One Year Later, Is Trump a Blessing or a Curse to the Deep State?

“In other words, stop worshipping false idols. Stop waiting for Trump to drain the swamps, or some whistleblower to topple the tyrants, or some other political savior to swoop in and fix all that’s wrong with this country. Stop allowing yourselves to be drawn into divisive party politics. Stop thinking of yourselves as members of a particular political party, as opposed to citizens of the United States…”

Battlefield America - A Government of Wolves

“Jesus! Where will it end? How low do you have to stoop in this country to be President? … We’ve come to a point where every four years this national fever rises up — this hunger for the Saviour, the White Knight, the Man on Horseback — and whoever wins becomes so immensely powerful … that when you vote for President today you’re talking about giving a man dictatorial power for four years… The whole framework of the presidency is getting out of hand. It’s come to the point where you almost can’t run unless you can cause people to salivate and whip each other with big sticks. You almost have to be a rock star to get the kind of fever you need to survive in American politics.” —Hunter S. Thompson, gonzo journalist

Here’s the question I pose to you: has Donald Trump been a blessing or a curse…

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Photo-Op! the R002 in all of its glory…

After reading and viewing a post by fellow WP writer and cycling connoisseur bgddyjim I was inspired to post my own ‘dressed’ rig… decked out in matte black, accented mostly by red anodized bits.

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From the top down… red carbon headset spacer, red alum stem cap, red anodized bar ends, red anodized seatpost bolts, red anodized seatpost clamp. Red anodized brake pad housings, red alum cable ends, red anodized hubs, red anodized skewers, red alum pully/jockey wheel and red alum presta valve caps! The one non-red parts are the gold alum chainring bolts… (I do have a set of red  :-D)  #ocd

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The poor photo quality doesn’t do the bike justice! Bad lighting… perspective and cameraman! lol… but in person, it is a looker if I do say so myself!

Here’s where I’ll add a quick review of the bike by another rider. Paul K.  is actually my neighbor and big mtb’er. We are very similar in height and bike fit, so he was willing to give the R002 a go.

“Today I test rode the R002 carbon bike and let me say it was a dream (besides the knocking sound coming somewhere by the bottom bracket). That said, it didn’t take anything away from the performance of the bike. The 28mm tires took the corners with confidence and speed, feeling planted at every turn.”

“The carbon frame and carbon wheelset along with some good rolling rubber helped the bike excel up any hill I threw at it. I had never used brakes on carbon wheels before, so they felt a bit sketchy initially but still performed quite well. Near the end of the ride I took it on a 2 minute sprint which the bike loved, I actually got a PB on that particular segment. The bike accelerated with ease, begging for more.”

“After all was said and done and I was left hanging over the bars with exhaustion from pushing the R002.  It was a great ride on a well performing machine and I can’t wait to try it again- once the knocking sound is fixed.”

(mystery noise 101… Seatpost, check. Pedals, check. BB?
I have taken apart the external bearings cups, checked them and the threads and inspected the bikes BB as well, but the noise still emanates from below. I have a new BB-90 to install and hopefully that takes care of it…)

Tested & Ridden: X-Fusion 02 Pro R Shock

This review is of the X-Fusion 02 Pro R shock that comes mounted on with the Marin Hawk Hill 1. I recently picked up the HH1 and have had half-a-dozen rides on the full suspension rig.

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The bike has seen a variety of trails, including some flowing single track, mostly dirt with little rocks and roots, flat dirt and grassy trails and some proper rocky and rooty trails. Certainly enough different types of terrain to analyze the performance.

The ‘performance’ of the shock is decent, with the dampening being fairly good while the shocks rebound keeps up with the harshest of technical trails. Though it does lack compression adjustment capabilities. This is a significant issue in my opinion, as well as the rebound setting adjuster being very vague when turning the knob clockwise. Turn it CCW and you can feel each of the 11 detents. Turn it CW and there are NO detents. (why 11 clicks not 10 or 12? Really X-Fusion? ) #shit

I have read that some testers and riders experience ‘stiction’ on the rear shock, but I have had no such experiences. It compresses and rebounds fairly smoothly.  But the above mentioned two problems are glaring in their own right and render the shock inadequate for any long-term consistency. BUT the worst of all, is that the air chamber leaks! It fucking leaks man.

A BRAND NEW shock does not hold its pressure from week to week, this is unacceptable. Typically the shock loses 20-25 psi just sitting idle in the garage. Is this normal? Of course it isn’t, we’re not talking about tires here folks…. we’re talking SEALED dampers. It mother fucking leaks. #ugh.

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So, I called X-Fusion… (this is rich) their tech said, yes he has had this issue before. Really? I’m ‘shocked.’  (  😀  pun intended! )  He say’s, “it’s most likely the seal on the upper portion.” ” It could have been sitting in a warehouse for awhile… (define awhile please…) “You’ll  (emphasis on ME, as You will) Really?  “You’ll have to take apart the shock and grease the O-ring, that should seal the chamber, if not then send it on back it to us.”

