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ChampionP mattwragg's article
Nov 19, 2014 at 19:46
Nov 19, 2014
Mavic Crossmax XL Wheelset - Review
"luminous" in the first line above should be Aluminum. Auto correct made a mistake.
ChampionP mattwragg's article
Nov 19, 2014 at 15:30
Nov 19, 2014
Mavic Crossmax XL Wheelset - Review
I agree, Trillot. Also for a few grams lighter, you can purchase the specialized fattie luminous version for $600. http://www.specialized.com/us/en/ftb/wheels/roval-mtb-all-mountain/roval-traverse-29 After upgrading wheels on my spec enduro in 2013, I went from 19mm aluminum DT Swiss to 25mm enve and there was a definite, undeniable improvement in grip, available pressure, small bump sensitivity etc. I weigh 170 and run 21psi both front and rear with no squirm or pinch flats. As soon as manufacturers started coming out with 30-35mm rims I couldn't wait to get some. I am in the middle of purchasing a 29er on layaway. As soon as I have that bike, my first upgrade is the roval fattie 29 wheel set, which I can then upgrade with Derby or Light-bicycle carbon rims. At the most I will have to buy new spokes, but I will have a lightweight durable wheel set with wide, supporting rims. And instead of spending thousands at once, I can spread it out a few pieces at a time and have a bike I could've never afforded all in one shot. I could even build a wheel set with derby rims and XT hubs for less than these Mavics or Ibis. But back to the point, I have to chuckle a little inside every time a manufacturer comes out with their new "high performance" wheels and they are 25mm and under. It's like their living in the past, afraid of change even with all the scientific and anecdotal evidence in front of them. Perhaps it's because they have such deep roots in the road cycling world. All's I know is, I ain't buying no skinny rims for my MTB ever again.
ChampionP justinolsen's article
Nov 7, 2014 at 3:14
Nov 7, 2014
Video: Best Shuttle Rig Ever?
I bet there are plenty of pro riders who would disagree with you and welcome endorsement deals with auto makers. If fans think pro riders deserve to make more money for the risks they take, then the really big money has to be imported from companies wealthier than bike companies. That means more companies like soft drinks, airlines, and truck companies. They (auto companies) are likely trying to see how much interest and attention they can get from mountain bike related advertising and product placement in web edits like this one. Large corporations are dying to crack the code on how to be in something that "goes viral." To me, it's no more annoying than all the bike related advertising encroaching the top, right and bottom of every MTB related website. Commercials are commercials, no matter what they're selling. Might as well let these pro riders earn enough to last them past their prime, and transition into a post pro riding career. Or earn enough to cover their medical bills when they get injured. (In the U.S. contests and races at least, that's gotta be a large concern for pro riders) If you were an MTB film maker and Toyota offered you a vehicle and money to fund your film, wouldn't you accept that help and even put the vehicle in the finished film?
ChampionP mikelevy's article
Oct 13, 2014 at 0:58
Oct 13, 2014
Ghost AMR Riot Lector 7 - Review
"There's a lot to like about this bike if finding flow on trails that don't ask you to let it all hang out in order to clean them is what you're into, or at least ride them competently, and someone who knows what they're doing is going to have the snappy little Ghost in all sorts of interesting places on the trail." Huh?
ChampionP gaspi's article
Oct 10, 2014 at 4:13
Oct 10, 2014
Video: Downhill Elementary - Steep Slopes
The author must be the coach to these riders http://vimeo.com/thomasgaffney/cannockcarnage
ChampionP geebeebee's article
Oct 9, 2014 at 2:44
Oct 9, 2014
Interview: Manon Carpenter - 2014 DH World Champion
I think that female athletes from all sports earn less than men, even globally, and in other professions as well. It's not really a surprise to hear that DH has lower earnings for women, which is too bad given how hard they work for it. But there is no reason a motivated woman couldn't do something about it, and really increase her popularity and earnings if that was where her ambition truly was. I guess racing is more important than marketing for most. That keeps such a small sport pure and as a fan I appreciate their dedication and integrity. Does anyone wonder if a woman was competing in slopestyle and freeride events (like Gee and Fairclough, etc) how much her sponsorship value would go up? I for one would watch a web series following a top woman rider. Some sponsor should make it happen next year.
ChampionP mikelevy's article
Oct 8, 2014 at 15:20
Oct 8, 2014
ENVE M60 Forty Wheels - Review
Well, when I was there they were building wheelsets like mad. There was no way for me to know what was being shipped out.
ChampionP mikelevy's article
Oct 8, 2014 at 10:35
Oct 8, 2014
ENVE M60 Forty Wheels - Review
No, that's the way the rims look brand new. Enve does as little as possible cosmetically to their rims. What you are seeing is the parting line between the two halves of the mold. I used to work there making the molds. Their bars, post, stems etc are all sanded and painted though.
ChampionP mikelevy's article
Oct 8, 2014 at 10:30
Oct 8, 2014
ENVE M60 Forty Wheels - Review
I think stiffness is also a personal preference just like most things on a bike's setup. Most people will say my bike is under sprung and over damped, but that's how I like it. Wouldn't you agree that balance is different from person to person?
ChampionP mikelevy's article
Oct 8, 2014 at 10:25
Oct 8, 2014
ENVE M60 Forty Wheels - Review
I have the 240's and they have been great for two years without problems, and I like that my freehub is really quiet. My son has a 240 rear hub and it's super loud. I don't know if it's an optional freehub, or different grease, etc
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