HARDTAIL VS FULL SUSPENSION

Another installation in the Chromag Vlog series! Now I didn’t actually ride the Chromag this time. What I did was take the fork, tires, cushcore tire inserts, pedals and saddle from my Chromag and put them on the HD5 so I can see how exactly these frames stack up against each other. I broke the…

HARDTAIL BUILD: Gears on the praying mantis

This video is proudly sponsored by JENSON USA The Chromag Stylus is a RAD all mountain, aggressive hardtail mountain bike. In the last episode of the hardtail vlog, I went through the parts that I thought would be a good fit for the build. In this episode, I convert the Stylus over to a fully…

On The Trail: EBIKE VS MOTO

 Check out eBikes at Jenson USA When I say “e-bikes”, I’m referring to the pedal assist mountain bikes that are quickly growing in popularity around the world.  These are considered class 1 ebikes, and are abundant in availability. They are limited to 20 mph, with a nominal power output of only 250 watts, and a…

How do I ride with my kid on the bike???

Disclaimer: Mac Ride sponsored the following video. I first bought the Mac Ride paying full retail price and have zero regrets! That said, I’m a veteran bike industry professional and am in the incredibly fortunate position to be receiving products for free (or heavily discounted).  “The Mac Ride, however, was purpose built for trails.” My…

What to love about a hardtail? THE JUMPS!

Recently, a bunch of people mentioned I should try out a Chromag hardtail. You’re probably familiar with Chromag by now, but if you’re not, they’re a bike and component company out of Whistler, B.C. that first got their bones in 2003. They quickly became known for making straightforward, durable hardtails with an unconventional aesthetic. Flash…

ORBEA OCCAM: First Look

The Occam in this stock configuration would be SO GOOD for so many American trail centers. The slightly shorter travel (140/150) means that flatter and less technical trails will not necessarily be too easy or boring.

How’s that Trust fork???

What’s up with that fork??? The Trust Shout Fork has a linkage so that the fork’s offset can be reduced through its travel. This is accomplished by having a curved axel path that brings the front wheel back towards the bottom bracket of the bike. A traditional telescoping fork’s axel would come straight up to…

My FIRST e-bike ride review!

See the Intense Tazer at Jenson USA Before I received this bike in the mail, I had only ridden one other ebike- a prototype Pivot Shuttle. I only had one ride on the Pivot, but the bike worked pretty gosh dang well.  It was set up a bit differently than I’d set up my personal bike,…

IT’S NEW BIKE DAY!!! The Ibis RIPMO 2

Back in carbon-to-carbon comparisons, the geometry of the Ripmo 2 feels better than the old Ripmo Carbon. It feels better in just about every situation to me and if I had to be more precise, I would say the slacker head angle and more progressive rear suspension provided a more balanced feel than the original Ripmo. The most noticeable trait to me is that the bike is easier to change direction on the trail.

CLIP VS FLAT PEDALS: Which are safer???

Flat (platform) pedals versus clipless (clip) pedals are a crazy hot button topic in mountain biking. Recently, I’ve switched over to riding exclusively flat pedals. A bunch of you have asked why, so we’ll get into it in this video! FYI, I am sponsored by Shimano and Jenson USA. I LOVE my Shimano GR9 flat…