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Selle Italia Flite 1990

Selling my Selle Italia Flite 1990 Saddle. The saddle is in like new condition, it has been ridden about 10 times. This is a new version of Selle Italia's ever ...

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$375.00

Trek Superfly Elite Frame

Selling my Trek Superfly hardtail frame. Frame is a size large, made from Trek's highest quality aluminum. Had this frame built up as a backup bike but it didn'...

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$2,750.00

2012 Trek Rumblefish Pro 29er 19″

For sale is my 2012 Trek Rumblefish Pro 29er. 19" frame size. This bike is in excellent condition! I have owned it for less than a year and it is one of (too) m...

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$25.00

Trans It Pro Handlebar Bag

Trans It Pro handlebar bag. This bag mounts to a 25.4 or 26.0mm handlebar (smaller diameter older bars). It a great quality bag and has held up superbly. I just...

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$95.00

Bontrager Team Issue Saddle.

Bontragger Team Issue saddle. VERY comfortable. This is what almost all Trek sponsored riders are using, and for a good reason. Ti rails, carbon shell. Great fo...

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Sram Recalls Hydraulic Road Brakes (because they suck, and you don’t need them)

| Uncategorized | November 5, 2013

Sram RED22 Disc BrakeSram Red S22 Hydraulic Road Brakes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sram has officially  announced that it will be  recalling select hydraulic road brakes due to “performance and safety concerns”. There have reportedly been no failures, and the recall only affects about 3,553 brakes world wide. The recall affects

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2014 Surly Catalog

| Uncategorized | August 13, 2013

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Can’t get enough Surly? Neither can we. For some reason Surly has yet to update their site with all the new models, but fear not, here is a link to the entire 2014 line with all the juicy details. In addition to a few minor tweaks to existing bikes, Surly added a few enticing new additions to their lineup. The ever popular Cross-Check got a disc brake equipped cousin, the Straggler, and Surly also added the new ECR. The ECR is rather unique (at least to the main stream market) it’s said to be a 29+ bikepacking bike. Talk about niche! Although I guess Cjell Money would beg to differ. Anyway, we can’t wait to get our hands on a few of these new models, stay tuned for reviews, enjoy, ya Big Dummy!

 

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2013 Tour divide Tracker

| Tour Divide | June 5, 2013

Track the Tour Divide!

2013 Tour Divide The day of reckoning has finally arrived! The start of the 2013 Tour Divide is right around the corner! For those of you who live under a rock (read: normal people), the Tour Divide is a 2,745 mile self supported mountain bike race that follows the spine of the Rockies down the continental divide. It starts in Banff, Alberta Canada and ends at the US/Mexican border in Antelope Wells New Mexico (unless of course you decided to ride south to north)

The grand depart, when most racers start, is on  Friday June 14th. This is a race against the clock where riders are challenged to make it across the country as fast as possible with only their own wits and ingenuity to support them. Riders cannot accept or utilize any services other than those from a commercial source which are readily available to anyone, ie, grocery store, restaurants, bike shops etc.

Thanks to Trackleaders.com, below you’ll find a fully interactive map with a list of all racers, a rundown of their speed, mileage and a race flow chart (Just click the names on the right hand side).  If you’d like to cheer me on leave a comment here,  give me a shout on our Facebook page, text, call, or email me! Really, please do! I need all the motivation I can get!! Stay tuned to the blog for regular race updates, happenings and pictures (subscribe to the right!).

In addition be sure to check out MTB Cast to hear all the riders call in and talk about their race experience.

Cheers!

Sean

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Trek Fuel EX 29 Photos & Actual Weights – EX 9.7, EX 9, EX 8, EX 7

| Reviews | May 20, 2013

Trek Fuel Ex 9.7 29 Head TubeToday we were fortunate enough to get our hands on  Trek’s new line of Fuel EX 29ers. On first inspection Trek seems to have put out a nice spread of paint schemes that should satisfy most every palate. I’m glad to see they’ve moved away from things like

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New 2014 Trek Fuel EX and Remedy 29ers

| Uncategorized | May 16, 2013

Trek Fuel Ex 29er Remedy 29erToday Trek released information and made available to its dealers the two newest additions in its 29er line up, The Fuel ex 29er and the Remedy 29er. Both of these bikes have traditionally been 26in bikes, the Fuel ex with 130mm of travel and the Remedy with 150mm of travel. The 29er versions

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Eriksen Sweetpost Review: How to Be Cooler Than ALL Your Friends.

| Reviews | May 11, 2013

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You may understandably be wondering how a seatpost is going to make you cooler. Well, until you can get your hands on one   you’ll just have to take my word for it. In the meantime hopefully the following will help you understand.

