Is it worth the money? I’ll tell ya.

More than a year on Trust forks

I’ve been on the Trust Message fork for a year and a half and a Shout for more than eight months. I feel like I know them pretty well.

Here are my initial impressions. Now for my not-so-initial impressions:

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Riding the Specialized Turbo Vado 6.0

Today The Wife and I rode 15-20 miles of bike paths and roads on Specialized Turbo Vado 6.0s.

Of note:

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Two days on the Specialized Turbo Kenevo Expert

I like bikes, and that includes ebikes. I’ve been trying to get a feel for how they differ from acoustic bikes — and how they differ from each other. The latest loaner is the Specialized Turbo Kenevo Expert
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Riding the Stumpjumper EVO 29 Pro Carbon

Last week I rode the 2019 Specialized Stumpjumper EVO Pro Carbon 29 in Moab, UT.

Thoughts:

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8 things I love about my Specialized AWOL

I’ve been riding this bike for 16 months, and I’ve grown to love it. Let me count the ways …

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Review: my first four rides on the Trust Message fork

The internet has been exploding with news of the Trust Message linkage fork. I’ve been riding one! Here is a quick review.

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CushCore first impressions

Feels slow, but maybe it’s not slow

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A tire like a Maxxis Icon, but with more side knob?

Lee,

I picked up MMBS 2nd edition from the library early this spring and loved it. I have been MTBing for 25 years and have had period of good downhill flow but they were not consistently repeatable. After reading your book I understood why…because I had no idea what I was doing. When I got into those flow states it was completely by accident and I was never able to reproduce them with intention. However, you lay out some key concepts that are great mental handles on what our bodies should be doing on the descents and I am in your debt for that. I bought the Mastering Mountain Bike Skills 3rd Edition and have influenced a few friends to do the same. Thank you for systematizing this!

Question, I am running Maxxis Icon 2.35s (EXO, TR, and all the fancy stuff) front and back on a 29er XC bike and they do a pretty good job all things considered. I do live in Jeffco and ride all the front range trails and Buff Creek and Breck a lot. Can you recommend the most comparable tire in durability, weight, XC rolling speed but with some big side knobs so I can really lay my machine over with confidence in every situation?

Thanks much, John

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Prescription riding glasses


Hi Lee,

Heard you wear prescription biking glassses. What brand and model do you wear and would you recommend them?  I need to get a pair for riding.

Thanks,
Chris D

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Guerrilla Gravity Trail Pistol vs. Specialized Stumpjumper 6Fattie?


Hi Lee,
I hope you are well and I am not pestering you with this question. Last year I crashed in Downieville on my SC Nomad 3 and broke myself and the frame. SC replaced the frame but with the new Nomad and although it is a great bike it is much more difficult to climb with it. I am considering replacing the bike with either the GG Trail Pistol (setup +) or Stumpjumper 6Fattie, bikes I know you are familiar with. My good friend just bought a Trail Pistol off one of your instructors and loves it.

What are your thoughts; any other bikes I should consider?
Brett

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