You don't normally see video's of ridding in Bhutan. I've been running guided mountain bike trips there since 2004 and have trips to suit differing levels of abilities. Check it out at www.blackpeaktravel.com
These seats are pretty cool, but the thing everyone needs to remember about is spinal compression on your kids lower back when riding off road. Kids bones are quite soft and injuring their lower back from banging around off road is a reality if you get to carried away. Always keep that in mind as it's easy to let the 'Daddy, faster, faster' egg you on, but may be detrimental to your kids long term health.
The chain ring is all alloy. The cassette has 3 (largest) alloy sprockets and 9 steel.
Great review on the XTR parts. It's excellent stuff. There are a few parts mixes that work very well with the new 12 speed group sets too.
You can run the new XTR or XT levers with Saint calipers. More power than they had before with better modulation.
XT and SLX rear derailleurs work with Sram NX and GX shifters, actually better than the Sram ones.
Swapping the XD driver body on your DT 240 or 350 rear hub for a Shimano Micro Spline type, means you can run Shimano cassettes and save yourself 50% on the price of a cassette (in NZ anyway) compared to the Sram ones. An XT rear hub is also a viable swap alternative too. Costs the same as a DT driver body. You do have to rebuild the wheel though.
Being a service centre and retailer of high end bikes, e-bikes have now become around 50% of sales. Bike companies can't make them fast enough and at NZ$9000.00 for the average sale are good business and they eat parts, so great for the workshop too. Customers love them and it gets all sorts of people out riding, enjoying life and keeping them happy and healthy. Stop bitching about them, they aren't going away and you just may find yourself owning one in the future.
Try some Vittorias. The Martello in particular. The G+ tread compound and extremely durable casing are rather impressive.
The clamps are exactly the same as the stock ones. They just put an arrow and 'Front' on them for those that can't work out you can switch them around.
I wouldn't say I'm as giddy as, for bring to your and other readers attention that this post is seen with other branding and in other brand bikes. It's more of calling Bontrager/Trek's bluff for trying to make customers believe they have been doing some good R&D on making a new post, when in fact they haven't. They've just bought an already well established post in the market and put their branding on it, which I believe is a bit miss leading. Yes I know the bike market is full of it, but consumers have the right to know that the extra coin they slap down for a new Bontrager branded post pays for the marketing guy's salary and no real work from Bontrager.
Hi Andrew, I hate to burst your bubble on the Bontrager seat clamp, but it's a stock clamp for that post that's used by other players, but with different branding of course. All my sub $4k CUBE bikes in my shop have the same post, but with CUBE or RFR written on them, SDG uses the same post with SDG on it. Syncros too. Its been around for 3 model years in CUBE bikes already. It's a Tranz X as far as I can work out. The only difference between the Bontrager and the CUBE one is the price. You pay an extra $50 for the Bontrager logo. Nothing new at all.
It's exactly the same post the comes in a bunch of different branded bikes. They seem to work fine. I sell the CUBE branded ones for about US$200.00, so that makes the Bontrager one $50 or 20% over priced for their logo and sticker. Don't be sucked in by their marketing and paying more because of it.
New XTR is going to be released on Saturday 26th.
Great article and great to read about someone that really seems to care about the quality and durability of his product. The question I have for him is why is there such a large amount of poor quality production and control of finished products form many of the big producers. Case in point, the Big S making frames where the headset bearing cup in a carbon frame is 0.8mm bigger than the supplied bearing, making it impossible not to have a continually lose headset, but other smaller makers can make the fit so exact that you have to use a press to get the bearings into the carbon head tube. Same with pressfit BB's. The only reason they creak is the hole in the frame is to big for the BB unit. I see this everyday in my workshop and having to explain to customers that their bike is really not that well made and will always have issues, gets a bit tiring, especially when the big manufactures bikes are actually quite over priced for the quality.
Total marketing hogwash from Sram yet again. Are XX1 cranks noticably stiffer than XTR that use a 24mm spindle? Never heard anyone complain that was a problem. Never even trying the Enduro BB is such a ignorant attitude to something that works pretty damn well. Do your home work before bagging others products that try to fix a problem that should never have been created.
You got to wonder why people wear headphones when they ride? You miss so much.
I've been in the bike retail business on and off for 27 years and this is what I have learnt. The best way to make a retail shop work these days is to have a real point of difference to your local competitors. Having a high level of experience in repairing modern bikes (lots of training for your staff) knowing where to source the correct parts, having the right tools to do the job (very important) and charging a price that goes with the quality of service you provide, are the best tools to have to making any shop profitable, as well as not carrying to much stock. You're not going to get really rich running a bike shop, but you make a lot of people happy along the way and it's generally a fun environment to work in. Maybe do a little stock market dabbling on the side for some extra fun coupons!