A titanium seatpost is

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2013 Cannondale Lefty Carbon XLR 90 29. Unboxing and Weighing.

| Reviews | March 6, 2013

We just recently got our hands on Cannondale’s new 2013 F29 Carbon 1 (stay tuned for a first ride review!), and we thought we would take the fork off,  give it a once over and put’er on the scale (you’re welcome weight weenies).

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Our Carbon Lefty XLR tipped the scales at

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Trek Rumblefish Pro Review

| Reviews | February 26, 2013

trek rumblefish pro review The Rumblefish and I go way back. This is in fact the second Rumblefish I’ve owned since its release. Our love affair started with its release in 2011 and over the last two years of riding it I’ve  become very familiar with  its many  strengths and its handfull of shortcomings.

The Rumblefish is a bit of a sleeping giant. It initially feels slightly sluggish and lackluster at normal speeds, however, once you open it up (especially on the downhills) this bike comes alive! I was amazed at the transformation in handling once the bike was brought up to speed. The harder you push this bike the the more it begs to be pushed. This can be very addicting (and dangerous!).

The bike is one of the first models released to feature Trek’s proprietary DRCV (dual rate control valve) front suspension. I’m not exactly convinced it’s a whole lot better than your standard fork, but it does give the rider the ability to set  the fork up very plush. The one downside to this is that it also gives the rider the ability to bottom the fork out slightly easier than normal. If you are not familiar with DRVC it ‘s essentially a dual chambered suspension design in which a second chamber opens toward the end of the shock or fork’s travel and alleviates the increase in pressure that normally occurs torward the end of travel in an air chamber suspension design. The result of this linear pressure curve is that it becomes rather easy to bottom out the fork under normal riding circumstances. Once I finally found the happy medium between increasing the fork pressure and using the appropriate amount travel the fork did feel very nice, it just took a little more playing around with than I was used to.

trek drcv trek drcv front fork fox kashima coat The rear shock on the other hand is improved significantly by DRCV technology. The Fox Float RP23 featured on the Rumblefish Pro now has 120mm of travel for 2012 and newer (as apposed to 110 in the 2011 models) and the DRCV gives it a never ending travel feel that lets you push the bike much harder than you ever thought you could. Having owned both 2011 and 2012 models I believe the switch to 120mm of rear travel is in  response to the ease with which you could bottom out the 110mm rear shocks on the first Rumblefish model. The problem was taken care of for 2012 and I really think Trek (yes Gary Fisher, we know this is your brain child) nailed it on the suspension set up on this bike.

Geometry on this bike was slightly off for me at first. I am 6’1″ and had to make a few minor tweaks to feel comfortable on the bike. I initially felt very cramped on my 19″, and I seemed to be putting too much weight forward over the bars. Once I installed a slightly longer stem and an offset post I really felt good about the fit and was able to push the bike harder, and feel even more stable. These are just minor tweaks, however I’ve heard from multiple Rumblefish owners that they’ve  had to make similar changes. It would be nice if Trek could address this so that a bike at this price point wouldn’t need any post purchase modifications.

shimano xt brakes2012 trek rumblefish trek rumblefish I haven’t a single complaint about the general component spec of this bike. The mix of Shimano XT and XTR  works flawlessly for me, and the dual thru axles front (100×15) and rear (142×12) give the bike a very put together feel that let it dig into corners with far more precision that you’d ever expect from a longer traver 29er. The Bontrager wheelset (Rhythm Pro in this case) have proven to be near indestructible over the last two years that I’ve owned them. I have put them in a truing stand multiple times, only to shrug and put them back on the bike.  Another spec that I was particularly impressed with were the tires on the bike. Bontrager’s 29-4 (29×2.35) are a little beefy and slow rolling, but if you want something that dominates the terrain and digs into corners like Mike Tyson digs into Holyfied’s ear, this is your tire!

trek rumblefish green The fit and finish get points in my book as well, The matte brown and green paint job looks amazing in person;  it hides dirt very well, and cleans up very easy. The bike seems to be well constructed overall and I’ve yet to find any major design quirks.

