Bikethrasher

I'm a Trail rider through and through.
I'm never satisfied, Thus I am constantly searching for the perfect trail bike. This being the case. I spend lots of time and money demoing bikes. I generally don't comment on bikes unless I've ridden them. I sacrifice pretty much everything for the sake of owning really nice bikes.

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Bikethrasher mikelevy's article
Aug 27, 2016 at 19:57
2 hours
Trek's Prototype DH Bike - Crankworx Whistler 2016
The Trek Remedy I rode. Was named Bike of the year by many mags and sites including this one. It's a nice bike. All the 9ers I rode where nice. My friend who is on a beat to shit Mojo SLR. Rode the new Ripely and HD3 and was also underwhelmed with both. All five of us rode at least one plus bike as well. All agreed they would be great on groomed snow but none of us would want one as our everyday bike. My point is 9ers and now Plus bikes aren't for everyone as the Bike Industry and many 9er owners insists they are.
Bikethrasher mikelevy's article
Aug 27, 2016 at 18:59
3 hours
Trek's Prototype DH Bike - Crankworx Whistler 2016
@d-man: The 9ers are much better than any of the Plus bikes I rode. The best bikes I rode were the Trek Slash and the Intense Spider 27.5 Carbon.
Bikethrasher mikelevy's article
Aug 27, 2016 at 18:32
4 hours
Trek's Prototype DH Bike - Crankworx Whistler 2016
@d-man: I rode the Ibis Ripley the Trek Remedy, Spec Enduro and Stumpy Which one is wrong? Sorry 9ers aren't for everybody. I'd say if your tall, heavy, or produce lots of power they might work. But I'm none of those so maybe that's why they don't work for me.
Bikethrasher mikelevy's article
Aug 27, 2016 at 8:03
14 hours
Trek's Prototype DH Bike - Crankworx Whistler 2016
@Pedro019: I just rode a few of the new 9ers and as usual I wasn't overly impressed. They still feel big and slow and playful they are not. I tolerate my 27.5 but it's not as fun as my 26. As far as speed. The clock says I'm faster when I'm having more fun. I think it's about time some of the smaller builders start making 26" bikes for those of us who just don't find any real benifit from putting bigger wheels on our bikes. Still haven't ridden a 9er I would buy and I'm not the only one. Nothing like demoing a bunch of really expensive new bikes and going home not wanting any of them. That never used to happen.
Bikethrasher mikekazimer's article
Aug 14, 2016 at 8:05
Aug 14, 2016
EWS Race Tech: Jared Graves' New Specialized Tires
@WAKIdesigns: Ok as for speed. There was an Enduro race held on our local trails not long ago. My times where still faster than the winner who beat Lopes and Craig. I don't know what exactly that means about how skilled on a bike I am. But they ran these trails on a closed course. Where as I couldn't and need to hold back in many areas as to not kill an on coming rider or hiker. Incidentally I set all those times on my TRC yes 5" travel 26" wheels are really fast in the right hands. My friends hold some of the fastest times on those trails. Incidentally all set on 26" bikes. One on and old beat to shit Giant hardtail with V brakes and 2.0 Super Sonics. I'd say most people would be better served taking a skills course. Than bikes with bigger wheels super slacked out geometry and now super wide tires. All the bikes I tested where on the same ten mile loop which I hold the KOM. All single track. Not very technical. Super loose and powdery. There's not many trails here that I would consider technical. None that would compare to the goat paths in Europe. As for nobody saying plus is going to take over everything. That's total BS. The reps for Trek, Scott, Ibis, Pivot, Specialized, Spot. Where all pushing plus bikes like they where the end all be all of the future. Shit every bike shop I walk into lately is spewing the same nonsense. I was even so nieve to buy a 24 plus for my son. What a mistake. He got to demo a sweet Trailcraft. We did the same ten mile loop. He was over 10 minutes faster on the Trailcraft than his RipRock 24 plus! That's a huge difference. At the end of the ride. He says Dad can you put skinner tires on my bike? I still feel bad.
Bikethrasher mikekazimer's article
Aug 12, 2016 at 10:16
Aug 12, 2016
EWS Race Tech: Jared Graves' New Specialized Tires
@xeren: I'm not sure why you claim they are so fun to ride. All five of us who rode them would disagree. Slow, Big, awkward, weird, annoying uncontrollable rebound. Did they put sand in these tires? Daft old dog. Where the comments from my friends and I not words I'd use to describe a fun bikes . I rode a hardtail and two full Sussers just to make sure the first one wasn't a dud. Like I said they would be good for groomed snow trails and maybe slow ultra technical trails. But not for everyday trail riding. What's fun about a bike that's so slow that it makes it difficult to keep up to your buddies? Most of my friends don't race but they get after it. Because, Fast is Fun!
Bikethrasher mikekazimer's article
Aug 12, 2016 at 6:28
Aug 12, 2016
EWS Race Tech: Jared Graves' New Specialized Tires
@WAKIdesigns: Um, please don't ride our trails when they are muddy it just gets trails CLOSED TO BIKES. Angry Bike hating enviros are always looking for a reason to ban us from riding any trail they can. The only place I see plus bikes being a good fit is on groomed snow. I've yet to ride a trail in Colorado or Utah where I felt like I needed tires bigger than 2.4 and that's usually more than necessary. I guess our trails just aren't technical enough for plus bikes......
Bikethrasher mikekazimer's article
Aug 12, 2016 at 4:40
Aug 12, 2016
EWS Race Tech: Jared Graves' New Specialized Tires
@WAKIdesigns: I guess you need bigger training wheels than I do;)
Bikethrasher mikekazimer's article
Aug 11, 2016 at 22:16
Aug 11, 2016
EWS Race Tech: Jared Graves' New Specialized Tires
I have to agree with Graves. After riding 3 different plus bikes. Nothing but industry hype. They aren't fast, and the handling is weird at speed. That tiny bit of extra grip. Is a heavy price to pay for the amount of energy they require to keep moving. Bring in the next Industry Fad!
Bikethrasher pinkbikeaudience's article
Aug 8, 2016 at 15:28
Aug 8, 2016
Vail Resorts Aquires Whistler Blackcomb
@dhx42: The 2 World Cups Vail held drew the biggest crowds ever to town. Yes you read that right. Much bigger than any ski race. Building a World Cup course back then was way cheaper than the snowmaking bill for a ski race so I find it really hard to believe they lost money. More likely in true Vail fashion. Somebody on a bike pissed off the wrong rich person in town and they did something about it. That's how it works here. Think before you about run over those rich old bastards???? Sorry, Canada as a long time Vail resident I don't see this as a good thing for you. But at least my Epic pass will be good in Whistler now
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