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Pedal More Efficiently - Spinning Circles with Kevin Aiello MTB Coach

Spinning Circles with Kevin Aiello – Pedal More Efficiently

Like a lot of jobs mine has perks. Lately one of those has been spending a lot of time in the shop and on the trail with Kevin Aiello from SoCalSpeedClinics.com. As I’ve mentioned Kevin blows me away with his MTB coaching aptitude. He sees something, gives you something to think about and you’re riding better. Kevin’s known for his DH and Free Ride skills. You know if you ask questions about cornering, steeps, chunk, jumping, etc he’s got [...]

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importance of mountain bike bolt checks

MTB Bolt Checks – Simple but Critical To Your Safety

Consistent MTB Bolt Checks are critical to your bike’s reliability and safety. While components should be checked throughout their service life, it is particularly important to check new fittings. Stem, handlebar, grip and brake assemblies are especially important. Why You Need to Bolt Check Light weight, minimal contact and leverage. With the exception of WTB’s Padloc grips, everything that attaches to your handlebar requires radial clamping force to keep it positioned radially (around the circle of the bar) and laterally (left and [...]

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MTB Pre-Ride Chain Clean & Lube Best Practices

Chain Lube? Yup, Chain Lube. Pre-Ride Best Practices

Really? Chain Lube? Yup. Because adhering to good practices cleaning and lubing allows your drivetrain perform better and last longer. Skipping these steps? Well you might have issues that drive you, or your riding buddies nuts. Some quick drivetrain basics. Your cassette, chain and chain ring wear in as a group.  It’s more than the anodized finish that wears off as you ride. Chain ring and cassette teeth change shape. The chain “stretches” (wears). You might be able to get a couple [...]

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I Shift SRAM GX Eagle Review

I Shift SRAM, GX Eagle Review

SRAM’s GX Eagle drivetrain has been far and away the most popular option over the last couple seasons. Whether you’re looking at the value on a factory build or even spec’ing a full custom the SRAM GX option is worth a long look. After a few months running it on my personal bike here’s a GX Eagle review. I’ve been running SRAM drivetrains, typically X01, for years now. There are a handful of reasons that I went that direction, all [...]

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Ibis Ripmo AF Red Savina Frame Detail 1

Aluminum Ibis Ripmo AF

Ibis Cycles aluminum Ripmo AF are going to get, and keep, more people riding MTB. Bold statement? Nah, I don’t feel out on a limb on this one at all. Ibis licenses one of the absolute best suspension designs. Creates confident bike geometries that perform in wide ranges of terrain and rider styles. Runs an efficient business model. These factors ensure your alloy Ibis Ripmo AF  is a great purchase.   DW Suspension MTB Suspension is sophisticated. Let’s not sugar coat it. Your [...]

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Motion Instruments MotionIQ Cody Kelley Setup

MotionIQ – the How of MTB Suspension Data Analytics

  OK, you read the “why” about mountain bike suspension data acquisition (if you didn’t check out BikeCo Pro Rider Cody Kelley, Joe Binatena and Rob Pryzkucki from Motion Instruments discuss it here) let’s now look at the “how” of the Motion Instruments MotionIQ system. Those who’ve read a lot of BikeCo’s content know I love formulas and data. Everything is just easier when you can minimize variables with facts. So suspension data acquisition would be right up my alley right? [...]

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Motion Instruments MotionIQ Cody Kelley

Suspension Testing with Cody Kelley and MotionIQ

  Prior to EWS Northstar BikeCo Pro Rider Cody Kelley and Joe Binatena had a chance to work with our friends from Motion Instruments, a Suspension Data Analytics company. We could write a thesis on it, but to keep it manageable we’re going to break it down into two semi-succinct parts… This section will cover some of the “why” then jump over to the “how”.   Why Data Acquisition   Hard data about suspension narrows the setup dialogue. “I think” or “I feel” turns into [...]

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8-14-19 30 vs 32t Comparison

30 vs 32t Comparison – Drivetrain Review

30 vs 32t Comparison – from a slow climber… We get a lot of questions on chain ring options. So when my old cranks finally gave up the ghost, press-fit eventually gets sloppy and the creak / get loose often, I decided to go to a bigger ring. So here’s a 30 vs 32t comparison – from someone who’s never, never been a climber.  Keep reading – it’s more than a saga of pain and suffering… My last couple bikes were [...]

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SB130 Mullet Geometry

Lot of questions on the new Mullet concept. Yeti has come out with the geometry for the SB140 as well as SB165 mullet conversions (check out our interactive geo comparison here) but I got a lot of inquires on the SB130 concept. So let’s look at the SB130 Mullet Geometry. My first instinct, having owned and SB130 since the launch, is that the BB dimension would be too low for most riding conditions. But I’m all for a quick look [...]

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Alchemy Nine7Five Ride Review

Alchemy Nine7Five First Thoughts

BikeCo.com owner Joe Binatena is rocking a mullet. We went for a pedal to go through his Alchemy Nine7Five First thoughts. “Mullet” bikes are 29″ front and 27.5″ rear setups. If you’ve looked closely on this year’s EWS photos you’ve seen them under a wide range of riders. Let’s take a quick look at the concept. Business in the Front The math of the business. 29″ wheels have a smaller angle of attack over obstacles. 29s are more likely to roll over rather than [...]

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