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180 vs 203mm Rotors

Power, Modulation, Heat Capacity and Personality. Let’s look at some differences between 180 vs 203mm rotors (7″ and 8″). Power Increasing the radius of the rotor increases the brake’s leverage ratio. Using Magura HC rotos as an example we measure about 12.7mm of “usable” rotor / pad interface. Picking a point of reference halfway in the usable interface the we come up with a 180mm (7″) rotor at 83.65mm versus the 203mm (8″) at 95.15mm. The change in available leverage around 12%. This [...]

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Enduro 29ers Geometry Comparison

There were many questions after my comments about cockpit setup in the Alchemy Arktos 29 First Impression Blog. Let’s disclaim this a couple ways: bike geometry DEFINITELY matters. There are small windows that work well for a particular type of riding. At BikeCo we work with the very best in MTB. The bikes we position are class leaders. These bikes have varied geometry for particular riding styles / conditions as well as in pairing with suspension personality. I find some [...]

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Alchemy Arktos 29 First Ride Impressions

After the first two EWS rounds Joe came back to the shop with his fresh Alchemy. Which, of course, means I stole it from him for a couple days.  So here are my Alchemy Arktos 29 First Ride Impressions… The Important Non-Trail Issues, ie First, First Impressions Colors: Working with Cody Kelley we’ve had a ton of the Arktos 29’s in the shop since their launch. Still to this day, I’m not sure which color I would choose. Both the gray [...]

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Maxxis Aggressor 2.3" vs 2.5" Review

Maxxis Aggressor 2.3″ vs. 2.5″ Review

The Maxxis Aggressor has quickly become one of the favorite rear trail and enduro tires in MTB. Designed as a fast rolling option with good cornering knobs what’s not to love? I’ve spent quality time on Yeti SB130’s with both the 2.3 and 2.5″ Aggressor options (First Impressions on the Aggressor Here). So does .1″ (2.54mm) per side really change performance? Yup. Let’s go through the details that create personality differences in a Maxxis Aggressor 2.3″ vs. 2.5″ Review. The [...]

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150 vs 160 fork headtube trail flop comparison

150 vs. 160 Fork Headtube, Trail & Flop

The Story Behind the Images. Looking at 150 vs. 160 Fork Headtube, Trail & Flop I wrapped up the 150 vs 160 comparison and needed an image. I grabbed BikeCo’s demo SB130 (with a stock setup) and mine with the 160 fork and headed out. And struggled. I couldn’t get an image to show with any level of credibility the difference in crown race height. With a 10mm steer spacer in hand I tried to figure out how to photograph [...]

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Comparing Ibis Ripley LS vs Ripmo

Comparing the Ibis Ripley LS vs. Ripmo

Comparing the Ibis Ripley LS vs. Ripmo: We asked one of our longtime BikeCo clients to give us a writeup after riding the Ripmo at the recent Ibis Demo.  Leif is an experienced rider who frequents Santiago Oaks, Aliso / Laguna, Whiting Ranch, San Juan Trail – a wide variety of our local SoCal trails.   RIPLEY   I’ve been on the Ripley LS 3 for a little over a year now. For the majority of riding I do the LS [...]

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