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Bikes & Big Ideas is the weekly podcast from BLISTER (blisterreview.com) 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 (blisterreview.com) that's dedicated to the most interesting conversations and ideas from the bike world — and beyond.
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    Surfing Trails on a Bike without Pedals

    Surfing Trails on a Bike without Pedals

    A bike without pedals? Dog mushing? Surfing mountains? Today’s episode is a mindbender, and the backstory here all starts with episode #22 of Bikes & Big Ideas, so you should listen to it if you haven’t already.
    We’re talking today with Jordi Ponti from Barcelona-based Gravity Scooters, and we discuss how the idea of a gravity scooter came to be; the advantages of ditching your pedals — and seat posts; designing a DH scooter; dog mushing; and more.
    TOPICS & TIMES:
     
    Origins of Gravity Scooters (3:13)Coming up with the downhill scooter (5:48)Advantages of ditching the pedals (8:48)Designing a DH oriented scooter (11:59)Where are people riding these? (15:52)Mushing (17:17)Most common questions & reactions (21:04)Brakes & wheel size (26:56)Price (28:55)Where can people demo a scooter (31:26)Find Gravity Scooters on the web (32:46)

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    • 35 min
    Reviewer Reports: Trek Slash, Banshee Phantom, EXT Shock, Hayes Brakes

    Reviewer Reports: Trek Slash, Banshee Phantom, EXT Shock, Hayes Brakes

    We check in with reviewers Dylan Wood (who gets to keep his seat at the bar), David Golay (who is now reconsidering what makes brakes good or bad), and Eric Freson (who still enjoys a sick jazz soundtrack) to get their updates on the Trek Slash, EXT Storia shock, Hayes Dominion A4 brakes, and the Banshee Phantom V3.
    TOPICS & TIMES:
    DYLAN WOOD
    Trek Slash: General ride impressions (2:32)RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate Thru Shaft (3:32)Geometry - is it radical enough? (7:55)Climbing (9:21)Sizing (11:48)Slash vs Megatower (15:19)DAVID GOLAY
    EXT Storia Rear Shock (20:41)Hayes Dominion A4 Brakes (27:22)ERIC FRESON
    Cowboy Bebop (35:49)A bit about Banshee (38:31)Banshee Phantom V3 (39:59)How niche is this bike? (45:12)

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    • 48 min
    Your Fully Customizable Dream Build? Introducing Sherpa Custom Mountain Bikes

    Your Fully Customizable Dream Build? Introducing Sherpa Custom Mountain Bikes

    What if you could buy a bike without immediately looking to swap out a bunch of the stock parts? And what if this dream build of yours was competitively priced? Sherpa Custom Mountain Bikes is a brand-new company that allows you to customize every part and color of your new bike, with over 1,000,000 combinations to choose from; their “photorealistic 3D dream builder” provides life-like graphics that allow you to scrutinize every detail of your custom build; and they’re also offering a life-time warranty on their frames and rims. Sound too good to be true? We sat down with the founders of Sherpa to question them about this intriguing ambitious new venture.
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    TOPICS & TIMES
    What is the concept of Sherpa (5:19)Sherpa’s 3D Bike Builder (9:23)Market Research (13:32)Component Options (17:41)When can people start ordering (21:29)Supply chain (23:11)Sherpa’s 1st bike: the Everest (30:42)Wheel sizes (34:52)Riding in Crested Butte (35:32)Future plans? (37:41)Closing Thoughts (40:22)
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    • 42 min
    The Strangest Bike? Structure Cycleworks founder, Loni Hull

    The Strangest Bike? Structure Cycleworks founder, Loni Hull

    Structure Cycleworks arguably makes the coolest bikes out there — or the ugliest bikes out there. So we talked to Structure Cycleworks founder, Loni Hull, about why he introduced a front-linkage suspension design; why rear-linkage designs are everywhere, while front-linkage designs are utterly uncommon; and the pros and cons of bringing such an unorthodox bike to market. So whether you are a true bike dork or you just appreciate outside-the-box thinking and design, consider this is a ‘Must-Listen.’
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    TOPICS & TIMES:

    Your background (8:42)When & why did you start Structure? (13:53)Learning curve? (27:32)First racers on the bike (31:05)Geometry & hard tails (31:58)Benefits of Structure’s design (38:38)Wheel sizing (45:22)Durability (46:57)Warranty (50:59)Trajectory of the bike industry (53:08)Market acceptance & adoption (55:45)Loni’s Big Idea (1:00:53)
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Evolving Bike Geometry & the New Trek Slash

    Evolving Bike Geometry & the New Trek Slash

    Today, Trek officially released an update of their enduro-focused Slash, so we offer our initial impressions of the new bike and ask what this big new release might be able to tell us about where we are in terms of the evolution of bike geometry. To this end, we also talk about a couple other examples, including the Pivot Switchblade and the Rocky Mountain Instinct BC.
    TOPICS & TIMES:

    The new Trek Slash (1:34)Bike geometry (5:21)Pivot Switchblade (14:17)Rocky Mountain Instinct BC (19:11)Caveat for Gunnison Valley Riding & Testing (21:34)Closing Thoughts (23:27)
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    • 25 min
    Eliot Jackson on Night Owls, Bike Culture, & the Grow Cycling Foundation

    Eliot Jackson on Night Owls, Bike Culture, & the Grow Cycling Foundation

    Mountain bikers Eliot Jackson and Katie Holden just launched the Grow Cycling Foundation, so we caught up with Eliot to talk about Grow Cycling; their plan to get a Velosolutions Pumptrack built in downtown Los Angeles; how to create a more welcoming bike culture; his terrific podcast, Reggy Radio; and more.
    TOPICS & TIMES:

    Night Owls vs. Early Birds (2:23)What is the Grow Cycling Foundation? (5:24)Putting a Velosolutions Pumptrack in LA (20:50)How to develop a more welcoming bike culture (28:59)How Eliot got started mtn biking (41:56)On being “the biggest nerd of all time” (47:42)On becoming entrepreneurial (51:38)On being a podcast host / Reggy Radio (57:28)Future plans for Grow Cycling (1:04:42)How to get involved with Grow Cycling (1:13:16)Eliot’s Big Idea / Bad Idea? (1:18:29)
    ELIOT’S ARTICLE IN OUTSIDE MAGAZINE

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    • 1 hr 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
53 Ratings

53 Ratings

jpcartergibb ,

Elliot Jackson

The interview with Elliot Jackson was incredible!!

Master Rubenstein ,

Definitely plenty of ideas

Good listen to keep the stoke alive!

mainesketch ,

Great Pod

Good content and they have some unique conversations about MTB... really enjoy

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