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ChampionP mikekazimer's article
Jul 27, 2015 at 12:18
Jul 27, 2015
First Ride: 2016 RockShox Lyrik
Yeah, but is SRAM going to be the only hubs with these end caps? Will we be able to retrofit big caps onto a dt swiss hub, or other brand hubs like we did with 142 x 12 and 15 x100? If not, I think I'll pass on the 140mm yari for my 29 and go with the new x-fusion Trace or possibly a 29" pike 140. I've got no time in my life for sloppy dropouts!! My last bike was a 26" with a lyrik RC2L and I immediately missed the stiffness of the front end. I have last years 34mm trace and an OEM wheel that I'm not too impressed with. Maybe the next set of wheels will stiffen the front and rear end up enough to stick with the fork I have, but every component I've been upgrading has been to stiffen up the OEM noodle component it's replacing.
ChampionP mikelevy's article
Jul 24, 2015 at 17:38
Jul 24, 2015
Pinkbike Poll: XC, EWS or World Cup DH?
I have no faith in the UCI to capture the spirit of mountain biking. That being said, I did get hooked on World Cup DH the last two seasons. This year they are spacing them out a bit too far for my liking, making it harder to hold interest from race to race. I think a race every two weeks for five races, with maybe a 4 week break during the hottest months, then a return with 4 races every two weeks followed by the World Championships would be a great seasonal format. I can't figure out a good way to televise enduro or XC. I wish xc was still long format racing like 20-40 miles but not laps on 1.5 mile tracks. Really show the drama of a mile or 2 mile climb and the strategy that takes climb fastest and save the most energy. Then a prolonged downhill which is long enough and technical enough that it becomes more than just a fitness test. Enduro could be covered well over a few days, spending more time on each stage so that more cameras could be set up. giving the viewer time to learn the top riders names and background story. They could film a few of the most exciting track sections as well as the finish and the point standings. and then conclude the race with results and podium show on sunday.
ChampionP mikekazimer's article
Jul 15, 2015 at 23:44
Jul 15, 2015
Spinning Circles: Escaping the Heat
I've been having a great time this summer riding with lights from 10pm to as late as 3am. It cools down to around 72f by the time I'm done so even the mosquitos are done for the night. I have the entire trail all to myself except for a few deer and jackrabbits. I use the low beams on climbs and flats, then turn on the high beams for descents and get a good 3 hours of riding in solitude.
ChampionP paulaston's article
Jul 10, 2015 at 4:28
Jul 10, 2015
Pinkbike Poll: Weighty Issues
One can spend thousands on lightweight components, but weight weenies are better served with smaller buns.
ChampionP paulaston's article
Jul 10, 2015 at 4:26
Jul 10, 2015
Pinkbike Poll: Weighty Issues
I like certain parts to be light, others need some beef. Handlebars and cranksets: I like em carbon (light) and strong. My fork:Who cares about the weight as long as it rides good and is dependable. I may switch from x fusion 34 to RS 35, maybe. Wheels: I want light and strong rims (which are never cheap), but just about any hub will do for me. I'm currently torn between L-B 38mm wide and Flow ex. Whichever will be stiffer for my 29. I'm staying away from all the $1000+ wheels Tires: I WANT them to be light, but lets be reasonable. They need to grip well and be durable enough to occasionally ride across triangle shaped rocks. I go middle weight 700-900grams but try to draw the line at 1000grams. I may switch from my current Schwalbe to WTB trails vigilante after these wear out. I recently broke a chain, but they all weigh about the same right? I pay absolutely no attention to the weight of my cassette, derailleur, shifter, brakes, rotors and grips. I usually run what was stock on my bike and never replace them unless something breaks. I ramble so long to prove a point- There were only four choices in the poll, but it's not always so black and white.
ChampionP mikekazimer's article
Jul 8, 2015 at 2:26
Jul 8, 2015
First Look: RockShox Lyrik and Yari
I see a lot of complaints here that the new Lyrik isn't 26" and 20mm thru axle. If you read the end of the article or visited Rockshox's website you all would've noticed that the Lyrik rc2dh is still for sale with 20mm axle and they are offering a drop in charger damper for $300. I'm not sure how they "dropped the ball" on that one when the fork you all want is clearly available, and you can modify your old Lyrik, too. For four years I have enjoyed a Lyrik RC2L on my enduro and would be happy to drop a $300 damper upgrade in there if I still rode that bike on a regular basis. I ride a 29" Xfusion trace now with 15mm axle, 34mm stanchions and 140 travel. One thing I noticed right away was that my current fork chassis was no where near as beefy as the lyric. I would've loved to try a pike but its gonna be hard to pass up the $700 yari with 140 travel and the motion control damping. My son has motion control on his reba and I actually prefer it to a 3 switch damping system. I would have bought a solo air pike RC already but they're only available OEM and no one seems to want to get rid of them. I wonder how the Yari would fair in a side by side test with the new generation Xfusion trace
ChampionP RichardCunningham's article
Jul 1, 2015 at 15:54
Jul 1, 2015
Ibis Announce Updated Ripley and New LS Model
I'm poor, I bought the special blend build on layaway over the winter. I'm currently unemployed and I'm nice - to your face at least.
ChampionP EnduroWorldSeries's article
Jul 1, 2015 at 15:48
Jul 1, 2015
EWS Official Video: Tech Focus - Specialized Racing Team
I own a 26 enduro, but test rode the SJ evo 29 and was really impressed with the climbing benefits and felt very little compromise on the DH sections of the trail. If the prices for expert were competitive with other carbon 29ers available, I would've bought one instead of my ripley. Sometimes wish for the stumpjumper on rougher descents. I think the 2016 27" with 150 travel would be a very legit enduro bike.
ChampionP pinkbikeaudience's article
Jul 1, 2015 at 15:35
Jul 1, 2015
Ask Pinkbike: Whips, Carbon Rims, and Cracked Frames
Me too. I went from enve 26am with 32 bladed spokes to OEM stans rapid 29er (also 32 spokes) and I am dying to get these "too stiff" LB wide carbon rims with the DH layup! My bike climbs like a dream but often gets pushed off line through medium rocks and small roots. Something I didn't miss from my mountain bikes in the 90's. I'm hoping the 38mm carbon rims will offset all the compromises I've made for easier climbing.
ChampionP pinkbikeaudience's article
Jul 1, 2015 at 15:27
Jul 1, 2015
Ask Pinkbike: Whips, Carbon Rims, and Cracked Frames
Even if there is no good reason to expect a warranty replacement, I always make a phone call, bike shop visit, or send an email, because you never know when it will pay off.
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