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Leatt DBX 3.0 Trail+ Full Face Helmet Revisited - Nov. 10, 2020, 4:55 a.m.

This helmet looks interesting to me.  I like Leatt products, so I will have to check it out.  I'm currently running a Fox Proframe, but I am not a fan.  Doesn't fit right and an hour into a ride I start to develop weird pressure points.  The brow pad disintegrated pretty quickly (replaced it with a Sweat Buster, which works so much better).  

The trail+ idea I like, seeing as how I knocked out some teeth earlier this year in crash.  I don't need a full on DH helmet for most of the trails I ride, just a little extra insurance.  

BTW Andrew, I love the sticker on the back of your helmet!

Coming Back To Bash Rings (With Wolf Tooth CAMO) - Nov. 4, 2020, 10:29 a.m.

I run a 34T oval ring on the front of my Yeti, with a 11-50T Sunrace out back.  But I ride to the trails as often as I can out here and I typically run out of gears on the road pretty quickly.  

30T?  I would be spinning out everywhere.  I typically run one down from my 50T when climbing (so, 42 I think?) and that is usually good enough for the majority of my climbing, using the 50T as a bailout gear.

Plain Parts - Compelling Sentiments - Oct. 16, 2020, 5:48 p.m.

I forgot, have 2 sets of the 636 pedals! I still use them all the time, love them.

Plain Parts - Compelling Sentiments - Oct. 16, 2020, 8:30 a.m.

Agreed.  I have an old XTR group from a Mountain Cycle Moho I am rebuilding.  The chainrings are shot, can't find replacements.  But man, something about that finish just speaks to the kid in me that used to drool over XTR in the old bike magazines.

Plain Parts - Compelling Sentiments - Oct. 16, 2020, 6:54 a.m.

Hoo boy, too many to count!  

I have a Manitou Sherman slider I am in the process of rebuilding, that's going on my Xtracycle if I can get it to stop leaking.  It has been pretty bombproof otherwise.

An old '08 66 that has been on too many bikes to count.  Pretty sure the bushings are kaput so it needs to be retired.

I love bringing old parts back to life, it can be fun.  And boy is it a wakeup call when I get on my newer bikes and realize just how terrible some of those old parts were.

When Mountain Bikers are the Saboteurs - Oct. 15, 2020, 6:21 a.m.

We have been seeing this cropping up on our local trails here in AZ recently.  Shortcuts to bypass the original technical bits.  I even had to call out a guy who rode over the brush and deadfall we had used to block a shortcut.  

In regards to the article, I love tech trails as much as anyone, but why mess with an established trail?  Just leave it alone, aside from maintenance/cleanup.  If the trail isn't hard enough for you, go find something else to ride.

2021 Norco Shore A1 - First Impressions Review - Oct. 14, 2020, 8:27 p.m.

Pretty sure that A2 version is going to be my next bike. Ticks all of the boxes for me!

2020 Rocky Mountain Instinct Powerplay Alloy 70 B.C. Edition - Oct. 4, 2020, 6:12 p.m.

I guess I fit into that category?  Young-ish and relatively fit.  

I dig difficult climbs on my regular bike, I ride a Yeti SB5c most days and love logging big miles on it.  But I also love my eBike.  Not sure what my point is.  I just like bikes.  And I feel that eBikes fit into that world.  

Like I said before, I can see why people are concerned that they could open a lot of previous unaccessible trails to more riders.  I'm not really sure what can be done about it.  It is kind of like the side by sides (Razrs) that are now dominating OHV trails.  As long as people are willing to spend the money, they will be out there.  I guess the industry should have tried to be a bit more proactive about this whole thing, but they weren't.  Not sure how to put the cork back in the bottle now.  

Just like on my regular bike, I just try to be a good ambassador and try to have positive trail interactions.  And I don't ride my eBike where I know it is not allowed (Sedona for example).

2020 Rocky Mountain Instinct Powerplay Alloy 70 B.C. Edition - Oct. 3, 2020, 7:35 p.m.

"Do more" for means I can ride from home to the trailhead (10 miles), do a decent sized loop with lots of climbing and then ride home. No need to load up the truck. I have done this on my regular bike but it takes me a lot longer. I simply don't have the time now. 

I like my ebike but I also love my regular bikes.  I totally get the arguments against them and I could blather on about how I try my hardest to be a good ambassador on the trails, but I am just one rider. 

Btw I live in the States in AZ. And I'm riding a Haibike Xduro Nduro (yup). 56 lbs I believe but I don't really notice it on the trail.

Riding the Structure Cycle Works SCW 1 - July 25, 2020, 9:36 a.m.

I really dig this bike. I love wacky out of the box designs.  If I had the money I would grab one no question. 

Regarding Trust...I have a Shout, 2 actually. Picked them up right when they went under. There is a company that does servicing in UT still. But if you damage one, you're SOL. Figure with 2 I can cannabilize one to keep the other working. 

That said, I really like the Shout. Definitely a whole different feel from my regular forks. I wouldn't say better overall, but it does excel in some areas. You can monster truck straight through gnar with it. And it tracks very well through turns. Hard to get it to pop like a regular fork, so bunnyhopping and lofting the front wheel take extra effort. 

I would imagine this would be similar in some ways.  I think, like the Trust forks, it would require way more fiddling to get it set up right than a more traditional frame/fork.

The Problem with "Tribe" - July 21, 2020, 5:08 a.m.

A coworker and I just had a similar conversation at work. It does seem like there are a lot of euphemisms and slang in our language that could be considered offensive. I doubt most people realize the impact that can make. 

On the other hand, I had another coworker double down and echo many of the comments in the Pinkbike article when he was informed that some of his comments were racist. 

There is a very strange dynamic in the US right now.

The Problem with "Tribe" - July 21, 2020, 5:01 a.m.

Great article Dave! 

That comments section...what a ride that is...

Over-Forking The North Shore - May 22, 2020, 11:29 a.m.

Yeah the old school one with the machine crowns was so neat.  Insanely plush as well.

Over-Forking The North Shore - May 22, 2020, 6:21 a.m.

I always over-forked my bikes.  First one was an old Monster T on my 2000 Stinky after destroying the stock Z2 that it came with.  

Currently running a Trust Shout (cheap score) on my Yeti SB5c.  After some tinkering with handlebar height, it is starting to feel better, but since it rides so high all the time, I think it might be too much.

Reader Submitted Vehicles & Round 1 Contest Winner - Jan. 30, 2020, 9:36 a.m.

That's awesome that he is still rocking the San Andreas!  Always loved those frames.

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