Tuesday, November 24, 2015

2010 Santa Cruz V10.2 (Small): $1495

This is a sweet 17" (Small) 2010 Santa Cruz V10.2 in awesome shape; it was custom powder-coated and the frame is super-clean.  I just installed a brand-new 2015 Marzocchi 380 CR today; I'm a Marzocchi dealer so the fork comes with the original factory warranty.

The highlights:

- 17" (Small) 2010 Santa Cruz V10 aluminum frameset
- Pushed Fox DHX 5.0 rear shock
- Brand-New 2015 Marzocchi 380 CR front fork
- Gravity DH disc wheelset
- Sram X.9 rear derailleur / X.7 rear shifter
- Avid Juicy hydraulic rear brake
- Shimano Saint hydraulic front brake
- Race Face Evolve DH crankset
- Thomson Elite setback seatpost
- DH flats included

$1495 takes it.

Call/text Tyler at 8oh1.7five5.8six41.

2009 Specilized SX Trail (Medium): $999

This is a 16" (Medium) 2009 Specialized SX Trail 1 that's been custom powder-coated and upgraded.

The stock spec's: http://bikepedia.com/QuickBike/BikeSpecs.aspx?year=2009&brand=Specialized&model=SX+Trail+I

The highlights:

- 16" (Medium) Specialized SX Trail aluminum frameset
- Fox DHX 5.0 rear shock (New)
- RockShox Domain RC front fork
- DT Swiss / Specialized disc wheelset
- Sram X.9 rear derailleur / X.7 rear shifter
- Race Face integrated crankset (New)
- Avid Elixir CR hydraulic disc brakes (New)
- Race Face riserbark (New)
- DH flats included

$999 takes it.

Call/text Tyler at 801.755.8641.

Monday, November 23, 2015

2007 Santa Cruz Blur XC (Large): $995

This is a large (19.5") Santa Cruz Blur XC in great shape; there's a few scratches on the frame but nothing out of the ordinary. The rear triangle was replaced by Santa Cruz a few years back.

The highlights:

- 19.5" (Large) 2007 Santa Cruz Blur XC aluminum frameset
- Fox Float R rear shock
- Fox Float R front fork
- Mavic / Shimano XT disc wheelset / running Tubeless
- Shimano XT rear / LX front derailleurs
- Shimano LX rapid-fire shifters
- Shimano LX integrated crankset
- Avid Juicy hydraulic disc brakes
- Pedals not included

$995 takes it, plus shipping.

Email me with any questions.

2010 Norco A-Line (Medium): $999

This is a stock 17" (Medium) 2010 Norco A-Line in great shape. 

The stock spec's: http://www.norco.com/bike-archives/2010/aline/

The highlights:

- 17" (Medium) Norco A-Line aluminum frameset
- Fox DHX 3.0 rear shock
- Marzocchi 888 RCV front fork
- Sun-Ringle Jumping Flea disc wheelset
- Sram X.9 rear derailleur / X.9 rear shifter
- Avid Code hydraulic disc brakes
- Race Face Respond DH integrated crankset
- DH flats included

$999 takes it.

Call/text Tyler at 8oh1.7five5.8six41.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

The (Head-Scratching) Fat Bike/r

My all-time favorite television show is The Simpsons, for a number of reasons.  One of my favorite episodes is when Homer joins the naval reserve.  Homer is sitting on the couch watching ‘exploitation theatre’ when the following commercial airs over the television:

‘Daybreak, Jakarta; the proud men and women of the Navy are fighting for freedom; but you’re in Lubbock, Texas, hosing stains off a monument.  You’re in the Naval Reserve; America’s 17th line of defense, between the Mississippi National Guard and the League of Women Voters.  After leaving training, you only have to work one weekend a month, and most of that time you’re drunk off your ass.’

I still laugh about that clip, even to this day.  Perhaps it’s an inside joke.  In any case, here’s a clever spin on it:

‘Daylight, Aspen, the filthy rich ski-bums are out hitting the slopes; but you’re stuck in your biking shoes and thermal tights.  You’re a fat-biker.  Rather than conform to the seasons and realize that it’s a blizzard outside, you refuse to admit that bikes aren’t meant for the snow.  Why enjoy the comforts of a ski-lodge and snow bunnies when you can freeze your ass off in the middle of nowhere?’

You see, I’m not a fan of the fat-bike (or those who ride them).  Why?  Well, unless you’re one of the 1% (literally) that happen to live on the beaches of either California or Florida, chances are that you’ve put your mountain bike away for the season.  I’m sure there are some hard-core junkies out there who just can’t get enough and will put on the layers to hit a few trails here and there, but for us in Regularville, we’ve officially called it quits for 2015.  That is, all of us except the Fabbers (hey, that works … Fat-bikers…fabbers…).
Ugh, the fat biker.  The cycling version of a doped-out surfer-bum.  

While I was the sales and marketing coordinator for Ellsworth Hand-Crafted Bicycles, Tony Ellsworth was hard at work designing and planning for the eventual release of their carbon hardtail fatbike: the Buddha.  Ellsworth had big plans and high-hopes of the Buddha being the new flagship of the brand that would put it back on the map of relevancy within the industry.  I was never so ambitious, but that’s a blog post for another day.  Suffice it to be said that putting all of your eggs into the fat bike basket won’t make you or your company relevant within the industry unless your company name is Borealis or Salsa.

