Matt Dogg

Lives in: Sandy, UT USA

Member since: 04/08/14

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Liked a comment about feature Is MTB Design As Good As It Gets? The Inside Line Listener Response 3/16/2020 12:39 PM

I forgot one thing...gearboxes. I'm really hoping that that's the advance that we see. A gearbox that doesn't have too much drag and gives us a 6x gear range with good steps in between. That would be a great advancement.

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Liked a comment about feature Is MTB Design As Good As It Gets? The Inside Line Listener Response 3/16/2020 12:39 PM

At 6'7" I agree wholeheartedly with you, though I think there might be a couple more than that by now. And that's why, before reaches started growing, I just started building my own steel frames. But not everyone can do that. That's why advances like the ease of customization offered by additive manufacturing like at Atherton Bikes is so important for us lengthy riders.

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Liked a comment about feature Is MTB Design As Good As It Gets? The Inside Line Listener Response 3/16/2020 12:38 PM

Back in 2000 I was telling people that eventually we'd have bikes with six inches of travel front and rear that pedaled well and weighed 30 lbs. That's what we now have...and I'm perfectly happy with that. Bikes have changed a lot in the last 20 years, but they're basically still the same. Some parts have gained more functionality(seatposts) and angles have changed, but advances in things like electronics technology(as mentioned by one person) are irrelevant to me since I see no need to drop cables. I like that bikes are mechanical systems and it's likely that my bike will always be that way. Just like anything else, it gets harder to improve on things the more improvements have been made. People will keep trying though, and that's a good thing.

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Liked a comment about feature Are Mountain Bikes Too Expensive? The Inside Line Listener Response 3/4/2020 10:15 AM

I only have a really nice bike because I work at a shop and get a discount, otherwise, it would be really hard for me to spend the kind of money most bikes and components cost. My biggest complaint is that all manufacturers only offer better builds with Carbon frames. If you could get Aluminum frames with all the nicer components I think that would help more people get into our sport. But on the other hand, there are so many people on the trails here that maybe we need fewer people into mountain biking!

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Liked a comment about feature Vital MTB Test Sessions: Five Slack, Short-Travel 29er Mountain Bikes Reviewed 2/25/2020 3:20 PM

I think there is a big difference between a classic 120F-120R Trailbike and a modern one with 140F-120R. It's not just the fork, when you have All-Mountain geometry, All-mountain tires, and All-Mountain weight you have an All-Mountain Bike with a bit less travel on the rear.

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Liked a comment about feature Vital MTB Test Sessions: Five Slack, Short-Travel 29er Mountain Bikes Reviewed 2/25/2020 3:19 PM

My advice to people: do not weigh your bikes - unless you're trying to build up a hill-climb specific bike. There have been a lot of tests and studies about bike weight, and the consensus is, it doesn't matter nearly as much as people think it does. For some reason, we all still think trail bikes should be ~28lbs, it's been that number for as long as I can remember. It was that number when I worked at shops - before we had dropper posts and tire choices beyond: folding, wire bead, or DH. When forks had 30 or 32mm stanchions. When we had had two or three chainrings, but we had 11-34 cassettes. We think that just advances in materials and manufacturing can make up for all the parts we've added to our bikes, their substantially greater capability, and the required overbuilding manufacturers have to do for parts and frames because everyone is taking everything to bike parks these days and generally subjecting them to more abuse (I'm guilty).

When you weigh your bike, regardless of what the scale says, when you're suffering up a climb you'll inevitably think "it's because my bike is heavy." It's not because you've been spending too much time on the internet, are generally out of shape, or you're just having an off day, it's your bike's fault. The placebo and, more applicably, "nocebo" effect are real, and they will definitely influence your enjoyment more than a pound or two on your bike.

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Liked a comment about feature Vital MTB Test Sessions: Five Slack, Short-Travel 29er Mountain Bikes Reviewed 2/25/2020 3:17 PM

I have this conversation with a lot of customers. In the PNW, these are 2nd/3rd/etc bikes. If you want one rig for everything, most of these brands offer a 140mm 29er, which seems to be the sweet spot. Unfortunately, the 140mm completes typically come with a spec that is burlier/heavier, almost the same as their 160mm counterparts. What I've been doing lately is custom building the 140mm platform with a build kit that is closer to the 120mm builds. Pike, 27mm rims, 2.3 or 2.4 EXO tires, etc. Keep the weight under 30lbs but have enough travel to back up what the geometry is encouraging. In essence, a true all-mountain bike. Remember those?

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Liked a comment about product review First Ride: E*thirteen TRS Plus 9-50t Cassette 12/11/2019 2:43 PM

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Liked a comment about product review First Ride: E*thirteen TRS Plus 9-50t Cassette 12/11/2019 2:43 PM

Been using this cassette with Shimano XT 12 speed shifter and derailleur and a KMC chain and it works great. My hub didn't have a Microspline freehub available, and I didn't want to buy a whole new rear wheel, so this solution was perfect. It's also a nice chunk lighter than an XT 12 speed cassette. Highly recommend!

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Liked a comment to Jammer10x's bike check 12/4/2019 7:52 PM

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Liked a comment to Jammer10x's bike check 12/4/2019 7:52 PM

11 spd with an 11-50 cassette... a freeride bike to hit jump lines not to climb lame xc hills. Get some legs guys! The entire bike was put together from pinkbike's buy/sell ads minus the wheelset & frame. Braaaap

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Liked a comment to Jammer10x's bike check 12/4/2019 7:51 PM

That drivetrain was under $150... and the bike is 6 yrs old so why put expensive brand new parts on to send it... so cool story bro!

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