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Bikes & Big Ideas is the weekly podcast from BLISTER that's dedicated to the most interesting conversations and ideas from the bike world — and beyond.
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Bikes & Big Ideas is the weekly podcast from BLISTER that's dedicated to the most interesting conversations and ideas from the bike world — and beyond.
Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Dan Bacon of Wheelbased on the (Potential) Future of MTB Tech

    Dan Bacon of Wheelbased on the (Potential) Future of MTB Tech

    Bike companies file a lot of wild patents, spanning from “nearly released product” to “outrageous pie-in-the-sky idea.” Dan Bacon of Wheelbased chronicles many of the more interesting ones, and we brought him back on the show to talk about some recent highlights, from Bilstein’s proposed fork damper to Shimano’s multiple electronic brake concepts, a carbon fiber cooler from Yeti (the BIKE company), and a whole bunch more.
    RELATED LINKS:
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    TOPICS & TIMES:
    Bilstein’s wild fork damper (2:28)
    SRAM’s gravel linkage fork (7:48)
    Fox’s new Live Valve (17:04)
    Shimano’s piezoelectric shifters (25:10)
    Shimano’s electronic brake (31:11)
    Yeti (the bike company) making a cooler?? (38:45)
    Dan’s Big Idea (43:48)
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    • 49 min
    Reviewing the News w/ Mike Ferrentino (May 2024)

    Reviewing the News w/ Mike Ferrentino (May 2024)

    Mike Ferrentino is back again as co-host for this month’s iteration of Reviewing the News, and Simon is delighted to have him in the studio to help try and make sense of the Red Bull Hardline drama. There were two exciting DH World Cup races to talk about, as well as an XC World Cup in Nova Mesto to cover. And in a fun change of pace, they get into the recent Giro d'Italia and the upcoming Tour de France. And there’s much more than just racing to go over, including an exciting update about Kona and a whole bunch more.
    RELATED LINKS:
    BLISTER+ Membership
    BLISTER+ Real World Testimonials
    Blister Labs
    This Week’s Gear Giveaway
    Blister Mountain Bike Buyer’s Guide
    TOPICS & TIMES:
    The MegaVolt eMTB festival (0:59)
    Red Bull Hardline’s insane canyon gap (3:46)
    Moto rider Johnny Walker’s mindblowing run down the Hardline course (15:10)
    Mike’s microphone is safe (for now) (20:47)
    Loic Bruni dominates (23:13)
    Ronan Dunne and Mondraker (26:56)
    Bike theft (30:56)
    Nova Mesto XC World Cup (33:51)
    Tom Pidcock (34:59)
    Nino Shurter’s incredible career (35:49)
    The Giro D’Italia (42:39)
    The Pog (43:39)
    Tour de France predictions (46:46)
    The return of Kona (53:57)

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    • 1 hr 1 min
    EXT’s New Storia and Arma V4 Shocks

    EXT’s New Storia and Arma V4 Shocks

    We’ve been very impressed with the EXT Storia V3 on a whole bunch of different bikes over the years, but EXT is launching a new V4 iteration soon, and they’ve found a lot to tweak. So we brought EXT founder, Franco Fratton, back to Bikes & Big Ideas to give us a rundown on the new Storia and Arma V4; talk about the potential for truly “active” suspension systems in the bike world; tease some more upcoming EXT products; discuss the state of patents in MTB suspension; and a whole lot more.
    RELATED LINKS:
    Bag Balm
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    This Week’s Gear Giveaway
    TOPICS & TIMES:
    The Storia & Arma V4 (2:27)
    Aria vs. Storia (26:55)
    Active suspension in MTB (41:27)
    Future EXT products? (46:45)
    Patents & the bike industry (48:59)
    OUR OTHER PODCASTS
    Blister Cinematic
    CRAFTED
    GEAR:30
    Blister Podcast
    Off The Couch

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    • 1 hr
    Cane Creek on their “Air-Charged Coil” Tigon Shock

