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BDKR paulaston's article
Jul 28, 2016 at 14:37
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Richie Rude's Yeti SB6 Bike Check - EWS Round 5, Aspen-Snowmass
I don't think he's bucking innovation as much as just using what works for him. His size and muscle development puts him outside of the norm so what he prefers is likely to be outside of the norm as well.
BDKR paulaston's article
Jul 28, 2016 at 14:30
3 days
Richie Rude's Yeti SB6 Bike Check - EWS Round 5, Aspen-Snowmass
More mass moving faster needs more compression damping. It's really that simple. Lighter guys won't like it. Slower guys won't like it either.
BDKR paulaston's article
Jul 28, 2016 at 14:14
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BDKR paulaston's article
Jul 28, 2016 at 14:10
3 days
Richie Rude's Yeti SB6 Bike Check - EWS Round 5, Aspen-Snowmass
@slowrider73: I can't say I know anymore about it than you. I prefer 36 tooth rings, but as you've noticed a lot of newer bikes seemed to be designed around 32's. I'm on a 32 now for the same reason, but I'd prefer a 36 front 11-42 rear combo. Anyway, here is a pretty good read on the subject. http://www.ridingfeelsgood.com/suspension-linkage-kinematics-basics-anti-squat-pedal-kickback/
BDKR paulaston's article
Jul 28, 2016 at 13:57
3 days
Richie Rude's Yeti SB6 Bike Check - EWS Round 5, Aspen-Snowmass
@rewob: I think you're right. That's been my experience. I'm a little over 200lbs and have the notion of aggressive counter-steering well burned into my mind from years of riding rice rockets. I tried a 740mm bar on my Canfield Balance and it felt downright twitchy and scary. I took that thing off and sold it. OTOH, I also have a large '11 Kona Operator with an 800mm bar and a White Brothers / MRP Groove 200 up front. It's long as a train and heavy! Stable at speed, but to get the most out of it, you have to take it by the scruff using a little muscle! Not about to get rid of the 800 on there! Anyway, I think you're right. A combination of a lighter shorter bike and rider weight/size/muscle could easily mean less leverage at the bars is a good thing. :-)
BDKR paulaston's article
Jul 28, 2016 at 13:49
3 days
Richie Rude's Yeti SB6 Bike Check - EWS Round 5, Aspen-Snowmass
@tom666: I suspect as much. I run a 710mm (!) Kore Torsion on my Balance. I tried running a 740mm bar and it was just plain twitchy. Not as tall as you or Richie, but a little north of 200lbs. My "GUESS" is that it's probably not solely a big guy thing, but also technique. I come from motorcycles and I'm used to strong inputs at the bars (counter steering) while at speed. The moment I got more leverage everything felt twitchy.
BDKR SintraFreeride's photo
Jul 27, 2016 at 14:16
Jul 27, 2016
Awesome!

BDKR snowshoeMTN's video
Jul 26, 2016 at 17:39
Jul 26, 2016
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That can flattens out everything. A couple of years back that was considered a black . Hmmm.....

BDKR RichardCunningham's article
Jul 23, 2016 at 5:24
Jul 23, 2016
RIP Jeff Archer: Mountain Bike Historian and Pioneer
Sorry to hear about that friend of yours. I hope things go well for you and yours.
BDKR ChainReactionCycles's article
Jul 22, 2016 at 10:09
Jul 22, 2016
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