Me on the other end of the phone; ah, I have to take apart? “Well, if you’re not comfortable than have a bike shop do it.”  OH! Yes, let me PAY a shop to fix a brand-fucking-new piece of equipment so it then works properly, like it was DESIGNED to. Oh, I  s e e. . . Suffice to say I am completely unsatisfied with X-Fusions customer service not too mention their product performance.

I had ordered a coil-over prior to taking delivery of the bike, planning on replacing the air shock anyway. But alas…I was sent the incorrect model. I did not re-order it as of yet. But will be doing so SOON!

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Some may be wondering why I would replace an air shock with a “antiqued, heavy” coil over damper. ( not my description, but rather the typical punk response by the young inexperienced mtb crowd) who seem to buy into every meme and narrative out there, no matter how false or illogical it is.

Fact: Coil shocks are more reliable. Fact: Coil shocks perform better in pure suspension action. Fact: Coil shocks require less maintenance. Fact: Coil shocks will NEVER leak air and collapse.

Yes, air shocks do have more adjustability but, they require MORE maintenance and are LESS reliable. These are facts, not memes or opinions. The weight of the coil shock is offset by it’s performance and longevity all day long over the ‘popular’ air shocks.  I dislike ‘popular’ things anyway.  If any mtb’ers have any doubt as to these facts, just ask Curtis Keene or read mbr. AND is if that wasn’t enough for the read-a-meme and its true crowd…Rockshox had released a coil shock for trail riding in May of 2017.

The performance of coil overs is no secret to me (having an extensive moto background) as well as no secret to the top MX and SX teams.  As most are on coil overs, with a few utilizing air dampers. And all the MotoGP and WSBK teams are using coil overs, ( mostly Ohlins) these are the best riders on the best machinery in the world, using coil shocks period. Done and dusted punks.

Conclusion: The X-Fusion 02 Pro is a mediocre shock at best. Throw in the that this particular one leaks and it is a complete shit show. Garbage.

Here’s a meme for you… #getaclue #dontbuythehype
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Guy goes 29″… (and talks Tour Divide)

Chain Reaction caught up with short-circuit roadracer and expert TT rider, Guy Martin and his take on the Vitus Rapide 29’er. In addition to being a real roadracing champion, Guy is a hardcore mtb enthusiast and DH rider.

 
In this clip below Guy Martin discusses his Tour Divide training and preparation. Guy took a one-year sabbatical in 2016 from roadracing to focus on his mountain biking.

Juiced! (Yes, Virginia everyone’s doing it…)

Another Spot On commentary from durianrider

Loved and hated, Harley speaks from the hip and experience. I’ve known that most ALL pro athletes use some type of supplement. Of course those with millions in sponsor budget get away with cheating ‘legally’ such as Team Sky.  Money begets corruption, it is black and white. It seems that only fan-boy/girl muppets and wannabes seem to live in fantasy land and deny the fact that their favorite false idol is CLEAN! LMFAO. It’s a psychosis really, it permeates religion, politics and life in general. Sport is not immune to this phenomena. Fancy Bear and Wikileaks are some of the last bastions of truth and fact finding journalism. yet, often viewed as conspiracy or fake news.

I’ll just add to Harley’s description of pro sport, in addition to being a enterprise of making money (not for the athletes so much, but rather for the owners, sponsors and TV) pro sport is purely entertainment. It’s not real in the sense of pure competition. Again, only those naive and seemingly willfully ignorant seem to think that pro sport is a reality…in that sense. Yes, it is real, in that people participate, try hard, maybe not so hard in certain circumstances, but as far as pure competition, without any help from external sources, no.

Power Corrupts: A Culture of Compliance Breeds Despots and Predators

-“A cop shoots an unarmed citizen for no credible reason and gets away with it. A president employs executive orders to sidestep the Constitution and gets away with it. A government agency spies on its citizens’ communications and gets away with it. An entertainment mogul sexually harasses aspiring actresses and gets away with it. The U.S. military bombs a civilian hospital and a school and gets away with it.”

Battlefield America - A Government of Wolves

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“All governments suffer a recurring problem: Power attracts pathological personalities. It is not that power corrupts but that it is magnetic to the corruptible.”― Frank Herbert

Power corrupts.

Worse, as 19th-century historian Lord Acton concluded, absolute power corrupts absolutely.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re talking about a politician, an entertainment mogul, a corporate CEO or a police officer: give any one person (or government agency) too much power and allow him or her or it to believe that they are entitled, untouchable and will not be held accountable for their actions, and those powers will eventually be abused.

We’re seeing this dynamic play out every day in communities across America.

A cop shoots an unarmed citizen for no credible reason and gets away with it. A president employs executive orders to sidestep the Constitution and gets away with it. A government agency spies on its citizens’ communications and gets…

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