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  • in reply to: Who else is watching Rampage right now? #289562

    Those guys are athletes. I know with skill comes confidence, but those riders are from outer space.

    Absolutely. Check out today’s podcast interview with Rémy Métailler. I asked him how he’s able to do this, and if he’s ever scared. It’s a shame he didn’t make the cut this year, such a talented rider. Pretty sure he’ll be back at Rampage next year.

    Rémy Métailler on What it Takes to Huck Your Meat

  • in reply to: Does the Santa Cruz Nomad work as a trail bike? #289341

    You will get no performance advantages with carbon fiber except the decreased weight.

    Not sure many bike brands would agree with that statement. 🙂 Everyone claims their layup is tuned to add stiffness or compliance exactly where it needs to be.

  • in reply to: Is my bike wear and tear normal? #289191

    There’s always the possibility that a bike hasn’t been assembled properly, so that’s worth checking into. However that doesn’t mean there’s anything inherently wrong with the bike or components.

  • in reply to: Does the Santa Cruz Nomad work as a trail bike? #289178

    Would it be too overkill to have fun on regular trails?

    Maybe not. I tested the Nomad (along with 4 other similar bikes) on “regular” trails a couple years ago. At the end of my review I wrote,

    Perhaps the craziest thought I had after my test ride was that I could see myself riding the Nomad on my local trails–trails very similar to those at the US National Whitewater Center–without feeling like I was pushing around too much bike. This is an aggressive bike for sure, but it’s only as aggressive as the rider wants it to be.

    What are your local trails? Living in Colorado, I think the Nomad would be a good fit for anywhere you want to ride.

  • in reply to: Found-backpack at 18 Road trailhead on October 20th #289177

    Anything good inside? 🙂

  • in reply to: Is my bike wear and tear normal? #289176

    What are the issues you’re having?

    In the first few weeks it’s normal to have minor shifting issues as the cables stretch, and depending how much you’ve been riding, you might need to clean and/or lube the drivetrain. Tires are a constant battle and getting a flat, or having a tire slowly lose air after even the first ride can happen easily.

    The brakes might feel a little weak initially if you haven’t properly bedded the pads.

    Other than that, everything else should be good…

  • in reply to: Bike cleaning Tips needed #271128

    I think maybe you’re referring to a mini rear fender? This one is specific to the Marin Wolf Ridge, but you get the idea.

    You can find “universal” ones that clip on. Ditto for the fork; a fender keeps dirt out of your eyes and off your down tube.

    Never heard of putting silicon spray on pulleys but it sounds like it might help. Give it a try and let us know how it goes. 🙂

  • in reply to: Singletracks jerseys are coming #270153

    Thanks schwim!

    Today is the last day to pre-order at a discount.

  • in reply to: Riding in the cool rains of fall #269021

    Not sure if you saw this recent roundup:

    13 Packable Mountain Bike Jackets, Tested

    There are a lot of choices on there, but I can say of the two I’ve personally tested, the Pearl Izumi jacket is a good choice. It’s not waterproof, but it packs down small and light and isn’t super expensive. The Leatt seems like a good choice too, though I haven’t spent much time in that one. It’s more of a rain jacket and therefore heavier and less packable, but still affordable.

  • in reply to: Converting to through axle #269020

    Not sure about these wheels specifically, but if they are convertible the 9mm QR end caps may be held in place with magnets, which makes them easy to remove. (In fact, they often fall out on accident whenever you remove the wheel.) It’s also possible the end caps are screwed in place, so try unscrewing them.

    Since this is a pretty entry-level bike, I doubt the hubs can be converted to thru axle, but it’s definitely worth checking.

  • in reply to: Canyon torque 2019 #268657

    I spent a day riding the Torque in Whistler recently, and it’s easily among my favorite descenders because the suspension is so supple, almost couch-like. Unfortunately that doesn’t translate very well to climbing.

  • in reply to: cool e-bike #268655

    Honestly, who would like to ride this e-bike?

    I’ll pass. The MTB components look cheap, and I’m not a fan of the shape of the frame. It could be a good choice for folks who are unfamiliar with MTB or new to the sport, but I don’t think a lot of mountain bikers are going to be excited about this.

    If I have to ride an eMTB, I’d rather ride this one.

  • in reply to: Can the chain get wet without having to re-lube it? #268648

    Like TK said, “wet lubes” are meant to be used in wet conditions, so a light spray isn’t going to have an adverse affect. Just think about creek crossings…

    I don’t wash my bike a lot, so whenever I do it’s usually time to reapply lube anyway.

  • in reply to: GPS vs Cycle Computer: Distance Accuracy #268580

    This is pretty normal.

    GPS Accuracy Test: GPS vs. Smartphone vs. Cyclocomputer (Round 2)

    There are a number of factors that introduce errors into distance calculations for off road rides, but it seems the most significant is due to the discreet sampling interval used by GPS units.

    Around the same time of the test above I used the cyclocomputer to measure a local trail that’s incredibly dense and curvy. My GPS reports this trail is about a mile long, but the cyclocomputer says it’s 2 miles long. That means the GPS is short changing by 50%! (I know from our track test that the cyclocomputer is calibrated correctly, within 2% or so.)

    The takeaway is the GPS will generally read shorter distances than a cyclocomputer, unless you’re riding a straight line. On the road (or so a track) the two will be pretty close. On a spaghetti-like trail, GPS distance can be off by 50% (or maybe more). So it’s not surprising that you’re seeing 10-20% difference on what I assume is a reasonable trail with a normal amount of twists and turns. Every trail is different, so the error rate will not be constant.


  • in reply to: Pre & Post Ride Inspections? #267543

    This sounds like a great question for the defense lawyers to ask the customer in the Specialized case. 🙂

    My pre-ride check usually consists of squeezing the tires to make sure they aren’t too soft. I do a thorough check of everything else whenever I clean my bike, but that’s probably only every couples months.

  • in reply to: Biker sues Specialized, LBS over cracked rim injury #267431

    Yeah, seems strange to sue the bike shop. Like they were in on a conspiracy with Specialized to sell a wheel they all knew was poorly designed…

  • in reply to: night riding #267392

    1,000 lumens is a pretty safe bet for most riders. If you’re riding slow, you can go lower. Faster, and you might need more brightness. Start with a helmet light, then consider getting a second light for the bars, and as a backup in case your primary light fails.

    How Many Lumens Do I Need for Mountain Biking at Night?

  • in reply to: cool e-bike #268840

    I understand this is from a shill/spammer

    Totally. Figured I would have some fun at their expense. 🙂

  • in reply to: Any mountain bikers out there carry an EpiPen? #267366

    Have you ever had to use it on the trail?

    I assume you have to get a new one every year or so when it expires. If you don’t mind my asking, how much does an epipen cost you out of pocket?

  • in reply to: Any mountain bikers out there carry an EpiPen? #267365

    One of the guys I ride with has an app on his phone that beeps whenever his blood sugar gets low.

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