- Has Guy Kesteven hit peak bikejourno?
“Start pushing them hard, … and the 3D distortion — particularly as they unload out of corners and G-outs — can be momentarily, but significantly, disconcerting. There’s noticeable softness through the cranks too, and off-camber wander if you really stamp on the pedals.”
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I actually used to pay some attention to Kesteven, til that C456 review he did where the frame was so stiff it was impossible to ride down rocky descents without stopping halfway down to shake out your hands. Not just bad at his job, more actually a little bit mad.Posted 6 months agoSaccadesMember
My fav review was of the Boardman bike, slagging it for being too relaxed and that it needed to be snappier for road racing – insinuating that Boardman had never written it.
First comment was Boardman saying that a snappy bike was exactly what you didn’t want at the end of a grand tour and that the geo was the same as the bike he had ridden X years ago.Posted 6 months agojjprestidgeMember
i dunno the pink bike are trying for peak journo with the whole singlecrown forks flex loads must be shit thing going on atm.
Agreed – people worrying about something they’ve never actually experienced but are suddenly able to see in a slomo video of something you only do (huck to flat so your suspension bottoms out) if you’re completely useless at jumping.
JPPosted 6 months agoOnzadogMember
I stopped believing anything bike jurnos said back when MBUK did a fork group test in the late 90s.
At a time when the marzocchi bomber we revolutionizing what a suspension fork should be, they still tried to claim that the Pace was the better fork.
It was also the last time I bought that rag.Posted 6 months agomatt_outandaboutSubscriber
I gave up a long time ago when What MTB tested ‘adventure bikes’ (before gravel was a thing). Requirements were a versatile bike, braze-on etc. for touring etc. etc.
And Orange 5 won…
I started ignoring whichever mag it was that insisted every bike had to have 820mm wide bars no matter what.
STW reviews are good imo, lots of thought about how the bike feels and makes you ride, rather than component niggles or telling a designer how they *should* have designed it.Posted 6 months agoSpeshpaulSubscriber
I read a review of a handcrafted steel hard tail by a well known MTB Journo (Say what you see:’)
And it was a rave review. About 2 days later I was presented with the actual bike from the test, -ride this bring it back when you are done.
Hmmm, maybe like some wines it didn’t travel well.
But, its hard to write a bad review with out cutting your own throat. And how many times can you re-sugar same pill?Posted 6 months agoSimon ESubscriber
its hard to write a bad review with out cutting your own throat. And how many times can you re-sugar same pill?
Agree on both points Paul. Was it part of a group test? Any bike ridden in isolation is hard to compare with anything else and it’s all hugely subjective. Reviewers also have to somehow write in a way that newbies, regulars & very experienced riders (and everyone in between) can get something from it.Posted 6 months ago
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