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ChampionP RichardCunningham's article
May 22, 2015 at 22:22
May 22, 2015
Bike Check: Catharine Pendrel's Orbea Oiz - Nove Mesto World Cup XC
I kinda like the looks of it. I don't think I would like it so much though without the stripes and maple leaf.
ChampionP mikelevy's article
May 20, 2015 at 22:26
May 20, 2015
Opinion - Thinkers, Tinkerers, and Inventors
I couldn't make it through the first paragraph without becoming offended. Sram and other companies are constantly insulting our intelligence with press releases like that one. Are we expected to pretend that "Or the stiffest." is a complete sentence? They begin speaking to us like a politician or a news anchor and not like a human. We all can see through it, so of course we bitch, complain, and make fun of the product after reading the press release. I do realize this isn't always the case, but if I had a bike company, I would never let a press release like that make it out into the media. @mikelevy , I think that at least a part of the backlash from pinkbike comments comes from being treated so disrespectfully by marketing departments like we were in the example above. I also think there are plenty of close minded mountain bikers as well. But aren't some of them close minded as a reaction to this treatment from the marketers?
ChampionP pinkbikeaudience's article
May 20, 2015 at 10:42
May 20, 2015
Ask Pinkbike: How Much is my Bike Worth, Can my Wheel be Saved and What Bike to Ride at Forest of Dean
I was in the same boat as Iantmcg, except I chose a 29er over 27 form new bike. I had some money saved for a locally classified ad Santa Cruz Blur LTC for around 1500 USD, to have an easier climbing bike than my 2010 enduro (which I had massively upgraded over the years) that still had a good amount of travel with 140mm. I had about $800 and someone snagged it before I had the dough. I ended up with 120 travel 29er and it definitely takes less energy on the climbs, but I can feel more flex than I would like. I've ended up getting stiffer and wider bars, shorter stem, bigger tires, and it's slowly improving. I'm getting real sick of the conspiracy theorists trying to rally for a "26" revolution. It's obvious that the general riding public had similar intent to me in 2013 and 2014, and wanted that little bit less rolling resistance on climbs, but without having to compensate for DH drawbacks such as I am riding with. I mean bloody hell, who doesn't want a bike that's better at climbing hills?
ChampionP paulaston's article
May 20, 2015 at 10:12
May 20, 2015
Scott Voltage FR 710 - Review
Hirvi got it right with his first question,"Do you mean rising rate?", but then he gets more complicated in the next sentence, by adding the word,"curved". The spring rate continues to rise at a steady angle. Let's look at it like this: If your were drawing/charting the spring rate on graph paper just like in math class, the line would be rising in a straight line (linearly progressing, or this shape: / ). It is still progressing at an even rate, not getting steeper as it reaches the end of travel (curved progressive, or shaped like this: J ). It is not a sharper ramp at the end of travel. Instead of a spring rate CURVE, this one charts out as a spring rate LINE. I hope that helps you guys understand, unless your just taking the piss....
ChampionP paulaston's article
May 19, 2015 at 22:19
May 19, 2015
Scott Voltage FR 710 - Review
He means progressive, but not curved. Picture a flat bank instead of a 1/4 pipe. It was a poor choice of words for him to say linear. Once again poor writing gets published on the internet. Perhaps that's a bit harsh on Paul. Anyone can make a mistake once in a while. A good editor is just as valuable as a good writer (and rider).
ChampionP RichardCunningham's article
May 19, 2015 at 9:35
May 19, 2015
First Look: Lindarets ReMount Remote Dropper Adapter
Studiotran is right. If the entire industry can produce boost and + bikes to their lineup in one season, They can make better dropper remotes the season after everybody ditched the front derailleur. It's an opportunity missed by almost all the big players. This product is goofy and clunky, and won't stand the test of time. Their time would've been better spent making an actual lever, that matches the feel of sram or shimano, or both.
ChampionP glg-photography's article
May 13, 2015 at 11:17
May 13, 2015
ChampionP mikelevy's article
May 7, 2015 at 23:25
May 7, 2015
Pinkbike Poll: Will You Consider Buying a 27.5+ Bike?
I wouldn't have an issue with plus if boost hubs were out of the conversation. or maybe a 2.5-2.6" tire width. I've always thought that flanges could be further apart, I mean, what the hell was 142 for? a longer axle that had NO benefit? I was never more disappointed than when I found out it was just some endcap adapters and not actually wider hubs. Why make the rear hub wider without spreading the flanges apart? When I look at my front and rear hubs I see plenty of room to widen the flanges and still fit rotors and calipers in there. If the industry had done 142 properly and stuck with 20mm front hubs, there would be no reason for boost hubs, forks etc. I'm going to stick with my ripley until the wheels fall off and hopefully the boost hub standard will have died off and 142 hubs have wider flanges, and 20mm front ends come back. And also, who has a stick up their but about q factor? Is there some big disadvantage to having your feet 10-25mm further apart?
ChampionP pinkbikeaudience's article
May 5, 2015 at 11:59
May 5, 2015
Video: The Birth of Bold's Linkin Trail
They had me interested, until they said ,"Boost". Much like the threaded BB shell, when I look for my next bike I will be buying an "old fashioned" bike with threaded bb and 142 rear axle. And if I buy a 110 front end it better be for a 20mm axle. I think my next fork will be a fox 36 so I can keep my 20mm through axle. And hopefully the good people at Santa Cruz still make these kind of frames in years to come.
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