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 mattwragg's article
Aug 1, 2015 at 21:19
2 days
Tragedy At Enduro World Series - Race Cancelled
I'll miss you man. May the trails be better on the other side.
Bikethrasher mattwragg's article
Jul 31, 2015 at 7:07
Jul 31, 2015
Photo Epic: High Country - EWS Crested Butte, Practice Day
The trails here are often heavily over grown. The trail side fauna will whip the crap out of your hands. It also welcomes your 800mm bars by yanking you off trail and deep into the brush. Let's not forget Colorado is high desert so there's lots of prickly stuff Everywhere as well. Welcome to Colorado. Please keep single track Single.
Bikethrasher OneUpComponents's article
Jul 14, 2015 at 7:30
Jul 14, 2015
OneUp Chain Rings for XT 11 Speed
SRAM is going to release a new 12 speed group. Looks like Shimano might be as well.
Bikethrasher devonbalet's article
Jun 28, 2015 at 21:48
Jun 28, 2015
Bikethrasher robertbbr's article
Jun 21, 2015 at 20:52
Jun 21, 2015
Party in Pisgah - Exploring North Carolina's Finest
The last shot of the snake is so fitting. The last time I was there I rode over the biggest snake I've seen outside of a zoo. It scared the crap out of my wife. When the log she thought I was riding over came to life and lunged at my wheel. She screamed and I looked back shocked to see a 6foot plus snake of some sort slithering away. I looked a lot closer at logs and roots for the rest of our trip. The riding was fantastic can't wait to go back.
Bikethrasher mikelevy's article
Jun 10, 2015 at 7:15
Jun 10, 2015
Shimano XTR Trail Drivetrain - Review
My main complaint with Shimano Drivtrains is and has been for some time the excessive amount of redundant gears. Every time I ride a bike with a Shimano drivetrain I find myself shifting constantly. Sure closely spaced gears make for buttery smooth shifting but it takes longer to get to the gear I need. Even on my Sram 1x11 I find myself double tapping in both directions to get to the right gear. With Shimano I have to go through 3-4 gears to achieve the same thing. I can't think of the last I wanted more gears between the gears I already have. If anything I could use less. Long days some times have me wishing I had a lower gear than 32-42. Enough of this nonsense! I want a proper gearbox. I don't want more gears. I don't need smoother shifting. I defiantly don't need want two front rings. Why shift twice as much? With no benifit other than smooth shifting? What a waste of time and r&d Shimano/SRAM/Box and everyone else building derailuers please put some serious time into a gearbox. That would be a game changer. You all make great dérailleurs. Not one of you makes a great gearbox. No I don't want a geared hub either. A gearbox in the frame at the BB 8-12 gears. Same spread as my XX1 32/10-42 but with one lower gear. Yes you can make the spread between gears wider. I think stronger riders can handle a wider spread with less gears.
Bikethrasher mikelevy's article
May 8, 2015 at 8:20
May 8, 2015
Pinkbike Poll: Will You Consider Buying a 27.5+ Bike?
Finally got out for a ride last week. Had a great time. Funny all of us on different sized wheels and none us feel that there is a major benefit from one to another. All of us agreed that we would be happy with a 26. The only problem with that is. We aren't the majority! No fellow Pinkbikers we sadly are the minority. You and I we know what we want. Ask anyone here how they would spec out a new bike and they'd roll out a list of every part. The majority on the other hand. Pick up a magazine or roll into a shop and buys what ever is the latest and suposably greatest of the moment. Or worse yet. Whatever is pushed on them. How many people do you see on the trail that are less than 5'5" on a Niner. Specialized, Trek your dealers are the most at fault. When it comes to pushing bikes on people.
Bikethrasher mslager's video
Apr 21, 2015 at 7:21
Apr 21, 2015
Sick. Love ripping around on my DJ. It's become my go to bike now that we moved to Denver.

Bikethrasher mikelevy's article
Apr 19, 2015 at 5:05
Apr 19, 2015
Legit, Commencal, Mongoose - Sea Otter 2015
You would be correct sir. It's almost always about the bottom line.
Bikethrasher pinkbikeaudience's article
Apr 13, 2015 at 20:07
Apr 13, 2015
Videos From The Lourdes DH World Cup 2015
Unfortunately the life of a pro athlete can be and often times is very painful. Ive had more than my fair share of injuries. So I have a great amount of respect for for these guys. Keep pedaling the the world and pain will eventually fade away.
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