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DROP THE DROPPER
I installed a dropper seatpost on my
Intense Tracer 2 and rarely, if ever,
use it. I find when it is down I don’t
feel like I have as good of control of
the bike as when it is up. I have been
riding since 1985 and am so used to
getting behind the saddle that it never
even occurs to me to lower the seat.
I ride in Moab and Fruita every year,
and we have lots of technical trails
around here. Are there others out
there like me, or am I the last of a
dying breed? Got any tips for using the
Kent D Taylor
It is hard to imagine not feeling a
benefit from lowering your center of gravity 3 inches with the push of a lever. We
even employ our dropper posts on mellow
downhills. But what do other riders feel?
Have you found your dropper post to be
window dressing? Let us know at
A WIDER BAR
I read a product review many
months ago in Mountain Bike Action
about a handlebar-insert product that
made short bars a little wider. Can you
direct me to that company? I’d like to
buy some of their products.
El Cajon, California
The company is ODI, and the product
is ODI’s Flight Control Series Wingtips.
The Wingtips can’t be used on just any
handlebar. They are specifically designed
to work with the ODI Flight Control-series handlebars.
FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH
Back in 1986, I purchased issue #2
of your mag and was blown away. I
shredded the magazine by reading it
over and over. The search for issue #1
began a couple years later. I found it
for $. 25 at a used bookstore. A friend
tells me it is now worth $1200. I’ve
had it in a plastic cover ever since. I
don’t know where he got this price,
and I’m thinking of parting with it. Is
it really worth that much?
Castlegar, British Columbia
We get this same question about old
bikes, and the answer may sound like we
are trying to be wise guys, but it is worth
whatever somebody is willing to pay you
for it. We would sell it to the guy who
said it is worth $1200 for $1000. He will
think he is getting a deal, and you will be
a grand richer.
I watched with horror the rise of the
demented 29-inch clown bikes. Weak-willed riders flocked to their temples,
while false prophets sold them on traction and speed. And all the while, more
and more of these obese and bloated
monstrosities carved up our sacred trails;
their leering riders drunk on marginal
We (the faithful) shunned the bikes.
We pitied their exhausted, fallen riders
with their empty wallets. We prayed for
their poor souls, and we kept the true
faith because we knew in our hearts
the shining path—the golden trail, and
the joy that is true mountain biking on
26-inch wheels. We kept the faith because
it was foretold that there was indeed a
better option. And so, we waited.
And at last the world has come to its
senses. At last the world has realized
that the giant cartwheels belong on a cart
and nirvana is in fact 27.5-inch wheels.
Let’s wait for the big boys to finally
catch up, then we can retire our faithful
and trusty 26ers and ride like we have
never ridden before.
Somewhere in Canada
Sorry, S.M., the 29ers aren’t going