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…

RIPMO AF RIDE REPORT

You all keep asking me how I’ve been enjoying the Ripmo AF, even though what you really want to ask me is “will you like a Ripmo AF”?  Well, clearly it’s now time for a bit of a ride report! My Ripmo AF is not a stock bike.  Depending on who you ask, the $4300…

This is SUPPOSED to be a video about grips…

GRIPS: I’ve used a lot of grips over the years, and I have enjoyed models from many different manufactures. That said, I’m really quite pleased with the new PNW Loam grip. With the big 3mm allen clamp, there’s only one clamp to fuss with, and with the clamp on the inside, the rubber end to…

Do you ride in the rain???

While it’s a way of life here in the Pacific North West, I’m asking this question because not all climates have suitable terrain for wet weather riding.

Adjusting the Fox 36 Fork Travel

Changing the travel of a 2018 or 2019 Fox 36 mountain bike fork is surprisingly easy, though it does require purchasing a new air shaft in the correct length for the new travel configuration. In this video I take you through the general procedure to do this, and I explain a few little tips that…