Category Archives: MTB

Hope Tech Pro 4 Hub Sound

This is a bit of a ridiculous video to make but when I was considering buying a Hope Tech Pro 4 Hub (https://goo.gl/BJGtmS) I really wanted to have an accurate idea of what they sounded like. It bugged me that the existing recordings were done based on a camera’s built-in mic because that automatically transforms the audio and picks up a lot of room noise. This recording is made using an Audio Technica ATR2100 (http://amzn.to/2tasslH) supported in a mic stand about 12 inches from the hub.

For comparison purposes I recorded both the Pro 4 hub and a Bontrager Duster Elite hub with the exact same setup, back-to-back. Each wheel was attached to my YT Jeffsy 27, though the wheel with the Pro 4 hub has a Specialized Slaughter on it while the wheel with the Duster Elite has a Bontrager XR4 on it. This is about as fair of a comparison as I could make.

Initial Review of YT Jeffsy 27 (AL One)

To sum up my initial thoughts on the YT Jeffsy 27: Just buy the bike; it is amazing.

Stuff I talked about in the review:
YT Jeffsy 27 AL One: https://goo.gl/oHlRv2
Hope Pro 4 Enduro (Front): https://goo.gl/BJGtmS
Hope Pro 4 Enduro (Rear): https://goo.gl/L4dqsc
Specialized Butcher: https://goo.gl/bmWCf0
Specialized Slaughter: https://goo.gl/a1bnpE

Sorry Blackrock Mountain Bike Association for misattributing the trail building to Team Dirt. You guys do great work.

FYI: I was really lusting over the dropper post that comes with the Jeffsy 27 CF One (https://goo.gl/XKyTdu) and originally bought the CF One over the AL One because of it. In retrospect I am really glad YT had some manufacturing delays because I am thrilled with the TRS+ on the AL One and with the extra $1,000 I was able to buy a set of Hope Wheel (https://goo.gl/BJGtmS), new Crank Brothers Mallet Enduro pedals (https://goo.gl/dh1rya), some Mavic Crossmax XL shoes (https://goo.gl/rFLSFL) which were 50% off when I bought them, and Bell’s new Super 3R helmet (https://goo.gl/5PV23L).

Quick review of the e*thirteen TRS+ dropper post that came with my YT Jeffsy 27

There is not much info out there about the e*thirteen TRS+ dropper post. I just bought a YT Jeffsy 27 AL One that came with one and I thought I’d give it a quick review after about two weeks of riding.

Note: If I don’t sound stoked about the dropper post, that’s my bad, because it is pretty awesome and would unabashedly be a fan-boy of it. Up here in the PNW where things are wet and muddy I really appreciate something that “just works.”

FYI: I was really lusting over the dropper post that comes with the Jeffsy 27 CF One (https://goo.gl/XKyTdu) and originally bought the CF One over the AL One because of it. In retrospect I am really glad YT had some manufacturing delays because I am thrilled with the TRS+ on the AL One and with the extra $1,000 I was able to buy a set of Hope Wheel (https://goo.gl/BJGtmS), new Crank Brothers Mallet Enduro pedals (https://goo.gl/dh1rya), some Mavic Crossmax XL shoes (https://goo.gl/rFLSFL) which were 50% off when I bought them, and Bell’s new Super 3R helmet (https://goo.gl/5PV23L).

Change in Direction

It has been a while since I have actively posted. This is in part due to changes in life circumstances (i.e., young children) that make it really difficult to go on all day adventures. So while it is unfortunate that my climbing adventures have been put on hold, it has allowed me to spend more time mountain biking. Fortunately Western Oregon (in particular the Corvallis area) is great for mountain biking and as I fall deeper and deeper into the rabbit hole of mountain biking, I look forward to sharing my experiences here.