ChampionP dbaker's article
Dec 19, 2014 at 1:501 days
11 Questions with Nicholi Rogatkin
When you're changing directions every few seconds, the visor becomes useless for blocking the sun (isn't it already useless anyway). I think most of the time it is just fashion, it has no practical purpose. For example, skate/DJ helmets work fine without them, right? My POC trail helmet has a visor but it's so small I can just barely see the edge of it in my peripheral vision. I don't think it's keeping the sun out of my eyes at all. I always chose my helmets with a visor just so I wouldn't look like a Lycra wearing roadie. It's just to look cool, same as roadies shaving their legs and arms.
ChampionP pinkbikeaudience's article
Dec 9, 2014 at 13:19Dec 9, 2014
Ask Pinkbike - Rotor Diameter vs. Stopping Power, Dropper Post Length, Broken Chain Mystery, and Tires for UK Winter
That's also what my suspicions were. Sometimes an outdated chain tool will allow enough excess lateral movement in the link plates, then the pin actually goes in at .0000001 degrees angle and they links are all bound together. Or perhaps they never pressed the pin in far enough because they were overly cautious about the scenario you described. However, I have never had a broken chain damage a dérailleur and cassette. Perhaps even the old dérailleur or cassette broke first causing this domino effect. As a shop owner or employee, I would also be wary of being held responsible for a 7 year old drivetrain. As a former shop mechanic, I often heard the phrase,"I had this part for 7 years and never had a problem until I brought it to you." The customer is so bummed about their old bike breaking right after they finally start investing in it instead of buying a new bike. Now they have to face the reality that super expensive XTR equipped bike won't last forever, and that prices have only gotten higher since 2007 and most of their state of the art drivetrain is considered obsolete. It also doesn't help when friends and family tell fish stories and exaggerated tales of them breaking down an employee and getting stuff for free. This makes you, as a customer, feel inadequate and cheated. Jeez, I am rambling and could probably go on all day. This is unfortunate for this person to have their bike left unrideable. I would advise looking for the exact parts they want on eBay or pink bike buy/sell. I would think 2007 brand new parts might be out there and at a really good price.
ChampionP scottmorris's article
Dec 7, 2014 at 0:44Dec 7, 2014
The Longest Singletrack Tour Ever - Continental Divide Trail
I'm so impressed by this massive endeavor! I am truly inspired by the mental toughness it must take to keep going. I'm inspired and impressed that someone would have this idea, have someone else that is down to go with you, and to follow through and accomplish the goal. My hat's off to you guys, I really can't find the words to express how much I respect you two for doing this. Besides the actual experience, you are blessed to have these kind of memories that will last the rest of your life. Thanks for sharing your photos and story!
ChampionP mattwragg's article
Nov 19, 2014 at 19:46Nov 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 15:30Nov 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 3:14Nov 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 0:58Oct 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 4:13Oct 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 2:44Oct 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.