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Bontrager Line Elite Plastic Pedals - Jan. 22, 2019, 12:52 p.m.

I could feel that carbon bars feel warmer in extremely cold temperatures. Switched back to aluminium just because they are way cheaper. 

Never could feel the difference between aluminium and plastic pedals. Five Ten Soles are to thick to feel that. Perhaps with Vans.

OneUp's Axle F Thru-Axle - Jan. 21, 2019, 12:25 a.m.

I think Sram is going to release a new axle standard. The 20.02mm axle diameter axle will be called BUB. 

Unfortunately you have to buy SRAM Hubs as well, because the old (bad) 20.00mm Hubs are way to small and not durable enough for Down-Country usage.

(never had any problems with 15mm Axles. But I think that Fox 36 for 29" could be a bit stiffer.)

Actually, the Bike Industry kicks Apple's Ass - Nov. 14, 2018, 6:18 a.m.

Well, I would rather call it the Apple-effect. Nobody repaired a mobile phone 10 years ago. Apple basically invented that market with closing their mobile phones and making them insanely expensive.

A iPhone that gets refurbished and sold after his first dentist may work for a lot of years. Somebody will eventually put a new battery in it, because the original price justifies it. A cheaper phone works for 2 years max. and gets thrown away after. Perhaps that Apple-way is even better for the environment. 

(never owned a iPhone, but my MacBookPro is still working after >10years. Spare Parts are still available.)

Uncle Dave E-Explains Himself - Sept. 19, 2018, 12:45 p.m.

I think it is even worse than in the states:

Austria - every unpaved trail/road ist forbidden for bicycles as long as it is not allowed by signs

Switzerland - nearly every trail ist allowed to ride 

Bavaria - every trail that is not forbidden ist allowed (constant trouble because farmers want to close trails for everyone. All trails are forbidden to bikes with any kind of engine in it. So basically e-Bikes are forbidden in Bavaria

Baden-Württemberg - every trail narrower than 2 meters is forbidden

Italy - nobody knows and nobody cares, except around lake garda.

e-Bikes are not going to change anything in a positive direction. I think we will see biking forbidden on any trail not build for biking. Because insurance companies don't want to pay too much. We see a big increase in deadly accidents by e-bikers in europe.

Uncle Dave E-Explains Himself - Sept. 19, 2018, 11:17 a.m.

I am living in a region (european Alps) with lot of tourists, lot of trails and nearly 80% of all bikers are e-bikers. On Sundays when the sun is out that number goes up to 90%. 

These bikes are perfect for commuting to work. Or older people being still able to ride. Or disabled people that would never go up a hill without an e-bike. I do know old people riding e-bikes and I do know disabled people riding e-bikes. And at least here in europe the big amount of e-bikers are just older people. Most of them are not wearing helmets, they just cruise around on weekends. It looks weird because someone sold them a Haibike with 6" of travel and fatbiketires on. 

I never met a single e-biker on a real singletrail. 

But lets face it: a lot of trails are currently forbidden because of the growing number of e-bikers. In this area there are 80 new "cycling forbidden" signs where not many people were riding in the past. Now in the time of e-bikes it has become too much for the land owners and farmers in that region. And of course it is now forbidden for all bikers. 

Personally I don't think that a bike with an engine belongs in the nature. We have areas for that kind of "sports" (skiing areas, gondolas, bike parks, motocross tracks,...). Sadly I don't think someone could stop that kind of innovation. There are already patents on motorized skis, so you don't have to walk up.

2019 Fox & Marzocchi Hands On - May 1, 2018, 11:50 a.m.

Did you find a reason to buy a Marzocchi? They are basically like Fox Performance Forks. Why shouldn't I take the Fox?

Bontrager Line Comp 30 Wheelset - April 25, 2018, 7:23 a.m.

Are you able to compare them to the other OEM wheels in that price segment?

Race Face AR30 for example?

Uncle Dave Tackles the Vista Outdoor Debate - March 6, 2018, 2:50 a.m.

Thank you for that article. 

I think a change is possible. It was possible against the cigarette lobby and it is possible against the NRA.

2018 Trek RE:aktiv Thru Shaft Shock - Feb. 5, 2018, 11:27 a.m.

That sounds great. Really.

But I do know a bikeshop that had the first bikes with Thru Shaft Technology and all dampers were leaking out of the box. So not really a durability issue. But there seems to be a problem with that technology right now.

The Story of YT Bikes - Jan. 11, 2018, 11:51 a.m.

I never understood how they were able to survive the first years. The first Tues broke right out of the box, a lot of people were waiting for not existing spare frames to arrive. But somehow they were able to survive that year.

Talking E-bikes With Uncle Dave - Jan. 10, 2017, 12:08 a.m.

I read on pinkbike a lot of stuff about eMTBs. How they are more accepted here in Europe than in the US or Canada. I don't think it is true. Most e-Bike Riders here are old people using these bikes to ride longer distances. But I never met a single e-Biker on a real singletrail.

And lets be clear about this, our law in the german Alps says: No motorized vehicles are allowed.

So ebiking on singletrails is forbidden over here. Right now it is no problem, because you can rarely see a eMTB in the forest.

But we should not be too restricted about ebikes. They are a great tool for older people, or for people who are no longer able to ride longer distances. A friend of me uses his Levo to just ride the normal trails he always rode. He is no longer able to ride these distances because of a disease. Should this be forbidden?

Gratuitous Carbon Rim Shralpage - April 21, 2014, 1:59 a.m.

Racing through a village and scaring old people. Never saw a better advertising for stupidly expensive stuff.

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