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DARKSTAR63 mikelevy's article
Jan 13, 2017 at 18:01
Jan 13, 2017
Ridden and Rated - 5 Trail Bikes
@pigit77: Truthfully neither.(I did enjoy this read but if you want me to pick a format neither is my favorite) I appreciate in depth discussion of a given bike, it's ride qualities and shortcomings. "Shootouts" where a clear winner is picked is so subjective it's meaningless to me. Would I enjoy the read? Of course. Thats not what I'm saying at all. There are so many blurred lines and category defying bikes these days I don't even know how you would pick proper groups of steeds to be honest. I guess it comes dow to how do you measure? This isn't like a car. Skidpad g's, 0-60, stopping distance... You can't do that with a mountain bike. It's not as quantifiable. You can, and I have read articles elsewhere, time bikes under different riders down a track and arrive at conclusions, yes. This may or may not translate to something useful to all riders and all that it accounts for is outright speed. I don't know, I consume so much mountain bike media that I feel like I am of course interested in that - but I have enough experience riding and reading about it that I personally don't think its the best format.
DARKSTAR63 CamMcCaul's article
Jan 13, 2017 at 8:04
Jan 13, 2017
Cam McCaul's Squamish VW Adventure - Documentary
A lot of things are born of war. Mentioning Nazi's at all on PB should get your comment deleted.
DARKSTAR63 CamMcCaul's article
Jan 13, 2017 at 8:02
Jan 13, 2017
Cam McCaul's Squamish VW Adventure - Documentary
I'm guessing you haven't owned one? I literally never cared. VW enthusiast pre and post scandal.
DARKSTAR63 mikelevy's article
Jan 11, 2017 at 4:49
Jan 11, 2017
Ridden and Rated - 5 Trail Bikes
@pigit77: I think the point is that it would be a true disservice to you and to the other great bikes that don't "win". Just like it is when motorcycles or cars are tested against each other. And in those scenarios at least it's a completely controlled environment (race track). And the bottom line is everyone is going to value different things in a mountain bike. You could take one persons opinion of which is their favorite and call that "best" but that's incorrect. The Hightower is YOUR favorite but the BEST that does not make. Now back to shootouts..... I used to be really into street bikes, and I would read all the magazines and since I worked at a dealer I rode a lot of the bikes. They would always take the sport bikes and whoop them around the track and proclaim a "winner". This was almost never my personal favorite, in my opinion most refined machine. Because in the real world, I valued the smoothness and cohesion of certain bikes over the one with the most outright power. The point is, a selected winner doesn't serve you, the reader, at all. Yea they could take a bunch of bikes and rip down a timed track and then we could pick the fastest ? Would that be helpful? Maybe to some, but it might not mean that it would make you the fastest of all the choices. Now I'm not saying we should gloss over shortcomings or hand out participation medals at all. Certain bikes have some real shortcomings in certain situations and that should be discussed. I think if you read something like BIKE's bible reviews all the information is there as to which bikes rule which type of terrain.
DARKSTAR63 mikelevy's article
Jan 10, 2017 at 11:28
Jan 10, 2017
Ridden and Rated - 5 Trail Bikes
@oldschool43:That's interesting. Yeah I just came off a Remedy although an older 26 inch model. I loved it. But yea, people always need to consider their needs and what they like in bike. There is no real point in a purely objective review that proclaims the "best". Can't be done.
DARKSTAR63 mikelevy's article
Jan 10, 2017 at 10:31
Jan 10, 2017
Ridden and Rated - 5 Trail Bikes
@oldschool43: Everything looks like a session lol, one more clue ?!
DARKSTAR63 mikelevy's article
Jan 10, 2017 at 9:58
Jan 10, 2017
Ridden and Rated - 5 Trail Bikes
@oldschool43: So you have to tell us what it was ....
DARKSTAR63 mikelevy's article
Jan 10, 2017 at 7:55
Jan 10, 2017
Ridden and Rated - 5 Trail Bikes
I enjoy the BIKE bible reviews the most, especially the videos. It really sheds light one why reviews should always be taken with a grain of salt since different people will have differing opinions and thoughts on a given bike. The "Roundtable Reels" can be very insightful having three or four guys talking about the same bike and bouncing thoughts off one another.
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Jan 9, 2017 at 14:28
Jan 9, 2017
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