In the old days we rode 26×2ish tires, and that was it. There were no other options and nothing to worry about. And we were happy.
26, 27.5, 27.5+, 29, 29+ … the list of mountain bike wheel options keeps growing.
More choices are better, right?
Shorter stems usually create a more functional riding position, which is awesome.
Here’s another benefit of shorter stems: A simpler handlebar path.
Yesterday I rode my rigid S-Works Stumpjumper on Picture Rock Trail in Lyons, CO.
It felt just like riding my 1988 Diamondback Apex—except …
I attended your Oct 21st class in Temecula with Jon Farinholt. I was the guy with the white Ibis.
I have been wearing a pair of Sidi SRS Race Dragons (with the twist-up nylon gut tighteners) for the past 10 years. They are tight fitting, lightweight, and perfect for cross country rides but I now question their applicability to the kinds of riding we were doing Saturday that included rocky and tricky technical downhill chutes and descents.
I have also noticed that I am reluctant to unclip (and put my foot down) going down steep (and or) rutted chutes. because the shoes have little grip (probably because the replaceable “treads” are worn down, and this has decreased my confidence and probably contributed to most of my get-offs and crashes.
So I am wondering whether I should get a pair of the contemporary “tennis-shoe” designs favored by most riders today. I do like all the advantages that clip-ins offer though, and I would like to continue to use my XT MTB “mini-platform” pedals.
What are your thoughts and recommendations on this?
Also, thanks for a very very memorable experience. All of us were impressed.
Question for you regarding my Enduro 29 – is there any reason you would caution me away from a Cane Creek DB INLINE versus a larger volume shock? I’d love to retain the ability to carry a large water bottle … yet am not sure if I’d be better off going with a larger volume air can – either DB AIR CS or Rock Shox Monarch. The current setup has the stock FOX FLOAT CTD, which I’m not a fan of (needing to run high pressure to avoid bottoming out).
I’m the happy owner of a 2011 Specialized Enduro Expert (and of her sister Big Hit 2008) and i love her. i wanted to ask you a suggestion, since i would like to upgrade my FOX RP23 shock to something more beefy. I’m a heavy rider and sometimes i feel the rear end not tracking perfectly the ground. This happens only on long rocky and messy descents (i ride in the Dolomites).
Now i know that specialized uses a proprietary shock size and pivot to attach the shock to the frame, and i wondered if you came with a solution for this.
Thank you for your time, i loved your Mastering MTB skills
I’ve never had an issue with the clutch on my XTR rear derailleur, but I appreciate a little extra confidence when I’m DHing on my S-Works Enduro 29.
I have a half dozen rides on the 2015 Fox 36 RC2.
My shoulders are a good test of bump absorption, and they like this fork.
I am loving the new 36 from FOX. After just a few rides, I’m riding faster and more confidently, and my shoulders are holding up better than normal.
With a wide range of both low speed and high speed compression adjustment, the 36 RC2 is highly tunable. And it deserves to be tuned properly.
You never know when a mechanical issue will test your kung fu skills.