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TK34   1 day ago
replied to Newbie Question
I have the 2018 5010 Carbon. Its a great bike. My Upper Midwest riding and preference is similar to what you describe: more flow than tech, some jumping and drops, but not...
If an e-bike gets you outside, if you're recovering from an injury, and especially for those getting older who want to stay active, I'm all for e-bikes. Maybe someday I'll join you. Now if you're younger/healthy and ride an e-bike more for the fun, go for it. Why do I care? Well, where I do…
TK34   3 weeks ago
replied to Gloves without annoying seams
I'm a big fan of Fox Ranger gloves. Never noticed any seam irritation, they're economical, and have held up really well for me including occasionally throwing them in the washing machine.
TK34   on Oct 24, 2019
replied to Winter MTB Vacay
Coming from the Upper Midwest, my go-to Winter destination is Arizona. I schedule the flight for Phoenix, and then preference is to drive to Sedona. But sometimes the weather in Sedona isn't...
TK34   on Oct 24, 2019
replied to Is my bike wear and tear normal?
Aaron - welcome, and you've got a fine bike. I like to say that the "best" bike is the one that gets you on the trails. Ride the crap out of it! As...
TK34   on Oct 24, 2019
replied to Winter MTB Vacay
Garducio - temperature in Moab late November is borderline, depending on what you like. Average highs are high 40's F (high single digit C). But temps could be in the 50's or...
TK34   on Oct 21, 2019
added a review of Giants Ridge Downhill Bike Park

I'm stingy with the 5 stars, and this new downhill bike park is still under construction, but the builds of...
TK34   on Oct 21, 2019
added Giants Ridge Downhill Bike Park
As of October 2019, Giants Ridge has four gravity trails served by the Sarajevo Express chairlift. Two beginner runs, one...
TK34   on Oct 21, 2019
added 4 photos.
Tioga Minneflowta and Hockey Hair entry.
TK34   on Oct 19, 2019
added a review of Tioga

I save my 5 stars for truly epic trails, and while I can't call Tioga 5 stars yet, the potential...
TK34   on Oct 7, 2019
replied to Help me choose a bike?
I can't tell you what to buy, because ultimately there isn't one perfect bike for everyone. But I will add that I am a big advocate of the dropper post and 1X...
TK34   on Oct 3, 2019
replied to Lies we tell ourselves
I'm going to flip this a positive direction: "I don't have the skills for that drop/rock garden/gap." Until I get the balls to try it:-)
TK34   on Sep 10, 2019
replied to Dropper post on All Mountain bikes?
I'm a big believer in droppers for all types, especially for All Mountain (if what you're referring to is mid-level suspension travel that will be going both up and down hills). You...
TK34   on Sep 6, 2019
replied to Tubeless rims problem
My two cents that Plusbike and Rmap bring up a worthwhile point that everyone shouldn't just rush to tubeless because that's the cool thing. I've got two full squish bikes, one tubeless...
TK34   on Sep 6, 2019
replied to New Rider
I second Plusbike. For that budget, I would suggest one of the plus sized tire hardtails that he recommends. A full suspension for less than $1500 will be hard to find, and...
TK34   on Sep 4, 2019
replied to New member
First, I'll fully support the notion that if an eBike gets you outside and riding on any kind of trail that can support it, DO IT!  But I think the debate continues...
It depends on the type of lube. For an oil-based "wet" lube, I've found I can go much longer between re-lubing including when it gets wet. For that reason I use "wet"...
TK34   on Aug 22, 2019
replied to GPS vs Cycle Computer: Distance Accuracy
Thanks Jeff. I actually found and read this article before my post, but your follow-on statement about your subsequent test on a "dense and curvy" trail really speaks to my question, so...
TK34   on Aug 22, 2019
started a topic: GPS vs Cycle Computer: Distance Accuracy
I'm curious what other riders experience when comparing mountain bike distance traveled for a GPS app (like MapMyRide or Strava) vs. a cycle computer. For me, I've found that for road biking...
TK34   on Aug 22, 2019
replied to Entry level MTB upgrades
Like everyone says, don't overd0 the upgrades - just get riding. I agree with others that I would hold off on expensive upgrades like a fork or 1X gearing. But I'll chip...
TK34   on Aug 14, 2019
replied to colorado trails
Colorado is so wide-open with possibilities, its hard to single out one particular place. Crested Butte is on everyone's list, somewhat calendar dependent due to elevation. Grand Junction/Fruita area is drier, lower...
TK34   on Jul 23, 2019
replied to MTB in Oregon
I haven't been yet, but I've got Bend high on my list.
TK34   on Jul 2, 2019
replied to Looking to buy 1st mountain bike
I think you're on the right path - a quality hardtail is a great place to start. Marlin could be a very good fit if budget is a major concern, but if...
TK34   on Jun 29, 2019
replied to Hi, new member in Florida
I fully respect your effort to save some money, but check on the 1X gear setup and dropper post - can't recommend them enough. As for the 2.8" tires, I certainly don't...
TK34   on Jun 28, 2019
replied to Hi, new member in Florida
First, welcome! Strongly recommend you not worry about finding the "perfect" bike - make a good choice and get riding! Second, you're thinking makes a lot of sense for a hard tail...
TK34   on Jun 26, 2019
replied to BIG BOX against Established Brand
My two cents that I think the answer depends on how you're really going to use the bike. I personally wouldn't go cheap big-box, but if you're an occasional rider staying on...
A couple suggestions: 1) You should try dropping a few pounds of pressure - sweet spot for me is between 25-28psi but that is with full squish and 2.2" rims - I...
TK34   on Jun 25, 2019
replied to Looking at entry level full suspension
My advice depends on your experience level. If you're just starting out in the sport and not sure how much you'll get into it yet, I'd push you towards a quality hardtail...
TK34   on Jun 25, 2019
added a review of Little Scraggy

I'm stingy with the 5 stars, but I'll call this 4 stars with commentary that its a solid 4.5. Really...
TK34   on Jun 24, 2019
added a review of Flow Mama

Flow Mama, Seeley Pass, and Ojibwe Trail are a great section of the CAMBA trails. Mostly flow type with limited...
TK34   on Jun 23, 2019
replied to Having a hard time finding the right bike
I think you made a really good choice - that bike has everything you need to rip the trails, gain experience, and figure out what makes sense for your next step. Enjoy!...
TK34   on Jun 19, 2019
replied to Mountain bike biking z Tuscany
Hotel Massa Vecchia looked promising to me, but our itinerary got too full and I never pulled the trigger. But their website shows a lot of info for both off-road and road...
TK34   on Jun 18, 2019
replied to Having a hard time finding the right bike
Welcome Matt. I don't have "the" answer for you, and I don't think there is a single answer. But I will offer a few opinions to consider: 1) Don't worry about finding the...
TK34   on May 28, 2019
replied to 1x11 or 2x10 preference
Older thread, but I'll chip in my two cents that I'll never go back to current technology front derailleur.  Yes, there is cost to convert an older bike (highly recommend narrow-wide chain...
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