You see, for the vast majority of ‘normal’ weekend warriors, one or two bikes is the extent of your arsenal.  A mountain and a road.  For that rare breed of individual who can afford a garage full of toys, perhaps their sixth bike will be a fat bike; but it’s rare.  This is why the attempt to turn the fat-bike into an everyday bike has failed (in my humble opinion).  Riding a 4” wide tire on hard-packed single-track isn’t ideal, no matter how you try to market it.  You’re not going to hit Slickrock on a fat-bike.  Heck, even a 2.35” tire on Slickrock is pushing it (I prefer a 2.1”).  You won’t hit Whistler with a fat-bike.  Not Fruita, not Downeyville, not Bend.  So, hypothetically speaking, where does a fat-bike actually make sense?  Perhaps the middle of the Sonora desert?  Huntington Beach?  A frozen lake in the middle of January?  Sounds like fun, doesn’t it?
More than anything, there’s a legitimate reason why fat-bikes and fat-bikers are beginning to deserve some wrath from the rest of the riding public: have you ever seen what a fat bike does to a wet/damp/muddy trail?  It isn’t pretty.

In Utah, there are various groups of individuals who are highly involved in the planning and construction of new trails; they’re also very hawkish about maintaining those trails.  No matter where you live, chances are there’s a group of individuals who are highly invested, very interested and very anal about the condition of their local trails.  While even 10-years ago the industry norm for mountain biking was mixed-use trails where hikers, bikers and horse-back riders were to share the trail, more and more biking-specific trails are popping up.  Mountain biking suddenly has a lot more clout; the industry has evolved.  People care, and I mean CARE, about ‘their’ trails – and nothing aggravates mountain bikers more than trails that have been torn up and destroyed.  You used to be able to blame a horse for that, but not anymore.  The vast majority of trail destruction can be blamed on bikes themselves.  In Utah, most damage comes during the ‘wet’ season.  Although in the late Spring-time many trails remain soft, they are rarely wet (we live in a desert).  The only time of year when trails are truly wet/damp is in the winter and early spring, when snow is on still on the ground … which is precisely when the average Joe-six-pack fat-biker is hitting the trails.

As I mentioned earlier, I’m not a fan.  I think they’re a fad if there ever was one.  I know this because I build and sell 300 used bikes a year, and I’ve never sold a single fat bike.  Now, there are various reasons for this: 1) the margins aren’t there, 2) the market isn’t there, and 3) I never build a bike that I personally wouldn’t ride.  Man created 2.35” Maxxis Minions for a reason; he also created the Fox Float 36 for a reason.  Why would I want to jump onto a bike with 4”-wide tires and only 100mm of travel (if that) in the middle of winter when I can drive 25-minutes from my home and be at Alta or Snowbird?   The answer is I wouldn’t.  Nobody rides a fat bike because they’re ‘fun’.  Now, perhaps the guys at Borealis or Salsa would try to convince you that the fat bike is a legitimate everyday bike, and there is definitely a small minority of rabid fans of it out there, but in the real world, they’re few and far-between.  There’s just enough of them to be really, really annoying.    

The trend of the fat bike, at least in Utah, has been relegated to the off-season.  I saw just one guy riding a fat bike this past summer here on the local trails, and he looked like an idiot.  Fat-bikers come out of their parents basement come October (much like CXers).  When every other sensible cyclist has put away their bikes for the year, the fat-biker just can’t get enough.  When it’s 38 degrees outside and flurrying, you can rest assured there’s some idiot on a fat-bike covered in mud destroying your favorite trail.  

The off-season needs to stay the off-season: for the vast majority of bikers, that means you put away your biking shoes and put on your ski boots.  When there’s a foot of fresh snow on the ground, that means you strap your feet onto a board or two skis, not your clipless pedals.    

About the author: Tyler Pace runs Anex Bicycles from his home in Cottonwood Heights, Utah.  He rides a Titus El Guapo, a Titus FTM, and a sweet Yoeleo road bike.  He built two sweet bikes for his wife, but she’s never ridden either of them … ugh!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

2012 Rocky Mountain Flatline Pro (Medium): $1395

This is a 17" (Medium) 2012 Rocky Mountain Flatline Pro in good shape; it does have scuffs and scratches, but no dents or cracks.  I just installed a brand-new 2015 Marzocchi 380 CR; I'm a Marzocchi dealer so the fork will come with the original 3-year warranty.  I also installed a DHX 5.0 which is a definite upgrade over the stock Vivid.

Check out the review: http://dirtragmag.com/review-rocky-mountain-flatline-pro/

The highlights:

- 2012 17" (Medium) Rocky Mountain Flatline Pro aluminum frameset
- Fox DHX 5.0 Pro-Pedal rear shock
- Brand-New 2015 Marzocchi 380 CR front fork w/ 3-year warranty
- Wheeltech / Rocky Mountain disc wheelset
- Sram X.9 rear derailleur / X.5 rear shifter
- Sram Descendant integrated crankset
- Shimano Zee hydraulic disc brakes
- Pedals not included

$1395 takes it.

Call/text Tyler at 8oh1.7five5.8six41.

Monday, November 16, 2015

2012 Santa Cruz Butcher (Large): $1195

This is a 19" (Large) 2012 Santa Cruz Butcher in great shape; it's been used but not abused.  The frame has the scratches and scuffs you'd expect from riding a bike of this caliber, but no dents or cracks to speak of.

The review: http://www.pinkbike.com/news/Santa-Cruz-Butcher-Tested.html

The highlights:

- 19" (Large) Santa Cruz Butcher aluminum frameset
- Fox RP23 w/ BoostValve rear shock (due for service)
- Rock Shox Revelation Race front fork
- Mavic X-321 disc wheelset (XT hubs)
- Shimano XT 10-speed rear derailleur / Dynasis XT front derailleur
- Shimano SLX Dynasis rapid-fire shifters
- Shimano SLX 2x integrated crankset
- Avid Elixir hydraulic disc brakes
- Flats included

$1195 takes it.

Call/text Tyler at 8oh1.7five5.8six41.