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Serious question: what is the downside of an enduro bike for general trail riding?  They weigh virtually the same as a trail bike but have more suspension.  They also probably climb better...
midwestmtbiker   on Aug 15, 2019
replied to Pre & Post Ride Inspections?
 
I usually only check tire pressure and shock pressure during the weekday rides.   But on weekends, I go over all the bolts with a torque wrench that could cause me serious damage...
midwestmtbiker   on Jun 5, 2019
replied to dropper post user fee
 
I'd give the rigid post a shot for a few months.    Most people don't "need" droppers unless they are trying to set PRs on rowdy trails.  Sure it's nice to have,...
Why not a Santa Cruz Chameleon?  Better fork for the money and lighter.   I don't get all the hype Salsa gets.  Generally not a lot of bike for the money and I...
Yeah keep us updated on how this goes.  I'm shopping for a rigid fork too.   I'm leaning towards biting the bullet and just plunking down the money for a Niner RDO fork...
Bigger tires also mean dragging around a lot more weight.  For short durations, that's probably not a big deal as was shown in the tests.  But for longer rides with lots of...
midwestmtbiker   on Dec 13, 2018
replied to FS bike weight - today's standards
 
I would say most XC FS bikes that are competitive are going to be in the 25lb range or lower.   Trailbikes tend to average from 27lb-32lb depending on how much you spend. ...
midwestmtbiker   on Oct 6, 2018
replied to I need another bike.
 
Kona Honzo.  415mm Chainstays
midwestmtbiker   on Sep 11, 2018
replied to Crash on new bike
 
The way you describe the crash with the front end too high, I'm not sure a full suspension bike would have made much of a difference.  If you had cased the jump...
 
I push hard partly because it's fun and partly because anaerobic workouts deliver way more bang for the buck in terms of strength and keeping your body lean.       I'm in...
The guys I know who ride those conditions regularly swear by Bontrager XR3s or XR4s.   Very tough tires for dealing with strewn rocks and rock gardens and decent rolling resistance.     I've...
midwestmtbiker   on Jun 15, 2018
replied to Wear earbuds riding on the trail?
 
If you are the fastest dude on the trail, feel free to wear earbuds.  Otherwise, you end up being a road block that is impossible to move because you have no idea...
midwestmtbiker   on May 17, 2018
replied to Average speed
 
Average speed on a mountain bike is meaningless.   We have several trails near us all of which are intermediate level.   I average about 7mph on one because it's tight and twisty and...
midwestmtbiker   on May 17, 2018
replied to 26" or 29" and 1x11 or 2x10?
 
I'm a fan of 29'' but that is a personal preference. As for gearing, I actually slightly prefer 2x10 when riding hilly terrain because I can transition from downhill to climbing with a...
midwestmtbiker   on Mar 17, 2018
replied to Non-negotiables
 
I wouldn't worry about boost just yet.   There will be plenty of 142 wheels on the market for the foreseeable future and you might even get better deals on them. As for me,...
midwestmtbiker   on Mar 13, 2018
replied to This is XC mountain biking?
 
I am definitely not a fan of spandex and I come from a motocross background so I'm naturally drawn to enduro over XC.   But I have to admit, the XC guys I've...
midwestmtbiker   on Mar 5, 2018
replied to Catalyst Flat pedals..we shall see
 
I have a pair.  I also have some One UP components flats and to be honest, can't tell much of a difference in efficiency or stickiness because my foot doesn't slip off...
midwestmtbiker   on Mar 5, 2018
replied to Best trail features
 
I generally like old school trails with lots of technical climbing (I hate to climb in general though - long smooth fire roads are the worst).     But I am a sucker...
The wide array of choices of mountain bikes (trail, enduro, xc, recreation, sport, downhill, etc etc) was really confusing to me when I was looking to buy my first bike. Also, the non-uniform...
 
For 1 x  drivetrains, I think there is no question that SRAM has Shimano beat for most people.   But I am also starting to see more and more 2x drivetrains returning on...
midwestmtbiker   on Jan 8, 2018
replied to Intermittent fasting debunked.
 
Very good post.
midwestmtbiker   on Jan 5, 2018
replied to Intermittent fasting debunked.
 
Thanks for posting that.  Yeah exercising in a fasted state and intermittent fasting are part of the fad diet craze.   I think you get a lot more bang for your buck when...
 
  The X cal is a 2x 11 not a 1x11. If you are looking at an XC hardtail at that price point, I'd also take a look at the Specialized Chisel.   It's the...
midwestmtbiker   on Dec 20, 2017
started a topic: Frame creaks when tightening axle
 
I have an aluminum hardtail and the frame creaks a little bit as I get near the recommended torque while tightening the rear axle.  Has anyone experienced this and is this something...
The amount of time this sport requires.   Rides are not rides unless they are at least 1.5 hours.   And then you have to ride muliple times a week to keep your fitness. ...
midwestmtbiker   on Dec 4, 2017
replied to Do you cross train?
 
Thanks for the clarification.  By maintenance weight, I mean staying a constant weight.  But I realize this is hard to achieve because hunger levels vary with exercise.   But I can say that...
midwestmtbiker   on Dec 4, 2017
replied to Do you cross train?
 
Robert Dobbs - Just curious, how do you add muscle weight without eating excess calories?     I only bulk up if I try to by eating more calories than needed for maintenance...
1. I don't enjoy riding in the cold.   I do this for fun, not for the grind. 2. I don't like riding at night and I would have to because of work hours. 3....
midwestmtbiker   on Nov 18, 2017
replied to Which Full Suspension Should I Buy?
 
I like my full suspension bike for super rooty trails and for casual group rides, but I would not say I "need" it even in the most technical courses in the midwest. ...
Another thing to consider is that the Epic is an all new design whereas the Top Fuel is going on its third year with the same geometry.  May or may not matter...
midwestmtbiker   on Aug 31, 2017
replied to Opinions on Canyon bikes
 
Thanks for everyone for your thoughts.  Nice review Greg.
 
I use both front and rear , standing with weight back, drop my heals so that they are pushing into the pedals, wrists straight and pushing against the back of the grips....
midwestmtbiker   on Aug 29, 2017
started a topic: Opinions on Canyon bikes
 
I didn't know too much about the brand but figured that they are pretty good since I see them getting good reviews in various magazines and they show up on Global Mountain...
Full suspension bikes have more potential for creaks and stuff going out of whack - more moving parts.  So if the concern is that the bike is beat up and needs frequent...
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