Dr SweetsTrailblazer

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Alpharetta // Georgia

 
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A longtime rider, I maintain a high appreciation for irreverence, chaos and nasty terrain. I've ridden all over N America including BC as well as Switzerland, Italy, France and Holland. Despite having ridden many places, the trails in the Pisgah National Forrest remain some of my favorites.

My Bikes

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Once you enjoy a ride without having a pack it's hard to find the enthusiasm to ride with one. That does not mean I do not carry what I need for any...
Dr Sweets   on Jul 23, 2018
replied to Best enduro bike?
 
@SP3NGL3R: "My LBS is “Sixes Pit Bike Shop” up in Canton GA. They’re a Kona dealer and have the 134/153 regularly for test rides." Those guys are str8 up crooks!!! Bahahahhahahaha!!! @SP3NGL3R: "My next...
Dr Sweets   on Jul 17, 2018
replied to Going Knee Pads - POC, Dakine or TLD?
 
The G-forms are very pedal friendly, but not very protective or durable. In contrast, I have ran Slayers for over two years and recently picked some Dakine Hellions. Both models have performed...
Dr Sweets   on Jul 8, 2018
replied to The Age Old Debate of Rock Shox vs. Fox
 
I'll toss my two cents in here regarding the suspension arms race. I have employed front suspension since 1994 and rear suspension since 1998. In 1997 I bought my first Marzocchi Bomber...
 
@MichaelDorianBach: "Thanks for all your super helpful nuggets of information. Talked to the guys at Evil and they mentioned that the Following and Calling are basically the same bike just different wheel sizes....
@vapidoscar562: The Kona Honzo is one of the OG's in this category and the 2015 on steel models are likely exactly what you are looking for. You can a used Honzo steel frame for that cost with some research. The '12-14 models are also good, but the geometry is better on the later models. That…
Dr Sweets   on Jun 5, 2018
replied to Inner WFO frame - why so cheap?
 
Yeah, it's old stock as Niner hasn't made the WFO for nearly two years.
Dr Sweets   on Jun 2, 2018
replied to Another Fuggin' Trek?!?!?
 
Trek has never spoken to me and Salsa has not been a small brand since '99. Thats said, do/ride whatever turns you on.
Dr Sweets   on May 24, 2018
replied to Trail Riding Bike - NC
 
I'm certainly biased, but the correct answer is The Calling. If you wanna schlep down to Roswell, GA (4 hrs +/-) we (Blue Mountain Bikes) can put you on a demo (we've...
Dr Sweets   on May 23, 2018
replied to Tubeless?
 
I first ran tubeless a dozen years ago. There were no tubeless ready tires (Mavic UST sucked), no dedicated rims or tape. It was a mess and hard to manage and I...
No, you'll die!   Actually, outside of my commuters or CX bikes there aren't any hard tails I've owned that I did not over fork. Sure, a flimsy fork or a cheap alloy frame...
Dr Sweets   on May 19, 2018
replied to What's with the new boom box trend?
 
@scgpro: "Rock & Roll ain’t noise pollution. And I care about Dr Sweet’s “opinion” about as much as he cares about mine. Everyone is just so uptight about the small stuff." You are...
Dr Sweets   on May 15, 2018
replied to Best Value All Mountain
 
Kinda like Miata is always the answer for the budget-conscious auto enthusiast, a Kona Honzo holds a similar spot in the trail/AM mountain bike world. The one linked is the lowest cost...
Dr Sweets   on May 13, 2018
replied to Cheap Full Suspension Bikes?
 
Ironically, I was going to steer you towards a used Santa Cruz Heckler or Bantam as they are bombproof, simple and fun bikes. The Fuji is basically a copy of one so...
@kenginnova: "RVA has a thriving art and music scene. It also suffers from many of the urban issues of mid-sized southern cities. Yes there is decay. Yes there is poverty." Everyplace has some...
Dr Sweets   on May 10, 2018
replied to Favorite (commercial) Trail Snacks 2018?
 
I use a variety of different items depending on the ride length. My go to has remained a zip lock bag with a half a dozen or so organic calimyrna figs. I also...
I really like matte painted frames. I like the faded patina they develop and prefer bikes to look kind of beat up. I do not sweat scratches, chips nor dings much. My...
Wow. Impressively snobby BS. I am sure you will hate RVA so go ahead and jump in front of a city bus preemptively and save us the bitching. That said, RVA has...
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@DirtNeck: "Finally, Dr Sweets-with a handle like that-you could be our new dentist (you never know)-my apologies for the “Impressively snobby BS…” post.   Rereading my original post, I do come across...
Dr Sweets   on Apr 30, 2018
replied to Hardtail Advice: $2,000~ Price Range
 
My vote goes for the the Kona Honzo AL/DR. Take the money you saved and bump the fork travel up to 140mm  (maybe a $50 job) and ride the hell out of...
Dr Sweets   on Apr 26, 2018
replied to Time for tech to trickle down.
 
@GregHeil: #1 Square taper bottom brackets. Spending slightly more on a hollow style BB would make bikes better. #2 3×8 drivetrains.  Going hand in hand with #1 let’s ditch this old DT....
 
@konaben: "Can any Following MB owners comment on how poppy and boostable it feels agains the V1 Following? Having breifly tried both a privately owned V1 and demo model MB at a bike...
I suppose if you must have a Pivot and are okay with the Super Boost nonsense, pressfit bottom bracket, high price point (for a "budget" alloy) and loud color scheme, then have at it.
Big 29ers work for smaller (ahem) riders too. I'm 5'9" ride a Wreckoning and love it. There many great options for long travel 29er All Mountain/Enduro/hard Trail/Light Freeride/or whatever you wanna call...
Dr Sweets   on Apr 13, 2018
replied to Dropper SeatPost - Worth it?
 
@CorreyMaddocks: "It depends on your height, and is generally more valuable if you’re taller. My friend id 6’4" and he loves his. I’m 5’8" with a 30" inseam and I have no...
Dr Sweets   on Apr 12, 2018
replied to Dropper SeatPost - Worth it?
 
@bikecowboy: "I have been considering the purchase of a dropper seatpost. I can see why it would be advantageous to have, but I have never used one so am wondering if its...
Dr Sweets   on Apr 9, 2018
commented on a photo
 
Looks like the new schtuff at Blankets.
 
"@Chendy20:  @DrSweets thanks so much for your take! The calling def looks rad! Three quick questions do you think the 650b is a better choice due to my height or you have more...
 
@Chendy20: "I’d like to hear how you guys are liking your new evils!! Dr Sweets I’m 5’5”, I live in Florida, I’m coming from a 26er with 150 mm of travel and I...
Dr Sweets   on Apr 2, 2018
replied to Only a lad...
 
Thanx, @JeffBarber. It is very possible that I actually rode Ira back in the day, but had no idea as I would just go wherever. As far as access, I used to...
I may see y'all up there and if so I will be sure to give y'all the finger.
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