I love NSMB’s varied flavors of writing. But yours is the mint chip of the bunch. I can tell you enjoyed the bike, but you’ve found a great expressive way of telling us why. Great effin review of a great bike.
I’ll snap photos tomorrow as I’m about to modify a second set. And this time I’m weighing them .... I told myself: first run it into the rocks fast and see what happens..... it lived. So did the hoops.
I’m Mid-huge. Live in a place With lots of sharp pointy rocks and classic shit built trails. I like to ride fast and here to skip a connector or loop cuz it’s “rough”.... and fire roads suck.
The cush core allows me to ride longer, ride faster, ride rougher, and carry less garbage. To save weight I drilled a bunch of one inch holes in mine and still ride the crappiest high speed jank, chunk, and rock garbage around.
Last season (Pre-cushCore) I had 8 flats: all rim Wall through tire bead. Ruined days, ruined rides and ruined vibes thinking of where I COULD RIDE WITHOUT FLATS! This season : all season on modified cush core, zero flats, zero rim issues, zero ruined days, zero bad vibes. They literally changed my whole season. And I can drop to 18-20 psi as well? Traction is improved, control and damping improved.
I’m on EXO MINION DHF and DHR2 and spank oobah 350’s on a Firebird 29. The combo has been nothing short of PHENOMENAL SUCCESS for everyday hard core committed trail shredding all Spring summer and Fall.