New standards, everybody loves them, wait no the other one, nobody loves them. Pink bike keyboard warriors love them, nothing gets them going like a new axle width. What do I think, well, I don't care and neither should you. This little shed based rant/vlog I cover the ground I previously wrote about in this…Read more Standard Rant
This article was originally written and published on Singletracks.com Sick Bicycles are not a normal bike company. They sell more t-shirts than bikes. They fight fire with fire with the trolls online. They make bikes that are not for everyone, and you can’t just order one stock or from a dealer. They hand build steel…Read more Singletracks Post – Sick Bicycles: The Birth of an Unusual Bike Company
Land-use, a polorizing and often controversial topic of conversation. One person can look at a hillside and see the epitome of rugged, up touched natural landscape. Another will look the same slope and see a burnt, over exploited desert, perpetuated for one exclusive activity at the expense of all other. Some will just see heather.…Read more Death of a Trail
Absolutely nothing!? maybe? I don't know, lets talk it out. So there is this perennial myth in mountain biking, that "big MTB" is creating new standards to devalue our existing bikes and force us into buying new product. 142X12, Boost, Super Boost, Plus tires, 29er Plus, BB30, PF30, 1.5 straight Steerer, Tapered Steerer, 20mm, 15mm,…Read more Standards, huh, What are They Good For?
Shill (plural shills) A person paid to endorse a product favorably, while pretending to be impartial. "A megamillionaire who makes more money as a shill for corporate products than he does for playing basketball." Edit; This post was inspired by conversations and questions raised in a closed FB group. The opinions are my own but…Read more Brand Shill
I've recently been looking at the Brand-X Ascend Dropper. Now this is a budget dropper post distributed by Hotlines but primarily sold by the mighty CRC (Chain Reaction Cycles). This dropper post falls firmly into the budget end of the spectrum, with other droppers with similar specs easily retailing at twice the price of the…Read more So Who the Hell Made This Dropper Post?
3x8, 2x8, 1x8, 1x1, 1x9, 1x1 The evolution of Sven the Spesh continues, this time returning to a single speed setup. The how is a fairly straight forward process, converting your MTB (or any geared bike) into a single speed wunder-hack bike requires a conversion kit and a selection of basic tools. Allen Keys Cable…Read more Single Speedz
A recent article on Pink Bike has gotten a lot of attention lately. The piece was essentially a press release by Pole Bicycles about why they wont be making a carbon fibre bike anytime soon. They had various reasons, but one of them struck a cord with me as it was the same reason why…Read more Why I Didn’t Choose a Carbon Fibre Frame
Mountain biking is a tribe with a vocabulary all of its own. Gnar, loam, brap, berm, lip, kicker, stoked, flow, table, gap, double, roost to name a few. Some of those words, like the vernacular of any facet of life, have a tendency to be overused, none more so than the word epic. Epic is a…Read more In Search of Epic?