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Thanks Seth! A very solid review. Makes me want to go back to MTN Creek.
Even though bikes might be more expensive today (in real terms), a $6k bike today is waaaaaaaaaay more capable with better functioning parts than a $5k bike from 1990. Not even comparable. Lighter, more suspension travel, smoother suspension, better brakes, lighter and stronger, 1x drivetrain, better tires, better ergonomics, better geometry, more variety, sizes and…
2017....and they don't have internal cable routing? They might as well have gone with 2x or 3x....all kdding aside, maybe they were thinking of the mechanics who will be replacing those cables!
habakak   on Feb 3, 2017
replied to conversion from 3x9 to 1x9
 
I would go 1x10 and replace your shifter, derailleur, cassette, chain ring and chain. I did this on a 2x9 bike of mine last year and it cost me $180 all-in (SRAM...
habakak   on Feb 3, 2017
replied to Do you haggle over prices with your LBS?
 
I rarely haggle, but on my next purchase I will. And I will buy a demo otherwise wait for a used bike on PinkBike. I don't like eBay because they take so...
I think we are somewhat of a spoiled bunch. People just want to dump what they have as soon as they want something new. So they sell at a lower price just to get rid of it. I did this with the sale of my most recent bike. I had it for 3 months and…
People love to complain mostly to justify that they don't need the new bike that was released just after they just bought theirs. Change is good for the most part. And nobody forces you to buy the new bike. I love the proliferation of tech and bicycle types we have today. Imagine just having 26er…
habakak   on Nov 3, 2016
commented on The 9 Best Bike Lights for Night Riding
 
MTBR does a pretty decent review of most lights available every year. They compare beam patterns, test the actual lumen output, run times and some value for money metrics (lumens per $, gram per lumen, etc.). And it covers most of the lights you would WANT to use. Stay away from the $25 garbage on…
Awesome, mongwolf. Keep it up. There is no reason to sit on the couch!
That's fantastic, gidani. It's guys like yourself that inspires me. It's the local guys that is real, that I see and can talk too that no one will ever hear off. There can be only one Ned, but guys like you are what keeps most guys in the game I believe.
OMG! What awesome trail system. I wish we had more of that fast and flowy stuff around where I live. It just looks so awesome!
I like these guys, but these tests are kinda silly. People ride the bike that suits their style and most people have multiple bikes for different areas. No surprise, a HT is faster through a somewhat hilly course and a FS descends faster. The FS might have had a penalty on the pump track because…
Ned is a living legend. Fortunately I see and ride with lots of guys like me in their mid to late forties, as well as guys in their 50's and even 60's. And a local rider in his 60's I know is still faster than 95% of anyone he will ever run into on the…
It a matter of preference and style. I respect guys who ride this kind of stuff with platforms. Anything really.
habakak   on Oct 26, 2016
commented on Test Ride Review: Trek Stache 9 29+
 
'...e only big let down for me...' I meant oversight. For an otherwise well-equipped bike, they could have spec'd the 36t or 54t star ratchets.
habakak   on Oct 26, 2016
commented on Test Ride Review: Trek Stache 9 29+
 
I just got a Stache 9 recently and absolutely love the bike. I could not believe how heavy the wheels are after riding the bike and thinking to myself how well they accelerate (not XC-fast, but really not slower by a landslide). With a set of the new 40mm carbon R-line wheels this thing would…
 
Great. More choice is (mostly) better. Imagine a world with only 26-inch wheels, V-brakes and 3x7 drivetrains. Thank God that is in the past. Not everyone has pro-level skills. I have a friend who is 6'8" and an avid biker. Going 29er improved his riding and confidence a lot. Unfortunately the spec on this bike…
Shifting under load is really one of the biggest shortcomings of derailleur based systems. The Nuvince hub is continuously variably (CVT). Applying this approach to a BB-based transmission might be the perfect marriage?
I guess the wheel didn't feel significantly heavier when climbing (since the weight is not on the outside of the wheel)? Did you feel it being heavier to get going or climb vs a more traditional 27.5 wheel? I thought one of the benefits of internal gearing is that you can shift under load! Dang.…
I would trade my 29 for a 26+. 26 just accelerate better and has less rotating mass (for the same...
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