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Hey Brian, You didn't like the XM 1650's? Which hubs do they have? I am thinking of building us some new wheels and was going to use 350 hubs. Not a fan?
Nice article! I'm not a very dedicated forager, but in the fall i often spontaneously interrupt my mtb rides to fill up my camelbak with chestnuts, this could be a nice spring alternative. I usually wear full-finger gloves, so i'm ready to harvest these guys.
jgmtb   on May 27, 2019
replied to Giant Trance 2 27.5 vs. YT Jeffsy 27 CF comp
Hi Gearup, I have a Jeffsy 27 CF. I generally like it, but i'd point out that the bike really comes alive when pointed downhill, and going fast. I generally ride in really...
This impact review is excellent work, thanks for the write-up. It seems like a rigorous study, with sensible take-aways, namely that unsanctioned trails are more damaging. So many studies are one biased; this one has good information on complex topics (like hydrology and geology), which acknowledge an issue, while contextualizing it and providing ways to…
Cutting out a valve from a used tube, what a great idea. Any tricks in getting it to seal?
jgmtb   on Mar 23, 2019
rode 20.6 miles at Sentiero 61

Shred w Brian via Strava
I'd agree with BZ202. I grew up in MA and was always perfectly happy with an xc bike. Modern short-travel trail bikes are more than sufficient, and are snappier on the rolling...
jgmtb   on Feb 7, 2019
replied to eMTB for ski shuttle?
Nice! XC skis are the snowy cousins of the xc mountain bike. Ski touring / mountaineering skis are more like enduro bikes. Definitely two sports which really complement each other.
jgmtb   on Feb 3, 2019
replied to eMTB for ski shuttle?
Hey guys, you have all kind of missed the idea. Luckily, i can shed some light on this. This is not a new idea. I haven't tried it yet, but I have...
Hey Brian, what do you do about the spare derailleur hanger for your jeffsy? It seems to require a 19mm hex. I don’t take my spare on rides because I couldn’t change it on the trail anyways... :(
Hey Brian, I’ve enjoyed your articles. I’m also located in italy, based out of Milan and ride a lot on the Italian/Swiss border (normal stomping ground is Como/Ticino/Valtellina ). Hit me up if you’d like to shred sometime. -jake
Uh, I was replying to a comment that I no longer see. Ignore my comment?
I am sympathetic (unlike probably a lot of readers here), but this is the wrong article to comment on. You make no mention of the location of the trail system being reviewed. The article is largely about a bikepark at a ski-resort, with existing lifts/slopes/trails, and therefore the existence of a bikepark likely has a…
Hey mike, same experience as you. Never really stopped riding, but went from a ‘99 stumpjumper fsr to a 29er ht, and thought both were great. But coming from older-school geometry. (Now riding a yt jeffsy), it took me a while to get a hang of the new geometry. It rides differently. For example, for…
I'd agree with you that an aggressive HT is the best choice. You mentioned some really nice rigs. And for 2 grand you can get it with  solid components. Since you're a...
jgmtb   on Jun 9, 2018
rode 16.8 miles at Billerica State Forest

Home trails via Strava
jgmtb   on Jun 1, 2018
rode 9.9 miles at Hopkinton State Park

Mtb w Brett! via Strava
jgmtb   on May 31, 2018
rode 15.6 miles at Billerica State Forest

Old school mtb via Strava
jgmtb   on May 23, 2018
replied to Trail or Enduro bike?
Hey crt_slo, I am based in northern Italy, and do the same sort of rides as you. I have a YT jeffsy 27 CF1 that I'm happy with. If I had to re-buy...
jgmtb   on May 9, 2018
replied to What 650b tires should I buy?
Hi Tyronius, Tires in mountain biking area pretty big topic, from widths, to tread patters, to compounds. You didn't give a lot of background on why you didn't like your previous tire, but...
Hi Greg, great article. You had a previous article where you wrote something to the effect of "jeep off-roading is way worse than mtb erosion, so we shouldn't be concerned with the damage mtbs". I disagreed with this line of thought, and was kind of lambasted. Here you are much more nuanced, and I think…
jgmtb   on Mar 2, 2018
replied to 150mm fork on 120 frame
hi dom, you yea can, but that is maybe a bit too much. All things being equal, it will make your bike slacker and raise the bottom bracket. So while you are...
In Europe, where cycling as a sport is much more popular and there are a lot of strong riders, eMTBs have really taken off. A lot of the guys you see riding them are crazy strong, but they are really doing it to be able to climb more in a day out, i.e. in lieu…
jgmtb   on Nov 11, 2017
rode 8.9 miles at 24h finale into DH Donne

24h finale w wife via Strava
jgmtb   on Nov 10, 2017
rode 6.3 miles at 24h finale into DH Donne

Short finale via Strava
jgmtb   on Oct 24, 2017
added 2 photos.
24h finale has incredible views- this is one viewpoint which just out from the mountain
jgmtb   on Oct 24, 2017
added a review of Ale Ale & Rollercoaster

Fantastic trail. As the name implies, this is a really flowy trail with some rollers and berms, but it is...
jgmtb   on Oct 24, 2017
added a review of 24h finale into DH Donne

24h finale is one of my favorite all time trails. Really nice undulating singletrack with spectacular views, not too challenging...
jgmtb   on Oct 24, 2017
replied to Noob Mistake. Help! Air = Accident
Hi Maverick, a) yes, you can and should go slower. Or it could be a matter of suspension (maybe you are running the fork and shock too hard, rebound too fast). There are...
jgmtb   on Sep 22, 2017
replied to Good trails near Boston?
I remember vietnam trails being the most challenging in the Boston area. Closer to the city are places like middlesex fells and lynn woods. No really good climbs around that area, though,...
The capra can climb, but it is not really an enjoyable bike on the climbs. I have a jeffsy 27, and in the slackest setting it only climbs well when the shock...
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