Now for the Rumblefish’s biggest shortfall, in my opinion, its weight. I mentioned at the beginning of this review that the bike feels sluggish at the start, I believe this has a lot to do with the fact that even the Pro model is hovering arounda 29lbs with stock components. The bike handles amazingly well at speed, I would really love to see a Rumblefish that is slightly easier to get up to those corner carving speeds. With that being said, I did at one point put my Rumblefish on a diet of carbon seatpost, bar, Stan’s Crest wheels, and some slightly lighter tires and I got it down to 27lbs with pedals. While this version felt MUCH livelier than the stock set up, I didn’t have the same downihill crushing confidence that you get with the stock Rythm wheelset and tires. While this is certailnly a minor setback in my book, I had to find something to gripe about, and if this issue stops you from considering this bike you just need a lesson on how to HTFU . Rumor has it that Trek will be releasing a carbon version sometime in the near future, this has been rumored for around a year and a half now, so I’m not holding my breath.

The bottom line is that this bike is a blast to ride. I would absolutely recommend it to any friend looking for one great all around trail bike. The Rumblefish will always stand out because of how well it can decend while still feeling very nimble through tight corners and on technical climbs.  This bike puts a smile on my face every time, and that goes a long way in my book!

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Ritchey P-29er Un-Boxing: Santa Claus Got Nothin’ On This!

| Reviews | February 21, 2013

In the most anticipated UPS shipment of 2013, two brand new Ritchey P-29er frames arrived at our house complete with WCS 29er forks, headsets, and various sizes of C260 stems. This post chronicles the un-boxing of said frames, the sheer joy that overcame both of us, and some detail pics with weights for the frames and forks.

The packaging was actually better than most bikes I’ve seen shipped – wrapped very well to protect the beautiful paint job. Speaking of the paint job… as good as it looks online, it’s 100x better in person. Simply immaculate! Check out the pics and leave a comment if you’re thinking about getting one yourself. We’re happy to answer any questions! Stay tuned for the first ride review…

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New 2013 Ritchey P-29er Frame

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Ritchey WCS Carbon 29er Fork Weight

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Selle Anatomica Titanico Review

| Reviews, Uncategorized | February 20, 2013

Selle Anatomica Titanico

Selle Anatomica Titanico

For the last few months now I have had the opportunity to put several Selle Anatomica Saddles through their paces. I must say I was slightly skeptical at first, being that they are a relatively new company to me, however after some extended use I was quite impressed. Over the last few months I’ve put in quite a few miles now on both the Titanico and the Titanico X. From what I understand the Titanico X has an additional laminate layer that makes it slightly stiffer for heavier riders(160-250 lbs). I tip the scales at a healthy 180 and although I’m over the recommended weight limit, I found the standard Titanico to be slightly more comfortable.

Now just to put this saddle review in perspective, I’m not the cyclist who is always complaining about a sore ass, or can never seem to find the right saddle. I’ve put in thousands of miles on a Selle Italia SLR with a smile on my face, so for me to like this saddle as much as I did is a pretty big deal to me.

 

Selle Anatomica Titanico Review

My Titanico saddle after 175 miles of punishment.

I initially decided to try out the Titanico X on my commuter bike (at the time I was commuting around 150 miles/week). It was not until the second week of use that it finally dawned on me how comfortable the saddle was. After a long continued period on a bike even the most hardened cyclists will need to take a minute to find the sweet spot on a saddle, but with the Selle Anatomica I never had a bit of discomfort no matter how much I rode it. I almost completely forgot about that butt hitting the saddle twinge we all love so much. The leather is plenty soft but yet very supportive. I have now easily put in a few thousand miles on the Titanico and I can say that this is easily the most comfortable saddle I have ever ridden. Just as the icing on the happy prostate cake I just did a 175 mile mountain touring ride with the Titanico and put in multiple 10 hour days in a row on the saddle;  again it proved to be superbly comfortable and also had no problem handling the severe beating of off-road bikepacking.

While the saddle is extremely comfortable I must say (because no one is paying me to write this) that its one big downside is weight. This saddle is rather hefty. The company does not publish weights so I couldn’t tell you exactly what it weighs, but you certainly pay a price for the comfort. I hope to see a titanium version in the future to shave a bit of weight. That being said, as someone who has been accused of being a weight weenie more than once, I felt that the comfort outweighed the weight penalty and took it on a weekend long trip with nearly 20,000 feet of off-road climbing.

The bottom line is that these saddles are darn comfortable, and I would highly recommend that anyone in the market for a comfortable saddle look up Selle Anatomica and ask to demo a saddle. The best part of all, once you ride one and realize you  need to buy one, it wont break the bank. The Titanico saddles are only $129 and the new Titanico NSX (no center cutout) is on sale right now for only $99. A small price to pay to get rid of that pain in the ass!

 

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