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WHEEL SIZES AND DIMINISHING MARGINAL UTILITY


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?

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December 10, 2014 : Posted In: Equipment : Comments (8)


STEM LENGTH AND HANDLEBAR PATH

Shorter stems usually create a more functional riding position, which is awesome.

Here’s another benefit of shorter stems: A simpler handlebar path.

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December 1, 2014 : Posted In: Equipment : Comments (1)


JUST LIKE 1988?


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 …

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October 31, 2014 : Posted In: Equipment,Reviews : Comments (2)


SWITCHING FROM XC TO TRAIL SHOES?


Hi Lee,

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.

Thanks.
Bill

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October 27, 2014 : Posted In: Ask Lee,Equipment : Comments (3)


CANE CREEK DB INLINE ON A SPECIALIZED ENDURO 29?

Lee

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).

John

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August 29, 2014 : Posted In: Ask Lee,Equipment : Comments (1)


SHOCK UPGRADE FOR 2011 SPECIALIZED ENDURO?


Hi Lee

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 ;)

Francesco

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August 28, 2014 : Posted In: Ask Lee,Tech tips : Comments (0)


THE ZIPGUIDE: NOT FANCY, BUT IT DOES THE TRICK


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.

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August 27, 2014 : Posted In: Tech tips : Comments (6)


LOVING THE 2015 FOX 36 RC2

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.

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August 26, 2014 : Posted In: Equipment,Reviews : Comments (0)


BRACKETING A 2015 FOX 36 RC2


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.

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KARATE KID BOTTOM BRACKET REPAIR


You never know when a mechanical issue will test your kung fu skills.

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August 22, 2014 : Posted In: Equipment : Comments (3)


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