Without any true knowledge of how this works, the rumour is that XD is free to use, but still requires SRAM's permission.
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Something that has worked well in Salmon Arm was for the (only) LBS to get on board. Last year, anyone who purchased a new bike got a single Shuswap Cycling Club membership. Adding family members was left up to the new member. I’m not sure how many will renew in January when their memberships expire, but the numbers look pretty impressive in the meantime.
(Um, thinking about this now, I think it was actually 2017 and I may have accidentally let my membership lapse. Note to bike clubs: use a CRM and get those reminders out!)
Wow! Long in every dimension.
Argh! Still no big-wheeled, short travel bike.
In what way? Any specific numbers that are disappointing? I think it looks spot-on for my local riding, so I’m curious.
This helps shed some light on why mountain biking isn't much of a spectator sport. I watched a televised ski race there yesterday and it looked terrifying. The bike doesn't convey the same sense of speed or danger, even though as a rider I know there's no way I would do it.
Statements 1 and 2 above, without citing any primary sources, sound a lot like opinion and speculation. Statement 3 is funny, so you get a pass on that one :-D
Looking for something "different" and "unique", you say? Go fat! Not just mid-fat, but 4" plus.
(Oh hell. I've been on one for like three weeks weeks and now I'm an evangelist. I swore I wouldn't do this.)
I brought one of these home late this summer, and I agree with everything so far. Just swapped the 34T ring for a 30, and I'm faster overall on any ride that includes significant climbing. I too left the rear Ardent alone, but went DHRII up front (due to a worldwide shortage of 27.5 DHFs, it would seem).
Otherwise, the bike is brilliant. Coming from a 66.5 degree head angle bike I had concerns about that, but so far the steeper head angle has only bitten me once, and provides benefits elsewhere on the ride that make up for it. I am amazed on every ride at how capable a 5ish inch bike can be.
I don't have a long history with Kona, my only other one having been a 2004 King Kikapu, but so far I'm a fan. Looking forward to hearing more!
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