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FIRST 2 RIDES: SPECIALIZED S-WORKS FUSE

Top of the line carbon plus hardtail. Roval carbon wheels. Öhlins 120mm air fork. 27.5×3” GRID Purgatory in front, Ground Control in rear, both with Gripton rubber. 15psi front, 17psi rear.

Today

I rode our gnarliest, rockiest local trail. Usually ridden on 160mm Enduro but shredded with impunity on this light saber.

Yesterday

Rode from home. Paved climbing and a few laps of a smooth, private singletrack at a neighbor’s house. Fast. Fun.

October 19, 2017 : Posted In: Equipment,Plus bikes,Reviews : Comments (0)


REVIEWS OF GUERRILLA GRAVITY BIKES

Guerrilla Gravity bikes are made in Denver, CO and they’re all fun to ride.

Check out:

Megatrail

Shred Dogg

Trail Pistol

Pedalhead

Smash – They didn’t have one in my size. Stay tuned.

GG/DH – That’ll be fun. Stay tuned.

October 6, 2017 : Posted In: Equipment,Reviews : Comments (0)


GUERILLA GRAVITY MEGATRAIL: SURGICALLY PRECISE SLEDGEHAMMER

Guerrilla Gravity says:

“As a highly refined and extremely versatile trail bike, the Megatrail is built for everything from conquering high-alpine adventures to shredding bike park laps, or just slaying your after-work rides. And when it’s time to turn the Rad up to 11, Gravity Mode™ provides a 20-second, one-bolt geometry toggle that transforms the bike into a downhill dominator—it’s like having two bikes!”

I rode a small Megatrail for one long, awesome day at Valmont Bike Park and the Betasso Link Trail. About six hours of ride time. Thoughts:

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GUERRILLA GRAVITY SHRED DOGG: MID-TRAVEL ATTACK BIKE

Guerrilla Gravity says: “This is a bike that turns your local trail into your very own pump track. The Shred Dogg provides an exceptionally lively platform for those that value playfulness more than smashing the super-gnar. Plus with Gravity Mode™ available, you still have the downhill chops for when going gets rough…er.

More great copy from the little bike company in Denver, CO.

It’s also another great bike from Guerrilla Gravity. I just spent two weeks on a Shred Dogg, and here are some thoughts.

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October 4, 2017 : Posted In: Equipment,Plus bikes,Reviews : Comments (2)


HOW DOES AN AUSTRALIAN DAD GET AN ENDURO SX?


Hi Lee,
 
Couldn’t help but notice you have an Enduro SX slalom bike. How does one go about getting a frame?
 
All my riding life I’ve dreamt of a full suspension slalom bike. I still don’t really know what I’d do with it, but I still want one.
 
I know they are a few years old now, but they are shrouded in mystery. All the Specialized dealers I’ve spoken to tell me that I must be thinking of the P.Slope. I’m not. One dealer who is very well connected tells me that he doesn’t have access to U.S. stuff anyway – impossible.
 
Last week I was looking fairly seriously at getting a Commencal VIP ABSOLUT SX 26 until I realised it was a 4kg frame and needed DH bottom bracket and hubs. The signature frame of a 120kg superhero, might be a bit much for a 64kg dad to ride in the backyard.
 
Was the Enduro SX only one production run in 2013-2014? Are they available over there? What do you have to do to get one etc?
 
Hope you guys are well,

Chris

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September 26, 2017 : Posted In: Ask Lee,Equipment : Comments (0)


GUERRILLA GRAVITY TRAIL PISTOL: FOR PUNK ROCK NINJAS?

In the words of Guerrilla Gravity: “As the “Singletrack Flyer,” the Trail Pistol inspires the kind of fun you only experience flying through the pit of a punk rock show. The kind of reckless fun that reminds you why you started mountain biking in the first place.”

That is some good copy. Especially if you’ve never been in a real pit of a real punk rock show (before punk went mainstream). In reality they are violent and crazy and kinda scary! I have this awesome scar from a show …

But it’s great copy, and I think it captures the intent of the Trail Pistol.

After riding this bike for two days with about 11 hours of ride time, here are some other things I think:

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September 25, 2017 : Posted In: 29ers,Equipment,Plus bikes : Comments (0)


GUERILLA GRAVITY PEDALHEAD: FRONT RANGE WEAPON?

Guerrilla Gravity says “The Pedalhead is an adventure hardtail built for everything from crushing singletrack miles, getting rad around town, or as an all-around play bike.”

I just spent a day on one, and here’s what I say:

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September 22, 2017 : Posted In: 29ers,Equipment,Reviews : Comments (5)


MINI CANYON STRIVE CF 8.0 REVIEW

My friend Alex can afford any bike he wants, and he regularly buys expensive bikes on a whim. He’s been on a Canyon Strive for a couple days, and I got to ride it at Valmont Bike Park. Thoughts:

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September 16, 2017 : Posted In: Equipment,Reviews : Comments (2)


XC RACING: SHOULD I USE RACE TIRES OR TRAIL TIRES?

Lee, my frugal ass bought Mastering Mountain Bike Skills 3rd Edition instead of waiting for it at the library. I ride a Pivot Mach 429 Trail and it’s versatile enough for general trail riding and XC racing. I live in New England. I have a set of 2.35 Vittoria Barzos on now for some upcoming races, both are which have a lot of climbing. However, on the front they’re sketchy for me especially compared to my Schwalbe Hans Dampf I use for trail riding. Do I just go with what I’m more comfortable with or any specific tips on riding with a front race tire. Thanks.

John K.

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August 23, 2017 : Posted In: Ask Lee,Equipment : Comments (4)


400 POUNDS FOR A DIRT JUMP BIKE?

Hi Lee,

Hope you have to time to offer some help :-)

I’m new to dirt jumping. I went out twice yesterday for the first time, Having ridden extreme XC/enduro I now want to jump. Thing is I have to be careful. I’ve been out twice with pal on his jump bike and have tackled some doubles. Im 48 and have to be careful, I don’t bounce like I used to. Hence Im never gonna jump massive.

Im 6ft 1 and range between 13 and 13.5 stone. Will 100mm travel be adequate for me?

What about this then? I never land heavy, in fact incredibly light but yesterday afternoon I nearly lost it 3 times on landing. How I stayed on only God knows. My pal runs 80psi which I think is crazy. On the morning session the pressure was fine but on the afternoon the ground was wet, soft and slippery. If I am slightly off, do you think 80psi would have reduced my grip and caused me to wobble to the extent where I nearly fell off?

Ideally I’d like to spend about 400 on a second hand bike, will this get me something decent?

What should I look for in terms of spec when considering a purchase. Things which are a must, things to avoid etc?

Thanks in advance if you have the time.

Barry

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August 21, 2017 : Posted In: Ask Lee,Dirt jumping,Equipment : Comments (0)


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