik and Maxxis WTs.

2020 Ibis Ripley - Long Term Review - Oct. 29, 2019, 9:28 p.m.

How's the Sentinel been holding up for you? A friend of mine picked one up late early this year and has struggled with out of spec seat tube diam, premature bearing wear, and something with the rocker.

Wet Weather & The 29x2.8" WTB Vigilante Plus Tire - Oct. 23, 2019, 8:33 p.m.

Slash owner here. Keen to hear what you discover.

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.

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