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  1. For your budget: definitely go hard tail, preferably with air suspension up front. Play close attention to the groups on any bike you want to buy: learn the differences between the various Shimano and Sram drivetrains (and brakes, for that matter), and shop with a minimum requirement for that (for Shimano I'd say the basic Deore as a minimum, not sure what the Sram equivalent it). You'll likely get a MUCH better deal buying used (considering your budget), but ask someone to help you source an honest bike. Welcome, good luck, let us know what you get and enjoy the ride. πŸ‘
  2. Quality is better than quantity. πŸ€™
  3. … invite some friends along. If you have 12-13 riders you can ride for 12-13 days. I’ll shut up and sit down now.
  4. Good for UCI (decision-maker) pockets, bad for the sport. Sense it makes not. πŸ™ˆ
  5. The plastic board is probably ABS, so over tightening it may weaken the structure. Double cable ties is a good idea. Does anyone know what reads it? No RFID that I can see, and just a tiny barcode (that surely cannot be it, can it?).
  6. ... or an autumn 99er gravel race? πŸ™Œ
  7. You already have a large brick on the back of your bike, may as well ad a side-stand as well. πŸ˜‰πŸ€­πŸ€™
  8. From an organisational standpoint it's difficult to see how it could be improved upon. Registration this morning a breeze, parking marshals fantastic, and route clear. A bit of a snarl-up where bicycles cross traffic at the Fisantekraal turnoff (bikes go right, some cars straight) but otherwise smooth sailing (oh, and a wider bridge down the line would be nice πŸ˜†). Awesome event, deserves the praise and growth and honestly hats off to all organising folks and volunteers. It felt polished.
  9. Looks great. Nice looking bikes, love the colours, good name and great branding. Hope they exceed their expectations. πŸ‘
  10. I’ll take a stab in the dark: you are young and you think it will look cool. And that’s okay, we were all there once. But I’d suggest clocking a few thousand kays on your bike first, trust the designers and learn to MTB before chopping the poor thing. And you’ll save a few bucks you can spend on riding classes.
  11. You’ve come to the right forum to complain. πŸ˜›
  12. ... Munga? https://theradavist.com/bike-friday-all-packa-review/
  13. Article here: https://theradavist.com/readers-rides-juliens-bike-friday-all-packa/
  14. I'm not going to bother reading through the 4 pages, but I will say this: I find it challenging – at best – if the OP cannot find the energy (on an what is really an exercise forum πŸ˜†) to a) structure the statement clearly and b) presents us with zero clear information supporting his/her rant. In addition I will say that having dealt with Janos via email, over the phone and many, many times in person, I cannot imagine a nicer human being to deal with. Yes, he is a busy lad and cannot respond to your queries at the speed of Google Ads, but he works VERY long hours to catch up and keep up. And because of that EvoBikes (with an S at the end ... these little details are kinda important) is absolutely my preferred supplier. If the OP finds every bike shop impossible then perhaps, who knows, it's the OP who's the problem. πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ
  15. We're in the wrong hemisphere. We don't matter, well, not until someone needs gold or diamonds or a bit of game viewing. How the governing body of cycling thought, between lunches and espresso breaks, thought this was a good idea is beyond me. But then every micro decision I take is not profit driven. πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ
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