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Introducing the Stone King Touring Club - Jan. 18, 2023, 4:25 p.m.

So it's the second running of a 2250 euro "point-to-point enduro race" which can be "enjoyed outside of a race setting" and it's also a "non-race journey." I'm intrigued - I like big adventure rides, and would LOVE to ride off-road in Europe, but I am a little confused about the expectations for entrants.

Oh, and registration is closed for 2023.

Santa Cruz Hightower III - Oct. 28, 2022, 10:52 a.m.

Here’s a plug for an oval ring. I am (still) running 11sp and recently installed a Wolf Tooth 30T oval. I am really happy with the extra oomph it gives me here in the Winch and Descend land of Bellingham.

Canyon's K.I.S. Tech Promises Steering Stability - Oct. 25, 2022, 6:42 p.m.

My take - good luck trying to ride no-hands with this device in place.

Canyon's K.I.S. Tech Promises Steering Stability - Oct. 25, 2022, 6:41 p.m.

Somebody/bodies will undoubtedly buy them, but will they have *sought this feature out*? My cynical guess is no - it’ll just be another invisible feature on an anonymous urban rig.

Introducing the Ibis Oso - Oct. 7, 2022, 10:03 a.m.

I think it looks awesome. I love the little innovative touches, and the overall aesthetic. But the price is bonkers. I'll enjoy from afar.

Canyon Spectral:ON - July 29, 2022, 4:29 p.m.

I have been looking forward to the update of the Spectral since I demo’d a 2022 model last fall. That one was a top spec carbon bike with wheels made of the same plastic fantastic, and the same one-piece bar/stem. XTR components and Kashima bits throughout. 

I really liked the experience I had on the bike - it was the first mullet ebike I rode and I thought it handled great. I had a lot of confidence charging into familiar lines and even hit some new to me jumps and features that i had previously ridden around. The only thing that would have kept me from purchasing one if $10K USD fell into my lap was the sizing - that model only went to a size large and was limited to a reach of 485. I see Canyon is now offering a 510 reach XL which is perfect for my height. (I will say though that when I reached out to their customer support team in the winter asking if they’d be making a larger frame, the representative said “people are happy with the sizes we offer.” Insert eyeroll here. I mean, there weren’t any 2022s left to buy, why not just keep the customer engaged with truthful information?) 

Anyhow it’s a little surprising to see that this demo bike showed up in such a state - magnets that fell off, a battery strap that was torn, and a power connection that was not water-resistant - especially given that Canyon product guru Vernon Felton is formerly a BIKE mag gear editor. Did he box it up or personally transport it to NSMB HQ? Of course not, but you’d kinda think he might instruct his minions to ensure that the bike was dialed before it got handed off for a sorta high profile review. 

Also the battery count is pretty confounding. Yes yes there are lower-spec bikes in the mid-four figure price range that don’t ship with these little energy pods but for the top spec bike, it’s odd they didn’t come up with a way to integrate the peripheral bits with the main battery esp given that there is the XL 900Wh option. Trek’s latest Fuel EX-e has this integration, I’ve read. 

I’ll still keep one of these on my wishlist, but definitely not the model with all of these distracting servos. (FWIW the other bikes on the list are the Trek Rail and the Rocky Altitude PP.)

The Haf-Clip - June 22, 2022, 11:42 a.m.

I’d be happy to sell you mine if you’re still interested and have yet to buy one. I have a bike with a Knock Block HS and I need a $28 USD adapter to make the Haf Clip work. I’m not terribly excited about spending more - I should have thought this through more thoroughly.

The Haf-Clip - June 17, 2022, 9:29 p.m.

Mine just arrived and it looks great. However, it was as I was unwrapping it that I realized AGH I AM A FOOL! I have a Trek so I have Knock Block keyed HS spacers. This isn’t going to be compatible. Massive facepalm. Perhaps Trevor you can put that in the article as a limitation of the product.

The Haf-Clip - June 7, 2022, 7:10 p.m.

Thanks for the reminder about this - I just ordered one in alloy. I was a little anxious about a plastic version.

We're Still Buying Rear Derailleurs Instead Of Mountain Bikes - April 30, 2022, 1:35 p.m.

“ I watch as the young company grows to employ more talented designers” 😆

Great post, Andrew, and dang! the discussion in the comments! Gotta pour a cup of coffee and look through ‘em, I’m interested to know what others think here. 

Me, I’ve been a pretty consistent customer of one specific brand as it’s taken care of me whenever problems come up. And problems come up - I break everything. One thing about this brand is that it - unlike many - reliably offers a full-XT bike across several of its different model lines. No bullsh*t XTR candy dangling off the hanger. That said, I do wish this brand would go full batshit and spec a long travel 29er with high-end suspension, and full-on Deore, including the group’s excellent four-pot stoppers. Call me a dreamer. I’ve shared this feedback with the brand via Twitter DMs (which they always respond to!) and I have no doubt I give the marketing folks a chuckle. But again, I write stuff, they respond, and I inevitably buy another bike with the same name on the downtube.

Crankbrothers X Crisis Support Line Dream Bike Giveaway - April 21, 2022, 10:35 p.m.

Yep, very cool. Donated!

Finding Clarity - Feb. 25, 2022, 10:39 a.m.

Great clip! Cam and Trevor, next time we ride, I'll show you this trail. ;)

2022 Norco Range VLT Full Review - Feb. 23, 2022, 7:30 p.m.

Give an eMTB a spin, you’ll almost certainly be blown away at how planted they can be. The ebike I’ve had the most time on was the Canyon Strive and I was continually surprised at how confidently i was blasting over and through the spiciest features on my local laps.

2022 Norco Range VLT Full Review - Feb. 23, 2022, 7:27 p.m.

Second that. And this was on my shortlist after the Altitude PowerPlay Coil. I dig the choose-your-battery approach but that list of failures in such a short period of time is pretty off-putting. This would be about 3-4 mo of riding for me too. Awesome it was all replaced quickly and under warranty but geez, I’d really be getting nervous after the first season of riding (if I hadn’t blown the damn thing up by then.) Also the difference in warranty coverage compared to the Sight is odd. I’d be inclined to choose the shorter-travel bike with the same big battery if I was still going to consider a Norco.

What's Your Bare Minimum Mountain Bike? - Feb. 20, 2022, 10:07 p.m.

Glad I scrolled down this far as I have had brakes on the brain for a few weeks. I currently run two-piston XTs on my ‘21 Slash. 203 rotor up front, 180 out back*. I’m a bigger rider at 6’5” and 225# and I am all but convinced my next upgrade is four-pot Shimano calipers. So I couple of questions: what is meant by “I wish Shimano would just keep making Saints without updates/upgrades/changes”? I thought they had not changed at all since they were first released, an assumption held (or perhaps just shared) by Ryan Palmer in a very recent post on BETA. Also, in the same article he claims that current M8020 XTs are just repainted Saints. I trust he’s right but has anyone else ever heard that? Apparently the lever feel is different between the models but it sounds like the calipers are the same. Which gets me thinking, how different - if at all - are the SLX four pots from the (four piston) XTs? And isn’t there a non-series four piston below that? Lastly and most importantly, am I giving anything up by running my 11sp era levers with four-piston stoppers? What’s the ideal min-max here? I am perfectly happy with the non-series or SLX stuff if it’s going to perform the same. 

*I’m open to any feedback about going +1 on either or both of these rotors, as well.

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