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 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.
Bikethrasher TransitionBikeCompany's article
Mar 21, 2015 at 10:04
Mar 21, 2015
Video: A Good Hardtail is Like a Good Espresso Coffee
Took my beater Hardtail out for a rip this morning. No name fork that barely works and I don't care. One brake that sorta works. One gear and all steel. Pure and simple and always puts a smile on my face.
Bikethrasher RichardCunningham's article
Mar 21, 2015 at 8:08
Mar 21, 2015
Pinkbike Poll: How Much Are Name-Brand Components and Interchangeability Worth?
This is a argument is pretty rediculous. The fact is when you buy a high end mtn bike it's pretty much the same bike the pros are riding. Yeah they are expensive but we can and do get the best of of the best. When you buy a high end Moto from the dealer. Your getting a bike that isn't even close to what the pros are riding. It's not even remotely close. Consider this the Fork on James Stewart's Suzuki is rumored to cost over $60,000. No kidding. Don't think for a second they stopped at the fork. His bike would cost well over a 100k to replicate. An over the top pro mtn bike build might run 12k.
Bikethrasher NinerBikes's article
Feb 19, 2015 at 6:38
Feb 19, 2015
Trail Report - Sarlacc Trail
My biggest grip with Vail is that they have over 5000 acres to work with and they utilize less than a thousand of that for riding. There is no reason that Vail can't have a bike park on par with Whistler. The towns of Eagle and Avon have both spent some money on trails and are already seeing money come back into the towns because of those trails. Since then there has been talk of greatly expanding the trail System on Vail Mtn. Lets hope they take a trip to Whistler to see what a real bike park should look like first. Vail is big enough that it could easily have over two hundred miles of trails. Their full lease covers over 7400 acres. From Vail pass to Red Cliff.
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