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ChampionP mikelevy's article
Aug 12, 2015 at 1:06
Aug 12, 2015
Devinci's New Troy - Crankworx Whistler 2015
I'm bored with every bike's geometry taking the same approach. Is it just me or are they all starting to all seem the same?
ChampionP mtbstrengthcoach's article
Aug 5, 2015 at 22:12
Aug 5, 2015
Are we Misapplying Light Hands-Heavy Feet to MTB?
I can see that being true. Think of all the impacts from landing or going through rhythm sections. This is activating all your fast twitch muscle fibers. Like doing several hundred partial squats and pushups every lap, and failure on even one rep is not an option. You also must count practice laps, qualifiers, and then mains/finals. Gymnasts are pretty freaking strong too. I think it's too subjective to really rank sports physical difficulty accurately. MMA is pretty insane for strength and cardio too.
ChampionP mtbstrengthcoach's article
Aug 5, 2015 at 22:00
Aug 5, 2015
Are we Misapplying Light Hands-Heavy Feet to MTB?
@imdabomb, I've never heard of this either. How about this for advice: "Keep your balance at all times, and don't over think it on the trail." There's no way a beginner could think of all the advice presented in the article in real time. But the author did say he would have a hard time putting his thoughts into words. I can ride very well (in my opinion), but I think teaching is very difficult. My only advice that works for every sport is,"Try again but this time bend your knees."
ChampionP RichardCunningham's article
Aug 5, 2015 at 6:37
Aug 5, 2015
First Ride: Cannondale Habit Carbon 1
It's all marketing BS so they can invent and copyright a word like,"Ballistec" to go with "Over Mountain." If one of my friends said "let's go ride some over mountain trails this week!" I'd kick him in the balls and stop being friends with him. They throw words around like they don't mean anything anymore. I work in manufacturing and a more accurate term for these materials is just "composites". This includes fiberglass, carbon, kevlar, etc
ChampionP mikekazimer's article
Aug 4, 2015 at 14:14
Aug 4, 2015
Trek Announces Plans for Online Bike Sales
I don't care about Trek or "Brick and Mortar" stores. 90% of the time I go to a bike shop they tell me they can special order what I want if I pre pay (for full MSRP plus shipping and sales tax). Usually there are no returns on special orders. Guess what? In 2015 I can special order it myself for a deep discount, get free shipping, no sales tax, and no hassles. This whole Trek online thing is half ass, and takes 20% out of the stores pockets who they pretend to give a sh** about.
ChampionP mikelevy's article
Aug 4, 2015 at 10:25
Aug 4, 2015
Schwalbe Racing Ralph - Review
Regarding Pinkbike's Take, I always looked at the top few paragraphs as the particular brand's approved spiel or at the very least the dry facts about the product being reviewed. The Pinkbike take is the writer/tester's opinion or the actual results of the test. For me that's the part that matters most, because that info won't be found on the company's website. Better than other Mtb based websites who only copy and paste the company's press release and leave it at that. FWIW I run the 29 x 2.35" version of this tire on the rear and I have no complaints.
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.
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