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100 years of Shimano - March 26, 2021, 9:14 a.m.

Complete XT m730 21speed with Biopace. Fond memories of a rigid Cinelli grey/yellow, 1992.

2021 Canyon Spectral 29 LTD - March 1, 2021, 3:50 a.m.

Ok, so no northshore riding with this bike. With a Canyon reviewed, I am always keen to know when it will break


Weekend Warmup #111 - Feb. 14, 2021, 10:50 p.m.

So when will the new Shimano Saint groupset be launched?

Disrupting Lousy Warranties in Mountain Biking - Feb. 8, 2021, 11:08 p.m.

How many Wyntek cartridges for a lifetime warranty...? They dont even last one day chairlifting (when the bike is hung to the chairlift with the saddle down). OneUp replaced my 210 with a new one, but how often will they do that?

Breaking the chainstay of a frame was quite a hassle, the bike had 3years of warranty on the frame and it broke 1 week after it ended. They did fix it though (in a different colour), but I had to ship the frame to the dealer where I bought it and the dealer was not that motivated to get on with it, but eventually did.

Long ago I broke the seatdome of my Canyon Torque. The Thomson seatpost was just out about on 'max'. It took some shouting and yelling on the phone for months until I finally got a new frame - in their opinion I had the seatpost overmaxed, and the warranty would be void. BTW that was the time of the flat seat angles and my legs are really long ;)

Budget Flats : Race Face Chester Pedals X Giro Jacket II Shoes - Sept. 22, 2020, 2:01 a.m.

Thanks, yes, it's getting better, another 4 weeks. 30 screws and some titanium hardware. 

I have bought a pair of cheap Shimano GR 7 now, and look for new pedals. I dont like those with that bulge for the bearing like the Konas have. Maybe DMR Vault again.

Budget Flats : Race Face Chester Pedals X Giro Jacket II Shoes - Sept. 21, 2020, 9:17 a.m.

After breaking my leg because slipping off the pedal (Chester) and not being able to put my foot back on I am not that convinced the Chesters are enough pedal for my size 47 5.10s. Maybe I will go back to shorter cranks and wider pedals.

Until that I liked the better clearence and easy grip they have. I could move my feet with the 5.10 FreeriderPro (super sticky sole) on the Chesters which was great. I drilled two extra pins into them on each side.

No problems anyway with 5.10, I still have my first pair of Impacts from 2007, and a lot more (size 47 is quite often on sale for under 60€), so I can change them around. Shoe Goo is a must,though.

But the grip on the DMR Vault is way better, and it is much easier to find the pedal again with the foot once you lose it.

Paul Aston's 210mm Do Everything Nicolai G1 - Sept. 18, 2020, 12:48 a.m.

I always enjoyed what he wrote in PB, but this bike seems like a perfect match to his personality ;) ...

2021 Fox Transfer Dropper Post - Reviewed - Sept. 14, 2020, 8:45 a.m.

Still no 200+.

But I did like my Transfer post at the time I had it.

Shimano SLX Four-Piston Brake Review - Sept. 1, 2020, 5:34 a.m.

I tried my M5020 with resin first and then mixed resin/metallic. With resin I could not find any bite, neither initial nor pulling hard. They brake soft in any situation. Now both pads metallic it is near as good as my Code.

Had to do an emergency braking lately on a paved road because of a car, and the metallic pads really saved me.

The Camelbak Chase Protector Vest - Aug. 17, 2020, 12:24 p.m.

Thanks but no! I am completely happy with the setup of my stock XXL Capra. It has the same stack as my hardtail, the bar is about 15cm below the saddle. Works perfect for me, even on really steep trails, but also cruising on flat doubletracks

I think it makes sense to protect your back against the stuff in the backpack (or hip pack). But when falling on my back I want all my spine protected, so I would prefer something like the Evoc but with pockets.

The Camelbak Chase Protector Vest - Aug. 17, 2020, 9:17 a.m.

No, saddle up the same height as the bar is impossible when 2m tall.

Core training is the cure.

Why is there a certified protector when it does not cover the lower back? I am comparing it to my Evoc vest, which has full protection down to the pelvis.

I would love to have something like the Evoc with room to stash things. It should be a bikepark worthy protector though.

The Best Part of Mountain Biking is all the Parts - June 6, 2020, 11:27 p.m.

After two rides that were about 5hrs each I am suffering a kind of overflow. I literally tasted the smell of those trails even some days later, and the imagination of going for the next ride was so real I could not bear it. Have to recover by slowly riding the easisest trails with very little emphasis.

That's what happens when living for 25 years in the same place, you have ridden everything around over and over again, all year round. At some point one wonders whether one is becoming a part of the land, going round in circles over and over. Riding more technical did not change that. Occasional trips to bikeparks or more far off places like Finale or LaPalma helped for the moment.

I dont want to become 80 still riding in circles like a hamster in bis cage. I could imagine starting doing something completely different still...but probably wont. Maybe I would become sick If I stop it and become ill for the next 20 years...? It is raining outside.

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.

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