Great bikes can be designed with any wheel size.A great bike is a great bike, regardless of wheel size. For fast open trails around Boise, we find that bikes with slacker angles and shorter wheelbases provide awesome a ride feel at speed, while remaining balanced during the climbs. So long as the designer thoughtfully considers wheel size in formulating a bike’s geometry, its possible to find a bike that rides beautifully with 26, 27.5, or 29 inch wheels. Beware of designs claiming to “speed-up” 29er handling by using a steep – 71+ degree – head tube angle. While this concept might work on the east coast, steep angles make for skitter and nervous handling on the open, high speed descents characteristic of the Boise foothills]Bigger wheels favor a high speed, carvy riding style.What really sets wheel sizes apart is ride style. 29 inch wheels excel in open conditions and reward riders who …
There is simply no better way to make riding faster, safer and more fun than a quality full suspension mountain bike. Engineers have poured hours developing suspension that gobbles up bumps and maximizes traction. That said, how we talk about suspension is stuck in the 1990s; with almost every brand claiming they’re the only one to have solved suspensions’ achilles heel (whatever that is) with their new linkage or widget. This mismatch between marketing hype and engineering reality has led to a widespread misunderstanding of how suspension actually works. This post is our attempt to demystify suspension and, hopefully, give you enough information to make an informed purchase and unlock the benefits of your next full suspension mountain bike.
At Eastside, we aim high. Not only to we want to be the best bike shop in Boise, but we also want to be the friendliest. This is no small task; Boise is graced with an abundance of shops all trying to do the same. Since we’ve opened, we have strived to be a different kind of bike shop. One that’s service-focused, community-oriented, and driven by the love for bikes we share with our customers. Here are the three things we do to be a different, better kind of bike shop.
The Norco Sight was one of the bikes that made us bring Norco to Boise. It’s combination of stellar suspension, smart spec and affordable price is pretty unique. It’s always nice to find out that others agree. This time it’s the folks over at bike magazine, whose 2018 Bible of Bike Test just dropped this week. In a test with no shortage of remarkable bikes, the Norco Sight was a favorite.