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Get nerdy with these calculators

As a full on nerd, I enjoy playing with numbers. How much faster is a bike with lighter wheels? How much do heavy tires slow you down? If I’m leaning this far in a turn, how fast am I going? That kind of stuff. If you’re into this sort of thing, you’ll dig these calculators.
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How’s the new Specialized Enduro?

Hi Lee. I was riding on the weekend and crossed paths with another rider, he was riding the latest Spesh Enduro Pro and I fell in love. Its smooth lines, choice parts to me it was my dream bike in spec anyway.

After doing the lift test and being suprised at its seamingly light weight I asked him how it handled and he was well impresed but was on its maiden voyage so hadn’t lived with it for anytime at all. As I know you ride an Enduro though an older one I was wondering if you had had a chance to sample a new one yet.

I value your opinion as you don’t sound full of crap or owned by a company.
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Maverick ML-8

Maverick American’s ML-7 is one of the most efficient — if not the most affordable — four-inch trail bikes on the market. Maverick’s new ML-8 uses the same suspension design and boosts the rear travel to 6.5 inches. The goal: an aggressive trail bike that climbs and descends with the best of them.
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Maverick SC32 fork

Maverick’s six-inch, dual crown DUC32 upped the ante for travel, stiffness and lightness. The new single-crown SC32 steps down the travel but keeps the rest.
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Run timer: DMC Moto-Trainer II

If you’re trying to go fast, the only true measure is time. What feels fast is frequently slow, and vice versa. For example, riding sketchily feels fast, but riding smoothly is fast. You cannot trust feel. If you want to know whether one run is faster than the last, you must use a timer.
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Big, red and mine

After years of obsessing, I finally threw down and bought a really nice moto: the mighty yet refined 2005 Honda CRF450X.
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How far can you drop?

Question: How far can I drop on my bike? Answer: It depends on your technique. Start small and see how high you can go without bottoming.
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Question: Enduro 130 geometry setting

Slack and low or steep and high? This question vexes many owners of adjustable bikes.
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Full travel : Enduro Itch Switch shock

A reader wonders why he isn’t getting full travel on his rear shock. I think he is getting full travel; he just doesn’t know it.
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Bike prep: Mammoth Super D

All you Type-A overachievers are trying to optimize your bikes for Mammoth’s mammoth Super D. Well here’s the deal.
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New trail bike: Cannondale Rush

I just returned from the ultimate press junket, where I got to ride and race the 2006 Cannondale Rush. Here’s what I think.
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Shortening my shock

Hi Lee-

In your latest write up (which is great BTW) you mention your 2003 Enduro has a different length shock that lowers the bb height. What length is it? Where does it put the head angle and BB height? May I ask why you did it?
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