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ChampionP SouthCrewMedia's article
Sep 4, 2014 at 15:27
Sep 4, 2014
Video: Vallnord Ripping With Cedric Gracia
Thank god I can mute out the music. Nothing worse than those chipmunk voices.
ChampionP mikekazimer's article
Aug 27, 2014 at 5:10
Aug 27, 2014
Airborne Toxin - Review
Yeah, LBS is losing its appeal as the years go by. They don't treat me nice like they used too. Too bad really, My taste in bikes has come up commensurately with my salary over the years. I'm looking at $4000-6000 bikes this year and no one wants to talk to me about bikes for an hour or test rides. Luckily I found a shop that will order a bike and let me put it on layaway, instead of demanding 100% before they'll even look up their dealer price. I can see this business model working out in the future, especially if their bikes were as nice as YT.
ChampionP mikekazimer's article
Aug 25, 2014 at 1:13
Aug 25, 2014
Airborne Toxin - Review
Seems like the major complaints were forks, rear shock and brakes. Forks can be replaced, possibly cheaply on the used market, especially when 26" forks from 2012-2013 are becoming more affordable. Rear shocks are also available aftermarket assuming it's a standard length and stroke. I've heard good things about Deore and zee brakes, too. You could upgrade the weak points on this bike and have a decent bike for a few years until you're ready to invest in something or ride this til the wheels fall off!
ChampionP pinkbikeaudience's article
Aug 23, 2014 at 16:27
Aug 23, 2014
Results: World Cup Round 7 Meribel - Finals
Well I guess it's all on me then. Previously I watched all of them on pinkbike, never thought to check red bull. It was my ritual on my day off. Thanks for the heads up, Chris, now I will catch the world's before I see the results.
ChampionP pinkbikeaudience's article
Aug 23, 2014 at 10:41
Aug 23, 2014
Results: World Cup Round 7 Meribel - Finals
I get really disappointed when they post the results. The first half of the season's coverage was so much better with rob and Richard commentating and watching the women's and men's final runs. This was the first season where I watched all the world cup replays, knew who the top twenty riders were, and actually gave a crap about the outcome of the season. Since the summer break they stopped playing the videos and we find out who owned before being able to watch it unfold during the course of the race. This list of results sucks compared to video coverage and really takes the drama and excitement out. Why did (pinkbike? Red bull?) take away the webcast of DH finals? Is anyone else disappointed with the change in coverage?
ChampionP RichardCunningham's article
Aug 14, 2014 at 22:18
Aug 14, 2014
First Look at YTs new Carbon DH Prototype
If I can feel a HUGE difference between 20", 24", 26", and 29" then why would most riders not feel a difference between 26 and 27.5? I know several people who've started riding 27.5 because they did feel a difference when they tried one out. It can't be all placebo, right?
ChampionP mikelevy's article
Jul 30, 2014 at 17:00
Jul 30, 2014
Riding FOX's New 36 - First Ride
No really, American industry threw a fit when former president Jimmy Carter suggested we adopt the metric system in the late 70's. No American politician has had the balls to bring it up since.
ChampionP RichardCunningham's article
Jul 26, 2014 at 6:28
Jul 26, 2014
Opinion: A Secret Trail and an Argument Against E-Bikes
Mountain bikers sure do love to panic about this technology called electric bike and treat it as the end of the world. I'm a mountain biker of the first wave described in RC's editorial. I also see his point and he has a valid reason to think these vehicles could threaten our recreational way of life. Something never mentioned in these "scary" articles is the benefit of e-bikes. I don't want them on our singletrack either, but they will make great transportation to and from work, or just around town as commuter bikes. For people like me who are slowly becoming disabled as the years roll by, I would ride an e bike to work instead of a car. You can put panniers and baskets on it to get groceries and beer runs for those who still like beer and wine, etc. I like to ride my old hard tail to work most days, but would consider an e bike on brutally hot days so I don't show up to work exhausted and overheated, as well as snowy or rainy days. I think the bicycle manufacturing industry should focus marketing towards converting motorists into e-bike commuters, instead of getting lazy people onto our singletrack by eliminating a climb or two, only to have them quit anyway from blisters, forearm pump and sore taints, cause most non cyclists are racist against chamois and Lycra as well as breaking a sweat on a hill.
ChampionP mikelevy's article
Jun 9, 2014 at 17:47
Jun 9, 2014
Trek Slash 9 - Review
The pike is available with dual position air spring, which drops travel to 130mm with the flip of a switch. I have this feature on my lyrik rc2l and it has worked great since day one. Rct3 has lsc adjustments similar to fox's CTD adjust. The pike I looked at on the 29 enduros had like 6 or 8 clicks of lsc then the floodgate lockout. I'd prefer a pike just because of 35mm stanchions, however fox just updated the 36 float to 27.5 and 29 so they're a contender again for all mountain forks. I rode a 29 fox 34 with 140mm travel and 15mm axle for a few rides and really thought it was so flexible that I would have bought a pike if it was my bike, but Fox 36 are available with 20mm axle with no quick release. Now it's even harder to say one is better based on numbers alone.
ChampionP mikelevy's article
Jun 5, 2014 at 16:31
Jun 5, 2014
Opinion - It Should Be Hard, Shouldn't it?
I like all kinds of trails, honestly. To me the caveat of "growing the sport", is dealing with crowds and traffic on trails. This means people going slow in front of you, groups of hikers forcing you to go slower down a trail you just worked your ass off to reach the top. And of course, equestrians stomping potholes in the springtime mud. I guess solitude and the quiet of the forest are more important to me than trail features.
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