    Cane Creek on their “Air-Charged Coil” Tigon Shock

    When it comes to rear shocks for mountain bikes, there are tons of options for both air- and coil-sprung versions, but the Cane Creek Tigon is both — an “air-charged coil shock,” as Cane Creek describes it. So we sat down with Cane Creek’s Will Hart to get the rundown on the Tigon, including why Cane Creek decided to make it; what its pros and cons are relative to their other shock offerings; who it’ll work best for; and more.
    RELATED LINKS:
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    This Week’s Gear Giveaway
    TOPICS & TIMES:
    Introducing Will (1:38)
    The Tigon (3:34)
    “Air-charged coil” shock (10:29) 
    Setting sag & air / coil interplay (15:31)
    Cane Creek’s shock lineup & choosing between their offerings (18:50)
    Suspension kinematics & what the Tigon is best suited for (22:56)
    The Tigon damper (27:03)
    Base tunes vs. wide adjustment ranges (34:18)
    Durability (40:26)
    OUR OTHER PODCASTS
    Blister Cinematic
    CRAFTED
    GEAR:30
    Blister Podcast
    Off The Couch

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    • 45 min
    Reviewer Reports: World Cup DH Recap, Tons of Bikes, Suspension, Tires, & More

    Reviewer Reports: World Cup DH Recap, Tons of Bikes, Suspension, Tires, & More

    We’ve been testing a huge variety of bikes, from the E-Gravel Scott Solace to a bunch of high-pivot Trail bikes (including the Deviate Highlander II), plus several new forks, some new tires, and a whole bunch more. So we sat down to chat about all of it; recap the World Cup DH season opener; recount being repeatedly heckled on the local trails; and argue about the relative merits of tire inserts vs. beefier casings.
    RELATED LINKS:
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    This Week’s Gear Giveaway
    TOPICS & TIMES:
    World Cup DH season opener (1:44)
    Norco Fluid VLT & Canyon Neuron:ONFly (12:34)
    Bosch SX Motor (13:21)
    Deviate Highlander II (24:51)
    Yeti ASR (30:25)
    Michelin’s new Enduro and DH tires (41:34)
    Fox 38 Grip X2 (57:51)
    Formula Belva (1:05:31)
    Scott Solace (1:11:04)
    OUR OTHER PODCASTS
    Blister Cinematic
    CRAFTED
    GEAR:30
    Blister Podcast
    Off The Couch

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    • 1 hr 19 min
    Neuhaus Metalworks on Metal Bikes’ Resurgence, Learning to Build Frames, Size-Specific Geometry & More

    Neuhaus Metalworks on Metal Bikes’ Resurgence, Learning to Build Frames, Size-Specific Geometry & More

    Carbon fiber bike frames have become ubiquitous in the high-end world, but metal bikes are making a comeback — and the number of steel full-suspension bikes we’ve reviewed in the last few years is a testament to that. So we sat down with Daniel Yang and Nick Neuhaus of Neuhaus Metalworks to chat about the case for metal bikes; hear the story of their respective journeys into frame building; talk about bike sizing and size-specific geometry; and discover that Daniel and our Bike Editor, David, are maybe secretly the same person (?)
    RELATED LINKS:
    Bag Balm
    BLISTER+ Membership
    This Week’s Gear Giveaway
    TOPICS & TIMES:
    Introducing Nick and Daniel (2:50)
    Are Daniel and David secretly the same person? (13:57)
    Group learning & sharing info (15:24)
    Metal bikes (18:40)
    Carbon fiber frames & industrial design (26:12)
    The UDH (35:00)
    Frame sizes & size-specific geometry (50:37)
    Making biking more inclusive (58:20)
    The case for custom bikes (1:03:29)
    OUR OTHER PODCASTS
    Blister Cinematic
    CRAFTED
    GEAR:30
    Blister Podcast
    Off The Couch

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    • 1 hr 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
118 Ratings

118 Ratings

Captain Pao ,

Great Info

Anything and everything you never thought you needed to know. Great job David!

Haabø ,

In it for the conversation

I loved the recent episode with Dan from Privateer bikes. I find the “in the weeds” talk with bike builders and designers and Paul Aston types to be engaging. Learning about the inspiration, the mechanics and whys of bike design really breathes life into an industry of products that feel corporations and lifeless.

MeVP997 ,

Good stuff, no fluff

Goes deeper and more honest than all the other mtb content out there.

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