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When Is A Semi-Slick Too Damn Quick?! - May 28, 2020, 6:35 a.m.

Semis are great for groomed or graveled bikepark laps - the Slaughter was great for that. But every time I wanted to ride something more challenging I had to swap tires, so I stayed with Minion DHF. The Slaughter is not noticeably faster on pavement than an DC Minion. 

Oh my hardtail I have a 3.0 Chronicle DC, which has near zero braking and cornering traction. Fun, but I had to Walk down some lines recently.

Over-Forking The North Shore - May 22, 2020, 8:45 a.m.

1996 I put a Manitou EFC with 100mm into my 93 Serotta t-max. I quickly reduced it to 60mm. No suspension adjusted geometry!

Today my Capra feels just right with 170/170. Could be a bit slacker for the steep stuff, but not shorter. So no overforking.

Switch Up Everything on Your Bike - May 14, 2020, 8:10 a.m.

I found it a bit awkward with the notorious Shimano wandering bitepoint. With the Code its a no-brainer.

Godwin's Law of E-Bikes - April 30, 2020, 11:53 p.m.

An eBike is the same for MTBikers as what a MTB was for hikers decades ago.

Somebody using their trails with a machine that gives more options to use and abuse, in trails that were built for a different user. Most of the once great WW1 hiking trails in Italy were destroyed by trial motos BTW.

People with eBikes want to nerd out over their bikes like everyone else, but nerding out about battery packs and the newest motor or the steepest trail ridden uphill Just does not belong into a mountainbike forum. But many eBikers want to be seen as normal mountainbikers and so they keep posting their eBike related talk in a MTB forum. 

I am old enough that I could make use of an eBike, and maybe will buy one. But why should I brag about it in a mountainbike forum?

Thanks for deleting that picture.

Godwin's Law of E-Bikes - April 29, 2020, 10:54 p.m.

I have never heard of Godwin's law before, maybe because this doesn't work in Germany (and I could imagine some other places).

The motorcycle argument is also not very striking, but I get the point - anyway, I have never seen an online discussion end with any e-bike argument. I would be glad to know one, just to interfere in these endless threads and troll those e-bikers out, who want to tell the world they have found the holy grail.

After pressure from the community the german mtb-news forum started the emtb-news forum, where all e-bikers are bashed to go once they show that they want to talk e-bikes. Great idea!

To Ride or not to Ride During a Global Pandemic? - March 19, 2020, 12:03 a.m.

I decided for myself to go on with MTBiking as long as there is no curfew, but to cancel any rides (or whatever else) where I would need to drive to by car to start the ride.

The potential of unnecessary contact with others rises the farther one is away from home - having to stop for gas, or for food, whatever, and so spreading the virus. 

I am quite lucky living in a town where I can head to (easy boring) trails just out the backdoor of my house. 

There sure will come some day in the next weeks where the dirty looks from neighbours alone will keep me from riding....

PNW Rainier IR Dropper Post - Travel Adjustable For 2020 - March 4, 2020, 7:14 a.m.

Lowest stack gets the saddle further down? How that?

BTW my Oneup210 has still not enough drop for me (6'7") when it really gets steep and hard. I would prefer the saddle 2-3inches further down. My nuts would appreciate that. Lowering the dropper by hand is no option with the Oneup V2 because of the actuator (they changed that with the V2.1).

Is this possible with the PNW?

With 34.9 becoming more popular it should be no problem to produce posts with 270 or even more drop. Some XL frames have 47 seattubes already!

2020 Norco Sight – Build Your Ride - Feb. 28, 2020, 12:48 p.m.

I do not complain about the weight. My Capra has 15.8 - 16.3kgs, depending on tires and with coil now. 

The weight of the Norco is fine. I just did wonder why it is so much heavier than other brands bikes. A heavy frame is not more robust just because of its weight.

2020 Norco Sight – Build Your Ride - Feb. 26, 2020, 11 p.m.

15.4kgs is about the same as my aluminum XXL Capra out of the box, for half the price.

POC Helmets: Tectal Race Spin and Axion Spin - Dec. 20, 2019, 11:41 p.m.

https://www.rosebikes.de/poc-axion-spin-fahrradhelm-2684542

4 weeks delivery...

OneUp V2 210 mm Dropper Post Reviewed - Dec. 5, 2019, 11:33 p.m.

My 210 started rattling after some time in the bikepark. The reason was, when I attached the shock pump to check the pressure, the schrader valve came loose and after a while it started rattling. Would be great if the schrader valve had a nut to secure it.

No other issues so far, but I dont ride in the mud if possible. Have it for 6 months now, V2 actuator (when I unpacked it the post slipped out of the box and landed on that flimsy V2 actuator...eeek...it did not break but bent, but it works anyway).

YT Capra 29 CF Pro Race Review - Nov. 20, 2019, 11:10 p.m.

Fidlock on top of the toptube works

YT Capra 29 CF Pro Race Review - Nov. 20, 2019, 2:21 a.m.

Oh yeah the XXL is quite small, being 200cm tall :).

I own my aluminum 29 Capra (15,5kgs, 170mm) for a year now and had no troubles so far. I smashed the downtube some times on rocks, the rubber protector did its job - but with a carbon frame, I dont know.

Some folks crashed their carbon chainstays when the derailleur hanger did not break but turned.

Riding experience is roughly the same as AJ describes. I love it very much!

Mine has Rockshox though, the Superdeluxe is a bit harsh. Same troubles on square edges and landings. Maybe a coil is the best option.

Claire Buchar's Lifted Toyota Tacoma & Intense Bikes - Oct. 17, 2019, 1:10 a.m.

my favorite 4wd bike shuttle: https://vimeo.com/216142074

Personal Rides: AJ's New GeoMetron G1 - Oct. 9, 2019, 5:29 a.m.

Same discussion on mtb-news.de - @grinsekater is doing field tests with different riders on different bikes to find out more about bike geometry.

Thing is, there are so many different bikes with so many different numbers, and every rider is different too. And a rider can change his body over a short time and adapt to a bike that did not work under him before.

There is no "ideal" body or "ideal" bike for mountain biking, not even for enduro. Maybe for roadies. 

Sure, a longer bike will work better on the downs, and if the chainstays are a bit longer on a long bike, you will feel more centered. 

But i feel great on my hardtail 29er with a 64 head angle, 475 reach and 75 seat angle, and ultra short chainstays because of the 650B+ wheel in the back. So much fun. The 29 Capra XXL is fun too, but different. But over here there are not any trails that resemble the PNW.

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